Organizational News

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 Introducing ARPA Canada’s new Alberta Director

Ed Hoogerdyk, Principal, Tyndale Christian School ARPA has hired a new Alberta Director. The position had been posted on the website for more than a month, and in the end, the job goes to a man named Ed Hoogerdyk. He's the long-time principal of Tyndale Christian School in Calgary. Hoogerdyk has committed to one more year of work at the school, so the new position will actually take effect in the summer of next year (2018). ...

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18 Apr 2017 WeNeedaLAW staff present to Parliament committee on maternity benefits

Alicia Ibbitson, Administrative Assistant, WeNeedaLAW We Need a Law has a new Administrative Assistant. Alicia Ibbitson has a background in medical research. She started her job earlier this month, but a week before she was officially on board, she appeared - by video link - as a witness before Parliament's Human Services Committee. The Committee is looking at improvement to maternity benefits, and Ibbitson says there’s a tangible link to the abortion issue. “Twenty percent of women who seek to have an abortion state finances as their number one reason” for...

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28 Feb 2017 ARPA at the Manning Networking Conference

ARPA staff spent Friday and Saturday last week at the annual Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa. Executive Director Mark Penninga says it's an annual opportunity for networking. “The thing with relationships is that they take time to build,” Penninga says. “And by going year after year, we show [other conservatives] that we’re here to stay, and that an explicitly Christian perspective on these issues in the public square is something that they need to consider.” Penninga says there’s also a need to expand that relationship-building beyond the generally conservative base that...

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21 Feb 2017 Alberta Director

ARPA Canada is hiring again. A call went out last week for the position of “Alberta Director.” Executive Director Mark Penninga says the organization has long been aware of the need for an “increasing presence” in Alberta, especially with the recent challenges in the education system there. As to the particulars of the job, Penninga says they envision it being about 60% grassroots engagement, building relationships with churches, schools, and local ARPA chapters. “The other large component of the job,” Penninga says, will involve “going directly to the Alberta government, lobbying,...

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16 Feb 2017 ARPA Canada is hiring – Alberta Director

The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to educating, equipping, and encouraging Canada’s Reformed Christians to political action and bringing a biblical perspective to our civil governments. By God’s grace, and through the support of Albertans, we are looking to greatly expand our work in Alberta by adding a full-time team member dedicated to executing our mission in that province.
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02 Feb 2017 ARPA Canada is hiring – Administrative Assistant to the WNAL Director

The WeNeedaLAW.ca (WNAL) campaign is a public awareness campaign with a mission to engage and equip Canadians in the political process in order to change minds, change laws, and save pre-born lives. It is an initiative of the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada. The Lord has also blessed these efforts and in order to continue addressing ongoing efforts we require a part-time employee to assist us in carrying out our mission. Job Description: Administrative Assistant to the WNAL Director (10-15 hours per week) Deadline for applications: February 28, 2017 Location: Working primarily...

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26 May 2016 ARPA Presentation Sparks Bill C-14 Amendments

Parliament nears a final decision on legalizing physician-assisted suicide through Bill C-14. The bill has evolved since its original draft and there is evidence that the Justice and Human Right Committee, after several days of listening to witnesses and analyzing proposed amendments, has made some small steps towards mitigating some of the harm in this bill. Pieter Harsevoort, Along with James Schutten and Andre Schutten Presenting to the Justice Committee ARPA Canada was one of the very few witnesses privileged to present to the Justice and Human Rights Committee on May 3. André Schutten, legal counsel for ARPA, alongside with two men who suffer from spinal muscular atrophy, James Schutten and Pieter Harsevoort, spoke to the committee about their concerns with the proposed bill. After delivering individual speeches, and answering some questions prompted by the attending MPs, the meeting concluded with an air of uncertainty as to whether the presentation would have a lasting impact on the attending members. Between May 9 and May 11, the multi-partisan Justice and Human Rights Committee analyzed, debated and voted on approximately 100 proposed amendments, with over half of them coming from the Conservatives. As a result, only 16 amendments were passed, creating some minor changes to Bill C-14. In particular, much of the changes were related to clarifying the intent of the bill and ensuring that its contents cannot be interpreted contrary to the framer’s intent or the intent set out in the Carter decision.
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20 May 2016 51st Annual National Prayer Breakfast

ARPA Canada’s Ottawa staff were pleased and honoured to attend the  51st National Prayer Breakfast. This annual event brings together politicians, political activists, religious leaders, and observers to worship Christ in solidarity and to acknowledge His sovereign control over Canada. The event is led by several MPs and Senators that meet on a weekly basis for a Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Group. Such meetings are meant to enrich and comfort these Christian political leaders through the many difficulties and discouragements which come along with their office. This year, the breakfast was well attended by some of Canada’s most important political figures including Prime Minister Trudeau, Leader of the Opposition Rona Ambrose, and Daniel Blaikie, an NDP Member of Parliament. These three were invited to read passages from the Bible. Prime Minister Trudeau read from Romans 12 which in verse three says, “I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” (Ms. Ambrose read from 1 Corinthians 13 and Mr. Blaikie read from Isaiah.)
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08 Feb 2016 ARPA Canada is hiring – Policy Analyst

The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to educating, equipping, and encouraging Canada’s Reformed Christians to political action and bringing a biblical perspective to our civil governments. By God’s grace, and through the support of our donors, this organization continues to grow. Our current Policy Analyst has been promoted to also take on the role of Grassroots Manager. As such, we are now seeking an additional full-time employee to assist us in carrying out our mission.
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