Replace the Supreme Court’s judicial activists

Following a speech to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 3, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada was asked for her opinion on the desirability of having Parliament play a more active role in the appointment of judges. A restrained judge would have refused to answer such a politically charged question. What, though, did McLachlin do? She [...]

2010-08-17T07:50:47-04:00March 17, 2006|Columnist, Rory Leishman, Society & Culture|

The great unwashed rise from the swamp

It’s not going to be tough to say goodbye to the greatest collection of tiny talented, Liberal-leaning radical feminists in the world. Nor to a similar collection of hedonistic, loyal, lightweight Liberal males also owing their unwarranted rise to our highest court to the slavish worship of Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s faulty musings. (Pierre used to say that the government had no business [...]

2010-08-17T07:49:33-04:00March 17, 2006|Columnist, Frank Kennedy, Politics|

A look at St. Joseph

As we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19), I thought this great saint would be a suitable subject for this month’s spiritual reminder. Who was Joseph? The first time we hear of him is in the Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 1. We are told that an angel appeared to a virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph [...]

2010-08-17T07:48:42-04:00March 17, 2006|Columnist, Profiles, Sex Education|

Finally, a chance for change

The English writer Hilaire Belloc wrote about the Barbarian: a man with a perpetual sneer on his lips, who laughs at the fixed convictions of our inheritance. Paula Adamick, in the January issue of Challenge magazine, quoted Belloc: “We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by [...]

2010-08-17T07:47:51-04:00March 17, 2006|Columnist, Marriage and Family, Politics|

Manitoba pharmacists refuse MAP

Interim Staff The Winnipeg Free Press reported that convinced that that the morning-after pill or so-called emergency contraceptives can cause an abortion, some Manitoba pharmacists are refusing to sell them. The paper contacted pharmacies to discover if they carried the drug levonorgestrel, better known as Plan B. Somewhat surprisingly, the paper found that while pharmacies near smaller Mennonite communities such as Steinbach [...]

2010-08-17T07:46:45-04:00March 17, 2006|Abortion, Sex Education|

Q and A with: Father Frank Pavone

Father Frank Pavone will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Canadian National March for Life, taking place in Ottawa May 10-12. He is the national director of Priests for Life, a U.S.-based movement of Roman Catholic priests seeking to help the rest of the church use its full strength against the most devastating attacks on human life in our day. The [...]

2010-08-17T07:46:06-04:00March 17, 2006|Pro-Life, Religion|

A litany of medical malfeasance

In last November’s issue of The Interim, we looked at the general state of Canadian medicine, which we noted is distinguished by characteristics including the fact that it kills more than 100,000 pre-born Canadians a year through abortion and perhaps as many as 24,000 born ones a year through medical errors, takes up huge chunks of government budgets and is marred by [...]

2010-08-17T07:45:02-04:00March 17, 2006|Society & Culture|

Pro-life singer in line for Juno award

With a history of pro-life involvement that dates back to picketing outside abortuaries with her parents as a youngster, it’s only natural that Christian musician and Juno Award nominee Janelle Reinhart – who goes by the stage name of simply Janelle - would now be performing at pro-life conferences and events such as the U.S. and Canadian National Marches for Life. The [...]

2010-08-17T07:43:59-04:00March 17, 2006|Activism, Pro-Life|

Reports suggest hospital euthanized patients during Katrina

Just after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, rumors circulated that at least one hospital had euthanized patients during the mayhem. reported in September 2005 that an unnamed doctor admitted to a U.K. newspaper such activities had taken place at Memorial Medical Centre. In October, another doctor at the hospital confirmed in a CNN interview that he suspected such activities and admitted [...]

2010-08-17T07:42:49-04:00March 17, 2006|Euthanasia|

Pope Benedict reflects on love

It is not surprising that, in his first encyclical, promulgated on Jan. 25, Pope Benedict XVI examines the relationship between church and state, the meaning of human sexuality and the obligations and prerogatives of Christian life. What is surprising is that he does this only through his reflections on love, the overarching theme of his letter. But if it seems odd that [...]

2010-08-17T07:42:00-04:00March 17, 2006|Marriage and Family, Religion|

Scandal as Michael Schiavo gets Catholic wedding

Like many Catholics and right-to-life activists, I was shocked to read about Michael Schiavo’s recent Catholic wedding to Jody Centonze. As Gudrun Schultz reported on, “Michael Schiavo, who had his disabled wife Terri killed last March by refusing her food and water, was re-married last Saturday in the Roman Catholic Church of Espiritu Santo in Florida. Schiavo married Jodi Centonze. He [...]

2010-08-17T07:40:37-04:00March 17, 2006|Assisted Suicide, Religion|

Canadians okay with abortion restrictions: poll

An Ipsos-Reid poll released by CanWest Global has revealed that a majority of Canadians would oppose opposition parties toppling the Conservative government over abortion restrictions. The poll also found that, by an even larger margin, Canadians would oppose ousting the Conservatives if they tried to pass a law making same-sex “marriage” illegal. Even though the poll used language biased in favour of [...]

2010-08-17T07:39:32-04:00March 17, 2006|Abortion statistics|

Media and the 2006 election

Mainstream media coverage of the 2006 federal election campaign was marked by a perhaps-surprising improvement in the fairness of the reporting of the major political parties. But still, there persisted an animosity toward, and an ostracization of, socially conservative candidates, particularly those from the Conservative party. Observers wondered, when the campaign began, whether the media would engage in the kind of blackmarking [...]

2010-08-17T07:38:44-04:00March 17, 2006|Politics, Society & Culture|

Choice in childcare a Tory priority

Genuine choice in childcare is one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s key election promises - and perhaps the most contentious, as his minority government faces off against three socialist parties in the new Parliament. Indeed, the Conservative promise to provide parents a $100 monthly allowance for each child under six years of age became a hot-button issue during the campaign, when two [...]

2010-08-17T07:37:31-04:00March 17, 2006|Marriage and Family, Politics|

‘Presumed consent’ organ donation looms in Ontario

On Feb. 16, Ontario New Democrat MPP and House Leader Peter Kormos introduced a private member’s bill that proposed to make organ donation automatic for everyone, unless the individual has previously “opted out” of the system. Kormos said the plan “will help ease the organ-donation crisis,” in which there are not enough organs donated to meet the demand for transplants. The bill [...]

2010-08-17T07:36:26-04:00March 17, 2006|Bioethics|
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