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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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19 Oct 2007 Safe Injection Sites: Are they the Answer?

By Jamie Hellewell (for the Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA Alert)On September 15, Vancouver became the first city in North America to open a legal ‘safe injection site’ for heroine users. The site – called "Insite" – is a small clinic located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside district near the corner of Main and Hastings. Inside there are 12 private cubicles where needle drug users can inject between the hours of 10:00am-4:00am, seven days a week. The site provides a clean environment, spoons, water and sterile needles for users to prepare and inject heroine. There are also registered nurses on staff to supervise injections in case of an overdose or medical emergency. The site does not provide any drugs and prohibits certain types of injection behaviors: Sharing of drugs is not allowed, all users must self-inject, and there is a mandatory registration for anyone wanting to use the site.
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19 Oct 2007 Bill C-250: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda)

By Doug Schouten (Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA), March 2003In 2002, MP Svend Robinson of Burnaby introduced a private member’s bill, C-415, with the aim of amending Section 318 of the Criminal Code, the section that deals with the so-called hate crimes. The bill proposed to add the three simple words “or sexual orientation” to Subsection 4, the part which defines the criteria for identifying groups that are protected by the hate crime legislation: religion, gender, ethnic origin, race and colour. Since the first reading of this bill in parliament, C-415 has been renamed C-250 and is currently in committee stage in Ottawa.
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19 Oct 2007 “Conduct Unbecoming”: Chris Kempling and the BCCT

By George Gunnink (Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA)The freedom to express and promote a Christian worldview is being challenged on many fronts in our nation. In particular, this freedom has been challenged by the homosexual community, which is not interested in hearing any opposition to its sinful lifestyle. A story involving the BC College of Teachers (BCCT, the regulatory body responsible for monitoring the performance and conduct of school teachers) is just one example of the homosexual agenda at work in government and regulatory bodies.
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19 Oct 2007 The Kyoto Protocol

By Doug Schouten, November 2002It seems like global bureaucracy was in vogue this past century. Following suit with its fashionable counterparts, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) adopted the Kyoto Protocol (Kyoto) in 1997. Kyoto imposes emissions regulations on all the signing countries with the aim of reducing, by 2012, the so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions to pre-1990 levels. Kyoto also creates a number of new international bodies to oversee its implementation. Now, rather than just relaying some concerns about Kyoto, perhaps a brief outline of global warming trends and the method with which Kyoto seeks to combat these trends is first in order here.
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19 Oct 2007 Child Pornography: A Look at the John Robyn Sharpe Trial

By Darren Leyenhorst (Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA), June 2002When I look at my children and see their innocence it is hard for me not to get angry at the ruling in the recent John Robin Sharpe case. I won’t get into the gross details (it would make your stomach turn) so suffice it to say that Mr. Sharpe produced pornographic writings which contained descriptions of sexual acts with boys and men. That his written material is considered by some members of society to be writings with “artistic merit” makes me wonder if our society is striving to be the next Sodom and Gomorrah.
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19 Oct 2007 The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

By Peter Veenendaal, May 2002Most of our parents or grandparents were immigrants from Europe. Imagine that when these people were considering moving to a new country, the immigration promoters told them that in this great new country where you are going: child pornography is promoted as acceptable, public schools encourage sodomy, abortion is the most common surgical procedure in the country anddivorce is so common that it is met with shrugs. Do you think they may have had second thoughts about bringing their families to Canada?
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19 Oct 2007 The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

By Peter Veenendaal, May 2002Most of our parents or grandparents were immigrants from Europe. Imagine that when these people were considering moving to a new country, the immigration promoters told them that in this great new country where you are going: child pornography is promoted as acceptable, public schools encourage sodomy, abortion is the most common surgical procedure in the country anddivorce is so common that it is met with shrugs. Do you think they may have had second thoughts about bringing their families to Canada?
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19 Oct 2007 Stem Cell Research: A double-edged Sword

By Ryan VanDriel (Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA) April 2002As you read this, legislation is being drafted in our nation's capital over a very controversial issue: stem cell research. What is it and why the controversy? What has our government done on the matter and what is our position? How can you offer the government your input? Well, stem cells are "blank" or "mother" cells that can be extracted, and, when coaxed in a lab setting, can develop into any one of the 200+ different tissue types in the human body.
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