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15 Mar 2019 Press release: Ontario curriculum update increases parental involvement and that’s a good thing

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada March 15, 2019 Ontario curriculum update increases parental involvement and that’s a good thing OTTAWA, ON – This morning, Ontario Minister of Education Lisa Thompson announced some much-needed improvements to the provincial curriculum. During the press conference, Minister Thompson addressed some of the concerns Ontario parents had with the previous Wynne-era curriculum, particularly about the sexual health curriculum. André Schutten, Director of Law & Policy for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada, applauded the re-engagement and involvement of parents in this...

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11 Mar 2019 March for Life 2019

Marches for Life are being held in our nation’s capital and provincial capitals across the country on Thursday, May 9th. Before marching, we would like to start the day in meditation and prayer together asking God to end the evil that is abortion in Canada. Join us at one of the Reformed pro-life prayer services being hosted in a city near you. After the prayer service, head to the provincial Legislature (Toronto, Edmonton, Victoria) or Parliament Hill (Ottawa) to join with thousands more in speaking up for the most vulnerable...

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07 Mar 2019 Edmonton Chapter Launch!

ARPA Canada hosted a special presentation in Edmonton on January 30 with about 75 people in attendance. The focus was on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI 123) and its implications for schools in British Columbia and Alberta. Following the presentation, a small group met to relaunch an Edmonton ARPA chapter. These local groups are so valuable for community engagement and activism, and we are confident that the 15 people signed up are committed to keeping the local momentum going. ARPA Canada works closely with these groups to serve and lead...

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06 Mar 2019 Setting up children for trans tragedies

Court orders father to support daughter’s gender transition by John Sikkema Last week, as you may have heard, a B.C. judge ruled that physicians could begin injecting a 14-year-old girl with testosterone without parental consent. The ruling demonstrates how changes in family law, education law, and health law, driven by transgenderist activism, are combining to set children and families up for tragedy. The case is A.B. v C.D. and E.F. – anonymized initials for the child, father, and mother, respectively. I’ll call them Jamie, Clark, and Sarah. Justice Bowden declared that “attempting to persuade...

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05 Mar 2019 Even in a world with chemical abortion, Canada still needs an abortion law

by Mark Penninga In “Why abortion pills have changed the future of pro-life activism in Canada” Marie-Claire Bissonnette challenges the pro-life movement to take stock of changes in how abortions are being done. I heartily thank Marie-Claire for asking hard questions about current pro-life strategies. We all benefit from respectful and honest analysis, and the lives of the pre-born depend on our effectiveness. Chemical abortions (via abortion drugs) are making abortion seem much less messy and unpalatable, Marie-Claire says. So, she argues, prolife strategies that rely on graphic images of aborted children...

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19 Feb 2019 Why ARPA Canada is honoured to assist with organizing a March for Life in Toronto

by Mark Penninga From ARPA Canada’s first day in 2007, our strategy has been to devote as much time and energy as possible to working proactively in achieving what is possible. We are an association for ACTION. And, by God’s grace alone, these past 12 years have shown us that far more is possible than we even imagined. From our first day, we have tried our best to work alongside others who share our convictions, and that remains a priority moving forward. Our mission is not to build up our organization, but...

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31 Jan 2019 A timeline of ARPA Canada’s engagement on the euthanasia issue

Euthanasia has been a top priority issue for ARPA Canada over the past few years. 2015: ARPA intervened in Carter v. Canada, the landmark Supreme Court case which struck down the prohibition on assisted suicide. 2015: ARPA produced a paper showing the government that their legislative options included affirming a total ban of euthanasia. 2015: ARPA  engaged in direct lobbying on Bill C-14, which amended the Criminal Code to legalize physician-assisted suicide.  The Hill Times recorded ARPA Canada as having the top number of Parliamentary lobby meetings on this...

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30 Jan 2019 God and Government Niagara

This past January, ARPA Niagara was able to host their first ever God and Government Conference in Smithville. The event was a great success, with nearly 40 attendees participating in multiple informative and engaging workshops on topics like pro-life politics, current legislation, and cultural engagement. A keynote speech from The Culture War author Jonathon Van Maren provided attendees with great insight into the cultural transformation the West has experienced over the past 80 years. Overall, the conference was well received and is something ARPA Niagara hopes to bring back next...

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28 Jan 2019 CCA report leaves Parliament with many warnings about expanding euthanasia

In December 2018, the Council of Canadian Academies completed a massive report on assisted suicide, and its possible expansion in Canada. Requested by the Ministers of Justice and Health and tabled in Parliament, this report was written “in order to inform a national dialogue among the Canadian public, and between the public and decision makers.” It’s helpful to define terms used in this article. The CCA reports makes consistent reference to “MAID”, which stands for “Medical Assistance in Dying”. We strongly object to this euphemistic term, since it intentionally...

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24 Jan 2019 Conscience rights for physicians – do they matter for patients?

We can all understand why conscience rights matter to doctors – they want the freedom to practice medicine in a way that does not conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. As an employee, we should all have that freedom to follow our conscience without fear of career repercussions. But do conscience rights also matter for patients? At ARPA Canada, we believe they matter deeply. They matter in the selection of medical care providers, in our relationship with our medical care providers, and because of the reason why conscience rights are...

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