Human rights

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‘Exit Protocol’ in Schiavo case

Right-to-life and disability advocates were shocked this past September, as a new document surfaced in the battle to save Terri Schindler-Schiavo from her husband and the Florida state judiciary. The reported document appears on "Hospice of the Florida Suncoast" stationary under the title, "Exit Protocol." It lays out, in chilling detail, the anticipated physical and medical deterioration Terri would suffer should her husband ... (Continue reading)

The legal minds of Abella, Charron

Prime Minister Paul Martin could hardly have made two worse appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada than Madam Justice Rosalie Abella and Madam Justice Louise Charron. As judges on the Ontario Court of Appeal, this pair of judicial activists has demonstrated supreme contempt for both democracy and the rule of law. Consider Abella's ruling in R. v. C.M., 1995 OCA - a case dealing with consensual anal intercourse over a three-year period between a man ... (Continue reading)

The federal election: what really happened?

Joseph Goebbels famously said that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will begin to believe it. When it comes to the media narrative of the 2004 federal election, it has been repeated so often that despite obvious errors of fact and interpretation, it has become a truism that social conservatives cost the Conservative party its chance to form the government. Blame for the Conservatives' disappointing showing of 99 seats is often placed squarely on ... (Continue reading)

London boy latest ‘mercy killing’ victim

New calls to change law concerning 'compassionate homicide' rejected On July 31, police in London, Ont. responded to a 911 call from a sixth-floor room at the Holiday Inn on Exeter Road. Shortly thereafter, David Carmichael was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 11-year-old son, Ian. Ian was believed to have regular seizures and was diagnosed with an aneurysm in his brain. But media reports said Ian was known for his ... (Continue reading)

Martin proves inconsistent

Prime Minister Paul Martin insists that Parliament should never use the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution to prevent the Supreme Court of Canada from striking down a law that allegedly violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. During last spring's federal election, he argued: "We have got to ensure that minority rights are protected when challenged by the majority. The only way you can do this is to have a Charter of Rights which ... (Continue reading)

Legal wranglings continue over Terri Schiavo’s life

For Bob and Mary Schindler, this past spring proved tumultuous in the battle to save their daughter's life. Terri Schindler-Schiavo's situation garnered international attention last fall when Michael Schiavo, Terri's husband, had her feeding tube removed. Only the last-minute intervention of Governor Jeb Bush prevented the young woman's death from starvation and dehydration. Bush ordered her feeding tube reinserted after the Florida state legislature passed Terri's ... (Continue reading)

Harper to fight judicial activism

Paul Jalsevac The Interim Conservative leader Stephen Harper recently set forth a vision in which the Supreme Court would return to its traditional role, one focused on applying rather than making law. "My view is that the role of the court is to apply the Charter to protect the rights laid out in the Charter," said Harper. "The role of the court is not to invent rights that are not in the Charter." Rory Leishman of the London ... (Continue reading)

Child pornography politics

On Father's Day weekend, Canadians watched two of their nation's highest-profile dads argue bitterly about which one of them hated child pornography more. It all started during the English-language leaders debate. In the midst of an exchange about using the notwithstanding clause to override Supreme Court decisions, Conservative leader Stephen Harper abruptly raised the issue of child pornography. Up to that point, the other candidates had focused the discussion on abortion and homosexual "marriage." By ... (Continue reading)

Same-sex ‘marriage’ debated

The Interim The debate over homosexual marriage in this year's federal election highlighted a deep division between the two major parties' views on the role of the legislature and the proper interpretation of the Charter of Rights. Although "sexual orientation" is not mentioned in the Charter, and its inclusion was specifically rejected by the drafters, activist judges in the Supreme Court read it in in 1995. Prime Minister ... (Continue reading)

Sexual orientation debated at UN

By Interim StaffThis year's session of the United Nations' Commission on Human Rights in Geneva March 15 - April 23 was fraught with controversy, as delegates debated the creation of a new brand of human rights that included special recognition of homosexuals and access to abortion on demand. Under a broad and vague theme entitled "the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health," international ... (Continue reading)

Persecution of Christians has been ‘ramping up’ in Canada

Persecution of Christians for their faith continues to ramp up in Canadian society. LifeSite News reports that a Christian medical student in his senior year at the University of Manitoba Medical School won't be permitted to graduate, because he refuses to participate in abortion-related activities. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, was failed in the obstetrics and gynecology portion of his program for refusing to perform or ... (Continue reading)

Canadians rally for freedom of speech

About 3,500 concerned Canadians from every province gathered on Parliament Hill to protest bill C-250, which seeks to include "sexual orientation" as an identifiable factor under Canada's hate crime legislation. Many fear the bill will mean anyone who speaks against homosexuality will risk prosecution. Opponents of the bill think that civil liberties, such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion, will be undermined if C-250 is passed.... (Continue reading)

Radical Canadian judicial activist heads to UN

By Interim StaffA Canadian Supreme Court justice will now have the whole world as a stage for her brand of radical judicial activism. On Feb. 25, the General Assembly ratified Secretary General Kofi Annan's appointment of Justice Louise Arbour as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In June, Arbour will be retiring from the Supreme Court of Canada, to which she was appointed in 1999, to accept ... (Continue reading)

Get ready for the knock on the door: B.C. situation suggests hate crimes law will chill free speech

Marriage commissioners in British Columbia have been ordered to perform and register so-called "marriages" between persons of the same sex, or resign. MP Vic Toews has complained that the demand is inconsistent with an employer's obligation to accommodate the religious and moral beliefs of employees. He reminds us of the general rule that an employee must not be forced to do something contrary to his conscientious ... (Continue reading)

Pro-lifers ponder U.K. conjoined twins case

By Paul Tuns The Interim Pro-lifers around the world are worried about the British courts setting a precedent that appears not only to allow but to dictate the killing of a young child to save the life of her sister. On Aug. 25, the English High Court ruled that "Jodie" and "Mary," conjoined or "Siamese" twins born earlier that month, were to be surgically separated. The two children shared a ... (Continue reading)

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