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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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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 ARPA Canada releases full-length version of its “Ending Suffering: The Palliative Alternative” documentary

ARPA Canada Grassroots Manager, Colin Postma ARPA has now released a full-length version of its "Ending Suffering - the Palliative Care Alternative" video. Over the past year, 12 individual videos have been posted online, and now those individual interviews have been compiled into a single, full-length video. Grassroots Manager Colin Postma says the video project was conceived more than a year ago, just ahead of the 2016 annual Fall Tour. “André (Schutten) and I put together this crazy plan (last year) to film a series of 12 individual interviews over a period...

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17 Oct 2017 Alberta government threatens to release private school anti-bullying policies

Ed Hoogerdyk, Principal, Tyndale Christian School The Alberta government is poised to release a list of anti-bullying policies submitted by private and Christian schools last year in response to Bill 10. The umbrella group representing those schools is opposing that release. Ed Hoogerdyk is the principal of Tyndale Christian School in Calgary and he says the Freedom of Information request for the policies is premature, because more than a year after the policies were submitted to the Alberta Ministry of Education, there has been no response as to whether any of...

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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 US Abortion Law

WeNeedaLaw.ca Director, Mike Schouten There was a major development for the prolife movement down in the States last week. The US Congress voted to pass a new law called the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." We Need a Law Director Mike Schouten says the bill is a big step in the protection of the unborn, because it would essentially ban abortion after 20 weeks. “In its current form, it includes exceptions for rape and incest and for the (protection of the) health of the mother, so this obviously is not favourable from...

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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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10 Oct 2017 LN Feature: Protecting kids from their parents

David Eggen, Alberta Minister of Education Keith Penner, Principal of Living Waters Christian Academy There's a showdown looming in Alberta between the government and parents who choose not to send their children to public schools. Last week, Education Minister David Eggen put forward a plan to introduce a bill that would make it a crime for all schools - including private, independent, and Christian Schools - to communicate with parents if children in those schools decide to join so-called "Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs", or if those children admit to struggling with gender identity...

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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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