- Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:33
The on-going saga of the approval process for Trinity Western University’s Law School has taken another turn for the worse. On November 19, the Minister of Advanced Education, presumably due to ongoing political pressure, announced that he is reconsidering his original approval of the law school. Minister Virk sent a letter to the Christian university stating that he might revoke approval. You can read more about that story here
This is very troubling. The blatant discrimination against Christians who govern their own lifestyles according to biblical principles is downright astonishing. We need to speak up! If you are a B.C. resident, please send a note to your MLA and the Minister of Advanced Education. You can choose from one of three letters through our EasyMail program. Click on one of the B.C. letters below to get started. If you live outside of B.C., you can still send a note. Send an Easymail to your MPP/MLA, Cc’d to Minister Virk, expressing your concern and frustration. Click on one of your province's letters below to get started. Remember, please edit the letters and keep them respectful, yet firm.
- Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 07:46
On the feature interview this week, an update on efforts to introduce “Parental Consent” legislation in Saskatchewan. We Need a Law’s Mike Schouten says the message has definitely reached to the highest levels in the Provincial Legislature – right to the Premier’s office.
On the news portion, some legislative victories. Bill C-36, Ottawa’s new prostitution legislation, hasnow passed the Senate, and will take effect in early December. We talk with Daniel Gilman, who’s been active in the push against human trafficking, which is a central tenet of the new law.
- Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:45
With thankfulness to God, we are pleased to announce that Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, has passed third reading in the Senate and now only requires royal assent to become law. You helped table this law - thank you! As we have communicated before, we have been supportive of it since it was released last spring and are thankful it has come this far.
The bill needs only to receive royal assent, after which it will become law - in time for the December 19th deadline provided by the Supreme Court of Canada last year when they struck down Canada's existing prostitution laws, ruling them unconstitutional.
If you have not yet done so, you can read the Bill here. It is "An Act to amend the Criminal Code in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford and to make consequential amendments to other Acts" and is quite possibly the most impressive piece of legislation we have seen with our current government, we are pleased to stand behind it and thankful for you, our readers and supporters for engaging on this issue as far back as 2011 when it was the featured topic on that years' ARPA Canada tour.
Press release from Member of Parliament Joy Smith can be read here.
- Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:01
The Barrhead/Neerlandia ARPA chapter, the Neerlandia ARPA School chapter and many volunteers hosted the pro-life flag display in Grande Prairie, Alberta on Saturday, October 25. The organizer shared some of her thoughts as well as experiences and photos with us.
"What a great day." We got to meet and talk with a number of people. One gentleman was pro-choice and we had a great conversation, he was happy that we could chat in a civil way, and said that was not something he was not use to. Another person we spoke with has gone through four abortions and was feeling very guilty about it. She was in tears and when she left I gave her a huge hug and told her not to forget that there is help if she needs it. A man we spoke with wanted his wife to have an abortion, 21 years ago. His wife did not have an abortion, they had a boy and now 21 years later the father and husband is a born again Christian and is glad his wife did not listen to him. He says that sometimes he thinks about what life could have been and I mentioned that he has since found Christ and that when ever he thinks like this he needs to remember that Christ died and forgave our sins. He left in happy spirits when we were finished. I also chatted with a lady that hosts the Christian radio station and would like to have a follow-up letter so she can remind her listeners that there are people out there that are beginning to stand for our beliefs. There were also many pro-lifers, and we were able to feed homeless people in the area. The many honks and waves from the vehicles driving by was overwhelming. I was hit by it at the end of the day. I shed some tears and was thankful to God that he was with us at all times. God has been good as he blessed us through this day, in the situations we encountered. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
What a testimony and a great reminder of how we can engage on important political issues, that are also sensitive, in a respectful and encouraging way. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event happen!
- Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 16:57
On the feature interview this week, a discussion about how your church can help to provide some stability for at-risk families in your community. Jennifer Forbes is the Executive Director of Safe Families Canada, a group that has started doing this in the Toronto area, and is looking to expand to other cities.
On the news portion, we talk with ARPA lawyer Andre Schutten about the Oct 22nd shooting in Ottawa. His office literally overlooks the area where it all took place, and he has some unique perspectives on what happened.
We also talk about the “Carter case” – ARPA was in the Supreme Court earlier this month as the final arguments were being made about whether Canada’s laws against euthanasia/assisted suicide should be allowed to stand. And while that hearing was going on, there was a demonstration in Southern Alberta in support of life. We talk to one of the organizers.
