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And then there was this …

Canada By a 1996 agreement, St. Martha’s Catholic Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., was taken over by the Eastern Regional Health Board, but continued to be staffed by the Sisters of St. Martha. The sisters, the board, and the N.S. Health Department signed an agreement to ensure the hospital’s Catholic identity and values would be preserved. The agreement expressly forbids “assisting” suicide and abortion at St. Martha’s. The agreement also forbids any assessment of a patient ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The BBC World News reported that, “Canada has become a hot destination for parents-to-be looking for ‘altruistic surrogates’ – women who give birth to babies they are not genetically related to.” Canadian legislation makes it easy for “intended” parents to obtain legal parenthood of a surrogate baby. Canadian fertility consulting agencies match up couples (usually infertile couples, same-sex male couples and singles) wanting a child, with a woman who will carry a fertilized egg (not her own) to ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Canada’s Supreme Court authorised the practice of euthanasia, or medical-assistance-in-dying, in 2016 with the following exceptions forbidden by law: euthanasia for “mature minors,” i.e. those under the age of 18; psychiatric patients; and those whose illness falls beyond the ability of capacity to make an informed decision (for example, those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease). The Trudeau government tasked the Council of Canadian Academies to look into these three contentious exceptions and report to Parliament by the end of ... (Continue reading)

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Editor’s Note: We are experimenting with a new feature this month. “And then there was this,” near the back of the newspaper will replace “Bits ‘n’ pieces.” The idea is to cover news from Canada and abroad in brief, but the tone will change to add more of an editorial slant rather than straight news items. The section will be written by editor Paul Tuns and editorial board member Janice Glover. We welcome your feedback. The Council of Canadian Academics and ... (Continue reading)

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Protestors oppose Charles Rice lecture WATERLOO – At least two groups led by professors protested the appearance of Charles Rice as keynote speaker at the Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University at the University of Waterloo. Rice, a professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School and devout Roman Catholic opposed to same-sex “marriage” and abortion, will give a lecture on Natural Law. The organizers plan to make sure that the engagement is not ... (Continue reading)

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Feminist hijack education, population meetings TURTLE BAY – A June 2011 paper from the Washington-based Heritage Foundation examined the difficulties raised by the radical feminists at UN Women, the United Nation’s feminist super agency. The organization was designed to take the place of several previous UN agencies to “hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality.” UN Women is supposed to fight for women’s human rights, however, Saudi Arabia and Red China both have seats on the ... (Continue reading)

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Carleton Lifeline files notice OTTAWA – The Carleton pro-life club has filed a Notice of Application for Judicial Review of the policies and decisions of the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA). Carleton Lifeline lost its club status on Nov. 15, 2010 after CUSA applied sections 5 and 6 of their Discrimination on Campus Policy. Section 6 prohibits any effort “that seeks to limit or remove a woman’s right to choose her options in the case of pregnancy.” Yet, Lifeline ... (Continue reading)

Faith vital to women’s life balance

Dynamic Women of Faith, an event held on International Women’s Day, attracted women from Toronto, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, Orangeville, Collingwood, Stouffville, Nottawa, Cambridge, Richmond Hill and Scarborough, among other areas. Women of all ages, united by their love of Christ, came together to be replenished and renewed in their journey of faith. Speakers addressed a variety of issues to help women deal with the competing demands of being a wife, mother, sister, friend, employee and Christian in an increasingly secular world. ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta family wins 3-week reprieve for son EDMONTON – On Feb. 19, Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Michelle Crighton ordered Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton to keep Isaiah James May on life support until March 11 to give May’s parents three weeks to assemble medical experts to assess their son’s chances for further recovery. The order extends an original reprieve granted on Jan. 27, after the family received notice from the hospital on Jan. 13 that their baby’s condition ... (Continue reading)

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Indian capital legalizes gay sex NEW DELHI – Justice S. Muralidhar of New Delhi’s High Court decriminalized consensual gay sex between adults in a controversial decision on July 2. The law only applies within city limits, but sets a legal precedent that may be invoked by courts across India. While India’s gays celebrated the victory, spiritual leaders in the religiously diverse country strongly voiced their disapproval. “Islam is totally against it. Islam does not allow any unnatural act,” said ... (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)

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Planned Parenthood releases report OTTAWA – The International Planned Parenthood Federation launched its newest report, “Contraception at a Crossroads,” on April 24 in Ottawa. Approximately 30 people attended the gathering held on Parliament Hill, co-sponsored by the IPPF, Action Canada for Population and Development and the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health. Senator Lucie Pépin was to welcome the attendees, but could not attend because of illness. Dr. Gill Greer, president of the IPPF, addressed the attendees and provided them with a ... (Continue reading)

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N.B. appeals Morgentaler standing FREDERICTON ? The New Brunswick government is appealing a court ruling giving abortionist Henry Morgentaler standing in a case that will test the province?s ability to restrict taxpayer funding for abortions to government-run hospitals. Justice Paulette Gannett of the Court of Queen?s Bench decided on Aug. 1 that Morgentaler could have standing, because he represented the public interest in giving voice to ... (Continue reading)

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Conservative Anglican paper banned BRANDON, Man. — Anglican Bishop Jim Njegovan has banned The Anglican Planet, an independent monthly paper, from his diocese of Brandon, Man. According to the CBC, Bishop Njegovan charged the publication was “sowing the seeds of distrust and disdain within the church” and failing to respect “those in authority over them.” It appears that the bishop is concerned ... (Continue reading)

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