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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|

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|

New Vatican document on human dignity condemns abortion, euthanasia

Paul Tuns: On April 8, the Vatican released a document affirming the dignity of every individual, condemning abortion, euthanasia, surrogacy, human trafficking and transgenderism, as well as poverty, violence, war, sexual abuse, and poor treatment of migrants and prisoners. The document, Dignitas infinita, was released by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) and written by Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, [...]

2024-05-03T18:11:04-04:00May 3, 2024|Abortion, Euthanasia, Marriage and Family, Religion|

Rory McMurtry, Ontario attorney general and chief justice, dead at 91

Interim Staff: Former Ontario attorney general and chief justice Roy McMurtry, who wrote the ruling legalizing same-sex “marriage,” died March 18, two months shy of his 92nd birthday. As Attorney General under then-premier Bill Davis in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, McMurtry helped get approval of Pierre Trudeau’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which inaugurated an era of judicial activism. In [...]

2024-05-01T09:28:49-04:00May 1, 2024|Abortion, Marriage and Family, Politics|

We have been a long time in the making

Donald DeMarco: It is a relatively simple thing to make something. All we need to do is put together parts that are readily available. Man is a maker. Homo faber is his classical name. On the other hand, man himself is made. The process of making a man is unimaginably complex and extends over centuries. We could not come into existence save [...]

2024-05-01T09:13:23-04:00May 1, 2024|Abortion, Donald DeMarco|

Canadian intelligence agency concerned about parental rights movement

Paul Tuns: A branch of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) says that “the anti-gender movement” could “inspire and encourage” violence against people who identify as homosexual, bisexual or transgender. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) obtained the report by the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC) through an access to information request and reported its findings on Feb. 15. According to the CSIS [...]

2024-04-29T11:07:36-04:00April 29, 2024|Marriage and Family, Society & Culture|

Calling persons with vaginas’ is Supreme Court’s latest foray into judicial activism

Joanna Alphonso: Supreme Court Justice Sheilah Martin, writing for the unanimous R v Kruk decision rendered on March 8, 2024, said that “the use of the words ‘a woman’ may have been an unfortunate and engendered confusion.” March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), a day instituted to celebrate the achievements of women in establishing legal equality and to recognize historical and [...]

2024-04-22T11:20:35-04:00April 22, 2024|Society & Culture|

Hamilton reconsiders rejection of Christian group’s ad

Interim Staff: In November 2023 the City of Hamilton conceded that it did not consider the Charter of Rights and Freedom’s guarantee of free expression rights when it rejected a bus advertising campaign by the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada (ARPA). ARPA had attempted to place ads on the outside of Hamilton Transit buses that featured an image of an ultrasound [...]

2024-04-19T10:35:02-04:00April 19, 2024|Abortion, Politics|

London city council seeks to ban abortion images

Paul Tuns: London city council voted 9-6 on March 5 in favour of asking city staff to draft a bylaw to ban images of aborted preborn children from public display. In the past, city staff had recommended against a ban on such images, saying that it could violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of speech and open the [...]

2024-04-19T10:31:34-04:00April 19, 2024|Abortion, Politics|

Contraception is priority for national pharmacare program

Paul Tuns: On Feb. 29, federal Health Minister Mark Holland introduced Bill C-64, “An Act respecting pharmacare,” fulfilling the 2022 promise from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in exchange for the NDP’s support propping up the Liberal minority government. The deadline for delivering the policy was March 2025. Holland revealed that far from a comprehensive pharmacare program, Bill C-64 would only establish Ottawa [...]

2024-04-10T11:35:21-04:00April 10, 2024|Abortion, Bioethics, Politics|

The fascism behind the Online Harms bill

John Carpay: In his masterful work The Anatomy of Fascism, Robert Paxton surveys fascist movements and parties in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, looking at their differences and similarities and then arriving at a workable definition. Fascist movements were hostile to democracy and to individual rights and freedoms. Despising the idea of individual citizens, each choosing their own individual priorities, fascists [...]

2024-04-09T11:43:41-04:00April 9, 2024|John Carpay, Politics, Society & Culture|

Can a politician afford to tell the truth?

Donald DeMarco: The typical politician is a strange animal. He wants everyone’s votes and therefore attempts to please everyone. He is not discouraged by the universal and unbreakable law that “you can’t please everyone.” Nonetheless, he resorts to a rhetoric that sparkles on the outside but fizzles on the inside. He may hold office, but not for long. His thin rhetoric burns [...]

2024-03-14T10:20:31-04:00March 14, 2024|Issues|

Government cannot provide evidence supporting policy stripping care centres of charitable status

Paul Tuns: In 2021, the Liberal Party campaign platform included rescinding charitable tax status for all pro-life organizations, including pregnancy care centres that serve pregnant women, on the pretense that they truck in misinformation. Nearly five years later, the Trudeau government has yet to act on their threat. The Liberal Party platform vowed that a Trudeau government would “no longer provide charity [...]

2024-03-08T07:39:37-05:00March 8, 2024|Abortion, Politics|

Albertans support parental notification before teens get abortions: poll

Paul Tuns: A poll by National Public Research Canada (NPRC) found that more than six in ten Albertans expressed support for either “parental consent and/or notification for minors seeking abortions.” The “Where Albertans stand on parental consent” survey, elicited 6,047 responses on Feb. 1, through Interactive Voice Response. The sample size is large for a provincial poll. NPRC is linked to Calgary-based [...]

2024-03-07T08:31:19-05:00March 7, 2024|Abortion|
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