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Canada may join Europe in $600M global abortion bailout after Trump funding ban

Canada's Liberal government is considering joining the Dutch government's proposed international abortion fund, as part of its commitment to advance "reproductive rights."

After President Trump restored the Mexico City Policy on Monday, Dutch minister of foreign trade and development co-operation Lilianne Ploumen announced her government's intention to launch the abortion fund.

The Mexico City Policy denies US federal funding to foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions as a method of family planning.

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Canadian pro-lifers urge Trudeau to join Trump and end 'colonial' funding of overseas abortion

Canada's leading pro-life political lobby group is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal government to stop exporting their pro-abortion "values" abroad.

Campaign Life Coalition is urging Trudeau to follow President Trump's lead and join his American neighbours in putting an end to abortion funding in the developing world.

"Our prime minister needs to realize that Canadians are deeply divided on abortion but quite united on taxpayer-funded abortion: They oppose it in great numbers. They would oppose spending their hard earned money on it elsewhere too if asked," said CLC government relations officer Johanne Brownrigg.

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Judge restores Christian homeschooling operation after Alberta NDP gov't shutdown

An Alberta judge has approved an agreement between Alberta's NDP government and a Christian homeschooling organization that will see the government restore funding to the organization it abruptly shut down in October over allegations of financial misconduct and breach of provincial laws.

Justice E.J. Simpson of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench signed a consent order of January 5 that directs the NDP to restore funding by January 10 to Trinity Christian School Association of Cold Lake, which oversees the homeschooling of 3,500 students, an estimated one-third of Alberta's homeschooled students, as well as the classroom education of a dozen pupils.

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BREAKING: President Trump signs executive order defunding International Planned Parenthood

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits federal funding from going towards foreign nonprofit organizations that promote or commit abortions. The action comes just one day after the 44th anniversary of the devastating Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion-on-demand in America.

The policy, which was implemented by President Ronald Reagan, will effectively defund International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International. Trump, who has made promises to defund Planned Parenthood and make permanent the Hyde Amendment, took an important step to halt America's hand in bankrolling abortion overseas.

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Scrawler's Top 20 people of 2016

Lots of victims made my annual top 20 for 2016 - and that makes me sick.

But I hate how victims are forgotten. Lots of heroes on this year's list, too. Everybody has their own list of the highlights of the year previous. This is mine. Happy New Year everybody. Scrawler out.

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Pride ban 'slap in the face' to cops: McCormack

Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack calls the Pride Toronto ban on police officer participation in future parades a "slap in the face" to all officers who've worked "diligently" to improve relationships with the gay community.

"My members are extremely disappointed," he said Wednesday. "Pride organizers have played right into Black Lives Matters' hands... their whole meeting got hijacked just like the initial (July 3) parade."

McCormack was reacting to a move by a group of self-described "white butch dykes" - led by Kami Chisholm and Gwen Bartleman - at Pride's annual general meeting Tuesday to bully Pride into adding BLM's eight demands to the agenda.

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Canada police raid Montreal pot stores after Justin Trudeau's warning

Police in Montreal raided six cannabis shops one day after they opened, following a warning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that recreational marijuana is not yet legal in Canada. Ten people were arrested in the raids, police said, including veteran pro-cannabis activist Marc Emery.

Trudeau, who campaigned last year on a promise to end nearly a century of pot prohibition, warned that the government is still at least one year away from legalizing pot use. "We haven't changed the legislation yet," Trudeau told reporters earlier in Montreal. "It is coming, but we're going to take the time to do it right."

Until that happens, the current ban on the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use remains in effect, he said. Emery on Thursday however went ahead and opened in Montreal six boutiques of the Cannabis Culture franchise chain, which already exist in other cities. Police raided the stores at the end of the day as buyers braved frosty conditions to crowd into the boutiques to buy marijuana.

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Vote bans cops from taking part in Pride parade

A raucous and aggressive group of gays and lesbians voted at the Pride AGM Tuesday night to capitulate to Black Lives Matter (BLM) Toronto and ban police from marching or participating in future parades.

But asked after the vote whether Pride Toronto still welcomes the free police security offered to the yearly parade and other events, board co-chair Alica Hall told me "of course."

(In 2016, Toronto taxpayers subsidized Pride with $512,000 worth of free police security. That figure does not include the cost of pay-duty police, which is subject to privacy laws.)

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B.C. teacher fired for having the wrong opinion

A teacher at a posh private school in British Columbia was fired last month after making an innocuous comment about abortion to his Grade 12 law class.

Though there is no way of knowing, since discipline matters are shrouded in secrecy, it may be the first time a Canadian teacher has been fired not amid allegations of impropriety, but for having the wrong opinion.

Certainly, Lori Foote, a spokesperson for the 60,000-member-strong Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, said Wednesday that no one at the association is "aware of anyone being fired" in Ontario in comparable circumstances.

