Society & Culture

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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)

Pride parade funding

Last month, we reported that several Conservative MPs expressed their disapproval of the federal government’s funding of the Toronto Pride Parade, although none of them would go on the record. After we went to press, Tory MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-Humboldt) told LifeSiteNews.com that most of the Conservative caucus was displeased with the government’s $400,000 grant to Toronto’s annual celebration of homosexuality through the new Marquee Tourism Events Program. Trost also suggested that Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Diane ... (Continue reading)

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Refusing to face the truth about our aging society

Over the last few months, numerous groups and media outlets have noticed that the world’s population is aging –alarmingly so in the developed world – yet few identified the solution to the problem. From the business pages of the daily papers to financial advisers, from the International Monetary Fund to the C.D. Howe Institute, alarm bells have been ringing about the rapidly aging populations of Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe. The developing world is also aging, though not as ... (Continue reading)

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Catholic bishops respond to LifeSite D&P report

Catholic bishops respond to LifeSite D&P report

More than three months after LifeSiteNews.com broke open the story of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (or D&P for short) funding five Mexican organizations that support abortion, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a report exonerating D&P of any wrongdoing. On March 12, LifeSite revealed that D&P, the Catholic bishops’ ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto doctor saved unborn babies

The pro-life community suffered a loss with the passing of Dr. Antonio (Tony) Cecutti on April 17, who died in his 82nd year. Cecutti spent his last days surrounded by his family in St. Michael’s Hospital, the institution where he spent his career as an obstetrician and gynecologist. A 1951 University of Toronto medical school graduate, Cecutti instructed Campaign Life Coalition to interrupt him in his practice at St. Michael’s Hospital – where he eventually rose to chief of staff in ... (Continue reading)

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Across Canada

Disabilities group opposes euthanasia bill WINNIPEG – The Council of Canadians with Disabilities has come out against Bill C-384, the private member’s bill of Francine Lalonde (Bloc, La Pointe-de-l’Île) that, if passed, will legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. The CCD said C-384, the “Right to Die with Dignity Act,” which received first reading in May, puts “Canadians with disabilities at risk.” A press release from the organization stated, “Assisted suicide is not a free choice as long as (people) ... (Continue reading)

John Bennett was first head of ShareLife

John Bennett was first head of ShareLife

In the 82nd year of his life, on May 23, John L. Bennett passed away, but his memory lingers in the minds of those who knew him. Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition, is one of these, and reminisced with The Interim about his old friend with evident warmth. In the later years of their friendship, they would meet while vacationing in Florida. Hughes ... (Continue reading)

CCRL honours Frank Chauvin

CCRL honours Frank Chauvin

On June 3, the Catholic Civil Rights League honoured Frank Chauvin with its Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence at its annual dinner in Toronto. Chauvin, a former Windsor, Ont. police detective, is founder ... (Continue reading)

UN report ignores health risks of abortion

A year and a half after the “Global ‘Safe Abortion’” conference took place in London, abortion advocate Marie Stopes International and Ipas have just released the conference’s report, detailing the abortion movement’s worldwide strategy. While organizers claimed the primary objective of the conference was to “save women’s lives and reduce maternal mortality,” the report reveals participants prioritized a so-called “right” to “safe and legal abortion” above all else – dismissing any evidence of its harmful effects on women and even denying ... (Continue reading)

Ottawa funds Toronto ‘Pride’ event

On June 15, one week before Toronto Pride Week, Diane Ablonczy, minister of state for small business and tourism, announced  the federal government of Canada was funding the homosexual event with a $400,000 grant under a new Marquis Tourism Events Program. The program is designed to assist major Canadian tourist events and the grant money will be used to improve the Pride event’s website and access for the disabled. In making the announcement, Ablonczy pointed to the supposed economic benefits of ... (Continue reading)

CLC endorses Klees in PC race

      Campaign Life Coalition has endorsed Frank Klees for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, noting that he is its "preferred candidate" in a field that includes three of his fellow Tory MPPs.  Klees is rated "pro-life" by CLC, whereas Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox-Addington) is rated "not pro-life," Tim Hudak (Niagara West-Glanbrook) is rated "unknown" and Christine Elliot (Whitby-Oshawa) is rated "pro-abortion." CLC stated in a press release: ... (Continue reading)

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The 40 Days for Life campaign gains ground in Canada

Last fall, Ottawa saw hundreds of pro-lifers of all denominations rise up and head to the streets to participate in the Canadian debut of the 40 Days for Life  campaign. The campaign, developed by American pro-life activist David Bereit is a 40-day vigil of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. Over 750 participants in the Ottawa region filled up 960 hours of silent vigil in front of the Morgentaler ... (Continue reading)

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