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22 Nov 2007 Unborn Victims of Crime Bill Introduced [Action Item]

Update> This bill has passed its first vote in Parliament and is now before the Justice Committee for further analysis. Press Release - Nov 21, 2007 - Ottawa – Ken Epp, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, introduced in the House of Commons today a Private Members Bill that would allow criminal charges to be laid in the death or injury of an unborn child when the child’s mother is the victim of a crime. “This is all about protecting the choice of a woman to give birth to her child,” said Mr. Epp. “It is about condemning the actions of those who would take it upon themselves to criminally assault a pregnant woman and the child she wants and loves, destroying that child against her will.”
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09 Nov 2007 Voting for none of the above

Don’t like any of the candidates? You may still have an option! by Jon Dykstra (first appeared in the March 2002 issue of Reformed Perspective) Russ Vroege was all ready to vote, but had no one to vote for. He was pro-life; all the candidates were pro-abortion. Yes, there were other issues in the election, and many of them were important issues, but Russ didn’t want to vote for a candidate who supported the murder of the unborn, no matter how nice his other position might be. To top it all off, Russ was going to be away on business the day of the election. He didn’t even know where he could vote ahead of time. You’d probably understand if Russ felt a bit apathetic and didn’t vote at all.
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09 Nov 2007 Doing “Something”

by Jon Dykstra (from the April 2004 RP) This story is true, it involves a lot of geography and it most definitely involves God. If you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the sheer evil going on around you, if you want to do “something” about it but don’t know what to do, just remember God can use even our tiny efforts for His great purpose. Just the facts On March 3, a medical student at the University of Manitoba Medical School was denied his degree because he refused to participate in abortion related activities. On March 18, the Toronto-based website LifeSiteNews.com reported that the student, who wishes to remain anonymous, “received a failing grade in an Obstetrics and Gynecology portion of his program for refusing to perform or refer for any abortive procedure. Three separate appeals to the Medical School all failed to correct the matter.”
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08 Nov 2007 Moving Beyond a “Doom and Gloom” Message

by Mark Penninga (printed in Reformed Perspective, Nov 2007) In the past few years Christians have had good reason to be disappointed with our governments and the courts - Canada has condoned everything from swinger’s clubs, to homosexual marriage, to having three legal parents for one child. Our disappointments are causing many Christians to become cynical about the whole realm of politics and that is unfortunate. We aren’t allowed to just give up; the Bible tells us to be a salt and a light in this world, regardless of how dark it is.
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30 Oct 2007 Input Required!

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26 Oct 2007 It’s Time for a Royal Commission on the Family

By Mark Penninga “Married people outnumbered for the first time” rang out a recent CBC news headline. The story came in response to Statistics Canada releasing its survey of the Canadian family. That survey revealed that for the first time ever in this country, unmarried people over the age of 15 outnumber those who are married. Some other findings were that: - For the first time ever there are more families without children than with children. - There are 1.4...

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24 Oct 2007 Global Warming: Two Wrongs Show Us What’s Right

By Jon DykstraThe planet is warming up and so is the rhetoric. Is the Earth doomed if we don’t act now? Have we messed up our planet with all our CO2 emissions? Are we the cause of global warming… or not? One side of the debate would like us to believe there is no debate at all. Former US vice president Al Gore put it this way in his movie An Inconvenient Truth:
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24 Oct 2007 Income Splitting – A Good Idea for Families

By Marvin Van Maanen Currently in Canada, all wage earners are taxed as individuals. Canada has a progressive income tax system. As one’s income increases, they move up the ladder to a higher tax bracket, allowing the government to take a larger percentage of their income. This current system is biased against single-income families and biased towards dual-income families. For example, a family in which one spouse works and brings home $70,000, and the other spouse stays home to care for the family will pay almost $1700 more in 2007 than a family in which both spouses work and bring in $35,000 each. In both cases, the total family income is the same, yet one family pays significantly more in federal taxes yearly.
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19 Oct 2007 Labour Relations in a Christian Framework

By Aren van dyke (for the Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA Alert) Having spent most of my working life as an employer but still keenly recalling my time as an employee, I have always had a great interest in how to find an equitable balance in that delicate and always shifting relationship which is to be found in the workplace. Only perhaps in the marriage relationship is there a greater potential for trouble and strife, and conversely also fulfillment, in our human interactions. The present strife, which surrounds us in the secular work place where employee and employer often square off against each other in a struggle for power, also leaves its imprint upon our attitudes. When people, who are committed Christians, deal with each other in labour relations, there we to often find discord, bitterness, and frustration. The words of Genesis 3vs.17, "cursed is the ground because of you, through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life" point to the harsh reality that sin introduced into the arena of work. I believe it is possible to find harmony. In order to find this harmony, I will attempt to focus on what Scripture has to say about our labour and its purpose in our life. My intention is to involve situations, which speak to all of us, and it is my hope that this article will lead to a better understanding of an often confused and bitter situation.
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