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Matercare founder Robert Walley honoured by CCRL

Robert Walley (right) receives the Adam Exner Award from the Catholic Civil Rights League, represented by board members (front from left ) Charles Lewis, Alexander MacDonald, and Tanya Granic, and CCRL president Phil Horgan (back left and executive director Christian Elia (back right). Former religious freedom ambassador discusses the public square The Catholic Civil Rights League presented its 2017 Archbishop [...]

2017-08-01T11:45:37-04:00July 28, 2017|Issues, Religion, Society & Culture|

Tourloukis appeal heard

Hamilton father of two Steve Tourloukis sued his school board to uphold his parental rights. He lost in 2016 and appealed the decision. The latest battle in the sever-year war between Steve Tourloukis and the Hamilton Wentworth public school board over what the father of two claims is his right to receive advance notice when and how his children will [...]

2017-08-01T11:50:07-04:00July 28, 2017|Marriage and Family|

Quebec becomes fourth province to offer no-cost abortion pills

Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced on July 6 that the abortion pill will be available for free to Quebec residents by the fall. “The government of Quebec has always been in favour of the right of women to choose, particularly in regards to abortion,” said Barrette. A prescription for the abortion drug Mifegymiso, or RU-486, is estimated to cost about $300, [...]

2017-07-28T09:21:50-04:00July 28, 2017|Abortion|

One year of euthanasia in Canada

One year after Canada passed the Medical Aid in Dying Act on June 17, 2016, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition says “Canada has become the prime example of how legalizing assisted dying cannot be controlled and why these laws are naturally expansive.” According to Health Canada’s “Interim update on medical assistance in dying in Canada, June 17 to December 31, 2016, there were [...]

2017-07-28T09:02:56-04:00July 28, 2017|Euthanasia|

True patriot love

In July, 1776, the Second Continental Congress made its famous Declaration of Independence, announcing, with vehemence and fanfare, a new arrival “among the powers of the earth” with the dissolution of “the political bands” that had connected the 13 Colonies to Britain – the original Brexit. Nearly a century later, another nation joined the powers of the earth when, by an act [...]

2017-07-28T09:03:28-04:00July 28, 2017|Announcements, Editorials, Features, Society & Culture|

Canadians reject gender-neutral birth certificates

As a number of provinces move to provide options other than male or female on birth certificates, an Angus Reid Institute poll found nearly six in ten Canadians opposed to the idea. The poll of 1,512 Canadians conducted June 8-13 found 58 per cent of respondents opposed to plans “to issue gender-neutral birth certificates upon request,” while 42 per cent support the [...]

2017-07-28T09:07:31-04:00July 27, 2017|Human rights, Society & Culture|

The machinery of government needs a tune-up, not replacement

Should We Change How We Vote: Evaluating Canada’s Electoral System edited by Andrew Potter, Daniel Weinstock, and Peter Loewen (McGill-Queens University Press, $19.99 paperback, 230 pages) Turning Parliament Inside Out: Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy edited by Michael Chong, Scott Simms and Kennedy Stewart (Douglas & McIntyre, $22.95, 165 pages) The Unbroken Machine: Canada’s Democracy in Action by Dale Smith (Dundurn, [...]

Abortion at ‘core’ of Liberal foreign policy: foreign affairs minister

Justin Trudeau During her June 6 speech before the House of Commons cast a foreign policy reset for Canada, Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland declared that abortion access and “sexual reproductive rights” are “at the core” of Liberal foreign policy under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Extrapolating on her statement, Freeland, who replaced Stephane Dion as foreign minister in January, said [...]

2017-08-01T11:41:37-04:00July 14, 2017|Abortion, Announcements, Features, Issues, Politics|

Catholic bishops’ letter to Canada’s foreign minister

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs Dear Minister, I am writing to express profound concern with your speech on Canadian Foreign Policy, which you gave in the House of Commons on Tuesday 6 June 2017, and on which Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau further elaborated on 9 June. In it, you equated women’s rights with the right to abortion and [...]

2017-07-14T14:29:08-04:00July 14, 2017|Human rights, Religion, Society & Culture|
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