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C-16 passes

On Nov. 18, the House of Commons passed Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include transgender rights in the country’s hate crimes and human rights laws. It was overwhelmingly passed on a voice vote -- that is, there is no record of who supported and opposed the bill. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said afterwards, “all Canadians should feel safe to be themselves. Our strength as a nation lies in our diversity ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario redefining family

Ontario redefining family

Gwen Landolt opposes Wynne government's redefining family relationships. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government introduced Bill 28, the “All Families Are Equal Act,” which, if passed, will legally redefine “mother” and “father” as “parent” to accommodate homosexual couples who adopt or conceive children through artificial means. REAL Women vice president Gwen Landolt criticized the Ontario government for “ramming through a revolutionary bill to completely restructure ‘family’ relationships ... (Continue reading)

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Federal trans rights bill passes second reading

On Oct. 19, the Liberal government’s Bill C-16, which will amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression, passed second reading in a 248-40 vote. C-16 also amends the Criminal Code’s hate crime laws to include gender identity and gender expression so that crimes thought to be motivated by prejudice against individuals who self-identify as transgender and transsexual can face additional punishment. Among the 38 Conservatives joining the Liberals, NDP, and ... (Continue reading)

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No conscience rights for euthanasia

No conscience rights for euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman The vise of oppression is closing ever so tightly on pro-life physicians in Canada that they are liable soon to be drummed out of the profession for steadfastly refusing to collaborate in the deliberate killing of patients. That seems to be just fine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal colleagues. In the government’s recently enacted euthanasia legislation, Bill C-14, they included no ... (Continue reading)

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Gay-Straight Alliances: the clash of religions

Gay-Straight Alliances: the clash of religions

Law Matters John Carpay Alberta’s education minister has launched a formal inquiry into two Edmonton-area Baptist schools, ostensibly to ensure a “welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students.” This inquiry has its origins in Bill 10, passed in a matter of hours, without public consultation. This new law requires every school to set up and host a Gay-Straight Alliance ... (Continue reading)

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Progressive solecisms (Part II)

There is a certain intellectual consistency, at least, between the expedient fluidity of liberals’ positions on women, gays, and Islam, and their affectation that gender is a matter of private whim. For progressives, after all, neither words nor states of being are ever objectively fixed. Thus marriage is not a union between a man and a woman as determined by immemorial custom or law, but a gauzy and malleable concept to be defined and re-defined in accordance with the evolving ... (Continue reading)

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Feds hold national accessibility law consultations

Carla Qualtrough, who serves as the Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, is holding consultations as she prepares to draft Canada’s first national accessibility legislation. The creation of such a law is referenced in her 2015 mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining Qualtrough’s ministerial responsibilities. In September, Qualtrough was interviewed by Jonathan Charlton of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Asked about the purpose of the legislation, the minister explained that it would require “businesses, service providers, program deliverers within federal ... (Continue reading)

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Gender politics vs. free speech

Gender politics vs. free speech

Controversy is about more than pronouns Professor Jordan Peterson attached over refusal to use politically correct pronouns. University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson regularly releases YouTube videos without causing a stir, but those days are a thing of the past. In early October he released two videos that challenged politically correct orthodoxy and Canada’s ... (Continue reading)

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Kenney blasts Alberta’s NDP government over Christian school row

Kenney blasts Alberta’s NDP government over Christian school row

Jason Kenney defends Baptist schools from NDP's pro-LGBQT mandates. Jason Kenney is in a running war of words with Alberta Education Minister Dave Eggen over Christian schools that refuse to implement the NDP-mandated pro-LGBTQ policies. On the campaign trail for the Progressive Conservative leadership, Kenney blasted Eggen for “lobbing rhetorical bombs” at the schools, which are run by the Baptist Christian Education Society. “I’m ... (Continue reading)

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Marriage commissioners must fight for Charter-protected rights

Marriage commissioners must fight for Charter-protected rights

John Carpay Our Charter freedoms are not worth the paper they are printed on, unless they are defended. It’s a lesson that Kevin Kisilowsky has learned first-hand, while fighting an up-hill battle against the Manitoba government, to protect religious freedom in Canada. Kevin was a biker, and abused drugs and alcohol prior to becoming a Christian. After finding God, Kevin became involved with Christian outreach to bikers, including people involved ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto shooting case highlights need for unborn victim’s law

Toronto shooting case highlights need for unborn victim’s law

On June 5, Candice Rochelle Bobb’s son passed away at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Just three weeks earlier, he had been delivered prematurely by emergency C-section after his mother, who was then 24 weeks pregnant, was fatally shot in Etobicoke while sitting in the backseat of a vehicle. No one has yet to be arrested for the crime but the question remains: if someone were ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario court rules against Christian law school

Ontario court rules against Christian law school

On June 29, the Ontario Court of Appeal allowed the Ontario legal profession to exclude graduates from Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. TWU, a British Columbia Christian university, said it will appeal the decision. The Law Society of Upper Canada said it would not permit graduates of TWU’s law school, which is not operational, because the private universities Community Covenant requires all students to follow traditional Christian moral sexuality, ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of speech tradition pre-Charter

Freedom of speech  tradition pre-Charter

John Carpay The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is wrongly seen as the sole guarantor of freedom of expression.  In fact, Canada’s tradition of tolerance for free speech dates back to 17th century England.  In the 18th century, British politician and philanthropist William Wilberforce exercised his freedom of expression to turn public opinion against the slave trade.  The right of Canadians to offend each other through the peaceful expression of unpopular opinions ... (Continue reading)

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‘Compassionate support for vulnerable, not death’

‘Compassionate support for vulnerable, not death’

Cardinal Thomas Collins Editor’s Note: On Feb. 3, Cardinal Thomas Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto, made the following presentation to Special Joint Committee on Physician-assisted Dying on behalf of Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. We were brought together by a common mission: to respect the sanctity of human life, which is a gift of God; to protect the vulnerable; and to promote the ability of individuals and institutions ... (Continue reading)

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Quebec study illustrates need for baby born-alive law

Quebec study illustrates need  for baby born-alive law

Bioethicist John Haas clarifies church teaching on extraordinary medical care. A Quebec study showing a 20-fold increase since 2000 in the number of babies who survive abortion only to die in hospital demonstrates the need for a Canadian “born-alive infant protection law,” says the Toronto-based Campaign Life Coalition. The Quebec study, just published in Neonatology, studied 12,000-plus infant deaths between 1987 and ... (Continue reading)

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