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- Created on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 10:14
ARPA Canada is calling for at least 1,000 EasyMail letters to be sent Parliament in next two weeks!
Within weeks a special committee in Parliament will have wrapped up its assignment and made recommendations for a law which will allow euthanasia and assisted suicide. Now is the time to make our voice heard.
- Created on Monday, 01 February 2016 16:19
On the feature interview this week, Donna Trimble from the group Parents for Choice in Education in Alberta. Donna wrote an op-ed in the Calgary Herald last week about how Alberta’s new trans-gender policies in the education system violate parental rights and are potentially harmful to the entire student population in Alberta, including those who are struggling with gender dysphoria.
In the news:
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has been called out on a lack of transparency. Late last year, the College embarked on a public consultation process to get input on the issue of doctor’s “conscience rights” – whether, for example, they should have a right to refuse to perform doctor-assisted suicide. Sean Murphy with the Protection of Conscience Project has evidence that the College had no intention of listening to the public input it asked for.
ARPA lawyer André Schutten gives an update on the joint Commons/Senate Committee studying the issue of doctor-assisted suicide, which started hearing testimony in Ottawa last week.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has launched a lawsuit against the University of Toronto Students Union over that group’s decision to refuse official “club status” to the campus pro-life club. Lawyer John Carpay says the idea is to set a precedent on whether this kind of action violates the Freedom of Conscience provisions of the Charter.
A strange twist in the case of those Planned Parenthood videos in the U.S. The man who created the videos has now been charged in connection with the case because he used fake ID to get into several Planned Parenthood conference, and because he ostensibly offered to buy fetal tissue as part of the undercover sting operation.
And We Need a Law is out with a new video promoting Parental Consent Laws in Saskatchewan. You can view the video here.
- Created on Monday, 25 January 2016 18:19
The ARPA Canada board and staff held their annual meeting last week. This week, we feature a devotional given by Rev. W. den Hollander, on the comfort contained in Scripture for those who would stand against the culture.
In the news:
Some in-depth analysis of the new guidelines published by the Alberta government earlier this week on “transgender policies” in the education system. The policy guidelines expressly say that both private and charter schools will have to comply with the provisions of Bill 7, a law that was passed in Alberta just before Christmas.
The federal government has appointed a joint Commons-Senate Committee to work through the ramifications of the Supreme Court ruling on doctor-assisted suicide, and they have now also released the report of that special “select panel” the Harper government appointed to study the issue last year.
The University of Montreal released a disturbing report last week on infant death records. The numbers show 218 babies were born alive after failed abortions and left to die during the period from 1986 to 2012. On the program this week, we talk with Mike Schouten from We Need a Law about the numbers, and what they mean. Mike has also written an op-ed on the issue, which you can read here.
And ARPA’s Booties for Babies campaign is continuing. This week, we talk to a young mom in Alberta who has made 100 booties…all by herself!
- Created on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 09:56
The Supreme Court of Canada has granted a 4-month extension to the federal government in the application of the Carter decision of February 2015. The ruling gives Parliament four additional months to write new federal rules on assisted suicide, however it also permits assisted suicide to happen through exemptions granted. In Quebec, doctors can engage in euthanasia under the terms of a new provincial law governing the issue, while patients in the rest of the country can apply to the courts for doctor-assisted death until Parliament sets the final rules.
In the news:
Last week, lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos filed the necessary paperwork in ARPA's challenge of Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The challenge is specifically against a provision in the Act that excludes all abortion statistics from Freedom of Information requests.
In Alberta, the government issued a new set of guidelines last week for all schools in the province on "best practices" for implementing the provisions of Bill 7. That law was rushed through just before Christmas, and adds "gender identity" to the list of things against which Albertans are not allowed to discriminate. The guidelines published last week expressly include Christian and independent schools, and ARPA supporters are being urged to address this issue with the Alberta government. See the material at this link. Lawyer André Schutten says if lobbying is unsuccessful, there could be a legal challenge.
And this week, we feature some commentary on the issue of gambling. This, in light of last week's record $1.6 billion dollar PowerBall lottery win in the US. John Stonestreet, a commentator at BreakPoint.org, has some revealing numbers on how lotteries are essentially a "tax on the poor". His full commentary is available here. ARPA has also done some work in the past on lotteries and gambling in general. You can find that material here.
- Created on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 06:42
Canadian Children: Whose Responsibility?
