And then there was this …June 2021

Human 2.0: how to upgrade yourself We are hearing a lot today about transhumanism. What is it and what are its long-term implications? One definition says that it is a “philosophy favouring the use of science and technology, especially neuro-technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology to overcome human limitations and improve the human condition.” In other words, taking artificial intelligence (AI) and the human [...]

2021-06-21T12:13:13-04:00June 21, 2021|And then there was this...|

June 2021 Excerpts

“Why Twitter Isn’t Manly” Emma Ayers The American Conservative (May 18) But most unfortunately, the masculine revolution has manifested as a collective cry of outrage on social media—resulting in a bunch of chest-beating Twitter threads and Facebook tirades against the downhill slide of culture. Such is the way of the world, I suppose. The greatest war, the war against the mind in [...]

2021-06-18T10:30:25-04:00June 18, 2021|Excerpts|

Saskatchewan NDP introduce bubble zone bill

Interim Staff On May 12, NDP MLA Jennifer Bowes (Saskatoon University) introduced a private member’s bill, An Act to Provide Safe Access to Abortion Services, which, if passed, would create anti-free speech bubble zones of up to 150 meters around facilities that commit abortion in the province of Saskatchewan. Bowes said a law is necessary to prevent harassment and intimidation of women [...]

2021-06-17T12:38:50-04:00June 17, 2021|Abortion, Bubble Zone|

The revolution spares no one

Josie Luetke: The sexual revolution is responsible for the rampant increase of abortion and a slew of other evils. This near-axiomatic notion was instilled in me early on, but as this upheaval was driven by social liberals, I thought of it as only affecting social liberals. Not so. Josh Duggar, the eldest of the kids on the show 19 Kids and Counting, [...]

2021-06-16T11:03:32-04:00June 16, 2021|Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

Facebook bans LifeSiteNews

Interim Staff: After numerous runs with various Big Tech platforms in the past, Facebook permanently banned LifeSiteNews’ Facebook page on May 4. LifeSiteNews reporter Doug Mainwaring said, “This apparently is not a temporary measure: It is gone for good.” A message was sent by email to the LifeSiteNews marketing department, accusing the pro-life news website of publishing “false information about COVID-19 that [...]

2021-06-15T14:39:16-04:00June 15, 2021|Society & Culture|

What print media offers that social media cannot

Mark Wegierski: The last several years have witnessed the brutal struggle between print media and social media -- broadcasters really -- like Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Twitter, in regards to consuming advertising budgets. Facebook now scoops up close to 80 per cent of advertising revenue, thus starving print media of much of its sources of income. Numerous daily and weekly newspapers have [...]

2021-06-15T14:26:18-04:00June 15, 2021|Society & Culture|

Cardinal Cordileone’s leadership on Eucharistic Coherence

Rory Leishman In a pastoral letter issued on May 1, the Archbishop of San Francisco, Cardinal Salvatore Cordileone, has spelled out with admirable clarity why no faithful Christian cleric should allow a politician who aids and abets in committing the evils of abortion to take part in Holy Communion. Having earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in [...]

2021-06-15T15:11:37-04:00June 15, 2021|Abortion, Religion, Rory Leishman|

Notes on Language and other thoughts

Paul Tuns: From the Editor’s Desk As usual I will utilize this column to bring to your attention some stories that did not quite grow up to be full articles in the paper. Sometimes this is because of space or time limitations, sometimes because there is not much more to say about the topic. But it reminds me of something that Jim [...]

2021-06-14T13:37:32-04:00June 14, 2021|Editorials, Paul Tuns|

No Canada

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements At the risk of repeating myself, we are being promised an end to lockdowns, though depending on where you live the timetable may vary. Attempting to spin sluggish vaccination numbers, Canada’s government has promoted a “one dose summer” that differs in no substantial way from last year’s no dose summer, but the news [...]

2021-06-12T10:22:07-04:00June 12, 2021|Rick McGinnis|

Parliament examining further expansions of euthanasia law

Alex Schadenberg: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition executive director Alex Schadenberg complains bill's terms are poorly defined. When Canada legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide (MAiD) in June 2016, a section of the legislation required the government to conduct a full five-year review of the legislation, starting in June 2020. Instead of conducting a full review of the law, the Canadian government decided [...]

2021-06-11T10:05:48-04:00June 11, 2021|Euthanasia|

US fertility rates fall to record low

Paul Tuns: On May 5, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released data on the country’s fertility rate, revealing that it has fallen to its lowest rate since such figures began being collected in the 1930s. The total fertility rate -- the average number of times a woman will give birth in her lifetime -- fell to 1.64 births per [...]

2021-06-11T09:55:37-04:00June 11, 2021|Paul Tuns, Population|

Churches and lockdown

Andrew Lawton: Earlier this year, Pastor Artur Pawlowski became something of a libertarian folk hero when he chased police and public health inspectors out of his Calgary church while barking that they were “Nazis” and “Gestapo.” After a year of the state’s heavy hand coming down hard on churches (and businesses, and families, and individuals), it was cathartic to see the little [...]

2021-06-10T08:40:27-04:00June 10, 2021|Andrew Lawton, Issues|

Medical dictatorship

John Carpay: In recent months I’ve spoken at several peaceful gatherings, urging citizens to exercise their Charter rights and freedoms in the face of unscientific, arbitrary, irrational and unconstitutional health orders. But now I wonder if I will end up in jail, as Jason Kenney has effectively banned peaceful outdoor protests in what is supposed to be Canada’s freest province. In April, [...]

2021-06-10T08:36:48-04:00June 10, 2021|John Carpay|

Read these three articles about euthanasia

Paul Tuns I want to bring to your attention three articles written about euthanasia over the last few days that are all very important. The first is the always pertinent Wesley Smith, at NRO, with an article titled, "Alzheimer’s Breakthrough and the False Compassion of Assisted Suicide." Smith notes: Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients are now in the cross hairs of the [...]

2021-06-09T14:51:56-04:00June 9, 2021|Euthanasia, Soconvivium|

North and south

If Canadians pro-lifers want to hear some good news, they need only look south of the border. Our conscientious counterparts in the United States can boast of both substantial achievements and undeniable momentum in their noble efforts in the protection of life: promising Supreme Court justices were appointed in the previous administration; states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, among [...]

2021-06-08T09:51:31-04:00June 8, 2021|Editorials|
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