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Federal minister equates denying abortion with gender violence

Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef announced the federal government was giving Planned Parenthood Ottawa $285,000 over three years to increase access to “reproductive health services” in the nation’s capital. Monsef, who was demoted from Democratic Reform Minister in January after botching the electoral reform file, told the Canadian Press that “reproductive rights in Canada and around the world are critical to advancing gender equality,” adding, “we’re committed to making sure that women and girls have that choice, because otherwise this ... (Continue reading)

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Conscience campaign launched

Conscience campaign launched

Larry Worthen The Call to Conscience Campaign was launched by the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience to urge Ontario residents to lobby their MPPs to get them to amend Bill 84, the provincial government’s “Medical Aid in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act,” which has no protection for the conscience rights of health care workers. Bill 84 is expected to be debated over the next few months, but the campaign runs ... (Continue reading)

Trost casts lone vote against ‘Gender Equality Week’ bill

Trost casts lone vote against  ‘Gender Equality Week’ bill

Brad Trost On Feb. 1, a private member’s bill, C-309, “An Act to establish Gender Equality Week,” passed second reading in a 287-1 vote. Conservative MP and leadership candidate Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) cast the lone against Liberal MP Sven Spengemann’s (Mississauga—Lakeshore) C-309. The bill’s preamble says Parliament “wishes to increase awareness of the significant and substantive contributions that Canadian women have made and continue to make to the growth, development, ... (Continue reading)

Exclusive interview

Exclusive interview

Brad Trost After endorsing the National March for Life that takes place in Ottawa in May and standing up as the lone vote against a private member’s bill establishing “Gender Equality Week,” Conservative leadership contender and MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) talked to The Interim about the race. Trost said the National March for Life is important to both pro-life politicians and the pro-life movement because it signals that life issues ... (Continue reading)

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History made as two leadership contenders endorse National March for Life

History made as two leadership contenders endorse National March for Life

Last month Campaign Life Coalition announced the theme for the National March for Life in Ottawa as well that two Conservative Party of Canada leadership contenders have endorsed the event and said they will address the 20,000-strong crowd. The theme for the May 11 National March for Life ties into the 150th anniversary of Confederation: “Life: We stand on guard for thee.” CLC national president Jim Hughes said, “the 2017 ... (Continue reading)

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Hawkes prosecution failed for want of a trauma expert

Hawkes prosecution failed for want of a trauma expert

Rev. Brent Hawkes “It’s like a David and Goliath story, right from the start,” said the wife of the complainant. Only, this time Goliath won. She was reacting to the Jan. 31 acquittal of Rev. Brent Hawkes, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, on historical sexual assault charges from the mid-1970s when he was a teacher and coach. When it came to this prosecution at Kentville provincial ... (Continue reading)

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The ultimate safe space

In recent years, so-called safe spaces have popped up on university campuses in both the United States and Canada. From designated rooms with puppies and pillows for people who need a retreat from the pressures of the real world of cloistered academia to bans on certain points of view in student common areas and even classrooms, the idea that young people should be sheltered from ideas that offend them has begun to go mainstream. Following the U.S. election in November, ... (Continue reading)

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One billion abortions in past century: report

A billion is an almost impossible number to comprehend. It’s a thousand million, or a thousand, thousand-thousands. One mathematician speculated that if one billion children made a human tower, it would reach beyond the moon. Counting to a billion would take almost 100 years. A time-traveler going back about a billion minutes would find himself in the time of Jesus. Researchers released a first-of-its-kind report today estimating that one billion babies have been killed by abortion worldwide in the past 100 ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario PCs ripped for nomination controversies

Ontario PCs ripped for  nomination controversies

McNaughton reminds party it is a broad coalition Monte McNaughton says Ontario PCs must build a coalition that includes social conservatives. When Patrick Brown ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership in 2015, he vowed to have open nominations. Recently, that commitment has been called into question. The Toronto Star reported in December ... (Continue reading)

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Safe injection sites

National Affairs Rory Leishman For the past year, headlines across Canada have tracked a shocking increase in deaths from overdoses of illicit opioids. The final count for 2016 in British Columbia could reach close to 900; that is up more than 70 per cent over 2015 and twice the annual death toll in the province from traffic accidents. For Canada as a whole, the annual number of drug-overdose ... (Continue reading)

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Report documents abortion industry malfeasance

Report documents  abortion industry malfeasance

A new report outlines the abuses rampant in the American abortion industry. Unsafe: How the Public Health Crisis in America’s Abortion Clinics Endangers Women is the title of a new, 200-page study by Americans United for Life that documents numerous investigations over the past eight years in hundreds of abortion facilities in 32 states. In total, there were 754 documented violations, 34 licence revocations, and 65 “chronic offenders” listed ... (Continue reading)

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Candidates address social issues in Tory leadership race

Candidates address social issues in Tory leadership race

    More than a dozen MPs, former MPs, and businessmen are running to replace former prime minister Stephen Harper as permanent leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. With 14 people officially in the race after reality TV star and businessman Kevin O’Leary entered the race in January, some party insiders are beginning to wonder if many candidates will drop out before the May 27 leadership vote. Candidates must declare and ... (Continue reading)

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Fake news is nothing new

Fake news is nothing new

There’s a story my family likes to tell about the only time my mother’s photo ever appeared in a national newspaper. She had been invited to the offices of the Toronto Star with several other women, where the paper had apparently set up a test kitchen. Several dishes were baked, interviews were conducted, and photos were taken of the women. When the story ran my mother appeared in newsprint showing off her favorite pie recipe. She told everyone that it wasn’t ... (Continue reading)

British abortion chain Mary Stopes cited for safety violations

British abortion chain Mary Stopes cited for safety violations

Edward Baker, deputy chief inspector of hospitals in the UK says Care Quality Commission will continue to monitor abortuaries. A report released by a British health watchdog outlines numerous safety violations in the country’s abortion facilities run by Marie Stopes International (MSI). In the past year, 2,634 infractions were recorded, an increase ... (Continue reading)

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Dangerous thoughts on university safe zones

Dangerous thoughts  on university safe zones

You thought that war was hell; that trudging through mud in the trenches for months on end, and then going over the top into the teeth of enemy fire, was the worst sort of physical and psychological torture a human could endure. Think again. On today’s university campuses, safe zones can hardly cope, apparently, with the sufferers of a burgeoning epidemic of academic post-traumatic stress disorder: the self-identified non-binary-gendered students permanently scarred by Professor Jordan Peterson’s refusal to address them by ... (Continue reading)

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