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30 Mar 2011 Advance Polls for Canadian Election Open on Good Friday: Thankfully not Easter Sunday…this time

From EFC's Activate CFPL, March 29 2011: I’m not casting blame on anyone. All the party leaders had a pretty good idea of the date for Election Day before the fateful vote was cast in the House of Commons on March 25. But, the advance polling days include Good Friday and Easter Monday. Thankfully, they do not include Easter Sunday. Easter Monday doesn’t bother me too much, although it will trouble some, but the idea of having election polling on Good Friday, one of the...

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30 Mar 2011 Pro-life laws work: study

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new analysis of abortion data across all 50 U.S. states has found solid evidence that legislation intended to reduce abortion, such as parental involvement laws, is effective. Michael New, Ph.D., an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama, recently published the survey entitled “Analyzing the Effect of Anti-Abortion U.S. State Legislation in the Post-Casey Era” in State Politics and Policy Quarterly, the top state politics journal in the country. The study evaluated abortion data...

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28 Mar 2011 Christian Legal Fellowship: Closing statement in polygamy reference televised

March 28, 2011 VANCOUVER, B.C. – Today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia will begin hearing closing statements from parties involved in the Constitutional Reference on Polygamy.  The Christian Legal Fellowship anticipates presenting its arguments in support of the law on Friday, April 1, while the entire process should conclude by April 14.  After a landmark decision, the Court will be allowing major media outlets (CBC and Global TV) to televise and webcast the arguments so the general public can watch.
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28 Mar 2011 Income Splitting Takes Centre Stage in Election Campaign

ARPA Note: Allowing families to split their income for tax purposes so that it isn't a penalty to have one parent stay at home has been promoted for years by Christians. And it looks like it is now finally being raised as a possibility. But there are strings attached. Globe and Mail, March 28 2011: Stephen Harper is kicking off the 2011 campaign battle for the middle class vote with a $2.5-billion tax break pledge aimed at parents of children under 18. But there's a huge...

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24 Mar 2011 Updated: many bills would die with election call

UPDATE: At first we were thrilled to learn that the Senate was rushing Bill C-54 through and good progress was being made towards getting it passed on time. However, a source has informed us mid-Friday that the Opposition Senators have stalled the debate, effectively killing the bill. If an election is called, many bills will die in Parliament without becoming law. In particular, there is one (Bill C-54) currently in the Senate that would increase mandatory minimum sentences and make it illegal to arrange to commit sexual offences against children. It can still be passed before Friday afternoon, if there is a will from the Senators. A sample letter and a list of all their email addresses is below. One bill that we would be grateful to see terminated is C-389 (adding extra rights for transgendered Canadians). Read more details about current bills that will be affected by an election here.
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23 Mar 2011 Powerful article: A short journey from ‘pro-choice’ to infanticide

By Barbara Kay, National Post March 23 2011: One of abortion's most militant activists and practitioners died last month. At the exact same instant, one of abortion's most militant critics also died. It wasn't quite the coincidence it appears to be; the pro-abortion and antiabortion activist were one and the same man. If you can imagine Dr. Henry Morgentaler experiencing a mid-career epiphany, and spending the rest of his life publicly atoning for the innumerable lives he had snuffed out, you would have...

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22 Mar 2011 Cardus Budget Analysis: Good News for Economy, Ho-Hum for Society

OTTAWA, March 22, 2011—Ray Pennings, Director of Research for Cardus, suggested that although the details of today's Canadian federal budget will likely be overshadowed by the immediate political considerations, the budget should also be examined for the vision of prosperity it presumes for society. "The progress made in reducing spending and restoring financial stability needs to be accompanied by the recognition that social enterprise, charities and natural communities including families also must flourish if Canadians will enjoy prosperity," said Pennings.
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22 Mar 2011 Paying Politicians to Party

By Mark Penninga (First published in Reformed Perspective magazine, Feb 2011): A storm is brewing in Ottawa. In early 2011, Prime Minister Harper went on record to state that his party will be campaigning against the direct public financing of political parties. He was referring to the 27 million dollars that we tax payers coughed up last year that went directly to the party coffers. This is no minor matter. As Harper found out the hard way in 2008 it was enough to spark a rare political insurrection in which the opposition parties tried to form a coalition and bring down the government. So why is Harper so intent on pressing on? Is this a matter of principle, or a matter of pragmatism?
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21 Mar 2011 Canada proposes to scrap one avenue for refugees

National Post, March 21 2011: Refugees from some of the world’s most dangerous countries could soon find it more difficult to find refuge in Canada. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has put forward a proposal to eliminate one of the three classes Canada uses to resettle refugees. The source-country class allows residents of designated countries to apply directly to Canada for refugee status from inside those countries. Read more...

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