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, the Trudeau Government has announced it plans to implement all of its recommendations, including the complete removal of section 43 of the Criminal Code – which provides allowances for corporal discipline for teachers and parents.
Corporal discipline is the use of reasonable, non-injurious physical force with the intention and purpose of correction or control of a child’s behavior.
Canada’s Supreme Court (SCC) laid out very clear guidelines for corporal discipline in 2004:
- Force must be sober and reasoned, address actual behaviour, and be intended to restrain, control, or express symbolic disapproval
- The child must have the capacity to understand and benefit from the correction, not being under 2 years of age
- Force must be transitory and trifling, must not harm or degrade the child and must not be based on the gravity of the wrongdoing
- Force may not be administered to teenagers Force may not involve objects such as rulers or belts
- Force may not be applied to the head
- Created on Thursday, 14 January 2016 12:13
Some argue that the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide is inevitable in Canada.
However, we are not willing to give up the fight to uphold the inviolability of human life and to protect the vulnerable. The Supreme Court, Parliament, and secular society at large, are overriding the work of Christians through the centuries to bring public awareness to the value of human life, as established in God our Creator and sustainer. The court is removing rights established by Christian thought, and forcing the regression of morality back in time to when the lives of the weak and vulnerable were not valued at all. We know that God is in control, regardless of what man may do, and as such we are called to do what we can for the sake of justice.
A number of surveys indicate that when those in favour of assisted suicide and euthanasia are shown the evidence against it, a large percentage will change their view. We must speak up!
Our three talking points:
- Euthanasia and assisted suicide is morally wrong
- The social implications of legalization are dire
- Palliative care needs to be discussed first
Download the PDF (below) for the detailed points on each talking point, as well as valuable background, resources and citations.
Read our Respectfully Submitted position paper on euthanasia and assisted suicide (link below).
Send an EasyMail letter
All letters to MPs can be found by visiting https://easy.arpacanada.ca and selecting the map of Canada for federal letters. Please consider sending one of the following letters to your MP:
- Euthanasia - Read ARPA's Policy Report
- Euthanasia - Pass a Law Soon!
- Euthanasia - Promote Palliative Care instead
- Euthanasia - still possible to prohibit!
- Created on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 06:13
Jonathon Van Maren from the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform published an op-ed to start the year, a piece entitled Dear Christians: It’s no longer enough to work hard, raise a family, and hope to be left alone. On the feature interview this week, we talk with Jonathon about the future of Canada, and the need for the average Christian to stand up for their personal freedoms, and that of their children.
In the news:
A feminist group in PEI has launched a lawsuit to try to force the provincial government to provide abortion services at hospitals on the Island. ARPA lawyer André Schutten weighs in on the constitutional aspect of the case, while Mike Schouten from We Need a Law speaks to the reality of the provision of other health care services in Canada.
A huge international story out of Norway over the holidays where a family had their five children seized by child welfare authorities. Last week, the government announced that the children are going to be put up for adoption. We speak with the pastor of a church in Chicago that is organizing protests at Norwegian embassies and consulates around the world.
An update on ARPA’s “Booties for Babies” campaign, including the Facebook event that’s getting a lot of interest.
- Created on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 21:42
You saw how 100,000 pink and blue flags touched so many hearts about the injustice of abortion in 2014-2015. Our hope is that 1,000 baby booties will soften many more hearts in 2016.
ARPA Canada is looking for willing volunteers to knit a total of 1,000 baby booties. These booties will accomplish four things:
- Allow you to prayerfully consider the 100,000 lives lost to abortion again this year;
- ARPA will do our best to ensure that every MP and Senator gets at least one pair of booties, along with a personal note from the maker and ARPA Canada, asking them to consider the child that never gets to wear that pair of booties;
- These 1,000 booties will be gathered together (with help from friendly MPs in Parliament) to create a powerful visual of the many lives lost. Our hope is to share this picture with media and the broader public;
- The booties will then be donated to pregnancy care centres, warming the feet of many Canadian children for years to come.
Join the event on facebook where you can post pictures of completed booties, find links from others to easy patterns and share information - drop-off locations, knitting circles, etc.
If you're on twitter or instagram, add #booties4babies to your post to help spread the campaign even further!
