Human rights

Victory for Alberta children and parents

Law Matters John Carpay Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Think back to the year 2000, or even 2010, and imagine someone telling you this: “The law requires every school to set up a Gay Straight Alliance for K-12 children. No exemption for religious belief or parental opposition. The law makes it illegal for teachers and principals to inform parents about the contents (sexual, ideological or ... (Continue reading)

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UN Women to normalize transgender ideology

UN Women to normalize transgender ideology

The UN Women panel on "Gender Diversity Beyond Binaries" included five biologically males and two biological females, but four of the seven panelists identified as a different gender. On July 15, the United Nations hosted an event called “Gender Diversity Beyond Binaries.” ... (Continue reading)

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What do you say when no one listens?

What do you say when no one listens?

A group of male pro-lifers arrived on the campus of Penn State University recently to dialogue with students about what is truly the most important moral issue of our time. The results were mixed. However, a few female students rigidly maintained that men have no business talking about abortion. Therefore, dialogue between men and women, in their minds, on the subject of abortion was not a possibility. Men were trespassers for whom “keep off the grass” was all ... (Continue reading)

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Free speech and faith

Free speech and faith

Laying Down the Lawton Never doubt a group of politicians’ ability to find a cure that’s worse than the problem it is attempting to solve. This is truer than ever when it comes to the government’s efforts to curb online hate. Wishing to combat bigotry is a noble endeavour, but it isn’t the role of the state. Certainly not at the expense of free speech, as recent requests to the ... (Continue reading)

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Reclaiming the Narrative

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke What a whirlwind of a month, with abortion bubbling up in the public consciousness more so than ever before in my memory. The excitement began for me on the Tuesday prior to the National March for Life, at a screening of Unplannedin Ottawa. Friends who had already seen the film were raving about it, but I didn’t quite understand why until I was sitting ... (Continue reading)

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Doctors of conscience unwanted

Laying Down the Lawton Andrew Lawton If you want to practice medicine, leave your beliefs at the door. That’s the key takeaway from a May decision by the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling that conscience rights for healthcare practitioners effectively don’t exist. At least not when doctors are anywhere but in their own homes with the doors locked and the curtains drawn. That isn’t so much of ... (Continue reading)

Free speech threatened when dissent is portrayed as hate

Free speech threatened when dissent is portrayed as hate

Law Matters John Carpay Passing a law against “hate” is a popular move, but one that seriously threatens free expression because people cannot agree among themselves on what constitutes hate. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights is now looking at changing federal laws to stem “the propagation of hateful acts and the enticement of hate such as racism, sexism, antisemitism, islamophobia, or homophobia, ... (Continue reading)

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Not all judges created equal

John Carpay Since 1982, judges have ruled in dozens of cases where a government, or a governmental authority, has violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”). Section 2 of the Charter sets out the fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly, conscience and religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication. However, section 1 of the Charter empowers judges to uphold ... (Continue reading)

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Intersectionality and identity

Laying Down the Lawton As the progressive war on free speech wages on, some strange schisms in the left-wing mindset are being revealed. You’ve seen all the stories by now: students are reprimanded for not minding their male privilege, white privilege, heteronormativity, cisgender privilege, and all the other phrases that seem to have been created by a random drawing of Scrabble tiles. As is so often ... (Continue reading)

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UN’s Status of Women adopts objectionable conclusions

UN’s Status of Women adopts objectionable conclusions

Pro-life groups are sounding the alarm that the United Nations is, in the words of Campaign Life Coalition’s global policy and research coordinator Emily Price, who was present at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women, “being dishonest and making a complete mockery of national sovereignty and the legitimate process of consensus-building.” At the beginning of the commission, a draft document contained 189 references to “gender,” 56 references to “sex”/“sexual” and 27 references to “reproductive” health/rights, etc., which many countries found ... (Continue reading)

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UN Commission on the Status of Women highly revealing

UN Commission on the Status of Women highly revealing

CLC's Vice-President Matthew Wojcleckowski (right) together with Damares Alves, Brasilian Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights (centre) and Lilia Nunes dos Santos. Brazil's Director of the Department of Promotion of Women's Dignity (left). While pro-life groups ... (Continue reading)

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CLC statement accepted for UN women’s summit

The United Nations Economic and Social Council has accepted a leading Canadian pro-life group’s official statement for the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women on March 11-22, providing an opportunity to represent the plight of the preborn at the typically pro-abortion international body. Campaign Life Coalition’s (CLC’s) statement, added to the commission’s list of Official Documents, appears third from the top of the list of hundreds of entries due to having been submitted last November. It calls attention to the ... (Continue reading)

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Fr. Van Hee faces new charges

Fr. Van Hee faces new charges

Father Tony Van Hee One of the charges against pro-life witness Father Tony Van Hee, has been dropped and replaced with other charges. Van Hee was arrested Oct. 24 for demonstrating within the 50-meter “bubble zone” outside Ottawa’s Morgentaler abortion business. The 83-year-old Jesuit priest, who demonstrated for the right of the unborn to life on Parliament Hill for almost 30 years, was wearing a sandwich board, one ... (Continue reading)

American Psychological Association demonizes masculinity in new guidelines

Predicated on definitions and notions drawn not from the world of science but scooped up from LGBT-driven pop-culture, the American Psychological Association (APA) – the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the U.S. – is promoting its harmful new “Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men.” There is nothing familiar or reassuring here. The main message the APA wants everyone to know is that their experts have concluded that, “traditional masculinity … is, on the whole, harmful.” “What is ... (Continue reading)

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Attacking masculinity

Attacking masculinity

In what passes for popular discourse these days, it has become increasingly common to accuse an intellectual adversary of being in the thrall of a conspiracy theory. The charge has become a convenient way to malign anyone outside of a carefully curated and ever-narrowing range of acceptable beliefs. The clear implication behind this charge is that a serious exchange with someone so compromised by credulity or debilitated by paranoia ... (Continue reading)

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