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She tried to save babies from abortion: now the gov't wants to jail her for 18 months

The Ontario Crown wants pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner to spend 18 months in jail for her attempts to save women and unborn children from the violence of abortion.

Wagner, who has spent a total of 4 1/2 years in jail for her pro-life witness, was arrested December 12 at the Bloor West Village Women's Clinic after entering the waiting room to distribute roses and to try and persuade women not to abort their children.

"She is a recidivist offender," Crown lawyer Tania Monteiro told Justice Ramez Khawly during a judicial pre-trial at Old City Hall Court on Friday.

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Preschool 'transgenderism' on the rise, Canadian pediatricians report

A pro-"transgender" National Post report that Canadian pediatricians are seeing an increase in patient referrals for "gender non-conforming" preschool children who think they are and want be the opposite sex has alarmed pro-family experts on gender confusion.

The November 17 National Post article - headlined "'I feel like a boy, mom:' Doctors seeing an increase in preschoolers convinced they are in the wrong body" - tells the story of the families of two preschoolers, one boy, one girl, who decide at young ages that they are the opposite sex. Their parents indulge their feelings and encourage the children to live in their "gender non-conformity."

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School board allows Muslim sermons in schools

Despite the foundations and long tradition of Christianity in Canada, any accommodation of it - even at Christmas time - is largely rejected in the public school system, which supposedly adheres to secularism. But there is a single exception to the rule, as one religion seems to stand supreme:

Muslim students in the province of Ontario are entitled to hold weekly prayer meetings, held on Friday.  These "Jumm'ah" prayer and sermon sessions have been the focus of intense criticism as the provincial public school system is not supposed to be promoting any religion or hosting any religious instruction.

The Peel school board in Mississauga (near Toronto) is not only allowing Islamic sermons, but it is also refusing to monitor the contents of those sermons. This is despite the very real risk of the jihad doctrine being spread. The Toronto Star reported that "Islamic schools, mosques in Canada are filled with extremist literature, according to a study." More troubling was that "the authors of the study say what worried them was not the presence of extremist literature, but that they found nothing but such writings in several mosque libraries and Islamic schools."

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Jordan Peterson speaks for those of us that refuse to follow the 'great liberal death wish'

I have just endured the sobering experience of watching the always very intelligent and professional Steve Paikin chair a panel about the trans-gender controversy that centres on University of Toronto professor Dr. Jordan Peterson. I had vaguely followed the story as it percolated up in the press, much of the frothings in which must usually be taken lightly. It was, I fear, a piercing glimpse into what great and venerable statesmen of my youth such as Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, and Louis St. Laurent called "days that I shall not see." I did not, until now, grasp the fine balance between gratitude and wistfulness in their invocation of that phrase; as a young person, I thought it the license of the great to engage in histrionics, and I now claim it as the right of lesser yet aging people, such as myself.

For those who have sagely ducked or otherwise been spared exposure to this controversy, Dr. Peterson rejects the right of his students to require him to address them, if they are trans-people (i.e. in some state of flux between the male and female poles of gender identification - not their orientation, whether they are homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual or asexual has nothing to do with it), otherwise than in a way that consigns them to the claustrophobic confines of being male or female. "Ze" for he or she and "Zir" in place of his or him are the sticking points, but what is accumulating behind these imbecilic distinctions is quite sinister. The tape Steve Paikin ran of Dr. Peterson being reviled and shouted down and physically intimidated at the University of Toronto was distressing and we may be on the edge of a defining moment in our jolly and progressive Canadian civilization. Dr. Peterson sees it as a matter of freedom of expression and believes that others do not have the authority to require him to address them in a newly-hatched vocabulary devised to oppress the "gender-binary" conventional practice, while his opponents profess to believe that in refusing to do so, he is committing a hate crime punishable by human rights commissions or tribunals.

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Woman who blasted Trudeau gets online threats

The woman who told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau she could barely afford to eat after paying her carbon tax and hydro bills now says she's been receiving threats online.

Kathy Katula, the 54-year-old mother of four and grandma of three, said after she was featured in the Toronto Sun about her Peterborough townhall appearance with Trudeau on Friday, trolls and haters have been flooding her Facebook wall with negative comments.

There were so many, she called 911 Sunday morning, fearing strangers would show up to her Buckhorn, Ont., home, 30 kilometres north of Peterborough.

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Trudeau urges police to 'enforce the law' on marijuana

A frustrated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants police to "enforce the law" and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries - even though weed legalization is looming.

"People are right now breaking the law," Trudeau told the Star's editorial board on Friday.

"We haven't changed the laws. We haven't legalized it yet. Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. We've said we will. We've said we're going to do it to protect our kids and to keep the money out of the pockets of criminals."

But the spread of storefront "dispensaries" - scores of which have popped up on Toronto streets this year - is clearly a concern to the prime minister.

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