FAQ's and How To
- Created on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 13:08
Great news! Today, ARPA Canada heard from the Ontario Court of Appeal that our motion to intervene in the TWU appeal has been granted. This means that ARPA will be allowed to present our arguments to the Ontario Court of Appeal when they hear TWU's appeal of a rather disappointing decision from the Ontario Divisional Court which had ruled that the Ontario Law Society was allowed to discriminate against Christian law graduates. This is the fourth court that ARPA Canada will be presenting to on this file, which is likely to make its way to the Supreme Court of Canada in the next couple of years. To read more about the TWU case and what's at stake for religious freedom, for Christian schools, and for equal access to the public square for serious Christians, click here.
- Created on Monday, 14 December 2015 13:30
For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada
December 10, 2015
BC SUPREME COURT DECISION SHOULD LEAD TO SWIFT REAPPROVAL OF CHRISTIAN LAW SCHOOL BY MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Ottawa - The chief justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Trinity Western University (TWU) this morning. The 43-page judgment in TWU’s lawsuit against the Law Society of British Columbia chides the Law Society for breaching their duty of procedural fairness and fettering their decision-making responsibility to the membership of the law society. Quoting a 1985 Supreme Court of Canada decision, Chief Justice Hinkson wrote, “there is, as a general common law principle, a duty of procedural fairness lying on every public authority making an administrative decision… which affects the rights, privileges, or interests of an individual”.
The chief justice also rejected some of the findings of the Ontario Divisional Court in the TWU matter in that province, concluding that he was “not persuaded that the circumstances or the jurisprudence respecting human rights have so fundamentally shifted the parameters of the debate as to render the decision in TWU v. BCCT  other than dispositive of many of the issues in this case.”
- Created on Monday, 14 December 2015 12:13
Last week, ARPA released the latest in its series of “Respectfully Submitted” policy papers. This one deals with Climate Change. On the feature this week, ARPA policy analyst Colin Postma outlines some of the highlights of the paper, and responds to some of the criticism it has generated.
In the news, Trinity Western University had another victory last week in its efforts to establish a law school at its campus near Langley, BC. The BC Supreme Court overturned a decision by the Law Society of BC which would have prevented graduates from TWU’s law school from practicing in BC. The ruling re-instates an earlier decision which would allow the school to go ahead.
ARPA was an intervenor in this case and on the program this week, we talk with lawyer André Schutten about the Court’s ruling and what it may mean in the broader context of an issue that seems quite likely to be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information has released some more abortion statistics. The total number of hospital abortions done across the country in calendar year 2014 was 33,931; that was down slightly from the 35,003 the year before. However, the figures are incomplete, because they don’t include a whole swath of statistics which are being deliberately repressed by Freedom of Information laws in at least two provinces. We speak with pro-life blogger Patricia Maloney about the numbers.
A church youth group near Chatham Ontario put up a pro-life display last month. 1000 crosses in a field – each one representing 100 babies aborted in Canada every year. Vandals knocked down every cross on the weekend of December 6th. Those crosses are back up now, and the youth decided to make the rebuilding project about more than just the original intent.
Also on the program this week, some expressly Christian analysis of Donald Trump’s plan to bar all Muslim immigration into the U.S.A. as a way to fight terrorism. We speak to Dr. Scott Masson from Tyndale University College in Toronto about what Trump’s posturing has done to the broader context of the U.S. Presidential race.
- Created on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 11:06
Alberta’s Bill 7 was introduced on November 19th by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley. The bill seeks to amend the Alberta Human Rights Act by striking out the word ‘gender’ – which previously only distinguished between males and females – and replace it with the words ‘gender’, ‘gender identity’, and ‘gender expression’. Though a seemingly simple alteration, it has a large impact. It has already passed first reading in the Alberta Legislature, with very little public awareness or discussion. We need your help to alert our MLAs and the broader public to the danger of redefining sex in Albertan law.
What’s the issue? Some individuals believe they were born into a biological sex that they do not feel fits their psychological sexual identity. This is known commonly as transsexualism, transgenderism, Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or gender dysphoria. Provincial governments have begun enshrining in law an idea that this psychological sexual identity – for which the term ‘gender’ is used – is not fixed but fluid. Tied into that is the idea that there are more than two genders, and that what ultimately matters is how one person feels about their own gender, rather than giving any consideration to what their biological sex is. Those pushing this political agenda are attempting to enshrine in law the right to identify as, act, and dress as any sex they feel best relates to their psychological sexual self-identity – and to be treated by the civil government and the rest of society accordingly.
