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Justice McLachlin’s subversion of freedom, democracy

Justice McLachlin’s subversion of freedom, democracy

W Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin hen Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin announced her impending retirement in June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauded her as “a judicial leader and trailblazer for almost four decades” who ranks as “one of Canada’s very finest jurists” A host of other politicians, lawyers and law professors have praised McLachlin in similar terms. In one respect, they are all correct: McLachlin certainly has been a ... (Continue reading)

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Public pressure forces government retreat on protection for religious services

After backlash from the public, faith leaders and pro-family groups, a Liberal-dominated committee voted to keep Canada’s only law explicitly protecting religious services and clergy on the books. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government attempted to nix the section from the Criminal Code in Bill C-51, legislation intended to clear allegedly redundant, unconstitutional, or outdated sections from the Criminal Code. But in its review of Bill C-51, the House of Commons justice committee voted Nov. 8 to keep Section 176 in force. ... (Continue reading)

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Governor General insults Christians

Governor General insults Christians

University of St. Michael's College president David Mulroney criticized both Julie Payette's ideas and manners. Julie Payette, who was installed as Governor General in October, found herself the center of controversy after a Nov. 1 speech at a science convention where she insulted people who believe that “divine intervention” created mankind. Payette, a former engineer and astronaut ... (Continue reading)

David Mainse, RIP

David Mainse, RIP

David Mainse On Sept. 25, Rev. David Mainse passed away at the age of 81 following a  five-year battle with leukemia. Mainse was the founder of Crossroads Christian Communications and longtime host of Canada’s longest running daily television program, “100 Huntley Street.” 100 Huntley Street had its origins as a 15-minute, weekly show on a Pembroke TV station in 1962 and his local media ministry grew into an international multimedia ... (Continue reading)

Teachers get a lesson on beauty

Like the still, small, voice beyond the raging storm, the Wojtyla Summer Institute for Teachers, at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College in Barry’s Bay, Ont., did not set out to dazzle or even impress, but rather, quietly resonate. Every year in mid-August, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College hosts a three-day seminar for Catholic teachers as nourishment and fortification for the coming school year. This year, more than 50 teachers gathered to consider the importance of beauty in forming ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of association includes the right to expel

Law Matters John Carpay In a free country, should a religious group be able to determine its own membership criteria? Or should judges have the power to impose their opinions about whether someone meets religious requirements? The Supreme Court of Canada will soon consider this question, raised by Randy Wall, who challenged his expulsion from a Calgary congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Wall became a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) in 1980, ... (Continue reading)

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A day’s work

A day’s work

Throughout North America, a celebration of work marks summer’s unofficial end, turning our minds from holidays to harvests. This year, however, Labour Day comes amid increasing interest in the notion of Universal Basic Income, a scheme whereby funding for social programs would be diverted directly to individual citizens. Those able to live on modest means, in other words, would be entirely freed from the need to work. Thus does ... (Continue reading)

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A history of Canada’s secularization

A history of Canada’s secularization

Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867-2017) by Don Hutchinson (Word Alive Press, $22.99, 276 pages) In Under Siege, former Evangelical Fellowship of Canada vice president and general legal counsel Don Hutchinson writes about the history of Christian churches in Canada describing how the Dominion began as a predominantly Christian nation to one in which is being led by the cultural elite “in a direction ... (Continue reading)

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Advice for Christians

Rory Leishman As recently as 50 years ago, it was still a serious criminal offence punishable by up to life in prison for anyone in Britain, Canada or the United States to commit an abortion. And much the same was true everywhere else in Western Europe where stringent laws protected human life in the womb Today, of course, that is no longer the case: Over the past few decades, every ... (Continue reading)

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Matercare founder Robert Walley honoured by CCRL

Matercare founder Robert Walley honoured by CCRL

Robert Walley (right) receives the Adam Exner Award from the Catholic Civil Rights League, represented by board members (front from left ) Charles Lewis, Alexander MacDonald, and Tanya Granic, and CCRL president Phil Horgan (back left and executive director Christian Elia (back right). Former religious freedom ambassador discusses the public square The Catholic ... (Continue reading)

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Catholic bishops’ letter to Canada’s foreign minister

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs Dear Minister, I am writing to express profound concern with your speech on Canadian Foreign Policy, which you gave in the House of Commons on Tuesday 6 June 2017, and on which Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau further elaborated on 9 June. In it, you equated women’s rights with the right to abortion and “sexual reproductive rights” and said “hese rights are at the core of Canadian foreign policy.” You went on to say ... (Continue reading)

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Brad Wall to invoke notwithstanding clause to restore democracy

Brad Wall to invoke notwithstanding clause to restore democracy

Thanks to judicial distortion of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms over the past 30 years, freedom of religion in Canada has come under such severe restriction that an otherwise law-abiding, and conscientious citizen could now lose his livelihood or even end up in jail simply for steadfastly upholding the traditional principles of Judeo-Christian morality. Faithful bakers, florists, printers and Christian organizations like the Knights of Columbus are well ... (Continue reading)

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Senate holds hearings on C-16

Senate holds hearings on C-16

Bill C-16 seeks to amend “the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination” and to amend the Criminal Code so that gender identity and gender expression are listed under the definition of “identifiable group” for protection against hate propaganda and are listed as aggravating circumstances for hate crimes. It passed its third reading in the ... (Continue reading)

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Q&A with Dr. Scott Masson

Q&A with Dr. Scott Masson

Dr. Scott Masson Dr. Scott Masson is an associate professor of English at Tyndale University College in Toronto.  He was the founding chairman of the Westminster Classical Christian Academy. His articles and commentary have been published in numerous journals, newspapers and magazines. Dr. Masson will soon be launching a news aggregator website at www.veracrux.com He is a husband and father of two. Campaign Life Coalition interviewed him in ... (Continue reading)

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A crucial distinction

Light is Right Joe Campbell "Don’t call it sin,” he declared, and proposed that, to describe someone’s immoral behaviour, I write objectively disordered. Preserve us from word-watchers, I thought. His lecture was a reminder of how much verbal clutter irritates me. Oh, I understand why he complained. I just don’t understand why he thought it necessary. It wouldn’t bother him if I wrote that certain acts are wrong. ... (Continue reading)

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