Gay phone line goes silent
CHARLOTTLETOWN- The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported recently that AIDS Prince Edwards Island can no longer afford to cover the cost of the province’s only gay and lesbian toll-free telephone lie. For several years, Islanders have wondered who was funding for this service and its promotional advertisements in local newspapers. Spokespersons for AIDS PEI said the service had been put in place to provide the province’s gays and lesbians with a means of social contact and support.
Nfld. educators await word
ST. JOHN’S – Officials with Newfoundland’s Catholic Education Council are awaiting word on a Senate committee report dealing with the future of religious education rights in the province. The committee wrapped up hearings July 17 and is expected to release its report in late September. The issue centres on a constitutional amendment recently approved by the federal government which removes control of Newfoundland education from religious denominations. Catholics and Pentecostals in the province have fought the amendment, arguing it changes the original terms of union with Canada. Bonaventure Fagan, executive officer with the Catholic Education Council, said it is unlikely the upcoming Senate report will adequately address all the concerns of Newfoundland Catholic educators.
StatsCan to drop marriage data
OTTAWA – pro-family groups have criticized the Statistics Canada decision to drop marriage and divorce data from its record-keeping process by 1998. Although the decision is being touted as a cost-cutting measure, pro-family groups believe it represents another blow to marriage as an important social institution. Some have suggested Statistics Canada – and the federal Liberals – are using budget cuts to mask a growing anti-family agenda. Marriage and divorce data has been a central component of Statistics Canada’s information gathering since the organization was created in 1921.
Alliance meeting in North Bay
NORTH BAY, Ont. – Officials with Alliance for Life Ontario are putting the final touches on this fall’s provincial convention scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at the Voyageur Inn in North Bay. Although the theme has not been announced, the conference will centre on a number of contemporary issues in the pro-life movement, including euthanasia, new reproductive technologies, chastity, palliative care and Ontario’s new consent to treatment legislation. Banquet speaker will be Dr. Paul Ranalli, vice president of Canadian Physicians for Life.
Prosecutor on the defensive
REGINA – Charges of obstructing justice against Saskatchewan Crown prosecutor Randy Kirkham have angered Saskatchewan’s pro-life community. Kirkham, who successfully convicted Saskatchewan farmer Robert Latimer for the mercy killing of his handicapped 12-yearold daughter in 1993, is alleged to have allowed potential jurors to be questioned for their views on abortion, euthanasia and religious faith. He failed to disclose the questioning to Latimer’s defence lawyers. Pro-life supporters believe the charges indicate the Saskatchewan NDP government’s eagerness to overturn Latimer’s conviction. Such a move could be prelude to a national assisted suicide law.
Officer target of ‘witch hunt’
DELTA, B.C. – Delta police officer Steven Parker received a five-day suspended sentence recently after it was established he used car licence plate numbers to look up the names and addresses to Vancouver’s Everywoman’s Health Clinic, a major abortion centre. The case gained notoriety in British Columbia after pro-abortion supporters demanded Parker be fired for his action. Local Pro-lifers however, countered that their licence plate numbers are routinely monitored by pro-abortionists. Pro-life activist Sissy von Dehn said it’s unfortunate Parker was the subject of a pro-abortion “which hunt” for carrying out what has become a routine practice.
Activists Hijack conference agenda
VANCOUVER – Gay activists diverted attention from qualified positive news arising out the 11th International Conference on AIDS here in July. Despite optimistic reports of new treatments which have reduced the HIV virus levels in some patients, the media inst4ead of focused largely on the antics of activists who attempted to disrupt proceedings. Protestors sought to spread the message that AIDS is not primarily a homosexual disease, that pharmaceutical companies have made treatment programs too expensive, and that governments remain indifferent to new research funding. Many recognize that despite its devastating effects, AIDS is well down on the list of lethal diseases