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Linda Gibbons arrested again for sidewalk counseling outside Toronto's Morgentaler abortion facility

Linda Gibbons was arrested shortly before noon Tuesday outside the Morgentaler abortion clinic, located in an office building on 727 Hillsdale Avenue East in Toronto's east York district.

Toronto police officers arrested the well-known pro-life grandmother after a sheriff read Gibbons a court order that prohibits certain activities within 500 feet of the entrance of the abortion clinic, and Gibbons refused to leave.

"I'm sidewalk counseling," she told LifeSiteNews earlier, as she walked back and forth in front of the building, carrying her trademark sign of an illustration of a small child crying, and the words: "Why, Mom? When I have so much love to give?"

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OECTA votes to form working group to force greater acceptance of openly gay teachers in Catholic schools

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) passed a resolution at its mid-March AGM to form an LGBTQ working group "to be composed of at least 50 percent self-identifying LGBTQ members (where safely possible)."

The resolution was sponsored by the Human Rights Committee of the Toronto Secondary Unit (TSU), and according to "AGM proposed resolutions for TSU resolutions meeting," available on TSU's website, the rationale behind it was that "LGBTQ Catholic teachers are among the only Ontarians who can be fired, without just cause, because of their sexual orientation."

These teachers "live and work with persistent and oppressive fear of exposure which forces them into the closet, erodes their confidence and self-esteem, and increases their isolation." The document stated: "The formation of a working group dedicated to investigating and eradicating this last bastion of legalized discrimination is both timely and necessary."

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Justin Trudeau invokes dad's death to support assisted suicide: critic says that doesn't make sense

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he supports doctor-assisted suicide because of how his famous father died, but an anti-euthanasia leader says it appears Justin is taking exactly the wrong lesson from the death of Pierre Trudeau in September of 2000.

Earlier this week Justin Trudeau introduced a motion calling for the creation of an all-party committee to draft the assisted suicide law that the Supreme Court called for when it recently struck down the Criminal Code provision against it.

In doing so, Justin said he personally supported assisted suicide and invoked his father's death from prostate cancer, after refusing chemotherapy.

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White students barred from meeting at Ryerson University because they were not 'racialized'

A round of public furor has centered on Toronto's Ryerson University after two journalism students were barred from an on-campus meeting because they were not "racialized."

First-year journalism students Julia Knope and Trevor Hewitt were attempting to attend a meeting hosted by the Racialised Students' Collective when they were asked to leave by a group organizer.

"She asked them if they had been marginalized or racialized, and when they both responded 'no,' that's when she said the meeting was only for those who felt they had been," said Anne McNeilly, an associate professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

Ms. Knope and Mr. Hewitt, who are both visibly white, had been attempting to attend the gathering as part of a assignment by Ms. McNeilly to sit in on a public meeting.

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For Canada, the anti-life tsunami is coming

On February 6, the Supreme Court of Canada found the current prohibitions against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) to be violations of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It charged the Canadian federal government with drafting a law to permit the practice.

Our current majority-Conservative government has actually stood firmly against moving in this direction, and was not alone in its opposition. Only four years ago, in 2010, our Parliament voted 228 to 59 against a Private Member's Bill to legalize euthanasia.

Despite this, in 12 months, Canada is expected to legalize it and PAS, with all the "necessary safeguards" that sold this solution to pain and suffering of citizens around the world.

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Open Letter: Dear Planet Fitness, Why Don't You Care About The Safety And Privacy of Women?

Dear Planet Fitness,

I went to your website today looking to cancel my membership, but it says I have to do it in writing. I hope this letter will satisfy that requirement.

Now, because you need this written down like it's a divorce filing, I thought I should tell you why our relationship isn't working out (pun very intended). You might call it "irreconcilable differences." Or you might just say I was utterly disgusted and perplexed when I read this story about a woman named Yvette Cormier, who quite reasonably felt intimidated and uncomfortable when she encountered a man in a Planet Fitness women's locker room. She expressed her concerns to your staff, and then to your corporate office, but she was informed that because the man "identifies as a woman," he is free to use the bathrooms and changing facilities of actual women.

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Trans Rights Bill to be amended in Senate, likely to die on Order Paper

The Senate will likely kill an NDP MP's controversial Transgender Rights private member's bill when it's amended in the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee next week, say Senate sources.

Manitoba Conservative Senator Don Plett, who is a member of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, is planning to introduce two amendments to NDP MP Randall Garrison's (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, B.C.) private member's bill which was passed in the House in 2013 with the support of 18 Conservative MPs, including four Cabinet ministers. It's expected the bill will likely die on the Order Paper once the amended legislation is sent back to the House.

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Gay-straight alliances now mandatory in Alberta: 'We're no longer that redneck, roughneck province'

In a stunning about-face, the Progressive Conservative government Tuesday passed a new law making the approval of gay-straight alliances mandatory in Alberta schools, a move celebrated as a leap forward for human rights in the province.

