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Canada, LifeSiteNews is here for you.

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From the beginning, our reporting had a truly international scope. One of our key goals has been to show that the battles we wage for life and family in our local communities and provinces are all part of a global struggle – that they are waged as much in the halls of the UN as they are outside your local Morgentaler abortuary.

But LifeSiteNews was originally founded by Canadians and for Canadians. Even as our US and international readership has skyrocketed in the last two years, we’ve kept a special focus on Canadian coverage with a full news bureau of three time full-time reporters, including myself as Canadian Bureau Chief. That’s on top of our managing director, editor-in-chief, and managing editor – all based in Canada as well, but all well aware of and involved in the international scene.

The fact is that without our Canadian readers, LifeSiteNews just simply could not exist.Even though only 14% of our website traffic now comes from Canada, you’ve sent in nearly half of our donations so far this year.

Indeed, because of you, most of our greatest successes on the ground have come in Canada. You not only fund our mission, but deeply engage our reports and use them for positive change.

Look at what we’ve been able to achieve together in Canada just this fall:

  • The Alberta government backed off controversial provisions to a new Education Act that threatened to impose “diversity education” on homeschoolers.

Paul Faris of the Home School Legal Defense Association said a key interview by LifeSiteNews with a Ministry of Education spokeswoman helped them rally thousands of citizens to oppose the bill. The interview – in which the spokeswoman admitted the bill would prevent homeschoolers from teaching that homosexuality is a sin – “blew the case open and really took away a lot of the credibility of the government,” he said.

  • The Ottawa Catholic School Board cancelled a trip for high school students to campaign for Obama, America’s most pro-abortion president in history, after a LifeSiteNews expose.

The school’s principal said she made the decision because of negative reaction from LifeSiteNews readers.

  • Canada’s national media carried pro-life criticism of a talk at a Sudbury Catholic high school by pro-abortion Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau after a series of LifeSiteNews reports.

“Anti-abortionists upset over Trudeau visit to Catholic school,” ran the headline in the Sun News chain, which quoted a statement to LifeSiteNews from Campaign Life Coalition president Jim Hughes.

CTV featured our website in their television coverage of the controversy.

  • Ontario’s Education Minister was exposed after insisting schools can’t teach abortion is wrong.

LifeSiteNews found the comments buried in an article by mainstream media, obtained a transcript, and gave the egregious comments their due, sparking reaction from Church leaders and activists across the country.

  • StatsCan data showing 491 babies had apparently been left to die after they were born alive following an abortion went viral after LifeSiteNews confirmed the data with the federal agency.
  • The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace was rocked from within, including staff resignations and internal boycotts, over the bishops’ perceived kowtowing to “conservative” Catholics.

Pressure inside the organization has mounted as Church leaders chafe over LifeSiteNews’ ongoing reports that the Catholic development arm continues to fund pro-abortion agencies in the developing world.

We don’t like reporting on the daily workings of evil in our society – we’d much rather focus on the joys of life and family. But we know that we must expose evil in order to confront it head on.

We were able to achieve these successes because we are committed to doing the hard work necessary to confront the persistent attacks on life and family in our country.

But it’s only been possible because of your prayers, news tips, engagement with the reports, and – of course – your financial support.

The battle in Canada for life, family, and freedom will be drawn out and bloody, but – with your help – we intend to be here for the long haul. So as we approach Christmas, please consider donating as much as you can so we can continue – and even expand – this important service.

We’ve now reached $60,000+ in our Christmas campaign, so thank you to those who have given! But we still have $90,000 to raise to meet our basic expenses for the year.

Please, discern whether you can spare something to fund LifeSiteNews’ mission this quarter. (Click here to donate)

Canada, we are here for you. But we also rely on you.

So whether its $5, $1000, or more, please consider making a special Christmas gift this year to the cause of life and truth.

May God bless you and your family in this joyous season, and please be assured of our constant prayers.

Sincerely,

Patrick Craine
Canadian Bureau Chief
LifeSiteNews.com

P.S. – Here is the full quote from Paul Faris of the Home School Legal Defense Association on our involvement in reporting on Alberta’s new Education Act provisions:

“I would give great credit to you guys at LifeSiteNews because I think what you really did is you blew open the fact that [the bill] is really open to interpretation. Like the Minister of Education may say that this isn’t going to restrict religious freedom but his own spokeswoman is saying it is. So, if they’re saying, “hey trust us,” but their own media person doesn’t have the same message, then how do we know that this isn’t going to be applied to reduce religious freedom? So, I think LifeSite, with that interview, really blew the case open and really took away a lot of the credibility of the government.”

 

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