19 Jan 2018 ARPA Canada is hiring – Webmaster, Developer, and Video Editor

The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to educating, equipping, and encouraging political action among members of Canada’s Reformed churches and shining the light of God’s Word to our civil governments. We are seeking a qualified person or persons to assist us as an employee or contractor to fill the roles of:
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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the 2017 Invictus Games opening ceremonies in Toronto, Canada Sept. 23, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

17 Jan 2018 Update: Government blocks pro-life organizations from Canada Summer Jobs grant

UPDATE: The Liberal government recently has tried to minimize the damage, due to the backlash against the new attestation requirement. In our opinion, however, the government's explanations do not change the meaning of the attestation, and we will continue to push for its removal. Employment Minister Patty Hajdu tried to assure churches and other religious organizations that they could, in fact, make the attestation. She argued that the attestation only requires that an organization’s “core mandate” respect reproductive rights. She has not explained what that means. Is it the mission statement of the...

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16 Jan 2018 Canadian survey finds broad support for government funding for independent schools

Beth Green, Program Director of Cardus Education Cardus released a survey over the Christmas break, measuring the level of public support for government funding to separate and independent schools. The survey can be found here. It was done with the Angus Reid survey company as part of an overall assessment on the place of religion in Canada during our 150th birthday year. Dr. Beth Green oversees education policy at Cardus, and she says the survey results showed 61 percent of respondents across the country are in favour of partial or even full...

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16 Jan 2018 LN feature: Liberals block pro-life organizations from Canada Summer Jobs Program

Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student On the feature this week, an analysis of the legal principles underlying the federal government’s decision to change the eligibility criteria for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The analysis comes from Tabitha Ewert, who’s completing a year of articling as a law student with ARPA and WeNeedaLAW. --- LN: So the Canada Summer Jobs Program - right around Christmas time - they came out with a new criterion for the application. There's some history here. Last year, there were three pro-life groups that were denied funding; they went to court....

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16 Jan 2018 Governing Liberals block pro-life organizations from accessing Canada Summer Jobs Program funding

Jonathon Van Maren, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform Blaise Alleyn, Toronto Right to Life Association Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student There's been a major development in a federal policy on student employment funding. Shortly before they went home for Christmas, Members of Parliament were briefed on changes to the rules for the Canada Summer Jobs program for 2018. The biggest change is that any organization looking for government subsidies to hire students this summer will need to sign on to an attestation which says: "Both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights...

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16 Jan 2018 Abortion becoming an issue in provincial party leadership campaigns

Scott Hayward, co-founder of Right Now The pro-life group "Right Now" is out with some suggested ranked ballots for political party leadership races. In Saskatchewan, members of the governing Saskatchewan Party will be voting on January 27th to replace their retiring leader, Brad Wall, while in BC, members of the provincial Liberal Party will vote next month on a replacement for Christy Clark, who lost a provincial election last year. Right Now surveyed the contenders in both leadership races. In Saskatchewan, they ranked Ken Cheveldayoff as the candidate most in line with...

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12 Jan 2018 More information on the Canada Summer Jobs program: does it really block pro-life organizations?

ARPA Canada has received some questions about the Canada Summer Jobs program and about our statement that "The Government is intentionally seeking to prevent organizations that hold pro-life views - even if they do not do pro-life advocacy - to receive funding." Specifically how does this statement line up with Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent comments as reported in the National Post. The following is ARPA’s response: To start, our opinion is that the government intended to prevent certain groups from receiving funding, but its attestation requirement is having a wider effect. There are a lot of...

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12 Jan 2018 Western Canada Triumphs over the East in ARPA Canada’s Letter to the Editor Contest

5 Winning Letters Announced! Perhaps it’s the inspirational mountain peaks or the great big skies of the prairies, or maybe it’s the freedom-loving hearts of those living in Canada’s western provinces. Whatever may explain it, the West trounced the East in ARPA Canada’s 2017 Letter to the Editor Contest, with close to five times more letters published and submitted! Congratulations BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Once again you are leading this country by example! Contestants published and submitted 47 quality letters to the editor which were read by tens of thousands of Canadians....

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10 Jan 2018 Child Services Loves Santa Claus: A Canadian Cultural Experience

by Colin Postma Magic was in the air last month – sleigh bells ringing, fires crackling, snow glistening and all that – if you believe the songs on mind-numbing repeat in every store. It’s the Canadian experience of Christmas: dragging yourself through shopping lists, falling asleep at the wheel while waiting for the traffic jams to clear out, and being jolted awake with the horrid realization you forgot to get anything good for Aunt Gertrude. Amidst all the wonder and merriment of this ‘essential Canadian cultural experience’, a case proceeded in a Hamilton...

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