Submissions Tag

08 Dec 2014 ARPA Submission to BC Health Committee – End of Life Care

After seeing a note from "Dying with Dignity" encouraging their supporters to make use of the BC government's consultation about health care sustainability and end-of-life care to promote euthanasia, we drafted our own submission (see the attached document). In recent years, there has been a push to redefine end-of-life care to include assisted suicide and euthanasia. This undermines the very concept of care, exploits some of our most vulnerable neighbours, and ignores a much better and proven alternative – palliative care. Promoting palliative care, not euthanasia and assisted suicide, upholds the...

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06 Aug 2014 Submission to College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – Policy 5-08

On Tuesday, August 5, ARPA's legal counsel sent a formal submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario with respect to their policy as it relates to conscience rights and the Ontario Human Rights Code. The College had requested feedback as it underwent consultations while reviewing their policy. At stake is whether doctors have the right to refuse treatment if they have conscientious objections to the treatment. For example, can a Christian doctor refuse to prescribe birth control pills if that particular doctor thinks that such a prescription is unethical, or is bad medicine? What if the objection is religiously motivated? These are not just hypothetical questions: three doctors in Ottawa recently came under fire for refusing to prescribe the birth control pill.  As you will read in ARPA's submission (a copy is appended below), there were many legal submissions made to the College that correctly and thoroughly outlined the law as it relates to protecting doctors' conscience rights.
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17 Jun 2014 Restorative Justice Transcripts Now Available

We are pleased to provide you with the written transcripts of the speech on Restorative Justice that Dr. Smith gave on May 6, 2013. The speech was presented to Parliamentarians, the attendees of the 2014 God & Government conference and guests of not-for-profit agencies in English, however we have provided links to the speech in both English and French. If you would prefer to listen to Dr. Smith's speech, you may listen to the Lighthouse News broadcast here. Please share this transcript with your MP or others that you...

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10 Mar 2014 New Policy Report: The Supremacy of God

The following is our latest issue of Respectfully Submitted, a series of policy reports for Parliamentarians. It is best viewed as a PDF (attached). We are printing and shipping this one to all MPs and Senators and encourage our readers to follow up with their MP in the coming weeks to ask for their thoughts about this document.                                          “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law” -        Preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Who is supreme in Canada? Some will point to the justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, others to the Prime Minister’s Office and still others to the people who elect the politicians. But all of them, and all of us, are here today and gone tomorrow. We may argue that it is ideas which shape a society because ideas don’t retire or die – they have the power to overthrow an empire. Our Chief Justice once wrote that law itself is supreme.[1] But laws change and ideas are like the wind. Progressivism, the unarticulated goal of many legislators, becomes a self-defeating enterprise as the next generation looks upon it with the same disregard that it looked on those ideas before it. Canada is a nation in search of an identity. We don’t publicly recognize any god as supreme, let alone the Christian God. We follow leaders and ideas for a time, only to move on to the next person or thing that stirs us. But hockey, donuts, and beer aren’t exactly symbols on which to build a nation. Over the decades Canada has divorced the Christian God from our public institutions and replaced Him with self-worship, state-worship, and earth-worship, among other things. Yet we continue to lay claim to, and benefit from, many of the political and legal by-products of the Christian faith, including fundamental human rights, much of the Criminal Code, and the concept of rule of law.
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09 Oct 2013 Presentation to BC Finance Committee

This morning ARPA's Executive Director Mark Penninga was given an opportunity to make a presentation to the BC Finance Committee about priorities for the 2014 budget. We have done this a couple times in the past and this year we decided to do things a little different and first explain the concept of "sphere sovereignty" as it relates to the budget. We did this because an underlying problem that the provincial governments first need to address is a clear understanding of what its role is in relation to the other...

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04 Apr 2013 New Policy Report: Spanking

Update: Click here for an EasyMail letter that lets you contact your MP about this bill quickly and personally. Our latest issue of Respectfully Submitted is on its way to all MPs and Senators and tackles the sensitive subject of corporal discipline, more commonly referred to as spanking. We strongly encourage you to give it a read (click on attachment below for the clean PDF) and ask your MP what they thought of it. Our donors will be receiving a copy in the mail soon and others will be able to pick up a copy at future ARPA events.     Respectfully Submitted - Corporal Discipline - April 2013 Since 1997, Members of Parliament have introduced no fewer than eight private member’s bills to fully ban corporal punishment, also known as physical discipline, smacking, or spanking. Currently, Bill S-214, introduced by Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, awaits second reading in the Senate. Her previous effort in 2008 passed through the Senate but died when an election was called. And it’s not just Parliamentarians. A 2012 editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal make the same case: “It is time for Canada to remove this anachronistic excuse for poor parenting from the statute book.” In 2004, a case proceeded all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. This case challenged section 43 of the Criminal Code, which allows parents to use corporal discipline as a defence to a criminal charge of assault, on constitutional grounds. The majority of the Court ruled that the defence is valid and the law is constitutional, but they also took the opportunity to clarify what is and is not appropriate when it comes to spanking (see Chart 1).
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17 Oct 2012 ARPA Appears Before BC Finance Committee

Take Action: You can also share your thoughts on BC's Budget by filling in a online survey here. ARPA Canada's Executive Director Mark Penninga addressed BC's Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday, making recommendations for the provinces 2013 budget. The 10 MLA's used the full time allotted for questions. After the presentation two MLA's took the time to personally thank ARPA for its work. One noted that as they travelled the province looking for input, they have not yet had anything comparable to ARPA's presentation. We were also pleased to hear that one of the MLA's recently completed Dr. Van Dam's excellent book God & Government. It is encouraging to see just how much better we are getting to know our public officials since we first presented to this committee in 2008.
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26 Sep 2012 Latest Publication: Freedom & Liberty

This week, ARPA Canada sent its latest submission to all Members of Parliament and Senators on the issue of Freedom and Liberty. This policy report tackles the very broad issue of what it means to be free, where this freedom comes from and from whom we need freedom. It clarifies what the role of the State is and ends with a number of recommendations for practical policy implementation. Get your free e-copy by clicking on the PDF below or pick up a hard copy at one of the ARPA events...

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18 Sep 2012 ARPA and Dozens of Organizations Unite to Express Support for M-312

ARPA Canada stood alongside dozens of other organizations and experts in a joint statement to Parliament to "express our support for Motion No. 312 and the establishment of a special committee of the House of Commons to review the declaration in subsection 223 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada which states that a child becomes a human being only "when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother."' Read the full document and the long list of those who signed it here. The statement has...

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27 Jun 2012 Respectfully Submitted: Aboriginal Affairs

"Respectfully Submitted" is a policy report for MPs and Senators published by ARPA Canada. This issue is devoted to the difficult subject of government policy pertaining to Canada's Aboriginal peoples. Thanks to our donors, we are able to send a complimentary copy, in both official languages, to all of the MPs and Senators. But this is one document among many that gets mailed to them. They are much more likely to read it if you, their constituent, asks them to. We have prepared an EasyMail letter to allow you to...

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