GOV’T REVIEW PANEL SUGGESTS STRENGTHENING HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

OTTAWA, June 26 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A review panel commissioned by Justice Minister Anne McLellan to review the Canadian Human Rights Act and the policies and practices of the Canadian Human Rights Commission released its report last week. The four-member panel submitted a 180-page report calling for an expansion of the role of the controversial human rights commission and tribunal. The report, entitled Promoting Equality: A New Vision, makes 165 recommendations. One such demand is that the government introduce a new category of special rights – transvestites and those who have undergone sex change procedures. “We recommend that gender identity be […]
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The European Union is suggesting fines for nations that refuse to apply the Kyoto protocol’s “greenhouse gas” reduction measures. France suggested the creation of a World Environment Organization to ensure that member countries submit to ecological demands.  On June 21 the Italian Senate decided to amend the bill it is preparing on artificial insemination in order to recognize the rights of the unborn. Today, L’Osservatore Romano referred to the decision as a “change in the direction of truth and justice. “The Vatican’s semi-official newspaper expressed satisfaction over the decision, and stated that if the Senate is to be coherent, it […]
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MANNING GOES NEGATIVE IN EFFORT TO STOP DAY

OTTAWA, June 26 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a result that has astounded the Canadian media and other observers,  Stockwell Day beat Preston Manning for first place in the first round of voting in the Canadian Alliance leadership race. Manning received 36% of the vote, 8% behind Stockwell Day, who garnered 44% of the vote. As expected, Ontario Tory strategist Tom Long finished third, with only 18% of the vote.  British Columbia MP Keith Martin, who ran on an openly pro-abortion platform, received less than 2% of the ballots cast.  While the days leading up to Saturday’s ballot saw numerous media reports […]
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The American Heart Association is considering endorsing and even paying for research of embryonic stem cells, the building blocks of all human tissue typically derived from aborted fetuses or human embryos. The experiments hope to bring breakthroughs for people suffering from ailments including heart diseases and strokes. “We’re creating a whole new market for these babies,” said Kyleen Wright, president for the Texans for Life Coalition. (Pro-Life E-News)  Christian Film and Television Commission warns against tonight’s ABC presentation of present “Peter Jennings Reporting: The Search for Jesus.” Behind the program, is the so-called Jesus Seminar. The group has gained a […]
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HOMOSEXUAL PROPAGANDA BOOKS FOR CHILDREN IN COURT

SURREY, BC, June 22 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The issue of allowing homosexual propaganda books into kindergarten and grade one classrooms was heard in the BC Appeals court last week. After James Chamberlain, an elementary school teacher requested that he be allowed to use the books to indoctrinate children about “diverse” families, the material was banned by the Surrey school board. An earlier court ruling ordered the Surrey school board to withdraw its ban, but the decision was appealed. The BC Appeals court reserved its decision in the case, and is expected to bring down its ruling in the fall. LifeSite reported […]
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Russia’s population continued to decline over the first four months of this year, with a drop of 293,000 people, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday, citing the state statistics committee. Experts say the continued decrease is due to migration, as well as rising death rates and a falling number of births.  (Russia Today) Almost four years after South Africa legalised abortion, many doctors remain unwilling to kill unborn babies.  Abortion advocates are complaining that many hospitals are refusing to perform the procedure. (bibim.com) See Michael Coren’s Sun Media column on why Stockwell Day is the right choice for Canadian Alliance […]
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The Mesa, Ariz., school board voted this week to remove certain elective abortions from the procedures covered under the district’s health insurance, the Arizona Republic reports. The new school board policy, which cleared in a 5-0 vote, bars coverage for elective abortions with exceptions for those performed when the procedure is “medically necessary” or in cases of rape,  incest or fetal defects.  (azcentral.com)
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AGING POPULATIONS CAUSING FISCAL CRISES

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2000 (LifeSiteNews.com)—A new study commissioned by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Aging Initiative (GAI)  shows that the world’s seven largest economies have significantly underestimated the rate at which their populations are aging, potentially creating much greater social security crises than are currently forecast.  The study notes that Japan, Italy, and France are in dire circumstances, with aging populations and extremely low birth rates compounding the problem. “The G-7 countries generally underestimate the speed at which mortality is likely to decline,”  said Shripad Tuljapurkar, a leading demographer and president of Mountain View Research Associates. […]
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SUPERMAN ACTOR CALLS FOR POPULATION CONTROL

NEW YORK, June 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Christopher Reeve, known for his big-screen portrayal of Superman,  urged population control at the United Nations Wednesday. “The children of the 21st century will be faced with a very daunting problem—that is, the quality of life because of overpopulation,”  he told a UN headquarters dinner. In spite of UN reports of a looming underpopulation crisis,  Reeve said more than six billion people live “on a planet that is falling apart, where there is not enough food to go around, not enough health or education.” “It is time to take bold steps to control the […]
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UNFPA HEAD SHEDS ANGRY TEARS OVER BEIJING +5 OUTCOME

UNITED NATIONS, June 23 (LifeSiteNews.com) – What was supposed to be a victory for radical feminists in forcing abortion on poor nations turned out as a victory for pro-life forces lobbying at the United Nations. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Nafis Sadik, one of the world’s most vociferous abortion proponents, wept as she edited a speech she delivered to the Beijing +5 conference June 9.  The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) reports this week that Sadik was bitterly angry as she delivered her speech, making it plain she was unhappy with the progress of the meeting. […]
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