Monthly Archives: November 2018


On the centenary of George Grant’s birth and 30 years since his passing

By Mark Wegierski George Parkin Grant (1918-1988) is Canada’s leading traditionalist philosopher. He is a complex, philosophical critic of technology and America. One of George Parkin Grant’s most popular and more accessible books is, Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism (1965). That work has remained almost continuously in print in Canada. Lament for a Nation mourns what George Grant [...]

2018-11-30T13:56:27-06:00November 30, 2018|Soconvivium|

And then there was this …

Canada Canada’s Supreme Court authorised the practice of euthanasia, or medical-assistance-in-dying, in 2016 with the following exceptions forbidden by law: euthanasia for “mature minors,” i.e. those under the age of 18; psychiatric patients; and those whose illness falls beyond the ability of capacity to make an informed decision (for example, those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease). The Trudeau government tasked the Council of [...]

Fr. Van Hee charged with bubble zone infraction

Father Tony Van Hee Police slapped an 83-year-old Roman Catholic priest with a summons to appear in court Oct. 24 for allegedly intimidating or attempting to intimidate abortion clients at The Morgentaler Clinic in downtown Ottawa. Fr. Tony Van Hee is facing the charge under Ontario’s new “bubble zone” law, the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act (Bill 163). Under [...]

2018-11-30T08:28:36-06:00November 30, 2018|Human rights, Society & Culture|

Trump administration may not recognize transgender self-identification

A leaked memo suggests that the Trump administration is considering an official definition of “sex” that rejects gender confusion in favour of strictly biological criteria, much to the consternation of pro-LGBT voices. On Oct. 21, the New York Timesreported that it obtained a draft memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stating that, “Sex means a person’s status as [...]

2018-11-30T08:53:37-06:00November 29, 2018|Politics, Society & Culture|

Court delays costly to Whatcott

LifeSite news reporter Lianne Laurence interviews Bill Whatcott after his court appearance Oct. 16. Christian activist Bill Whatcott flew to Toronto from Alberta in mid-October because there was a bench warrant for his arrest if he didn’t appear in court Oct. 16. Whatcott, 52, is charged with criminally inciting hatred against the “gay community.” But after his matter moved from [...]

2018-11-30T08:42:10-06:00November 29, 2018|Human rights, Society & Culture|

Theatres dropping ‘Gosnell’ despite early success

Movie theatres across the United States are dropping and blocking ticket sales of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killerdespite – or perhaps because of – the film’s success, according to the film’s producer and marketing director. Based on a similarly titled book by journalists and producers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, Gosnelldepicts notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s arrest, trial, and [...]

2018-11-30T08:31:30-06:00November 29, 2018|Abortion|

Didion’s uncomfortable fit in American counterculture

Joan Didion I was reading The White Album, Joan Didion’s 1979 collection of essays when I came across a passage describing student unrest at San Francisco State University in 1968. Didion admits that she had missed the really big student protests earlier at Berkeley and Columbia, and that while she was expecting much of the same at SFSU, she was [...]

Vancouver Island has highest assisted death rate in country

An official Island Health report shows that Vancouver Island has a rate of assisted suicide and euthanasia five times higher than the national average. David Robertson, Island Health’s executive medical director for medical assistance in dying, co-authored the report with Rosanne Beuthin, and they found that in the first two years of legal euthanasia, 3.6 per cent of all deaths on the [...]

2018-11-26T07:41:34-06:00November 26, 2018|Assisted Suicide|

Halton Catholic school board scraps pro-life policy

Pro-life Halton Catholic school board trustee Helena Karabela was re-elected on Oct. 22nd. Halton’s Catholic school board killed its eight-month-old Sanctity of Life policy last month, but the bitter controversy the motion provoked didn’t die with it. Instead, it raged on in the campaign for Ontario’s municipal election, with the winners decided at the ballot box Oct. 22. The local [...]

2018-11-26T07:39:20-06:00November 26, 2018|Pro-Life, Religious Education, Society & Culture|

Legal doesn’t mean right

Andrew Lawton There is a big difference between what is legal and what is right. With the legalization of recreational pot in Canada (however mired in bureaucracy and regulation), it’s high time for people to realize that the government is not a moral standard-bearer. Nor should it be. This becomes ever more difficult to understand in a society that increasingly [...]

2018-11-23T13:31:35-06:00November 25, 2018|Andrew Lawton, Issues|

Security fees a form of censorship

Law Matters John Carpay The abuse of university applying security fees as a censorship tool to suppress unpopular speech on campus will be considered by the Alberta Court of Appeal on Nov. 28. In 2016, the University of Alberta demanded a $17,500 security fee from the student group UAlberta Pro-Life, as a condition for setting up a stationary display on [...]

2018-11-23T19:34:34-06:00November 25, 2018|John Carpay, Society & Culture|

The pro-life movement’s PR problem

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke As the story of CLC Youth Coordinator Marie-Claire Bissonnette being assaulted during Life Chain by Jordan Hunt has been covered by everyone from conservative figures like Ben Shapiro and Andrew Scheer to millennial media sites Narcity, blogTO, and Vice, to YouTubers h3h3Productions, Chris Ray Gun, and Sargon of Akkad, I felt I shouldn’t miss the opportunity [...]

2018-11-23T10:58:52-06:00November 25, 2018|Announcements, Features, Issues, Josie Luetke, Pro-Life, Youth Activism|

An odd profession

Light is Right Joe Campbell Charles Dickens earns more from his writing dead than I do from mine alive. So does Ernest Hemingway. What is there about being dead that promotes literary excellence? I’d give anything to know. Well, almost anything. I’m not dying to know. Fortunately, death isn’t the only hope for struggling writers. Several occupations unrelated to writing [...]

2018-11-23T10:52:36-06:00November 25, 2018|Joe Campbell|

Politicized courts

National Affairs Rory Leishman New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, Minority Leader of the Democrats in the United States Senate, has aptly described the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States as “one of the saddest, most sordid chapters in the long history of the federal judiciary.” Is it conceivable that judicial nominees to [...]

2018-11-23T10:53:34-06:00November 25, 2018|Human rights, Politics, Rory Leishman|
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