EUROPEAN UNION POSTPONES STEM CELL FUNDING

BRUSSELS, August 1, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The European Union has postponed financing of human embryo and stem cell research until the end of 2003, shelving its five-year US$17 billion funding package for future use. Late last year, the European Parliament rejected a recommended ban on public funding of human embryo research. Denmark reiterated that no EU funds will go to research activities aimed at human reproductive cloning, modification of the genetic heritage of human beings, or the creation of human embryos solely for the purpose of research or stem cell procurement. Although the point of EU directives is to foster […]
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JESSE VENTURA PROCLAIMS ‘CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK’—BY MISTAKE

SAINT PAUL, Minn., August 1, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Jesse Ventura, Minnesota’s staunchly anti-religious governor, has inadvertently proclaimed Oct. 13-19 as Christian Heritage Week. The proclamation, submitted every year by Virginia-based Christian Heritage Ministries, quotes Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and George Mason as statesmen “who did not hesitate to express their faith.”“Somehow it got in the wrong pile,” spokesman John Wodele said. “It would not [otherwise] have been approved.” Ventura has always refused to sign religion-related proclamations in the past, although he did sign one from an atheist association. His office tried in vain this […]
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LIBERALS IN HOT WATER OVER SEXUAL ASSAULT AND BLACKMAIL SCANDAL

YELLOWKNIFE, August 1, 2002 (LSN.ca) – At least part of the story of an alleged rape victim alleging blackmail by a Liberal Cabinet Minister has proved true.  Last week an 18-year-old girl alleged that Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s adopted son sexually assaulted her. This resulted in the arrest and subsequent release and upcoming trial for Michel Chretien.  Liberal Cabinet Minister Ethel Blondin-Andrew who was accused of blackmail by the mother of the 18-year-old has admitted she called the girl’s mother.  The mother of the girl says she called the Prime Minister’s office before calling police to lay charges.  She says […]
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ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF ASKED TO RESIGN OVER REMARKS AGAINST FAITH-BASED EDUCATION

TORONTO, August 1, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Keith Norton has been asked to resign for comparing public funding of faith-based schools to support for apartheid.  Canadian Jewish News reports that Toronto lawyer Joseph Adler with two children in Jewish day schools and Charles McVety, president of the Canada Christian College are demanding Norton step down.  Norton, also a homosexual activist, commented on the Ontario government’s proposed private school tax credits saying they could lead to educational apartheid and foster hatred. Adler has filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission over Norton’s remarks saying, Norton “has […]
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POLICE REPORT TORONTO CRIME RATE DROPPED DURING WORLD YOUTH DAY

TORONTO, August 1, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Toronto police have reported that the crime rate in Toronto actually dropped during World Youth Day’s week-long events.  Muggings and street crime were down from the usual numbers, Sergeant Robb Knapper told the Toronto Star.  “There were no crime-related incidents involving pilgrims,” he said. “We had tons of lost passports, knapsacks and other stuff, but no reports of anyone being involved in crime.”  World Youth Day 1993 attendees informed LifeSite that police in Denver Colorado – where the event was held that year – reported a similar crime drop.  See the Toronto Star coverage […]
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