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Crisis at St. Mike’s should force schooling rethink

Crisis at St. Mike’s should force schooling rethink

I have been a lifelong fan of the Beach Boys, but I’ve never been able to understand their 1963 hit single, “Be True To Your School.” That probably says more about me than the Beach Boys, but I think it has a lot to do with my high school, which has been in the news quite a bit lately as I write this column. “Be True To Your School” is ... (Continue reading)

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BC Civil Liberties Association intervenes in crucial free expression case

Law Matters John Carpay Last month, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) became an intervener in UAlberta Pro-Life v. University of Alberta.This court case arose in 2015, when a small group of students received approval from the University of Alberta to set up a stationary display on campus. The display juxtaposed photos of the developing unborn child with photos of abortions performed at different stages of pregnancy. An unruly mob ... (Continue reading)

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Legal doesn’t mean right

Andrew Lawton There is a big difference between what is legal and what is right. With the legalization of recreational pot in Canada (however mired in bureaucracy and regulation), it’s high time for people to realize that the government is not a moral standard-bearer. Nor should it be. This becomes ever more difficult to understand in a society that increasingly wants government to be the remedy to any and all problems. If ... (Continue reading)

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Vriend has diminished our freedom

Vriend has diminished our freedom

Law Matters John Carpay On March 19, the University of Alberta held a public event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Vriend v. Alberta. In 1998, the court ordered Alberta to add “sexual orientation” to its human rights legislation. When pondering the Vriend ruling, it is important to remember that, during the 1990s, activists across Canada were claiming that adding “sexual orientation” to human rights ... (Continue reading)

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Getting out of the echo chamber

Getting out of the echo chamber

Six years after I was laid off from my job at a national daily newspaper and sent back out to the uncertainties of freelancing as a writer and photographer, I’ve found myself with a steady gig again. Of those six years I can’t say much except that it’s no way to earn a living. The new job is more interesting – editing a Huffington Post-style group blog called The ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec abortion mills exempt from safety, sanitation laws

Quebec abortion mills exempt from safety, sanitation laws

In the spring, the National Assembly of Quebec passed Bill 34, a law that mandated minimum safety and sanitation requirements for private health care facilities that perform surgeries. It mandated, for example, sterile operating rooms and separate ventilating systems, as well as outlined procedures to protect patients who use non-hospital facilities for medical care. In August, three Montreal abortuaries said they would stop committing abortions if the law was not amended to exempt them from the provisions. ... (Continue reading)

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Former Supreme Court justice Gonthier showed restraint

Former Supreme Court justice Gonthier showed restraint

Charles Gonthier, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, passed away recently at the age of 80. Appointed by Brian Mulroney in 1989, he developed a reputation as a conservative during his 14 years on the country’s top court. The Canadian Press reported in its obituary that Gonthier offered “a more conservative ... (Continue reading)

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Madoff’s wife denied pot o’gold

It’s helpful to learn, in these difficult financial times, the problems we share with the very wealthy, who have to experience getting along on considerably less income. Ruth Madoff is one of those persons, the celebrity wife of an epic swindler, Bernard Madoff, a financial adviser who was found guilty of purloining $170 billion in a gigantic Ponzi scheme. Her husband’s estimated annual income was $75 million. Bernard was recently ... (Continue reading)

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‘Green’ crazies seek to cut an already-low population

Jonathon Porritt, a so-called "green" adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, argues that it is "irresponsible" for families to have more than two children. How can anyone take this man seriously? Britain has a total fertility rate of just 1.66. That's far below the rate of 2.1 children per woman that is necessary just to sustain the existing population. Britain also absorbs about 130,000 immigrants ... (Continue reading)

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Good television, mixed messages

If you believe the critics, the most watched shows in America today are Mad Men, Damages, Rescue Me, Breaking Bad and Weeds, and not American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy and CSI: Miami. While average ratings for the big networks are falling, it's a testament to the profound gravity and cultural triumph of "quality cable" - the roster of dramas airing their short but well-publicized seasons on ... (Continue reading)

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Frank Klees for leader

Frank Klees, the Tory MPP for Newmarket-Aurora, is seeking the job of leader of the Ontario Conservative party. He said in a phone interview recently that he and his wife adopted a two-day-old son born to a single mom a number of years ago and is well aware of crisis pregnancies and the problems that occur. They also have two grown children. Klees has a long history of pro-life activity, having ... (Continue reading)

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John Tory’s ‘strengths’

Frank Kennedy muses about the former Ontario PC leader. (Continue reading)

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Morality is universal

Michael Coren says that without objective morality, organized society is impossible. (Continue reading)

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A vast wasteland

Culture and entertainment columnist Rick McGinnis stresses the need for a critical wherewithal when it comes to governing how and where our children spend their time in the technological age. (Continue reading)

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Obama’s stem cell policy

National Affairs correspondent Rory Leishman points out yet another shocking disregard for human life on the part of the Obama administration. (Continue reading)

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