Recent Canadian News

Maternal Health Plan about Saving Lives, not “Family Planning”: Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister

By Patrick B. Craine OTTAWA, Ontario, March 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Family planning and contraception are not included in Canada's new maternal and child health initiative, insisted Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon Tuesday. “This [initiative] does not deal in any way, shape, or form with family planning,” he told the House of Commons foreign affairs committee.  “Indeed, the purpose of this is to be able to save lives.  Too many people are losing their lives on a yearly basis.” Cannon responded to questions from NDP member of parliament John Rafferty, who claimed that the most important and cost effective way […]
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Interview: Development & Peace South African Partner Freely Admits Abortion Advocacy

By Patrick B. Craine CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The director and another employee of a South African partner of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) have both freely admitted in a telephone interview and an e-mail sent to LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that their organization actively advocates in favor of “abortion rights,” including sitting on the steering committee of the Reproductive Rights Alliance, which pushes for expanded access to legal abortion in the country. D&P is the Canadian Catholic bishops’ official development arm, which has been fraught with controversy after it was revealed last spring that they are funding […]
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Toronto Archbishop Joins 40 Days Prayer Vigil and Celebrates Mid-Point Mass

Thursday March 11, 2010 Toronto Archbishop Joins 40 Days Prayer Vigil and Celebrates Mid-Point Mass By Steve Jalsevac TORONTO, Ontario, March 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Monday, Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins participated for the second time in a Toronto 40 Days for Life event since 40 Days was launched in Canada’s largest city early last year. As he did last year, Collins quietly prayed with other pro-life witnesses outside the Lawrence Ave. W. abortion centre for about 50 minutes and then celebrated the mid-point mass attended by about 300 40 Days regulars and other supporters. The pro-life community was delighted […]
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March for Life Canada Launches Facebook Pages

By John Jalsevac March 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The annual Canadian March for Life is only two months away, and in an effort to help spread the word about the event Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), the organizer of the march, has launched a March for Life Facebook fan page and event page.(Click here for the fan page, and here for the event page) “We know that social networking sites can be extremely powerful tools to raise awareness,” said CLC National coordinator Mary-Ellen Douglas. “However, they are also only as effective as we make them. “Therefore, we hope that every pro-life Canadian who is […]
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Manitoba Alcoholic Fights for Faith-Free Rehab

By Patrick B. Craine WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Winnipeg man who struggles with alcoholism is complaining that he is unable to find a recovery program the doesn’t include a spiritual focus, reports CBC. Rob Johnstone, an alcoholic for 40 years, has filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission hoping that the province will develop a program without reference to religion or spiritual practices. “I should not be forced to participate in someone else's religious beliefs. I shouldn't have to add to mine,” he told CBC.  “I have my own beliefs and I'm happy with […]
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Canadian Group Launches National Campaign to Protect Children from Child Porn, Sex Crimes

OTTAWA, Ontario, March 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canada Family Action (CFA) has launched a nation-wide citizen action campaign to demand tougher laws to protect children, deter pedophiles and achieve justice for victims of internet child sex crimes. “Canada won 14 gold medals at the Olympics, but CFA wants our country to be on top of the podium as a global winner for protecting kids from pedophiles,” says Brian Rushfeldt, CFA Executive Director. “Right now, Canada wouldn’t even make the qualifying round.” Charges for distribution and production of child sex images increased 800% between 1998 and 2003 in Canada, and the number of […]
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Canadian Euthanasia Poll Questioned

Thursday March 4, 2010 Canadian Euthanasia Poll Questioned March 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canadians are not as keen about legalizing euthanasia as some surveys suggest, according to the national pro-life group LifeCanada. The group is challenging the results of a February Angus Reid poll on euthanasia. The group is claiming that its own poll, conducted by Environics last fall, is a more accurate reading of Canadian public opinion. “The most serious shortcoming with the Angus Reid poll is that it did not pick up how much Canadians are conflicted about euthanasia,” said LifeCanada board member Peter Ryan, chair of the […]
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Conservative Throne Speech Takes First Step to Family Income Splitting: Pro-Family Group

Ottawa, March 3, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Wednesday the Canadian Governor General delivered the Speech from the Throne, laying out the government’s agenda for the forthcoming session of Parliament. Of note, says one Canadian pro-life group, were the 20 separate mentions of family that were made within the speech. Among other things, the government highlighted its introduction of the Universal Child Care Benefit, and expressed a commitment to strengthen the benefit for “sole-support, single-parent families.”  The Child Care Benefit provides $100 per month for each child under the age of six. The Governor General said, “This is direct financial support to […]
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Pro-Life Canadian Minister Blocks References to ‘Homosexual Rights’ in Citizenship Guide

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski OTTAWA, March 3, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study guide for immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship, titled “Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship,” contains no specific mention of homosexual rights or same-sex “marriage,” reportedly at the insistence of the Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Conservative MP Kenney, whose office is responsible for updating and producing the guide, is well known for his fight against same-sex “marriage” and for his pro-life stands on abortion, euthanasia and destructive research on human embryos. The Canadian Press reports that when the new guide was released Nov. 12, […]
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Obama Memorandum Encourages Hospital Visitation Rights to Gay Partners

By Kathleen Gilbert  WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Obama has encouraged nearly all U.S. hopsitals to provide for visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners, in a memorandum to the Department of Health and Human Services published online Thursday. Critics say the memorandum, which does not actually create any new rights or benefits, is a “red herring” in the same-sex “marriage” debate.  The Obama administration and gay rights activists have been working together quietly on the issue, resulting in a document instructing that hospitals that receives Medicare or Medicaid funds “may not deny visitation privileges […]
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