Justice and Freedom


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', 16); }, 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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On a mountain

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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30 Sep 2016 Alberta’s sex-ed curriculum and “the human face of ‘no’”

Written by: David MacKenzie When Pastor Brian Coldwell, of the New Testament Baptist Church of Spruce Grove, Alberta, says “No”, he means it.  And I admire him for it. “Yes-men” don’t get it. Indeed, political sycophants find such resolve offensive. But the difference between them and Brian Coldwell, is that the latter actually appreciates concrete principle— especially Biblical principle— more than the shifting sands of political pragmatism. Brian knows there’s little to be gained, outside of eternity, for standing on Biblical principles. He’s aware that, at any point, things could go very badly for both him and the Christian schools with which his congregation is associated.
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29 Jun 2016 Disappointing ruling in TWU Ontario case

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada June 29, 2016 DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHRISTIAN STUDENTS 'REASONABLE' ACCORDING TO ONTARIO'S TOP COURT OTTAWA – The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada today, upholding the Law Society's decision to not accredit the Christian university's law school. The Court ruled that the decision of the Law Society to infringe the religious freedom of TWU was reasonable. André Schutten, counsel for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada expressed disappointment on the court's...

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Andre and Colin in front of Ontario Court of Appeal

29 Jun 2016 ARPA’s Written Arguments at the Ontario Court of Appeal for TWU

ARPA Canada was in court June 6-8 as an intervenor for Trinity Western University at the Ontario Court of Appeal. ARPA is currently involved in three separate court interventions in Ontario, BC and Nova Scotia where each of those province's law societies voted against accrediting graduates of Trinity Western University's proposed law school. You can read our written arguments presented before the Ontario Court of Appeal below. Download [400.53 KB] ...

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