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Canada MP Maurice Vellacott (CPC, Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) compared abortion to bullying: “In light of this new awareness of bullying, consistency and credibility demands that we tackle the most cruel and most common bullying of all – the bullying, and ultimately killing, of babies in the womb” … Halifax freelance writer Lezlie Lowe writes in the Chronicle-Herald that Mother’s Day is a great day to be thankful for abortion. Reflecting on a “friend” who had an abortion in 2007, ... (Continue reading)

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Canada In the Alberta provincial election campaign, PC Premier Alison Redford attacked the Wildrose Party for having opponents of homosexualiy run as candidates and condemned leader Danielle Smith for being open to enacting laws to protect the conscience rights for medical workers and marriage commissioners ... Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said that once again he will not be attending the city’s Pride Parade, opting instead to attend his family’s Canada Day celebrations at a cottage north of ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Brian Anthony Cutteridge, a 37-year-old Vancouver man, stood trial in a rare bestiality prosecution.  Cutteridge, who is alleged to have sexual relations with a Rottweiler after a veterinarian reported the condition of his dog to the SPCA, is the author of a pro-bestiality pamphlet entitled “On the legal prohibition of zoophilia in Canada and the United States,” in which he argues “anti-zoophilia laws ... infringe upon fundamental individual freedoms” ... The National Post reports that Alberta ... (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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Canada Campaign Life Coalition launched a national TV advertising campaign on Sun News focused on the B.C. court challenge to Canada’s euthanasia and assisted suicide restrictions. It asks Canadians to write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to urge them to invoke the notwithstanding clause if necessary to uphold the prohibition on killing vulnerable people ... The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal to the doctors of Hassan Rasouli in ... (Continue reading)

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Canada On Nov. 24 The Brunswickan, a newspaper at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), reported that the Student Union (UNBSU) had concerns about accrediting a Fredericton campus UNB Students for Life Club (one had been operating at the Saint John’s campus), and on Dec. 5 the UNBSU requested more information about the club’s activities including the centers the club would be referring pregnant women to in cases of crisis pregnancies or post-abortion counseling. The National Campus ... (Continue reading)

Top 10 life and family stories of 2011

Top 10 life and family stories of 2011

Honourable mentions: There are notable stories that would typically make the top 10 list, but do not – although they still warrant acknowledgment: the media fury over the 7 billionth person in the world being born; the British Columbia Supreme Court ruling against polygamy; the Supreme Court of Canada decision to keep the Insite “safe injection” clinic in Vancouver open; the release of the pro-life film 180; the Pro-Life Club at the University of Calgary challenging the university’s “non-academic misconduct” ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Chief Justice Robert Bauman of the British Columbia Supreme Court upheld Canada’s ban on polygamy on Nov. 23. The case came before the B.C. Supreme Court after charges against two men from a Mormon sect in Bountiful were stayed. “Based on the most comprehensive judicial record on the subject ever produced, I have concluded that (there is) a reasoned apprehension of harm to many in our society inherent in the practice of polygamy,” said Justice Bauman, ... (Continue reading)

From The Interim archives

From October 2010: “Borlaug proved Malthus wrong” In 1968, Paul Ehrlich said in his best-selling apocalyptic book The Population Bomb that the world was headed toward a Malthusian hell in which mass starvation would wipe out large swaths of people, most notably in Africa and Asia, making specific note that Pakistan and India would suffer collapse within the decade. Indeed, he called it a “fantasy” that India would ever be able to feed itself. By 1968, Pakistan had already ... (Continue reading)

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Canada While Ottawa has given $6 million to International Planned Parenthood Federation projects in conjunction with its maternal health initiative, the Canadian International Development Agency has refused to give grants to MaterCare International. MaterCare, which works to reduce maternal mortality in the developing world but does not carry out abortions, was denied a funding request for the eleventh time in ten years. Founder and executive director Dr. Robert Walley told EWTN that he was informed MaterCare was ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Quebec resident Ginette Leblanc, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is challenging the federal Criminal Code prohibition on euthanasia. Her lawyer, Rene Duval, will file an application with the Quebec Superior Court asking that 241b of the Criminal Code outlawing assisted suicide be ruled unconstitutional. According to reports, Duval expects both that court and the Quebec Court of Appeal to uphold the prohibition, but he hopes that the Supreme Court of Canada will reconsider the issue ... (Continue reading)

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Canada The British Columbia Catholic Civil Rights League condemned the Burnaby School Board’s equity policy with director Sean Murphy declaring, “It is now time to recognize that parents are the first line of defense against the abuse of state power in education, and the first protectors, not just of children, but of civil liberties.” The CCRL’s B.C. wing released its “Declaration on the Authority of Parents and Guardians in the Education of their Children,” which cites international conventions and ... (Continue reading)

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Canada On July 15, the Ontario Court of Appeal extended a stay on the ruling that struck down legal restrictions on prostitution. The court will hand down its final decision in the fall, though most legal analysts expect the case will eventually make its way to the Supreme Court of Canada … The Toronto Star reports that Rev. Brent Hawkes, who preformed same-sex “marriages” in Toronto two years before they were legal in Ontario, says that Toronto’s ... (Continue reading)

Pride’s million-man farce

Once again most news sources reported that a million people were present at Toronto’s gay pride parade. But as more than one source has demonstrated, such an attendance figure would prove impossible. REAL Women of Canada did the math on this a decade ago. They calculated that the route was 3,300 meters long. Each side of the route would need to have 425,000 people on it (plus participants who march down the middle of the street). In order for that to ... (Continue reading)

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Canada MPs elected pro-life Conservative Andrew Scheer, a father of four, as Speaker of the House. In a 2009 with The Interim Scheer spoke about balancing his professional and personal life and how he always tried to be home in time to tuck his children into bed and not to schedule events on Sundays … The Hill Times reports that Stephen Harper is said to have ordered his MPs to not bring up “pet projects,” including abortion and gay ... (Continue reading)

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