Author: Daniel Kanis

04 Aug 2020 CBC’s strategic attack on Redeemer University

CBC is at it again. Last week, I explained how CBC’s reporting on a videographer’s decision to decline to film a same-sex wedding was designed to advance a particular narrative: that governments and society still have a lot of work to do to combat homophobia. This week, in a piece posing as investigative journalism, CBC bolsters this narrative and suggests next steps in the progressive battle against homophobia, namely: suing, defunding, and disaccrediting Christian schools. CBC targets Redeemer University, whose code of conduct forbids sexual intimacy outside of (heterosexual) marriage. Framing...

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29 Jul 2020 A Christian wedding videographer and the media’s homophobia narrative

by John Sikkema On July 20, Ms. Hamstra, who operates Caramount Pictures, replied to an email request from Ms. Roberts and Ms. Arthur to be the videographer for their wedding. “I say this with much care,” Hamstra wrote, “because I know your union is incredibly important to you, but we do not film homosexual weddings.” CBC released a story on this email exchange the very next day. “The refusal came 15 years to the day after Canada legalized same-sex marriage,” CBC highlights, as if the videographer planned this for maximal symbolic impact....

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21 Jul 2020 State and church authority in a pandemic – An interview with Professor Koyzis

In We Answer to Another: Authority, Office, and the Image of God, David Koyzis explains that authority is intrinsic to humanity and everything we do, because “authority is resident in an office given us in creation,” and when we encounter authority, “we encounter nothing less than the image of God, which always points beyond itself.” Part 1 of ARPA’s interview with Professor Koyzis covered some of his book’s key ideas. Part 2, below, focuses on the nature and limits of political authority and tensions between political and church authority during COVID. PART...

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07 Nov 2019 New Alberta bill offers robust protections for freedom of conscience

    We have encouraging news. Dan Williams, MLA for Peace River, Alberta, tabled a bill today that would protect both individual health care providers and health care facilities from being required to provide services that conflict with their religious beliefs, conscientious beliefs, ethical judgment, or cultural traditions. One of the bill’s stated purposes is to provide certainty to health care providers and religious health care organizations with respect to exercising their Charter-protected freedoms of conscience and religion. This is greatly needed in a time when both individual providers and religious health care...

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07 Mar 2019 Edmonton Chapter Launch!

ARPA Canada hosted a special presentation in Edmonton on January 30 with about 75 people in attendance. The focus was on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI 123) and its implications for schools in British Columbia and Alberta. Following the presentation, a small group met to relaunch an Edmonton ARPA chapter. These local groups are so valuable for community engagement and activism, and we are confident that the 15 people signed up are committed to keeping the local momentum going. ARPA Canada works closely with these groups to serve and lead...

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30 Jan 2019 God and Government Niagara

This past January, ARPA Niagara was able to host their first ever God and Government Conference in Smithville. The event was a great success, with nearly 40 attendees participating in multiple informative and engaging workshops on topics like pro-life politics, current legislation, and cultural engagement. A keynote speech from The Culture War author Jonathon Van Maren provided attendees with great insight into the cultural transformation the West has experienced over the past 80 years. Overall, the conference was well received and is something ARPA Niagara hopes to bring back next...

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14 Nov 2018 Pregnancy Care Centre Fundraiser

Six weeks ago the Covenant Canadian Reformed School’s ARPA Club started planning the Pregnancy Care Centre Fundraiser. We had heard that the new Pregnancy Care Centre in our community was receiving more women seeking help than that they had first expected. As a result they were running out of supplies. What better way to show our Christian and Pro-life identity then to take action within our school. The fundraiser lasted one month (three weeks). We split the 12 grades in our school into four groups. K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12....

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07 Sep 2018 Portraying Parental Rights

Portraying Parental Rights When Bill S-206 came out to senate again I took the opportunity to call a few senators regarding this issue.  After our phone calls, I was asked by two senators if I was interested in meeting up during the summer months to continue our conversation.  I had the privilege of meeting these two senators and spoke on various items, including Bill S-206 on corporal discipline.  One senator completely agreed with me as parents need to discipline our children, yet not in a cruel way. The other one I...

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07 Sep 2018 Invited to join county committee!

Invited to Join a County Committee by the Mayor! Once we had the details on our “ARPA 12 step challenge” I took the opportunity to get in contact with our mayor. He very quickly replied asking to meet him, and it was set up for the following week. Our meeting was great, and we kept the discussion very general.  I asked what he thought his position was on a few issues and his plans and he asked me what I do. Just before our meeting was over he asked me if I...

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