Bills and Motions

28 Jun 2013 A Good Reason to Rejoice this Canada Day: Bill C-304 Passes!

ARPA Canada is thrilled to finally see Bill C-304 pass through the Senate this week, removing the infamous Section 13 from the Canadian Human Rights Code. This Section has chilled free speech in Canada and been used to classify the truth as hate speech. We tip our hats to MP Brian Storseth, who had the courage to introduce this legislation and defend it all the way through Parliament over the past couple years. The fact that it is a private member's bill and still passed is a huge testament to...

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20 Jun 2013 Quebec is trying to legalize euthanasia by calling it something else. It’s still wrong

Margaret Somerville, Globe and Mail, June 19 2013: So, you call your pet duck, which lives with you, a dog, because the law prohibits keeping a duck in your apartment, but allows dogs. A court will convict you for breaking the law. Now you are the Quebec provincial government and you table a bill in which you call euthanasia, which is prohibited as murder under the Canadian Criminal Code, “medical aid in dying” (MAD) and claim it is medical treatment. You define “end-of-life care” as including MAD and you pass...

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04 Jun 2013 Bill 279 is not passed yet: Please help stop it!

ARPA Note: We have followed this bill extensively but encourage you to persist in opposing it. You can find a sample letter and contact information for all the Senators here. Find a video, action items, and more information here. REAL WOMEN OF CANADA - June 4, 2013: The bill on the transgendered (Bill C-279) is now being reviewed by the Senate Committee on Human Rights.  Supporters of this bill claim that it is merely a “simple” amendment to extend human rights protection to another category of deserving individuals. Yet, when the bill was reviewed by the House of Commons Justice Committee in December, 2012, testimony was provided by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and also the officials from the Department of Justice. They testified that there was no requirement to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, since the transgendered were already protected under the category of “sex” in the Canadian Human Rights Act.  They also referred to the existence of substantial case law to support this position. Why, then, has this transgendered bill been placed before Parliament?
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04 Jun 2013 Equal Shared Parenting Bill Coming to Parliament

Member of Parliament Mr. Maurice Vellacott's new Private Member's Bill on equal shared parenting proposes important amendments to Canada's Divorce Act. The bill, to be tabled this fall, will instruct judges to apply the principle of equal shared parenting unless it is established that the best interests of the child would be substantially enhanced by allocating parental responsibility differently. The suggested amendments follow the recommendations of a joint House-Senate committee report entitled "For the Sake of the Children." Mr. Vellacott believes, and studies show, that it is in the best interest of children when both parents are actively involved in their lives. Currently, approximately 90% of divorce and custody cases end up with a sole custody arrangement. Divorces are difficult to go through and are often devastating for everyone involved, especially the children. Vellacott's proposed changes are preventative measures intended to help reach better agreements between moms and dads and to avoid long custody battles. Mr. Vellacott would like to move away from a "custody" model to one of "parenting time."
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