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The re-readable Mark Steyn

The re-readable Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn has been writing about the culture for more than a decade and a half, for National Review, the National Post, Maclean’s, The (London) Spectator, his own website (Steyn Online), and numerous other publications. Not a noted environmentalist, he recycles those columns, essays, and blogposts in a must-read collection, The documented Mark Steyn: Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned by Mark Steyn (Regnery, $34.49, 442 pages). And they are ... (Continue reading)

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Remembrance and inheritance

Remembrance and inheritance

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Report looks at free speech at Canada’s universities

Report looks at free speech at Canada’s universities

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its annual report on the state of free speech in Canada’s universities, and it doesn’t bode well for the liberty of students on campus. The 2014 Campus Freedom Index gives four grades in total to each of Canada’s 52 publicly funded universities. The administration and student union at each institution receive two grades based on how much their official policy and actual ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto school board attempts to silence trustee over ‘transphobic’ tweets

Toronto school board  attempts to silence trustee  over ‘transphobic’ tweets

Teachers union upset with Toronto District School Board trustee Sam Sotiropoulos' tweets. Toronto District School Board trustee Sam Sotiropoulos, who made headlines several months ago for questioning the board’s participation in the gay pride parade, has once again found himself the target of LGBTQ activists. After tweeting two weeks ago that he “reserves the right” to believe transgenderism does not ... (Continue reading)

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OHRC requires Hockey Canada to allow ‘trans’ players to choose their dressing room

OHRC requires Hockey Canada to allow ‘trans’ players to choose their dressing room

Barbara Hall, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, called forcing minor hockey leagues to accept transgender players a "milestone". Hockey Canada has agreed to change its rules to allow minor hockey players in Ontario who identify as “transgender” to choose which dressing room to use. The change comes following a human rights complaint from a 17-year-old female hockey player, Jesse Thompson, who says she now identifies ... (Continue reading)

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Girls and boys are different. Naturally.

Once feminist Andrea Phillips saw her two daughters wanted to have the pink’ toys and pink dresses that are targeted specifically towards girls, she started to realize that there was nothing she could do about it. There would be no response to give her two young girls as to why it would be wrong to get the toys they like, without coming off as a feminist and trying to block them from what she was actually trying to promote, a ... (Continue reading)

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Show the Truth pickets PEI abortion conference

Show the Truth pickets PEI abortion conference

Rosemary Connell says Show the Truth put the unborn baby in people's consciousness during Prince Edward Island tour. Approximately 60 pro-life activists took part in a Show the Truth tour on Prince Edward Island last month. They were protesting a conference held at the University of Prince Edward Island on August 7-8, entitled ... (Continue reading)

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An excellent diplomatic posting

An excellent diplomatic posting

Dennis Savoie On August 1, the Conservative government announced that Dennis Savoie, a former deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (2006-2013), was appointed as Canada’s new ambassador to the Holy See (Vatican). The appointment immediately faced criticism from the New Democratic Party, with MP and Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs Paul Dewar (Ottawa South) condemning Savoie’s past comments on abortion. In 2009, Savoie addressed the Knights ... (Continue reading)

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Annual LifeChain demonstration bears fruit

Annual LifeChain demonstration bears fruit

Lifechain locations Across Canada HERE   Every year, when the beginning of October arrives, pro-life advocates of all ages look forward to LifeChain. The demonstration is typically held on the first Sunday of the month. Participants stand along sidewalks at designated public intersections, holding signs bearing messages such as “Abortion Kills Children,” “Abortion Hurts Women,” or “Adoption – the Loving Option.” LifeChain was launched by an ... (Continue reading)

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More than 70 witnesses testify on government’s prostitution bill

More than 70 witnesses testify on government’s prostitution bill

While Parliament has recessed for the summer, the House of Commons justice committee conducted hearings on the government’s prostitution bill. From July 7 to 10, the House of Commons Justice Committee heard from over 70 witnesses regarding Bill C-36. Former prostitute Timea Nagy of Walk With Me Canada Victims’ Services spoke in favour of the bill, recounting the abuse she encountered. “Focusing on women and looking at them as victims in this industry will actually provide more opportunities for them to ... (Continue reading)

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U.S. Supreme Court permits companies to exercise religious freedom

Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood not forced to supply contraception in employee medical insurance benefits  On June 30, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Hobby Lobby, an American hobby supply chain, and Conestoga Wood, a custom cabinet maker, cannot be compelled to provide abortion-inducing drugs in their insurance plans. The 5-4 majority decision in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Burwell and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell found that closely-held for-profit corporations are protected by the Religious ... (Continue reading)

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Schindler fights for vulnerable, nine years after sister’s death

Schindler fights for vulnerable, nine years after sister’s death

Terri (Schindler) Schiavo Nine years ago, most of North America was captivated by the legal drama surrounding Terri (Schindler) Schiavo. The Florida woman sustained severe brain injuries in 1990 after her brain was deprived of oxygen. As a result, Schiavo relied on a feeding tube for nutrition and hydration. Schiavo did not have a living will. Her estranged husband Michael, and parents Mary and Bob Schindler, became involved ... (Continue reading)

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Maternal health: no abortion, but there is family planning

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper hosted the Summit on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) in Toronto May 28-30, with more than 300 representatives of international agencies, foreign governments, and non-government organizations, to continue the work on his 2010 Muskoka initiative to reduce maternal and infant morbidity. While many of the partner organizations the Canadian government works with promote population control and abortion rights as part of maternal health, Harper was adamant that the $3.5 billion Canada will commit over five ... (Continue reading)

New Brunswick pro-lifers battle hospital injunction

New Brunswick pro-lifers battle hospital injunction

Members of Bathurst Pro-Life picket the Chaleur Regional Hospital An international, fraternal organization is throwing its weight behind a group of pro-lifers facing legal action from a New Brunswick health authority for protesting in front of a hospital where abortions were being carried out. “We’re definitely working with national and international groups to get funding for them,” said David Hitchcock, state advocate for ... (Continue reading)

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Government introduces law clamping down on prostitution

The Conservatives have introduced a new bill following the Nordic model that prosecutes pimps and johns without criminalizing the activity of prostitutes. Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, received its first reading on June 4 and second reading on June 11, and it’s expected to pass the House of Commons when Parliament returns from recess in the fall. The Conservative government drafted the bill in response to the unanimous Supreme Court Bedford decision last December that struck ... (Continue reading)

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