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09 May 2017 LN Feature: Byfield speaks out – Stopping the Current Onslaught in Education

Ted Byfield Ted Byfield. He was the publisher of the Western Report and Alberta Report magazines from the late 70's to the early 90's. He was involved in the formation of the Reform Party back in that period, and he's the man widely credited with first coining the phrase "the West wants in." After the magazine folded, he edited a book series on the history of Christianity. Ted Byfield, for a lot of western Canadians at least, is an icon of the modern conservative movement. Mr. Byfield is almost 90 years old now, and...

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02 May 2017 LN Feature: Leadership Debate

Conservative Leadership candidate, Pierre Lemieux Conservative Leadership candidate, Brad Trost LN: This is not meant so much to be a "debate" between the three of you as it is an opportunity for each of you to address a primarily social conservative audience one last time before these people fill out their ballots. I'm going to be asking each of you one question to lead off; a different question for each of you. In each instance the focus of the question will be designed to allow you to address a perceived weakness in your...

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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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28 Mar 2017 Kenney wins Alberta PC leadership

Jason Kenney, leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta There’s considerable optimism among social conservatives in Alberta right now. Earlier this month, former federal Member of Parliament Jason Kenney was elected the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party. He ran on a platform of "uniting the right" – bringing the Alberta PC's and the Wildrose Party back into a single organization to campaign against the NDP in that province’s next election. Kenney won the leadership at a delegated convention, garnering about 75% of the vote on the first...

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28 Mar 2017 LN Feature: Taking the Long View on Pre-born Human Rights

Mike Schouten, Director of Advocacy On the feature this week, a conversation with We Need a Law director Mike Schouten, about a proposal his organization is putting forward for an “International Standards” abortion law. We talk about the history of the law, and the long-term plans to have it passed. LN: Last year, Parliament had the discussion about Cassie and Molly's Law - that was the big push. Last week, we had John Sikkema on the program, and he made mention of this International Standards abortion law. I know it's something we've been...

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21 Mar 2017 LN Feature: A Chance to Revisit an Abortion Law

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema On the feature this week, a conversation with ARPA Canada lawyer John Sikkema about a move by the Trudeau government to clean up so-called “zombie laws”. These are laws which are officially still on the books, but which have been ruled unconstitutional and – because of that – are no longer enforceable. There are a number of them, dealing with everything from water-skiing at night to spreading false news to certain prohibitions against vagrancy. And there’s also a Criminal Code provision covering the provision or procurement of...

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14 Mar 2017 Oosterhoff wins again

MPP Sam Oosterhoff The youngest MPP in Ontario history will be running again. Sam Oosterhoff won a nomination race in the newly formed Niagara West riding last week. He was challenged in the contest by someone who ran against him in the nomination for a by-election in his current riding late last year. “One of the challengers from that nomination… said he had concerns about my faith; that I came from a very insular group within the riding,” Oosterhoff says. “But there were a lot of great people who came out,...

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14 Mar 2017 LN Feature: Electing People of Character

Doug Sharpe, President of the Canada Family Action Council On the feature this week, a conversation with Doug Sharpe, the president of the Canada Family Action Council. We interviewed Doug after he spoke at an event in Victoria, sponsored by Freedom Defence Canada. LN: The Canada Family Action Council has evolved somewhat since the days when it was organizing the "Defend Marriage" rallies during the debate over gay marriage. I've heard you speak publicly, and you talk about "a different approach" and the notion that continuing to do things the way we've...

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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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