Religious Education

‘New’ Ontario sex-ed a lot like the old curriculum

Gender identity theory to be taught in Grade 8, homosexuality in Grade 5 An estimated 300-500 people attended the anti-sex ed rally at Queen's Park on Sept. 21. 2016 In what pro-family advocates are blasting as a “broken promise,” Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced March 15 that the government will be instituting a sex-education curriculum that exposes children to the topics of “gender identity” and “consent.” “Our plan will ... (Continue reading)

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Broken promises and politics

Broken promises and politics

Doug Ford Premier of Ontario It is hardly a secret that candidates for political office do not always keep their promises, and yet voters get fooled time and time again by politicians vowing to do this or that. Many voters assume that when a politician speaks he or she is lying, cynically believing that a promise made on the campaign trail is unlikely to be kept. Jokes, ... (Continue reading)

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Social issues featured prominently in Alberta election

Social issues featured prominently in Alberta election

The Alberta NDP will face voters April 16 and it is expected that Rachel Notley’s government will fall to the United Conservative Party led by former pro-life federal MP Jason Kenney. Jason Kenney; leader of the United Conservative Party. Kenney, a former co-chair of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus in the 1990s and erstwhile immigration minister under Stephen Harper, returned to Alberta in 2016 and united ... (Continue reading)

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Crisis at St. Mike’s should force schooling rethink

Crisis at St. Mike’s should force schooling rethink

I have been a lifelong fan of the Beach Boys, but I’ve never been able to understand their 1963 hit single, “Be True To Your School.” That probably says more about me than the Beach Boys, but I think it has a lot to do with my high school, which has been in the news quite a bit lately as I write this column. “Be True To Your School” is ... (Continue reading)

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Halton Catholic school board scraps pro-life policy

Halton Catholic school board scraps pro-life policy

Pro-life Halton Catholic school board trustee Helena Karabela was re-elected on Oct. 22nd. Halton’s Catholic school board killed its eight-month-old Sanctity of Life policy last month, but the bitter controversy the motion provoked didn’t die with it. Instead, it raged on in the campaign for Ontario’s municipal election, with the winners decided at the ballot box Oct. 22. The local ... (Continue reading)

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Canada’s velvet totalitarianism

Law Matters John Carpay Canada in 2018 is still a relatively safe space for practicing Christians. Especially when compared to Pakistan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, where churches are burned, bombed or banned. Or China, which persecutes believers who attend authentic Christian churches free from government control. Canada’s velvet totalitarianism is such that the British Columbia government did not resort to dungeon, fire, or sword to shut down a ... (Continue reading)

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Humanae Vitae at 50

Humanae Vitae at 50

The background       Pope Paul VI There was a great deal of moral tumult in 1968. The sexual revolution was in full swing, with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner declaring the year before, “I am in the center of the world.” Canada legalized divorce and was on the verge of legalizing contraception and homosexual acts, and permitting abortion-on-demand. Three years earlier, in the Griswold decision, the United ... (Continue reading)

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The wisdom of Humanae Vitae

The wisdom of Humanae Vitae

Editors’ note: These are excerpts from the encyclical Humane Vitae. God’s Loving Design Married love particularly reveals its true nature and nobility when we realize that it takes its origin from God, who “is love,” the Father “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.” Marriage, then, is far from being the effect of chance or the result of the blind evolution of natural forces. It is in reality ... (Continue reading)

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Halton board suspends pro-life charity policy

Halton board suspends pro-life charity policy

Trustee Helena Karabela The Halton Catholic District School Board suspended its sanctity of life policy which prohibits student organizations and its 50 schools from fundraising for “any charities or non-profits that publicly support, either directly or indirectly, abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia, or embryonic stem cell research,” following pressure from the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne and student protests against the pro-life requirement. In February, the HCDSB voted 5-4 to ... (Continue reading)

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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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MacLachlan makes controversial ruling for interveners in Trinity Western case

Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner says he didn’t mean to exclude LGBTQ groups when he culled the list of associations wanting to intervene in a pivotal religious freedom case that Canada’s top court will hear at the end of the year. That case concerns Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, which allegedly would discriminate against homosexuals because it requires its students sign a community covenant that includes agreeing to refrain from any sexual relationship “that violates the sacredness of marriage between ... (Continue reading)

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The Interim produces curriculum for teachers, home-schoolers

The Interim produces curriculum for teachers, home-schoolers

For the past 16 years The Interim has been fighting climate change; not the fake kind allegedly impacting our planet, but rather the genuine intellectual pollution that brings on confusion and undermines true education, so crucial to the formation of an informed and honest citizenry. Our secular state, in the name of tolerance and modernization demands a secular approach toå education for its citizens in a pluralistic and democratic Canada. At the same time, the role of the classroom teachers is ... (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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ICE guidelines on sex-ed disappoint

ICE guidelines on sex-ed disappoint

Limited space permits just a brief consideration in these pages of the Institute for Catholic Education’s Catholic lens of the controversial 2015 Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum document for Ontario schools. For a detailed treatment visit www.theinterim.com. When the controversial 2015 HPE curriculum for Ontario schools was released, parents with children in the Catholic school system were reassured by bishops, trustees, and education leaders that the document’s learning expectations ... (Continue reading)

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Celebrating Christmas with Johnny Hart and B.C.

Celebrating Christmas with Johnny Hart and B.C.

Christmas is upon us. We’ll be trimming our trees, putting wreaths on doors, eating sumptuous meals, singing carols (or having them sung to us) and opening presents. I’ve recommended Christmas-themed books, animated specials, and DVDs to Interim readers in the past. This year, my focus will be on a talented cartoonist with strong Christian principles, Johnny Hart. Hart’s work was published in the Saturday Evening Post, Stars and Stripes, and Collier’s ... (Continue reading)

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