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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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Surviving university

Surviving university

University of Western Ontario Early this summer I attended a graduation party for a small, private Catholic high school where the children of several friends were saying farewell to classmates and teachers they had known for years – some of them since kindergarten. Many of these young men and women were babies when I first met them, so this pleasant evening was tinged with melancholy thoughts about ... (Continue reading)

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University censorship: darkness extends beyond campus pro-life clubs

University censorship:  darkness extends beyond campus pro-life clubs

John Carpay, founder of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The routine censorship of pro-life speech at Canadian universities has now expanded into a new realm. In early April, the Men’s Issues Awareness Society launched a court action against the Ryerson Students’ Union for having denied this student group official recognition as a campus club. Without official club status, MIAS cannot easily or readily book rooms, host speakers, sponsor debates, ... (Continue reading)

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BC Court of Appeals upholds campus pro-life ban

In a decision with potentially wide implications for freedom of speech on Canadian campuses, the British Columbia Court of Appeals has upheld the University of Victoria’s decision to ban a campus pro-life demonstration. The case goes back to 2013, when the University of Victoria’s student society had denied the pro-life club, Youth Protecting Youth, club status over its pro-life messaging. As a result, the university denied YPY the use of a well-frequented public space and implicitly threatened YPY members with expulsion ... (Continue reading)

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U of T Mississauga campus pro-life club to sue student union

A pro-life club at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus is taking the student union to court for refusing to renew the group’s club status for the 2015-2016 school year. The court action against the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) was filed in the Superior Court on behalf of Students for Life by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms on Jan. 15. The action seeks to force UTMSU to revoke its decision and recognize the club. Although Students for Life ... (Continue reading)

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Activists threaten lawsuit to bring abortion to Prince Edward Island

Activists threaten lawsuit to bring  abortion to Prince Edward Island

CLCY's Alissa Golob (left) and Sarah MacDonald (right) with PEI MLA James Aylward. On Jan. 5, Abortion Access Now PEI issued a press release announcing it was suing the Prince Edward Island government to force it to provide taxpayer-funded abortions on the island. Last summer, newly elected Liberal Premier Wade MacLauchlan liberalized the province’s abortion regulations, making it simpler ... (Continue reading)

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Ryerson Students For Life goes to court to get club status

Ryerson Students For Life goes to court to get club status

From left to right: Carter Grant (Vice President), Nicole Bryck (President) and Teresa Mervar (Secretary/Treasurer). A Ryerson University pro-life student group went to court Dec. 18 to fight for official club status after Ryerson Students’ Union rejected their application in February 2015. Calgary-based lawyer Carol Crosson argued before Ontario Superior Court Justice Elizabeth Stewart that RSU’s rejection ... (Continue reading)

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Croatian journalist exposes Alfred Kinsey link to sex-ed

Croatian journalist exposes Alfred Kinsey link to sex-ed

Croatian sex-ed critic Karolina Vidovic Kristo recently spoke in Toronto. Karolina Vidovic Kristo, a respected Croatian television journalist employed with the state public broadcaster, was recently in Canada to talk about how she led the fight against sex education in her country by exposing Alfred Kinsey, his research, and its aftermath. Kinsey was an American biologist, and later sexologist, who founded The ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

Freedom of speech precarious on campus despite improvements

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its latest annual report examining free speech on Canadian public university campuses. Issued on Oct. 28, the 2015 Campus Freedom Index assigns four grades (from A to F) per university. Each institution receives a grade for university policies, university practices, student union policies, and student union practices. Only eight As were awarded in 2015 (three As more than in 2014). A total ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta pro-life students demand protection from mob censorship

Alberta pro-life students demand protection from mob censorship

"The University of Alberta is condoning the complete suppression of our free expression rights on campus," stated Amberlee Nicol, a second-year education student and president of Go Life. The University of Alberta “Go-Life” Club and John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional ... (Continue reading)

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Ryerson pro-life group plans lawsuit against student union

Ryerson pro-life group plans lawsuit against student union

Carter Grant, Nicole Bryck and Teresa Mervar of Students for Life Ryerson. A group of pro-life students from Ryerson University are planning to sue their student union for the right to have a pro-life club. Students for Life at Ryerson (SFLR) were denied club status in an email sent by the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) Campus Groups Administrator on ... (Continue reading)

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Pushback against new sex-ed curriculum continues

Pushback against new sex-ed curriculum continues

CLC's Jack Fonseca said protests against sex-ed will continue. Parents across Ontario are still outraged at the changes proposed to the provincial sexual education curriculum. Last October, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a number of updates, including discussions of gender fluidity in Grade 3 (aimed at 7 and 8-year-old students), masturbation in Grade 6 (for 12 and 13-year-old students), and anal intercourse in ... (Continue reading)

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Misinformation about condoms

Experts on sexual health ranging from the executive director of the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada to the head of adolescent medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto have lauded the new sex-education curriculum imposed on all elementary schools in Ontario. Does it follow that concerned parents have no reasonable basis for alarm? Definitely not. Notwithstanding the assurances of so many experts, there is solid scientific evidence that the immoral new sex education curriculum will have a ... (Continue reading)

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#No2Trudeau campaign a success

#No2Trudeau campaign a success

Alissa Golob (left) and Jonathon Van Maren (right) address the attendees of the Toronto launch of the #No2Trudeau campaign April 10. A pro-life cross-country tour highlighting the extreme pro-abortion position of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is being labelled a success by organizers Alissa Golob and Jonathon Van Maren. Golob of Campaign ... (Continue reading)

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Push for HPV vaccines for boys

Push for HPV vaccines for boys

Peter Kent is pushing for the HPV vaccine for boys. Scientists are suggesting that offering the HPV vaccine to boys could reduce throat cancer rates. Oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) caused by HPV affects three times as many men as women, often occurring at the tonsils or the base of the tongue. Typically, the disease develops when men are 40 to 70 years ... (Continue reading)

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