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Gibbons case goes on

Gibbons case goes on

At the conclusion of a hearing into Linda Gibbons’ case on Dec. 14, Judge Mara Beth Greene reserved a ruling on an abuse of process application until Jan. 12. This ensures that Gibbons, who refuses to sign bail conditions requiring she stay away from abortion sites, remained imprisoned over the Christmas season. Arguments for and against a judge hearing the abuse of process application consumed the majority of time when Gibbons made her ... (Continue reading)

Prostitution prohibitions thrown out by court

Prostitution prohibitions thrown out by court

On Sept. 28, the Ontario Superior Court threw out Canada’s three Criminal Code restrictions on prostitution, leading advocates of the sex trade to cheer, editorialists to call for decriminalization of prostitution, and pro-family and religious groups to decry the ruling and its faulty assumptions. Technically, prostitution – the exchange of sex for money – has never been illegal in Canada. In her 131-page ruling, the Superior Court’s Justice Susan Himel found that Criminal Code restrictions on prostitution violated the Charter of ... (Continue reading)

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Modesty in Fall fashions

Modesty in Fall fashions

I Timothy 2:9-10: “In like manner women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety, not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire, But as it becometh women professing godliness, with good works.” As a young woman, dressing modestly in today’s society is tough. Women don’t even like the sound of the word ‘modesty,’ much less trying it on for size. Due to the sexual liberation movement of the ... (Continue reading)

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Students arrested at Carleton

Students arrested at Carleton

Five pro-life students were arrested on Monday, Oct. 4 at Carleton University in Ottawa as they tried to put up the Genocide Awareness Project to peacefully share the pro-life message on their campus. Carleton Lifeline had contacted the university in the summer to request permission to have GAP in the Troy Quad, an outdoors, busy area of the campus. The university refused to grant permission but offered an alternate location in Porter Hall, ... (Continue reading)

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The disappearing family

The disappearing family

Two new reports by Canadian think tanks indicate that the traditional family of mother, father and children is becoming a relic of a bygone era with consequences for individuals and society. According to a new report, Families Count: Profiling Canada’s Families,  by the left-leaning Vanier Institute for the Family, the traditional family of married parents with children is no longer the norm. There are more singles, common-law couples, and homosexual unions than ... (Continue reading)

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Trustee candidates slam McGuinty’s equity plan

Trustee candidates slam McGuinty’s equity plan

The Ontario government’s equity and inclusive education strategy “represents a violation of parental rights and religious freedom,” according to a trustee candidate for the York Region District School Board who is demanding the strategy be repealed. At the same time, a Catholic trustee in the Toronto Catholic District School Board says he believes the strategy is designed with the aim of “sweeping away our Christian and Catholic values of the family.” Allan Tam, ... (Continue reading)

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What is the government’s position on funding foreign abortion?

What is the government’s position on funding foreign abortion?

This past Spring, the Conservative government seemed confused about the message, if not its actual plan, when it came to funding abortion and contraception through its maternal health initiative. When the initiative first appeared in the newspapers, it was reported that Bev Oda, the Minister for International Co-operation and Minister Responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency, was being advised by the pro-abortion, pro-population control Action Canada for Population Development. For ... (Continue reading)

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Human trafficking: an uncomfortable truth in Canada

Human trafficking: an uncomfortable truth in Canada

A 28-year-old mother of three from St. Catharine’s, Ont., after breaking up with an abusive boyfriend, met a man on Facebook who promised her a rich and comfortable lifestyle if she would work as an escort at Private Genies in Toronto. As the Toronto Sun reported, the mother was inadvertently drawn into the world of sex trafficking with the promise of earning money to support her children. She finally called the ... (Continue reading)

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Joy Smith’s crusade against the trade in human beings

Joy Smith’s crusade against the trade in human beings

In an interview with The Interim, Conservative MP Joy Smith (Kildonan-St. Paul) reported on her 10-year fight against human trafficking. She first became aware of trafficking in Canada when her son, an RCMP officer, was in the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit. While she served as justice critic in the Manitoba legislature, Smith started to sit in at stakeouts and become aware of the little-publicized trafficking problem. In 2006, Smith introduced Private Member’s ... (Continue reading)

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African Union submits to pro-abortion pressure on maternal health

The African Union (AU) finished its annual summit at the end of July with governments agreeing to make maternal and child mortality a continent-wide priority. The summit in Kampala, Uganda, ended with member states extending the controversial, non-binding Maputo Plan of Action (PoA) for an additional five years and expanding a new initiative called the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction on Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). Pressure was placed on the AU from UN agencies and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO). While United ... (Continue reading)

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Actress questions need for traditional family

Actress questions need for traditional family

At a press conference for her new comedy The Switch, about an unmarried middle-aged woman who decides to conceive via artificial insemination rather than waiting for the right man to come along, Jennifer Aniston sparked controversy by telling journalists, “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child. They are realizing if it’s that time in their ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario equity guidelines imperil religious education

An analysis of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM  No. 199) dealing with “Developing and Implementing Equity and Inclusive Education Policies in Ontario Schools” says that while some goals are laudable, the new policy could imperil the Catholicity of the province’s separate school system. The analysis, prepared for Campaign Life Coalition by a retired educator, says there is “much that is good” in the policy which seeks to provide equal opportunity to all students to “learn, grow and contribute ... (Continue reading)

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Enlightenment roots of relativism

Moral relativism is becoming increasingly prominent in Western society. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, before he was elected pope, warned, “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.” It is important to recognize, especially in the Enlightenment thought, the sources of this dangerous relativism to fight it. English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, in a classic precursor to Enlightenment thought, writes in Leviathan ... (Continue reading)

The price of fear-mongering

Getting whipped up about the rising tide of “crime” appears to be all the rage in Canada these days. The media is filled with stories and opinion pieces which are intended to convince us that our streets have become a brewing cauldron of violence. There are now major newspaper and radio and television stations for whom news broadcasts have become little more than crime reports. Apparently, it isn’t an umbrella you should remember to take with you, but a bullet-proof ... (Continue reading)

D&P attacks CLC, LifeSiteNews

D&P attacks CLC, LifeSiteNews

In March 2009, LifeSiteNews.com revealed that Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the official international development arm of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, had partnered with five different groups that promote abortion in Mexico in unrelated development projects. Later, further reports would show Development and Peace – or D&P for short – partnered with numerous pro-abortion groups around the world, revelations that would be confirmed by numerous independent sources. On ... (Continue reading)

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