Monthly Archives: April 2006


Rothstein should make for an excellent addition

Judging from the reputation of Justice Marshall Rothstein, and the answers he gave to the questions put to him in the unprecedented public hearing that preceded his appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, he should make an excellent addition to the country’s top court. Asked by Conservative MP Diane Ablonczy to state his views on the proper role of judges in [...]

2010-08-17T08:34:52-04:00April 17, 2006|Columnist, Rory Leishman, Society & Culture|

C’mon, Canada, we can do better

Watching Judge Marshall Rothstein, our newest Supreme Court justice, perform was like watching Wayne Gretzky in his prime dodge, circle, hide and evade. Wayne had the aid of a hockey cop dressed in a uniform similar to Wayne’s, who was ready to hospitalize any opponent aiming to hospitalize Wayne. What did we know about Justice Marshall Rothstein? Nothing. Nothing important. And after [...]

2010-08-17T08:32:45-04:00April 17, 2006|Columnist, Frank Kennedy, Politics, Society & Culture|

On Saint Patrick

I am sure that all readers of The Interim are aware that on March 17, we celebrated the feast of St. Patrick. But it occurred to me that many people may not be aware of the history of St. Patrick. So, I thought it might be useful if I give a summary of his life and activities. St. Patrick, the apostle and [...]

2010-08-17T08:31:01-04:00April 17, 2006|Columnist, Religion|

Silence aids and abets falsehood

“I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” (Jude 3) Nobody will dispute that homosexual rights advocates and their supporters have recently won huge battles in our nation. One can scarcely imagine a greater coup than the passage of Bill C-38, which changed the traditional definition of [...]

2010-08-17T08:30:02-04:00April 17, 2006|Columnist, Marriage and Family, Rev. Royal Hamel|

Legislative loophole allows sales of ova in Canada

Health Canada is not planning to take any action against the practice of selling human ova on the internet, despite the ostensible prohibition of the practice under Canada’s Assisted Reproduction Technologies Act. Citing a loophole in the legislation, a Health Canada official says the act does not ban the advertising of human genetic materials, only their purchase. “It’s a payment to a [...]

2015-05-21T11:40:02-04:00April 17, 2006|Bioethics|

More and more women going solo, says StatsCan

Years ago, feminist Gloria Steinem opined that “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” adding for good measure that one become a “semi-non-person” after the wedding vows are exchanged. Steinem later raised some eyebrows in 2000 when she tied the knot with a wealthy younger man, but Canadian women seem to have taken her earlier views on cohabitation [...]

2010-08-17T08:26:40-04:00April 17, 2006|Marriage and Family, Society & Culture|

Holland to allow baby euthanasia

It will be legal to euthanize children in Holland within a few weeks. Doctors will now be able to collaborate openly with parents for the deaths of severely handicapped or suffering children, without risking charges of murder. The country has set up a committee to regulate the illicit killing of seriously ill infants by doctors. The Groningen Protocol, drafted by euthanist Dr. [...]

2010-08-17T08:25:14-04:00April 17, 2006|Euthanasia|

Human rights reforms prompt concerns

A move by the Ontario government to “modernize” and streamline its human rights system is eliciting criticisms and expressions of concern from social conservatives in the province. Attorney-General Michael Bryant announced in February that the government will shortly introduce legislation to advance “human rights” and prevent “discrimination.” It also proposes to make the complaints process more efficient by allowing claims to be [...]

2010-08-17T08:24:03-04:00April 17, 2006|Human rights|

Pro-marriage group makes impact

A non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting family and traditional marriage in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario has already been making big political impacts, despite having been in existence for only a short period of time. Defend Traditional Family and Marriage grew out of a merger between two smaller groups that had been attempting to preserve the traditional definition of marriage before [...]

2010-08-17T08:22:58-04:00April 17, 2006|Activism, Marriage and Family|

Corporate Watch

The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, according to its grant application form, has come out in support of human embryonic stem cell research by indicating its intent to provide grant funding to researchers. At the same time, the form also shows the foundation’s concern for the proper treatment of animals, by requesting applicants agree with principles enunciated by the Canadian Council on Animal [...]

2010-08-17T08:22:00-04:00April 17, 2006|Corporate Watch|

Abortion workers often forgotten victims of the tragedy

Joan Appleton, the former head nurse of a Virginia abortuary, recalls that “it was the friendship of one pro-lifer, Debra Braun, and the prayers of many pro-lifers that got me to leave the abortion business.” And to her peers who continue to provide abortions, she says: “I invite you to leave the world of lies, anger and rage and join the rest [...]

2010-08-17T08:20:45-04:00April 17, 2006|Abortion, Activism|

A quarter-century of supporting life

Assistant Editor St. Catharines Right to Life in Ontario celebrated its 25th annual dinner in style on Feb. 25, with almost 400 people attending at the city’s sprawling Club Roma banquet hall. In addition to dignitaries including the Roman Catholic bishop of St. Catharines, James Wingle, and St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra, six of the 10 founding board members were present. They [...]

2010-08-17T08:18:25-04:00April 17, 2006|Activism, Pro-Life|

Dorothy L. Sayers: woman for all ages

Just as with Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, posterity has seen Dorothy L. Sayers become a prisoner of her finest creation. In the case of this intensely gifted British author, the fictional detective is Lord Peter Wimsey. Doyle ached to be known for something other than Holmes and urged readers to look to his historical romances, non-fiction and volumes on spiritualism. [...]

2010-08-17T08:10:38-04:00April 17, 2006|Profiles, Religion|

Jean Vanier: still on a journey

On Jan. 31, there was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch a presentation by Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, and Dr Balfour Mount, the founder of palliative care in Canada. The title of the presentation was A Journey to Personal & Social Transformation. Mount, who has cared for dying Canadians for more than 30 years, presented first. He stated that he is [...]

2010-08-17T08:09:15-04:00April 17, 2006|Pro-Life, Profiles, Religion|

Lobbyist holds MPs’ feet to the fire

Aidan Reid is not your typical Ottawa lobbyist. The 29-year-old first became interested in political activism as a teenager, after attending a presentation on abortion. “I was shocked to discover how common this gruesome practice is in Canada,” Reid told The Interim. “So I began participating in Life Chains, which showed me there was a large number of people interested in life [...]

2010-08-17T08:07:25-04:00April 17, 2006|Abortion, Politics|
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