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Ministry of education, public health, teacher’s union push graphic sex-ed agenda in Nova Scotia

Editor’s Note: There is sexually graphic material in this story. The Nova Scotia government and teachers union play a big role in the promotion of sex and homosexuality education, and these sensitive topics are being taught throughout the elementary school curriculum. According to the N.S. Ministry of Education’s Learning Outcomes Framework, Grade 1 students are to “explore the concept of gender.” In Grade 4, they learn to “differentiate between gender roles and gender identity.” Fifth graders must “demonstrate an understanding that sexual ... (Continue reading)

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The pro-life World Cup: how pro-life is each World Cup country?

The pro-life World Cup: how pro-life is each World Cup country?

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Vancouver parks to become more transgender-friendly

In a unanimous vote during an April 28 meeting, the Vancouver Park Board adopted 77 measures to accommodate “trans and gender-variant people” in the city’s parks and recreation facilities, contained in the report, Building a Path to Parks & Recreation for All: Reducing Barriers for Trans* & Gender Variant Community Members, written by the Trans* and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group. The authors of the study stress the need for an “inclusive” approach to counter “gender-policing in the form of verbal ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario, N.S. law societies oppose TWU law school

Trinity Western University’s law school has been denied accreditation by Ontario and Nova Scotia and will take the two law societies to court over their decisions. The Langley, B.C.-based Christian university’s Community Covenant that requires students to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman” has triggered opposition from adversaries who argue that the covenant discriminates against homosexuals. Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada voted against accreditation in a 28-21 vote on ... (Continue reading)

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Judge turns down Wagner application to have experts testify to humanity of unborn

Mary Wagner The judge in Mary Wagner’s current trial has turned down a defence application to have expert witnesses testify to the humanity of the unborn. Charles Lugosi, Wagner’s lawyer, had made the application during two days of hearings before Justice Fergus O’Donnell at the Ontario Court of Justice on May 13 and 14. His intention was to have two expert witnesses – a medical doctor and professor, as well ... (Continue reading)

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Nova Scotia considers presumed consent for organ donation

Nova Scotia’s health minister announced on April 24 that the province will consider instituting presumed consent for organ donation. This means that it will be assumed that individuals would become potential organ donors unless they opt out. Health Minister Leo Glavine will ask the deputy health minister to launch an online public consultation asking for input about a presumed consent or “reverse onus” law.  “It would make available additional organs each and every year,” Glavine told the Globe and Mail, insisting ... (Continue reading)

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An unchartered ‘right’

Perhaps the most surprising detail that emerged from Justin Trudeau’s spontaneous, undemocratic pronouncement about the commitment to abortion which future Liberal candidates must espouse is his evident ignorance about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which his own father shepherded into Canadian law. In his zeal to build a party that, in his words, is both “the party of the Charter” and “resolutely pro-choice,” he failed to confirm if the two were actually related. In fact, they are not. Abortion is ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of conscience

“Freedom of conscience can be adequately accommodated in a society characterized by a plurality of moral and political viewpoints if appropriate distinctions are made. The first of these is the distinction between the exercise of perfective freedom of conscience: pursuing an apparent good - and preservative freedom of conscience: refusing to participate in wrongdoing. The state can sometimes legitimately limit perfective freedom of conscience by preventing people from doing what they believe to be good, but it does not follow ... (Continue reading)

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Medical marijuana and conscience rights

Some Canadian physicians are anxious that regulatory changes will pressure doctors to prescribe marijuana. Dr. William Pope, the registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, told the Winnipeg Free Press in January that the college is worried that federal reforms will lead more patients to ask doctors for marijuana. “As far as most of us are concerned, there is really no appropriate prescribing,” he said. Physicians are now permitted to dispense marijuana with the approval of the province. ... (Continue reading)

Ottawa doctors chastised for refusing to prescribe birth control

Three family doctors at an Ottawa health clinic are being criticized for refusing to prescribe birth control to their patients. The controversy started when Kate D. went to CareMedics Elmvale Acres walk-in clinic to get a prescription. She was surprised when the receptionist handed her a letter by the attending physician, Dr. Edmond Kyrillos, stating that he only provides Natural Family Planning due to “medical judgment as well as professional ethical concerns and religious values.” The note also states that Dr. ... (Continue reading)

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British Columbia curriculum promotes gay agenda under guise of diversity

Sex and pro-gay education is finding its way to British Columbia students through the B.C. Ministry of Education, beginning in kindergarten. Its 2006 Health and Career Education curriculum dictates that kindergartners “use appropriate terminology to identify female and male private body parts” for “safety and injury prevention.” Students use diagrams and models to name the “nipples/breasts,” “vulva/vagina,” “penis,” “testicles,” and “buttocks (bottom, bum).” The curriculum states that appropriate and inappropriate touches may be demonstrated with puppets or models. The teacher may ... (Continue reading)

Economics and relationships

Economics and relationships

The Love Market: What You Need To Know About How We Date, Mate and Marry by Marina Adshade (Harper Collins, $18.99, 272 pages)  The paperback edition of Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love by Marina Adshade, a UBC economics professor, comes with a new title but it’s still the same book providing the same insights and the same shortcomings. Overall I recommend the book, including to social ... (Continue reading)

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20 years after Cairo, UN population meetings still pushing ‘reproductive rights’

20 years after Cairo, UN population meetings  still pushing ‘reproductive rights’

Two members of the Campaign Life Coalition delegation at the Cairo +20 commission at the United Nations, Matt Wojciechowski (centre) and Tanya Allen (right), talk to delegates from two Latin American countries during the proceedings. The ... (Continue reading)

Hamilton father takes public board to court to defend parental rights in education

Hamilton father takes public board to court to defend parental rights in education

Eustathios (Steve) Tourloukis, a Smithville, Ont., dentist, has two daughters at Gordon Price elementary school in Hamilton, and in September 2012 he announced he was launching a legal action against the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, seeking a court order that he be given advance notice of any material that would be covered in class that might conflict with his family’s religious beliefs on matters of family or sexuality. His application ... (Continue reading)

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Mary Wagner trial challenging status of unborn child in Canadian law put off to May 13

Mary Wagner trial challenging status  of unborn child in Canadian law put off to May 13

In a relatively brief court appearance Feb. 28, Mary Wagner was remanded to May 13 and 14 for the continuation of her trial, in which she is moving to challenge the current status of human being in Canadian law as applying only to those fully born. She is being tried after pleading not guilty to one count of mischief and three of failing to comply with probation orders for entering ... (Continue reading)

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