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Quebec's highest court gives province go ahead for euthanasia

Quebec's highest court says the province's new euthanasia law goes into force immediately but anti-euthanasia campaigner Alex Schadenberg says the court is wrong and the Quebec government knows it.

The Quebec Court of Appeals ruled that the province's new law permitting and regulating euthanasia does not violate the federal Criminal Code provision prohibiting euthanasia because the Supreme Court of Canada threw out that part of the Code in its infamous Carter decision.

"The Quebec government has said they won't prosecute anyone under the Criminal Code," Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, told LifeSiteNews. That, he says, is because the government knows the province's doctors would otherwise be afraid to euthanize their patients, given that euthanasia remains a crime in Quebec whatever the appeal court ruled yesterday.

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'Transaging'?: Father leaves wife, 7 children to live as 6-year-old girl

Seven children and 23 years of marriage couldn't stop Stefonknee Wolscht from leaving his family.

Now, six years later, the deep-voiced transgender Canadian - formerly known as "Paul" - says he's living as a six-year-old girl.

In a video published by The Daily Xtra, in partnership with The Transgender Project, Wolscht says he "can't deny I was married. I can't deny I have children." But he also says that living as a six-year old child, with the support of two older friends who act as his parents, is part of how he's "moved forward now[.]"

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Adventure company walks out on bizarre human rights hearing brought by B.C. woman

Trinity Western University (TWU) is a small, private Christian institution near Vancouver, embroiled in a big, public controversy. The school requires students to follow a "community covenant" that, among other things, counsels them not to engage in sex outside of a traditional, male-female marriage.

Some claim the school discriminates against homosexuals, in the name of religion.

Among TWU's strongest detractors is a wilderness guide named Christophe Fragassi, who also calls himself Christopher Fragassi-Bjornsen. A native of France who lives with a male partner on Vancouver Island, Fragassi has a deep and curious interest in Norway, Norse culture and Vikings.

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Ontario gvmt's expert panel wants euthanasia for children 12 and under

"A stacked deck" of pro-euthanasia academics has recommended that children 12 years of age or younger be eligible for assisted suicide or euthanasia, and palliative care hospices, religious-based care providers and health professionals must violate their consciences to "aid and abet" state-mandated killing of patients in care.

"It's pretty awful," was disability rights advocate Amy Hasbrouck's reaction to the just-released recommendations of the Ontario government's grandly-named Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying. Hasbrouck, the director of Not Dead Yet, says the advisory group "obviously didn't feel it necessary to protect the vulnerable, the handicapped and the elderly."

The Ontario government picked public advocates of assisted suicide such as Maureen Taylor, Jocelyn Downie, and Arthur Schaefer, while others, said Hasbrouck, were "university bioethicists" with no experience treating the terminally ill. She said the federal external panel on euthanasia, on the other hand, was led by an advocate for the disabled and a palliative care doctor.

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Praise God - Victory in Jesus Name! Thank you Mayor John Tory

Mayor John Tory thinks rejecting a Christian group's request to have a concert in Yonge-Dundas Square is "a bit overboard."

During a Rogers TV town hall on Tuesday night, Tory was asked about Yonge-Dundas Square management's refusal to grant a permit to the Voice of the Nations (VOTN) to hold a concert next year.

The group has been granted permits in the past but VOTN says it was told the 2016 permit was rejected because "proselytizing" events weren't allowed in the square.

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LCBO well suited to sell marijuana when legal, Kathleen Wynne says

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says it "makes a lot of sense" to use the LCBO to sell marijuana after the federal government legalizes sale of the drug.

"It makes sense to me that the liquor distribution mechanism that we have in place - the LCBO - is very well-suited to putting in place the social responsibility aspects that would need to be in place," she said Monday.

"Obviously, I don't know what the timeline is with the federal government, but it seems to me that using that distribution network of the LCBO... I think that that makes a lot of sense."

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60% of Canadians disagree with Liberal plan to accept Syrian refugees: Ipsos poll

One week after the devastating terror attacks in Paris, a new Ipsos poll shows a majority of Canadians disagree with the Liberal government's plan to resettle 25,000 refugees by the end of the year.

The Ipsos poll, conducted exclusively for Global News, found that 60 per cent of Canadians disagree with Justin Trudeau's election promise to relocate 25,000 people displaced largely due to the conflict in Syria.

Opposition is highest in Alberta with 70 per cent and lowest in Ontario with 56 per cent.

