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23 Feb 2017 Bill 89 Pushes Gender Ideology in Child Services

Take Action: Use one of the three EasyMail letters to share your concerns about Bill 89 with your MPP Ontario's Family Law Revolution Continues Ontario's Bill 89, will (if passed) replace the Child and Family Services Act, which governs child protection, foster care, and adoption services. The “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act” was introduced shortly after the legislature passed Bill 28, the so-called “All Families Are Equal Act”, and reflects similar ideological leanings. Bill 89 requires child protection, foster, adoption service providers, and judges to take into account and respect a child’s “race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship,...

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23 Feb 2017 M-103: A threat to free speech or much ado about nothing?

By John Sikkema, Legal Counsel Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga, tabled her Private Member’s Motion, M-103, in December, 2016. The motion calls on the House of Commons to: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to...

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21 Feb 2017 Bigotry in the Senate?

Senator Marilou McPhedran Senator Don Plett Senate Speaker George Furey There was an emotional debate in the Senate last week about language and choice of words. On the feature this week, we present an edited version of that debate, which started when Manitoba Senator Don Plett rose on a point of order. ---- Senator Plett: Yesterday in this chamber, a senator in her maiden speech, her first speech in the Senate, accused me of bigotry… To attribute such a serious charge as bigotry to the phrase "these people" is preposterous, and I will read what I...

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21 Feb 2017 Alberta Director

ARPA Canada is hiring again. A call went out last week for the position of “Alberta Director.” Executive Director Mark Penninga says the organization has long been aware of the need for an “increasing presence” in Alberta, especially with the recent challenges in the education system there. As to the particulars of the job, Penninga says they envision it being about 60% grassroots engagement, building relationships with churches, schools, and local ARPA chapters. “The other large component of the job,” Penninga says, will involve “going directly to the Alberta government, lobbying,...

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21 Feb 2017 Tax Breaks for Independent Schools

Conservative Leadership Candidate Andrew Scheer One of the candidates for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party is proposing tax breaks for families who educate their children outside of the public school system. Andrew Scheer unveiled a policy position last week, promising tuition tax credits of up to four thousand dollars per child for families who have children in independent schools, and one thousand dollars per child for home-schooling families. Scheer says this is a logical extension of existing federal policy which provides some tax relief to parents who pay post-secondary...

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21 Feb 2017 Pro-Life Training

Hannah Sikkema, Administrative Assistant - ARPA Canada Three ARPA staff members were in Florida last week for the annual "Genocide Awareness Project". It features a tour of a large visual display with abortion victim photography. A group of individuals engaged university students on three different campuses around Florida on the issue of pre-born human rights. The event was organized by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform¸ and ARPA's Ottawa Administrative Assistant, Hannah Sikkema, was part of the project. She says a lot of people don’t know “what abortion really is. They...

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21 Feb 2017 M-103 Debate

MP Scott Reid A controversial motion which, if passed, will have the House of Commons Heritage Committee study the issue of religious discrimination – specifically including the term "Islamophobia" – had its first hour of debate in the House of Commons last week. There has been increasing opposition to the motion, largely because of fears that it will restrict criticism of a specific religion, and because the term "Islamophobia" remains undefined. The Conservative caucus drafted a motion of their own, which was similar but contained some important distinctions. Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MP Scott Reid said the...

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16 Feb 2017 FAQ on Bill C-16

What is Bill C-16?  Why does the government say this bill is needed? What stage is the bill at and how did it get there? What is unlawful discrimination according to the Canadian Human Rights Act? What is “hate propaganda” according to the Criminal Code? What’s wrong with prohibiting discrimination and hate? Is a vote against C-16 a vote against protecting transgender people from violence? Is a vote against C-16 a vote against protecting transgender people from discrimination? This bill doesn’t harm you. Why are you concerned about C-16?  ...

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