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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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07 May 2016 Os Guinness: Forum on Religious Freedom

The 5th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom was hosted by David Anderson, MP for the riding of Cypress Hills-Grasslands in Saskatchewan. The forum seeks to educate attendees on the importance of protecting religious freedom in Canada and abroad. Every year, Mr. Anderson brings in several speakers who have long advocated for religious freedom in the world. This year, the keynote speaker was Dr. Os Guinness, an International Adjunct Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Dr. Os Guinness speaking to the crowd on religious freedom in Canada and abroad. Dr. Guinness began with highlighting the reality that in today’s increasingly globalized world, “everyone is everywhere.” This is not simply because the world is becoming vastly multicultural, but also because in the current “internet age,” the public square, in which opinions and ideas disseminate between individuals, now exists through online forums and blogs, allowing for “barbarous debate,” protected by anonymity. This leads into what Dr. Guinness believes is the underlying issue for protecting religious freedom. How do we approach a society which has so many different views and contrasting conceptualizations of what religious freedom is?
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23 Feb 2016 Billboard design winners

Thank you to the many of you who submitted a billboard design in our recent contest - we received 42 designs in 2 categories - wow! We are grateful to our sponsors, Compass Creative and Reformed Perspective Magazine for all they did to make this contest a success. Many of the submissions this year came from students and we would like to thank the teachers and parents that encouraged the students to make submissions, and for being willing to engage youth on these very important issues. Next we would like...

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14 Dec 2015 BC Court rules in favour of Christian law school

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) CanadaDecember 10, 2015BC SUPREME COURT DECISION SHOULD LEAD TO SWIFT REAPPROVAL OF CHRISTIAN LAW SCHOOL BY MINISTER OF EDUCATION Ottawa - The chief justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Trinity Western University (TWU) this morning. The 43-page judgment in TWU’s lawsuit against the Law Society of British Columbia chides the Law Society for breaching their duty of procedural fairness and fettering their decision-making responsibility to the membership of the law society. Quoting a 1985 Supreme Court of Canada decision, Chief Justice Hinkson wrote, “there is, as a general common law principle, a duty of procedural fairness lying on every public authority making an administrative decision… which affects the rights, privileges, or interests of an individual”. The chief justice also rejected some of the findings of the Ontario Divisional Court in the TWU matter in that province, concluding that he was “not persuaded that the circumstances or the jurisprudence respecting human rights have so fundamentally shifted the parameters of the debate as to render the decision in TWU v. BCCT [2001] other than dispositive of many of the issues in this case.” 
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14 Dec 2015 Federal panel’s report on assisted suicide remains secret

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) CanadaDecember 17, 2015RESULTS OF FEDERAL PANEL'S CONSULTATIONS ON ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA REMAIN HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC Does the federal panel’s report offer a more balanced approach than the radical and disturbing recommendations of the provincial-territorial report? Ottawa - The final report of a non-partisan panel's consultations on the politically charged issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia remains inaccessible to the general public days after being delivered to federal ministers. Earlier this week the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada delivered their report to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health. In a joint statement the ministers promised to make the report available in the coming weeks. However, the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying made its report and recommendations public on Monday, December 14. By releasing the provincial report before the federal report, the public debate is shaped by the radical nature of the provincial report.
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19 Oct 2015 ARPA: Election Live Updates

This evening, check out our live analysis from WNAL and ARPA Canada on the outcomes of individual ridings where pro-life candidates ran, as well as an overall look at where this election could go. Check it out here once the polls start closing across the country. https://arpacanada.ca/electionfeed2015     ...

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28 Sep 2015 Assisted Suicide – Legal Analysis

Download [601.85 KB] September 24, 2015 Dear Parliamentarians and Candidates for Parliament, Although you are busy with this election campaign, we respectfully request that you take a moment to consider an important development that will require the attention of the new Parliamentarians this fall and winter. As you are aware, in February the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) struck down Canada’s laws against assisted suicide and gave Parliament 12 months to enact new legislation. Since then only two serious options have been raised by all sides of the issue: either follow the Supreme...

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21 Aug 2015 IMPORTANT: Guide for Taking Part in Euthanasia Consultations

UPDATE, Aug 25: The province of Ontario, in conjunction with the other provinces, has now also innitiated its own (very biased) survey about assisted suicide. This one takes about 15 minutes to complete and it is very important that we also share our views with this survey. https://www.ontario.ca/page/doctor-assisted-dying-and-end-life-decisions-consultation  In response to the Carter Supreme Court decision which struck down Canada's assisted suicide laws, the Minister of Health and Minister of Justice have formed a panel to investigate options for a new law. This panel will be meeting with official stakeholders, including ARPA Canada. It is also asking for input from you - the public. Please set aside 20-30 minutes to share your thoughts and concerns with the panel by filling in their extensive online survey. The panel will share these findings with the new government, which will be drafting a new law. It is so important that the new government hears our concerns loud and clear. We are trying to make this as easy as possible by walking through the survey with you and providing some suggested responses you can share. Two Options You can share your views with this panel in two ways. First, you can complete their online "issue book" which is a 20-30 minute survey that asks you to respond to a variety of matters pertaining to assisted suicide and euthanasia (almost all multiple-choice style). Second, you can write your own letter or submission and upload it, to be shared with the panel. Of course you are most welcome to do both! The focus of this article is on option 1.
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07 Jul 2015 ARPA Canada Unveils Draft Legislation Prohibiting Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia and Invoking the Notwithstanding Clause

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) CanadaJuly 7, 2015 ARPA CANADA UNVEILS DRAFT LEGISLATION PROHIBITING ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA AND INVOKING THE NOTWITHSTANDING CLAUSE Ottawa - On the heels of the Canadian Medical Association unveiling draft protocols for an assisted suicide regime, the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada has published a draft euthanasia law (https://arpacanada.ca/drafteuthanasialaw.pdf) which would uphold Canada’s absolute prohibitions of assisted suicide and euthanasia. ARPA Canada was an intervenor in the Supreme Court case which struck down Canada’s assisted suicide law on February 6, 2015 and gave Parliament just one year to fill the void. The organization also published a policy report for Parliamentarians following the Supreme Court decision.
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18 Jun 2015 2015 Summer Billboard Contest

Update (Oct. 22): Deadline has been extended to November 21. Don't forget to submit your designs! Prizes, expert judging, and promotion sponsored by Compass Creative and Reformed Perspective. In 2013 we held our first billboard contest and the submissions continue to be used in various mediums - as billboards, car decals, stickers and large-scale ads on trailers. This summer we are launching the 2015 edition of the billboard design contest. We challenge our readers to create new designs for billboards, which can then be used by ARPA groups, our campaigns, and other organizations to make a testimony across our land. Contest Details: The winning design will tackle a critical issue in the Canadian public square through a compelling, impactful, creative, and persuasive message that meets the criteria of one of two categories listed: Category 1: Abortion (prize is an 8" Samsung tablet) Category 2: All other political issues (prize is a 10" Samsung tablet) Runners-up in each category will receive a one-year gift subscription to Reformed Perspective magazine.
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