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02 Oct 2018 Nova Scotia MLA introduces a bill to protect children on the internet from pornography

Allan MacMaster, MLA for Inverness, Nova Scotia has introduced Private Member’s Bill No. 61. Its aim is to protect children on the internet from pornography. Specifically it calls on internet service providers to automatically block websites that feature pornography and encourage its business partners to adopt filtering services, at locations where children may have access to a free wireless Internet service. The bill states that a new broadband account with an Internet service provider must include settings for a family-friendly content filter that initially be set on, which may only be changed...

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26 Sep 2018 Gideon Project Phase 2: Get on the horn!

The EasyMails were write on and we reached our goal of 2,500! Now it's time to call! We're launching phase two of the Gideon Project. We've got a sticky note for you with talking points and everything else you need to call the Honourable David Eggen. Your sticky note is right here! (See a version for non-parents here). So take that sticky note and call the Education Minister. Yes, pick up the phone and speak up for the right to send your child to a school that wishes to remain faithful to its...

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20 Sep 2018 Debate on expanding euthanasia continues, ARPA releases new policy report

This fall, Parliament will examine the issue of expanding euthanasia to “mature minors” and to persons with mental illness. Since 2016 (Bill C-14), Canada has permitted anyone who is at least 18, has a grievous and irremediable medical condition, and whose death is reasonably foreseeable, to receive “medical aid in dying” (MAiD). To put it in stark terms, the law now permits medical professionals to kill their adult patients, as long as the patient consents and has the requisite medical conditions. In Spring 2015, ARPA released its first Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia...

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19 Sep 2018 What should be in a sex-ed curriculum?

We’re embarking on a new campaign to engage with the issue of sexual education in Ontario. Even if your kids attend private school or are homeschooled, this curriculum will affect your children’s friends and neighbours and will influence the next generation of Ontarians that we will be interacting with. With so much at stake, will you join us? In removing the previous sex-ed curriculum, the Ontario government has set itself right in the line of scrutiny over this issue. Join us in this discussion by encouraging the Progressive Conservative government to...

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07 Sep 2018 Portraying Parental Rights

Portraying Parental Rights When Bill S-206 came out to senate again I took the opportunity to call a few senators regarding this issue.  After our phone calls, I was asked by two senators if I was interested in meeting up during the summer months to continue our conversation.  I had the privilege of meeting these two senators and spoke on various items, including Bill S-206 on corporal discipline.  One senator completely agreed with me as parents need to discipline our children, yet not in a cruel way. The other one I...

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07 Sep 2018 Invited to join county committee!

Invited to Join a County Committee by the Mayor! Once we had the details on our “ARPA 12 step challenge” I took the opportunity to get in contact with our mayor. He very quickly replied asking to meet him, and it was set up for the following week. Our meeting was great, and we kept the discussion very general.  I asked what he thought his position was on a few issues and his plans and he asked me what I do. Just before our meeting was over he asked me if I...

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07 Sep 2018 Christmas Baskets – ON

Christmas Baskets Our ARPA chapter decided to give Christmas Gift baskets along with a Bible to an MP, MPP, Mayor, or Councillor. Each of us (10 in total) picked a specific person to contact. One of the people who attended our meeting was familiar with the protocol for giving gifts to political leaders and gave us lots of hints on how our gift would get noticed. This was providential. I picked my area's MP. I called her office and set up an appointment for when she was in town. When we met...

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07 Sep 2018 Caroling with your MLA

Caroling with your MLA During the Christmas break my wife and I and a friend had the opportunity to join our local MLA and some of his supporters for his annual Christmas caroling ritual. It was a short and simple event. We shook hands with everyone in the MLA's office and then went out on the Main Street of our downtown core and sang a few songs outside on the street corners. We went into a few stores and restaurants and sang to the customers. One of the stores was the...

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07 Sep 2018 We Need a Law Flag Display

We Need a Law flag display The flag display went well, with around 30 students volunteering to help. We were set up at a park on a busy street corner in downtown Hamilton, and didn't have a lot of foot traffic, but there were a considerable number of cars going by. Many of the drivers and passengers honked or gave us thumbs-up -- even one city bus driver, who went by several times on his regular route, honked each time he went by in support of our cause. It was amazing...

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07 Sep 2018 School Club Posters

ARPA School Club Posters In order to enlist new club members, one ARPA School Club in the Hamilton area designed some creative posters! They had a great response and a strong and active club today. Maybe something worth trying with your Club this year. ...

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