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Canadian Values

If you want to call sex-ed protesters names, try this: Parents

They don't look like bigots to me.

Or unevolved.

But apparently these people, according to Ontario's top political leaders, are heading down a path of intolerance by merely sticking up for their kids.

First it was Premier Kathleen Wynne, who disgracefully used the homophobic label to describe some in the crowd last year at Queen's Park protesting the age appropriateness of the Liberal government's updated sex-education curriculum.

Trudeau insists that gender segregation at places of worship expresses diversity, strength

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked in a press conference in Ottawa with Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), how does he reconcile his self proclaimed progressive feminism with visiting Ottawa Mosque a day earlier in which a gender segregation was enforced and women were not allowed to the join the men on the main hall.

The following are Trudeau's answers to three questions directed at him during the press conference (September 13, 2016):

"The fact is the values that define Canada include respect, openness towards our full diversity, indeed, understanding that diversity is a source of strength, not a source of weakness, is why I think politicians need to be focused on bringing people together, rather than fermenting divisions and that's why I'm happy to attend community events in churches, temples, synagogues, mosques.

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Contraceptive pill can kill women's sense of emotional connection

Contraceptive pills impair a woman's ability to process her emotions and to have empathy for others, a recent study revealed.

Published in the June edition of European Neuropsychopharmacology, the study by German neuroscientists Sina Radke and Brigit Derntl of Aachen University analyzed 73 women and their ability to empathize.

Eighteen women were not taking oral contraceptives; of the 55 who were, 25 were on a "pill free" week.

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My sex-ed letter was a mistake: Patrick Brown

They say in politics you should never admit that you've made a mistake. They say you should never repeat a negative accusation.

I don't agree.

I believe it's important to admit mistakes when they happen.

It was a mistake for a letter to go out to Scarborough-Rouge River voters saying that I would "scrap" the updated curriculum. This is not my view. This is not what I will do. In fact, the opposite is true. I apologize.

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'Transgender' male arrested for taking pictures of woman in Target changing room

A biological male who claims to be a woman has been arrested for taking pictures of a woman in the changing room of a Target store.

Police say 43-year-old Sean Patrick Smith of Idaho Falls entered the women's changing area of a Target in Ammon, Idaho, on Monday dressed as a woman.

The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office responded after a woman said she saw the middle aged male, whom police say identifies as Shauna Patricia Smith, reaching over the dividing wall in the women's changing area and taking pictures of her with a cell phone.

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This booming pro-life group has a secret weapon they think will end abortion in Canada

Imagine an abortion-free Canada. In a country where an abortion happens every five minutes, this seems like a long shot.

But following in the footsteps of the U.S.-based Center for Bioethical Reform (CBR), The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) is seeking to do just that, by making abortion unthinkable in Canada.

The pro-life group's mission can be summarized in one sentence: public policy will not change unless public opinion changes. This means that the Canadian people are the ones who will change the laws on abortion. Politicians will not support legislation if they don't have the votes to back their decisions. Because of this, CCBR focuses on the people - it exposes abortion for what it really is, and helps people come to the realization that abortion is a hidden genocide.

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Waiting period for gay men donating blood in Canada to drop from 5 years to 1

The waiting period to donate blood for gay men in Canada who have not been sexually active with another man will be reduced from five years to one year beginning Aug. 15.

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) recently announced the four-year reduction in the deferral period to donate for gay men not engaged in sexual activity.

"This is an exciting, incremental step forward in updating our blood donation criteria based on the latest scientific evidence," Dr. Graham Sher of the CBS said.

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Toronto Jewish hospital under fire for refusing to abort healthy twin

An Ottawa-area woman is appealing an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling that Mount Sinai Hospital did not discriminate against her when it refused last May to abort one of her healthy twins.

OHRT adjudicator Brian Cook ruled July 18 that Mount Sinai Hospital's decision to refuse a 45-year-old woman, referred to only as C.V., a "selective reduction" abortion was medically based and did not constitute discrimination.

"A doctor is not required to perform a procedure that the doctor believes is not medically appropriate," he wrote in his judgment.