Education Minister Gordon Dirks tabled a surprise amendment to the government's Bill 10 on the first day of the spring session. The law, which passed third reading Tuesday evening, forces all schools in the province to allow gay-straight alliances (GSAs) on school property at a student's request. It will apply to all public, private and charter schools when takes effect June 1.

Dirks said he spent months consulting with Albertans since Premier Jim Prentice put the legislation on hold in December.

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'You can be Christian, or you can be successful': how leftists are (successfully) working to squeeze us out

I always find it fascinating to travel in formerly Communist countries-the combination of decaying Soviet architecture and Western modernity, the resilience of the people, and above all, how in so many cases it was Christianity that helped the oppressed peoples hold onto their families, their cultural heritage, and hope. There are so many lessons Westerners should learn from how Communism took hold, and how its leaders tried to oppress, disenfranchise, and homogenize the peoples under their rule.

Indeed, there are striking similarities between how the totalitarian Communists of the Eastern Bloc and the cultural Marxists here in the West attempt to enforce their secular and anti-Christian ideology.

One similarity struck me in Budapest last week, when our tour guide stopped on the steps of the St. Stephan Cathedral to explain how the Hungarian Communists "dealt with" the Christians. It wasn't that you couldn't be a Christian, she said. You could pray at home, worship at home with your family, even get baptized and go to church. However, you had a choice. "You could either be a Christian," she told us, "or you could be successful."

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Premier Kathleen Wynne announces new sexual violence and harassment plan

A $41-million action plan to address sexual harassment and violence will introduce new supports for victims such as a pilot project for free legal advice and sensitivity tools for law enforcement authorities, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Friday.

"Many women in our province do not feel safe - that's the reality," Wynne said. "And as a woman, as a mother, as a grandmother and as the premier of the province, I have a problem with that."

The 13-point action plan, called "It's Never OK," focuses on public attitudes, community supports and the justice system.

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Canada Court Rules Doctors Can Help Ill Patients Die

"Life is too precious to allow a doctor to kill," said Dr. Charles McVety, president of the Institute for Canadian Values.

Canada's highest court struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses Friday, declaring that outlawing that option deprives dying people of their dignity and autonomy.

The Supreme Court's unanimous decision reverses its own decision two decades ago and gives Parliament and provincial legislators a year to draft new legislation that recognizes the right of consenting adults who are enduring intolerable suffering to seek medical help ending their lives. The current ban on doctor-assisted suicide stands until then.

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'A life sentence in Canada will henceforth mean just that,' Harper announces new tough-on-crime bill

A new federal bill unveiled Wednesday would create full life sentences and allow judges to impose more consecutive sentences for the most "repulsive" and "horrific" crimes.

"A life sentence in Canada will henceforth mean just that: a sentence for life," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said from Scarborough, at an announcement with Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who will introduce the legislation next week in Parliament. "The fact is there are certain criminals who should never ever be allowed to walk the streets... there are certain crimes so repulsive that only a life-long sentence adequately reflects their truly horrific nature."

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Institute for Canadian Values Saddened by Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

On behalf of the Institute for Canadian Values, its 110,000 members and like minded Canadians across the country, the ICV is saddened by the Supreme Court of Canada's action to strike down the democratically enacted ban on assisted suicide.

ICV President Dr. Charles McVety says "life is too precious to allow a doctor to kill." This is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath where doctors swear 'I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. "It is sad to think that people suffering will now have to contend with the pressure of making a decision on ending their life, instead of fighting to continue."

...Institute for Canadian Values Saddened by Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

New research on same-sex households reveals kids do best with mom and dad

A new study published in the February 2015 issue of the British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science appears to be the largest yet on the matter of same-sex households and children's emotional outcomes. It analyzed 512 children of same-sex parents, drawn from a pool of over 207,000 respondents who participated in the (US) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) at some point between 1997 and 2013.

Results reveal that, on eight out of twelve psychometric measures, the risk of clinical emotional problems, developmental problems, or use of mental health treatment services is nearly double among those with same-sex parents when contrasted with children of opposite-sex parents. The estimate of serious child emotional problems in children with same-sex parents is 17 percent, compared with 7 percent among opposite-sex parents, after adjusting for age, race, gender, and parent's education and income. Rates of ADHD were higher as well-15.5 compared to 7.1 percent. The same is true for learning disabilities: 14.1 vs. 8 percent.

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Supreme Court of Canada strikes down ban on doctor-assisted suicide

The Supreme Court Friday struck down as unconstitutional the nation's contentious century-old law against assisted suicide.

The historic ruling opens the door to physician-assisted suicide for consenting, severely ill adults who want to control the method, timing and circumstances of their death.

In the landmark 9-0 decision, the high court ruled that the Criminal Code provision against aiding and abetting someone to commit suicide deprives people suffering from grievous and irremediable medical conditions the right to life, liberty and security of the person.

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