- Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:46
Special report by ARPA intern Mark Luimes
If there is one phrase I've heard more often than others at the various political and motivational events I've attended since moving to Ottawa, it is that "youth are the future leaders of our society". It's true, and it has the been the driving motive behind student engagement events like the "I vote/Je vote" campaign at uOttawa, pro-life club training events like the NCLN Symposium, and events like the one I was able to attend this past week, the National Student Forum.
The National Student Forum is a two-day event that takes place before the National Prayer Breakfast. It is intended for young Christians who are interested in learning more about what it is like to be a Christian leader in politics. The Forum is packed full of interesting and practical talks given by Members of Parliament, Senators, Parliamentary staffers, and others who have valuable experience to share. This year's forum was coordinated, hosted and moderated by the exceptionally talented and experienced Daniel Gilman, a staffer of six years and a well-known face among Christian political activists in Ottawa; his presence was an invaluable and entertaining part of the forum.
- Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:03
The Family Project is a new initiative by Focus on the Family to explore the irreplaceable role and design of family. This project will include a groundbreaking documentary and a 12 part curriculum series that will not only show us just how important the preservation of family is, but will transform the way we see ourselves and show us just how important family is, not just to the Christian worldview, but to the survival of society.
- Tim Sisarich, Host of Irreplaceable
This film will only be in theatres for one day: Wednesday, May 7. Get more details and find out if it is showing in a theatre near you by clicking here.
We encourage you to watch the film and to take part in the curriculum provided by Focus on the Family (click here).
- Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 10:29
- Created on Friday, 12 June 2015 17:07
MPs have very little time to introduce and pass new assisted suicide legislation before the 2016 deadline. It is so important that each of us uses the opportunity NOW to talk to them about the issue. Lives can be saved or lost depending on how our government responds. There is so much that you can do!
ARPA's Legal and Policy Resources on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia:
- New Legal Analysis & Draft law: How Parliament can continue to prohibit assisted suicide without needing to invoke the "not-withstanding clause"
- Draft Law: Using notwithstanding clause to continue to prohibit assisted suicide
- Policy Report: Broader analysis of why Parliament must prohbit assisted sucide and euthanasia
- Factum: ARPA's legal submission to the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v Canada
Read, watch and listen:
- Read and share ARPA’s policy report and draft legislation (see above) on assisted suicide and euthanasia: post them to your page encouraging others to read and take action, send a copy to your friends via email, or drop a copy off your MP’s office. The more these reports can be shared, the better.
- Watch ARPA’s recent video update explaining why this issue is a priority, and share with friends.
- Listen to ARPA’s staff explain why our draft legislation is realistic and constitutional and well worthy of support by all MPs
Write a letter to your MP:
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper:
Summer tends to be a slower time for newspapers and they are more likely to print what is submitted to them. Please be sure to keep your letter short (no more than 200 words), make just one point and make it well, the more personal it can be the better, have someone proof it before you send it, and then be sure to actually send it in! Check out our policy report for facts and statistics to include. Some talking points to consider:
- In light of the Supreme Court Carter decision, Canada’s laws against assisted suicide and euthanasia were struck down. Parliament has just months to pass a new law.
- If Canada doesn’t pass a new law, we will become one of the most permissive and liberalized euthanasia regimes in the entire world. Even the Supreme Court made it clear that it is looking to Parliament to enact strict regulations.
- As soon as our country crosses the line where it is OK for some people to kill others based on how they feel about themselves, it becomes impossible to ensure that the line won’t move to include others, who also want to die. We see proof of this in the Netherlands and Belgium, which have broadened their “strict” laws to include infants and children.
- As soon as some people can be killed based on their disability or health, everyone who meets that criteria has to then justify their existence. This is something nobody should have to do.
- Encourage your MP to do the right thing and pass a law soon which continues to prohibit all euthanasia and assisted suicide.
- Parliament can do this by invoking the not-withstanding clause which is in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and exists exactly for this purpose. Canadian laws should be made by Parliament, and interpreted by the courts, not the other way around.
Meet with your MP:
Request a meeting with your MP to discuss this issue. Summer is the time to do this, as they are in their ridings and are not nearly as busy.
- Send them an email (you can use the EasyMail links above and include a request at the beginning to meet), or give them a phone call. Find their phone number by putting in your postal code here. Explain that you would like to meet to discuss euthanasia and that it is a priority to do so now, before the election.
- You are welcome to ask a few others to join you. Just make sure you coordinate with them ahead of time so they know what you want to speak about and what they can bring up.
- Keep the meeting friendly and courteous: thank them for their service and remember that they have a very difficult position. Ask what you/your community can do to help;
- Take along a copy of the ARPA policy report and encourage them to read it and respond to you after having done so.
- Phone us if you need any help – 1-866-691-2772.