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Please see the attached pdf at the bottom of this article for the formatted version. Below is the text-only:
Respectfully Submitted Policy Report for Parliamentarians
In announcing his newly-elected cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke with the past by lengthening the title of the ‘Minister of the Environment’ to now include ‘and Climate Change’. This was meant to signal to Canadians that the new government is making climate change policy a priority, worthy of a key cabinet post. One of Minister Catherine McKenna’s first tweets as Minister was, “Canada agrees the science is indisputable, and we recognize the need for urgent/greater action that is grounded in robust science.” The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada shares the Minister’s passion for grounding climate policy in “robust science” and encourages the Parliament of Canada to re-examine the facts and ideologies directing climate change policy.
The idea of climate change – specifically catastrophic anthropogenic (man-caused) global warming – was brought to public attention when high-profile environmentalists and politicians publicized statistics showing a rapid increase of the earth’s temperature since the industrial revolution. The signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992 and Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth documentary popularized the cause. Based on computer modelling of historic weather patterns, cataclysmic predictions were made: total polar ice-cap melts, dramatic increases in sea levels, flooding in some areas and severe droughts in other areas, the extinction of animal and plant species, and the increase of natural disasters, plagues and famines which will alter the lives of billions of people across the globe. Such predictions are understandably alarming.
- Created on Monday, 07 December 2015 20:33
The Trudeau government presented its first Throne Speech last week. On the feature interview, ARPA policy analyst Colin Postma looks at some of the highlights, and what the speech says about the government’s legislative priorities going into 2016.
In the news, the federal government has asked the Supreme Court for a 6 month delay in the implementation of the decision in the Carter Case. The ruling was supposed to take effect in February, and essentially, this move will give Parliament until next summer to write new legislation to replace or amend the Criminal Code prohibition against doctor-assisted suicide. The delay – if it’s granted – will also give ARPA staff in Ottawa more time to sit down with MPs to explain our position on the case.
Meanwhile, the Quebec Superior Court ruled last week that a new euthanasia law in that province, which was due to take effect this week, will have to be put on hold because it runs counter to the existing federal position on this issue. That ruling is being appealed.
There are concerns that the new federal government may be considering the issue of corporal punishment again. A BC-based lobby group is trying to restart the discussion about a ban on spanking. That has prompted those in favour of traditional disciplinary methods to start a pre-emptive campaign to keep the existing laws in place. They’ve set up a website, and a brochure is being mailed to all federal MPs this month.
Also this week, Mike Schouten from WeNeedaLAW.ca has some thoughts on how Christians are to respond to the shooting near a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Spring last month. Fundamentally, he says, the discussion around the issue comes down to conflicting worldviews about the sanctity of life. (There’s also another excellent op-ed piece on Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the case which isn’t referenced on the program, but which you can read here.)
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What can the Christian community do to present a more holistic approach to life? That was the theme of an address given at the ARPA Oxford AGM recently. The speaker for the event was Rev. David Lipsy, pastor of the Heritage Reformed Church in Burgessville, who spoke on the topic of “Building Christian Networks”. On the feature this week, we replay part of that speech. The full speech, which runs just over half an hour, can be heard at this link.
In the news:
It appears the federal government may be urging a “go-slow” approach on the euthanasia issue. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told a Montreal newspaper last week that she would like the Quebec government to delay implementation of its new provincial law on euthanasia until the federal government formalizes its response to the Carter decision. The Quebec law is set to take effect on December 10th.
In Alberta, a new law to add “trans-genderism” as another prohibited ground for discrimination under the provincial Human Rights Act has passed first reading. We speak with Jack Fonseca from Campaign Life Coalition on the implications of this bill, which includes allowing men who claim gender confusion access to women’s washrooms and changerooms. Fonseca says this has already been tried, and rejected, elsewhere.
After a four year review, Charbonneau Commission investigating corruption in Quebec’s public sector construction industry is out with its final report. The report outlines a litany of corruption which the National Post called a “cautionary tale of Biblical proportions”. The report also says that “it is only collectively that we will succeed in making Quebec a better society where ethics, integrity, honesty and rigour come first.” We speak with Christian scholar and ethicist John Stackhouse at Crandall University in New Brunswick about how to achieve those lofty goals in a society that has expressly rejected any moral or religious norms in its push to become the most expressly “secular” society in North America.
Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki has claimed moral equivalence between those who are defending Canada’s energy industry and those who defended slavery in the American south more than 100 years ago. You can hear his claims here.
This week, we talk with Dr. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation about Dr. Suzuki’s claim. The program includes a few clips from the interview; a full transcript is also available here.
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