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Pro-life group sues Alberta city that labeled their ads 'hate propaganda'

The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform has asked Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench to nullify the City of Grande Prairie's ban of a strongly-worded pro-life advertisement from its bus fleet.

The ad, submitted by CCBR in January 2015, carried pictures depicting the loss of life through abortion:

"The City of Grande Prairie violated our charter rights," said CCBR legal co-ordinator Nicholas McLeod. "Talking about the killing of pre-born children does not mean that our rights disappear."

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Drunk men using trans law to invade women's bathrooms, says Alberta bar

An Alberta tavern has come under fire for banning men - whether or not they are presenting or transitioning into "women" - from using the women's bathroom.

But Medicine Hat's Corona Tavern says it did so because drunken men claiming to be transgendered have been entering the women's bathroom since Rachel Notley's NDP government passed its "trans rights" Bill 7.

"This has caused some young female patrons to feel unsafe and threatened," the bar's management said in a Tuesday press release.

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Catholic school board passes policy to expel students for 'homophobia'

The Halton Catholic school board voted four to one Tuesday night to adopt a policy update on disciplining students for "homophobia... and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation" which critics say will see students suspended or expelled for stating Catholic teaching on homosexuality and gender theory.

The vote itself was a procedural violation since trustees had already voted down the "progressive discipline" policy update last month by a vote of 4 to 3. Trustee Anthony Danko argued vehemently at the June 21 meeting - to no avail - that to reintroduce the policy in the same session was a breach of procedure, according to a report by Tanya Granic Allen, President of Parents As First Educators (PAFE).

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70% of Canadians support law protecting unborn victims of crime: poll

Last Thursday, MP Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton-Melville) released the results of a national poll that shows the majority of Canadians support legislation that will create a separate offence when a violent criminal knowingly injures or causes the death of a preborn child while committing a crime against a pregnant woman.

According to the Nanos poll, a majority of Canadians are in favour of Cassie and Molly's Law, with nearly 70% of respondents saying that they support a law that would make it a separate crime to harm or cause the death of a preborn child while harming a pregnant woman. Support among women is even higher at nearly 75%.

"It is encouraging to see clear support for Cassie and Molly's Law," said Wagantall. "Ultimately a comprehensive strategy to end violence against women must include many targeted initiatives and legal reforms, including new penalties for those who target pregnant women."

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Canadian Senate passes euthanasia bill

Canada's Senate gave approval to the Liberal government's Bill C-14 Friday, averting a standoff with the House of Commons over the controversial bill - which now only needs royal assent to become law.

Senators voted 44 to 28 to accept the final version of Bill C-14, which outlines under what circumstances Canadians can be legally assisted to kill themselves, or be euthanized.

Conservatives Don Plett, Tobias Enverga, and Independent Liberal Anne Cools were among those who voted in favor of the bill.

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Gay activists target small PEI town after mayor refused to fly rainbow flag

The mayor of Montague is being deluged with "hateful" emails because of a year-old policy that will not permit the display of the LGBT rainbow flag - or any other private emblem - from municipal flag poles.

The PEI's gay pride organization has questioned the town's actions because, according to Tyler Murhaghan, the provincial pride chairman, many other cities in Canada's smallest province, including the capital of Charlottetown, have flown the flag.

"We're obviously pretty disappointed in the whole situation," Murnaghan told the Canadian Press. "The excuses they've been giving haven't been that great. I know in a lot of other municipalities it's not an issue. They say, 'Tell us when you want it (the flag) raised,' and it is raised."

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Bill C-14: Senate concedes to government's will, sending assisted dying law to royal assent

After a dramatic debate over the eligibility requirements for physician-assisted dying - and over the role of the upper chamber itself - Senators opted to concede to the House of Commons Friday, sending Bill C-14 to royal assent.

The legislation itself has been hotly disputed, with many calling it unconstitutional. But as many Senators offered a passionate resistance to accepting the government's will, it also marked a first major test of the relationship between the Trudeau Liberals and an increasingly independent, volatile upper chamber.

With Bill C-14 awaiting a rubber stamp from the Governor General, the House of Commons adjourned for the summer Friday afternoon. Health Minister Jane Philpott tweeted it was a "transformative day for Canadian social policy."

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