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Canada At the July 11 Family Planning Summit in London, UK, Canada’s Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $18 million for abortion and contraception programs in Mozambique. Bibeau told the Globe and Mail, “we chose an area that’s not easy. It’s still a taboo in many regions, so some donors choose to invest in other areas. But even if it’s difficult, [...]

2017-09-19T11:35:36-06:00September 20, 2017|Bits n' Pieces|

Teachers get a lesson on beauty

Like the still, small, voice beyond the raging storm, the Wojtyla Summer Institute for Teachers, at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College in Barry’s Bay, Ont., did not set out to dazzle or even impress, but rather, quietly resonate. Every year in mid-August, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College hosts a three-day seminar for Catholic teachers as nourishment and fortification for the [...]

2017-09-19T11:32:24-06:00September 19, 2017|Religion, Religious Education|

MacLachlan makes controversial ruling for interveners in Trinity Western case

Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner says he didn’t mean to exclude LGBTQ groups when he culled the list of associations wanting to intervene in a pivotal religious freedom case that Canada’s top court will hear at the end of the year. That case concerns Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, which allegedly would discriminate against homosexuals because it requires its students sign [...]

2017-09-19T11:07:08-06:00September 19, 2017|Human rights, Religious Education, Society & Culture|

Carolyn Cole, RIP

Carolyn Cole Over the years Cole was involved with Campaign Life Coalition, Show the Truth, LifeChain, the Windsor Essex Right to Life Association, Windsor’s Walk for Life, and the National March for Life in Ottawa. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she served as subscription manager for The Interim. In 1991, she was among 19 arrested for praying outside [...]

2017-09-19T09:36:01-06:00September 19, 2017|Pro-Life|

Charlie Gard dies week shy of first birthday

Baby Charles Gard with parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard. On July 28, one week before his first birthday, Charlie Gard was moved to a hospice and removed from his ventilator. He died 12 minutes later. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, told the Daily Mail that after the ventilator was removed, their infant son “opened his eyes and [...]

2017-09-19T09:19:55-06:00September 19, 2017|Issues, Marriage and Family|

Slouching towards Mao

As the election in the U.S. has reminded everyone, liberals and conservatives have always had, well, their differences. A couple of years ago, the prolific political author William Gairdner attempted to define them in his book The Great Divide, concluding that liberals and conservatives are now so far apart that they had better give up trying to talk to one another, and [...]

2017-09-15T10:16:05-06:00September 15, 2017|Politics|

Dunkirk highlights today’s social divisions

In a summer of box office disappointments, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was an unexpected hit, since nobody thought that an epic film about the evacuation of British troops from Europe in the early days of World War II would be much more than a money-losing Oscar contender, meant to open deep in autumn. This would be the popular image of what was known [...]

Freedom of association includes the right to expel

Law Matters John Carpay In a free country, should a religious group be able to determine its own membership criteria? Or should judges have the power to impose their opinions about whether someone meets religious requirements? The Supreme Court of Canada will soon consider this question, raised by Randy Wall, who challenged his expulsion from a Calgary congregation of Jehovah’s [...]

2017-09-11T10:27:01-06:00September 12, 2017|John Carpay, Religion|

Settled sense

Light is Right Joe Campbell I don’t agree with settled science. But I’m not entirely disagreeable. I do agree with settled sense. Settled science is unscientific, as new experiments commonly falsify old conclusions. Even children learn that unless a hypothesis is falsifiable, it’s not scientific. I thought everyone knew that all scientific theories, from macroevolution to global warming, are provisional. [...]

2017-09-11T10:27:46-06:00September 12, 2017|Joe Campbell|

Book on American courts misses mark

National Affairs Rory Leishman In a widely acclaimed new book, Sex and the Constitution, Geoffrey R. Stone, former dean of law at the University of Chicago, commends the Supreme Court of the United States for revising the laws and the Constitution to conform with contemporary values. Laurence H. Tribe, professor of law at Harvard University, lauds Sex and the Constitution [...]

2017-09-11T10:29:08-06:00September 12, 2017|Book Review, Rory Leishman|

Scheer confirms abortion strategy in Chatelaine interview

Picture of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer hoisting a glass of beer with reporter Sarah Boesveld that accompanied his interview with Chatelaine. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer sat down with Chatelaine writer Sarah Boesveld and was asked whether he was a feminist and if he supported, questions the new Tory leader awkwardly avoided answering. Taking time out of his summer tour to [...]

2017-09-11T10:06:05-06:00September 11, 2017|Abortion, Issues|

Alberta conservatives unite, leadership race underway

Former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean (left) and Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney (right) successfully merged the two center-right parties and are both now running for leader of the United Conservative Party. On July 22, the memberships of both the Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta voted 95 per cent to merge the two parties to form the [...]

2017-09-11T09:23:50-06:00September 11, 2017|Politics|

Trudeau pushes abortion agenda on Irish counterpart

A month after Justin Trudeau met Irish leader Leo Varadkar in Dublin (pictured above), they were together again in Canada talking abortion and diversity. Just over a month after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited recently elected Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, his Irish counterpart returned the favour with an official visit August 19-22. The Prime Minister’s Office’s [...]

2017-09-11T09:15:31-06:00September 11, 2017|Abortion, Politics|
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