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Toronto hospital illegally imposed DNR order against wishes of dying man’s family

In a rare display of disagreement, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board rejected a decision by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons and provided some Justice for the family of Douglas DeGuerre, who died on September 22, 2008, after doctors at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto unilaterally imposed a do not resuscitate order against the wishes of DeGuerre and his family. The Appeal and Review Board decided that: “Doctors at a major Toronto hospital violated the law by unilaterally imposing ... (Continue reading)

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Quiet pro-life ‘hero’ in serious car accident

Quiet pro-life ‘hero’ in  serious car accident

Tom Fritz of Business for Life was in a serious car accident. On Sept. 18, Tom Fritz, co-founder of Business for Life, was airlifted to Hamilton Health Sciences hospital, following a near-fatal crash near Hampstead in southwestern Ontario. Fritz’s pickup truck rolled into the ditch after sideswiping a tractor trailer around 7:15 am. Fritz, 72, founded Business for Life with ... (Continue reading)

We need better palliative care, not assisted suicide: health minister

We need better palliative care, not assisted suicide: health minister

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the government's priority should be quality palliative care, not assisted suicide. Federal Minister of Health Rona Ambrose says Canadians don’t need assisted suicide and euthanasia when it comes to dying, but better palliative care, something she says she wants to make a priority. “I think the starting point for ... (Continue reading)

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Website provides information about abortuary safety

A web site is providing women with information about records of abortion providers in the United States. The aim of AbortionSafety.com, organized by Kelsey Hazzard, president of Secular Pro-Life, is to provide women considering abortion with information while they are at home, rather than on the sidewalk outside of the abortion mill. Hazzard told The Interim in an email that “we’re constantly told that abortion is such a safe medical procedure...but the repeat offenders rarely get any press. Many legal ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life advocates have more kids than pro-abortion counterparts: study

Sociologists J. Alex Kevern and Jeremy Freese of Northwestern University in Illinois have released a study which reports that, though fertility has declined among both pro-life and pro-choice advocates in the United States, the former report larger family sizes. They say this has been a significant factor in the formation of Americans’ views on abortion, described as “mostly stable over the past two decades, or even more conservative,” as “cohort replacement explains most of this pattern.” “Not only do opponents of ... (Continue reading)

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40 Days for Life in 15 Canadian cities

40 Days for Life in 15 Canadian cities

The fall 2014 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off Sept. 24 in 297 locations in 13 countries, including 15 in Canada, and continues until Nov. 2. 40 Days for Life describes its mission on its website: “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor ... (Continue reading)

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In Carter Supreme Court should be bound by Rodriguez

In Carter Supreme Court should be bound by Rodriguez

Sue Rodriguez (left) and Lee Carter (right) In the 1993 Rodriguez case, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the constitutional validity of the ban on assisted suicide in section 241(b) of the Criminal Code. Since then, advocates of so-called death with dignity have made several failed attempts to legalize assisted suicide by means of a private-member’s bill; most recently in 2010, when the bill was thoroughly ... (Continue reading)

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School board elections in five provinces

Voter turnout in municipal and school board elections are typically lower than provincial and federal elections, but for pro-life and pro-family voters, the issues can be just as important. Campaign Life Coalition has been organizing for this fall’s school board election since mid-2013, actively recruiting and working with pro-life and pro-family candidates to run for school board trustee. Five provinces will head to the polls in October and November for local elections: Manitoba and rural municipalities in Saskatchewan on Oct. 22, ... (Continue reading)

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Open letter to Justin Trudeau from seven former Liberal MPs

Open letter to Justin Trudeau from seven former Liberal MPs

Tom Wappel (Scarborough Southwest, 1988-2008). Member of Parliament for 20 years. Editor’s Note: On Sept. 18, seven former MPs emailed an open letter to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. The Interim reprints the letter in its entirety below.  Dear Mr. Trudeau; We, the undersigned, former Liberal Members of Parliament, are concerned about your recent pronouncement that people who hold a particular view on a given moral issue, as a matter of conscience, cannot ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion becomes issue in New Brunswick election

Abortion becomes issue in New Brunswick election

Despite besting the provincial Progressive Conservatives by nine percentage points (43 per cent compared to 34) in the Sept. 22 New Brunswick election, the Liberals eked out a bare majority, leading in 27 ridings in the 49-seat provincial legislature. The Tories took 21 and the Green Party won a Fredericton riding. The focus of the election was, of course, the economy and the environment and how to best create jobs. ... (Continue reading)

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Child porn case against former top Ontario education official moves forward

Province likely to raise sex-ed issue in near future A former top-ranking Ontario education official and appointee of Premier Kathleen Wynne charged with making and distributing child pornography will face a preliminary hearing in November.   In July 2013, University of Toronto professor Benjamin Levin was arrested and charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including making and distributing child pornography as well as arranging for a sexual offense with a child. The charges were filed after an international child pornography sting led investigators ... (Continue reading)

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After winning an acquittal and appeal, Linda Gibbons is arrested again

Linda Gibbons Just days after Linda Gibbons won an appeal and was acquitted of disobeying a court order over a previous demonstration at the “Morgentaler Clinic” in Toronto, she was arrested at the same abortion facility August 7. It took police personnel in four cruisers, as well as three Garda World security cars and two sheriff’s officers, to take Gibbons into custody at around 11:30 a.m., some two-and-a-half hours after ... (Continue reading)

Show the Truth pickets PEI abortion conference

Show the Truth pickets PEI abortion conference

Rosemary Connell says Show the Truth put the unborn baby in people's consciousness during Prince Edward Island tour. Approximately 60 pro-life activists took part in a Show the Truth tour on Prince Edward Island last month. They were protesting a conference held at the University of Prince Edward Island on August 7-8, entitled ... (Continue reading)

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Take a vow

Light is Right Joe Campbell To wed is to marry. But there are differences. Weddings, including related celebratory events, last a day or two. Marriages, including related blessed events, last a lifetime. This, at any rate, is the intention. And yet couples often spend more time preparing for weddings than for marriages. Maybe that’s why failed marriages outnumber failed weddings. When they fail, marriages usually end in ... (Continue reading)

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The intolerance of atheism

The intolerance of atheism

In the last edition of The Interim I wrote about the noted atheist and enemy of the pro-life movement A.C. Grayling. But if Grayling is a problem, Richard Dawkins is a horror. In April, 2010 he announced an initiative to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when the Pontiff made an official visit to Britain later that year; the ostensible reason being his involvement in the Catholic clergy abuse crisis. ... (Continue reading)

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