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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section from the Criminal Code in Bill C-51, legislation intended to clear allegedly redundant, unconstitutional, or outdated sections from the Criminal Code.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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Teachers get a lesson on beauty

Like the still, small, voice beyond the raging storm, the Wojtyla Summer Institute for Teachers, at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College in Barry’s Bay, Ont., did not set out to dazzle or even impress, but rather, quietly resonate. Every year in mid-August, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College hosts a three-day seminar for Catholic teachers as nourishment and fortification for the coming school year. This year, more than 50 teachers gathered to consider the importance of beauty in forming ... (Continue reading)

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MacLachlan makes controversial ruling for interveners in Trinity Western case

Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner says he didn’t mean to exclude LGBTQ groups when he culled the list of associations wanting to intervene in a pivotal religious freedom case that Canada’s top court will hear at the end of the year. That case concerns Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, which allegedly would discriminate against homosexuals because it requires its students sign a community covenant that includes agreeing to refrain from any sexual relationship “that violates the sacredness of marriage between ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of association includes the right to expel

Law Matters John Carpay In a free country, should a religious group be able to determine its own membership criteria? Or should judges have the power to impose their opinions about whether someone meets religious requirements? The Supreme Court of Canada will soon consider this question, raised by Randy Wall, who challenged his expulsion from a Calgary congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Wall became a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) in 1980, ... (Continue reading)

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A day’s work

A day’s work

Throughout North America, a celebration of work marks summer’s unofficial end, turning our minds from holidays to harvests. This year, however, Labour Day comes amid increasing interest in the notion of Universal Basic Income, a scheme whereby funding for social programs would be diverted directly to individual citizens. Those able to live on modest means, in other words, would be entirely freed from the need to work. Thus does ... (Continue reading)

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What is the Benedict option and will it help?

What is the Benedict option  and will it help?

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian World by Rod Dreher (Sentinel, $34, 262 pages) Journalist Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is a rarity: a socially conservative book urging Christians be more faithful that spurred a serious discussion in the mainstream media among pundits about the future of the so-called Religious Right and those who comprise it. David Brooks of the New York Times ... (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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Advice for Christians

Rory Leishman As recently as 50 years ago, it was still a serious criminal offence punishable by up to life in prison for anyone in Britain, Canada or the United States to commit an abortion. And much the same was true everywhere else in Western Europe where stringent laws protected human life in the womb Today, of course, that is no longer the case: Over the past few decades, every ... (Continue reading)

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Matercare founder Robert Walley honoured by CCRL

Matercare founder Robert Walley honoured by CCRL

Robert Walley (right) receives the Adam Exner Award from the Catholic Civil Rights League, represented by board members (front from left ) Charles Lewis, Alexander MacDonald, and Tanya Granic, and CCRL president Phil Horgan (back left and executive director Christian Elia (back right). Former religious freedom ambassador discusses the public square The Catholic ... (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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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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The disorder of Canada

The disorder of Canada

Light is Right Joe Campbell I’ve been wondering, of late, why congregants mark July 1 by singing “O Canada” at the end of Mass. I haven’t noticed legislators mark Dec. 25 by singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” at the end of their proceedings. I realize the dates are not strictly comparable. Although Canada Day celebrates the birth of the State, Christmas day doesn’t celebrate the birth ... (Continue reading)

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Senate holds hearings on C-16

Senate holds hearings on C-16

Bill C-16 seeks to amend “the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination” and to amend the Criminal Code so that gender identity and gender expression are listed under the definition of “identifiable group” for protection against hate propaganda and are listed as aggravating circumstances for hate crimes. It passed its third reading in the ... (Continue reading)

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Injunction bans New Brunswick pro-life protests

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Reginald Leger banned 40 Days for Life from protesting outside the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst, New Brunswick. Leger granted a permanent injunction against the pro-life activists demonstrating against the hospital where abortions are committed. The sweeping court order bans pro-life activists from demonstrating anywhere on the hospital grounds. Ronald Jessulat, a defendant, said members of 40 Days for Life have the right to express their religious beliefs near the hospital to express their opposition to abortion ... (Continue reading)

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