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Ending MSM Blood Donation Ban

We will bring an end to the discriminatory ban that prevents men who have had sex with men from donating blood.

Currently the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and Hema-Quebec (HM-QC) ban men who have been sexually active with men at any point in the previous five years from donating blood, even if it has been entirely safe and monogamous. This policy ignores scientific evidence and must end.

A Liberal government will work with Health Canada, CBS, and HM-QC to end this stigmatizing donor-screening policy and adopt one that is non-discriminatory and based on science.

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Justin Trudeau says gay 'marriage' and abortion are 'core principles' in new memoir

In a newly-released memoir widely seen as an attempt to shore up public support before the Canadian federal election in a year, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has said that gay "marriage" and abortion are among his "core principles."

Trudeau, who is Catholic, says that when speaking to those who were "opposed to gay marriage, abortion, and legal reform on marijuana" he cannot "simply pander to their position" but has to "adhere to my own views."

"My response would be to say, 'We disagree on this, and since we are both arguing from what we regard as our core principles, there is probably little room for compromise. I hope there is enough common ground on other issues, however, for you to consider voting for me.'"

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Toronto city councillor says Muslim-only subsidized housing is acceptable

A Toronto city councillor says a provision that allows only Ahmadiyya Muslims access to a city-subsidized apartment building is not unfair.

"We want people to live in a culturally-appropriate setting," said Councillor Joe Cressy, of Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina.

This week, about 11,000 people looking for subsidized housing were removed from the waiting list at Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace, a 14-storey apartment building on Finch Avenue West. About 100 of the 166 residential rental units are designed as rent-geared-to-income.

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U of T college forced to cut gender-neutral bathrooms after 'peeping' incidents

The University of Toronto's elite University College has been forced to recognize the existence of two genders and re-establish separate washrooms for male and female students sharing its co-ed residences.

The move was provoked by two separate incidents in mid-September of male students holding their cell phones above the shower stall dividers in so-called gender-neutral communal washrooms at Whitney Hall, a co-ed residence at the University College, to record female students showering.

"Given the serious nature the incidents of voyeurism that occurred in September, and the impact on directly affected students we made the decision to designate some washrooms in Whitney Hall for those who identify as men and some for those who identify as women," U of T spokeperson Althea Blackburn-Evans told LifeSiteNews.

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Right to form Christian law school on the line in British Columbia courtroom this week

Round Three of Trinity Western University's climactic confrontation with the powerful homosexual lobby began Monday in a Vancouver courtroom, to determine whether TWU's law students can practice law in their own country, and ultimately whether there will be room in Canada's future "public square" for conservative Christians.

"At stake is more than just the right of TWU graduates to practise law," said the Langley, B.C. school's spokesman, Guy Saffold, "but whether people of faith are to be restricted in their right to associate in community and to fully participate in Canadian society."

The five-day fight between one of the country's few surviving Christian universities and the British Columbia legal profession is a kind of rubber match over the issue of whether law graduates from TWU's proposed law school will be allowed into their profession, given that TWU prohibits pre-marital sexual activity, including all homosexual intercourse. This ban the law societies of three provinces deem a violation of homosexual rights so serious that it would irredeemably taint any TWU law grads and any profession which admitted them.

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All three provincial parties vote for gender free Ontario

Ontario MPPs appear ready to push the province even closer to the gender-free misutopia promised in its radical new sex education curriculum, as all parties approved a motion to remove all references to "mothers" and "fathers" from government documents. This was to save the feelings of same-sex, transgender, and, presumably, polygamous, test-tube and other kinds of parents.

"It's trying to break down the family," protested Gwen Landolt, vice president of REAL Women of Canada. "It's clearly in accordance with what our Lesbian Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to do with the sex education curriculum."

The curriculum, implemented this September, has generated a popular, non-partisan opposition among immigrant and other families in the Greater Toronto Area that has been spreading into other parts of Ontario. The Wynne curriculum introduces sexual issues to children in the early grades and normalizes aberrant sexual relations and "gender fluidity" throughout all grades.

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Ontario's dangerous sex-ed is indoctrination not science says U.S. psychiatrist to large audience

An American psychiatrist who has spoken and written extensively on sex-ed says the Ontario Liberal government's sex-ed curriculum is not based in science but "entrenched in ideology," and endangers children by not clearly presenting the consequences of sexual activity.

"The priority is not your child's health," Dr. Miriam Grossman told an enthusiastically grateful crowd of nearly 1000 from numerous cultures and organizations in Mississauga last night, "The priority is to mould your child's thinking and attitudes so they respect, affirm and are comfortable with all sexual choices and lifestyles."

And while the curriculum's view "may or may not be consistent" with parents' values, "it most certainly is not based upon current knowledge about child and adolescent development, sexually transmitted disease and many other areas," she stated.