Also.. an update on Bill C-29; what it is, and what you can do to have some input into it.
- Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 07:27
On Monday, October 20 the National Post published an op-ed by ARPA Canada's Executive Director, Mark Penninga, in response to a column that argued that the Supreme Court allow assisted suicide. On October 15, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the case of Carter v. Canada. ARPA Canada was an intervenor in the case and Mark Penninga and ARPA's Legal Counsel, André Schutten, were in attendance at the hearing. You can watch their reflections here.
National Post - October 20, 2014
In a recent column (‘Your Call, Friend’, Oct. 15), Matt Gurney argued that it is time for the Supreme Court to allow assisted suicide. But Mr. Gurney qualified his argument by stating that, “Any regime for assisted suicide that we may implement must be biased to make choosing it difficult – not impossible, but difficult.” This limit imposed by Mr. Gurney may sound reasonable, but once this Rubicon of assisted death is crossed, any limits and safeguards imposed will be illusory or arbitrary.
I attended the Supreme Court hearing over whether to allow doctor-assisted suicide because the organization I lead, the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada, is one of the interveners in the case. Those who watched the debate in court would have heard the lawyers representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Farewell Foundation for the Right to Die explicitly argue to the judges that it is inconsistent and wrong to limit assisted suicide and euthanasia to only a select few. For them, the standard for assisted death should be whether someone is competent to understand what they are requesting or receiving.
- Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 05:26
Only through His Word, 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
How can we get our minds around
The peace tower! A new killing ground?
How can a death be justified?
T'was Nathan Cirillo who died!
Our “Tower of Victory and Peace”
While Law and Order's in decrease.
Here, where the pink and blue flags stood
To mourn our murdered brotherhood.
Our nation's hollow with decay
The rot within warns of that day
When Justice that once ruled our land
Will be dismissed as 'out of hand'
A new industry will soon appear
Called palliative care, I fear
Infanticide through the front door
Now euthanasia adding more.
Shall immigration turn the tide?
Those, who do not by laws abide,
Yet bring sharia law to rule
Dismissing Christ! They ridicule
The Saviour who died for our sin,
Yet leads us from the state we're in,
Whose Love, Compassion they dismiss
And think, “To murder will gain bliss.”
T'was Kevin Vickers who first saw
His duty to uphold the Law,
Who represents God's rule, to bear
His sword and wield it everywhere,
Where miscreants, when filled with hate,
Against a people, God and state.
And with their seething human pride
His way of Peace and Love deride.
For who has known the mind of God.
That he might instruct him?
But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor. 2:16
- Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:09
- Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 11:16
Bill C-279 would add "gender identity" as another identifiable group in a section of the Criminal Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act, giving individuals who feel they are transgendered extra protections under the law. The bill passed through the House of Commons and is now in the Senate. Now is the time to stop it before it becomes law! Our video below goes into detail to explain the many problems that arise when law and public policy are based on how people feel about themselves, rather an any objective reality. Transgendered Canadians, like everyone else, are already equally protected under the law.
Please urge the Senators from your province to oppose Bill C-279.
- 1) Easymail letter for BC Senators
- 2) Easymail letter for Alberta Senators
- 3) Easymail letter for Ontario Senators
- 4) Find a listing of all the Senators, along with sample letters here.
- Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 14:40
On Thursday, October 2, 80+ volunteers and staff from ARPA Canada and We Need a Law assembled on Parliament Hill to participate in the largest pro-life display this nation has seen. The volunteers gathered at 6:45 am for a time of devotion and prayer, before inserting 100,000 pink and blue flags into the lawn in front of the Parliament Buildings. These flags represent the 100,000 lives lost to abortion every single year in Canada. Every. Single. Year.
And click on the following link for another new video, with some of the volunteers and their experiences: Volunteer Interview
Thank you to the tremendous efforts by all our volunteers and supporters for helping with this display and spreading the message. By God's grace this event was received positively by Parliamentarians and the general public. We pray that the display that was up for only one day on Parliament Hill will have a lasting impact on policy and lawmakers in our nation's capital and that we will see a day when the lives of pre-born children are protected under the law!
The image above is from our press conference. You can view the media coverage from Sun News here.
- Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:22
On September 16, on Ottawa's CFRA Radio, the Rob Snow show, our legal counsel was interviewed about the Trinity Western case. If you want to listen to the interview, you can stream it online here. André's 7 minute interview begins at the 20:05 minute mark. Towards the end of the show, the host also does an op-ed commentary on the TWU case, starting at the 51:15 mark. To read more about ARPA's work on the TWU case, click here.
- Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 06:53
Published this morning in the National Post, WeNeedaLAW's director and ARPA's legal counsel comment on the Costco car crash case, in which an eight-month old pre-born child was injured, resulting in her death after an emergency C-section. The police delayed in pressing charges for two months before finally laying an additional charge. We comment on that delay below.
This new charge has generated a lot of controversy and debate. ARPA's legal counsel was also on a popular London radio station, debating another lawyer about the law and whether this charge was proper or not. If you want to listen to the debate, click on the audio file below. It should be noted that this extra charge is not to vilify the driver of the car, or to punish her as severely as possible. But what the law does (or should) require is equal protection for all members of the human family. By correcting their earlier error, the London police have sent the message that our criminal law protects newborn infants injured in utero as well.
National Post: Justice for the unborn — delayed and denied
The significance of this case will be felt nationwide. Canadians see that our current criminal law defies common sense and scientific fact. They know that it is absurd that had Rhiannon died mere moments before birth, the law would have refused to recognize her existence. Read more...
- Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:55
Mark Penninga, Interior News, Sept 23, 2014: On September 15th, BC saw its first ever conviction of human trafficking under Canada's Criminal Code. A 29 year-old man from Vancouver forced 11 teens, as young as 14, into prostitution. But this sure wasn't the first time someone was trafficked in BC. The US Department of State estimates that there are between 1500 and 2200 people trafficked through Canada to the US each year, and that doesn't include the trafficking that stays in Canada.
For those who think that this is a problem for bigger centres like Vancouver and Toronto but not in places like Smithers and Hazelton, think again. Public Safety Canada's report on the issue reveals that it is Aboriginal women, youth, and children who are among the most likely victims in Canada.
The leading cause of human trafficking in our nation is for the purpose of sexual exploitation, usually through prostitution. Our Supreme Court struck down Canada's prostitution law last year and gave Parliament one year to come up with a new one. The new legislation, Bill C-36, is excellent and worthy of our full support. For the first time in Canadian history, it makes the purchasing of sexual services a crime.
- Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:38
Canada in 2020: Still a Land Glorious and Free?: Working for a better future in the knowledge of God’s Providence
Do Canadian Christians have 2020 vision? They ought to. In just the last year, euthanasia was legalized, our prostitution law was struck down, and Christians are told that they may not practice law if they join a community committed to God’s standards for sexuality. These recent developments give Christians reason for concern over the future of our nation and for our freedom to live out our faith. ARPA’s André Schutten (legal counsel), Mark Penninga (executive director) and Bruce DeBoer (Grassroots Coordinator) will discuss the near future of Canada, and what we need to focus on today for the sake of the next generation.
- Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:31
Mark Penninga, Lethbridge Herald, Sept 23, 2014:
Recently Mr. John Warren, vice chair of the organization Dying with Dignity, made the argument in this paper that the Supreme Court's upcoming decision about assisted suicide will determine who owns your life – "you or the state."
He referenced Sue Rodriguez who suffered from ALS and pleaded for the right to have a doctor end her life. Although she lost her case in a 1993 decision of the Supreme Court, Mr. Warren argues that public opinion has changed dramatically since then.
I hope we can all agree that we have a moral obligation to dig deeper than shifting public opinion. It is not enough to reduce this issue to emotional stories or catch-phrases like "dying with dignity."
Will legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide mean that you "own your life"? This is an example of how right-to-be-killed advocates twist the facts to appear reasonable and compassionate. But not even "Dying with Dignity" would be willing to apply this logic consistently. Nobody in this case would advocate for an unrestricted right to die. If a 12-year-old victim of bullying requests suicide, we all would agree that her family and the rest of society better be there to care for her and address the bullying, not give her a lethal injection. Even if Canada becomes the most permissive nation in the world when it comes to euthanasia, there will still be some elites, be they judges, lawyers, politicians or doctors, who get to decide who "owns their life."
What is often ignored is that as soon as assisted suicide or euthanasia are legalized, the right to life that everyone is supposed to possess moves from objective to subjective. That means that instead of having dignity and worth simply because we are human, we now have to prove our worth to an ever-changing standard that is imposed on us. That hardly sounds dignified.
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