19 Sep 2017 Same-sex parents, Christian schools, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

What happened? In May of 2014, a woman in a same-sex relationship called a private Evangelical school in Ontario to inquire about enrolling her pre-school aged child. The school informed the woman that her application would be rejected because she and her partner would not be able to sign the school’s list of shared views because one of those views is that marriage is between one man and one woman. The parents filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging discrimination under the Human Rights Code. However, the Tribunal...

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22 Aug 2017 LN Feature: Marriage vs. Common Law – What the Census Overlooked

Andrea Mrozek, Program Director - Cardus Family Late last month, Statistics Canada released a new batch of “family data” from the 2016 Census. The new information talks about rates of marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and many other indicators. Cardus Family has done an in-depth analysis of the numbers, and the guest on the feature this week is Cardus Family Director and policy analyst Andrea Mrozek. LN: Andrea, off the top, I’d like to take a 10-thousand foot view of the numbers. More people are living alone; more than 28 percent of families are...

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22 Jun 2017 Kids are annoying, use birth control: a message from the government of Ontario

By André Schutten I was scrolling through the news on our publicly funded CBC website the other day and, when I clicked on one video for a story, I had to first watch a 15 second advertisement (this one funded by the government of Ontario). The ad may seem tame enough to the average viewer, but it was shocking to me and left me with many different questions and thoughts. Check it out here: A few thoughts swimming through my head after watching the ad: What in the world is a cash-strapped...

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12 Jun 2017 Bill 89 is now law in Ontario

Bill 89 which changes child services legislation is now law in Ontario. Bill 89 could allow for government intervention where someone thinks a child is not being properly supported by parents who hold to some religious conviction that does not endorse the LGBTQ worldview. It also removes religion as a consideration for the child’s wellbeing. We were concerned this would pass unanimously, but 23 MPPs bravely stood against it (see below). Please send them a note of thanks with our EasyMail that’s been made here. You can also send a...

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06 Jun 2017 Ontario legislature passes troubling new family bill, but not without dissenting voices

The Ontario legislature has now passed Bill 89, the “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017.” This new law effectively gives the province the right to seize children from families who oppose LGBTQ+ and transgender ideologies, and allows government agencies to effectively ban couples who disagree with the government on those issues from fostering or adopting children. The final vote on the bill was held last Thursday morning, and it received royal assent Thursday afternoon. ARPA and other pro-family groups had been putting a lot of pressure on MPPs to vote against...

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17 May 2017 Final Vote on Bill 89 – Take Action

Ontario’s Bill 89, the “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act” has reached final reading in Queen’s Park. The Committee on Justice Policy finished its review of the bill last week. We do not yet know when the final vote in the Assembly will be, but we expect it could be between May 29 and June 3. Parental authority not respected ARPA Canada and other organizations have called on MPPs to amend Bill 89 to include clear protection of the right of parents to teach their children according to their conscientious or religious beliefs...

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16 May 2017 Special Donor Opportunity: ARPA’s Bible Project

Help us bring God’s Word to every MP, Senator, MLA and MPP in Canada!     This year marks the 150th birthday of Canada and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate the special occasion, with your help, ARPA Canada is hoping to present a Bible to every one of our approximately 1,200 federal and provincial government officials. We plan to include a special card encouraging them to look to God’s Word for life and wisdom. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me...

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25 Apr 2017 The Easter bunny goes to court

Lawyer John Carpay for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton is being taken to court over a decision to remove two young children from a foster home. The decision to remove those children was allegedly made because the foster parents refused to pro-actively affirm the notion that the Easter Bunny is real. John Carpay from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is taking on the case. “What’s important here is that if you’ve got foster parents who are providing a loving, caring home, and the kids...

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25 Apr 2017 A useless amendment masquerading as a bold defence of religious freedom

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema Ontario’s opposition PC Party has proposed an amendment to Bill 89; the Liberal government’s move to re-write the laws around child protection, adoption, and foster parenting. The bill has prompted a lot of concern that parental rights - particularly around freedom of religion - are being ignored. To fix that, the PC Party of Ontario has proposed an amendment to the Bill; the addition of three words: “creed includes religion.” The term “creed” is part of a long list of attributes that are spelled out; qualities...

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21 Apr 2017 Haunted by the “hetero-normative” family

A behind-the-scenes look at recent changes to family law in Ontario By John Sikkema Oh. I’m a zombie, raised by zombies. That’s what I learned at an Ontario Bar Association (OBA) event earlier this year called The All Families Are Equal Act: Celebrating and Understanding the Legislative Changes.” The event was a “professional development” seminar – something lawyers must attend from time to time to keep their law license. These things usually have dull names like “Recent Changes in Corporate Tax Law” or “A Primer on Real Estate Litigation”. But this session, the...

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