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Judges and politics

Earlier this year, the Harper government began opening the process of Supreme Court appointments when it permitted a Parliamentary committee to ask questions of their Supreme Court Justice appointee, Judge Marshall Rothstein. There were cries from the usual quarters about the politicization of the judiciary and worries about “American-style” confirmation battles, never mind that Canadian parliamentarians are only vetting, not confirming the [...]

2010-08-19T09:21:12-04:00December 19, 2006|Politics|

Nicaragua bans all abortions

On Nov. 17, the president of Nicaragua, Enrique Bolanos, signed into law a bill eliminating the “therapeutic abortion” exception in the country’s criminal code. The new law eliminates a loophole that allowed an unborn child to be killed if three doctors certified a woman’s “life or health” was at risk. This so-called “health” exception terminology has been severely abused in some countries [...]

2010-08-19T09:17:04-04:00December 19, 2006|Abortion, Abortion Law|

Traditional values a winner for sisters in municipal elections

As the only two girls in a tight-knit Italian family, Dr. Grace Tridico and her younger sister Lorena have always done everything together. Their sisterly endeavours include standing up for Terri Schiavo’s right-to-life and fighting a proposed strip club in their community. Thus, friends and family were not surprised when the Tridico sisters put their names forward in Ontario’s 2006 municipal election. [...]

2010-08-19T09:15:15-04:00December 19, 2006|Activism, Politics, Pro-Life|

‘Radical democracy’ at root of our woes

The current Canadian culture wars are rooted in the fact that democracy, in the form it has evolved to today, is locked in an ideological and moral conflict with many of the forms of belonging that we cherish in civil society – the heart of which is the natural family. That was the message brought by one of Canada’s leading intellectuals and [...]

2010-08-19T09:12:40-04:00December 19, 2006|Politics|

U.S. mid-term elections offer mixed results to social conservatives

It is too easy to equate Republican losses in the mid-term elections with a defeat for pro-life and other socially conservative causes. Easy, but wrong. It would also be easy to focus on the challenges pro-lifers face. But that would ignore the opportunities that present themselves in the election’s aftermath. First, the pro-life cause’s fortunes may rise and fall with the success [...]

2010-08-19T09:13:17-04:00December 19, 2006|Issues, Politics, Pro-Life|

Numerous Canadian faith groups take a stand for marriage

On Nov. 9, a declaration by 43 faith groups summarizing the traditional understanding of marriage was presented at an Ottawa press conference. The statement highlighted marriage’s importance as the primary nurturer of children. It also noted the threat to freedom of religion and freedom of expression posed by the implementation of same-sex “marriage.” The “Declaration on Marriage” was designed to provide “guidance” [...]

2010-08-19T09:08:12-04:00December 19, 2006|Marriage and Family|

Social conservatism and the U.S. midterms

The American mainstream media, left-wing Democrats and pro-abortion and gay rights activists, all claimed that the Religious Right was repudiated after the country turfed the Republican Party and voters in some states defeated pro-life and pro-family ballot initiatives. This plinkered view of the midterm elections self-servingly misses numerous points: the Replican Party is not the same thing as the "Religious Right," voters [...]

2010-08-18T14:38:00-04:00December 18, 2006|Editorials, Politics|

A Child is born

On Christmas night, the angels announced “good news of a great joy” to shepherds tending their flocks. The shepherds were told to look for a sign, a “baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Lk 2:12). This was not a miraculous sign, but it was the only one they received –  and the only one they needed. The sight of [...]

2010-08-18T14:38:21-04:00December 18, 2006|Abortion, Editorials, Religion|

Across Canada

Poll shows pro-life support VANCOUVER – An Environics polls commissioned by Life Canada found that 64 per cent of Canadians support protecting unborn life at some point before birth, with 31 per cent supporting protection from the moment of conception, up from 60 per cent according to a similar poll last year and up from 56 per cent in 2002. The poll [...]

2010-08-18T14:18:58-04:00December 18, 2006|Across Canada|

World euthanasia movement meets in Toronto

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, attended the World Federation of Right to Die Societies biennial conference in Toronto and learned a lot about its strategies to bring about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. This article is a shortened version of the full report that is available directly from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. The World Federation of Right to Die [...]

2010-08-20T08:00:17-04:00November 20, 2006|Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, Events|

Judge Brown knows his role

On Sept. 18, Justice Minister Vic Toews provoked a national controversy by appointing a devout Catholic to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. No one has questioned the outstanding legal competence of the judge in question, Mr. Justice David M. Brown. The sole concern of his critics seems to be that he might twist the law to conform with the [...]

2010-08-20T07:57:35-04:00November 20, 2006|Columnist, Rory Leishman|

Who stands with Israel?

Israel was born on May 14, 1948. The newly birthed nation had time for only a few breaths before her Muslim neighours – Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq – hurled themselves on her in a war of annihilation. However, Israel repulsed the invaders and survived to fight four more major wars, plus innumerable minor conflicts, over the next 58 years. Indeed, [...]

2010-08-20T07:55:29-04:00November 20, 2006|Columnist, Rev. Royal Hamel, Society & Culture|

Bungling Bob Rae

I warn readers that I just had one of my most outrageous and embarrassing dreams ever. The dream started when I was just beginning my column. The phone rang. I answered it. It was Bob Rae. “Is that you, Frank Kennedy?” “Yes, is that you, ‘Bungling Bob’ Rae?” Rae laughed uncomfortably. “They warned me that you had quite a sense of humour. [...]

2010-08-20T07:46:18-04:00November 20, 2006|Columnist, Frank Kennedy, Politics|

Expunging Christianity

The Charter of Rights of 1982 continues to dismantle the last remnants of our Christian culture in Canada. On Sept. 22, the Quebec Tribunal of Human Rights ordered the City of Laval, a suburb north of Montreal, to stop the traditional practice of prayer before the monthly city meetings. Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt has continued this good tradition despite a citizen’s formal complain [...]

2010-08-20T07:39:27-04:00November 20, 2006|Columnist, Religion, Society & Culture|

Arts event will provide platform for Christian talent

An extravaganza taking place in Hamilton the evening of Feb. 10 will  showcase Christian talent, celebrate God’s love for us all, assist with the establishment of Christian schools in needy countries and provide a spiritual angle to the celebration of Valentine’s Day. With Love Comes Hope is set for Hamilton Place and, according to spokesperson Magdi Boctor, is aimed at bringing people [...]

2010-08-20T07:37:51-04:00November 20, 2006|Activism, Events, Religion|
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