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Deconstructing the deconstructionists

Liberalism is a smiley-faced demolition project – in a purely positive, hopey-changey sense of the word “demolition,” that is. Since the innumerable “social constructs” that litter the highway of history are impediments to human progress, the time has come to clear them out of the way. Margaret Mead taught us that patriarchy was a social construct. According to moral relativists, right and wrong are social constructs. Recently we discovered that traditional marriage (i.e., between a man and a woman) was ... (Continue reading)

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The Supremacy of the Courts?

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC) was busy last month; they handed down two significant judgements. Both are significantly flawed. The judgement on prayer in a municipal chamber in Quebec was discussed in more detail in Leader Rod Taylor’s article in the Vancouver Sun, but other arbitrary decisions by the SCOC, including its recent ban on mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related infractions, raise another whole level of concerns about the Supreme Court itself. With calls for increased gun control and condemnation ... (Continue reading)

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Supreme Court rules against city council prayer

On April 15, in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada deemed it unconstitutional for municipal councils to begin their meetings with a denominational prayer. The case originated when Alain Simoneau and the Mouvement laëque québécois (Quebec Secular Movement) challenged the city of Saguenay opening its meetings with a Catholic prayer. The case wound through the province’s human rights commission and courts before the Supreme Court heard the case last year. In its decision last month, the justices said, “the ... (Continue reading)

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Traditionalism in Canada 50 years after Lament for a Nation

Traditionalism in Canada 50 years after Lament for a Nation

2015 is the 50th Anniversary of George Grant’s Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism, probably Grant’s best known and most accessible book. One could sharply ask today – is there still really a place for Grantian-type traditionalism in current-day Canada? First of all, it should be remembered that Grant’s profound and subtle definition of conservatism is very remote from what is its more common definition today, as ... (Continue reading)

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Michael Coren and The Interim

Over the past 10 months, many readers have wrote, emailed, and called to complain about Michael Coren. It should be noted that these complaints were never about something he wrote in The Interim. But his columns elsewhere and on-air commentary sometimes rubbed readers the wrong way when he differed with this paper’s editorial line. He took a different approach on homosexuality, pro-life tactics, and sex-ed than we do here ... (Continue reading)

Fight against Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum continues

Fight against Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum continues

Even the media acknowledged the “thousands” of protesters at Queen’s Park on April 14 as a large multicultural crowd heard speakers, displayed signs, and chanted that they would never accept the planned new sex-ed curriculum being foisted upon Ontario students by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government. Organizers estimate that half the people at the protest were Muslims, most of them women, while there were also large contingents of Sikhs and Russian ... (Continue reading)

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Brown the ‘clear choice’ in Ontario PC leadership race

Brown the ‘clear choice’ in Ontario PC leadership race

Monte McNaughton said that Patrick Brown shares his social conservative convictions, but also the best approach to party revitalization. While there was no risk of vote-splitting in the preferential ballot system, Monte McNaughton’s withdrawal leaves one social conservative in the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race. On April 9, with about a month ... (Continue reading)

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Analysis of Ontario’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum 2015

Analysis of Ontario’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum 2015

  The health and physical education curriculum for Ontario needed to be updated, but the manner and content of the “updating” has been dishonest and disrespectful toward parents. The process has been a continuation of the social engineering launched by this provincial government in 2008-2010 under then Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. Unhappy with the pace of implementation of its Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy the Liberal government amended the Education ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life giant Jack Willke passes away

Pro-life giant Jack Willke passes away

Jack Willke On Feb. 20, pro-life pioneer Dr. John (Jack) Willke passed away peacefully at his home a the age of 89. An obstetrician who along with his wife Barbara taught human sexuality courses in the 1960s, the couple transitioned to pro-life work even before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion-on-demand the law of the land in the the United States. He was president of National ... (Continue reading)

Pro-life youth storm the United Nations while Canada stays on message

Pro-life youth storm the United Nations while Canada stays on message

Campaign Life Coalition's team with the Director of Culture of Life Africa. From left to right: Natasha Milavec, Matthew Wojciechowski, Obianuju Ekeocha, Conchita D'Souza, Shatel Jose, and Carter Grant. From March 9-20, thousands of people representing more than 1100 non-government ... (Continue reading)

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Benjamin Levin to plead guilty to child porn charges, seeks support of friends

Benjamin Levin to plead guilty to child porn charges, seeks support of friends

Benjamin Levin In a letter seeking support from his friends, leaked to media this week, accused child pornographer Benjamin Levin admits that he asked a mother “to sexually assault her child for him.” The letter provides the first comments the public has heard from Levin since his July 2013 arrest on child sex charges. As deputy minister of education under Premier Kathleen Wynne when she was minister of education, Levin ... (Continue reading)

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Children from large families less likely to divorce

Scientists have found that children from larger families may have lower divorce rates. Sociology professor Doug Downey, assistant professor Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, and graduate student Joseph Merry from Ohio State University presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association on August 13, 2013. Data from the General Social Survey, which involves interviews with 57,000 American adults between 1972 and 2002, showed that having an additional sibling (up to a maximum of seven) gave additional protection from future divorce, ... (Continue reading)

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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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