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- Created on Monday, 23 November 2015 15:44
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada by the end of the year. The first are due to begin arriving by the end of November. On the feature interview today, we speak to a former refugee – a Christian pastor who had to flee Egypt during the “Arab Spring” uprising – about the need to balance compassion with security. Today, Reverend Majed El Shafie leads an organization called “One Free World International”.
In the news:
The Trudeau government has now said it is no longer interested in hearing specific recommendations from a blue-ribbon panel appointed by the Harper Conservatives. This panel that was to gather input from groups which intervened in the Carter case last year. Instead, the panel has been asked to provide a summary of what it heard, without any specific recommendations for government action.
Two provinces, including BC, are moving ahead on the basis that doctor-assisted suicide will soon be legal by crafting regulations around the issue.
The new federal Health Minister has signaled that the Trudeau government wants to expand access to abortion across the country. Mike Schouten from WeNeedaLaw.ca says “[it is] mind-boggling that, in the face of so many problems facing our health care system, [including] an aging demographic and other issues, the first thing [the new government] wants to talk about is how we can kill more pre-born children.”
Lastly the Alberta School Boards Association at its annual convention voted down a resolution to craft a policy to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination. Alberta’s Bill 10 requires every school board in the province to have a policy in place by the end of March. We speak to an advocate for Alberta’s private and independent schools about what the vote might mean.
- Created on Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:23
In an effort to celebrate "diversity", the town council of Smithers, BC recently approved a taxpayer-funded rainbow crosswalk at one of the busiest pedestrian intersections on its Main Street. Ironically, not long after this decision it refused to discuss a motion put forward by citizens to also construct a pro-life crosswalk, in memory of the 100,000 children who have zero legal protection. These decisions have generated numerous letters in the local newspaper. Last week, the town's mayor Taylor Bachrach was featured as the guest columnist with a lengthy article defending the rainbow crosswalk. This week, the newspaper kindly published a guest editorial by ARPA's Executive Director in response:
The Rainbow Crosswalk is about Ideology not Diversity
Interior News, November 18 2015, Mark Penninga: In his article entitled "What's in a rainbow?" Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach shared his reasons for supporting a rainbow crosswalk on Main Street to celebrate those who identify as LGBTQ. While the desire to treat everyone with dignity and respect is most commendable, Bachrach's article is a great illustration of how secular efforts to celebrate "diversity" is both an illusion and contradictory.
- Created on Monday, 16 November 2015 12:59
The payday loan industry – which features very high interest rates and minimal payback terms – has long been criticized for preying on those who can least afford it. Over the past decade there has been a lot of growth in this sector of Canada’s financial system. On the feature interview today, we speak with Brian Dijkema from the Cardus Foundation, about a research project they’re embarking on entitled, “Banking on the Margins.” This study aims to find community-based alternatives for people who need financial assistance.
In the news:
The federal government has promised to reinstate the so-called “Court Challenges Program” which was defunded by the Harper government in September of 2006. The program has always been openly hostile towards organizations looking to defend “traditional” positions such as the sanctity of life or heterosexual marriage. Diane Watts with REAL Women of Canada in on the program this week, and she’s not particularly optimistic that the new iteration of the program will be any better.
With the new Trudeau government there is concern that Bill C-36 - the new Prostitution law that was enacted last year – will be up for debate again. The new law has been criticized for compromising the safety of sex-trade workers, claiming that legalizing the industry would be a better option. The new Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, told MacLean’s Magazine last week that “the safety of the workers is fundamentally important” in the coming review of the law. We talk to Julia Beazley, a policy analyst with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. She argues Bill C-36 is actually built on the idea that men should not have an intrinsic right to pay for sex, and that any move toward legalization of prostitution would perpetuate misogynistic attitudes.
Lastly, a very brief, poignant comment about the Paris terrorist attack taken from Franklin Graham’s Facebook page. (If you want to read it for yourself, you’ll have to scroll down to find the comment we reference – it was posted on the Saturday morning after the attacks.)
