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An animated Christmas for young and old

An animated Christmas for young and old

There are many annual Christmas traditions that families and friends share and experience together. This can include caroling in the streets, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, sharing a few glasses of eggnog, and looking at the decorations in department store windows. A popular one in my household is watching classic Christmas animated TV specials. Some of them are still in regular rotation, including A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which ... (Continue reading)

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Dare we hope?

Dare we hope?

On Christmas morning, children in our homes—and in the homes of our grown children—will bound down stairs to wonder at the arrival of wrapped gifts. Straining at the limit of a joy which is almost pain, they will wait with infinite impatience to open them. And, with something as trivial as the latest electronic amusement or toy, these innocent recipients will experience surprises surpassing their wildest hopes, leaving them ... (Continue reading)

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How to get the Christian message in the media

CFRB 1010 radio host and Toronto Sun columnist Jerry Agar gave a talk to the Christian Heritage Party convention in Hamilton, Ont., Nov, 6 on “how to speak reporter” so Christians can get heard by the media. He said just as liberals and conservatives often do not speak the same language, Christians and members of the media often do not speak the same language. He said that Christians are faith-based and believe in God-created morals, and are thus immovable and mostly ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative government offers tax relief for families

On Oct. 30, the Conservative government announced a bouquet of tax relief and other benefits for families with children, including the fulfilment of 2011 election promise to implement income splitting. Most significantly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the Universal Child Care Benefit would be expanded. The benefit would be boosted from $100 to $160 per month for children under seven, and a new benefit of $60 per month would be introduced for children seven to 17. The enhanced ... (Continue reading)

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UNFPA report urges rights to sex, drugs and abortion for children

Upon release of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) annual report, The State of World Population 2014, UNFPA executive director Babatunde Osotimehin lauded the record number of global youth as “potential for economic and social progress” but the report claims that to realize a “demographic dividend” abortion and contraception must be made readily available to adolescents. The report also calls for liberalization of age of consent, drug, and prostitution laws. The State of the World Population report says, “young people require ... (Continue reading)

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Three national abortion groups merge

From Sept. 24 to Nov. 2, 2014, Canadians in 15 different cities across the country participated in 40 Days for Life, an international pro-life campaign that challenges participants to engage in 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, peaceful vigil outside a local abortion facility, and community outreach. The campaign is in its eighth year, and the number of participants continues to grow. “I’m always so inspired by the level of dedication some of our prayer volunteers ... (Continue reading)

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Success stories from 40 Days for Life

Success stories from 40 Days for Life

Participants in the Fall 2014 40 Days for Life in Winnipeg. From Sept. 24 to Nov. 2, 2014, Canadians in 15 different cities across the country participated in 40 Days for Life, an international pro-life campaign that challenges participants to engage in 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, peaceful vigil outside a local abortion facility, ... (Continue reading)

Why I’ve spent ten of the last 20 years in prison for defending the unborn

Linda Gibbons Editor’s note: Linda Gibbons has been in prison since an August 7 arrest in Toronto while she witnessed to life outside an abortion facility protected by an injunction. Her case goes to trial November 12. She wrote the following letter to explain her ongoing mission. This article is a reflection on my ten years of bearing witness for life in front of Toronto’s several abortuaries. My intention ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life club takes University of Victoria to the B.C. Supreme Court

Pro-life club takes University of Victoria to the B.C. Supreme Court

Members of the Youth Protecting Youth pro-life club at the University of Victoria. Does the Charter of Rights and Freedoms apply to Canada’s university students, even if they are pro-life? That was the question before the British Columbia Supreme Court in mid-October, as it heard a petition from the pro-life Youth Protecting Youth club and the B.C. Civil ... (Continue reading)

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Bits & Pieces

Canada Liberal leader Justin Trudeau told the CBC that Prince Edward Island should start doing abortions. He urged Islanders to ask whether “the Canada Health Act is being respected and that Canadians have the opportunity to make choices about their own reproductive health.” The CHA does not require that abortions be paid for or carried out in any province. Health Minister Doug Currie says that 140 women leave PEI for obtain abortions in other provinces. Premier Robert ... (Continue reading)

PC leadership hopeful slams Liberal government over sex ed

PC leadership hopeful slams Liberal government over sex ed

Monte McNaughton demanded Kathleen Wynne release details of her government’s sex ed plans. Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership hopeful Monte McNaughton has challenged the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne over its plans to introduce a sex ed program. In 2010, Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government nixed its new sex education curriculum after parents and religious groups condemned the program ... (Continue reading)

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Christian audience member kicked out of Toronto mayor’s debate

Christian audience member kicked out of Toronto mayor’s debate

Police escort Christian activist Iola Fortino from the Toronto mayoral debate at York Memorial Collegiate on Sept. 23. Fortino says she was not the only one interrupting the debate, but was ... (Continue reading)

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Canada’s highest court to decide on Christian prayers at city hall

The Supreme Court of Canada began hearing a case on Oct. 14, about whether voluntary prayers at city council meetings as well as displaying religious symbols in city buildings infringe on a person’s freedom of religion. The court will examine whether Mayor Jean Tremblay and the City of Saguenay, Quebec, discriminated against Alain Simoneau, a non-Christian, when he prayed at city council meetings eight years ago. Prior to the complaint, the mayor had routinely opened city hall meetings with the sign of ... (Continue reading)

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Montreal Archbishop Lépine receives award from Campagne Quebec-Vie

Montreal Archbishop Lépine receives award from Campagne Quebec-Vie

Campagne Quebec-Vie président George Buscemi présents Montreal Archbishop Christian Lepine with its first Defender of Life Award during CQV's 25th anniversary celebration on Oct. 14. On Oct. 14, Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine became the first recipient of an award created by Quebec’s leading pro-life organization Campagne ... (Continue reading)

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New report calls for support for independent schools

A new report is urging Ontario lawmakers to institute policies that promote school choice. Toward a Warmer Climate for Ontario’s Private Schools, written by emeritus professor Derek J. Allison from University of Western Ontario for Cardus, a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture, is calling for a  discussion around greater government support for private schools that has not taken place since the Shapiro commission. The Shapiro commission was appointed during the government of Premier William Davis ... (Continue reading)

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