Justice and Freedom

17 Oct 2017 1,200 bibles will be in the hands of politicians across the country by the end of the month

ARPA Canada Executive Director, Mark Penninga ARPA Canada's "Bible Project" is almost complete. The organization is sending out more than 1,200 Bibles to elected officials across the country. Those Bibles, both French and English, are being mailed to every MP, Senator, and provincial politician in Canada. The project is in commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday, and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. ARPA Executive Director Mark Penninga says when the final touches were being put to the distribution of the Bibles, there was a very pleasant surprise from Crossway Publishers in Chicago.“They...

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17 Oct 2017 LN Feature: How free are we in Canada today?

Lawyer John Carpay for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is a Calgary-based organization that's primarily involved in legal cases involving - as the name implies - the protection of Constitutional Freedoms in Canada. The group has fought alongside ARPA on some major court battles; everything from the Loyola case involving religious freedoms in education to the Carter case on euthanasia and, most recently, the Trinity Western case. But the group also fights a number of other battles. It has represented pro-life campus clubs when their free speech...

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10 Oct 2017 Wall Case

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema ARPA lawyer John Sikkema has delivered the final paperwork to the Supreme Court of Canada in the "Wall Case". That's the case involving a Jehovah's Witness congregant who wants the courts to overturn his dis-fellowshipping - essentially his excommunication - from a JW congregation near Edmonton. Sikkema says the complainant is arguing that being a member in a church is essentially “contractual”, and that courts are empowered to enforce contracts. Mr. Wall, Sikkema says, “expected (that) in return for participating in church (he would be) treated...

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10 Oct 2017 Status of Women Committee

Anna Nienhuis, Policy & Research Coordinator, We Need a LAW There was considerable furore on Parliament Hill last week over the appointment of a new Chair for the Status of Women Committee. By convention, the chair is always occupied by a non-government member of the Committee, and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had nominated his Women's Issues critic, Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder, to that position. However, when the nomination first came before the Committee, Liberal and NDP members walked out, protesting that Harder was pro-life and because of that, wasn't able to...

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10 Oct 2017 Bubble Zone Law

Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student The Ontario government is out with its long-promised "bubble zone" legislation to prohibit protests around abortion clinics. It’s called the "Safe Access to Abortion Services Act", and it sets strict limits around where protests can take place. The restriction around abortion clinics is automatic; a 50-metre zone that can be expanded up to 150 metres. Hospitals and places where abortions are performed, or where the abortion pill is prescribed can also apply to get an “access zone” designation. The law prohibits all pro-life messaging, without exception, in...

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03 Oct 2017 Help pass Manitoba’s Bill 34 to protect conscience rights

Take Action with our EasyMail letter below – contact your MLA in 10 minutes or less! Following the federal government’s law that legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2016, Manitoba’s PC government introduced Bill 34 to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals who rightly don’t believe it is ethical to assist in killing. Already at the bill’s introduction the Manitoba NDP opposed it, saying it was unnecessary. Since then, it appears the NDP and independent MLA Steven Fletcher may be trying to directly or indirectly stall the bill, with the hopes...

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19 Sep 2017 Pushback to Pro-life Messaging

The pro-life float at the Fall Fair in Smithers, BC Mayor Taylor Bachrach of Smithers, BC There’s been some pushback against a pro-life float at the Fall Fair parade in Smithers, BC. We told you about the float on Lighthouse News last week; it featured a big cardboard cake with the words "every child deserves a birthday." The float was well-received at the parade, but there's been some controversy since then. One woman, who apparently wants to remain anonymous, wrote a letter to Smithers Town Council, demanding that the float be banned...

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19 Sep 2017 A Win for Christians

Albertos Polizogopoulos, lawyer The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has handed a major victory to a small independent Christian school in that province. The case was about whether the school was allowed to refuse admission to a child of a married same-sex couple. Lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos represented the school in the case. He says the school received an admissions request into their pre-school program, but early in the call, the applicant told the principal she was in a same-sex relationship. He says the principal informed the caller of the school’s position on...

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13 Sep 2017 Ontario to introduce “Safe Access Zones” legislation targeting pro-lifers

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns about “Safe Access Zones” legislation with your Ontario MPP Ontario’s Minister of Justice, Yasir Naqvi, plans to introduce “Safe Access Zones” legislation – also referred to as “bubble zone” laws. This would prevent any pro-life messaging around abortion clinics, hospitals, and abortionists’ homes. This legislation is unnecessary, harmful, and even illegal. What is Safe Access Zones Legislation? Ontario is not the first province to introduce a bubble zone law. The proposed legislation will likely mirror BC’s Access to Abortion Services Act passed in 1996. This...

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05 Sep 2017 Supreme Court Appearances

André Schutten, Director of Law and Policy - ARPA Canada ARPA has two appearances coming before the Supreme Court of Canada between now and the end of the year. Late last month, we were granted formal "intervenor status" in what is known as the "Wall case". This case involves a Jehovah's Witness congregation in Alberta that dis-fellowshipped - essentially excommunicated - one of its members. ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten, says the case sets boundaries around the authority of the state when it comes to church matters. André...

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