Bits and Pieces

Canada Social liberals Paul Martin, Belinda Stronach and Paul Godfrey announced they will not be running for the leadership of the federal Liberal party. All supported abortion and same-sex "marriage." Stronach was thought to be interested in the leadership, but party rules that limited spending and fundraising and emphasized party connections were probably prohibitive for the former Magna International executive. Godfrey, a [...]

2010-08-17T09:16:10-04:00May 17, 2006|Bits n' Pieces|

Catholics and Protestants together

It's remarkable how theologically conservative Catholics and Protestants have come to appreciate over the past 30 years, that on many theological and moral issues, they have much more in common with each other than with liberal members of their own respective churches. Underlying this church-wide dividing line is a difference of opinion on the interpretation of Holy Scripture. Conservative Catholics and Protestants [...]

2010-08-17T09:15:03-04:00May 17, 2006|Columnist, Religion, Rory Leishman|

St. John Bosco

Commonly known as Don Bosco, St. John Bosco was born in Italy on Aug. 16, 1815. His father died two years later and he was reared in poverty by his very holy mother, Margaret. In 1841, he became a priest and took on as his principal work - the training of young boys to be good Christians, mainly through his own example. [...]

2010-08-17T09:14:02-04:00May 17, 2006|Columnist, Profiles, Religion|

Saving Dalton McGuinty

One day recently, I burst into Premier Dalton McGuinty's office in Queen's Park, hotly pursued by a number of his aides. "I've come to save you, Dalton!" I yelled. "Sir, it's that Frank Kennedy - he just stormed by us," some flunky explained to the premier. "I'm afraid he's become unhinged. Shall I call security?" "No," said the premier putting down a [...]

2010-08-17T09:13:12-04:00May 17, 2006|Columnist, Frank Kennedy, Politics|

Stephen Harper, his faith life and public policy

In recent years, Canada has mostly had people in the prime minister's chair who claimed the Catholic faith as their own. But now, for the first time since John Diefenbaker, we have a person of evangelical faith holding the highest office in the nation. Many are questioning how Harper's faith convictions will affect the way he governs, since some of the values [...]

2010-08-17T09:12:01-04:00May 17, 2006|Columnist, Politics, Profiles, Rev. Royal Hamel|

Varied blossoms of spring

Strange creatures come out of hibernation during an Atlantic Canada spring. It starts with the arrival of a bevy of animal rights crusaders to protest the seal hunt.   Some are quite exotic by East Coast standards. This year's flock included Pamela Anderson, Brigitte Bardot and Paul and Heather McCartney - all oblivious to the complexities of the issue, lacking information, even [...]

2010-08-17T09:11:02-04:00May 17, 2006|Columnist, Society & Culture|

Capote film a sophisticated morality play

Capote Directed by Bennett Miller. Rated: R Review by Hilary White Reporter The Oscar-nominated film Capote opens with a long, still shot of the Kansas prairies creating the backdrop to a solitary farmhouse in which a young woman discovers the bodies of the Clutter family, murdered by two drifters, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. The murders and the two men become Truman [...]

2010-08-17T09:09:03-04:00May 17, 2006|Movie Review, Religion, Society & Culture|

Local pro-life leader believes it begins with family

It is hard not to recognize Bill Murphy at Northern Ontario right-to-life functions. Between his black cowboy hat, his grey captain's beard and a generous laugh, the Calgary transplant stands out as Sault Ste. Marie's local leader for Campaign Life Coalition. He and his wife Colleen arrived in this tight-knit northern Ontario community about 20 years ago. The couple now boast four [...]

2010-08-17T09:07:37-04:00May 17, 2006|Activism, Pro-Life, Profiles|

Religious rights upheld

The Interim The Court of Queen's Bench has reversed the 2002 Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission decision that found a man who placed references to Bible verses on homosexuality into a newspaper ad guilty of inciting hatred. Both Hugh Owens of Regina and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix were ordered to pay $1500 to three homosexual activists after Owens placed an ad in the Saskatoon [...]

2010-08-17T09:06:32-04:00May 17, 2006|Equal Rights, Religion|

Surf the net and support life

A new web search page based in the U.S., but serving the international community, is allowing internet surfers to find the information they are looking for, avoid objectionable advertisements and pornography and contribute to pro-life-related causes without shelling money directly out of their own pockets. was launched on a voluntary basis during the fall of 2005 as the world's first pro-life [...]

2010-08-17T09:05:53-04:00May 17, 2006|Activism, Pro-Life|

More black marks emerge on North Korea

Last month, Ri Kwang-chol, a doctor and defector from North Korea, addressed a human rights panel and stated that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born. Kwang-chol claimed that babies born with physical disabilities were killed in infancy in hospitals or at home and quickly [...]

2010-08-17T09:05:02-04:00May 17, 2006|Society & Culture|

Good News Corner Fredericton ‘welcome house’ saves lives

Six years ago, Peter Ryan, his wife Suzie and their seven daughters drove across Canada in the family van from Vancouver (where he gave up an executive pro-life position) to his hometown of Fredericton. Because he had heard that a Morgentaler abortuary was opening in his traditionally pro-life province of New Brunswick, he decided with quiet reserve to do something about it. [...]

2010-08-17T09:04:21-04:00May 17, 2006|Activism, Crisis pregnancy centres|

Celebrating five years of the Fr. Ted Colleton pro-life essay contest

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Father Ted Colleton Scholarship program. More than one hundred students have participated in the program, producing interesting and insightful essays on a variety of topics dealing with life issues. On these pages appear their thoughts, concerns and hopes for the pro-life movement in Canada. We were impressed by their knowledge, commitment, spirituality and activism. [...]

2010-08-17T09:03:30-04:00May 17, 2006|Pro-Life, Youth Activism|

A woman’s abortion trauma

Jennifer is a 27-year-old woman. She has a beautiful, whimsical face, delicate but well-defined features, long chestnut hair and a slight figure. She is a mother of an eight-year-old son. She works with paramedics and crisis response teams and has the semblance of a once tough-minded individual. But since November 2005, she has become victim to panic attacks brought on by having [...]

2010-08-17T09:02:21-04:00May 17, 2006|Motherhood, Post-abortion and Health Care|
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