- Created on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:47
On Tuesday, June 2, the ARPA staff, board and a couple donors came together to dedicate the new ARPA office to the Lord in a time of prayer and thanksgiving. The new office will be home base for the 3 Ottawa-based staff and has ample space for our out-of-town staff, as well as any interns, to work and collaborate together.
We are grateful to the support of our donors over the past years and invite you to stop by our new office the next time you are in Ottawa. The address is 130 Albert Street, Suite 2010, just 3 blocks from Parliament Hill.
Below are a few pictures from last week when a number of staff were able to work together in the new office.
- Created on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:38
The Justice Centre of Constitutional Freedoms issued a press release today (April 28, 2015) with the heading "Alberta’s law mandating Gay-Straight Alliances violates Charter freedoms". You can view it online at their website.
The Centre also released a report today titled, "Mandatory Gay Straight Alliances versus Charter Freedoms". We encourage you to take a read and if you're in Alberta, send your MLA an EasyMail letter on the subject - there are 3 to choose from.
- Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:09
- Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 16:57
On the feature interview this week, Andrea Mrozek with the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, talks about a research paper her group published this summer on the notion of “Income Splitting”, also known as “Family Taxation.” She explains how the policy would work, and assesses the political chances of having the concept introduced as part of the next Federal budget in the spring.
On the news portion, there’s a new Evangelical initiative on “Climate Change”. Spearheaded by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, it’s a research paper entitled “Protect the Poor: Ten Reasons to Oppose Harmful Climate Change Policies.”
The initiative started with more than 150 signatories, including those of ARPA’s Mark Penninga and Andre Schutten. It has received considerable media coverage, including feature articles in World Magazine and the Christian Post. On the show this week, a brief interview with the Alliance’s Dr. Calvin Beisner on why many Climate Change Policies are especially harmful for the poor.
Justin Trudeau’s pro-abortion views were back in the news this week, after seven retired Liberal Members of Parliament wrote an open letter to their Party leader, criticising him for his continued hard line stance against allowing pro-life candidates to run for the Liberals. Mr. Trudeau tried to defend himself on Twitter, writing that “the days when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone.”
On our program, We Need a Law’s Mike Schouten weighs in on the issue, and on what it could mean in the realm of federal politics generally.
Also this week, we speak with Mark Milke from the Fraser Institute about a column he wrote recently on the financial benefits to the taxpayers of the Independent and Christian School movement in Canada. The column is in response to criticism – particularly during the just-concluded teacher’s strike in British Columbia, that government in several Provinces have been “subsidizing private schools”. Mr. Milke explains, both in his column and in a brief interview on the program this week, why that’s an absolute myth.
- Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 07:45
When speaking of issues of justice and maintaining order in society, a democracy requires a certain ingredient to work well. That ingredient is virtue. But where does virtue come from? It comes from faith. Knowing human nature, when we remove faith from a democracy, we remove virtue from a democracy. And when we remove virtue, it doesn't take very long at all before the society starts to crumble. Freedom and liberty are curtailed in attempts to maintain order and safety. And the desires and quickly changing whims of the majority (lacking in virtue) begin to shape public policy. As Chuck Colson notes in his book, Justice that Restores, "without individual virtue, one cannot achieve a virtuous culture; without a virtuous culture, one cannot hire enough policemen to keep order. As Michael Novak has trenchantly observed, referring to America, 'in a virtuous culture, we have 250 million policemen, in a culture that mocks virtue, we cannot hire enough policemen.'"
Indeed, a virtuous society basically polices itself, creating more, not less, freedom. Eric Metaxas explains further in this great 4 minute podcast. Click here to listen.
- Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:57
On Saturday, May 31, the Hamilton Area ARPA chapter organized a march against prostitution through the streets of downtown Hamilton.
About 80 men, women and children of all ages (infants to grandparents) had the option to meet at one of three churches to ride downtown on buses donated by one of the local elementary schools, or meet the group at Hamilton City Hall. The event began with Board Chair Colin Postma giving the background on the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling from December of last year and explaining why we are marching - to call on the government to enact laws surrounding prostitution that would protect those who are being exploited and prosecute those who are perpetuating the crime (johns=those that purchase sex and pimps=those that control many of the prostitutes).
A press release was issued but the media chose not to cover the march. However, we did receive a lot of feedback from residents of Hamilton and were able to engage in many fruitful conversations and handed out a few hundred tracts.
Following the march, petitions were handed around for signature, we also had marchers sign postcards that will be sent to Parliament, calling on legislators to enact a Canadian version of the Nordic Model.
- Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:20
Special report by ARPA Canada intern Mark Luimes
If you ask most Canadians what they think about parliamentary procedure, they will typically recall question period - the energetic, overly partisan war of words that is publicly televised on CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel). Many will come away from question period unimpressed with the seeming inability of MPs to give straight answers or engage in meaningful debate on government issues.
