- Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:45
With thankfulness to God, we are pleased to announce that Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, has passed third reading in the Senate and now only requires royal assent to become law. You helped table this law - thank you! As we have communicated before, we have been supportive of it since it was released last spring and are thankful it has come this far.
The bill needs only to receive royal assent, after which it will become law - in time for the December 19th deadline provided by the Supreme Court of Canada last year when they struck down Canada's existing prostitution laws, ruling them unconstitutional.
If you have not yet done so, you can read the Bill here. It is "An Act to amend the Criminal Code in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford and to make consequential amendments to other Acts" and is quite possibly the most impressive piece of legislation we have seen with our current government, we are pleased to stand behind it and thankful for you, our readers and supporters for engaging on this issue as far back as 2011 when it was the featured topic on that years' ARPA Canada tour.
Press release from Member of Parliament Joy Smith can be read here.
- Created on Monday, 27 October 2014 07:27
On Monday, October 20 the National Post published an op-ed by ARPA Canada's Executive Director, Mark Penninga, in response to a column that argued that the Supreme Court allow assisted suicide. On October 15, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the case of Carter v. Canada. ARPA Canada was an intervenor in the case and Mark Penninga and ARPA's Legal Counsel, André Schutten, were in attendance at the hearing. You can watch their reflections here.
National Post - October 20, 2014
In a recent column (‘Your Call, Friend’, Oct. 15), Matt Gurney argued that it is time for the Supreme Court to allow assisted suicide. But Mr. Gurney qualified his argument by stating that, “Any regime for assisted suicide that we may implement must be biased to make choosing it difficult – not impossible, but difficult.” This limit imposed by Mr. Gurney may sound reasonable, but once this Rubicon of assisted death is crossed, any limits and safeguards imposed will be illusory or arbitrary.
I attended the Supreme Court hearing over whether to allow doctor-assisted suicide because the organization I lead, the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada, is one of the interveners in the case. Those who watched the debate in court would have heard the lawyers representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Farewell Foundation for the Right to Die explicitly argue to the judges that it is inconsistent and wrong to limit assisted suicide and euthanasia to only a select few. For them, the standard for assisted death should be whether someone is competent to understand what they are requesting or receiving.
- Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 07:59
It’s frightening that a provision protecting a parent’s authority over their child’s education would cause so much controversy in Alberta, the land of the free. And it’s ironic that when the shoe is on the other foot, suddenly parental rights are all the rage.
Last month, PC leadership contenders landed in hot water over their support of section 11.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act. This 2009 amendment requires educators to inform parents with a written letter when their children will be taught about controversial issues including religion and sexual ethics.
This section simply affirms the common law right and the constitutional freedom of parents to raise their children according to their own worldview. This freedom and right is also protected under the Charter’s section 2(a) and 2(b) provisions (freedom of religion and freedom of expression) and under section 7 (right to liberty).
- Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:49
- Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 16:20
On December 16, 2011 the Fair Representation Act became law (and, in fact, even amended the Constitution). This Act established commissions in each province to study the electoral boundaries of each riding therein to make sure that each riding is fairly represented in the House of Commons as much as is possible. The Act defines the "electoral quotient" as equal to 111,166 people. This means that, ideally, each Member of Parliament should represent a riding composed of 111,166 citizens. Because of our growing population, the Act also adds an additional 30 seats to the House of Commons: 6 each to Alberta and B.C., 3 to Québec, and 15 to Ontario.
So what does this mean for Reformed Christians? Opportunity! All 308 existing ridings are being redrawn meaning that the current Members of Parliament will have to seek nomination again. The Conservative Party of Canada has a party policy to hold open nominations and the Liberal Party has confirmed that it too will run open nominations before the 2015 election. An open nomination means that no sitting MP is guaranteed to be their party's representative in a given riding in the next election. Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have to be re-nominated for the riding of Calgary Southwest.
- Created on Thursday, 13 September 2012 13:08
ARPA Canada encourages our Ontario readers to fill in a feedback form provided by the provincial government, regarding the direction of childcare in your province. You can also send feedback to the Ministry at CCGE_modernization@ontario.ca. The deadline is September 24. Before you do that, please read this quality submission from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada in which they make the good case that the government report is not in the best interest of families, parents, or children.
- Created on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 15:22
Make use of ARPA's newest Easy Mail letter to congratulate your MP for his or her recent election win and remind them that God is the ultimate authority. You are encouraged to personalize this as much as possible. If you have never used Easy Mail yet, be sure to give it a try. It is a very simple 1-2-3 step process that can be completed in very little time. No registration or fee is needed. Click here to start.
- Created on Monday, 04 April 2016 13:43
With the end of winter in most parts of the country, We Need a Law is gearing up to do more flag displays. On the feature this week, Mike Schouten talks about the impact the displays are having, the kinds of reactions that are being created, and outlines what it takes to host a display in your community.
In the news, ARPA is back in court this week. Lawyer André Schutten will be appearing before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal on the Trinity Western file.
