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The pornification of Hollywood

The pornification of Hollywood

When Fifty Shades of Grey made the transition from best-selling novel to box office smash movie – on Valentine’s Day, no less – we were given another opportunity to watch the border between the mainstream movie industry and its pornographic cousin evaporate into further irrelevance. For anyone living in blissful isolation for the last couple of years, Fifty Shades began life as the first part of a trilogy written by ... (Continue reading)

Planned Parenthood to teach ‘safe sexting’

Planned Parenthood Ottawa is holding workshops to instruct teens in safe sexting. “If you tell youth not to do it, simply that it’s illegal, they hear, ‘don’t get caught,’ and it doesn’t help them understand the actual risks involved in sexting,” said Lauren Dobson-Hughes, president of PP Ottawa, to Maclean’s. “We would rather youth talk about consent in an age-appropriate way, throughout their lives, so they understand that sharing a picture without someone’s consent isn’t right.” Sexting is the sending of sexually ... (Continue reading)

B.C. court denies Charter rights to pro-lifers on campus

B.C. court denies Charter rights to pro-lifers on campus

Former University of Victoria student Cameron Cote In a stunning reversal of recent rulings in nearby provinces, British Columbia Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson has ruled that Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not apply to pro-life students seeking space on the University of Victoria campus to demonstrate. Former U Vic student Cameron Cote and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association had petitioned for a declaration ... (Continue reading)

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Diverse crowd opposes Wynne’s sex ed

Diverse crowd opposes Wynne’s sex ed

Numerous times speakers were interrupted with chants of “we say no” and “save our children.” Patrick Brown and Monte McNaughton, two Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership hopefuls, spoke. They both vowed to oppose the curriculum, urged those in attendance to let the government know they will not accept the curriculum, and insisted it was not yet a done deal. “This fight is not over,” McNaughton said. Speakers included parents and pastors concerned ... (Continue reading)

Three speakers back out of Legatus meeting after gay activist pressure

Three speakers back out of Legatus meeting after gay activist pressure

For the second year in a row, scheduled speakers for the Legatus National Summit decided against addressing the group after campaigns by gay-rights groups who claim the Catholic business group is “homophobic.” Fox News personality Bret Baeir withdrew from Legatus event over concerns they were 'homophobic.' Last year comedian Bob Newhart caved to pressure. This year, Fox News ... (Continue reading)

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Massive U.S. March for Life

Massive U.S. March for Life

The 42 annual March for Life was held Jan. 22 in Washington D.C., with at least a half million people participating. Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky led off the pre-March rally with a prayer, and he was followed by a short speech by March for Life chairman Patrick Kelly who said, “when I look out on this enormous crowd, I see a tide turning in ... (Continue reading)

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BMO requiring corporate clients to conform to its pro-gay ‘diversity’ standards

BMO requiring corporate clients to conform to its pro-gay ‘diversity’ standards

The Bank of Montreal, Canada’s fourth largest bank, has begun a process of requiring the businesses with which it works to conform to its pro-homosexual “diversity” standards. In an Oct. 9, email to its legal suppliers, leaked by the Institute for Canadian Values, the Bank of Montreal (BMO) wrote that to show its “commitment to diversity and inclusion” it will no longer do business with law firms whose diversity standards ... (Continue reading)

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RCMP, CBC criticize Parliament Hill flag demonstration

RCMP, CBC criticize Parliament Hill flag demonstration

The CBC website featured a story headlined, “Anti-abortion protest bent rules on Parliament Hill.” This was on Dec. 12, more than two months after the demonstration in the nation’s capital. On Oct. 2, the Association for Reformed Political Action had volunteers erect 100,000 small blue and pink flags representing the “approximately 100,000 preborn children terminated through abortion each year in Canada.” But according to rules governing use of Parliament Hill, events ... (Continue reading)

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Olympics to become more gay friendly

On Dec. 8, the International Olympic Committee unanimously approved a wide-ranging package of 40 recommendations, the Olympic Agenda 2020, that includes a rewording of its anti-discrimination Principle 6 clause to include a reference to “sexual orientation” as a protected category. The Principle 6 clause of the Olympic Charter will be amended to state that “any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, or otherwise is incompatible with belonging ... (Continue reading)

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Elite ideology as class warfare

Elite ideology as class warfare

I blame Karl Marx for a lot of things, but after inspiring some of the most destructive and blood-thirsty governments in modern history, his most abidingly destructive legacy is hobbling our understanding of the word “class.” For as long as I’ve been alive, when almost anyone talks about the class system they end up invoking images frozen somewhere in the middle of the European 19th century. Arrogant entitled aristocrats and heartless mill owners; upright bourgeois, dispirited workers and peasants. It’s a ... (Continue reading)

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College of physicians seeks end to conscience rights for Ontario doctors

College of physicians seeks end to conscience rights for Ontario doctors

The College Council of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is seeking input during an “external consultation” on a draft policy that would force doctors to do abortions and vasectomies and prescribe contraception, even if it violated their moral or religious beliefs. The OCPS is seeking public input until Feb. 20, which is a continuation of the consultation process that began last year as the College sought to update ... (Continue reading)

Media elite unplugged

Media elite unplugged

Last month I wrote about the unease and apprehension that the internet and social media have inspired, within society and even in the precincts of Hollywood. The story so far is that, after marvelling at the massive new fortunes made by entities like Facebook and Twitter, we’ve begun worrying that moving parts of our social and emotional life online might not be healthy for us, and definitely won’t do ... (Continue reading)

Christian compassion

With all of the talk about the deadly Ebola virus I have been reminded about how pro-lifers and Catholics in particular were treated when we dared to criticize conventional wisdom about how to deal with AIDS and HIV. We are condemned because many in the pro-life community highlighted the dangers of condom use in Africa in the attempt to prevent AIDS and explained how the solution far more profound and complex. Some context first. AIDS had smashed its way through Africa ... (Continue reading)

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An animated Christmas for young and old

An animated Christmas for young and old

There are many annual Christmas traditions that families and friends share and experience together. This can include caroling in the streets, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, sharing a few glasses of eggnog, and looking at the decorations in department store windows. A popular one in my household is watching classic Christmas animated TV specials. Some of them are still in regular rotation, including A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which ... (Continue reading)

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PC leadership hopeful slams Liberal government over sex ed

PC leadership hopeful slams Liberal government over sex ed

Monte McNaughton demanded Kathleen Wynne release details of her government’s sex ed plans. Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership hopeful Monte McNaughton has challenged the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne over its plans to introduce a sex ed program. In 2010, Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government nixed its new sex education curriculum after parents and religious groups condemned the program ... (Continue reading)

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