Monthly Archives: May 2024

And then there was this, May 2024

By J.M. Glover: British Fetal Sentience Bill The private member’s Foetal Sentience bill, introduced by Baron Daniel Moylan (Conservative) in the British House of Lords passed second reading on March 22. The bill requires the secretary of state to establish a Foetal Sentience Committee “to provide evidence-based scientific expertise on the sentience of the human foetus in light of developments in scientific [...]

2024-05-30T11:01:22-04:00May 30, 2024|Abortion|

A fictional character speaks the truth

Donald DeMarco: My name is Henry Smith. I am just an ordinary guy with a thin resume. I have accepted the post of president for our local pro-life group. On the one hand, my job seems rather easy. Essentially, my task is to convince people that love and truth provide a better basis for human existence than violence and lies. The reality, [...]

2024-05-30T10:55:18-04:00May 30, 2024|Abortion|

Three trustees oppose motion to fly pro-life flag at Toronto Catholic schools

Paul Tuns Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) trustee Mike Del Grande introduced a motion that, if passed, would require every school in the board to fly the international pro-life flag annually throughout the month of May beginning this year. The motion, scheduled for debate at the April 23 meeting of the TCDSB, states, “As a public expression of this Board’s fidelity [...]

2024-05-30T10:48:04-04:00May 30, 2024|Abortion|

Will some Bible passages become criminal hate speech

John Carpay:  Bill C-63 (Online Harms Act) is the most serious threat to free speech in Canada in generations. If passed into law by Parliament, Bill C-63 would give the Canadian Human Rights Commission new powers to prosecute and punish non-criminal speech if deemed to be “hateful” in the subjective opinion of federal bureaucrats. Canadians found guilty would be required to pay [...]

2024-05-30T10:43:20-04:00May 30, 2024|John Carpay, Religion|

U.S. PP reports 392,000 abortions, $700 million in government grants

Oswald Clark: The annual report of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America revealed that it committed nearly 400,000 abortions in almost 600 abortion mills across the United States and amassed assets of nearly $3 billion. The 2022-23 annual report stated that Planned Parenthood affiliates committed 392,715 abortions from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022, which the Lozier Institute’s Michael New said [...]

2024-05-29T15:26:02-04:00May 29, 2024|Abortion|

When the despots are dumb

Josie Luetke: Interim writer, Josie Luetke, Talk Turkey As British politician Lord Acton once remarked, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And for some reason, a bunch of lowly municipal politicians in Canada have become convinced they possess absolute power. I do not exaggerate. The Corporate Services Committee for Niagara Region (that you’ve likely never heard of [...]

2024-05-29T15:21:52-04:00May 29, 2024|Abortion, Josie Luetke, Politics|

Going after religion as hate

Rory Leishman: Faithful Canadians who look to Sacred Scripture as the ultimate authority on all matters of faith and morality should beware: They could soon end up in jail as a prisoner of conscience for upholding their honest Christian beliefs. That is the fate now threatening Paivi Rasanen in Finland. She is a prominent medical doctor and long-standing member of the Finnish [...]

2024-05-29T15:01:32-04:00May 29, 2024|Religion, Rory Leishman|

Quebec man gets healthy finger amputated

Paul Tuns: A 20-year-old Quebec man was reported to have two fingers on his left hand amputated to deal with his “body integrity dysphoria” (BID). The National Post reported April 5 on the highly unusual circumstance of BID, which sometimes goes by the clinical assessment Body Image Identity Disorder, for a man who had “incessant” and unwanted thoughts since he was a [...]

2024-05-15T08:39:49-04:00May 15, 2024|Bioethics|

Paralyzed Quebecker chose euthanasia after getting bedsores

Paul Tuns: Last month, the CBC reported that Normand Meunier, a 66-year-old tetraplegic, requested “medical assistance in dying” following a hospitalization during which he developed severe bedsores. In January, Meunier arrived at the hospital in Saint-Jérôme, Que., with a respiratory virus. Meunier, who suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury in 2022 that left his arms and legs paralyzed, had his third respiratory [...]

2024-05-15T08:35:05-04:00May 15, 2024|Euthanasia|

Unhappy days: defending the movies of the ’50s

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements Two years ago at a Munk Debate about public trust in mainstream media, journalist Matt Taibbi was repeatedly smeared by his opponent, essayist Malcolm Gladwell, with a charge that he harboured an “affection” for (as Taibbi recalled) “Jim Crow, the ‘50s, and the ‘golden moment’ when media was ‘dominated by white men’.” It [...]

2024-05-14T12:43:18-04:00May 14, 2024|Reviews, Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

Ontario requires participants to provide their pronouns

Interim Staff: On April 11, Sharon Nicklas, Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, issued a directive requiring all lawyers and parties in court provide their preferred pronouns at the beginning of “any in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings, when lawyers are introducing themselves, their client, a witness or another individual.” Lawyers have been told to provide the judge or justice of [...]

2024-05-13T13:22:09-04:00May 13, 2024|Society & Culture|

Heaven on Earth?

All the Kingdoms of the World: On Radical Religious Alternatives to Liberalism by Kevin Vallier (Oxford, $36, 305 pages) Version 1.0.0 Kevin Vallier has set out to reply to the integralist challenge to liberalism in his important 2023 volume, All the Kingdoms of the World. Vallier takes a dozen pages to define integralism but if it can be summarized in [...]

2024-05-13T13:18:53-04:00May 13, 2024|Paul Tuns, Politics, Religion, Reviews|

Motherhood in the age of abortion & IVF

Mother’s Day should be an occasion for the celebration of our mothers, a day to venerate the office of motherhood with all the tenderness and reverence that this high calling inspires. But in 2024, this annual feast now raises an inevitable question: what is a mother? Such a question, of course, only imposes itself because of the depravity of our age. When [...]

2024-05-13T13:05:48-04:00May 13, 2024|Abortion, Bioethics, Marriage and Family|

The Truth about mass graves and residential schools

Paul Tuns, Review: Grave Error: How the Media Misled Us (And the Truth About Residential Schools) edited by C.P. Champion and Tom Flanagan with foreword by Conrad Black (True North and Dorchester Books, $21.99 343 pages) In May 2021, the news broke that the remains of 221 missing children were discovered in an unmarked, mass grave in an apple orchard at a residential [...]

2024-05-06T16:18:29-04:00May 6, 2024|Religion, Reviews|

US presidential election lacks pro-life leader

Oswald Clark and Paul Tuns, Analysis: Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the 2022 Dobbs decision, U.S. pro-life organizations have fought a multifront effort to protect the preborn: they sought full or partial legal protection in predominantly Republican states, fought against efforts to expand abortion in Democrat-controlled states, and differed amongst themselves on how to best address the issue at the [...]

2024-05-06T16:03:08-04:00May 6, 2024|Abortion, Politics|
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