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OHRC requires Hockey Canada to allow ‘trans’ players to choose their dressing room

OHRC requires Hockey Canada to allow ‘trans’ players to choose their dressing room

Barbara Hall, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, called forcing minor hockey leagues to accept transgender players a "milestone". Hockey Canada has agreed to change its rules to allow minor hockey players in Ontario who identify as “transgender” to choose which dressing room to use. The change comes following a human rights complaint from a 17-year-old female hockey player, Jesse Thompson, who says she now identifies ... (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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Freedom from conscience

Freedom from conscience

On June 24, Joan Chand’oiseau saw a sign at the front desk of the Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary: “The physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.” The sign, put up only when Dr. Chantal Barry is the sole physician at the clinic, so offended the would-be birth-controller that she has since made the good doctor’s principled objection her casus belli for a modern-day, social-media ... (Continue reading)

University of Calgary allows students to appeal misconduct charges

The University of Calgary has allowed seven students to appeal charges of non-academic misconduct, filed four years ago after they set up a pro-life display on campus. According to a press release from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, the decision was made by the Student Discipline Appeal Committee of the Board of Governors on June 17. It “is a response to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judgment in Wilson v. University of Calgary (rendered on April 1, 2014).” The University of Calgary ... (Continue reading)

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20 years after Cairo, UN population meetings still pushing ‘reproductive rights’

20 years after Cairo, UN population meetings  still pushing ‘reproductive rights’

Two members of the Campaign Life Coalition delegation at the Cairo +20 commission at the United Nations, Matt Wojciechowski (centre) and Tanya Allen (right), talk to delegates from two Latin American countries during the proceedings. The ... (Continue reading)

Freedom of conscience in the culture of death

Freedom of conscience in the culture of death

On Jan. 30, the Ottawa Citizen reported that three local family physicians were refusing to prescribe birth control pills. Not so long ago, the great majority of Canadians would have responded with an amazed: “So what?” Not so the anonymous woman who brought this story to public attention. She was incensed when, in response to her request for a birth control prescription at an Ottawa medical clinic, she was given ... (Continue reading)

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Opposition Tories demand Manitoba define ‘bullying’ in new bill

Opposition Tories demand Manitoba define ‘bullying’ in new bill

Manitoba PC leader Brian Pallister described Provincial Bill 18 as 'dangerous.' The Official Opposition in Manitoba is calling for clarifying amendments and a judicial review of the province’s contentious anti-bullying bill before it comes to a vote. “It should be referred to the Manitoba Court of Appeal for their opinion, so we don’t have it tied up in costly litigation,”” said ... (Continue reading)

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Transableism, seeking to become disabled, is an actual thing

The disorder may have a sexual component, possible link to transgenderism A small, increasingly vocal group of individuals is demanding the right to put themselves in a permanent state of disability. Known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) or “transableism,” the condition entails a discrepancy between the person’s body and body image: the victim often wants to become an amputee or paraplegic. The Daily Mail reported on the experience of Chloe Jennings-White, a research scientist educated at Cambridge ... (Continue reading)

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Prorogation and the Bathroom Bill

On August 19, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced he would prorogue Parliament, thus delaying its return until at least October, effectively killing government legislation currently being considered in both the House of Commons and the Senate. But Harper’s bringing to a formal end the last session of Parliament, may not much affect private member’s bills such as C-279, which would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” as specially protected classes in the hate crimes sections of the Canadian Human Rights ... (Continue reading)

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Senate passes C-304, axing Section 13 of hate crime law

Senate passes C-304, axing Section 13 of hate crime law

MP Brian Storseth introduced C-304 to help protect freedom of speech. Blogger Patricia Maloney is going to court to access Ontario's abortion information. On June 26, the Senate passed C-304, a private member’s bill that repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Section 13 prohibited speech ... (Continue reading)

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Supreme Court hears prostitution challenge

The Supreme Court of Canada asked government lawyers tough questions as they heard arguments for and against the law on prostitution. The federal Criminal Code provisions criminalizing brothels, pimping or “living off the avails” of prostitution, and communication to buy sex was struck down in 2010 by the Ontario Superior Court. In 2012, a 3-2 ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the decriminalization of brothels and pimping as long as women were not being exploited by the pimps. ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion the focus of UN women’s commission

Abortion the focus of UN women’s commission

Representatives of pro-life non-governmental organizations at the United Nations commission on women. Front row: Jean Head of Manhattan Right to Life ... (Continue reading)

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Tolerance for me, but not for thee

Arün Smith favours diversity, just not diversity of opinion. So in early February he removed the free-speech wall at Carleton University – stole the paper and destroyed the frame – then, on Facebook, rationalized his violent direct action. In his incoherent philosophy, “liberty requires liberation, and this liberation is prevented by providing space for either more platitudes, or for the expression of hate.” He vowed to repeat his crime should the free-speech wall be restored. Carleton’s stifling cultural climate, known to ... (Continue reading)

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C-279 passes

In a 149-137 vote, C-279, a private member’s bill that would add amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and hate crimes law by adding gender identity and gender expression to the specially protected classes of people, passed Parliament on March 20 and will now move to the Senate. In 2011, a previous version of the bill passed the House but died in the Senate when the federal election was called. All NDP, Liberals, Bloc Quebecois members, and Green Party MP Elizabeth ... (Continue reading)

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The meaning of the Whatcott decision

National Affairs Rory Leishman With the unanimous ruling in the case of Bill Whatcott on Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Canada has stepped up its attack on freedom of speech and freedom of religion as never before. For faithful Christians, the implications are clear: Like Whatcott, they, too, could end up in jail as a prisoner of conscience for upholding the plain teachings of Sacred Scripture on the sinfulness of ... (Continue reading)

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