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Futile care

Futile care

In Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, Jessica Nutik Zitter, a Montreal-born physician and specialist in critical care medicine, gives a graphic insider’s account of how well-meaning critical care specialists like herself are all-too-apt to inflict futile, unnecessary and agonizing suffering upon dying patients in an intensive-care unit (ICU). To begin with, Zitter describes her first attempt as a medical student to resuscitate a dying ... (Continue reading)

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Legal pot dangerous for kids

The Convention on the Rights of the Child Treaty was ratified in 1989 and remains the most universally endorsed human rights treaty globally. The CRC is specific about the legitimate right all children have to be protected from the use of illicit drugs. Four articles within the CDC speak directly to this: Article 3: “In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child ... (Continue reading)

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Going to pot

Light is Right Joe Campbell Oh, I know it can be addictive, especially if you start using it in your teens. But it’s also medicinal. Among other benefits, a compound it contains may reduce anxiety, ease symptoms of schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, and prevent weight gain. Nevertheless, it’s still under a stigma. I’m not talking about marijuana. I’m talking about tobacco. After learning of its healing properties ... (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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Dunkirk highlights today’s social divisions

Dunkirk highlights today’s social divisions

In a summer of box office disappointments, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was an unexpected hit, since nobody thought that an epic film about the evacuation of British troops from Europe in the early days of World War II would be much more than a money-losing Oscar contender, meant to open deep in autumn. This would be the popular image of what was known as the “miracle of Dunkirk,” where the line between soldiers and citizens was erased just before the nation would ... (Continue reading)

Toronto politicians seek graphic abortion photo ban

Toronto politicians seek  graphic abortion photo ban

CCBR community liaison Devorah Gelman says people who are upset with images of abortion victims should take issue with the abortion procedure itself. Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park) called for a ban on pro-life protesters using signs with pictures of aborted babies after local residents complained ... (Continue reading)

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Census reveals changes in family formation, aging population

Statistics Canada revealed 2016 census figures on “families, households, and marital status” that showed a record number of Canadians are living alone. One-person households comprise 28 per cent of households, the most common type arrangement. The next most common are couples with children (26 per cent) followed by couples without children (26 per cent). Lone-parent families make up nine per cent of households. One in 25 are non-family households and multi-generational households comprise three per cent. Other types of households make ... (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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Wagner found guilty of mischief

Wagner found guilty of mischief

More than 11,000 emails and 200 letters of support for Mary Wagner were sent to Campaign Life Coalition's office. On August 15, Ontario Court of Justice judge Eric N. Libman found Mary Wagner, 43, guilty of mischief and breach of probation. She was convicted on charges arising from her Dec. 12, 2016, arrest at the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic, where she had tried to persuade women to ... (Continue reading)

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What is the Benedict option and will it help?

What is the Benedict option  and will it help?

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian World by Rod Dreher (Sentinel, $34, 262 pages) Journalist Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is a rarity: a socially conservative book urging Christians be more faithful that spurred a serious discussion in the mainstream media among pundits about the future of the so-called Religious Right and those who comprise it. David Brooks of the New York Times ... (Continue reading)

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The myth of the violent pro-lifers

The myth of the violent pro-lifers

Pro-life activist Bill Whatcot at a Metro Police station after a June 1999 assault. On May 29, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that the government was planning on implementing bubble zones, or “safe access zones,” around Ontario abortion facilities. Considering that it was calling for something that cannot truthfully be interpreted as anything other than a ... (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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Post-genderism

Post-genderism

A future without gender Transgenderism or gender equity may soon be passé. So too may be Emma Watson’s #HeforShe initiative or lamenting the grave injustice of the wage gap. For certain gender activists the ultimate goal is the abolition of gender all together. Postgenderism, often associated with transhumanism – the movement to transform humanity with science and technology – is not just a rejection of the gender binary of ... (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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Social justice warriors

Law Matters John Carpay I’m only 49, but I remember when socialists still respected religious freedom, free speech, and freedom of association. I remember when the Left, advancing its case for bigger government and the forced redistribution of income, appealed to facts and logic. The Left opposed economic liberty, and while that is no small thing, the Left was otherwise sympathetic to the free society. I thought ... (Continue reading)

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