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Legislators must pass conscience rights laws

National Affairs Rory Leishman On Jan. 26, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario decreed that any physician who declines for reasons of conscience or religion to provide physician-assisted death upon request must promptly refer the patient to a readily available physician who has no compunction about killing a patient or assisting a patient in committing suicide. A similar rule is also in effect in Saskatchewan and ... (Continue reading)

Bishop Henry pushes back against Alberta NDP’s educational gender guidelines

Bishop Henry pushes back against Alberta NDP’s educational gender guidelines

Bishop Henry says gender guidelines are anti-Catholic. Alberta’s Ministry of Education issued guidelines on Jan. 13 to promote “learning environments that respect diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions” in schools. Alberta schools are required to submit draft policies that reflect the document (Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions) by March 31. ... (Continue reading)

Quebec study illustrates need for baby born-alive law

Quebec study illustrates need  for baby born-alive law

Bioethicist John Haas clarifies church teaching on extraordinary medical care. A Quebec study showing a 20-fold increase since 2000 in the number of babies who survive abortion only to die in hospital demonstrates the need for a Canadian “born-alive infant protection law,” says the Toronto-based Campaign Life Coalition. The Quebec study, just published in Neonatology, studied 12,000-plus infant deaths between 1987 and ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto bans Christian group from city square

Toronto bans Christian group from city square

Voices of the Nations has been using city property since 2006 for an annual "multi denominational" event in which it celebrates Christianity through live music and dance. It has ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its latest annual report examining free speech on Canadian public university campuses. Issued on Oct. 28, the 2015 Campus Freedom Index assigns four grades (from A to F) per university. Each institution receives a grade for university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Only eight As were awarded in 2015 (three As more than in 2014). A total ... (Continue reading)

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No2Trudeau campaign deemed a success

No2Trudeau campaign deemed a success

Alissa Golob On March 13 Jonathon Van Maren, of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, and Alissa Golob, of Campaign Life Coalition, went on a cross-country speaking tour to promote their No2Trudeau campaign. The tour was designed to activate local pro-lifers to get involved in the distribution of one million postcards in 20 ridings across Canada which targeted Justin Trudeau and his extreme pro-abortion position that do not even ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario court upholds Law Society ban on TWU grads

An Ontario court has sided with the province’s lawyers in preventing graduates from Trinity Western University from practicing law in Ontario. Last year, in a 28-21 vote, the Law Society of Upper Canada denied accreditation to the TWU’s new law school scheduled to open next year. TWU then appealed to Ontario’s Divisional Court, which heard arguments for the case (Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada) last June. Law societies across Canada have tried to bar graduates from TWU, ... (Continue reading)

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Gay wedding cakes and the Ayatollahs of tolerance and diversity

Gay wedding cakes and the Ayatollahs of tolerance and diversity

While Christians are being slaughtered throughout the Middle East; while their churches are being burned; yea, while women and homosexuals are being stoned to death, we now learn that what really arouses the ire of Western liberals is that gay couples in America have to trudge yards, sometimes blocks, to purchase their wedding cakes. Since The Wizard of Oz is one of the favourite films of homosexual audiences, allow me ... (Continue reading)

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Canadian Pediatric Society advises 22-week-olds be left to die

The official policy of the Canadian Pediatric Society is that preemies born under 23 weeks of gestation should only receive palliative care, not intensive care.   However, an American study published on May 7, 2015, in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that nearly a quarter – 23 per cent – of babies born at 22 weeks survived if actively treated and nine per cent will not even be moderately or severely impaired. The study looked at 24 hospitals and close to ... (Continue reading)

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A pleasant surprise

In a statement issued last month, the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) declared its opposition “to the evident statutory and institutional bias that exists in Ontario against the free-expression rights of pro-life campaigners.” We are grateful for their clear-eyed recognition that the institutions which ought to have protected our Charter rights have failed us so flagrantly. The violation of the rights of pro-lifers that is all-too-common occurrence on university campuses in Ontario has given cause to maligned groups to seek legal ... (Continue reading)

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Civil liberties group defends free speech rights of pro-lifers

Civil liberties group defends free speech rights of pro-lifers

NCLN's Rebecca Richmond welcomed Ontario Civil Liberties Association paper on free speech being denied to pro-lifers. The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) released a position paper commenting on “the evident statutory and institutional bias that exists in Ontario against the free-expression rights of pro-life campaigners.” Violations of these rights include “university-campus suppressions of student pro-life ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons policy violates conscience rights

On March 6, the ruling council of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons voted 21-3 for a new Professional Obligations and Human Rights policy that could require doctors in the province to commit abortion or euthanasia. The new policy, announced in a press release, “requires physicians to provide their patients with an effective referral to another health-care provider for those services the physician chooses not to provide for reasons of conscience or religion.” However, it also requires doctors to provide services ... (Continue reading)

Conscience rights under assault in Ontario, Saskatchewan

The Supreme Court’s doctor-assisted suicide decision gives greater urgency to the concerns of physicians who are fighting to maintain conscience rights in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Feb. 20 was the deadline for feedback to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on a draft policy -- “Professional Obligations and Human Rights” -- proposing to force Ontario physicians to refer for and potentially even carry out abortions, prescriptions for contraceptives, and assisted suicide. The deadline for feedback to the College of Physicians ... (Continue reading)

‘Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion’ campaign launched

‘Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion’ campaign launched

A new campaign launched in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22 at the U.S. March for Life will reach out to everyone affected by abortion and help them find healing. Officially announced at a press conference held by Priests for Life and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign on Jan. 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, the yearlong “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion” campaign will use interviews, resources, ... (Continue reading)

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Keeping comatose pregnant women alive debated

A brain-dead pregnant Irish woman was taken off life support on Dec. 26 in wake of a Dublin High Court ruling that found that the unborn child would not have a chance of surviving.  The woman, who was in her late 20s and already had two young children, was declared brain-dead on Dec. 3, four days after suffering a serious head injury because of a fall. Her parents had requested that she be taken off life support, but doctors refused, ... (Continue reading)

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