Justice and Freedom

23 May 2017 LN Feature: Confusing the roles of Church and State

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case that has profound implications for the legal relationship between Church and State. It involves church discipline and centres on the question of whether someone who has been disciplined by a church can appeal that discipline in the secular court system. ARPA is looking at filing for intervenor status in this case and lawyer John Sikkema is busy this week studying what it would take to file that application. LN: So give me some background on this case. I...

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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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31 Mar 2017 A provincial anti-human trafficking law worthy of applause

Bill 96 – Ontario’s Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017 – was introduced in February by the Minister of the Status of Women, the Hon. Indira Naidoo-Harris. This bill is well worth supporting. In addition to creating a human trafficking awareness day (February 22), the bill makes two big changes to Ontario law. First, it enables a victim of human trafficking (or someone on their behalf) to get a restraining order against an alleged human trafficker. Second, it creates a tort of human trafficking. (A tort in law is a wrongful act that...

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07 Mar 2017 LN Feature: Trigger Warning

On the feature this week, an interview with Raymond Kobes. Raymond is part of a pro-life club at a BC University. --- LHN: Raymond, let’s talk first of all about who you are and your position. RK: I’m the treasurer of the pro-life group on campus at the University of the Fraser Valley. It’s a group where we discuss pro-life issues, try to generate discussion, have events, and try to be a light on campus. LHN: You had an event - an art display - celebrating life. First of all, just a brief description...

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23 Feb 2017 M-103: A threat to free speech or much ado about nothing?

By John Sikkema Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga, tabled her Private Member’s Motion, M-103, in December, 2016. The motion calls on the House of Commons to: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or...

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22 Feb 2017 Letter to the Editor Contest

Check out some of the contest submissions here. East jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $('#arpa-prog-1-thermometer').thermometer({ width: 535, height: 250, pathToSVG: 'https://arpacanada.ca/wp-content/plugins/arpa-general/js/jquery.thermometer/svg/thermo-bottom.svg', outlineColour: '#4e8ea5', liquidColour: '#e6a64e', textColour: '#4e8ea5', valueTextColour: '#ffffff', maxValue: 50, topText: 50, unitsText: 'letters', bottomText: '', onLoad: function() { var setValueIfInView = function() { if ($('#arpa-prog-1-thermometer').offset().top > $(document).scrollTop() + $(window).innerHeight() - 100) { return false; } $(window).off('scroll', setValueIfInView); setTimeout(function() { $('#arpa-prog-1-thermometer').thermometer('setValue', 3); }, 500); return true; } if (!setValueIfInView()) { $(window).scroll(setValueIfInView); } } }); }); West jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $('#arpa-prog-2-thermometer').thermometer({ width: 535, height: 250, pathToSVG: 'https://arpacanada.ca/wp-content/plugins/arpa-general/js/jquery.thermometer/svg/thermo-bottom.svg', outlineColour: '#4e8ea5', liquidColour: '#e6a64e', textColour: '#4e8ea5', valueTextColour: '#ffffff', maxValue: 50, topText: 50, unitsText: 'letters', bottomText: '', onLoad: function() { var setValueIfInView = function() { if ($('#arpa-prog-2-thermometer').offset().top > $(document).scrollTop() + $(window).innerHeight() - 100) { return false; } $(window).off('scroll', setValueIfInView); setTimeout(function() { $('#arpa-prog-2-thermometer').thermometer('setValue', 25); }, 500); return true; } if (!setValueIfInView()) { $(window).scroll(setValueIfInView); } } }); }); ...

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21 Feb 2017 M-103 Debate

MP Scott Reid A controversial motion which, if passed, will have the House of Commons Heritage Committee study the issue of religious discrimination – specifically including the term "Islamophobia" – had its first hour of debate in the House of Commons last week. There has been increasing opposition to the motion, largely because of fears that it will restrict criticism of a specific religion, and because the term "Islamophobia" remains undefined. The Conservative caucus drafted a motion of their own, which was similar but contained some important distinctions. Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MP Scott Reid said the...

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23 Jan 2017 Help stop harmful Federal Bill C-16 ‘Transgender Rights’ in the Senate

Read our first post about Bill C-16 'Transgender Rights' here. Bill C-16, introduced by the Liberal government, seeks to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to outlaw discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” and “gender expression”. If passed, C-16 will also amend the Criminal Code to prohibit “hate propaganda” about people based on their gender identity or gender expression. If you came to one of our tour presentations this past fall, you will understand why this bill may have good intentions but will cause lasting harm. In fact, the people it...

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01 Dec 2016 Supreme Court Hears First Nation’s Freedom of Religion Case

The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing an historic Aboriginal religious freedom claim today. The Ktunaxa First Nation challenged the British Columbia government’s decision to permit the construction of a ski resort, claiming that it would violate their religious freedom by desecrating a mountain that is sacred to them and interfering with their spiritual practices. The British Columbia Court of Appeal rejected the Ktunaxa’s claim, saying that religious freedom does not protect religious exercise or belief to the extent it requires third parties to “act or refrain from acting and behave in...

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