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Under pressure, Edmonton Catholic schools look ready to let boys into girls change rooms

Despite a major pressure campaign from LGBTQ activists, the Edmonton Catholic school board decided Tuesday night at a tense and emotional meeting to put off voting on a controversial policy that would allow boys to share changing rooms with girls, and vice versa. The board will take up its "gender identity and expression" policy again at next month's October 15 meeting.

The proposed policy, spearheaded by LGBTQ activists, would deny the Catholic Church's teaching on gender by requiring the board to "respect that self-identification is the sole criteria for gender identity."

It would also compel board administration to "as per the Gospel of Jesus Christ... welcome and accommodate all students, staff and families in a manner that is congruent with their expressed gender identity and expression."

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Trudeau and Mulcair both pledge to revive transgender 'Bathroom Bill' if they form gvmt

Expect full-blown government-sponsored transgendered rights legislation if either the Liberals or the New Democrats form government after the October general election.

A private member's bill, C-279, passed both houses of Parliament this year but was amended in the Senate to protect the rights of non-trans people, and the House of Commons rose for the summer without ratifying the changes.

Asked at the Toronto Gay Pride Parade if he would revive C-279, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau told a reporter, "I'm committed to defending trans rights fully and completely but it won't have to be private members bill, it will be part of a government bill."

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Interview: Jason Kenney responds to Justin Trudeau's speech

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau delivered a hard-hitting speech in Toronto yesterday, taking aim at the Conservative government's policy against face veils being worn by immigrants when they are swearing the Canadian citizenship oath. That restriction was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last month, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper opted to appeal the decision.

"It is a cruel joke to claim you are liberating people from oppression by dictating in law what they can and cannot wear," Trudeau said, adding later, "We all know what is going on here: It is nothing less than an attempt to play on people's fears and foster prejudice, directly toward the Muslim faith." At another point, Trudeau said Canadians "should all shudder to hear the same rhetoric that led to a 'none is too many' immigration policy toward Jews in the '30s and '40s, being used to raise fears against Muslims today."

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How many kids will leave? Parents ready to abandon Ontario public schools as sex-ed comes

A threatened exodus of thousands of children from Ontario's publicly funded schools this fall because of the Liberal government's radical sex-ed agenda could tip the province into an educational crisis, warns a veteran educator.

That's leaving aside current labor disputes that may hamstring the school system with rotating teacher strikes and work-to-rule actions.

"It wouldn't be surprising at all that we'll be in a crisis in our education system in the fall," says Dan Di Rocco, an education advisor with Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) and member of sex-ed opposition coalition Canadian Families Alliance.

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Half of students absent from Thorncliffe Park

Opposition to the province's new sex-ed curriculum left one Toronto school half empty on the first day of class.

Half of Thorncliffe Park Public School's 700 students were absent Tuesday, according to the Toronto District School Board.

The school has a large immigrant population and many parents have protested the new curriculum and threatened to keep their kids out of class for September.

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Wynne reveals hostility to homeschooling while slamming Tory MPP

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's recent swipe at homeschooling while criticizing an outspoken MPP reveals her contempt of parents, say pro-family advocates.

And the Tory MPP in question, Monte McNaughton, charges that Wynne is just trying to duck the "chaos" in the school system that she and her Liberal government created as a result of her radical sex-ed program.

Wynne criticized McNaughton as "irresponsible" for speaking last week at a London parents' information session on homeschooling, telling the Toronto Star's Richard Brennan on Sunday that this meant the Tory backbencher was advising parents to pull their children from school.

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Quebec begins mandatory sex ed teaching 5-year-olds about masturbation, genitalia, and homosexuality

Quebec's Ministry of Education is rolling out a new pilot program for mandatory sex education this year that teaches 5-year-old children about male and female genitalia, how conception happens, and "different types of families."

The Ministry is refusing to allow parents to opt children out.

"For the moment, no exemptions are planned," Ministry of Education spokesperson Pascal Ouellet told The Canadian Press.

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The Law Society of Upper Canada Is Attacking Charter Freedoms

Regarding the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada, Out On Bay Street lawyer Paul Saguil and articling student Douglas Judson argued (July 8, 2015) that any defence of Trinity Western University relies on hypocrisy.

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) has already approved the law program of Trinity Western University (TWU) as meeting academic and professional standards. The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) admits there is nothing wrong with TWU's law program; its graduates will be fully competent to practice law. The LSUC also admits that there is no evidence that Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other religious lawyers treat LGBTQ people poorly.

Yet the LSUC -- now with the Court's approval -- won't recognize TWU's law degree solely because the person who earned that degree decided, while studying law, to join others in a religious community where people share a personal commitment to traditional marriage.

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