What most people don't realize, however, is that question period provides a poor picture of the life and work of our parliamentarians. In reality, a significant part of the real work is done in small, multi-partisan committees, characterized by higher levels of co-operation, decorum, and policy analysis than what is typically displayed in question period.
- Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 14:28
I had the pleasure of attending a policy briefing in Ottawa a few weeks ago where our friends at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada released the first ever analysis of Statistics Canada data examining the link between marriage and income in Canada. Their report is titled, The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians: How Canadians are split into haves and have-nots along marriage lines.
The data shows there is a dramatic "marriage gap" in Canada. The wealthy are mostly coupled up, and the poor are mostly unattached.
But Canadians are generally unaware of this. This is troubling because research shows marriage is a powerful wealth creator and protector against poverty, as well as a force for social mobility for children.
Researchers internationally are aware of the powerful protective power against poverty that marriage provides. However, Canadians, while very concerned about inequality and poverty, have not yet made the link to marriage.
While listening to the briefing, my thoughts were, "It is so interesting that the social scientific evidence demonstrates exactly what God promises in His Word. Where we live in families as He designed them to be: committed, monogamous relationships, then we can expect His blessing for generations to come."
- Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:21
Updated with Reader response below
UPDATE from author: I have had an incredible amount of interaction on this post, with many Reformed readers strongly opposed to my position for various reasons (for example, see the discussion on our Facebook page here). I have been very impressed with the overall tone and respect used in the dialogue. Those opposed to my arguments have shown much grace when interacting with what I wrote, which I really appreciate. I have in the past written about much less important issues in secular forums and have been verbally assaulted for my views, so I must say that I much prefer interacting with fellow Christians on very sensitive issues. Furthermore, because of the respectful tone, I am all the more compelled to rethink my position. I'm not sure yet if I'll write more on this topic (I'm hardly qualified to do so from a medical perspective, although the more theoretical questions of public policy remain intriguing to me). Nevertheless, I want to republish a counterpoint to my counterpoint from one concerned parent. He wrote thoughtfully and thoroughly, carefully interacting with my arguments while exemplifying grace in his critique. Thank you! Please see appended below for the text of the counterargument. As always, we appreciate your feedback.
One final note of clarification: many have referred to "ARPA's position" in discussing this issue. Please note - ARPA does not have a position on the vaccine issue. What is written below was the opinion of one staff member responding to the contrary position held by another staff member.
Earlier this week, my colleague posted an article about the ongoing measles vaccination controversy in southern BC. After outlining the two competing Reformed views on the issue, he concludes, "Although there are differing perspectives on the issue, we should be able to agree that it is a parent's responsibility to make decisions about what is best for their child and that authority can only be interfered with in exceptional circumstances. It is good for Christians to respectfully challenge each other's moral conclusions, as iron sharpens iron. There are huge consequences - including for our neighbours. But this is fundamentally a discussion for parents, families, friends, and churches - not the legal system."
I accept his invitation to challenge his conclusion, as iron sharpens iron.
While I am in total agreement with the first three sentences in the concluding paragraph above, I have concerns with the concluding sentence. When we say that measles vaccination is "fundamentally a discussion for parents, families, friends, and churches - not the legal system", I believe we have simplified the issue to our detriment. Indeed, in the discussions that surround this touchy issue, most who are against vaccinations make the error of lumping all vaccines together. But there is an enormous difference between a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease (for example), and a measles vaccine.
To conclude that not vaccinating your child against the potentially fatal or crippling measles virus is "fundamentally a discussion for parents" would be like saying that a child caught stealing cookies could be punished by flicking his hand or by having his hand chopped off with a meat cleaver, since child discipline is all a matter of parental authority - "fundamentally a discussion for parents". All our readers would agree that such a stance is indefensible. The reason is not because we think parents shouldn't discipline their child for stealing a cookie. The reason is because we need to examine the nature of the disciplinary action, apart from the broader issue of parental authority in child discipline. So also, with an issue like vaccinations, we need to examine the nature of the vaccines and their corresponding diseases, and not just vaccines in general.
- Created on Friday, 24 February 2012 07:58
Last week, the CRTC denied a request from Crossroads Television Systems (CTS) to amend its licence. Currently, Crossroads must provide at least 20 hours a week of “balanced programming” between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. CTS sought relief from that provision on economic grounds. It asked that its quota of “balance” be measured over the entire broadcast schedule rather than simply by prime time hours. The Commission cited its established Religious Broadcasting Policy as its supporting rationale.
A dissenting opinion by Commissioner Peter Menzies highlights how narrowly and negatively the authors of that policy interpreted the root causes of intolerance: “They appear to have . . . completely overlooked the positive role that faith organizations play in society.” Keep Reading...
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