Success Stories Tag

10 Dec 2012 15 Success Stories for 2012 – Thank You for Taking Action

Don’t believe people who suggest that Christian political action is a lost cause. Yes, it is very challenging to bring a faith-based perspective to a nation that has divorced its public institutions from God. But difficulty is not something any Christian should shy away from. Christ reminded us many times that we should expect hardship when being a faithful witness. Far too many Christians have given up on our society, our communities, and our nation. These Christians conclude that politics is a distraction from the Great Commission. They argue that we should be focussing on the things that “really matter”, especially evangelism. Evangelism does matter. But it is wrong to suggest that we should be focussing on one example of discipleship over against another. A big reason for the success of secularism in the West has been Christians who divorced their private lives from their public life. The absence of Christians in public life left a vacuum that was quickly filled with worldviews that are hostile to Christ.
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13 Nov 2012 ARPA’s Campaign Highlighted in Maclean’s Magazine

Maclean's magazine, with 2.4 milllion readers, has published an in-depth analysis of Canada's legal treatment of the unborn. The article features a constitutional law expert, two Members of Parliament, and ARPA's WeNeedaLAW.ca campaign. The Maclean's article explains that our courts are struggling with how to even speak about the unborn because there are no laws and our legislatures refuse to change that. It goes on to detail how this is finally being challenged, by brave MPs but also through the pro-life movement. "A pivotal moment came last May, when representatives from the Association for Reformed Political Action, a national Christian advocacy group, approached Vancouver-based activist Mike Schouten about running an initiative to build support for fetal protection legislation."
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23 Oct 2012 Very Good News: Alberta’s New Education Act Will Not Be Shackled to Human Rights Act

Update: We have a new EasyMail letter that allows you to thank your MLA and the Education Minister in just a few minutes. Find it here. Also, Parents for Choice in Education has completed a detailed analysis of the new act. We highly recommend it for Alberta families. Canadian Press has reported that the new Education Act coming to Alberta will come without the preamble that subjects the entire system to the infamous Alberta Human Rights Act. Government house leader Dave Hancock stated that the bill has been rewritten to...

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17 Oct 2012 ARPA Appears Before BC Finance Committee

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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19 Sep 2012 Brand New Abortion Memorial in BC’s Fraser Valley

Update: The memorial has been vandalized. Find the picture and press release here. Surrey/Cloverdale ARPA and WeNeedaLAW.ca teamed up to build a new memorial and it is now turning heads next to the busy Fraser Highway in Surrey BC. This one features 100 pink and blue crosses, reminding the public that sex-selective abortion is happening in Canada as well. News1130 and the Straight.com were the first media outlets to pick up the story. Find pictures and learn more at www.WeNeedaLAW.ca....

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13 Sep 2012 Wow! 4 Huge Billboards Call for Abortion Law

Until the end of September, thousands of Ontario drivers won't be able to ignore 4 large Pattison billboards, sponsored by Hamilton ARPA, urging our nation to come up with a law to protect the unborn. The billboards carry a single but powerful message - three countries in the world offer no protection for unborn children: China, North Korea, and Canada! They also point readers to www.WeNeedaLaw.ca, an initiative of ARPA Canada.   "We initially approached the project with trepidation" explained Hamilton ARPA member Liam Helder. "Both the technical and the...

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05 Sep 2012 Success Story: 244 Pro-Life Petitions Read in Parliament!

ARPA Note: Local ARPA groups and many of you, our readers, took the lead in getting these petitions filled in and sent to Parliament. Way to go! You can find a list of all the MPs who read the petitions here.   Press Release from www.WeNeedaLAW.ca, August 5 2012: - Surrey, BC - Last week the Privy Council Office released an updated list of the petitions regarding MP Stephen Woodworth's motion as well as WeNeedaLAW.ca's petition calling on Parliament assembled to restrict abortion to the greatest extent possible. The lengthy list received by WeNeedaLAW.ca director, Mike Schouten includes the name of the MP who presented the petition, the date it was presented, and the number of signatories affixed to each petition.
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30 Jul 2012 WeNeedaLaw campaign engaging national media

Since its launch earlier this year the WeNeedaLaw Campaign, which aims to build grassroots support for federal abortion legislation, has been successful in engaging the national media. The National Post published another commentary from Campaign Director Mike Schouten, titled 'why Canada should ban late term abortions'.
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16 Jul 2012 Video: “We are not done yet” MP Brian Storseth

On a warm summer evening, the Barrhead/Neerlandia ARPA group teamed up with MPs Rob Merrifield and Brian Storseth to host a public forum in their community about the infamous human rights commissions and Mr. Storseth's Bill C-304, which recently passed in the House of Commons and is currently in the Senate. "It is important that we never again give up our fundamental freedoms to the bureaucracy and to government" Storseth noted in a video interview with ARPA. "That is ours as Canadians to protect and defend and decide on, not somebody else, and we can never give those powers over to the bureaucracy because it will only be abused and expanded at that point in time." Mr. Storseth encouraged the audience to carry on with the progress by making similar changes to the equivalent sections of the provincial human rights legislation. He also made a point of thanking you, our readers, for your efforts to have his bill passed in the House of Commons. 
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26 Jun 2012 Bill 13: Was it Worth It?

By André Schutten (www.ARPACanada.ca): For the past half year, the Ontario ARPA groups have worked hard to lobby against Bill 13, the so-called “Accepting Schools Act.” Hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars, countless emails and letters to Members of Provincial Parliament, and many prayers were spent in trying to amend the Bill or have it stopped completely. We rallied with other groups across the province. We presented comprehensive legal arguments against the problematic sections of the Bill. But we failed, it seems. The Bill passed, with the only real amendments being the inclusion of new, confusing, and undefined terms like biphobia, transphobia, gender identity and gender expression.
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