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Fraser Valley student union restricts pro-life activity on campus

A gendercide presentation to be given by Mike Schouten, campaign director of WeNeedALaw.ca, to UFV Life Link on April 10 at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia, has been censored due to what the student union claimed were security concerns. In the end, a compromise was reached when UFV allowed a by-invitation-only private meeting to take place with Schouten. Around 13 people attended, including UFV Student Union Society president Shane Potter. The club, which has obtained legal ... (Continue reading)

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Campaign Life: 35 years of pro-life activism

Campaign Life: 35 years of pro-life activism

Jim Hughes, Paul Formby and Earl Amyotte at the founding of the Pro-Life Party of Canada. On May 25, 1978, a group of pro-lifers, upset with the compromise mentality of the Coalition for the Protection of Human Life, met in Winnipeg to form a new national political pro-life organization. The Coalition had presented a paper ... (Continue reading)

Founder of Canadian pro-life pharmacists group passes

Founder of Canadian pro-life pharmacists group passes

Michael Izzotti On March 21, Mike Izzotti, a former vice president Pharmacists For Life International and a founder of its Canadian branch, passed away at Hamilton General Hospital at the age of 55. He had multiple sclerosis, but a cause of death has not been released. Izzotti founded Pharmacists For Life International (Canada) in 1992, and served as coordinator for central Canada before becoming the organization’s president until 2011. He ... (Continue reading)

RTL Kent rebuilds after fire destroyed offices

RTL Kent rebuilds after fire destroyed offices

The new building that houses Right to Life Kent. A pro-life organization in Chatham in southwestern Ontario has roared back to life after its office was destroyed by a fire. Right to Life Kent, forced to rejuvenate itself, has now moved into its own building and provides more services geared towards women in need and youth outreach, and its number of clients and participants is growing. On March 10, 2011, Right to ... (Continue reading)

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Campus freedom index documents censorship of pro-life groups

Campus freedom index documents censorship of pro-life groups

Carleton pro-life student Ruth Lobo was arrested in 2010. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its 2012 Campus Freedom Index which measures and rates the state of free speech at Canadian universities and gives 28 F grades and just three As. The JCCF’s Index, and an accompanying longer report, The State of Campus Free Speech in 2012, examines 35 universities and student unions across Canada to measure both ... (Continue reading)

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Symposium equips post-second students to reach their campuses

Symposium equips post-second students to reach their campuses

Genevieve Umeh (right) and Joann Rajanayagam (left) of McMaster Lifeline receive the pro-life club award from Dan Di Rocco, representing The Interim and Niagara Region RTL. For the past 15 years the National Campus Life Network CLN Symposium has been bringing together university students from across Canada for a weekend featuring speakers to provide information and knowledge to equip them to bring the pro-life message to their university campus. This year’s ... (Continue reading)

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Symposium equips post-second students to reach their campuses

For the past 15 years the National Campus Life Network CLN Symposium has been bringing together university students from across Canada for a weekend featuring speakers to provide information and knowledge to equip them to bring the pro-life message to their university campus. This year’s symposium – the organization’s 15th – was held at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, Sept. 28-30. Theresa Gilbert, NCLN’s president, told The Interim “The symposiumm, in 1997, was actually the birthplace of the National Campus Life ... (Continue reading)

CNN names LifeSite as Gates critic

CNN singled out LifeSiteNews over its criticism of Melinda Gates’ funding for contraceptives. “Responding to simmering controversy among Catholic bloggers about her new birth control program, Melinda Gates – a practising Catholic – said she will not shrink from her role as an advocate for poor women,” CNN stated. “One blog in particular, LifeSiteNews.com, has frequently published diatribes against Gates, calling into question her faith, and calling her plan a ‘blatant attack on Catholic sexual morality’,” the news agency wrote a ... (Continue reading)

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Getting the pro-life message to high school students

Getting the pro-life message  to high school students

Two recent events brought the pro-life message to hundreds of Toronto area high school students, educating students to become conversant on the issue of abortion and inspiring them to become more involved in the issue. Toronto Right to Life Association joined the University of Toronto Students for Life, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and Student Life Link to host the Respect for Life Student Leadership Conference for Toronto-area Catholic high school students ... (Continue reading)

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REAL Women advised Ottawa on jubilee medals

REAL Women of Canada, a pro-life women’s organization that supports traditional family values, was invited by the federal government to nominate potential recipients of the Diamond Jubilee Medal. REAL Women recommend 33 people under the “social and volunteer” category to receive the medal, which commemorates Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary as Queen of Canada. The Globe and Mail reported that no pro-gay groups were invited to nominate recipients and there was an ensuing outcry among homosexual activists against REAL Women. “The bile ... (Continue reading)

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Carleton student union considers banning pro-life groups from campus

After denying a pro-life group official club status in 2010, Carleton University’s student union is proposing a referendum to ban pro-life groups from the campus altogether. The question asks: “Are you in favour of banning groups such as Lifeline, the Genocide Awareness Project, Campaign for Life Coalition and other organizations that use inaccurate information and violent images to discourage women from exploring all options in the event of pregnancy from Carleton University?” The question was proposed by Shelly Melanson, a former National ... (Continue reading)

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CTV targets B.C. crisis pregnancy centre in sting operation

On Dec. 15, CTV News in British Columbia launched a sting operation against the South Fraser Pregnancy Options Centre in Surrey, B.C., with what Option’s Centre executive director Laura Lansink said was “the hope that our peer-counsellor would give false or biased information.” The Pregnancy Options centres are associated with the Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services (CAPSS), a national, non-political, registered Christian charity, committed to equipping pregnancy support services. CTV sent a woman, named only as “Sheila,” to the Surrey Options ... (Continue reading)

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What government can do to help caregivers

What government can do to help caregivers

A new study is calling for increased support for family caregivers in Canada. Supporting Caregivers and Caregiving in an Aging Canada by Janice Keefe of the Institute for Research on Public Policy addresses the pressing issue of how to care for an increasing elderly population as the baby boomer cohort continues to age. Currently, much of home care is provided by informal caregivers, relatives or friends of the elderly person in ... (Continue reading)

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Two reports renew debate on end-of-life care

Two reports renew debate on end-of-life care

Parliamentary committee says improve care, Royal Society of Canada calls for legalization of assisted death Just days apart in mid-November two reports dealing with end-of-life care came to diametrically opposed conclusions with a Royal Society of Canada panel calling for full legalization of euthanasia and assisted-suicide while the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care made recommendations to improve palliative and end-of-life care, develop suicide prevention strategies, and prevent elder abuse ... (Continue reading)

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Peterborough Pro-Life celebrates 25 years of activism

Peterborough Pro-Life celebrates 25 years of activism

Since its inception in 1980, Peterborough Pro-Life has never swerved from what it considers its primary duty: publicly witnessing to the dignity and sanctity of a baby’s human life inside the mother’s womb. On Oct. 12, LifeSiteNews sat down with Paul Morgan and Ali van der Vegt, who recounted what the group had accomplished in 31 years of existence. Morgan, a former president of the PPL, said the association, “was formed to fight ... (Continue reading)

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