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Justice McLachlin’s subversion of freedom, democracy

Justice McLachlin’s subversion of freedom, democracy

W Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin hen Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin announced her impending retirement in June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauded her as “a judicial leader and trailblazer for almost four decades” who ranks as “one of Canada’s very finest jurists” A host of other politicians, lawyers and law professors have praised McLachlin in similar terms. In one respect, they are all correct: McLachlin certainly has been a ... (Continue reading)

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Public pressure forces government retreat on protection for religious services

After backlash from the public, faith leaders and pro-family groups, a Liberal-dominated committee voted to keep Canada’s only law explicitly protecting religious services and clergy on the books. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government attempted to nix the section from the Criminal Code in Bill C-51, legislation intended to clear allegedly redundant, unconstitutional, or outdated sections from the Criminal Code. But in its review of Bill C-51, the House of Commons justice committee voted Nov. 8 to keep Section 176 in force. ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario legislates anti-free speech bubble zone

Ontario legislates anti-free speech bubble zone

Ontario enacts bubble zone law. Last month all three official parties joined forces to swiftly pass Bill 163, the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017, stifling the free speech, expression, and assembly rights of pro-lifers. The law, passed on Oct. 25, creates a bubble zone around abortion facilities of at least 50 meters -- and as much 150 meters -- in which any pro-life activity, ... (Continue reading)

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Bill 163 committee hearing

Silent No More, midwives, and a city councilor among presenters On Oct. 19, 17 stakeholders and other interested parties made presentations to the standing committee on general government to speak for or against Bill 163, the  Protecting a Woman’s Right to Access Abortion Services Act, 2017, which was introduced by the provincial Attorney General two weeks earlier and was being fast-tracked to be passed before the end of the month by an all-party agreement. Making presentations against Bill 163 were ... (Continue reading)

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The myth of the violent pro-lifers

The myth of the violent pro-lifers

Pro-life activist Bill Whatcot at a Metro Police station after a June 1999 assault. On May 29, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that the government was planning on implementing bubble zones, or “safe access zones,” around Ontario abortion facilities. Considering that it was calling for something that cannot truthfully be interpreted as anything other than a ... (Continue reading)

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A history of Canada’s secularization

A history of Canada’s secularization

Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867-2017) by Don Hutchinson (Word Alive Press, $22.99, 276 pages) In Under Siege, former Evangelical Fellowship of Canada vice president and general legal counsel Don Hutchinson writes about the history of Christian churches in Canada describing how the Dominion began as a predominantly Christian nation to one in which is being led by the cultural elite “in a direction ... (Continue reading)

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Post-genderism

Post-genderism

A future without gender Transgenderism or gender equity may soon be passé. So too may be Emma Watson’s #HeforShe initiative or lamenting the grave injustice of the wage gap. For certain gender activists the ultimate goal is the abolition of gender all together. Postgenderism, often associated with transhumanism – the movement to transform humanity with science and technology – is not just a rejection of the gender binary of ... (Continue reading)

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Tourloukis appeal heard

Tourloukis appeal heard

Hamilton father of two Steve Tourloukis sued his school board to uphold his parental rights. He lost in 2016 and appealed the decision. The latest battle in the sever-year war between Steve Tourloukis and the Hamilton Wentworth public school board over what the father of two claims is his right to receive advance notice when and how his children will be taught about controversial topics was an Ontario appeal ... (Continue reading)

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Canadians reject gender-neutral birth certificates

As a number of provinces move to provide options other than male or female on birth certificates, an Angus Reid Institute poll found nearly six in ten Canadians opposed to the idea. The poll of 1,512 Canadians conducted June 8-13 found 58 per cent of respondents opposed to plans “to issue gender-neutral birth certificates upon request,” while 42 per cent support the idea. On the question of gender-neutral identification for those who want such ID for themselves, 52 per cent of Canadians ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario government set to ban pro-life speech

Ontario government set to ban pro-life speech

Yasir Naqvi Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced on May 29 that the Liberal government plans to table a bill in the fall in order to legislate “bubble zones” that would ban pro-life demonstrations and sidewalk counseling near any abortion facility. Most abortion facilities have a legal injunction preventing pro-life activity within 30 feet of their facilities, but the so-called temporary injunction, which expired in December 2016, affects only ... (Continue reading)

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Left-wing social agenda rejected at UN

Left-wing social agenda rejected at UN

Trudeau government at odds with global community Every March and April, thousands of women’s rights activists, feminists, and abortion supporters flock to the United Nations New York headquarters to take part in -- and influence -- two annual conferences on social and economic policies. The 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which took place March 13-24 and the 50th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) which ... (Continue reading)

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Q&A with Dr. Scott Masson

Q&A with Dr. Scott Masson

Dr. Scott Masson Dr. Scott Masson is an associate professor of English at Tyndale University College in Toronto.  He was the founding chairman of the Westminster Classical Christian Academy. His articles and commentary have been published in numerous journals, newspapers and magazines. Dr. Masson will soon be launching a news aggregator website at www.veracrux.com He is a husband and father of two. Campaign Life Coalition interviewed him in ... (Continue reading)

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‘Phobias’ kill our freedom of expression

‘Phobias’ kill our freedom  of expression

Law Matters John Carpay Like homophobia, Islamophobia is a dangerous word. Both words are dangerous because they are ambiguous. Uncertainty about the meaning of words makes it impossible to have honest discussion and debate. Without honest debate, democracy and society function poorly. Undermining the citizen’s ability to communicate with others results in misunderstanding and fear. Dictionaries define “phobia” as “an extreme or irrational fear” and as a mild ... (Continue reading)

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A crucial distinction

Light is Right Joe Campbell "Don’t call it sin,” he declared, and proposed that, to describe someone’s immoral behaviour, I write objectively disordered. Preserve us from word-watchers, I thought. His lecture was a reminder of how much verbal clutter irritates me. Oh, I understand why he complained. I just don’t understand why he thought it necessary. It wouldn’t bother him if I wrote that certain acts are wrong. ... (Continue reading)

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Pierre Lemieux on Supreme Court

Pierre Lemieux on Supreme Court

Pierre Lemieux Among the numerous candidates for leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Lemieux is one of the few who merits serious consideration. During 10 years in Parliament, he distinguished himself with an impeccably pro-life record and now he also stands out for denouncing the usurpation of legislative powers by the Supreme Court of Canada. In a letter to supporters on January 6, Lemieux alluded to the ... (Continue reading)

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