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13 Jun 2015 #1 Action Item: Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide Resources

MPs have very little time to introduce and pass new assisted suicide legislation before the 2016 deadline. It is so important that each of us uses the opportunity NOW to talk to them about the issue. Lives can be saved or lost depending on how our government responds. There is so much that you can do! ARPA's Legal and Policy Resources on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: New Legal Analysis & Draft law: How Parliament can continue to prohibit assisted suicide without needing to invoke the "not-withstanding clause" Draft Law: Using...

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11 Jun 2015 Reparative Therapy Bans rushed into law in MB and ON: Serious Implications

Update (July 20, 2015): Read this article, titled "Free speech: what banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ will really stop"   ***Take Action Today: 3 easymail letters waiting for you below*** Recently Ontario and Manitoba passed legislation banning therapy for teens with unwanted homosexual or transgender feelings. We have serious concerns regarding the implications of these laws, and fear they are just around the corner for other provinces. At the end of this article we have some pointers on how you can respond in your province. On June 4th, the last day that the Ontario Legislature was sitting before the summer, MPPs voted unanimously to pass Bill 77, heralded by its proponents as the right step following similar legislation in some jurisdictions of the United States. This bill was first proposed by New Democrat Cheri DiNovo a minister in the United Church of Canada. She argued, “these kids do not need to be fixed. It’s society that needs to be fixed.” The bill was written to remove coverage for “services rendered that seek to change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient, including efforts to change or direct the patient’s behaviour or gender expression.” It will also seek to prohibit providing these services to anyone under the age of 18. Manitoba’s new regulations are similar.
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08 Jun 2015 Praise be to God for the new Ottawa office

On Tuesday, June 2, the ARPA staff, board and a couple donors came together to dedicate the new ARPA office to the Lord in a time of prayer and thanksgiving. The new office will be home base for the 3 Ottawa-based staff and has ample space for our out-of-town staff, as well as any interns, to work and collaborate together. We are grateful to the support of our donors over the past years and invite you to stop by our new office the next time you are in Ottawa. The...

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21 Apr 2015 Breaking News: ARPA files constitutional challenge against abortion censorship law

Update: Check out pictures of the 150+ volunteers and 100,000 pink and blue flags at Queens Park here.  Today a press conference was held at Queen's Park, Toronto, where ARPA Canada announced that it is proceeding with legal action against the Ontario government, declaring that section 65(5.7) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) violates section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. More Information: You can read the remarks of the three participants of the press conference, Niki Pennings, spokesperson...

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21 Apr 2015 Media Advisory: ARPA Canada to make announcement about legal action

For Planning Purposes April 22, 2015 ARPA CANADA TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT LEGAL ACTION In an afternoon press conference in the Queen’s Park Press Gallery, the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada will provide details on a constitutional challenge they filed earlier in the day. Niki Pennings, spokesperson for WeNeedaLAW.ca, will also be speaking about why WeNeedaLAW.ca has placed 100,000 pink and blue flags on the lawn in Queen’s Park. “The 100,000 flags represent the approximately 100,000+ human lives that are ended by abortion every year in Canada,” said...

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25 Mar 2015 ARPA Canada calls on governments to protect religious freedom

This morning (March 25, 2015), ARPA Canada's legal counsel was part of a joint press conference inside the Centre Block of Parliament Hill, calling attention to infringements of religious freedom in Canada. Participants include One Free World International founder Majed El Shafie; Charles McVety, Institute for Canadian Values; André Schutten, legal counsel with the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada; Bill Prankard, President of Bill Prankard Evangelistic Association; and Lia Milousis, MY Canada Association. To see a press release for this event, click here. To see a copy of...

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19 Mar 2015 Loyola Supreme Court Decision: Religious Freedom upheld

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General), upholding religious freedom for the Loyola community to teach the Catholic faith from a Catholic perspective.  At stake in this case was the religious freedom of parents and institutions to raise children according to a worldview that might be different than that of the State education bureaucracy. Thankfully, the Court was unanimous in finding that religious communities can teach their own faith to their children from their own perspective. The Association for Reformed...

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19 Mar 2015 Media Advisory: ARPA Canada available for comment on Loyola case concerning freedom of religion in independent schools

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada March 18, 2015  ARPA CANADA AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT ON LOYOLA CASE CONCERNING FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision in the Loyola case tomorrow morning at 9:45 a.m. The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada intervened in the case to defend Christian education and parental rights from the continual encroachment of the State. At stake in this case is parental authority itself. Provincial governments are increasingly taking...

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12 Mar 2015 Speak Up! Alberta Forces Schools to Approve GSA’s

Take Action! Three EasyMail letters are below. They will be CC'd to the Premier and Education Minister As you have likely heard, on Tuesday Education Minister Gordon Dirks tabled amendments to Bill 10 and within hours the legislation passed a final vote in the Alberta Legislature. Only two MLAs (Ian Donovan and Bruce Rowe) voted against it. Bill 10 is horrible law (find a copy of the legislation as tabled and amended before Christmas here, and see the even more contentious amendments introduced and passed on March 10 here). Among other things, it requires all Alberta schools to approve GSA clubs. It also adds the terms “sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and gender expression” to the Alberta Bill of Rights. As ARPA explained at length in the past, if law and public policy are based on subjective notions, such as how someone identifies at any particular moment, then law loses meaning altogether. Perhaps most troubling, the bill also removes the requirement for parents to be informed when their children are being taught about sexual orientation. The Alberta government has cowardly pushed this through, even after many of you explained just how problematic the legislation is. This legislation is an affront to the authority that God has given parents as the primary educators of their children. For a Biblical defence of that statement, see God's directions to Abraham in Gen. 18, God's instructions to the people of Israel to teach their children his commands in Deut. 6, the generational instruction outlined in Psalm 78, or scan through the book of Proverbs, filled with instructions on how to "train up a child in the way he should go" (Prov. 22), including as it relates to sexuality, and it's pretty clear.
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06 Feb 2015 Euthanasia Supreme Court Decision: A sacred line has been crossed

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada February 6, 2015 EUTHANASIA SUPREME COURT DECISION: A SACRED LINE HAS BEEN CROSSED OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Lee Carter, et al., v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., this morning, striking down Canada’s laws against assisted suicide and signaling Parliament to create new, permissive legislation if it so desires. The unanimous decision of the Court declared that section 241(b) and s. 14 of the Criminal Code unjustifiably infringe section 7 of the Charter and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition. The declaration of invalidity is suspended for 12 months to give Parliament time to respond. The court has left the door open to Parliament to make the new legislation restrictive. The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada was an intervenor in the case and made written arguments to the Court last fall to defend the inviolability of human life. Mark Penninga, Executive Director of ARPA Canada, made the following comments: “A sacred line has been crossed. This decision turns the right to life from something that is objectively fixed and inviolable to something that is subjectively fluid and based on what someone feels it is worth.” “It will be logically impossible for Parliament or any legislature or court to enact safeguards that will be able to withstand future legal challenges. As we see in Belgium and the Netherlands, it is only a matter of time before these so-called safeguards are considered an unjust limitation on someone else’s rights, even allowing children or those who are depressed to be killed at the hands of the state.” “With this decision, autonomous choices have been raised as a higher value than life itself. This will have devastating consequences on the value of human life, especially for the most vulnerable in society.”
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