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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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18 Apr 2017 An Open Letter to Alberta’s Minister of Education

ARPA Canada routinely asks for you, our supporters, to submit respectful letters to our elected representatives. Every once in a while we see an example that is extraordinary in its tone, content and force. Below is one such example. Dear Minister Eggen, I hope this message finds you well. I am writing primarily in regards to the controversy surrounding the recent showing of "The Case Against Abortion: Personhood." However, I will also take this opportunity to share my perspective and concern on your approach to education more generally. My family and I live...

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18 Apr 2017 ARPA lawyer presents to Ontario committee on bill extending gender ideology into family law

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema Debate on Ontario's Bill 89 is coming down to the final stages. This bill, if passed, will replace the Child and Family Services Act. Among other things, it requires child protection workers, foster parents, adoption service providers, and judges to take into account and respect a child’s “race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.” Earlier this month, ARPA lawyer John Sikkema made a brief appearance before the Justice Committee at Queen's Park. Sikkema...

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11 Apr 2017 A committee with cloth ears? ARPA presents to Committee reviewing Bill 89

By John Sikkema On Thursday afternoon, April 6, I appeared before the Ontario legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy on behalf of ARPA Canada to discuss Bill 89. I was given five minutes to present to the Committee, which was supposed to be followed by nine minutes of questions from Committee members. (More on that, below.) Given the short presentation time, I focused on why it is bad public policy to add a long list of personal identifying characteristics (the child’s race, family diversity, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and...

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10 Apr 2017 Urgent Action: Bill 89 – Final Committee review this week

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns with your MPP    The Standing Committee on Justice Policy will do a “line by line” review of Bill 89 this Thursday, April 13. This is the last opportunity for Committee members to propose amendments. In our written submission to the Committee, ARPA included a list of ten proposed amendments, but now that it’s “crunch time”, we need to focus on just two (below). In case you are not familiar with Ontario’s Bill 89, it would replace the current Child and Family Services Act, which...

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04 Apr 2017 Bill S-206: The Bill to Ban Spanking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhdoXnYlG1E Bill S-206, “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence)”, will, if passed, remove a provision of the Criminal Code (section 43) that permits parents to use limited, minor physical force for disciplinary purposes. Section 43 states: “a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a… child… if the force does not exceed what is reasonable in the circumstances.” This section – as interpreted by the Supreme Court of Canada (at paragraphs 23-25, 37 of their judgment) – only permits disciplinary force that...

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