Soconvivium

Hang out with some REAL Women

REAL Women of Canada will be hosting its 2010 national conference on Saturday, April 17 in North Bay, Ont., at Clarion Resort Pinewood Park. REAL (“Realistic, Active, Equal, for Life”) Women of Canada is a pro-woman and pro-family organization that was federally incorporated in 1983 and is an NGO with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Its purpose is to promote the traditional family. REAL Women was created by a group of people concerned ... (Continue reading)

Throne speech: family mentioned 20 times

It is hard to too excited about the Speech from the Throne; it is theatre, the government's best face, and it seldom resembles the legislative and budgetary priorities the government eventually puts forward. But they do mean something. It is therefore notable, as David Quist of the Institute ofMarriage and Family Canada points out, that the speech referenced family and families 20 times; according to a word cloud  in the National Post, it was one of the 15 most used ... (Continue reading)

Why universal preschool?

Just as in Canada, there is a push by many on the political Left to implement some sort of universal preschool program. A Heritage Foundation backgrounder points out why it is unnecessary: The ultimate goal of the myriad early education bills is to guarantee access to publicly subsidized preschool for all families. Universal preschool provides taxpayer-subsidized preschool to all children free of charge regardless of parents' income. Proponents argue that universal preschool is necessary to ensure that all children are able ... (Continue reading)

Rachel’s Vineyard: Canadian retreats

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries does wonderful post-abortion work and they are holding retreats across Canada this year: March 5 - March 7, 2010 -- Pointe-aux-Outardes, Quebec March 19 - March 21, 2010 -- Edmonton, Alberta April 16 - April 18, 2010 -- Ottawa, Ontario April 30 - May 2, 2010 -- Kelowna, British Columbia May 28 - May 30, 2010 -- Vancouver, British Columbia June 11 - June 13, 2010 -- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories October 22 - October 24, 2010 -- Kelowna, British Columbia Check out their website for ... (Continue reading)

Conservatives lead Liberals — but why?

Ipsos Reid finds that the Conservatives lead the Liberals 37%-29% and that Canadians think Stephen Harper would make a better prime minister than Michael Ignatieff 46%-21%. After two full months of almost no political coverage other than prorogation stories, how can that be? Some pundits might offer the Olympic afterglow effect benefiting the government, but here is an alternative explanation: Ignatieff's support of abortion within the context of a foreign aid plan to address maternal health struck Canadians as loopy. ... (Continue reading)

Abortion and maternal health

Our March cover story is now online: "The politics of maternal health and child mortality." It begins: The numbers are staggering. A half-million women die during pregnancy every year. Nine million children in the developing world will die before their fifth birthday. That’s one pregnant mother and 18 children every minute of every day of the year will die prematurely, unnecessarily. Their dire circumstances cry out for redress, but thus far, the plight of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable ... (Continue reading)

Abortion: the genocide that dares not speak its name

Is it racist to point out that abortion hurts blacks disproportionately? I find it amusing that the Washington Independent even considers it necessary to defend Trent Franks (R, Az) against charges of racism for noting the eugenic effect of abortion on American blacks. Mike Starks interviews Franks says, “I don’t think he sees the racism (or paternalism) in what he’s saying.” That's probably because there is no racism or paternalism in wanting to protect unborn black babies from death by abortion. ... (Continue reading)

Tweeting an abortion

Jill Stanek has provided extensive coverage of one woman's live tweeting her RU-486 abortion. When I first heard of this stunt, I had the same thought that Stanek came to after writing five posts about it: "By live tweeting her abortion, Angie has performed a different kind of public service than she intended. No one can read her exhaustive and exhausting dismal account and want what she had." On one level, the personal level for the person doing the tweeting, ... (Continue reading)

How to reverse Canada’s graying population

Yesterday Statistics Canada released a report on "deaths" (life expectancy), the bottom line of which is: Life expectancy at birth in Canada reached 80.7 years for the three-year period between 2005 and 2007, up from the average of 80.5 between 2004 and 2006, and 78.4 a decade earlier between 1995 and 1997. Increased life expectancy is good for individuals, but it is not so clear cut for society in general in countries with large, redistributionist welfare programs (health and pensions). This has been widely discussed over the past few years -- including a Parliamentary Budget Office report last week ... (Continue reading)

New at TheInterim.com

Two columns and one article from the February issue are now online. "Professor displays puerile, atheistic, anti-life mentality," by Rory Leishman. "Puppy mills bad, abortion mills okay," by Michael Coren. "Pro-life mission work in Cyprus," by Allison Kach. The March issue went to press today, so regular blogging will return tomorrow. (Continue reading)

Sarah Silverman is repugnant

The comedian Sarah Silverman is crass and racist. She isn't ever funny which should be a career-limiting attribute for a comedian. I won't ever understand why our esteemed editor finds her so amusing. I hope he reconsiders after reading this from last weekend's USA Weekend Q&A with Silverman: Do you want kids? I'm not stressed about not having kids. I'll want to adopt someday. I don't want to pass on my genes. I don't understand why anyone, other than for vanity, needs ... (Continue reading)

Euthanasia’s slippery slope is a luge course

Michael Cook has an excellent, must-read article on euthanasia at MercatorNet. Some key paragraphs: But amongst the numerous Dutch victims of spongy-brained euthanasia syndrome some are more affected than others. Recently a distinguished group called “Out of Free Will” has complained that there are too many restrictions on euthanasia in the Netherlands. Even in the mercy-killing heartland, people are required to have some sort of terminal illness. But the new lobby group wants the right for to anyone sane over the ... (Continue reading)

Condoms block aid for Haiti

LifeSiteNews.com has an incredible report on how "The flow of medical supplies waiting to be distributed to tens of thousands of earthquake victims in Haiti was delayed for weeks by a massive supply of condoms dominating the space of the main storage facility there." Key stat: "The condoms were estimated to take up about 70% of the space in the 17,000 sq. ft. warehouse." Food? Pharmaceuticals? Surgical equipment? Emergency shelter and clothing? No, condoms. Can't feed a starving child or operate ... (Continue reading)

Abortion as the foundation of democracy?

Ethan Boyles of Seattle is upset with a pro-life student display at the University of Washington and he writes about it for the Socialist Worker. In it, he states: Reproductive freedom is a foundation of women's liberation. Women can never have full equality if they cannot control their own bodies, and we cannot have a fundamentally democratic society if half the population is denied this essential freedom. There are numerous responses, including: 1) Women have control over their own bodies when they ... (Continue reading)

Ron Paul on changing the abortion debate

LifeSiteNews.com has an exclusive interview with Rep. Ron Paul (R, Tx) in which the former candidate for the GOP presidential nomination and former Libertarian presidential candidate says it is no use waiting for the right configuration on the Surpeme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and proposes a different solution, instead: having Congress take the abortion issue away from the central government and hand it back to the states. I'm not sure about the constitutionality of what he is arguing for, but ... (Continue reading)

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