- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:54
On Friday, November 29th, ARPA Canada, on behalf of the Association of Christian Educators and Schools (ACES Canada), filed our Notice of Motion in the Loyola School appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. As you may recall, Loyola School is appealing to the Supreme Court because the Ministry of Education in Québec has refused to allow it to teach a mandatory curriculum on religion and ethics from its own religious perspective. Instead, all schools (even independent Christian schools) must teach this religion course from a secular or “neutral” perspective.
- Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 08:26
Come, and Love me, Come inside me,
For I dread death's urge to kill!
In Your arms, whatever betide me,
Let my racing heart be stilled.
Come and hold me, Lord, enfold me,
Euthanasia's raised it's head,
Open eyes so that men may see
There's no dying living dead,
- Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:19
Did those cheerleading for full-day kindergarten actually read the research?
NOVEMBER 27, 2013 | by ANDREA MROZEK, Executive Director, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
On the first day of school this year, the media was abuzz with the success of full-day kindergarten in Ontario.1 The Education Minister did a press conference reporting that the research was in and it was "nothing short of incredible." Daycare advocate Margaret Norrie McCain claimed the results were "like winning Olympic gold" and advisor to then Premier McGuinty, Charles Pascal, said he was doing cartwheels, so great was his joy.2
Yet the research was not actually in. The studies were only made available later in October.
As a result of this red flag, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada decided to save the calisthenics for later. We asked why this research should be so drastically different from prior research done on the same topic.3
As it turns out, having now read the research, it is not different. It shows lacklustre results for Ontario's children.
- Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 17:22
We are excited to share the 8 finalists in our first-ever billboard design contest. ARPA thanks Compass Creative for working with the finalists to improve their concepts, for judging, and for providing our two feature prizes (Samsung tablets). Thanks to Reformed Perspective Magazine for providing 6 runner-up prizes. We also thank everyone who entered the contest. Our hope is to do this again so if you want to try again, or try for the first time, keep those ideas perking!
We now challenge local ARPA groups and the general public to turn these designs into real-life billboards (details below). Note that the designers may be open to modifications upon request (eg changing logos).
First Place: By Lynn VanEerden - This can be part of a series in which each design points to the humanity of the child still in the womb - if they could talk they would have the same thoughts as the person planning the abortion. Not pictured: "This could ruin my life" and "This was not part of the plan." Note that the stock photos will be replaced soon.
First place: design B
Second Place by Caitlin Hamoen
Second Place: Alternative Design
Runner-up: Karyn VanDooren
Runner-up: Jaclyn Kuntz
Runner-up: Josie Huttema
Runner-up: Sheryl Moedt
Runner-up: Jonathan Bakker
Runner-up: Christie Hoeksema
If one of these interests you, or the group you are a part of, please do a bit of investigating to see if you can afford a temporary or permament billboard (eg, by working with a local pro-life society). Then send an email to ARPA Canada with details of what you are looking for. We will then pass it on to the designer and work together to get a high-resolution version that can be printed.
- Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 21:55
ARPA Canada has always been non-partisan, which means we won't promote or oppose a political party or candidate. But that does not mean that we don't support participation in political parties. Far from it! We whole heartedly encourage our readers to make use of our freedom to directly influence the governance of our nation, province, and municipality by means of active participation in political parties, running for office, or assisting those who seek office. The choice is not between ARPA and a political party. Both avenues (along with think tanks, legal challenges, and many other efforts) can be effective means of political engagement, as long as they are principled and prudent.
- Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 21:52
Note: See poet A. Blokhuis' reflection on the fall tour and broader work we are doing together here.
The ARPA Canada national tour has already hit 14 locations with about 2,600 people in attendance. That is more than double what we have seen in the past couple years and five times as many as when we started. Every audience was both incredibly supportive/engaged and yet unique. Thank you!
At the Fergus event on Wednesday evening (Nov. 6) our friend David VanVeen (pictured right) delivered a short message at the end, his own reflections on the issue of education which he prepared beforehand. We promised to post his comments online. If you'd like to read the one-page text of his speech, click on the PDF linked below. Thanks Dave for your contribution and support!
- Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 05:22
Updated Nov 9, 2013: The Ontario arm of the ARPA National tour has been amazing. We are seeing huge crowds. 175 came out in Strathroy. The picture above is from Fergus where 300 came out on Wednesday night. Over 350 came on Thursday in Niagara, and over 300 came in Hamilton on Friday night. We are so grateful to have been able to see so many of you face-to-face. What a privilege it is to work with such committed, spirit-filled, and encouraging saints.
- Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 20:38
In Ontario, the government has been hiding certain statistics from the public for a few years now, including how much we spend on all abortion procedures and the types of abortions happening and any complications resulting from those abortions (if any). The blogger Run With Life has been documenting this issue for a few years now like no other, and ARPA Canada is very, very thankful for her tireless work. You can read all about this issue here and here. (You can see Run With Life's entire series here.)
BUT NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! The Ontario government has just announced that it wants to be more open and accountable. Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to "unlock public data so that you can help us solve problems and find new ways of doing things. I believe that government data belongs to the people of Ontario and so we will make government data open by default, limiting access only to safeguard privacy, security and confidentiality."
To show just how open and accountable it wants to be, the government of Ontario has released a public survey. You can find the survey at this link here. Fill it out! Be that prophetic voice. Be part of the process. Be part of the solution. Be heard.
- Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 11:35
By Martin Dendekker (ARPA Oxford): On Tuesday October 15, ARPA Oxford hosted a euthanasia debate in Mt. Elgin, Ontario. Over 300 people came to Oxford Reformed Christian School to hear the debate between Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and Michael Payton of Dying with Dignity. The debate centred on the general question of whether or not end-of-life care in Canada should include euthanasia. ARPA Canada's André Schutten served as the debate moderator.
- Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 10:01
ARPA Canada thanks Mark Luimes for this excellent reflection on what the Bible has to say about being a politician and applying it to Canada's political climate. Mark is a political science and criminology student at the University of Ottawa.
By Mark Luimes (October, 2013): Few professions receive as much public scrutiny as a politician in office. The public’s eye is always on its leaders, seeking to ensure that they do not abuse the authority they have been given. Incompetence, ethical scandals, and broken electoral promises can destroy the public’s faith in a political leader, leaving them with little hope of staying in power. What about the other side? What does a politician properly fulfilling his role in society look like? A look at our society’s institutional definitions and a biblical model for servant leadership highlights some of the current problems with our political leadership.
- Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:30
Today the Supreme Court of Canada released their decision in the Rasoulie case about end-of-life care. They ruled that physicians are required to get consent from a patient or their substiute (if they are unable to make a decision) before they may remove life support.
Last week the BC Court of Appeal reversed the BC Supreme Court ruling which had declared that our euthanasia laws were unconstitutional. Combined, these two cases are a much needed encouragement in the face of growing pressure from provincial governments and activist organizations to promote euthanasia and assisted suicide. ARPA tips its hat to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition for their exemplarly leadersship on both cases. They are still looking for funds to cover their legal expenses.
- Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:10
This morning ARPA's Executive Director Mark Penninga was given an opportunity to make a presentation to the BC Finance Committee about priorities for the 2014 budget. We have done this a couple times in the past and this year we decided to do things a little different and first explain the concept of "sphere sovereignty" as it relates to the budget. We did this because an underlying problem that the provincial governments first need to address is a clear understanding of what its role is in relation to the other authority structures in society. The budget has ballooned because we look to the state to answer problems which really should be the responsibility of families, charity, the market, etc.
Attached is a copy of our presentation, including some specific recommendations which would save millions immediately and billions longer term.
- Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 11:10
In the early morning hours of Thursday, September 26th, two dozen delegates representing six of the nine different Ontario ARPA groups came together for a packed day of serious political engagement. And what a day!
The delegates met for breakfast and some much needed coffee (some reps were on the road already at 4:00 a.m. that morning!) at Westminster Chapel, a space graciously made available to us. After we dug into the meal, André Schutten led us through an orientation, giving tips on meetings with members of provincial parliament and their staff.
- Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:35
As Quebec seeks to flout a federal ban on euthanasia by adopting its own law legalizing the practice, national organizations across Canada have banded together to oppose such a move through a Joint Statement. The Statement, released by LifeCanada, has been signed by 15 organizations, calling on Quebec to rescind Bill 52.
The Statement asks lawmakers not only in Quebec, but also throughout the rest of Canada to attend to their duty of caring for the most vulnerable in society. It says Bill 52 would signal "a momentous shift in medical ethics and public policy."
"We know that with the acceptance and legalization of [euthanasia] comes an immense loss of commitment to people's lives, a loss of incentive to provide quality end of life care, a weakening of the resolve of the health care profession to truly work for the benefit of patients, and an opening for abuse of the vulnerable who have no one to advocate for them," the Statement reads.
- Abortion memorial planned at Niagara sites
- ARPA in Ottawa Citizen and Calgary Herald: Who is Calling the Kettle Black?
- Full-day kindergarten: Put away the pom-poms
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- Manitoba consultations on Bill 18 ongoing
- Friday: Day of Prayer & Fasting for Quebec's Decision on Euthanasia
- The State Under the Sheets
- André Schutten: Ottawa Citizen Editorial
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- National Post Editorial by ARPA's Legal Counsel
- Interview with MP Joy Smith - Human Trafficking and Prostitution
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