Monthly Archives: April 2020


The pro-life lessons of Horton Hears a Who

Gabrielle Vandergragt Editor’s Note:Gabrielle Vandergragt, attends Bishop Smith High School in Pembroke, Ont., finished second in the 2019-2020 Fr. Ted Essay Scholarship. This is her essay.  Did you hear he heard a Who? Who heard a Who, you ask? Well, Horton did! Horton heard a Who when the Whos of Whoville were wafting in the wind. Horton Hears a Whois [...]

Fr. Alphonse de Valk, 1932-2020

Fr. Alphonse de Valk, RIP   Fr. Alponse de Valk died April 16. He was a Catholic priest, historian, teacher, and leader, Read the tribute to Fr. de Valk from Interim editor Paul Tuns on the occasion of his retirement as editor of Catholic Insight. The Interim will have an obituary in the May edition of the paper.   Fr. de Valk honoured at [...]

2020-04-17T19:41:06-04:00April 17, 2020|Announcements, Features, Religion|

The decline of the nuclear family

National Affairs Rory Leishman In March, The Atlantic published an informative essay by David  Brooks on the current state of marriage and the family in the United States that is well worth reading, notwithstanding that he comes to the wrongheaded conclusion that creation of the nuclear family, defined as a married couple and their biological children, was a mistake and needs to [...]

2020-04-15T14:23:58-04:00April 15, 2020|Columnist, Marriage and Family, Rory Leishman|

Too much room

Light is Right Joe Campbell I  used to labour under a terrible delusion. I assumed that my weight had stayed the same over the last thirty or so years because of will power. But it’s not the strength of my will that has kept me from getting fat. It’s the size of my tableware. Gut size varies directly with plate [...]

2020-04-15T14:20:32-04:00April 15, 2020|Columnist, Joe Campbell|

And then there was this …

As the world is in the midst of the pandemic coronavirus, we are told to: keep a distance of 6 feet from the next person; practice ‘social distancing’ (one of many new words we will see during this epic time); wash our hands vigorously with soap and water while singing ‘Happy Birthday To You’ twice (a good way to get children to [...]

2020-04-15T14:16:45-04:00April 15, 2020|And then there was this...|

Federal ban on ‘conversion therapy’ threatens to jail caring parents

Law Matters John Carpay If Trudeau’s Bill C-8 becomes law, parents could spend up to five years in jail for trying to help their son accept himself as a boy, or for helping their daughter to accept herself as a girl. C-8 would also impose prison terms up to five years for doctors, counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other paid professionals whose [...]

Trudeau government proposes conversion therapy ban

Yukon looks to join provinces, cities outlawing the procedure Ann Gillies speaking at a Campaign Life Coalition clergy luncheon in February warning that bans on conversion therapy threatens religious freedom and parental rights. On March 6, Justice Minister David Lametti tabled a bill to make it a crime to outlaw conversion therapy for minors to help them overcome same-sex extraction [...]

2020-04-12T20:20:31-04:00April 12, 2020|Religion, Society & Culture, Transgender|

2020 Virtual National March for Life across Canada

Virtual National March for Life across Canada May 10th - 14th, 2020   CLC is developing an online program for May 14 to “provide a national platform for Canadians to speak out against the greatest human rights injustices facing our country.” Information regarding the Virtual National March will be available at: MarchforLife website. A statement released by CLC stated. “The health and [...]

2020-04-23T12:37:54-04:00April 6, 2020|Announcements, Features, March for Life|

Nova Scotia imposes anti-free speech bubble zone

Ruth Robert of Campaign Life Coalition Nova Scotia addresses the Committee on Law Amendments to speak against the creation of anti-free speech bubble zones in the province. On March 10, less than ten days after Bill 242 was introduced in the Nova Scotia legislative assembly, The Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Act passed unanimously and was given Royal Assent [...]

2020-04-06T08:20:50-04:00April 6, 2020|Human rights, Society & Culture|

Enjoy the decline

Like anyone given to binge-watching shows on streaming television, I recently tore through three seasons of Babylon Berlin, a Netflix series set in the ominous, waning years of Weimar Germany, just as the roaring, manic 1920s tumbled into the dismal 1930s. It’s the most expensive non-English TV drama ever filmed, with the first two seasons costing €40 million, most of it spent [...]

Getting this issue to you

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these other than to sneak in a book review. But these are unusual times for us all and I thought I would let you know what is going on in our office. It’s closed. We are still working, but the office is closed. We are allowed to operate because communications and media were [...]

2020-04-04T15:20:28-04:00April 4, 2020|Society & Culture|

Coronavirus-related pro-life stories

Canadian abortionists respond to covid-19 On March 18, Global Newsreported on how various work environments were impacted by the coronavirus; one was a Toronto abortuary. Jane Gerster reported on the “seemingly never-ending list of cancellations and closures,” noting that “The situation changes almost hourly.” She sought out human interest stories on how the widespread closure “is already changing people’s lives nationwide,” including [...]

Deep trouble

Spring has come, yet cafés and parks are empty. At rush hour, traffic lights cycle through their colours to empty intersections. The doors of classrooms, arenas, and restaurants are locked, and only a handful of pedestrians shuffle through the streets with purpose and unease. The office buildings are as empty as the hospitals are full. There is a worldwide, long-term “snow day” [...]

2020-05-22T10:02:39-04:00April 4, 2020|Announcements, Editorials, Features, Society & Culture|

Coronavirus church

Laying Down the Lawton with Andrew Lawton " I can’t talk right now; I’m at church,” I told my mother when she called me up on a Sunday morning in March. I wasn’t lying, though admittedly I could have been a bit clearer. I was actually sitting upright in my bed, watching a streaming video of my pastor preaching about [...]

2020-04-04T15:00:07-04:00April 4, 2020|Andrew Lawton, Health Risks, Society & Culture|

Conservative leadership race features two pro-lifers

Décarie was barred, Karahalios disqualified With a week to go before the deadline to become a verified candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, three Campaign Life Coalition-endorsed candidates met the threshold of $300,000 and 3000 signatures to qualify. A fourth, Richard Décarie, had been barred three weeks earlier from running by the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC). Décarie [...]

2020-04-01T10:55:40-04:00April 1, 2020|Announcements, Conservatives, Election, Features, Politics|
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