Study: Ontario Can’t Afford All-Day Kindergarten – Better to Let Parents Keep the Money

OTTAWA, November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study released today by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada reveals that full-day kindergarten in Ontario will cost $1.8 billion annually, about double initial estimates. If the proposed vision for early learning in Ontario is fully implemented, encompassing “the prenatal period through to adolescence,” the costs would easily rise to $6.1 billion annually. This is nearly half the current Ministry of Education budget.  Were the money given to parents instead of being spent on institutional care, parents could receive a minimum of $9,199 dollars per child, annually.  The study conservatively estimates […]
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Stall Tactics: Vote on Canadian Euthanasia Bill Delayed…Again

Commentary by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) has just learned that Francine Lalonde has once again traded-back to delay the second hour of debate on Bill C-384, the bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. The new scheduled date for the debate on C-384 is Tuesday, February 2, 2010 with the vote taking place on February 3. This is the third time Lalonde has traded-back the date for the second hour of debate. Originally C-384 was scheduled for its second hour of debate on November 16, 2009 with […]
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Bishop Tobin on O’Reilly: Catholic Politicians Must “Quit Your Job and Save Your Soul” Rather than S

By Kathleen Gilbert PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island clarified his reasons for denying pro-abortion politicians Communion on Tuesday, noting that such politicians are not forced to be Catholic – but if they choose to, they must then “understand what the Church teaches, accept those teachings, and live that faith.” “The most important commitment we can make is our faith, because that defines our relationship with God. Nothing is more important than that. And if your job, your profession, your vocation gets in the way of that, you have to quit your […]
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UK “Fully Entitled” to Ignore EU Request to Quash Religious Protections: Legal Expert

By Hilary White LONDON, November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – British courts and the British government cannot be forced to change their regulations on discrimination in employment, “unless and until” ordered to do so by the European Union's Court of Justice, says Neil Addison, a barrister and author of a textbook on anti-discrimination law.  This means, said Addison, that the UK is “fully entitled” to ignore the order issued last week by the European Commission demanding that the British government eliminate all protections for religious groups with regards to ”sexual orientation” regulations. Vladimir Spidla, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and […]
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Breakthrough Video Showing Development of Unborn Now Distributed by Priests for Life

By James Tillman November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com)—”It's light years beyond ultrasound and will make you practically fall off your chair when you see it.” So says Father Frank Pavone about the breakthrough video Priests for Life is now distributing and promoting, called The Biology of Prenatal Development. By using embryoscopy, a rare technique involving a tiny camera the size of a pen tip, scientists were able to get breathtaking, real footage of the unborn, which shows how preborn babies have a heartbeat at three weeks, make spontaneous movements at six weeks, and have 90% of the anatomical structures found in adults at […]
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Cardinal Pell: Christians Must Fight “Anti-Discrimination” Laws that Inhibit Freedom of Religion

By James Tillman CANBERRA, November 20, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) —In a speech delivered to the Australian Christian Lobby on Friday, November 20th, Cardinal George Pell spelled out how the modern scramble to prohibit discrimination against people based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” leads to “anti-discrimination laws which do not respect fundamental human rights such as freedom of religion and conscience.” Cardinal Pell opened by discussing one instance of the problem: the current attitude of the Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC).  A recent paper delivered by senior members of the HRC, he said, begins with the words: “The compatibility of religious freedom with human […]
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NH Supreme Court Accepts Case of Home-schooled Girl Forced to Attend Public School

By Peter J. Smith CONCORD, New Hampshire, November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The New Hampshire Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a ten-year-old home-schooled girl who was ordered into a public school by a family court judge, who decided that the girl, who is Christian, had not been exposed to enough alternative viewpoints. The daughter of parents who divorced in her infancy, Amanda Kurowski had been ordered into public school by family court Judge Lucinda V. Sadler on the recommendation of Marital Master Michael Garner and the testimony of the girl's court-appointed counselor, the Guardian ad Litem […]
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Christians Have Been “Disenfranchised” in British Political Life: Bishop O’Donoghue

By Hilary White BIRMINGHAM, November 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholics and other “traditional” Christians in Britain have effectively “been disenfranchised” by a government and political class that is determined to hold on to its anti-life and anti-family dogmas, a retired UK Catholic bishop has said. Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue issued what he called a “personal manifesto” for Catholics in the UK at a lecture to students at the Catholic chaplaincy of Birmingham University on Sunday. “Until recently,” he said, he would have encouraged young Catholics to become involved in the political process, “but realistically how welcome is the Catholic voice in […]
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