- Created on Monday, 09 November 2015 10:41
One of the new Cabinet Ministers appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “a member of Community Mennonite Church in Stouffville (Ontario)”, and “she is a song leader for the congregation.” On the feature this week, a panel discussion reviewing the new Cabinet, and what ARPA’s supporters might expect from them in the next four years.
In the news, the City of Toronto is facing legal action for denying a Christian music festival to take place in a downtown park. The reason? The officials claimed that because some of the music explicitly mentions the name of Jesus the event constitutes “proselytizing,” which is apparently not permitted.
The final ruling on the case in London, Ontario surrounding the crash at a Costco has been handed down. The case is another clear illustration of the inconsistencies in Canada’s Criminal Code when it comes to the rights and status of the unborn.
The gruesome Planned Parenthood videos continue to be leaked in the U.S.
Jonathon Van Maren of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform has been following each release, and discusses some of the latest revelations.
- Created on Monday, 02 November 2015 07:26
On the feature this week, Biblical advice on how Canadians should be interacting with the new Liberal government that was elected on October 19th. We feature clips from three sermons preached by three different men on the Sunday after the election: Rev. Abel Pol, preaching at the Yarrow Canadian Reformed Church, Derek Baars at Providence Free Reformed Church in St. George, Ontario, and Rev. Edgar Unrau at Calvary Baptist Church in Chemainus, BC. The audio from the sermon in Yarrow isn’t available online yet (someone emailed us a copy of the audio file), but the full sermons from Derek Baars and Edgar Unrau are availablehere and here.
In the news, the Bulkley Valley ARPA chapter in Smithers, BC, has precipitated a community-wide discussion about certain types of municipal infrastructure, after the municipal Council there voted to create a so-called “rainbow sidewalk” to recognize LGBT rights. ARPA members recently appeared as a delegation before Council, urging reciprocity in the creation of a sidewalk to honor the pro-life movement. The request was denied, but it continues to prompt considerable community interest.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has unveiled a “Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide” last week. The document, which also has the support of prominent elements of the Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities, is available online, here. You can also add your support at this page.
And ARPA is hiring again. We have two positions, one for an admin assistant, and the other for a Web Developer & E-Activist.
- Created on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 09:53
The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to educating, equipping, and encouraging political action among members of Canada’s Reformed churches and shining the light of God’s Word to our civil governments. Because our current webmaster is getting married and moving on to a full-time career, we are in need of someone to fill and expand this role.
- Created on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 13:46
ARPA Canada was able to present to the Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. ARPA’s legal counsel André Schutten and policy analyst Colin Postma were joined by lawyer John Sikkema. They presented three options: draft legislation using Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the "notwithstanding clause"), some recommendations on mitigating the harm of assisted suicide, and ARPA Canada’s 'third option' of amending the Criminal Code to specifically address assisted suicide and euthanasia.
André Schutten began his presentation with a story of a close relative who has been in a wheelchair most of his life, who has been in and out of the hospital many times. During such hospital stays, his family has been asked, “is it worth it?” by some in the health care profession. If this kind of pressure exists to undermine the value of life for those with disabilities before any Parliamentary action on Carter, how much more afterwards. Those with disabilities will be forced to prove their worth to society, or be shamed and undervalued, Schutten said. He then presented ARPA’s draft law for using Section 33 of the Charter, the so-called ‘notwithstanding clause’ and advised the panel that it is ARPA’s position that this is the best legislative option for protecting the value of life for the most vulnerable.
- Created on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 07:18
With appreciation to the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada, we want to share this resource with you about the controversial sex-ed component of the new Health and Physical Education curriculum in Ontario. Please watch this short (less than 7 minutes) video and share!
- Created on Monday, 26 October 2015 09:48
On the feature interview this week, WeNeedaLAW.ca’s Mike Schouten reviews LifeTOUR, which just finished up in Vancouver. Schouten discusses some of the highlights and lessons learned from the month-long cross-country tour.
