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World Briefs

One-child policy relaxed in disaster area CHENGDU, China - Local officials announced that China’s one-child policy will be relaxed for parents whose only child was killed or severely injured in a May 12 earthquake. It is estimated that nearly 7,000 classrooms were destroyed during the quake that struck at 2:28 p.m. on a school day, resulting in the deaths of an ... (Continue reading)

Across Canada

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)

Bits & Pieces

Canada On May 8, the same day as the National March for Life in Ottawa, Fr. Thomas Lynch was named the new director of Priests for Life Canada. Fr. James Whalen, who died in February, had been the organization’s director since its founding in 1995. While in his new position, Lynch will remain pastor of St. ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The Catholic Organization for Life and Family has issued a letter urging Canadians to do whatever is possible to support Bill C-484, the Unborn Victims of Crime Act, which is currently awaiting justice and human rights committee hearings after passing Second Reading in early March. COLF says: “Bill C-484 is a welcome development, because it recognizes, at least in the case of violent assault against the mother, ... (Continue reading)

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Canada On March 17, the Liberals won three by-elections and the Conservatives one. Among the new Liberal MPs is former NDP Ontario premier Bob Rae, who brought in the temporary injunction against peaceful pro-life witnessing in 1994 … REAL Women is pleased with changes to the advisory board of the federally funded Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The museum, which has received $1 million from ... (Continue reading)

World Briefs

Planned Parenthood statement to UN NEW YORK –The International Planned Parenthood Federation released a statement endorsing the theme of the 41st session of the Commission on Population and Development: “Population distribution, urbanization, internal migration and development.” The session is scheduled to take place April 7-11. According to the IPPF, “Urban growth is predominantly fuelled by natural population increase rather than migration.... (Continue reading)

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Canada Dr. Joseph Roncaiolo, a Newmarket, Ont. gynecologist, says he did not phone 911 when he discovered his wife dead at their home because he wasn’t sure she had stopped breathing and didn’t want her to survive “as a vegetable.” He said he did likewise when his pet was sick: “I did the same thing when my dog died ... (Continue reading)

Media Briefs

Media reactions to Latimer decision The decision of the parole board in December to not grant convicted child killer Robert Latimer day parole was condemned by editorialists across the country. Also, most papers ran letters to the editor that complained that Latimer was being punished for not showing any remorse – in the parole hearings he showed no regret for his actions or understanding that what ... (Continue reading)

Across Canada

City nixes pro-life bus shelter ads HAMILTON – Don Hull, Hamilton’s director of transit, has removed from its bus shelters an ad that says: “9 months. The length of time an abortion is allowed in Canada. Abortion. Have we gone to far?” The Hamilton Spectator reported that there were a handful of complaints from people who found it offensive. Councillor Brian McHattie said he wanted to see ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Based on estimates as of Oct. 1, 2007, Statistics Canada says the country’s population topped 33 million for the first time, reaching a total of 33,091,200. Immigration drove the increase. The only province or territory with a replacement-level fertility rate is Nunavut … In a 400-page report, Quebec’s chief electoral officer Marcel Blanchet proposed that the province examine proportional representation and urged the legislature ... (Continue reading)

World Briefs

Illegal abortuaries raided in Spain BARCELONA – Police in Barcelona have discovered bone-crushing machines attached to drains in four abortion facilities run by Peruvian Carlos Morin. The abortuaries, which advertise across Europe, are suspected of committing abortions in the eighth month of pregnancy and police say the bones were crushed and drained into the city’s public drains. In Spain, ... (Continue reading)

Across Canada

Lamer helped strike down abortion law OTTAWA – Former judge and lawyer Antonio Lamer has died at the age of 74. Lamer joined the Supreme Court in 1980 and was appointed chief justice in 1990, retiring from the bench a decade later. The Toronto Star said he was “one of the key architects of how courts interpret the 1982 Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” ... (Continue reading)

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Canada A Liberal party mailing from leader Stephane Dion to thousands of households in the Vancouver East riding has criticized the Conservatives for “dithering” in their handling of the InSite “safe injection” drug site and claims that “harm reduction saves lives.” Elizabeth Whiting, the party’s communications director, defended the mailing by saying InSite’s funding is a “major issue.” Earlier ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Two weeks after Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman got “married” to his male companion, Liberal MP Scott Brison (Kings-Hants) became the first federally elected politician to “marry” his homosexual partner, Maxime St. Pierre. Ontario Progressive Conservative leader John Tory made it a point to publicly note that he sent ... (Continue reading)

Across Canada

Gay Montreal couple wins $10,000 human rights case MONTREAL – A gay couple, who live in the Montreal suburb of Pointe Claire, have been awarded $10,000 in a human rights case. The two, Theo Wouters and Roger Thibault, made headlines in 2002 when they became Quebec’s first same-sex couple to be “married” under a Civil Union Act. They claimed they had been ... (Continue reading)

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