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Coren joins Sun News

Coren joins Sun News

Since October 1998, Michael Coren has hosted a television show on CTS, the Christian broadcaster based in Burlington. Now, 3022 shows later, the popular print journalist and radio and television host is joining the upstart all-news channel Sun News. Coren’s CTS peak viewership exceeded 100,000 – and CTS is only carried in Ontario and Alberta – plus internet viewers. Shows such as a debate on evolution have garnered more than a half ... (Continue reading)

Judges scrutinize prostitution restrictions

Three Ontario Appeal Court justices indicated they do not accept the government’s rationale for maintaining restrictions on the sex trade, and may be open to upholding a 2010 Ontario Superior Court decision that found those restrictions threaten the security of prostitutes. Last Fall, Justice Susan Himel threw out Canada’s restrictions on the sex trade – communicating for the purpose of prostitution, living on the avails of prostitution, and keeping a common bawdy house --  saying they violated the ... (Continue reading)

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Rebecca Millette Special to The Interim

A 12-year-old in Ontario cannot go on a school field trip without parental permission, or drink alcohol without a parent present. They won’t be able to drive, buy cigarettes, or vote for years. But they can get an abortion all on their own, without their parents ever knowing. Private abortion facilities across Ontario advertise with pride that they will do abortions on girls under 16 without informing their parents. Because Canada’s laws do not stipulate an age of consent for abortion, the only places ... (Continue reading)

Two academics warn about daycare

Large-scale daycare centres and programs do not appear to be improving the educational outcomes of children. Economics professor Pierre Lefebvre of the Université du Québec à Montréal conducted research between 1994 and 2006 on children under five from Quebec and the rest of Canada that showed Quebec’s heavily-subsidized provincial daycare system, which costs parents just $7 per day, is not advancing children’s development as the government claims it does. In fact, there is a “serious quality problem” asserts Lefebvre. “I would ... (Continue reading)

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The importance of fathers

The importance of fathers

Recent attacks on the family often become attacks on fatherhood. For instance, figures from Hollywood have embraced alternative family structures, questioning or mocking the importance of a father figure. Actress Jennifer Aniston in August 2010 said that fathers are unnecessary, especially since now there is no need “to fiddle with a man to have that child.” Another example is the positive portrayal of a lesbian couple raising a family in the movie “The Kids are Alright.” There are too many ... (Continue reading)

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Bullying battle hides gay agenda

Catholic parents fight separate system to maintain moral teaching Ontario bishops have issued a memo urging Catholic school boards to set up clubs explicitly aimed to counter “bullying related to sexual orientation,” even though they banned the establishment of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) at Catholic schools just months ago. Meanwhile, parents at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) are speaking out against a draft equity policy formulated in line with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Equity and Inclusive Education ... (Continue reading)

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Society ignores pain abortion causes women

Australian book gives voice to broken women, might save others from same mistake It was late January that the media publicized a flawed study saying abortion doesn’t cause mental health problems. It got worse. They claimed that pregnancy does. The headlines were out, the verdict in: pregnancy is dangerous and abortion is a legitimate, neutral tool. The subtext? Pro-lifers, stop raising this red herring. The case is closed. This sort of misleading headline is a sucker-punch to the gut ... (Continue reading)

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Saskatchewan marriage commissioners denied freedom of conscience

On Jan. 10, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal declared in the Marriage Act Reference that legislation proposed by the provincial government allowing individual marriage commissioners to refuse marrying homosexual couples if it violated their conscience is unconstitutional. The court rejected two proposed draft bills: one allowing commissioners to refuse to perform same-sex “marriages” and the other granting this exemption only to those commissioners who already held the job when the federal government legalized same-sex “marriage” in November 2004. According to ... (Continue reading)

One hundred years of social chaos and slaughter

The century from 1911 to 2011 may have seen the most decisive changes ever in human history. In 1911, it could be argued that Western civilization stood at its peak, ruling with an often arrogant self-confidence over virtually the entirely planet. Yet there were many harbingers in 1911 of times to come. In Britain, the triumphant Liberals stripped the House of Lords of most of its remaining powers, pointing to an age when aristocrats would become an endangered species. ... (Continue reading)

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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