In the news, ARPA was able to present for the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v Canada this past week. The panel has been appointed to recommend options to the federal government on what to do with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Carter Case v. Canada.
We check in with the leader of the Christian Heritage Party on how their candidates did in the recent federal election.
And the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation is out with a new documentary on Climate Change. It’s called “Where the Grass is Greener: Biblical Stewardship vs Climate Alarmism.
- Created on Friday, 23 October 2015 12:23
A few years ago Mr. Harold Hoff, a former stock broker and resident of Southern Ontario, noticed that the Department of Justice and the department of Health were circulating incorrect information on the subject of corporal punishment.
“There were several statements that were egregious,” Mr. Hoff pointed out in an interview for ARPA Canada’s Lighthouse News, “for example, ‘why spanking doesn’t work,’ ‘experts say that spanking is not an effective form of discipline,’ ‘spanking can make children angry and resentful,’… and ‘it teaches them that hitting others is ok.’ Now a lot of these things have scientifically and empirically been proven false with a large amount of real-time data.”
After seeing the information online, Mr. Hoff ran a two-year study of his own on the subject to provide more empirical evidence. His study of 18,000 minors in 13 institutions where corporal punishment is the main method of correction answered questions such as: ‘is corporal punishment effective, and to what degree is it effective?’ and ‘does corporal punishment create bullies or does it deter them?’
- Created on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:46
On the morning after the election of October 19th Mike Schouten of WeNeedaLAW.ca and André Schutten, Mark Penninga, and Colin Postma of the Association for Reformed Political Action sat down for a panel discussion with Lighthouse News host Al Siebring to discuss the implications of the 2015 Canadian election results. You can find the audio of that discussion here.
“ARPA’s mission is to bring a biblical perspective to our civil government, and we have now been given an incredible responsibility and opportunity to do that for a government that, in many respects, will be unaware of a Christian and principled perspective on key issues of significance such as freedom, faith, and family,” explained ARPA Executive Director Mark Penninga.
The majority Liberal government is going to have a big impact on some of the issues that ARPA Canada and the broader Christian community have been working on. One of ARPA Canada’s concerns following this election is the impact on the Carter euthanasia decision. “This will come down to strategy now,” continued legal counsel André Schutten.
- Created on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:50
On the program this week, a special full-edition interview with four ARPA staff members.
Executive Director Mark Penninga, We Need a Law Director Mike Schouten, ARPA Legal Counsel André Schutten, and Policy Analyst Colin Postma join host Al Siebring for a round-table discussion on the election outcome.
What impact will the election results have on ARPA’s work in Ottawa? How did some MPs who have been receptive to our message fare in the election? What about the new MPs?
Listen to this week’s program for some encouraging information coming out of Monday night’s election results.
- Created on Monday, 19 October 2015 11:44
This evening, check out our live analysis from WNAL and ARPA Canada on the outcomes of individual ridings where pro-life candidates ran, as well as an overall look at where this election could go. Check it out here once the polls start closing across the country. https://arpacanada.ca/electionfeed2015
- Created on Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:01
ARPA has been working on getting the third edition of our popular EasyMail system up and running. It was launched this week, and is ready for you to use! We have a special Election Edition currently, with letters you can use to contact all your Candidates on issues that are important to you.
Some New Features:
•During the election campaign you can email all the candidates in your riding (not just the previous MP);
•Login with Gmail or Facebook so you can track which letters you have sent and see if any letters are waiting your confirmation;
•If you login, you can skip the final step of needing to confirm that the letter is really coming from you;
•See how many MPs/candidates/MLAs have opened your email (assuming they open it in a web browser)
There are a couple of emails for you to use:
- Gender Issues
WNAL has a number of emails available on abortion:
and three options on the all-important issue of Euthanasia:
- Euthanasia vs. Palliative Care
- Euthanasia a Third Option
- Euthanasia - short version
If you experience any problems or need help, email email@example.com
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- #1 Action Item: Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide Resources
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