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Humble origins have an eternal reality

Humble origins have an eternal reality

Faith and Life Father Ted Colleton “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, that we might have life through Him.” – First Letter of St. John There is a story, really a parable about a very rich man who had a little daughter of 6 or 7, whom he loved with all his heart. When Christmas came around, he wanted to really ... (Continue reading)

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Dare we hope?

Dare we hope?

On Christmas morning, children in our homes—and in the homes of our grown children—will bound down stairs to wonder at the arrival of wrapped gifts. Straining at the limit of a joy which is almost pain, they will wait with infinite impatience to open them. And, with something as trivial as the latest electronic amusement or toy, these innocent recipients will experience surprises surpassing their wildest hopes, leaving them ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative government offers tax relief for families

On Oct. 30, the Conservative government announced a bouquet of tax relief and other benefits for families with children, including the fulfilment of 2011 election promise to implement income splitting. Most significantly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the Universal Child Care Benefit would be expanded. The benefit would be boosted from $100 to $160 per month for children under seven, and a new benefit of $60 per month would be introduced for children seven to 17. The enhanced ... (Continue reading)

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Six baby bodies discovered in Winnipeg storage facility

The remains of six babies were found in a Winnipeg storage locker and police subsequently charged Andrea Giesbrecht, 40, with six counts of concealing the body of a child. Employees at a U-Haul facility in the city’s West Alexander neighbourhood made the discovery on Oct. 20 after going in to clean out the unit because rental payments were not being made. Original reports stated there were three and then four bodies found in various states of decomposition, but police later confirmed ... (Continue reading)

Science is neither good nor evil

Science is neither good nor evil

Scientific technology can be used to destroy or preserve human life Geneticist Jerome Lejeune discovered that an extra chromosome was responsible for trisomy 13 (Down syndrome) and hoped his finding would lead to a cure. Instead, it led to eugenic abortions where a majority of babies diagnosed with trisomy 13 are killed in utero. “It is impossible and it is ridiculous to pretend to ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life advocates have more kids than pro-abortion counterparts: study

Sociologists J. Alex Kevern and Jeremy Freese of Northwestern University in Illinois have released a study which reports that, though fertility has declined among both pro-life and pro-choice advocates in the United States, the former report larger family sizes. They say this has been a significant factor in the formation of Americans’ views on abortion, described as “mostly stable over the past two decades, or even more conservative,” as “cohort replacement explains most of this pattern.” “Not only do opponents of ... (Continue reading)

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School board elections in five provinces

Voter turnout in municipal and school board elections are typically lower than provincial and federal elections, but for pro-life and pro-family voters, the issues can be just as important. Campaign Life Coalition has been organizing for this fall’s school board election since mid-2013, actively recruiting and working with pro-life and pro-family candidates to run for school board trustee. Five provinces will head to the polls in October and November for local elections: Manitoba and rural municipalities in Saskatchewan on Oct. 22, ... (Continue reading)

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Take a vow

Light is Right Joe Campbell To wed is to marry. But there are differences. Weddings, including related celebratory events, last a day or two. Marriages, including related blessed events, last a lifetime. This, at any rate, is the intention. And yet couples often spend more time preparing for weddings than for marriages. Maybe that’s why failed marriages outnumber failed weddings. When they fail, marriages usually end in ... (Continue reading)

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Seeing Red

It looks as though the Senate is here to stay, unreformed and unloved. I’m speaking, of course, of the Canadian Senate, also known as the Red Chamber. The nickname, from the traditional royal colour of the interior, symbolizes historic links with the Crown. The Senate also has historic links with patronage appointments, a sense of entitlement and, more recently, an expense claims scandal. Maybe we should re-nickname it the Red-Faced Chamber. The Senate is also called the chamber of sober second thought. ... (Continue reading)

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Political parties’ positions: prostitution

Canada’s political parties have distinct positions on prostitution that have developed over time. According to a December 2006 report by the Parliamentary Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws (“The Challenge of Change: A Study of Canada’s Criminal Prostitution Laws”), the Liberal, NDP, and Bloc Quebecois committee members all viewed prostitution as “a public health issue” and supported “harm reduction” strategies for prostitutes, such as sex education, condoms, and a “bad date list.” They believed that “sexual activities between consenting adults that do ... (Continue reading)

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Anti-nudity pride motion defeated in Toronto

Anti-nudity pride motion defeated in Toronto

Sam Sotiropoulos, Toronto school board trustee As Toronto’s public school board defeated a motion asking to bar nudity at the city’s June 29 World Pride parade, a Catholic school board in Ontario voiced its opposition to the participation of Catholic teachers in the march. Without a debate, in a 16-6 vote on April 9, the Toronto District School Board rejected a motion by trustee Sam Sotiropoulos ... (Continue reading)

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Judge turns down Wagner application to have experts testify to humanity of unborn

Mary Wagner The judge in Mary Wagner’s current trial has turned down a defence application to have expert witnesses testify to the humanity of the unborn. Charles Lugosi, Wagner’s lawyer, had made the application during two days of hearings before Justice Fergus O’Donnell at the Ontario Court of Justice on May 13 and 14. His intention was to have two expert witnesses – a medical doctor and professor, as well ... (Continue reading)

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Dinner for Mary Wagner defence fund

Dinner for Mary Wagner defence fund

   Mary Wagner has been in jail since her August 2012 arrest at a Toronto abortion mill and as part of her defense she is claiming a constitutional right to protect unborn children by counselling abortion-minded women to not kill their unborn babies. Wagner’s lawyer Charles Lugosi argues that her actions are protected under Section 27 of the Criminal Code, which justifies use of force to prevent an assault upon another ... (Continue reading)

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Q & A with Fr. Luc Payette

Q & A with Fr. Luc Payette

Originally from Quebec, Fr. Luc Payette was ordained to the priesthood in 1992 for the Hamilton Diocese in Ontario. He has served at several parishes in the Diocese and is currently the pastor at Mary Immaculate Parish in Chepstow, Ont. He is the Spiritual Director for Business for Life, a not-for-profit association of Canadian business and professional people who are committed to pro-life principles.  CAMPAIGN LIFE COALITION: Why are you ... (Continue reading)

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Marriage and the income gap

A report released in February by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada relates marriage to income level which finds that there is a correlation between being married and family income. The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians by Philip Cross and Peter Jon Mitchell used data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics to determine that married and common-law couples, which are grouped together because that is how most of the data is available, accounted for only 12.1 ... (Continue reading)

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