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Author worries about decline in values, Canada’s demographic crisis

Author worries about decline in values, Canada’s demographic crisis

Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of  Canada’s Founding Values by Brian Lee Crowley (Key Porter, $34.95, 360 pages) In an important new book, Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of Canada’s Founding Values, Brian Lee Crowley persuasively argues that the future prosperity of Canada depends on a revival of marriage and the family. For Crowley, this is a new understanding. Until last year, he was living in a casual, common-law relationship. ... (Continue reading)

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Prostitution law challenged by sex trade activists

Canada’s anti-prostitution laws are being challenged by a prostitute, a former prostitute and a dominatrix, who argue that decriminalizing bawdy houses and scrapping the law prohibiting living off the avails of prostitution will make the sex trade safer for women. Countering the sex trade activists, the Ontario and federal governments have been joined by REAL Women of Canada, the Christian Legal Fellowship and the Catholic Civil Rights League in defending the current law, saying that making prostitution fully legal will ... (Continue reading)

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More than a billion killed by abortion since 1980

41.6 million abortions annually, yet report frets about access The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion think tank, has released a study which says surgical abortions decreased in 2003 from 1995 levels, but decried that abortion was not universally legal and that many women have “unsafe” abortions due to the fact the procedure is illegal or restricted in much of the developing world. In “Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress,” Guttmacher researchers used national statistics and pro-abortion ... (Continue reading)

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Who deserves our respect?

Titus Brandsma was a small, gentle, bespectacled man. He spent years working with the Dutch underground movement to smuggle Jewish people out of the Netherlands and away from the threat of the Nazi murderers. As a monk, he rejected violence and so would not, could not, pick up a gun to use against the oppressors of goodness and all he held dear. But night after night, week ... (Continue reading)

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9/11 on screen

The sign outside the fire hall in Malton, just near Toronto’s Pearson airport, read “Remember 9-11.” It was just a couple of days since the 8th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, but I was pleased – and somewhat surprised – that someone was still making the effort. I was in my late thirties on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just two months from ... (Continue reading)

Borlaug proved Malthus wrong

Agronomist who helped double agricultural production dies at 95 Norman Borlaug, one of the most important people of the 20th century, has died at the age of 95. Borlaug is often referred to as the “father of the green revolution” – the new processes and techniques in agriculture that brought food to hundreds of millions of starving people and helped lower the cost of food products around ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion issues continue to stymie health care reform

Abortion issues continue to stymie health care reform

In an attempt to address concerns about expanding abortion coverage that might result from changes to the U.S. health care system, Senator Max Baucus (D, Montana), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, amended his proposed bill to say that abortion cannot be mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services. The change echoes an amendment proposed by Rep. Lois Capps’ (D, Calf) ... (Continue reading)

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Internationally renowned speakers address SPUC conference

Internationally renowned speakers address SPUC conference

In September, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children held its national conference in conjunction with the annual meeting of the International Right to Life Federation. Conference participants were thus treated to international experts from all corners of the globe who spoke about the challenges to defend human life at all stages. SPUC, which describes itself as the world’s first pro-life pressure group, held its conference at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire, England, several hours north of London. Jim ... (Continue reading)

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New concerns raised over HPV vaccine

A new study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on August 19 found that vaccines for the human papillomavirus (HPV) have caused 12,424 adverse reactions after more than 23 million doses have been administered in the United States since 2006. Most were classified as “non-serious” – fainting, headaches, rashes – but 772 were serious including anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reactions), blood clots, pancreatic failure and motor neuron disease. There have also been 32 reported deaths. HPV vaccines, distributed in North ... (Continue reading)

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Wealthy push de-population

Some of America’s leading billionaires met secretly recently to consider how their wealth could be used to “slow the growth of the world’s population.” Attending on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, they discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change. Other participants included David Rockefeller Jr., the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of ... (Continue reading)

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Youth plan modesty fashion show

Youth plan modesty fashion show

At a time when the affronts to life at every stage are enough to leave one’s head spinning, a group of summer interns at Campaign Life Coalition, the political arm of the Canadian pro-life movement, has decided to put its energies into hosting an uplifting charity event for all ages: a fashion show celebrating the dignity of each human life. All ... (Continue reading)

Madoff’s wife denied pot o’gold

It’s helpful to learn, in these difficult financial times, the problems we share with the very wealthy, who have to experience getting along on considerably less income. Ruth Madoff is one of those persons, the celebrity wife of an epic swindler, Bernard Madoff, a financial adviser who was found guilty of purloining $170 billion in a gigantic Ponzi scheme. Her husband’s estimated annual income was $75 million. Bernard was recently ... (Continue reading)

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Ending abortion necessary to ease cost of aging society

As the huge costs of caring for Canada’s rapidly aging population become ever more apparent, more and more Canadians are finally beginning to realize that the collapse of the birthrate in Canada over the past 40 years threatens the economic prosperity of future generations. In a recent report, “Faster, Younger, Richer? The Fond Hope and Sobering Reality of Immigration’s Impact on Canada’s Demographic and Economic Future,” Robin Banerjee and ... (Continue reading)

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News items offered without (too much) comment

A few thing that caught my eye. This editor’s desk column will be, as it often is, less a column delving into an issue than mentioning a couple items that came across my desk, but for which there wasn’t room in the paper. The leftwing website AlterNet.org had a story by Byard Duncan who wrote about “Maggie,” her university friend in Indiana, who at the age of 22 found herself pregnant. Duncan wrote that the question when Maggie shared this information ... (Continue reading)

Vampires a metaphor for gays in True Blood

Vampires are back. Not that they ever went away, but they’ve been given a pop culture revival that strives to make them even more appealing than ever before. For tweens, there are the painfully attractive, but misunderstood, nightwalking misfits of Twilight, the Stephenie Meyer novel that was recently adapted into the first of a series of films, and for adults, there are the infighting and oversexed bloodsuckers of True Blood, ... (Continue reading)

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