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22 Jun 2017 Kids are annoying, use birth control: a message from the government of Ontario

By André Schutten I was scrolling through the news on our publicly funded CBC website the other day and, when I clicked on one video for a story, I had to first watch a 15 second advertisement (this one funded by the government of Ontario). The ad may seem tame enough to the average viewer, but it was shocking to me and left me with many different questions and thoughts. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8tPjpKBgcc A few thoughts swimming through my head after watching the ad: What in the world is a cash-strapped...

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20 Jun 2017 So-called “transgender rights” bill C-16 becomes law despite grave concerns about restrictions on free speech

The Senate has wrapped up debate on Bill C-16. That's the law that purportedly entrenches protections for transgendered people into the Criminal Code and the Canada Human Rights Act by adding the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the list of grounds upon which discrimination would be banned. Supporters – including media coverage at the CTV website – claim that the bill simply means that trans-gendered people will now have the same human rights protections as everyone else. However, opponents have long argued that transgender people are already protected...

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20 Jun 2017 Sharing the Word of God with every Canadian politician: 1,200 Bibles to be distributed this year

Bryan Grim, Chair of the Board, ARPA Canada ARPA Canada has launched a new project in recognition of Canada's 150th birthday and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The organization is trying to get Bibles placed into the offices of every federal and provincial MP, MLA, MPP, and MNA in the country. That's about 1,200 Bibles. ARPA Board Chair Bryan Grim says the idea came after Executive Director Mark Penninga visited some MLA’s offices in Edmonton. "He realized that on the shelves in their offices they had a number of books;...

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20 Jun 2017 LN Feature: Censoring the Bible – State board tells Christian school to stop reading offensive verses

- Controversy in Alberta, over what can and can't be taught at a Christian School that's operated by a Public School Board. It involves the Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, southeast of Edmonton. The school falls under the authority of the Battle River School Division in Camrose. On the feature this week, we speak with Phillip Hills, the Executive Regional Director for the Association of Christian Schools International. The Cornerstone Christian Academy is an ACSI School. LN: Phil, by way of background, we have a lot of listeners across the country who...

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20 Jun 2017 “Canada’s past was pro-life. Canada’s present is pro-choice. Canada’s future is up to us.” Pro-life group launches speaking tour for Canada’s 150th birthday

Jonathon Van Maren, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform There's a national education tour coming up this summer on pro-life apologetics. It's put together by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. The Centre's Jonathon Van Maren says there are about a dozen stops planned for Ontario and Alberta between now and mid-August. He says the tour will include training in pro-life apologetics and strategy, but essentially the over-riding theme of all of the stops will focus on Canada’s 150th birthday. He says pro-lifers have two legacies to choose from: "Canada’s past was...

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20 Jun 2017 Doctors sue Ontario government to defend the right to refuse to kill their own patients

Albertos Polizogopoulos, lawyer A three-judge panel of the Ontario Superior Court is now weighing the evidence and legal arguments on whether doctors in that province are entitled to conscience protection when it comes to issues such as euthanasia. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario adopted a policy last year requiring all doctors to, at very least, make a so-called "effective referral" for patients who express a desire for doctor-assisted suicide. Lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos represented 5 doctors and several doctors’ groups that are trying to have that policy overturned. He...

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20 Jun 2017 Pro-life activist publishes argument in National Post for free votes on abortion in the House of Commons

Anna Nienhuis, Policy & Research Coordinator, We Need a LAW Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer got a reminder last week of his commitment to allow his MPs to bring forward private members' bills on controversial conscience issues like abortion. We Need a Law researcher Anna Nienhuis had a piece published in one of Canada’s leading newspapers, the National Post. She says it was partly written to drive home the point about those private members’ bills, but it had a broader focus. "The article also wanted to focus on (the fact) that...

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13 Jun 2017 Parliament produces useless report on harms of violent porn

Josh Gilman, Strength to Fight Parliament's Health Committee has tabled its report on the public health effects of graphic online pornography on children. The Committee spent several months this spring hearing testimony on the issue, after the House unanimously passed a motion calling for such a study. The motion was put forward by Alberta MP Arnold Viersen. But Viersen says the report is a huge disappointment, because it got sidetracked on the issue of gender identity. “Three out of the four recommendations talk about (the need to) have gender-based analysis. That the...

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13 Jun 2017 ARPA Canada wins abortion censorship case

Pro-life blogger, Patricia Maloney A big win for ARPA in a legal battle over abortion statistics, and who should have access to them. A judge has struck down a section of Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act which bars the release of that information. The ruling came down late Friday afternoon. ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten, says the ruling found that the Ontario government was “wrong” and in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when they passed an absolute ban on accessing information...

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13 Jun 2017 Disappointment in Alberta education initiative

Theresa Ng Wildrose Education Critic, Leela Aheer Last Monday was supposed to be a big day in the Alberta legislature. Theresa Ng, who writes the Informed Albertans blog, was due to present hundreds of letters to the government on the issue of sexually-explicit materials in that province's school system. But somehow, the letters were never actually presented. Ng says she had a commitment from Wildrose Education critic Leela Aheer to present the letters in the House. But when the time came to do that, Aheer instead tabled a list of names that had...

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