Submissions Tag

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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22 May 2012 Legal Submission to MPPs on Bill 13

This morning, a coalition of concerned Ontarians presented to the Ontario Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 13, the well-intentioned but poorly written anti-bullying law. Albertos Polizogopoulos presented on behalf of the Coalition for Parental Rights in Education, which included the Ontario ARPA groups. André Schutten, ARPA Canada’s legal counsel, was also present to observe.  There are a number of concerns with Bill 13 as have been outlined elsewhere on this site. These concerns were brought forward in a thorough legal analysis and explained in the short time available. Albertos also explained the very simple and small changes that could be made to the Bill that would address our concerns and still promote a bill that aims to tackle all bullying. We hope that the members of the Standing Committee take these concerns to heart.
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16 Jan 2012 ARPA’s Legal Counsel: Presentation to the OHRC

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative, hosted a community dialogue on human rights related to religious observance and practice. The OHRC issued a call for academic papers to be submitted on various aspects of religious human rights in order to assist in developing their policy on religion. ARPA Canada’s legal counsel Andre Schutten submitted a paper proposal arguing that greater protection of associational rights is necessary in the human rights and religious employment context. The OHRC accepted the paper proposal and Andre attended the by-invitation-only dialogue as a speaker. Those in attendance included numerous leading academics including Professors Richard Moon, Errol Mendes, Benjamin Berger, Janet Buckingham, Bruce Ryder and Iain Benson. There was also a full complement of OHRC staff, including lawyers, policy makers and Ms. Barbara Hall (the chief commissioner) in attendance throughout the entire two-day program. Finally, there was a broad representation of various faith groups including Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha’i, Humanist, Atheist, Catholic, Anglican, Unitarian, Evangelical and Reformed.
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08 Dec 2011 ARPA Submission: Family Law Reform a Social Experiment

If newspapers and political parties are to be believed, BC's recent move to overhaul the province's massive family law is good for everyone and long overdue. Hidden beneath the veneer however are substantial problems and a radical new understanding of family and marriage that step far away from our Judeo-Christian heritage and into uncharted territory. In November, before the law was introduced and speedily passed, ARPA Canada was able to express our concerns about the legislation to a number of government officials. It was important to us to communicate that although aspects of the legislation may be good, the proposed law included monumental shifts in the state's understanding of family and marriage that we believe are detrimental to children and an overt violation of these institutions as God made them.
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22 Sep 2011 Action Needed: Prostitution in Canada

Today, ARPA Canada sent a policy report on prostitution, available in both official languages, to each and every Member of Parliament and Senator. This is the first issue of our new biannual publication that we titled Respectfully Submitted. Click here to view an e-version. Our motivation is that Christians be proactive by putting forward quality policy recommendations rather than just react to the negative laws. We need your help to make this effective.
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31 Aug 2011 Euthanasia on the CBC

The Current, a morning program on CBC RadioOne, aired an episode about the challenge to the Canadian laws against assisted suicide this morning from 8:30 to 9:00. It sounded more like an endorsement for the practice than investigative journalism. ARPA Canada submitted the following letter to CBC: Good morning, I caught the last fifteen minutes of The Current this morning on CBC RadioOne on my drive in to work, as the interviewer was speaking with Grace Pastine, the litigation director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). The interviewer asked two questions. First: will physician-assisted suicide lead to the elderly feeling obligated to exit this life? Second: is legalized assisted suicide actually cruel to those suffering?
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