Family

03 Sep 2008 Vancouver Sun: Dutch Reformed likely at heart of mumps outbreak

Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, Saturday, August 30, 2008A retired physician in Chilliwack vividly remembers the conservative Christian mushroom farmer who came to him in 1978 severely ill with polio, which was starting to paralyze his body. The B.C. polio victim was a member of an arch-conservative arm of the Dutch Reformed church, which held it goes against God's will to accept vaccinations for polio or other infectious diseases, Dr. R. W. Van der Flier said in an interview. Keep reading this story here....

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07 Aug 2008 As Marriage Declines, Church Attendance Falls

by Devon Williams, associate editor, Focus on the Family's Citizenlink.com 'Marriage is a gateway into family life, and family life, in turn, is often a gateway into church attendance.' A dramatic decline in marriage, particularly among young adults, has led to a decline in church attendance over the last three decades, according to a study by Robert Wuthnow, a sociology professor at Princeton University. Read the whole article here. ...

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23 Jul 2008 No Place for the State in Families of the Nation

by Lorna Dueck - Christianity.caI am one of those traumatized Canadians who actually was grounded, forbidden by my parents, from attending my class trip to the nation's capital. This was before the days of Canada's Senate tabling bills to affect family discipline, and before Globe editorial writers were pronouncing a Quebec court correct to overturn a dad's decision to ground his daughter from the class trip. I could write a book about my childhood - a lot of us could - but here's the baffling truth: We're born with sin...

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17 Jul 2008 BC Considers Kindergarten for 3 and 4 Year-Olds

Update: Deadline extended till August 15! There is still time to express your thoughts.ARPA Canada learned today that the BC Early Childhood Learning Agency is conducting a consultation to hear public input on whether kindergarten should be expanded to full-days for 5 year-olds and eventually also include 3 and 4 year olds by 2012. In a letter to the agency, we voiced our concerns about the increasing grasp of the government into what should be a parental responsibility. "We are convinced that not only do parents know best what...

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15 Jul 2008 Is Your Family Ready?

As Canadians, we are privileged to live in very safe and secure communities. But that does not mean that we are invincible. Are you and your family prepared if a major disaster were to happen? Do you have a plan of action if a disaster occurred when you were in a different place then your family? Do you have enough bottled water, food, and emergency supplies to provide for your family for at least 3 days?We should not be looking only to our governments to provide relief in the midst...

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27 Jun 2008 Northwest Territories passes motion in support of equal parenting and Vellacott’s Motion M-483

For Immediate Release - June 27, 2008 OTTAWA – The Northwest Territories has demonstrated its pioneering spirit by paving the way for equal parenting in Canada. Guided by the leadership of Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay, the Legislature of the Northwest Territories, on June 19, passed a motion to affirm the importance of "equal parenting" as in the best interests of children even in cases of marriage breakup and family dissolution. This guiding principle of course recognizes exceptions in cases of proven child abuse or neglect. In speaking to his motion, Ramsay said, "I believe strongly that both parents should be involved in the upbringing of a child. If you look around the world, the movement is going to a default system of equal, shared parenting so that both parents in separation and divorce have equal access to children."The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 11 to zero, with seven abstentions. The Cabinet abstained, but Ramsay, noting that they did not vote against the motion, is confident that, with further study, they will come down strongly in favour of equal shared parenting.
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20 Jun 2008 Action Item: Parental Authority

Two developments yesterday, in the Senate and a provincial court, are a strike against parental authority and require immediate action from ARPA Canada readers. Read the two stories below as well as the recommended action items. It doesn't matter how much time you have, there is something you can do. Story #1: Father doesn't know best, court rules in girl's fight to get grounding overruled TU THANH HA - Globe and Mail - June 19, 2008 First, the father banned his 12-year-old daughter from going online after she posted photos of herself on a dating site. Then she allegedly had a row with her stepmother, so the father said his girl couldn't go on a school trip. The girl took the matter to the court - and won what lawyers say was an unprecedented judgment. Madam Justice Suzanne Tessier of the Quebec Superior Court ruled on Friday that the father couldn't discipline his daughter by barring her from the school trip.
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19 Jun 2008 Senate passes anti-spanking bill

Elizabeth Thompson, Canwest News Service - June 19, 2008Proposed legislation that could see parents hit with charges of assault for spanking their children has passed a first crucial step on its way to becoming law. The bill, which would prohibit parents from using force on their children except in very limited circumstances, was adopted without fanfare by the Senate last evening. Liberal MP Marlene Jennings will now take it to the House of Commons, which must also adopt it before it can become law. Read the rest of the...

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17 Jun 2008 IMFC’s latest Review is Out – Have a Look

The Institute of Marriage and Family (IMFC) Canada publishes an excellent journal called the IMFC Review. It is a very worth while read and a quality resource for research relating to Canadian families and public policy. Some of the topics is this issue include child care, family taxation, and world population. The whole thing is available free online. Check it out here....

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13 Jun 2008 Giving thanks….for dads

Its Father's Day on Sunday. Why do we set apart a day to celebrate our fathers? It is because we once understood that fathers are crucial for families, and families are crucial for our nation. God has given fathers a special task of leadership in the home. Their lives have a profound influence on their marriage and their children. As such, they deserve respect and honour. Father's day is a small way to show them this honour and thanks for what they have done.God has set a high standard...

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