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16 Jan 2012 ARPA’s Legal Counsel: Presentation to the OHRC

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative, hosted a community dialogue on human rights related to religious observance and practice. The OHRC issued a call for academic papers to be submitted on various aspects of religious human rights in order to assist in developing their policy on religion. ARPA Canada’s legal counsel Andre Schutten submitted a paper proposal arguing that greater protection of associational rights is necessary in the human rights and religious employment context. The OHRC accepted the paper proposal and Andre attended the by-invitation-only dialogue as a speaker. Those in attendance included numerous leading academics including Professors Richard Moon, Errol Mendes, Benjamin Berger, Janet Buckingham, Bruce Ryder and Iain Benson. There was also a full complement of OHRC staff, including lawyers, policy makers and Ms. Barbara Hall (the chief commissioner) in attendance throughout the entire two-day program. Finally, there was a broad representation of various faith groups including Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha’i, Humanist, Atheist, Catholic, Anglican, Unitarian, Evangelical and Reformed.
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16 Jan 2012 ARPA’s Legal Counsel: Presentation to the OHRC

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative, hosted a community dialogue on human rights related to religious observance and practice. The OHRC issued a call for academic papers to be submitted on various aspects of religious human rights in order to assist in developing their policy on religion. ARPA Canada’s legal counsel Andre Schutten submitted a paper proposal arguing that greater protection of associational rights is necessary in the human rights and religious employment context. The OHRC accepted the paper proposal and Andre attended the by-invitation-only dialogue as a speaker. Those in attendance included numerous leading academics including Professors Richard Moon, Errol Mendes, Benjamin Berger, Janet Buckingham, Bruce Ryder and Iain Benson. There was also a full complement of OHRC staff, including lawyers, policy makers and Ms. Barbara Hall (the chief commissioner) in attendance throughout the entire two-day program. Finally, there was a broad representation of various faith groups including Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha’i, Humanist, Atheist, Catholic, Anglican, Unitarian, Evangelical and Reformed.
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14 Nov 2011 Dozens Gather on Steps of BC Supreme Court to Oppose Euthanasia

Well over a dozen ARPA readers joined a much larger group on the steps of the BC Supreme Court this morning, facing a multitude of TV cameras and reporters, to send a loud and clear message that Canada must close the door to state-sanctioned death by means of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The group assembled in response to the opening day of hearings in a case that has the potential to strike down Canada's laws against assisted suicide. Garett Vane, a member of Langley ARPA and one of the organizers of the demonstration, noted that he was impressed by the turnout of both the media and the many citizens who braved the cold to hold signs. "There is no doubt that this case is a big news story" he commented. "The press showed up already before 5:30 am." The demonstration was organized by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which also has intervenor status in the case. At the time of writing this article, there were already over 100 news stories on the topic, according to Google News.
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01 Jun 2010 Essay Contest for BC Students: Grades 9-12

The Patrick Webb Essay Competition 2010-2011: Students Tackle Life Issues (from www.bcptl.org) The first topic in the Patrick Webb Essay Competition for grades 11-12 secondary students follows from the decisive defeat this year of Bill-384, which would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada . What dangers, the students are asked, might have emerged if the bill had been passed. The second topic for the senior secondary students indicates that a number of legislatures in North America are considering “window on the womb” laws that would requite women thinking about abortion to first witness ultrasound pictures of their unborn babies. What, the students are asked, do you think might be the benefit of such laws? Studies have already suggested that such pictures can cause the mother to bond with the child she is carrying.
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01 Apr 2010 Letter to Editor: Paralympic Athletes a Testament to Value of all Humans

Langley Times, March 30 2010, Editor: My husband and I were thrilled to attend the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Winter Games. We were touched by and celebrated the abilities of these amazing athletes. Blind athletes, others missing one or both legs, or arms, but triumphing, celebrating their strengths, and reaching high. All are blessed with amazing talents and strength of character. What struck us most was the way that our society today threatens people with disabilities or severe handicaps with the notion that we can eliminate these conditions through abortion or euthanasia. Among these competitors was an athlete born with spina bifida who could have been aborted, but instead is competing on the world stage of winter sports.
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30 Dec 2009 Third Salt n’ Light Contest Entry

Update: Voting has started - click here to watch the entries and cast your vote. A third entry has come in! Check out the others here and see the rules and details here. Although the deadline is January 1st, you can still submit a new clip. The penalty is simply that you don't have as much time to collect votes (voting will be done at www.reformedperspective.ca). ...

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12 Nov 2009 Pro-life display turns motorists’ heads

  ARPA Note: See pictures and a video of the display when it was in Southern Alberta last year. Each cross represents 1000 unborn children who die every year in Canada.Andrew Serba, The Barrhead Leader: A display set up south of Barrhead has people craning their necks and slowing down to get its message. The anti-abortion display, made of bales of hay, white crosses and two signs was put up the morning of Oct. 23 by a group of school friends and several adults. The display sits in a field to the east of Highway 33, just south of town. All the members of the group attend the Canadian Reformed Church in Barrhead or Neerlandia and the Neerlandia Covenant Canadian Reformed School. They stressed that the message they wanted the public to hear is one that the individuals themselves hold and is not connected to their church or school. And its a message they have heard people talking about since they made the display. Kaitlyn VanderDeen, 16, is one of the youths involved in the project. She said getting their message out and having people discuss the issue of abortion was the reason they made it in the first place.
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