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University of Alberta sees law students as fragile snowflakes

Law Matters John Carpay Society never becomes more tolerant, but merely shifts the target of its intolerance. At various times in history, and in various places, the authorities have sought to crush anti-slavery speech, anti-Communist speech, and a multitude of religious doctrines deemed to be heretical. Censorship always stems from the same impulse: the authorities are firmly convinced they have the absolute Truth, and are therefore entitled to ... (Continue reading)

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Can judicial activism be reversed?

National Affairs Rory Leishman Who would have thought that it might take a crass narcissist like United States President-elect Donald Trump to curb the greatest moral catastrophe in the history of the United States: namely, the deliberate, mass slaughter in the womb of more than 50 million babies over the past 40 years. Trump has got off to a promising start on his presidency by nominating two, impeccably ... (Continue reading)

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How wrong can they be?

Light is Right Joe Campbell Pity the poor legislators. Increasingly, Big Brother watches their every move. Well, not just Big Brother, Big Sister, too. Being constantly watched is intimidating. Having what you painstakingly put together repeatedly taken apart is demeaning. But that’s the fate of legislators under a judicial dictatorship. From time to time, I’ve called Big Brother/Sister, also known as the Supreme Court, the judicial magisterium. Not ... (Continue reading)

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CPC leadership candidates raise social issues

CPC leadership candidates raise social issues

On Nov. 29, former MP Pierre Lemieux entered the Conservative Party leadership race, and less than two weeks later he released a video calling for a “respectful debate” on sex-selective abortion. The former Glengarry–Prescott–Russell MP said that “in a democracy such as ours, there should be no debate that is closed.” He said that sex-selective abortion was an issue that should be debated and that “I stand with those Canadians ... (Continue reading)

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Court hears graphic testimony in Rev. Hawkes sex assault trial

Court hears graphic testimony in Rev. Hawkes sex assault trial

Lawyer Clayton Ruby questions victim’s memory Editor’s Note: The story below contains colloquial and graphic details of an alleged sexual assault. Gay-rights leader Rev. Brent Hawkes faces historic allegations of sexual assault. The rural Nova Scotia trial of Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes on sexual assault charges heard a now middle-aged complainant tearfully offer multisensory details of allegations dating back to ... (Continue reading)

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Talking points for pastorally sensitive and constructive conversations

Q: The allegations date back to the mid-1970s. Some leaders fear that even after retirement somebody disgruntled somewhere will bring up a complaint out of nowhere. Why do we even prosecute historic sexual assault? A: Regardless of whether they’ve held authoritative roles, most observers would recognize that allowing minors to drink in one’s home would be most unusual for a teacher and coach who was responding to a religious calling. While Hawkes is not on trial for facilitating underage drinking, such ... (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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Student unions held to account on free speech

Law Matters John Carpay Campus free speech hits a temporary road block in October, wih an Ontario court ruling against Students for Life at Ryerson. Since 2013, these pro-life students have been denied their right to set up a campus club by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). Without status as a registered campus club, the students cannot set up a table on clubs day, cannot advertise, and cannot readily ... (Continue reading)

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‘Completed life’

‘Completed life’

How sad it is that the Netherlands, a country which heroically resisted the Nazi euthanasia program, is now saddled with a government so steeped in the culture of death that it plans to extend legalized assisted suicide to any healthy elderly person who has voluntarily resolved that he or she has simply had a “completed life” (voltooid leven) and wants to die. For Albert Heringa, a Dutch intellectual and longstanding ... (Continue reading)

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Almost as many chemical abortions as surgical in U.S.

Almost as many chemical abortions as surgical in U.S.

You may buy mifepristone (ru486) medical abortion pill online. An analysis by the Reuters news service of data from Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities as well as state health records indicates that the abortion pill is almost as common a way to end a pregnancy in the United States as surgical abortion. The shift has occurred as federal restrictions on ... (Continue reading)

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Donald Trump won the election. What now?

Donald Trump won the election. What now?

Donald Trump won the presidency on Nov. 9. Pro-lifers are watching to see if he fulfills his promise to appoint anti-Roe v. Wade judges. Against the odds and perhaps even the expectations of the Trump campaign (if friendly media reports are to be believed), real estate tycoon ... (Continue reading)

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Canadians oppose gambling expansion

According to a new poll, most Canadians do not want gambling to be expanded. The results of an Angus Reid poll released on Oct. 13 found that only 9 per cent of Canadians wish for government to be more involved in gambling, while 38 per cent want the government to play a lesser role and 63 per cent still believe that there is a net benefit to the provinces having a stake in the gambling industry. According to the poll, many ... (Continue reading)

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The natural world doesn’t care about you

The natural world doesn’t care about you

I was born and raised a city kid; you have to go back to Scotland and Queen Victoria to find someone in my family who lived and worked in the country. Pavement and asphalt are my natural habitat, so it was with some unease that I bought my first pair of hiking shoes this year, in preparation for a trip to Ireland that involved climbing to the peak of ... (Continue reading)

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Progressive solecisms (Part II)

There is a certain intellectual consistency, at least, between the expedient fluidity of liberals’ positions on women, gays, and Islam, and their affectation that gender is a matter of private whim. For progressives, after all, neither words nor states of being are ever objectively fixed. Thus marriage is not a union between a man and a woman as determined by immemorial custom or law, but a gauzy and malleable concept to be defined and re-defined in accordance with the evolving ... (Continue reading)

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Feds hold national accessibility law consultations

Carla Qualtrough, who serves as the Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, is holding consultations as she prepares to draft Canada’s first national accessibility legislation. The creation of such a law is referenced in her 2015 mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining Qualtrough’s ministerial responsibilities. In September, Qualtrough was interviewed by Jonathan Charlton of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Asked about the purpose of the legislation, the minister explained that it would require “businesses, service providers, program deliverers within federal ... (Continue reading)

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