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Link Byfield, social conservative editor, RIP

Link Byfield Link Byfield, the long-time socially conservative editor and publisher of Alberta Report and a founding influence on both the federal Reform and Alberta Wildrose parties, passed away Jan. 24 after losing his battle with stage IV cancer of the liver and esophagus at the age of 63. Byfield was named publisher of the conservative weekly Alberta Report in [...]

2015-01-29T09:36:27-06:00January 29, 2015|Announcements, Features, Profiles, Religion|

Prentice government withdraws Bill 10

Jim Prentice sought to balance gay rights and parental rights, but withdrew the bill following criticism it was not pro-gay enough. The new Progressive Conservative government of Jim Prentice in Alberta proposed Bill 10, a law that would give students the right to create gay-straight alliance clubs in their schools and downgrade the right of parents to withdraw their children [...]

2015-01-29T07:59:15-06:00January 29, 2015|Human rights, Politics|

Ottawa 11-year-olds plan gay club at Catholic elementary school

Two eleven-year-old girls from Ottawa are planning to start a “gay-straight alliance” club at their Catholic elementary school after the Ottawa Catholic School Board recently approved their controversial project on “gay rights” amidst national media coverage. Homosexual activist Jeremy Dias, founder of Jer’s Vision, who had lunch with the girls after the story hit the headlines, was instrumental in encouraging them to [...]

2015-01-29T07:55:24-06:00January 29, 2015|Human rights, Marriage and Family|

BMO requiring corporate clients to conform to its pro-gay ‘diversity’ standards

The Bank of Montreal, Canada’s fourth largest bank, has begun a process of requiring the businesses with which it works to conform to its pro-homosexual “diversity” standards. In an Oct. 9, email to its legal suppliers, leaked by the Institute for Canadian Values, the Bank of Montreal (BMO) wrote that to show its “commitment to diversity and inclusion” it will no longer [...]

2015-01-29T07:52:20-06:00January 29, 2015|Human rights, Society & Culture|

Newfoundland Health Minister will consider expanding abortion access

Newfoundland Health Minister Steve Kent says he will expand abortion services if women or doctors ask for it. There are about 1,000 surgical abortions committed in Newfoundland and Labrador each year, all them carried out in two facilities in the capital, St. John’s. Health and Community Services Minister Steve Kent said he would expand abortion in the province if there [...]

2015-01-29T07:47:08-06:00January 29, 2015|Abortion, Abortion Law, Politics|

Saskatchewan readies to pass special protections for ‘transgender people’

The Saskatchewan Party government is moving ahead with plans to amend the province’s human rights legislation to prohibit discrimination based on “gender identity,” even though the province’s Human Rights Commissioner says that “transgender people have always been protected by the code.” Denise Hounjet-Roth, president of Campaign Life Coalition Saskatchewan, said the proposed legislation introduced in the Legislature last week is an example [...]

2015-01-29T07:43:22-06:00January 29, 2015|Human rights, Politics|

Pressure to reverse, ignore government’s prostitution law

The federal government’s Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act came into force on Dec. 6, but a group of pro-prostitution and other social agencies are calling on the Harper government to scrap the bill as some jurisdictions, including Ontario, consider their options to either ignore or challenge the law. Bill-36 was passed in Parliament in the Fall and came into effect [...]

2015-01-27T19:29:33-06:00January 27, 2015|Politics|

RCMP, CBC criticize Parliament Hill flag demonstration

The CBC website featured a story headlined, “Anti-abortion protest bent rules on Parliament Hill.” This was on Dec. 12, more than two months after the demonstration in the nation’s capital. On Oct. 2, the Association for Reformed Political Action had volunteers erect 100,000 small blue and pink flags representing the “approximately 100,000 preborn children terminated through abortion each year in Canada.” But [...]

2015-01-27T17:32:32-06:00January 27, 2015|Pro-Life, Society & Culture|

Olympics to become more gay friendly

On Dec. 8, the International Olympic Committee unanimously approved a wide-ranging package of 40 recommendations, the Olympic Agenda 2020, that includes a rewording of its anti-discrimination Principle 6 clause to include a reference to “sexual orientation” as a protected category. The Principle 6 clause of the Olympic Charter will be amended to state that “any form of discrimination with regard to a [...]

2015-01-27T10:46:21-06:00January 27, 2015|Human rights, Society & Culture|

Being Mortal is mostly good, except for egregious euthanasia error

Dr. Atul Gawande is a renowned surgeon, public-health researcher and medical professor at Harvard. His latest book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, contains many valuable suggestions for improving the care and treatment of terminally ill patients nearing the end of life. To begin with, Gawande notes that as recently as 1945, most deaths in the United States, Canada, and [...]

2015-01-26T09:31:51-06:00January 21, 2015|Announcements, Book Review, Euthanasia, Features, Rory Leishman|

A fate worse than death

I’ve always known that our situation is risky. I thought, though, that risk was about the chances of suffering ill fortune, like dying unexpectedly. It didn’t occur to me that it might be about the chances of enjoying good fortune, like escaping death unexpectedly. Risk is the downside of chance, not the upside, or so I assumed. My insurers gave me no [...]

2015-01-21T09:07:06-06:00January 21, 2015|Joe Campbell|

Elite ideology as class warfare

I blame Karl Marx for a lot of things, but after inspiring some of the most destructive and blood-thirsty governments in modern history, his most abidingly destructive legacy is hobbling our understanding of the word “class.” For as long as I’ve been alive, when almost anyone talks about the class system they end up invoking images frozen somewhere in the middle of [...]

Incest and the next frontier for civil and human rights

This is painfully sad and pervertedly sick at the same time. New York magazine: "What It’s Like to Date Your Dad." The story begins talking about biological relatives reunited after adoption and the sexual attraction that can occur (some research suggests that in half of all cases one of the relatives feels a Genetic Sexual Attraction or GSA). The bulk of the [...]

2015-01-19T10:02:42-06:00January 19, 2015|Soconvivium|

Planned Parenthood hypocritically backs Ferguson protesters

Planned Parenthood has been criticized for backing the #BlackLivesMatter campaign even though it disproportionately targets its abortion services towards the black community. “We are joining #Ferguson organizers and protesters in DC today – standing in solidarity with you! #HandsUpWalkOut #BlackLivesMatter,” said the organization with its PP Black Community Twitter account on Dec. 1 as part of a Twitter protest against the decision [...]

2015-01-11T18:12:42-06:00January 11, 2015|Abortion, Planned Parenthood|
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