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The pro-life Left

The pro-life Left

As Donald Trump’s approval ratings appear to slump, the Democrats are hoping to take back the House of Representatives in 2018.  Their strategy, unlike that of Canada’s Liberal Party or New Democratic Party, will not exclude pro-lifers. Though the 2016 Democratic platform called for support for Planned Parenthood, opposition to abortion restrictions both in the United States and around the world, and the repeal of the Hyde Amendment which bans ... (Continue reading)

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Going to pot

Light is Right Joe Campbell Oh, I know it can be addictive, especially if you start using it in your teens. But it’s also medicinal. Among other benefits, a compound it contains may reduce anxiety, ease symptoms of schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, and prevent weight gain. Nevertheless, it’s still under a stigma. I’m not talking about marijuana. I’m talking about tobacco. After learning of its healing properties ... (Continue reading)

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Trost files lawsuit against Conservative Party

Trost files lawsuit against Conservative Party

Brad Trost In the Notice for Application to Divisional Court for Judicial Review in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Trost campaign ask for the non-compliance decision to be quashed and compliance fee returned because it was "procedurally flawed" and "deprived Mr. Trost of basic procedural fairness" and a right to internal appeal. It also maintains the Trost campaign did not share the list with a gun rights ... (Continue reading)

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Slouching towards Mao

Slouching towards Mao

As the election in the U.S. has reminded everyone, liberals and conservatives have always had, well, their differences. A couple of years ago, the prolific political author William Gairdner attempted to define them in his book The Great Divide, concluding that liberals and conservatives are now so far apart that they had better give up trying to talk to one another, and decamp to separate countries. ... (Continue reading)

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Scheer confirms abortion strategy in Chatelaine interview

Scheer confirms abortion strategy in Chatelaine interview

Picture of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer hoisting a glass of beer with reporter Sarah Boesveld that accompanied his interview with Chatelaine. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer sat down with Chatelaine writer Sarah Boesveld and was asked whether he was a feminist and if he supported, questions the new Tory leader awkwardly ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta conservatives unite, leadership race underway

Alberta conservatives unite, leadership race underway

Former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean (left) and Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney (right) successfully merged the two center-right parties and are both now running for leader of the United Conservative Party. On July 22, the memberships of both ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau pushes abortion agenda on Irish counterpart

Trudeau pushes abortion agenda on Irish counterpart

A month after Justin Trudeau met Irish leader Leo Varadkar in Dublin (pictured above), they were together again in Canada talking abortion and diversity. Just over a month after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited recently elected Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, his Irish counterpart ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto politicians seek graphic abortion photo ban

Toronto politicians seek  graphic abortion photo ban

CCBR community liaison Devorah Gelman says people who are upset with images of abortion victims should take issue with the abortion procedure itself. Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park) called for a ban on pro-life protesters using signs with pictures of aborted babies after local residents complained ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario aims to reinstate injunction against pro-lifers

Ontario aims to reinstate injunction against pro-lifers

The Ontario Liberal government is aiming to reinstate a 1994 temporary injunction that bans pro-life activity in front of abortion centers, claiming it was dismissed five months ago by mistake. The attorney general’s office brought an urgent motion last month to reinstate the 24-year-old interim injunction. It was issued by Justice George Adams as part of a $500,000 lawsuit for damages that Bob Rae’s NDP government brought against ... (Continue reading)

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A history of Canadian federalism

A history of Canadian federalism

Sir John’s Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada by John Boyko (Dundurn, $19.99, 213 pages) John Boyko is the author of six books on Canadian history and his latest, Sir John’s Echo, presents the story of Canada since Confederation as a struggle between Ottawa and the provinces, with the central government often asserting itself as a force for national cohesion and necessary change in the country. Boyko says this ... (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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Social justice warriors

Law Matters John Carpay I’m only 49, but I remember when socialists still respected religious freedom, free speech, and freedom of association. I remember when the Left, advancing its case for bigger government and the forced redistribution of income, appealed to facts and logic. The Left opposed economic liberty, and while that is no small thing, the Left was otherwise sympathetic to the free society. I thought ... (Continue reading)

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The machinery of government needs a tune-up, not replacement

The machinery of government needs  a tune-up, not replacement

Should We Change How We Vote: Evaluating Canada’s Electoral System edited by Andrew Potter, Daniel Weinstock, and Peter Loewen (McGill-Queens University Press, $19.99 paperback, 230 pages) Turning Parliament Inside Out: Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy edited by Michael Chong, Scott Simms and Kennedy Stewart (Douglas & McIntyre, $22.95, 165 pages) The Unbroken Machine: Canada’s Democracy in Action by Dale Smith (Dundurn, $21.99, 151 pages) In Should We Change How We Vote, ... (Continue reading)

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Catholic bishops’ letter to Canada’s foreign minister

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs Dear Minister, I am writing to express profound concern with your speech on Canadian Foreign Policy, which you gave in the House of Commons on Tuesday 6 June 2017, and on which Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau further elaborated on 9 June. In it, you equated women’s rights with the right to abortion and “sexual reproductive rights” and said “hese rights are at the core of Canadian foreign policy.” You went on to say ... (Continue reading)

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Denying reality

Law Matters John Carpay Rachel Dolezal made headlines in 2015 after she was exposed as a white woman who had been representing herself as black for many years. Dolezal was removed as head of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and kicked off a police ombudsman commission. She also lost her job teaching African studies at Eastern Washington University. Comparing ... (Continue reading)

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