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PEI to host first major pro-life conference in 16 years

This fall, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island will see an influx of pro-life visitors. The annual LifeCanada conference, titled “Lighting the Way,” is being hosted by Prince Edward Island Right to Life from Oct. 24-26. According to Ann Marie Tomlins, president of PEI Right to Life, the last national pro-life conference held in Atlantic Canada was five years ago, in Moncton, N.B., and the last major pro-life conference on the Island was in 1997. Featured speakers include Dr. Deborah Zeni, Angelina Steenstra ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life ‘Choice Chain’ cancelled by UVic VICTORIA – The University of Victoria cancelled a campus pro-life group’s “Choice” Chain the day before it was to take place. In February 2012, Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) was prohibited by the student union, the University of Victoria Student’s Society (UVSS), to book public space and hold the “Choice” Chain, a display by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform that uses graphic abortion images to confront passers-by to face what choice ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec to table euthanasia legislation QUEBEC CITY – A spokeswoman for the minority Parti Quebecois government of Premier Pauline Marois said proposed legislation to legalize euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide will be tabled by Spring and that permitting doctor-assisted suicide was part of the party’s election platform and is based on recommendations from the report of the province’s Special Commission on Dying with Dignity. The commission recommended “medical aid in dying” in so-called “exceptional cases” for Quebec adult ... (Continue reading)

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NB Human Rights Commission to examine abortion funding Fredericton -- The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission will hold hearings on whether the province’s abortion funding policy is a violation of the human rights of women. Under New Brunswick’s Medical Services Payment Act the province will only pay for abortions committed at hospitals and which are referred by a family doctor. The NB HRC is not making public who filed the complaint but abortion advocates and feminists complain that the ... (Continue reading)

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B.C. sues contraceptive patch maker VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government has launched a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Inc. for health care costs associated with treating women who suffered from the company’s contraceptive patch. McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc. and Janssen-Ortho Inc. were also named as defendants. The lawsuit claims that the users “did not receive any warnings about the increased risk of developing blood clots, pulmonary emboli, strokes, heart attacks or deep vein thrombosis associated with Evra … The government argues ... (Continue reading)

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Gay phone line goes silent CHARLOTTLETOWN- The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported recently that AIDS Prince Edwards Island can no longer afford to cover the cost of the province’s only gay and lesbian toll-free telephone lie. For several years, Islanders have wondered who was funding for this service and its promotional advertisements in local newspapers. Spokespersons for AIDS PEI said the service had been put in place to provide the province’s gays and lesbians with a means of ... (Continue reading)

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CRTC promotes Canadian porn industry OTTAWA – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has approved a new Canadian pay TV pornography channel that will air in Québec beginning in October. The channel, Vanessa, licensed by Sex-Shop Television in Montreal, will also air in English in the rest of the country in 2011. Under the licence, the new channel’s programming must be 20 per cent Canadian. Don Hutchinson, director of law and public policy for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, pointed out ... (Continue reading)

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Order of Canada resignation OTTAWA – Governor General Michaelle Jean has officially accepted Frank Chauvin’s resignation from the Order of Canada. Chauvin, inducted into the Order in 1987 for his work with Haitian orphans, returned his medal last Fall to protest the appointment of abortionist Henry Morgentaler to the Order in 2008. Chauvin, a former Windsor police officer, unsuccessfully launched a legal challenge against Morgentaler’s Order of Canada, pointing out that the Advisory Council reportedly altered its protocol from ... (Continue reading)

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Morgentaler suit against N.B. proceeds FREDRICTON – A lawsuit launched by Henry Morgentaler to make New Brunswickers pay for abortions at his Fredericton abortion facility will advance to the trial stage after the New Brunswick government refused to appeal a court ruling in late August that gave Morgentaler legal permission to represent women seeking publicly funded abortions. The lawsuit was filed in 2004 and has advanced slowly through the preliminary stages before trial. Morgentaler claims that New Brunswick is ... (Continue reading)

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Canadian swine flu vaccine ethically produced OTTAWA – Children of God for Life, a pro-life group that provides information on vaccines, confirms that Arepanrix, the HIN1 vaccine produced by GlaxoSmithKline, is produced with chicken embryos and does not use fetal cell lines in its manufacture. Health Canada’s Arepanrix product information leaflet says the “H1N1 antigen is prepared from virus grown in the allantoic cavity of embryonated hen’s eggs.” Debi Vinnedge, executive director of Children of ... (Continue reading)

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Hospital has duty of care to unborn GUELPH – The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled that Guelph General Hospital did owe a duty of care to an unborn child whose parents claim negligence during delivery that caused brain damage. Kevin Liebig was born in 2001 with hypoxic ischemic encyphalopathy, brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation. The family argues that Susan Liebig was given excessive amounts of a drug to speed up labour and was not ... (Continue reading)

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Montreal, Vancouver pride events denied Marquee cash OTTAWA – The Canadian Press reported that the Marquee Tourism Event Program, which doled out $400,000 to the Toronto Pride parade in June, refused in July to fund similar gay pride events in Montreal and Vancouver. Divers-Cite, the organizing committee in Montreal, had asked for $155,000 to promote their gay pride events and add performers, but were denied their request. CP noted, however, that the same committee received an unreported amount ... (Continue reading)

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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)

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Lakehead student union erects strict club restrictions THUNDER BAY, Ont. -- On Nov. 28, the board of directors of the Lakehead University Student Union voted to adopt an amendment to the student union constitution adding a broad range of restrictions applying only to religious and political clubs. The restrictions include: "Campaigns must be positive in nature and cannot slander the opposing stance of the campaign;" "All club publications shall not have content that may be deemed as offensive or in bad ... (Continue reading)

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Couple posts online ad to sell baby VANCOUVER – The parents of the 7-day-old baby put up for sale on Craigslist, an online community that lists classified advertisements, have been released from police custody. Jeremy Pete, 26, posted an ad for $10,000 for his and 23-year-old Bethany Granholm’s newborn daughter. The child was listed as “very cute,” “healthy” and “unexpected.” On ... (Continue reading)

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