Teens urged to delay sex
HAMILTON, Ont. – The City of Hamilton is targeting teenagers with a flashy new sexual health program called “I’m Worth the Wait.” The campaign encourages parents and teenagers to talk to each other and encourages youths to hold off having sex. The effort was launched last fall with a series of information booklets sent home to parents of Grade 5-8 students in Hamilton’s public and Catholic schools. Now, with the onset of summer, the campaign has moved to the streets. The approach is a new one for Hamilton, which is looking to deal with increasing rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Sexual Health Network chair Teresa Hartnett says the campaign is trying to combat pressures teens face from peers and the media to have sex.
TORONTO – Journalist, broadcaster and former Interim columnist Michael Coren was harrased by homosexual activists after a Sun Media column satirizing same-sex marriage ran in papers across Canada. An email, circulated on the EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) email list, encouraging the harassment of Coren and his family. It provided providing Coren’s full home address and home phone number. It encouraged ringing Coren’s doorbell at 3 am, leaving dog’s excrement at his doorstep, email and faxing him repeatedly. Coren wrote in his next column that he will not be intimidated.
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Christian and pro-life activist Bill Whatcott was convicted on a charge of obstructing police and fined $500, with the option of spending 10 days in jail, during a court appearance July 22. Whatcott had been arrested and charged for refusing to put away graphic images of aborted babies he had been displaying on the streets of Prince Albert. He complained that the presiding judge in the case didn’t take the defence’s submissions seriously. Whatcott said he intends to appeal the conviction and sentence, and asked for prayers for the success of his effort. Failing that, he said he’ll refuse to pay the fine “as a matter of conscience” and will instead spend the 10 days in jail.
B.C. couple poison themselves
EDMONTON – An elderly couple in British Columbia poisoned themselves after visiting an Edmonton medical examiner’s office on Father’s Day. According to their son, they believed that they had the right to end their own lives “when they are no longer worth living.” Issac Daam had terminal lung cancer and his wife Louisa apparently wanted to die with him. Both were in their early 80s. The couple ingested a poison after visiting an Edmonton medical examiner’s office later dying in their camper van outside the office. Medical workers found the vehicle while both were still alive, but the couple eventually died, leaving notes – one pasted on the driver’s side window, requesting no effort to be made to resuscitate them.