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19 Jan 2018 ARPA Canada is hiring – Webmaster, Developer, and Video Editor

The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to educating, equipping, and encouraging political action among members of Canada’s Reformed churches and shining the light of God’s Word to our civil governments. We are seeking a qualified person or persons to assist us as an employee or contractor to fill the roles of:
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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the 2017 Invictus Games opening ceremonies in Toronto, Canada Sept. 23, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

17 Jan 2018 Update: Government blocks pro-life organizations from Canada Summer Jobs grant

UPDATE: The Liberal government recently has tried to minimize the damage, due to the backlash against the new attestation requirement. In our opinion, however, the government's explanations do not change the meaning of the attestation, and we will continue to push for its removal. Employment Minister Patty Hajdu tried to assure churches and other religious organizations that they could, in fact, make the attestation. She argued that the attestation only requires that an organization’s “core mandate” respect reproductive rights. She has not explained what that means. Is it the mission statement of the...

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16 Jan 2018 LN feature: Liberals block pro-life organizations from Canada Summer Jobs Program

Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student On the feature this week, an analysis of the legal principles underlying the federal government’s decision to change the eligibility criteria for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The analysis comes from Tabitha Ewert, who’s completing a year of articling as a law student with ARPA and WeNeedaLAW. --- LN: So the Canada Summer Jobs Program - right around Christmas time - they came out with a new criterion for the application. There's some history here. Last year, there were three pro-life groups that were denied funding; they went to court....

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16 Jan 2018 Governing Liberals block pro-life organizations from accessing Canada Summer Jobs Program funding

Jonathon Van Maren, Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform Blaise Alleyn, Toronto Right to Life Association Tabitha Ewert, Articling Student There's been a major development in a federal policy on student employment funding. Shortly before they went home for Christmas, Members of Parliament were briefed on changes to the rules for the Canada Summer Jobs program for 2018. The biggest change is that any organization looking for government subsidies to hire students this summer will need to sign on to an attestation which says: "Both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights...

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16 Jan 2018 Abortion becoming an issue in provincial party leadership campaigns

Scott Hayward, co-founder of Right Now The pro-life group "Right Now" is out with some suggested ranked ballots for political party leadership races. In Saskatchewan, members of the governing Saskatchewan Party will be voting on January 27th to replace their retiring leader, Brad Wall, while in BC, members of the provincial Liberal Party will vote next month on a replacement for Christy Clark, who lost a provincial election last year. Right Now surveyed the contenders in both leadership races. In Saskatchewan, they ranked Ken Cheveldayoff as the candidate most in line with...

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12 Jan 2018 More information on the Canada Summer Jobs program: does it really block pro-life organizations?

ARPA Canada has received some questions about the Canada Summer Jobs program and about our statement that "The Government is intentionally seeking to prevent organizations that hold pro-life views - even if they do not do pro-life advocacy - to receive funding." Specifically how does this statement line up with Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent comments as reported in the National Post. The following is ARPA’s response: To start, our opinion is that the government intended to prevent certain groups from receiving funding, but its attestation requirement is having a wider effect. There are a lot of...

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12 Jan 2018 Western Canada Triumphs over the East in ARPA Canada’s Letter to the Editor Contest

5 Winning Letters Announced! Perhaps it’s the inspirational mountain peaks or the great big skies of the prairies, or maybe it’s the freedom-loving hearts of those living in Canada’s western provinces. Whatever may explain it, the West trounced the East in ARPA Canada’s 2017 Letter to the Editor Contest, with close to five times more letters published and submitted! Congratulations BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Once again you are leading this country by example! Contestants published and submitted 47 quality letters to the editor which were read by tens of thousands of Canadians....

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09 Jan 2018 God and Government 2018

God & Government is our signature three-day event in Ottawa that provides Reformed Christians with the opportunity to meet with Parliamentarians and to train and strategize with other Christians. This year we will be hosting it from April 18 through 20, unlike previous years where we hosted in May. Delegates are expected to arrive the evening of the 17th and can leave anytime after 3:00 p.m. on the 20th (unless just attending the banquet). Thanks to very generous donors, this event is heavily subsidized. We ask that all those interested in attending...

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19 Dec 2017 LN Feature: 2017: A Year in Review

André Schutten, Director of Law and Policy - ARPA Canada LN: Mark, let's start with you. Let's start with a broad overview of some of the organizational highlights we've seen in the past year. Give me some of those highlights. MP: Yeah. I could touch on our first-ever God and Government Youth Conference, the big legal win we had against the Province of Ontario in the FIPPA case; maybe the Bibles that went to every federal and provincial (elected) government official in our land. Those were big developments, and there was many...

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12 Dec 2017 Flowers for politicians

MP Rachael Harder Marc Slingerland The Southern Alberta chapter of ARPA put together a novel engagement strategy earlier this fall involving local politicians. For every business day in October - every day that offices were open - members of the ARPA chapter visited the constituency offices of MP Rachael Harder and the three provincial MLA’s for the area – two from the NDP and one from the opposition United Conservative Party. And on each of those visits, they delivered some flowers and a card, thanking the members for their service. Marc Slingerland helped...

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