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How much is too much religion in Yonge-Dundas Square?

They don't seem thrilled about Christians singing about Jesus in Yonge-Dundas Square so I hesitated to ask how they would feel about a nativity creche?

But I did.

I thought of it after attending a bizarre meeting of the board and management of Yonge-Dundas Square at City Hall Thursday.

The meeting was in response to an earlier decision to deny the permit for the Voices of the Nations concert next summer thanks to concerns over songs about Jesus Christ being too proselytizing, which is not allowed in the public square.

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Justin Trudeau Takes a First Step Toward Marijuana Legalization in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on Canada's newly appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney-General Jody Wilson-Raybould to look into implementing marijuana legalization in the country.

In a mandate letter written to Wilson-Raybould, published on Friday, Trudeau asked her to collaborate with other ministers to "create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana."

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Privately-sponsored Syrian refugees bound for Toronto

Almost 80% of the privately-sponsored Syrian refugees coming to Ontario will start out in Toronto.

Numbers released by the federal government over the weekend detail the destinations for 4,584 refugees who are being sponsored by organizations or groups of Canadians. Ottawa's numbers don't include the 3,650 refugees the government of Quebec says it will take in by the end of the year.

Ontario, meanwhile, can expect 3,318 privately-sponsored Syrian refugees - 33 have arrived since Nov. 4 and 3,285 are still being processed by the government.

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Impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado 'pretty grim'

When it comes to legalizing marijuana, Colorado has been blazing a trail for other jurisdictions to follow since 2012.

But Tom Gordon, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) program, tells the Toronto Sun his federal government program has been studying the impact legalizing pot has had on the state and the results so far appear "pretty grim."

Question: The RMHIDTA report released in September, "the legalization of marijuana in Colorado: the impact," found marijuana use has essentially doubled among adults and youths, 12 to 17, since Colorado legalized the recreational use and sale of the drug. Did this surprise you?

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Gay activists 'out' complainant who opposed subway ads for gay sex in public

A Canadian homosexual newspaper has "outed," by name, the author of a private complaint that led Toronto's subway system to pull racy ads for a homosexual hook-up site that promotes sex in public venues.

Pink Triangle Press, which publishes Daily Xtra, obtained the complaint from a Freedom of Information request to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

The ads, for the homosexual "cruising" website Squirt.org, depict naked men from the waist up - some provocatively embracing - and uses "non-stop cruising" for a tagline. "Cruising" refers to the risky homosexual practice of one person trying to "pick up" another person for anonymous "gay sex" in a public place, such as a bathroom, gym, park, beach, or back alley.

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Trudeau's cabinet isn't 'diverse' where it counts - he made sure of it

Justin Trudeau and his Liberal caucus officially became Canada's ruling party Wednesday morning when the 43-year-old prime minister and his 30-member cabinet were sworn at Ottawa's Rideau Hall.

With sunny skies over the nation's capital - evoking Trudeau's election night victory speech nod to Wilfred Laurier, "Sunny ways, my friends, sunny ways" - a festive mood reigned among the hundreds of people who congregated outside Rideau Hall to welcome the Liberals and watch events on a big screen TV set up outdoors. Pro-life advocates, however, had little to cheer about.

For despite the Trudeau cabinet's much vaunted diversity -- as the Huffington Post noted, it contains "two aboriginal ministers, two disabled ministers, one openly gay minister, a refugee from Afghanistan and four Sikhs" -- its members all share the same view on one fundamental issue: they are uniformly pro-abortion.

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Ontario changes mind on medical marijuana use in public places after earlier OK

Ontario's Liberal government says it will re-examine its recent move to allow medical marijuana users to smoke and vape the drug anywhere in the province, just one day after announcing the change.

"We've heard the concerns around this regulation, and we're going to take this feedback and see if this regulation is the best way to move forward," Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said Thursday.

She said the province will "take a hard look and see and make sure that this is in the best interest of Ontario."

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Margaret Trudeau, who quit marijuana for mental health, says legalization is 'different issue'

Margaret Trudeau once said that quitting marijuana helped improve her mental health, but she stands behind her prime minister-designate son's plan to legalize pot, which she says is a "whole different issue."

In an interview with CTV Canada AM co-host Marci Ien, Justin Trudeau's mother seemed taken aback when asked about her previous comments on marijuana.

At a mental health conference in 2007, Trudeau said that her battle with mental illness involved completely giving up marijuana, which she started smoking at a young age.

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