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The real death toll

Interim writer, John Carpay, Law Matters By John Carpay Editor's Note: The statistics in this column were accurate when the print edition went to press on Dec. 20, 2020. A friend wrote me recently, stating “There are times when personal freedom has to be limited for the greater good. I was a small child in World War II, but well [...]

2021-01-15T14:13:01-06:00January 7, 2021|John Carpay, Society & Culture|

Never-ending war on a virus

Interim writer, John Carpay, Law Matters By John Carpay Prime Minister Trudeau and other politicians have threatened to kill Christmas. While they cannot undo the birth of Jesus, they certainly do possess political power to violate our Charter freedoms to move, travel, assemble, associate, and worship at Christmas time. By use of coercive state power, politicians can prevent family visits, [...]

2020-12-21T08:32:10-06:00December 20, 2020|John Carpay|

COVID fear takes on religious overtones

Interim writer, John Carpay, Law Matters By John Carpay With a religious fervour, fear of COVID-19 is permeating and shaping our laws, policies, and culture. The job-killing, economy-destroying, soul-deadening, anxiety-producing, loneliness-creating, debt-incurring lockdowns, imposed on us since March 2020, have now become permanent restrictions on our Charter freedoms to move, travel, associate, assemble, and worship. Prior to Thanksgiving, Quebec’s health [...]

2020-12-05T13:01:38-06:00November 8, 2020|John Carpay|

Will the truth set us free?

The lockdowns have now become a permanent violation of our Charter Rights and Freedom to move, travel, assemble, associate, and worship. Governments are showing no intentions of removing restrictions, even as COVID-19 deaths slow to a trickle, and are now proven to be a small fraction of the dire predictions made by politicians in March. Masks have become mandatory for children to attend [...]

2020-12-06T15:59:44-06:00October 9, 2020|Announcements, John Carpay, Society & Culture|

COVID-19 double standards

Law Matters John Carpay In April, Ontario Premier Doug Ford denounced people who were protesting against the lockdown as “absolutely irresponsible, selfish, reckless, law-breaking yahoos.” In Alberta, lone protester Cody Haller was arrested and dragged out of the Alberta legislature grounds by sheriffs on May 11 and slapped with a $1200 ticket. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing [...]

2020-07-13T08:36:42-06:00July 13, 2020|John Carpay, Politics, Society & Culture|

Applying the law of unintended consequences

Law Matters John Carpay In 1958, Chinese Communist dictator Mao Zedong ordered his countrymen to kill all the sparrows, because these “public animals of capitalism” ate grain seeds and fruit, reducing the size of harvests. The peasants complied, using every possible method. Millions of Chinese banged on pots and pans, scaring the birds into continued flight, until they dropped from [...]

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 [...]

Canada Summer Jobs: ideology trumps the rule of law

Law Matters John Carpay Justin Trudeau loves preaching about “diversity,” “tolerance,” and “inclusion.” Sadly, these concepts have no application to Christian summer camps which help underprivileged children to enjoy hiking, swimming, canoeing and campfires. In 2018, the Trudeau government tried to force Canada Summer Jobs applicants to sign an attestation supporting the prime minister’s views on abortion. Trudeau backed down [...]

2020-03-12T08:24:43-06:00March 12, 2020|John Carpay, Politics, Summer Jobs|

You gave me what I wanted. You ruined my life.

Law Matters John Carpay In AB v. CD,the BC Court of Appeal ruled that a female-born minor who wants to become a man can continue taking puberty blockers and testosterone against the objections of the child’s father. I wonder about the conversations that transgender adults may one day have with the judges who authorized them as children to pursue irreversible [...]

2020-02-26T06:59:35-06:00February 24, 2020|Announcements, Features, John Carpay, Sex Education, Transgender|

Some tough questions about bans on ‘conversion therapy’

Law Matters John Carpay Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau declared in 1969 that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” and that the government should ignore “what’s done in private between adults.” On that basis, his Liberal government proceeded to remove sodomy from the Criminal Code. Today, 50 years later, some Canadians believe that government should [...]

Big government tramples religious freedom

Law Matters John Carpay Question: What happens when intolerant secular fundamentalists take charge of government programs? Answer: Fewer underprivileged kids get to enjoy summer camps. The question-and-answer above summarizes two court actions against the federal government, which have exposed anti-Christian bigotry in the awarding of Canada Summer Jobs grants. Mill Stream Bible Camp, a 90-minute drive north-east of Toronto, welcomes [...]

2019-11-14T20:22:47-06:00November 13, 2019|Issues, John Carpay, Marriage and Family|

Victory for Alberta children and parents

Law Matters John Carpay Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Think back to the year 2000, or even 2010, and imagine someone telling you this: “The law requires every school to set up a Gay Straight Alliance for K-12 children. No exemption for religious belief or parental opposition. The law makes it illegal for teachers and principals to inform parents [...]

Court action exposes GSAs as ideological clubs

Law Matters John Carpay In March of 2015, Alberta’s Progressive Conservative government rushed a bill through the legislature in a matter of hours, requiring every school in Alberta to set up a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at a student’s request. Politicians promised the public that GSAs would merely be peer support groups, not political clubs that advocate for an ideology. Four years [...]

Free speech threatened when dissent is portrayed as hate

Law Matters John Carpay Passing a law against “hate” is a popular move, but one that seriously threatens free expression because people cannot agree among themselves on what constitutes hate. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights is now looking at changing federal laws to stem “the propagation of hateful acts and the enticement of hate [...]

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