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CEOs at the trough

It's not often you find a trade magazine, the current National Post Business magazine, detailing a hilarious collection of goofs and mad goings-on in the staid business world. You have Allan Markin, chairman and co-owner of Canadian Natural Resources, taking a leave of absence while suing his stepson for $2 million dollars for allegedly taking possession of Molly, the family Dalmatian. (Heavens, [...]

2010-08-31T14:05:14-06:00December 31, 2003|Frank Kennedy|

Why embryo research ‘needs’ government funding

The reason that the ALS Society of Canada, and other like-minded organizations, want the government to approve Bill C-13 is so that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will fund pharmaceutical companies to do such research on human embryos using taxpayers' money. These pharmaceutical companies are eager for taxpayer dollars, too. But the fact that they are eager for government money highlights [...]

2010-08-31T14:03:13-06:00December 31, 2003|Bioethics, Editorials, Paul Tuns|

A season for Christ

It sometimes seems that the culture of life enjoys few victories. The news is almost always bad. Dignity is insulted, virtues fade, and the foibles and follies of a world gone wrong can sometimes discourage even the most stout-hearted defender of life. Society is becoming postmodern, post-moral and, most distressingly, post-Christian. As Peter Kreeft puts it, "we cannot go back to being [...]

2010-08-31T14:03:21-06:00December 31, 2003|Editorials, Paul Tuns, Religion|

In Memoriam

Mr. & Mrs. R.M. Abernethy Mary Acommando Denis Adams Evangeline Adams Evelyn Aitchison Helen Albertson Fr. Carl T. Albury Mrs. Isobel A. Allen Gordon Anderson Sister Mary Andre Marguerite Anglin Frank & Mary Arrigo Dialina São Jose Furtado Arruda Herni Arsenault Mary & Alfred Ashfield Raymond Atance Josephine Attard André Audette Carmelo Azzopardi Evelyn Azzopardi Adrienne Bachand Henri Bachand Antoinette & Gus [...]

2003-12-31T13:48:15-06:00December 31, 2003|Issues|

Bits ‘n’ Pieces

Canada Prime Minister Jean Chretien will hand power over to new Liberal leader Paul Martin on Dec. 12 … At the Liberal convention, delegates heard Bono, lead vocalist for the rock group U2, pontificate on policy. One political observer told The Interim, "What's next? Ozzy Osbourne?" Another noted that the federal Liberals ignored the advice of domestic religious leaders on same-sex "marriage" [...]

2010-08-31T14:00:49-06:00December 31, 2003|Bits n' Pieces|

Book on manners for children a valuable resource

Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Good Manners, edited, with Commentary by Karen Santorum (ISI Books, US$25, 407 pages) True politeness, says Karen Santorum, "is the mirror of a person's heart and soul - it is an outward expression of inner virtue." How can such an important virtue so often be taken for granted? We know that children learn best by example [...]

2010-08-31T14:00:23-06:00December 31, 2003|Book Review|

Hamilton loses two stalwarts

Brockhouse was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hamilton's pro-life community lost two of its foremost supporters recently, including one who was famous on a world scale. Described by the Hamilton Spectator newspaper as a "heroic" and "larger-than-life" figure in the field of physics, Dr. Bertram Brockhouse died on Oct. 13 at the age of 85. In 1994, he had shared the coveted Nobel [...]

2003-12-31T13:48:00-06:00December 31, 2003|Issues|

Teen-sex scandal hits P.E.I. high school

Youth's Major League Baseball career hangs in the balance A trial involving sexual activity between high school athletes and pre-teen girls has been causing a stir in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Cass Rhynes, an 18-year old recently drafted by the L.A. Dodgers baseball club, is accused of sexual involvement last year with two 12-year-old girls. He was still a high school student and they [...]

2010-08-31T13:55:22-06:00December 31, 2003|Society & Culture|

Ding, dong, Landsberg’s gone

As a newspaper, the Toronto Star has never been my cup of tea, but it improved immeasurably in November, when after 25 years, its resident harridan columnist, Michelle Landsberg, finally packed it in and retired. For those unfamiliar with Mrs. Stephen Lewis (mother of the obsequious sometime-television-personality Avi Lewis, and mother-in-law of rabble-rousing Naomi Klein), she somehow managed to combine an overwrought [...]

2010-08-31T13:52:47-06:00December 31, 2003|Issues|

FCP ponders its next steps

Coming off a provincial election in which it garnered a significantly higher number of votes than in the previous one, the Family Coalition Party of Ontario (Ontario Coalition) is setting its sights on some ambitious goals as it prepares for the next balloting exercise several years hence. The party won over 35,000 votes on Oct. 2, representing an impressive 48 per cent [...]

2010-08-31T13:50:39-06:00December 31, 2003|Politics|

Nova Scotia to allow Sunday shopping

The government of Nova Scotia has changed its laws to allow Sunday shopping, which has long been a contentious issue in the province. Just before its fall session wrapped up on Oct. 30, the legislature amended the Retail Business Uniform Closing Day Act to allow shopping from 1 to 6 p.m. on the six Sundays before Christmas. Tory Premier John Hamm, a [...]

2010-08-31T13:50:09-06:00December 31, 2003|Society & Culture|

Bishop withdraws parish oversight

In a move that surprised even his fellow conservatives, Terry Buckle, bishop of the Yukon, withdrew his oversight of 11 conservative parishes in New Westminster. The churches, known as the Anglican Communion in New Westminster (ACiNW), had sought Buckle's care after their own bishop, Michael Ingham, agreed to bless gay relationships. In a letter dated Nov. 7, Buckle wrote to the ACiNW, [...]

2010-08-31T13:46:49-06:00December 31, 2003|Religion|

Interim receives media award from pro-life group

It has been recognized throughout the world by various figures as one of the leading periodicals on life and family issues. On Nov. 11, the Right to Life Association of Toronto and Area added to the accolades by awarding The Interim newspaper its 2003 June Scandiffio Award for outstanding pro-life leadership in the media. The recognition took place as part of the [...]

2010-08-31T13:31:06-06:00December 31, 2003|Issues|

Excellent speakers at euthanasia symposium

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition hosted a euthanasia symposium in Toronto on Oct. 25, featuring the pre-eminent speakers in their area of expertise: Ruth Enns, Dr. Ian Dowbiggin and Wesley Smith. Wesley Smith, author of Forced Exit and The Culture of Death: The Destruction of Medical Ethics in America, and attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, spoke about [...]

2010-08-31T13:30:17-06:00December 31, 2003|Issues|

Poll reveals encouraging numbers

'Serious reservations' about abortion, stem cell research and absence of consent laws A poll released in November by LifeCanada, the national educational pro-life group, showed that Canadians have serious reservations about unrestricted abortion, embryonic stem cell research and the absence of consent laws regarding abortion. "The poll is very encouraging for pro-life Canadians," said LifeCanada president Jakki Jeffs. "It tells us that [...]

2010-08-31T13:29:35-06:00December 31, 2003|Abortion statistics|
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