Thursday January 27, 2000

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– Controversy over Father Van Hee’s parliamentary picketing continues –

OTTAWA, Jan 27 ( – Liberal MP Tom Wappel has responded publicly to a recent statement made by homosexual activist MP Svend Robinson, defending his treatment of Father Tony Van Hee who pickets Parliament Hill with signs condemning abortion and homosexuality. New Democrat MP, Mr. Robinson, billed Van Hee’s anti-homosexuality signs as hate mongering rather than lawful religious expression.

Mr. Wappel countered that “Mr. Robinson’s letter is nothing but insulting to Father Van Hee and to all with a view contrary to that of Mr. Robinson. If one believes in freedom of religion, one must acknowledge that most, if not all the world’s religions view homosexual acts as abnormal and sinful. For someone of those religions to state this publicly is merely an affirmation of one of the tenets of that person’s religion.”

Mr. Wappel also took the opportunity to draw attention to Mr. Robinson’s Private Member’s Bill C-263, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda), which he said would usher Canada into “the ranks of the nations and societies that persecute people on the basis of their religious beliefs.” Concluding, he adds: “I want no part of a ‘country’ such as that.”


– Kiddie porn possession advocate speaks about children as young as eight –

NEW BRUNSWICK, Jan 27 ( – Despite his controversial views on the right to possess kiddie porn, some critics maintain that Robin Sharpe’s image has been sanitized by the mainstream media. Mr. Sharpe is the British Columbian whose fight for the right to possess child pornography reached the Supreme Court with a hearing two weeks ago. The latest issue of Watchdog newsletter, a conservative publication out of New Brunswick, includes a letter to the editor and a clip from a Simon Fraser University (British Columbia) campus newspaper citing Mr. Sharpe. The British Columbian quotes him as saying: “I think that you should be able to possess anything you want that doesn’t constitute a clear danger to others, even if it is images of an eight-year-old being raped and cut up.” The comments were published on October 12 last year, yet interestingly have not been picked up by the mainstream media.

The full article in SFU’s student newspaper, The Peak, can be found at:


OTTAWA, Jan 27 ( – In what some people say is a related story, the Toronto Star reported Tuesday that Canada has become “a world destination for people seeking children through the sex trade.” The article discusses the findings in a 72-page report by the Canadian Council on Social Development, entitled “The Progress of Canada’s Children into the Millennium.” The report reveals that “the child sex trade is increasing, with an estimated 100 offences each day in Vancouver alone.” A Save the Children Canada spokesman, told the Toronto Star that “most men who come to Canada come from the United States. But many also come from Asian countries. And there is also regional travel within Canada for the child sex trade.”

Critics of the federal government’s refusal to clamp down hard on kiddie porn possession by using the Charter of Rights’ “notwithstanding clause” have been arguing that compromise on this issue will be interpreted as a pro-child pornography stance by all sectors of the industry including producers, distributors and consumers. If subsequent research indicates a continued rise in kiddie porn activity in Canada, critics hope that a public image of aiding and abetting child abusers will have a significant impact on the amount of support given to the federal Liberals in the next election.

The Toronto Star article appears to be no longer available on the paper’s website. Contact LSN if you are interested in receiving a copy.


TORONTO, Jan 27 ( – The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Ontario is hosting a euthanasia symposium at the Regal Constellation Hotel in Toronto on Saturday April 29. The goal for the meeting,which will run from 10 am to 5 pm, “is to provide information and resources on the issues, to outline our concerns and to share possible strategies,” says spokesman Alex Schadenberg.

Topics being discussed include euthanasia and the disabled, euthanasia from the perspective of palliative care professionals and current developments surrounding the issue. The symposium is also being endorsed by by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of B.C., Care in Dying Coalition / Canadian Coalition Against Euthanasia, Alliance for Life Ontario, and Campaign Life Coalition. Registration to attend and participate at the meeting is $50. Room rates at the Regal Constellation Hotel have also been negotiated. For registration call 1-877-439-3348.


American president, Bill Clinton, is delivering “what’s expected to be his final State of the Union speech tonight,” reports Conservative News Service.

CNS also reports that abortion was a central theme in a nationally televised Republican presidential debate held last night. This was their last joint appearance before the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday. Front runner George Bush restated his pro-life position but was not decisive when Gary Bauer questioned him on the kind of people he would place in key positions such as in the Supreme Court. John McCain has made himself vulnerable on the issue over comments made earlier this week and Alan Keyes took him to task. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch withdrew from the race and has endorsed Mr. Bush.… POL20000127a.html

The National Post reports today that “the Chief Electoral Officer, is preparing for a general election, possibly as early as September. Senior managers at Elections Canada have been instructed to clear up most of their projects before Sept. 1, with the anticipation Jean Chretien, the Prime Minister, may call an election in the fall.”;=nati…

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