The PEI government announced last week that, for the first time in almost 35 years, it is going to provide abortion services on the Island. In recent years, the government has paid for women to travel to New Brunswick or Nova Scotia for the procedures. We speak with the executive director of the PEI Right to Life Association, and look at what pro-lifers can do now that the decision has been made.
The NDP’s Charlie Angus is upset that the government committed zero dollars to any kind of improved palliative care system across the country in the federal budget.
And an update on the Booties for Babies campaign. It now looks as though ARPA may end up with almost double the original target of a thousand baby booties to be delivered to MPs and Senators.
- 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, 22 September 2015 08:22
Deeper Analysis: Transgenderism
What’s the issue? Transsexualism, also known as transgenderism, Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or gender dysphoria, is a desire to
- Created on Monday, 22 June 2015 08:05
As many of our Albertan readers know, Bill 10, hastily passed before the election with major amendments, radically reworked the Education Act, Schools Act and the Alberta Human Rights Act. Bill 10 is problematic for many reasons, principally because it undermines parental rights, threatens religious and associational freedom, and promotes nonsensical public policy. For more about the problems of Bill 10, see our earlier analysis here. Also, we encourage you to read and share this call-to-action letter mailed to all of our ARPA supporters in Alberta.
We're happy to share with you another resource and call to action. Please watch this video discussion between ARPA's executive director Mark Penninga and ARPA's lawyer André Schutten about Bill 10. Share it with your friends and family. And then follow up on the action items they mention in the video.
You can also print the petition at this link (and read the fact sheets) and bring it to your school, workplace, church or neighbourhood and get as many friends, family and colleagues to sign it.
You can also send an EasyMail letter right now to your local MLA. We have three to choose from.
- Letter 1 - Law can't be built on feelings (link)
- Letter 2 - Bill 10 violates freedom of religion and association (link)
- Letter 3 - Parental Authority Undermined (link)
Please also use Facebook to share this action item by clicking “share” at the bottom of this article.
- Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 08:25
The following is a guest post by Jonathan Van Dyken. Please read to the end for a step-by-step guide to speaking up very effectively on this particular issue.
Do you live in Ontario and have a pro-life family doctor? If you value his survival, then you need to speak out NOW! The ancient Hippocratic oath which essentially required that a doctor, first of all, do no harm has been transformed into his professional obligation to do harm in certain situations. For example, he must either perform abortions or refer to another doctor who will. My understanding is that this requirement will also be in place for prescription of contraceptives, mutilation for sex changes, and also death by euthanasia (which has increasing likelihood of being legalized by the Supreme Court of Canada).
The CPSO Policy
Who would be the author of such horrible confusion? The new policy comes from the regulating College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). The government of Ontario says the CPSO must do more to conform to the Ontario Human Rights Code, the root of the confusion. The Ontario government appoints to the CPSO's governing council 13 to 15 of its 32 to 34 members. These appointees are not doctors and have their terms decided by the provincial government.
- Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:36
October 18th is a special day in Canada. On that day, in 1929, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Counsel (at that time, the highest level of appeal in Canada) ruled that women were equal in law and were, in fact, persons. The case has become known as "The Persons' Case" and every year on October 18th, Canada remembers that case on "Persons' Day". (You can read the actual text of that judgment here.)
On October 29th of this year, Ms. Megan Leslie, an NDP Member of Parliament, rose in the House and said the following:
Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on Friday I will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Persons Case with fellow feminists at a breakfast in Halifax for LEAF, the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund.
Professor Jula Hughes will speak on the history of legal disputes for abortion access in New Brunswick, which is timely, as its Morgentaler Clinic closed this summer. This was the only facility in the province where women could get an abortion free of restrictions, and it served women in New Brunswick and P.E.I.
- Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:22
On September 16, on Ottawa's CFRA Radio, the Rob Snow show, our legal counsel was interviewed about the Trinity Western case. If you want to listen to the interview, you can stream it online here. André's 7 minute interview begins at the 20:05 minute mark. Towards the end of the show, the host also does an op-ed commentary on the TWU case, starting at the 51:15 mark. To read more about ARPA's work on the TWU case, click here.
- Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:55
Mark Penninga, Interior News, Sept 23, 2014: On September 15th, BC saw its first ever conviction of human trafficking under Canada's Criminal Code. A 29 year-old man from Vancouver forced 11 teens, as young as 14, into prostitution. But this sure wasn't the first time someone was trafficked in BC. The US Department of State estimates that there are between 1500 and 2200 people trafficked through Canada to the US each year, and that doesn't include the trafficking that stays in Canada.
For those who think that this is a problem for bigger centres like Vancouver and Toronto but not in places like Smithers and Hazelton, think again. Public Safety Canada's report on the issue reveals that it is Aboriginal women, youth, and children who are among the most likely victims in Canada.
The leading cause of human trafficking in our nation is for the purpose of sexual exploitation, usually through prostitution. Our Supreme Court struck down Canada's prostitution law last year and gave Parliament one year to come up with a new one. The new legislation, Bill C-36, is excellent and worthy of our full support. For the first time in Canadian history, it makes the purchasing of sexual services a crime.
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