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18 Apr 2008 Vellacott re-introduces Private Member’s Bill to protect conscience rights of health care workers

For Immediate Release - April 16, 2008 OTTAWA – Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) today re-introduced his Private Member’s Bill that would protect the conscience rights of Canada’s health care workers. This is the third time Vellacott has introduced a bill to protect health care workers’ conscience rights. “I hope that the Canadian Parliament will eventually pass this kind of a common sense measure that would protect the freedom of choice for all health care workers,” said Vellacott.Introducing the bill in Parliament this afternoon, Vellacott said:"Mr. Speaker, the bill would prohibit coercion in medical procedures that offend a person's religion or belief that human life is inviolable. The bill seeks to ensure that health care providers will never be forced to participate against their will in procedures such as abortions or acts of euthanasia.
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16 Apr 2008 Bloc MP Francine Lalonde continues to fight to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide.

By Alex Schadenberg - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last month during an interview on the CBC radio show Cross Country Checkup Jocelyn Downie, the Canada research chair in Health, Law and Policy from Dalhousie University stated that she knew that new legislation was being drafted to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Downie also stated that a new test case had been drafted to challenge the criminal code prohibitions of euthanasia via the courts.On April 13, 2008, Canada Press published an interview with Francine Lalonde, the Bloc Quebecois MP who had introduced bill C-407 in 2005, a bill that would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Lalonde stated that she intends to introduce new legislation to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide soon.Lalonde, who has been battling cancer for the past 2 years is “pushing ahead with plans to force the House of Commons to relaunch the debate on assisted suicide.”
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12 Apr 2008 ARPA Canada Featured in Reformed Perspective Magazine

Reformed Perspective magazine has graciously chosen the launch of ARPA Canada as the theme for the April issue. Thanks to the generosity of some donors, thousands of complimentary copies of this special issue will be distributed to the Canadian Reformed, United Reformed, and Free Reformed churches across the country. As a result, many readers will be introduced to both the RP magazine and ARPA Canada. We are very grateful for the generosity of the donors who made this possible, as well as RP magazine who allowed us to...

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12 Apr 2008 Should the Lord’s Prayer be abolished in Ont. legislature?

Action Item: Click here to submit your thoughts on this to the Ontario government. For more information and commentary on this, check out Tim Bloedow's opinion piece here. Article from CTV - The Canadian Press [www.ctvottawa.ca] TORONTO — Ontario politicians are launching a contentious public consultation over whether to join the majority of other provinces and abolish the reading of the Lord's Prayer in the legislature. As an all-party committee prepares to hear from hundreds of faith groups, atheists, and members of the public, there is already a clear division between politicians who think opening the daily proceedings with the Lord's Prayer is outdated and those who consider it a vital part of Ontario's tradition. Premier Dalton McGuinty set the stage for the debate in February, announcing the governing Liberals want to open daily legislative debate with a prayer that is more inclusive and reflective of Ontario's multiculturalism. Ontario is more than just "Protestants and Catholics today,'' he said at the time.
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11 Apr 2008 ARPA Canada Officially Launches!

April 21, 2008 - The Waiting is Over, The Action Begins!The time has come - the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada has officially left the starting gate. ARPA Canada is a Christian non-profit organization devoted to encouraging political awareness and action in Reformed churches and bringing a Biblical perspective to our civil authorities.After many months of planning and preparation, ARPA Canada is now "going public" with its official launch. This means that the website www.arpacanada.ca has completed its testing mode and is ready to be great resource for all who are looking for news, research, or action items. Furthermore, ARPA Canada is the theme of this month's Reformed Perspective magazine. Over ten thousand complimentary magazines are being sent to churches across the country! The launch also means that ARPA Canada's director Mark Penninga has completed the requirements for his Master's degree in political science and is now able to devote more time to fulfilling the misision of ARPA Canada. You may have heard the word ARPA before. Local ARPA groups have been working for years in communities across the country, trying to promote political action in the local Reformed churches. But many of these groups have struggled with a lack of support, coordination, and resources to help them with this momentous task. ARPA Canada's vision is to learn from the past and to think bigger - to encourage political awareness and participation among all members of the Reformed churches, as part of our calling to be a light in the world. We also want to lead by example and go to our civil governments with a Biblical perspective on issues that mean a lot to us: family, the sanctity of human life, economics, our freedoms, among others. We believe that God's sovereignty also applies to social and political matters and that we have a responsibility to be a witness there as well. Since this is often a complicated and intimidating calling, ARPA Canada's goal is to provide the resources, encouragement, and leadership to make this easier for people in the Reformed church community to do.
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11 Apr 2008 Canada debates foetal homicide

Margaret Somerville | Tuesday, 8 April 2008 [from www.mercatornet.com] Sound evidence and sound language are absent in pro-choice arguments. Canada is debating Bill C-484, The Unborn Victims of Crime Act, which would make it a separate crime to injure or kill an unborn child in the course of committing a crime against a woman the accused knew to be pregnant. Abortion rights activists, who are fighting to defeat the bill, have announced that in early May a protest opposing it will take place in Ottawa. They "are (also) encouraging (pro-choice) supporters across Canada to hold similar protests as a sign of nationwide solidarity against Bill C-484." They claim the bill is "all about abortion." In view of the controversy Bill C-484 is raising, it's very important that we - in particular our politicians, who will vote on the bill - have our facts straight. It's one matter to correctly understand the bill and vote against it. It is quite another to do so on the basis of facts and arguments that are not correct.
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11 Apr 2008 Conduct Unbecoming a Free Society

Chris Kempling, National Post, Wednesday, April 09, 2008 (picture from www.chp.ca) On the first day of the counselling psychology class, the instructor asked us to share what was the most important fact about ourselves. Jim (not his real name) identified himself as gay. I identified myself as a Christian. I decided to befriend him and we went through the two-year program together. I even stayed overnight at his house when we had a weekend seminar in his town. Fast forward to the present. I encouraged my high school-aged son, a social leader, to befriend gay classmates, protect them if they were bullied and invite them over if he wished. He did (and was harassed for doing so). After graduation, his friend "Andy" moved away, but stayed overnight at our house on two occasions when back in town visiting. I mention these anecdotes, because some people are convinced that I am "homophobic." They believe this because I publicly express opinions consistent with socially conservative views of sexual behaviour. I have been suspended, without pay, twice from my job as a school teacher -- once for one month, and once for three months. It was hard on my family. Yet I maintain that people can hold, and express such views but still treat those who practise different values with decency. I do, and so does my son.
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02 Apr 2008 Parents urged to protest new curriculum

From Today's Family News [www.todaysfamilynews.ca] April 2, 2008 British Columbia parents who do not want their children taught about aspects of human sexuality that they cannot morally condone are being urged to express their opposition before it’s too late, theVancouver Sun reported.  At issue is a proposed teachers’ guide called Making Space, Giving Voice. If the Ministry of Education decides to adopt the guide as written, it would revise every subject from Kindergarten to Grade 12 by inserting lessons and discussions on “diversity,” including sexual orientation. Class attendance would be compulsory. The ministry drafted the guide as part of its 2006 settlement with Murray and Peter Corren. The pair, a “married” same-sex couple, had filed a human rights complaint alleging – as Murray Corren told the Sun in 2004 – there was “systemic discrimination through omission and suppression of queer issues in the whole of the curriculum.”
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