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Great Canadian pro-lifers

Great Canadian pro-lifers

As Mother Teresa said on Parliament Hill in 1988, “The beautiful thing about the Pro-life movement is that its ordinary people doing extraordinary things for God.” In this the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada, numerous publications have issued their own lists of prominent Canadians. Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition offers this partial list of some of the outstanding pro-life people he has met from across the country - living and deceased. This is by no means ... (Continue reading)

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Liberals, NDP reject pro-life MP as women’s committee chair

Liberals, NDP reject pro-life MP as women’s committee chair

Conservative MP Rachael Harder's pro-life views upset Liberals and NDP on the status of women committee. The Liberals and NDP ganged up on Conservative MP Rachael Harder (Lethbridge) to prevent her from becoming chair of the House of Commons committee for the status of women because she holds pro-life views. On Sept. 26, the Liberals and ... (Continue reading)

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Hefner, Weinstein and the culture

Hefner, Weinstein and the culture

The rancid feast that is the news cycle served up a pair of groaning platters recently when the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was quickly followed up by the destruction of the public reputation of Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer and the founder of Miramax studios. Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy and champion of ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario legislates anti-free speech bubble zone

Ontario legislates anti-free speech bubble zone

Ontario enacts bubble zone law. Last month all three official parties joined forces to swiftly pass Bill 163, the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017, stifling the free speech, expression, and assembly rights of pro-lifers. The law, passed on Oct. 25, creates a bubble zone around abortion facilities of at least 50 meters -- and as much 150 meters -- in which any pro-life activity, ... (Continue reading)

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The problem with pro-abortion philosophy

The problem with  pro-abortion philosophy

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke In a YouTube video published on July 25, as part of a series called “Philosophy Time,” featuring actor James Franco and his friend Eliot Michaelson, Princeton University philosophy professor Liz Harman tries to justify the view that early-stage abortions are morally neutral. Her argument, in a nutshell, is this: If a fetus does not have moral status, it is not wrong to abort it. ... (Continue reading)

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‘Safety and security’

Law Matters John Carpay In Canada today, if you want to shut down the conference, rally or speaking engagement of someone whose opinion you disagree with, all you need to do to is accuse your opponent of being far right, racist, fascist, white supremacist, Islamophobic, or homophobic. The accusations need not be true, as long as they are shocking and loathsome. Hurling these kinds of accusations will ... (Continue reading)

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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