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15 Mar 2019 Ontario curriculum update increases parental involvement and that’s a good thing

ARPA Canada sent a statement to the media this morning in response to the announcement from the Minister of Education on planned curriculum changes in Ontario. So many of you have engaged on this issue and we thank you for your engagement! We will complete a full review of the curriculum when it is released. On March 15th, Ontario Minister of Education Lisa Thompson announced some much-needed improvements to the provincial curriculum. During the press conference, Minister Thompson addressed some of the concerns Ontario parents had with the previous Wynne-era curriculum,...

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06 Mar 2019 Setting up children for trans tragedies

Court orders father to support daughter’s gender transition by John Sikkema [NOTE (June 15): I learned that the B.C. Court, after this article was posted, ordered that the names of the doctors (one is a psychologist) in this case be anonymized in the judgment and not published by third parties. Therefore, I have redacted their names while the order remains in effect.] Last week, as you may have heard, a B.C. judge ruled that physicians could begin injecting a 14-year-old girl with testosterone without parental consent. The ruling demonstrates how changes in family...

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05 Mar 2019 Even in a world with chemical abortion, Canada still needs an abortion law

by Mark Penninga In “Why abortion pills have changed the future of pro-life activism in Canada” Marie-Claire Bissonnette challenges the pro-life movement to take stock of changes in how abortions are being done. I heartily thank Marie-Claire for asking hard questions about current pro-life strategies. We all benefit from respectful and honest analysis, and the lives of the pre-born depend on our effectiveness. Chemical abortions (via abortion drugs) are making abortion seem much less messy and unpalatable, Marie-Claire says. So, she argues, prolife strategies that rely on graphic images of aborted children...

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19 Feb 2019 Why ARPA Canada is honoured to assist with organizing a March for Life in Toronto

by Mark Penninga From ARPA Canada’s first day in 2007, our strategy has been to devote as much time and energy as possible to working proactively in achieving what is possible. We are an association for ACTION. And, by God’s grace alone, these past 12 years have shown us that far more is possible than we even imagined. From our first day, we have tried our best to work alongside others who share our convictions, and that remains a priority moving forward. Our mission is not to build up our organization, but...

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23 Jan 2019 “Who gets to decide when a 14-year-old wants to change gender?” – a Letter to the Editor of the National Post

The weekend National Post included a two-page article titled, “Who gets to decide when a 14-year-old wants to change gender?” The story is of a 14-year old female who wants to transition to becoming a male. Max’s parents are not on the same page and the article delves into the legal framework in our country surrounding the ability of minors to make their own health care decisions. Reading it leaves a feeling of sadness for Max. Gender dysphoria is a real medical condition, but what is lacking is a proper...

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08 Jan 2019 ARPA Canada – Plans for 2019

by Mark Penninga In our weekly staff call this Monday morning, I read from 1 Corinthians 3:11-13: “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.” As we look into a new year with hopes, plans, and maybe also some anxiety or fear, we do...

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07 Nov 2018 Alberta NDP to add gender identity ideology into child and family services

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns with your MLA   UPDATE: Bill 22, has now passed in the Alberta Legislature.   Alberta’s NDP wants to emulate the family laws of the late Wynne Liberal government of Ontario. As many Albertans already know, that’s not a good thing. Alberta’s Bill 22 is similar to Ontario’s Bill 89 (2017), which inserted gender identity ideology into the law for child and family services, which governs child protection agencies, foster care, and adoption. ARPA Canada has been informed of cases in Ontario in which a Children’s Aid Society interferes in a family because...

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17 Oct 2018 Physicians at SickKids discuss euthanasia for children

by Daniel Zekveld In 2015, when the Supreme Court struck down the law against euthanasia, it dealt another blow to the dignity of human life. Canadian law now glorifies death as an autonomous choice. As if the list of people eligible to receive death at the hands of doctors was not long enough, Canadians are already discussing extending euthanasia to minors. As if the list of people eligible to receive death at the hands of doctors was not long enough, Canadians are already discussing extending euthanasia to minors. In an essay entitled, “Medical...

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09 Oct 2018 Canadian governance: is optimism a thing?

by Daniel Zekveld As a young Christian interested in politics, I have heard questions such as, “Can Christians really be effective in politics today?” or “How much influence can you really have?” Other Christians will comment to the effect that politics is a hard task, and that it is difficult to retain the Christian faith while being involved in our political system. As a new intern with ARPA, I was also asked by a classmate, “Doesn’t ARPA get discouraged by the number of cases they work so hard on, and then lose?” The...

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24 Jul 2018 Charities are free to do political advocacy, Ontario court rules

Implications for charities and potential charities Registered charities may issue charitable tax receipts for donations. That’s a big benefit for any donor-funded organization, if it can be registered as a charity. Canadian law says a registered charity can only engage in “political activities” that are “ancillary and incidental” to its charitable activities. Those activities will then be deemed charitable, since all a charity’s activities must be charitable. The Canada Revenue Agency sets a 10% limit on the portion of resources that a charity may devote to ancillary political activities. But on July 16,...

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