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28 Mar 2017 Canada Must Start Monitoring “Medically Assisted Dying”

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns with your MP and MPP    When the Supreme Court of Canada legalized assisted suicide in Carter (2015), it allayed concerns about abuse by quoting the words of the trial judge, who said the risks of legalized assisted suicide can be minimized (not eliminated) through a “carefully designed system that imposes strict limits that are scrupulously monitored and enforced.” Put another way, only through a carefully designed system that is “scrupulously monitored and enforced” can the inherent risks of a legalized assisted suicide regime...

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28 Mar 2017 Alberta Baptist schools forced to affirm new sexual orthodoxy

Lawyer John Carpay for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Alberta Education Minister David Eggen has issued what amounts to an ultimatum to two small Baptist schools near Edmonton on the issue of so-called Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs (GSAs). Alberta legislation requires schools to allow the institution of those clubs if even one student asks for them. The principal of the Baptist schools has openly said he will not comply with that. Now, Minister Eggen has published a Ministerial Order which tells the schools they must comply. The Order came after Eggen released...

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28 Mar 2017 Kenney wins Alberta PC leadership

Jason Kenney, leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta There’s considerable optimism among social conservatives in Alberta right now. Earlier this month, former federal Member of Parliament Jason Kenney was elected the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party. He ran on a platform of "uniting the right" – bringing the Alberta PC's and the Wildrose Party back into a single organization to campaign against the NDP in that province’s next election. Kenney won the leadership at a delegated convention, garnering about 75% of the vote on the first...

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28 Mar 2017 Canadian doctors harvesting organs from euthanized patients

André Schutten, Director of Law and Policy - ARPA Canada The National Post published an article last week about one of the unintended consequences of the legalization of euthanasia in Canada. The article, headlined "Doctors Harvesting Organs from Canadian Patients who underwent Medically Assisted Death", outlines the ethical dilemma that's starting to crop up in particular euthanasia cases. The article poses the question: “what if people agree to donate (their organs), but then change their mind about hastening death? Would they feel compelled to follow through with the act, knowing the chosen recipients...

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28 Mar 2017 Was federal budget 2017 family friendly? An expert weighs in

Andrea Mrozek, Program Director - Cardus Family The Trudeau government unveiled the second budget of its mandate last week. There's still no plan to balance the books. The deficit projection for the current fiscal year is at $23-billion, and that goes up to $28.5 billion next year. There were a couple of initiatives with regard to families. Andrea Mrozek with Cardus Family says one of those family initiatives is worth supporting. It relates to parental benefits and maternity leave, where parents can now take a lower payout over 18 months instead...

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28 Mar 2017 LN Feature: Taking the Long View on Pre-born Human Rights

WeNeedaLaw.ca Director, Mike Schouten On the feature this week, a conversation with We Need a Law director Mike Schouten, about a proposal his organization is putting forward for an “International Standards” abortion law. We talk about the history of the law, and the long-term plans to have it passed. LN: Last year, Parliament had the discussion about Cassie and Molly's Law - that was the big push. Last week, we had John Sikkema on the program, and he made mention of this International Standards abortion law. I know it's something we've been working...

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23 Mar 2017 Genetic Discrimination in Canada is Real and Lethal

By André Schutten I’m not sure if it’s hypocrisy or ignorance, but three political stories this past week exposed a massive, rotting cavity in our collective moral code. 1) The federal government’s bill to remove “zombie laws” (laws that remain on the books after being struck down by the courts) will delete an inoperative abortion law, struck down by our Supreme Court in 1988. The Toronto Star’s Chantal Hebert says the movewill “predictably” divide the Conservatives. ARPA offers a different perspective. Either way, removing the inoperative abortion provision reminds us all that...

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21 Mar 2017 Five Bills in Five Years: Gender Ideology in Ontario

By John Sikkema Bill 33 in 2012 (“Toby’s Act”), Bill 13 in 2012 (“Accepting Schools Act”), Bill 77 in 2015 (“Affirming Gender Identity Act”), Bill 28 in 2016 (“All Families Are Equal Act”), and now Bill 89 (“Supporting Children, Youth, and Families Act”): together these bills represent the swift advance of a left-wing social agenda in Ontario. Bill 33 added “gender identity and gender expression” to Ontario’s Human Rights Code in 2012. Ontario was the first jurisdiction in North America to pass such a law. Bill 13 required public and Catholic schools...

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21 Mar 2017 Manitoba Legislature debates pornography access resolution

MLA James Teitsma The Manitoba legislature debated a Private Members Resolution on pornography last week. The resolution mirrored Member of Parliament Arnold Viersen's Motion 47, asking the federal government to look at the health impacts of easily-accessible online pornography. The Manitoba resolution was sponsored by Radisson MLA James Teitsma. He says at the end of the day, the NDP used a procedural tactic to ensure the motion would not be able to come to a vote; essentially, they filibustered it. “A lot of the comments that NDP members made when they spoke...

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21 Mar 2017 Normalizing and Professionalizing Euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A disturbing conference in Victoria, BC is slated to kick off in early June. It's called the "Medical Assistance in Dying" conference, the first of its kind for medical professionals in Canada. Alex Schadenberg with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, says the whole idea is troubling. “I’m very concerned about the drift toward acceptance of more and more killing for more and more reasons; the cultural shift that appears to be going on.” Schadenberg says the purpose of the conference is also questionable, because it...

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