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What the Baby Boomers wrought

What the Baby Boomers wrought

The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way And It Wasn’t My Fault And I’ll Never Do It Again by P.J. O’Rourke (Atlantic Monthly Press, $31.50, 263 pages) My first argument with any book about the Baby Boomers is with anyone who tries to include me in it, and that would seem to include P. J. O’Rourke. His latest book is about his generation – that cohort born between then ... (Continue reading)

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Children’s Aid horrors

Michael Coren Journalist for Life In early March you may have read something about the Lev Tahor sect in the newspapers or seen some of the coverage of this obscure Jewish ultra-orthodox group on television. Earlier in the year I interviewed two of the group’s leaders on my television show after they were accused of marrying the community’s children off at an illegally early age and ... (Continue reading)

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What miscarriage tells us about life and love

Several years ago, my wife and I were thrilled to find out that she was expecting our eighth child. It is a curious fact that I have been just as excited about each child as I was for the first one. This makes sense, when one thinks that each child is an individual and unique creation. Nobody prepared me for this fact. The propaganda is that having several children makes it hard to value each one as if he or ... (Continue reading)

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Marriage and the income gap

A report released in February by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada relates marriage to income level which finds that there is a correlation between being married and family income. The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians by Philip Cross and Peter Jon Mitchell used data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics to determine that married and common-law couples, which are grouped together because that is how most of the data is available, accounted for only 12.1 ... (Continue reading)

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Woman kept alive on life support to deliver unborn child

Woman kept alive on life support to deliver unborn child

Iver Benson was born two months after him mother was put on artificial respiration in order to save the unborn child's life. A pregnant woman from Victoria, B.C. who was declared “brain dead” was put on life support until the birth of her baby. In December, 32-year-old Robyn Benson ... (Continue reading)

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Assault against the family

Michael Coren Journalist for Life Gay marriage was introduced into Britain, and it’s now been the law of the land for a year. A morbid anniversary of failure, a far from happy birthday. The Church of England has been placed in an incredibly difficult position, particularly because the Archbishop of Canterbury is an evangelical and has long been opposed to full same-sex marriage. The Muslim ... (Continue reading)

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Tories split on income-splitting

Tories split on income-splitting

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty raised doubts about income-splitting for tax purposes, leading to a debate within the Conservative ranks about whether to abandon key 2011 election platform. During the 2011 federal election, Stephen Harper said that a Conservative government would allow income-splitting ... (Continue reading)

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US law would protect states’ rights on marriage

US law would protect states’ rights on marriage

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives would protect a state’s right to define marriage. HR 3829, the State Marriage Defense Act, introduced on Jan. 9 by Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) with the support of 28 co-sponsors, would require that federal agencies apply marital status only to couples who are given marital status by their state of legal residence. “The 10th Amendment was established to protect state sovereignty and ... (Continue reading)

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For income-splitting

Amid the apparent controversy over income-splitting for tax purposes with reports that the Conservative government may not be as committed to it as previously thought and left-wing groups such as the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives and the Broadbent Institute attacking income-splitting as a pro-rich scheme, Andrea Mrozek of the Institute of Family and Marriage Canada has a column in the Ottawa Citizen explaining why it is good policy. The bottom line is this: Family income ... (Continue reading)

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The illusion of glamour

The illusion of glamour

Glamour is a misunderstood word, whose meaning – like similar superlatives such as elite, exclusive, luxury and unique – has been adulterated and weakened, mostly thanks to its overuse by marketers and the media. But unlike those other words, so beloved of lifestyle journalists, realtors and advertising copywriters, glamour is a word that can be evocative and even profound, as writer Virginia Postrel explains in her new book The ... (Continue reading)

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The gift of our ‘senior child’

Eleven months after Alan and I were married, God answered our fervent prayers for a child by bringing into our lives a much-beloved older person who was hospitalized with dementia and wasn’t going to be able to live independently again. Alan and I use the term “senior child” for several reasons, partly for the privacy of this family member, and also to reflect the transformative power of the gift we’ve been given. We became the primary family caregivers. Long story short, ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal Party considers prostitution, euthanasia

Liberal Party considers prostitution, euthanasia

Justin Trudeau Resolutions that the Liberal Party of Canada will consider at their biennial convention in Montreal Feb. 20-23 include endorsing the legalization of euthanasia and prostitution. The Liberal Party website says, “this convention will be a key milestone on the road to the next federal election in 2015,” because “delegates will vote to adopt the policy resolutions that will inspire our next electoral platform.” The resolutions have been put ... (Continue reading)

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Evangelical group outlines anti-prostitution strategy

As the Supreme Court deliberates on the constitutionality of Canada’s prostitution laws, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada released a report examining how to put an end to prostitution in Canada. Out of Business: Prostitution in Canada – Putting an End to Demand argues that current laws are ineffective and that any reforms should be based on the “Nordic model.” Prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada. Rather, brothels, living off the avails of prostitution, and communicating publicly for purposes of prostitution ... (Continue reading)

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Are we trapped in the modern high school forever?

The late modern high school setting, especially in large-urban areas, could be seen as one of the central conceptual structures determining society today. For most of the more decent and reflective people – regardless of the nominal provenance of their outlooks – it is frequently a hellish environment. Indeed, one may ask if we are trapped in the modern high school – and its various societal and media extensions – for the rest of our lives? It may be argued that ... (Continue reading)

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Over-protective parenting not helping kids

Amusements Rick McGinnis Seven years ago, a New York City columnist named Lenore Skenazy wrote a column about letting her nine-year-old son Izzy take public transit home by himself. Within days, she was at the centre of a media furore that saw Lenore dubbed “World’s Worst Mom,” and found herself made a standard bearer for whatever pushback is happening against an increasingly supervised and circumscribed style of ... (Continue reading)

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