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On this episode: Levi speaks about the conversion therapy ban introduced at the federal level this week. ARPA board member Aaron Oosterhoff shares about ARPA Niagara’s banquet this past weekend. Anna talks about the Apologetics Canada conference she was at on Saturday. Colin is touring schools in southern Ontario this week. Enjoyed this article?Never miss an article!Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about everything ARPA!Subscribe

The federal Liberal government, as promised in their election platform, introduced a bill this week to criminally ban “conversion therapy” nation-wide. Bill C-8 defines conversion therapy as any “practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender, or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour,” but not services or treatments related to a person’s “gender transition” or to a person’s “exploration of their identity”. Most of the legislation talks about how conversion therapy would be regulated. The legislation proposes...

Last week, Edmonton City Council officially banned “conversion therapy”. The decision was swift and unanimous. The practice and promotion of conversion therapy is prohibited within city limits. Disobedience is costly. The bylaw carries a minimum $10,000.00 fine. The bylaw prohibits any “technique”, “service”, “treatment” or “tactic” aimed at “eliminating or reducing sexual attraction or sexual behaviour between persons of the same sex” or intended to alter a person’s “sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or gender preference.” It applies to “businesses” broadly defined (any “profession, trade, occupation, calling, or employment”...

After our Facebook live discussion of conversion therapy, we received some negative feedback from the general public. We want to respond by busting some myths about ARPA’s position on conversion therapy. Criticism #1: How can you support a practice that is condemned by scientific and health institutions? Conversion therapy is a pseudoscience that is not based on science or facts. Response: First of all, ARPA Canada does not support conversion therapy. ARPA Canada instead supports body-affirming counselling, which is being inappropriately lumped together with aversion therapies under the too often...

Canada and British Columbia are not strangers to the controversy around gender and sexuality. In the last few years, ARPA has waded into the fray around SOGI 123, a three-step plan to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism in BC schools. ARPA also intervened in the A.B. v C.D. & E.F. case at the BC Court of Appeal. In both instances, we argue the biblical and scientific truth that biology matters, and that parents, children, and all citizens should be free to live and speak in accordance with their religious and moral...

Update (July 20, 2015): Read this article, titled “Free speech: what banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ will really stop”   ***Take Action Today: 3 EasyMail letters waiting for you below*** Recently Ontario and Manitoba passed legislation banning therapy for teens with unwanted homosexual or transgender feelings. We have serious concerns regarding the implications of these laws, and fear they are just around the corner for other provinces. At the end of this article we have some pointers on how you can respond in your province. On June 4th, the last day...

Update (July 20, 2015): Read this article, titled “Free speech: what banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ will really stop”   ***Take Action Today: 3 easymail letters waiting for you below*** Recently Ontario and Manitoba passed legislation banning therapy for teens with unwanted homosexual or transgender feelings. We have serious concerns regarding the implications of these laws, and fear they are just around the corner for other provinces. At the end of this article we have some pointers on how you can respond in your province. On June 4th, the last day that the Ontario Legislature...

‘Defending our Christian Legacy of Freedom’; free lesson plan packages for your students; a federal conversion therapy ban could see criminal charges laid against your pastor or church; and an election is coming to BC! Enjoyed this article?Never miss an article!Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about everything ARPA!Subscribe