Monthly Archives: October 2010


Report from international pro-life conference reports on the goings-on of the Building a Global Culture of Life conference taking place in Ottawa Thursday through Saturday. John Smeaton's speech sounds like it was a real barn-burner; we ran a feature on Smeaton and Dr. Jack Willke and the more than three-quarters of a century pro-life experience they have between them in the October issue. Dr. Willke is a featured speaker on [...]

2010-10-29T11:19:48-04:00October 29, 2010|Soconvivium|

Bits & Pieces

Canada MP Francine Lalonde (BQ, La Pointe-de-I’lle), who has introduced three private member’s bill to legalize euthanasia, announced she will not seek re-election as she continues her personal battle against cancer. Her latest attempt to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide was defeated in April by a 228-59 vote … The National Parole Board relaxed Robert Latimer’s parole conditions and will now permit [...]

2010-11-02T06:51:48-04:00October 29, 2010|Bits n' Pieces|

Two Hitchens

The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens (Zondervan, $26.99, 224 p.) Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens (McLelland & Stewart, $32.99, 435 p.) As Peter Hitchens began his adult life, like his brother, in the bosom of the British left during its penultimate revival – the ‘60s, when youth and Marxism were popularly supposed to be twinned in sympathy and aspiration. Like his brother he [...]

2010-11-02T06:21:59-04:00October 29, 2010|Announcements, Book Review, Features|

Priests for Life Canada hosts seminarian congress

More than 25 seminarians from across Canada came together for five days of pro-life training as they attended the first ever Seminarians’ Pro-Life Congress hosted by Priests for Life Canada (P4LC). The theme for the week, starting Aug. 30 and closing on Sept. 3, was “Loving Life Through Life.” Each day the seminarians were presented with information on the life [...]

2010-11-02T09:33:13-04:00October 29, 2010|Pro-Life, Religion|

The atheist delusion

I have noted contributor Harley Price's blog running commentary about The Atheist Delusion in past posts. I want to draw your attention to part three of his series. Samples from his latest critique of Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins: Dawkins is already a post-speciesist, of course.  He really does regard the killing of a baby in the womb as ontologically and morally indistinguishable from the killing of [...]

2010-10-27T11:32:49-04:00October 27, 2010|Soconvivium|

International Pro-Life Conference in Ottawa

One week from now the Building a Global Culture of Life conference in Ottawa will be winding down. Here is the conference schedule. You can register here. The hotel where the conference is being held (Hampton Inn Hotel and Conference Centre) is all booked, but the Chimo Hotel is just a five-minute drive from the conference centre and they have a few [...]

2010-10-24T20:17:28-04:00October 23, 2010|Soconvivium|

Trustee candidates slam McGuinty’s equity plan

The Ontario government’s equity and inclusive education strategy “represents a violation of parental rights and religious freedom,” according to a trustee candidate for the York Region District School Board who is demanding the strategy be repealed. At the same time, a Catholic trustee in the Toronto Catholic District School Board says he believes the strategy is designed with the aim [...]

2010-10-22T05:39:04-04:00October 22, 2010|Politics, Society & Culture|

My Chinese fortune

I usually do not put much stock in the message that falls to the table when I crack open my Chinese Fortune Cookie. I fully expect it to be positive, reassuring, and designed not to interfere with my digestion. Nonetheless, my most recent experience with this confectionary was a deviation from the norm and much more philosophical than usual. It read: “To [...]

2010-10-22T05:35:20-04:00October 22, 2010|Columnist, Donald DeMarco|

The devil in the documentary

There’s a scene early on in The September Issue, a recent documentary about Vogue magazine’s doorstopper-sized fall edition, which must have made the filmmakers gasp when they knew they had it captured. At Paris fashion week, an unnamed but very chic-looking woman stage-whispers in French into the ear of a highly improbable man named Andre Leon Talley that “Anna is the most [...]

2010-10-22T05:27:27-04:00October 22, 2010|Columnist, Rick McGinnis|

The dangerous Alfred Kinsey

WorldNetDaily reports: Nearly 70 years after being molested repeatedly by her own father, "Esther White" (a pseudonym) is speaking out in hope of prompting Congress to investigate the controversial research. White said she would be willing to testify in person on Capitol Hill if an investigation results in opening the Kinsey Institute files to public scrutiny. When his "research" wasn't actually threatening [...]

2010-10-20T10:15:05-04:00October 20, 2010|Soconvivium|

A call to arms

Andrea Mrozek in C2C Journal on the impending full decriminalization of prostitution: While honest citizens must protest the current situation — minors and trafficked women in “massage parlours” — it is just as important to protest the pending complete decriminalization. Greater freedom will not be the outcome. Rather, those fighting for good in our country will have fewer tools at their disposal, [...]

2010-10-20T08:44:14-04:00October 20, 2010|Soconvivium|

Ottawa is the happening place

Next week is the international pro-life conference in Ottawa (October 28-30).  Two of the feature speakers, Dr. Jack Willke and John Smeaton, have more than three-quarters of a century experience between the pair of them. We write about them in the October Interim. On October 30, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is having a fundraising dinner to honour Ezra Levant and [...]

2010-10-19T12:37:49-04:00October 19, 2010|Soconvivium|

‘What is the government’s position on funding foreign abortion?’

Article from the October edition is now online: "What is the government’s position on funding foreign abortion?" Here's the bottom line from that article: The government has failed to clearly articulate what it is up to: is there abortion funding through CIDA or third parties that is not included in its maternal health initiative? While the government has resisted pressure to include [...]

2010-10-19T12:22:15-04:00October 19, 2010|Soconvivium|

Abortion, torture, and America’s soul

Fifteen years ago this month Naomi Wolf, the prominent American feminist, published a striking article in the New Republic entitled “Rethinking Pro-Choice Rhetoric: Our Bodies, Our Souls.” Highly critical of the dehumanizing rhetoric of the pro-choice movement, Wolf argued that feminists must reject morally neutral language to describe abortion and dehumanizing euphemisms to describe the child in the womb. Feminists, Wolf argued, [...]

2010-11-05T10:50:54-04:00October 19, 2010|Editorials|
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