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Canada Campaign Life Coalition endorsed Jason Kenney for the leadership of the United Conservative Party of Alberta ... On Oct. 6, Health Canada released its second interim report on assisted suicide, which showed that from January to June 2017, 1,179 people died by euthanasia and assisted suicide. This brings the total number of deaths to 2,149 since Quebec began allowing euthanasia in December 2015. There was an increase of nearly 47 per cent in the first six months of ... (Continue reading)

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Canada At the July 11 Family Planning Summit in London, UK, Canada’s Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $18 million for abortion and contraception programs in Mozambique. Bibeau told the Globe and Mail, “we chose an area that’s not easy. It’s still a taboo in many regions, so some donors choose to invest in other areas. But even if it’s difficult, we have to do it. Canadians are well-placed to champion this issue – we are welcomed everywhere” ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin announced she will retire from the Supreme Court of Canada in December after 28 years on the top court. During her 17-year tenure as Chief Justice, the Supreme Court okayed the Chretien government’s plans to legalize same-sex ‘marriage’ and deemed as unconstitutional laws outlawing prostitution and euthanasia … Joyce Arthur, executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, condemned B.C. Liberal Premier Christie Clark’s appointment of pro-life Mary Polak as Health Minister. Arthur ... (Continue reading)

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Canada On May 17, Conservative Senator Tobias Enverga Jr. questioned the federal government’s $650 million foreign aid program for sexual and reproductive health. He said, the government’s announcement in March to “support the right to choose safe and legal abortion” in foreign countries, including where it is not legal,  “raises a lot of questions and concerns.” Enverga asked “are we seeing increasing abortion funding from Canada now because our southern neighbours are ending theirs?” ... National Economic Editorial reports ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The CBC reported that there have been at least 1324 euthanasia deaths since Quebec legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide on Dec. 10, 2015 and the federal government legalized the practices on June 17, 2016. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition said the number is certainly higher because the data from Quebec, British Columbia and New Brunswick was not up-to-date and that Yukon does not release its numbers. Quebec had the most assisted deaths with 469, followed by ... (Continue reading)

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Canada In November, pro-life Progressive Conservative candidate Sam Oosterhoff, 19, became the youngest MPP ever elected in Ontario when he won the Niagara-West Glanbrook by-election after beating three other Tories for the nomination including Ontario PC president Rick Dykstra. Oosterhoff won the right to contest the general election in 2018 after winning the nomination against Tony Quirk, who finished fourth for the nomination last year and is a provincial vice president in the party. Campaign Life Coalition, who supported ... (Continue reading)

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Canada There are five federal by-elections on April 3: Calgary Heritage, Calgary Midnapore, Markham-Thornhill, Ottawa-Vanier, and Saint-Laurent. The Conservatives are expected to hold on to the pair of Calgary seats while the Liberals are expected to be re-elected in the Ontario and Quebec seats ... Transgender activist Christin Milloy settled a human rights complaint with Ottawa over disclosing one’s sex on government-issued identification. Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government will only collect such information when it is ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The abortion pill Mifegymiso was available for the first time in Canada in mid-January at two women’s health clinics: Calgary’s Kensington Clinic and Vancouver’s Willow Women’s Clinic. Health Canada approved the drug in 2015 for distribution in 2016 but delays on the manufacturing and distributor’s side prevented it from becoming available until last month. Celia Posyniak, the executive director of Calgary’s Kensington Clinic, told the Globe and Mail, “we were over the moon.” Doctors must take an online ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The National Post’s Christie Blatchford reported that an unidentified 44-year-old teacher was fired from the Fraser Academy private school in the Vancouver area after a student complained that he was pro-life. Explaining that there can be a “difference between people’s private morality and law” the teacher offered as an example that he is personally opposed to abortion although it is allowed by law. A student told the administration that the teacher’s comments “triggered” her, that she felt “unsafe,” ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Conservative MP Mark Warawa (Langley-Aldgergrove) gave notice of introducing M-77, a motion condemning gendercide. In 2012, Warawa brought forth a motion condemning sex-selective abortion, but it was ruled non-votable. Warawa says “the three most deadliest words in the world are ‘it’s a girl’,” and points to polls that show 92 per cent of Canadians are opposed to the practice of sex-selective abortion ... Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada. During parliamentary ... (Continue reading)

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Canada During a nomination hearing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first Supreme Court appointee, Justice Malcolm Rowe of Newfoundland and Labrador, elaborated on his comment in his application for the job that he believes judges make law rather than limit themselves to interpreting it, saying “it is our responsibility to encroach upon the authority of Parliament.” The Mail’s Sean Fine said the comments “place him squarely in the liberal camp,” a view reinforced when Rowe admitted that the justices he ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Former Speaker of the House of Commons, Conservative MP Andrew Scheer (Regina—Qu’Appelle) announced Sept. 28 he was seeking the Conservative leadership. Scheer, who was first elected in 2004, has a perfect pro-life and pro-family voting record according to Campaign Life Coalition although he did not vote on bills and motions during his time as Speaker ... Conservative MP and leadership hopeful Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) launched a Facebook advertisement against same-sex “marriage” featuring two fingers side-by-side with a heart ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The Globe and Mail reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to apologize to homosexuals who lost their jobs, were denied promotions, and jailed due to their sexual orientation. Trudeau told reporters before the Montreal Pride Parade “it’s good to acknowledge wrongs but it is has to be followed by something concrete” … Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown released a letter August 24 reiterating the position on which he campaigned and won the PC leadership in ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Statistics released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported that there were at least 81,897 surgical abortions in Canada in 2014, the latest year for which there are numbers. That is a decline of nearly 1000 from the year before and of nearly 9500 from 2011. However, the numbers do not include abortions committed at free-standing abortion facilities and some British Columbia hospitals do not report the abortions they carry out. There are no statistics for the ... (Continue reading)

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Canada On March 1, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sheilah Martin granted permission to an unidentified Calgary woman with Lou Gehrig’s Disease to have a doctor in British Columbia assist in her death “if she so chooses.” Martin held the hearing in closed court, considered statements from two doctors to be sufficient evidence, and did not require an assessment of the patient’s mental competence. Assisted by Ellen Wiebe, who conducted Canada’s clinical trials for RU-486 in 2001, ... (Continue reading)

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