On December 4, 2012 the Quebec Court of Appeal released a shocking decision, one that has direct implications for Reformed education in Canada. ARPA Canada hopes to organize a legal response, to defend the parental responsibility to raise our children in the fear of God's name. Learn more.
Manitoba: Challenge Bill 18!
Manitoba is attempting to implement a problem-filled anti-bullying law that will impact independent schools too. Find legal talking points and three EasyMail letters here. Take action soon, while changes can be made.
ARPAs will be meeting MLAs and MPPs in BC (Oct 21-22) and ON (Sept 26) Contact you local ARPA for details.
Lennart deVisser, our first intern, is working from our Ottawa office for 2 months.
Update: Find a new petition for C-279 here.
In 2012, Bill C-279 passed its first vote in the House of Commons, thanks to 15 votes in favour coming from the Conservatives and many MPs who didn't show up. More details about the dangers of this legislaton is below.
We urge you to contact your MP to discuss this legislation. The bill will still have a ways to go before it becomes law, and the vote is close enough that it could swing the other way. Click here to find how your MP voted. Please take the time to meet with your MP to discuss it. Perhaps you can even watch the video above together. At the least, please send an EasyMail letter about the bill and customize it to reflect how your MP voted (find the sample letter below). If they were absent, encourage them to be there for the next vote.
By Peter Jon Mitchell, FocusInsights.org: On May 25, 2012, Ontario’s government announced they would bar any school, whether separate or public, from vetoing the name “Gay Straight Alliances” for school-based anti-bullying clubs. While nearly everyone believes more should be done to stop bullying, this sharp action shows that even consensus issues can be mangled in the political sphere.
The GSA issue is important because it has larger implications for Catholic and religious education in Ontario. But the debate has simplified a complex bill into one single issue, obscuring the reality that laws against bullying may not actually stop bullies. The question is this: Is legislating against bullying effective public policy in the first place? Do anti-bullying bills stop children from bullying?
Pressure is mounting for Canada to take an honest look at our participation in the United Nations. Conservative MP Larry Miller has made it public that he is fed up with the UN "and will urge Government to review Canada's participation in the United Nations." His comments come shortly after a commentary by Brian Lilley about the same topic (see below). To add to that, not long ago, we posted another strong article against the UN and their farcical approach to human rights. We have also posted a trailer to a new documentary about the UN to round this up.
We have learned via CBC.ca that MP Stephen Woodworth has traded his private member's business slot with another MP who is further down the list, meaning that his motion will likely not come to Parliament for a vote until the fall. This means that there is more time to get your petitions in. Also, summer will be a good time to talk to your MP about the matter. Please be sure to set up a meeting with your ARPA group (or with some friends if there is no ARPA in your area). Learn more about his motion, and find a link to our EasyMail letter about it here.
ARPA Note: Although this is very bad news, we are grateful that ARPA's in Ontario, and the Reformed community in general, made the MPPs and public well aware of its dangers. We fulfilled our duty to be a prophetic witness to our society. But let's not retreat now. Bill 13 should be a lesson to us to remain involved in the public square, both out of love for our secular neighbours, as well as to maintain the freedom to live our faith freely and openly. Other provinces must act now, before similar legislation is passed.
TORONTO, Ontario, June 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The McGuinty government’s controversial homosexual ‘rights’ bill that forces homosexual activist clubs on the province’s schools, including those operated by the Catholic Church, passed its final vote in the legislature Tuesday. Bill 13 passed at 11:50 a.m. in a vote of 65-36 with support from the Liberal and New Democrat parties, and opposition by the Progressive Conservatives. Keep reading
It's (almost) official. Bill 13, though supposedly not designed to affect private or independent schools, most likely will. I'm not surprised. I've been arguing since December that it would eventually. I thought the change would be pushed through from inside the Ministry of Education. Instead, Barbara Hall, the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, will do the heavy lifting. She stated at the Bill 13 Committee hearings on May 15 that,
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