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B.C. appeal court rules father must refer to teen daughter as ‘him’

B.C. appeal court rules father must refer to teen daughter as 'him'

The British Columbia court of appeal ruled Friday that a 13-year-old girl was old enough to consent to testosterone shots despite her father’s objections that his troubled daughter had been influenced by transgender advocates and did not understand the long-term consequences of her decision. The appeal ruling released January 10 also placed the father under a “conduct order” effective until April that directs him to acknowledge his now 15-year-old daughter ... (Continue reading)

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Euthanasia and organ harvesting

Euthanasia and organ harvesting

Editor’s Note: The term “euthanasia” in Canada, in its legal voluntary form is called “medical assistance in dying” and became legal along with assisted suicide in June 2016. The term ‘assisted suicide’ means that the individual committing suicide dies by a self-administered drug rather than a doctor-administered lethal injection. “Medical assistance in dying” and “death by legal injection” mean that a doctor is assisting the person to commit suicide. In all cases, the topic is suicide. ... (Continue reading)

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Two Popes disappoints, Messiah intrigues

Two Popes disappoints, Messiah intrigues

The film The Two Popes stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Marlo Bergoglio (later Pope Frances). You don’t expect to see religion being treated with respect or insight in popular media these days. For religious people that attitude might be paranoia, ... (Continue reading)

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5,000 Canadians killed by euthanasia in 2019 and 13,000 since legalization

5,000 Canadians killed by euthanasia in 2019 and 13,000 since legalization

Alex Schadenberg criticized the federal government's consultation process and plan to expand euthanasia. The media is reporting that there have been more than 6700 medically assistance in dying (MAiD) deaths in Canada since it was legalized in June 2016. I estimate that there have been at least 13,000 euthanasia deaths and here is how I defend this estimate. First, ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa, Quebec intent on expanding euthanasia

Ottawa, Quebec intent on expanding euthanasia

Both federal government and province rush consultations ahead of court-imposed March deadline Justice Minister David Lametti has long supported broadening Canada's euthanasia rules. Ottawa gave the public two weeks to provide input on how it should expand euthanasia while the Quebec provincial government scheduled just one day of consultations ahead of broadening criteria for people seeking so-called medical ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta MLA vows to keep fighting for conscience rights

A rookie Alberta politician is pressing forward with his private member’s conscience rights bill despite controversy and an unrelated tragedy that has inadvertently impeded the bill’s progress. United Conservative Party MLA Dan Williams says that no matter what becomes of Bill 207, he’ll keep fighting for conscience rights’ protection. “I hear that every single day, wherever I go, that this is an incredibly important issue. So because I know Albertans are behind it, I believe that the legislature will vote in favour ... (Continue reading)

CCRL honours Fr. Van Hee

CCRL honours Fr. Van Hee

Phil Horgan and Christian Elia present Fr. Tony Van Hee with the Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Excellence in Public Life at the annual Catholic Civil Rights League dinner on Nov. 25th, 2019. The Catholic Civil Rights League honoured ... (Continue reading)

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Ban on deadnaming shuts down debate

Andrew Lawton I’ve seen more doctors in my life than I can count, yet never once have I felt the need to see a gynecologist. And why would I? I don’t think I’m oversharing to say that I lack the parts that any respectable gynecologist would be comfortable working on. So does Jessica Yaniv, the transgender individual who has catapulted to infamy this year over demands that waxologists provide a full ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto trustee who opposed LGBTQ evil responds to critics

Toronto trustee who opposed LGBTQ evil responds to critics

Editor’s Note: Michael Del Grande is a Toronto Catholic District School Board trustee under attack from LGBT activists and their allies. Del Grande, along with Theresa Lubinski, Garry Tanuan, and Nancy Crawford, voted Nov. 7 against adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the TCDSB’s code of conduct. He warned the TCDSB was heading down a “slippery slope” by adding terms that endorse gender ideology in contradiction to Church teaching, and he facetiously proposed that the board add other categories of ... (Continue reading)

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A church-sized hole

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke At a recent Mass I attended, the deacon indicated in his homily that we are most like Jesus when we fight against social injustices. The examples he gave? That of students participating in the climate strike, those calling for proper preparations for natural disasters, etc. I nearly keeled over the pew right then, because I’m so tired of a) the hysteria over our ... (Continue reading)

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Election notebook

Election notebook

Green Party candidate repudiates pro-life position October 1 Mark Vercouteren, Green Party candidate in Chatham-Kent-Leamington, stated he supported abortion after it was reported he had previously indicated he was pro-life in Campaign Life Coalition questionnaires from previous elections, including the 2018 provincial election. He said he “doesn’t remember” signing the questionnaire. Vercouteren issued a statement, “you have my word I would never veer from the position of the Green Party of Canada supporting the right of any woman ... (Continue reading)

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Love our enemies

Rory Leishman Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, is a timely new book by Arthur C. Brooks that presents a compelling argument about how all people – left and right, pro-life and “pro-choice” – can best communicate their ideas to friends and fellow citizens about subjects on which they fundamentally disagree. As president of the American Enterprise Institute, Brooks has had considerable ... (Continue reading)

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Pride cometh before a fall

Pride cometh before a fall

Josie Luetke It may just be my impression, but this past Pride Month seemed particularly vociferous. On numerous occasions, socially conservative friends and coworkers dutifully noted: “Pride cometh before the fall.” Now, I mean no offense to them and believe they were just offering a sincere warning, but it’s easy to see how this verse could be recited proudly, as if we were immune to such a sin, and ... (Continue reading)

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Court action exposes GSAs as ideological clubs

Law Matters John Carpay In March of 2015, Alberta’s Progressive Conservative government rushed a bill through the legislature in a matter of hours, requiring every school in Alberta to set up a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at a student’s request. Politicians promised the public that GSAs would merely be peer support groups, not political clubs that advocate for an ideology. Four years later, events have disproven the claim that GSAs ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario court rules against conscience rights

Ontario court rules against conscience rights

Sheila Harding, president of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada said her group was disappointed with the ruling. On May 15, an Ontario appeal court struck a blow against religious freedom, ruling that the right of doctors to conscientiously object to participating in abortion and euthanasia is trumped by ... (Continue reading)

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