Action Story

19 Jan 2021 Vernon City Council Supports Designating Worship as Essential

Last week, the Vernon city council voted to write a letter to the provincial government, urging them to consider worship services to be essential services. The essential nature of worship is a characteristic that many Reformed Christians across Canada have come to understand while wrestling with public health orders prohibiting in-person worship services. This particular action by the Vernon city council was prompted by a Reformed Christian who decided that writing to the provincial authorities wasn’t enough. This person went further, bringing this issue to the attention of municipal Councillor Anderson. This...

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17 Dec 2020 Canadian-based site Pornhub under fire

  (At the bottom of this article is a call to action: Please sign the petition sponsored by MP Arnold Viersen in the House of Commons asking the government to act to protect young people from exposure to pornography.) In a year where good news has been in short supply, it is wonderful to see rapid positive developments on an issue that we've been concerned about for a long time. An exposé post in The New York Times targeted Pornhub, a Canadian based for-profit pornography business. The article highlighted major problems relating...

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19 Aug 2020 Grassroots Campaign to Expand Worship Services in British Columbia

Between March 16th and November 19th, 2020, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry restricted in-person worship services to 50 people in British Columbia in an effort to staunch the spread of COVID-19. On November 19th, she completely prohibited in-person worship services, a situation that still endures to this day. Christians have a complicated response to these restrictions. God has commanded us to submit to our civil authorities, to gather to worship Him regularly, and to love our neighbour, yet it is difficult to fulfill all three callings in our current...

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16 Jun 2020 Smithers Residents Launch Letter-Writing Campaign to Town Council

by Levi Minderhoud You are ARPA. ARPA is you. This tagline from ARPA’s intro video means that ARPA isn’t just made up of the staff members who work full-time for the organization. ARPA, fundamentally, is a grassroots network of people who take political action to bring a Biblical perspective to our civil authorities. ARPA members and supporters in Smithers last week demonstrated what effective political action looks like. A few years ago, the town of Smithers agreed to install a rainbow crosswalk to promote the LGBTQ cause. At the time, local ARPA supporters and...

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28 Apr 2020 March… No, wait… Convoy for Life!

Marches for Life across the country have been cancelled due to the prohibitions of large gatherings prompted by COVID-19. Although many Marches for Life are migrating to online formats featuring virtual speakers and prayers, these “virtual marches” miss out on the public, powerful statement that the Marches for Life provide. So, instead of marching for life, let’s go convoying for life in our local communities! You have likely seen, heard about, or even participated in small birthday party convoys or convoys in support of health care workers recently. Some ARPA staff even...

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11 Mar 2020 Laws Impact Real People – Stories from the Apologetics Canada Conference

Mike Schouten   Apologetics Canada helps Christians speak the language of our culture and address questions with intellectual honesty, gentleness, and respect. They host an annual conference at Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, BC, and this year ARPA Canada hosted two exhibits, one promoting the work of ARPA and the other focused on ARPA’s pro-life campaign, We Need a Law. We attend various events like this throughout the year, but this one, a uniquely Christian event, provides a more enthusiastic audience and deeper conversations about the issues ARPA works on. The We Need A...

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13 Feb 2020 So, a bunch of nervous, eager, and energetic teenagers attended God and Government 2020. Now what?

Thirty-six high school students arrived in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 4. They came by planes, trains, and automobiles. They slept in an old jail. They went to court. They went to the theatre. Well, sort of. They attended question period in the House of Commons. They ate Beaver Tails, checked out the Rideau Canal, made new friends, and experienced the travel delights of delays and cancellations due to a whopping snowfall. But most importantly, they came for politics. That’s where the fun really began. The students listened to presentations from a...

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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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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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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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