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31 May 2019 Ontario’s Highest Court Finds a Way Around Physicians’ Freedom of Conscience and Religion

Bodes ill for future fundamental freedom cases by John Sikkema Back in 2008, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) issued a new policy entitled “Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code.” That policy informed physicians that they should be prepared to “set aside their personal beliefs” in providing healthcare. It warned that the Human Rights Code has no defence for discriminatory refusals of medical services, “even if the refusal is based on the physician’s moral or religious belief.” The policy did not explain how to determine whether a refusal...

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23 May 2019 Together, we championed pre-born human rights during Life Week 2019

  By Colin Postma What an incredible amount of progress is being made as we work to advance pre-born human rights! While the amazing work going on in the United States to enact legislation that restricts abortion is encouraging, there is also much being done in our country that, Lord willing, will result in legal protections for our pre-born neighbours. Let’s look at some of the activity from just the past few weeks.  Cross-Canada Impact of SignsUp Campaign During the week of May 6-10 ARPA’s pro-life initiate We Need a Law carried out the...

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22 May 2019 Do Not Bow Down: What the LSO Bencher Election Teaches Us About Being a “Certain” Christian

Guest blog by Lia Milousis On April 30th, 2019, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), the body that governs lawyers and paralegals in the province, elected a new board. In this election, a group of 22 candidates took a public stand against the LSO’s controversial Statement of Principles (SOP) mandate, which ARPA has written about. The SOP mandates all lawyers licensed in Ontario “to adopt and to abide by a statement of principles acknowledging their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally, and in their behavior towards colleagues, employees, clients and...

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07 May 2019 First-Ever BC God and Government Conference a Success

By Mark Penninga “It is a rather audacious title for a conference – God & Government,” remarked Rev. Rob Schouten as he opened the inaugural BC God & Government.  Although the title did apparently cause some consternation for the BC Humanist Association, the approximately 55 attendees who took part in this event were edified by quality training that, when translated into action, will be a blessing to our governments and the broader public (including those who think they are better off when God and government do not mix in any way). Not...

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24 Apr 2019 ARPA Canada Spring Maritime Tour 2019 – Are you ready for what’s coming?

Are you ready for what's coming? That's the topic of ARPA Canada's first mini-tour to the Maritimes this June. We're stopping in three provinces, holding meetings with locals, and hosting evening presentations. On June 5th we will be in Cambridge Station Nova Scotia with coffee starting at 7 pm, and June 6th we will be in Charlottetown also at 7 pm, kicking off the presentations at 7:30. It’s been nearly 50 years since Canada legalized abortion. Today, we are the only country in the world with no legal restrictions. We...

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11 Apr 2019 ARPA Canada presents to Justice Committee as they study online hatred

ARPA's Director of Law & Policy presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The Justice Committee invited ARPA Canada to make submissions on the issue of online hatred. André Schutten was able to cite passages from the Old and New Testament to encourage the government to deal with this pressing issue properly, while also cautioning the government to not overstep its bounds and to make room for other institutions of society to play their part. You can read or listen to André's opening statement below: https://arpacanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Andre.ogg ...

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08 Apr 2019 You’re Invited! BC God and Government Conference – May 4, 2019

ARPA Fraser Valley East and ARPA Langley chapters are hosting a one-day BC God and Government Conference that will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 8:30-5:30, at Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church. Reformed Christians from across the province are invited to attend. At the event, we will be hosting several speakers from ARPA, the community, and the BC legislature to talk specifically about provincial issues--such as SOGI and parental rights--and how to become more involved in provincial politics. We have invited MLAs to a social hour at the conclusion of the day, where conference attendees can...

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08 Apr 2019 You are invited to the Anti-Revolutionary Party!

Mark Penninga “Lasting recovery is only possible when there is a blessing on the preaching of the Word. It can expose any worldly wisdom.” If you came to one of ARPA Canada’s fall tour presentations last year, you may remember hearing this quote that I attributed to Groen Van Prinsterer. Although he lived way back in 1801-1876 and was active in a different (Dutch) political context, his writings speak powerfully to our 21st century Western world. Groen’s clear-headed call for faithful Christian political engagement is more than relevant. It is much-needed correction...

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20 Mar 2019 Join us at Parliamentary Pro-Life Week!

We are so excited to announce a national open invite for you to attend Parliamentary Pro-Life Week! This annual event, organized by a group of pro-life MPs, will be held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa from April 8-11, 2019. Normally these MPs invite lobby groups to join them for a few days of meetings. This year they are expanding this event by encouraging us to invite our supporters to come along with us to Ottawa! As many of you know, we’ve been advancing an ambitious plan to introduce abortion legislation in...

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15 Mar 2019 Ontario curriculum update increases parental involvement and that’s a good thing

ARPA Canada sent a statement to the media this morning in response to the announcement from the Minister of Education on planned curriculum changes in Ontario. So many of you have engaged on this issue and we thank you for your engagement! We will complete a full review of the curriculum when it is released. On March 15th, Ontario Minister of Education Lisa Thompson announced some much-needed improvements to the provincial curriculum. During the press conference, Minister Thompson addressed some of the concerns Ontario parents had with the previous Wynne-era curriculum,...

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