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.
By Cloverdale ARPA Background and introduction You may be wondering why we are discussing the Latimer issue. It has not really been in the news since the Supreme Court of Canada upheld his life sentence without eligibility for parole for 10 years. It may seem, therefore, that the Latimer issue is a dead one. However, let us not be fooled by the media's silence. The issues surrounding the Latimer case are still very real ones.
By Lindsay Bisschop On May 17, 2005 the people of British Columbia will be asked to make a critical decision about how they will be governed. Ballots will be cast not only for representatives in the Legislative Assembly, but also on the referendum on whether to change from the current First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) electoral system to a Single-Transferable Vote (STV) system. This recommendation comes to the people of British Columbia from the Citizens’ Assembly, a representative group of citizens who have studied different proposals of electoral reform and suggested STV as the best possible solution.
By Doug SchoutenRecently, while at a meeting with a newly-elected Member of Parliament, a member of the Langley ARPA group asked what the MP proposed to do about the current lack of abortion legislation in Canada. His answer was rather surprising. He contended that the courts have effectively taken this aspect of social policy out of the hands of our legislative bodies. The MP thought that since the issue of abortion is so divisive in Parliament, and since the only way to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the pro-life movement is to invoke the Section 33 ‘notwithstanding clause’ (I’ll explain this clause later), the only way to effect positive change in this matter is to influence the culture of Canada outside of the strictly political circles. I would tend to agree.
By Stan Leyenhorst Human rights complaints related to discrimination as specified in the BC Human Rights Code are appearing more and more in various media and continue to be a source of concern for many. A general overview of the BC Human Rights Tribunal can provide information regarding its history, including recent changes, the establishment of the Tribunal, its role, and the process of complaints resolution.
A shirt a day… The vision of the folks behind www.Abort73.com by Jon Dykstra (Feb. 2006 Reformed Perspective) “Hey, what’s with the shirt? What’s Abort73.com?” “I could tell you, but better yet, why don’t you go online and check it out?” ****
The CTV News clip below shows coverage of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform's Reproductive "Choice" Campaign in Calgary by Jon Dykstra (first appeared in the September 2002 issue of Reformed Perspective) Greg Cunningham is an “in your face” kind of guy. Last year he began putting 7 by 22 foot pictures of aborted babies on the sides of delivery trucks, which were then driven all over California. On the Memorial Day weekend this year (May 25-27) he took it up a notch, renting a plane and trailing a 30 by 100 foot banner behind it. The banner showed parts of a 10-week-old aborted fetus: an arm and two legs laid out on top of a US nickel to give spectators an idea of the size of the bloody remains. He flew the plane over the Santa Monica beaches, showing the picture to jam-packed holiday weekend crowds.
Background: There is an increasing push for the legalization of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in Canada. A Today's Family News article notes that "One year ago, MPs debated a private member’s bill introduced by Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde to legalize physician-assisted suicide. A federal election was called before it could come to a vote but Lalonde has since vowed to resurrect her bill." Instead of being reactive, we can be proactive. So here is a simple action plan: 1) Check out the news article that tells the story of a husband from Nova Scotia who brought his wife over to Europe to be euthanized. A very sad part of the story (not really talked about in the CBC version) is that he is a retired Anglican minister.