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Concerns raised about patient privacy with new bill

Doctors are raising red flags about new legislation they say compromises the sanctity of doctor-patient confidentiality and allows government bureaucrats access to their patients' private health information.

Bill 119, an amendment to the previous Personal Health Information Protection Act, was passed in May.

Doctors say bureaucrats are now able to access confidential medical health records without the patient's consent.

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Senate passes assisted dying bill with amendment to delete near-death proviso

The Senate has sent the federal government's controversial bill on assisted dying back to the House of Commons with a major amendment that guts the central premise of the proposed law: that only those who are near death should qualify for medical help to end their lives.

The bill, as amended over the past two weeks of lengthy debate in the upper house, passed late Wednesday by a vote of 64-12 with one abstention.

Support for the amended bill was not as overwhelming as the raw numbers suggest. Some senators, including government representative Peter Harder, voted for it rather than risk having the bill defeated altogether.

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Toronto school official tells gay activists how they work around parents with traditional beliefs

Ontario teachers are encouraged to tell students that "it's okay to be gay, it's okay to be any identity you wish," and in fact, should be "patted on the back" for "doing your job diligently" under the province's Education Act, says Ken Jeffers of the Toronto District School Board.

"You do not have to be cautious to talk about these issues," Jeffers, coordinator of TDSB's gender-based violence prevention office, told a group of educators at an April conference on implementing the Accepting Schools Act, organized by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD).

And parents need to know that requests to withdraw students from discussions on "gay and lesbian, bisexual, transgender, same sex-families" because of religious beliefs "cannot be honoured," Jeffers said, because that "would violate human rights policies and procedures of the board."

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Bishop blasts 'totalitarian' gender ideology: 'What is at stake is the very order of creation'

Calgary's Catholic Bishop Fred Henry has more than doubled down on his accusation of totalitarianism against Alberta's New Democratic government for its promotion of gender ideology in the province's schools.

He's quadrupled down with his fourth message to the diocese in recent months explaining how contrary to Catholic teaching-and so how unfit for the province's (taxpayer-funded) Catholic schools-is the NDP's newfound promotion of transgenderism in school, locker room, and washroom.

In Henry's latest message, "Totalitarianism in Alberta IV," he displays the same eloquent unwillingness to bend his knee before secularists already demonstrated in fights with the provincial human rights commission over homosexuality, and the public health establishment over HPV vaccinations.

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Ontario gvmt may pressure Catholic board to pass policy expelling students for 'homophobia'

A Catholic school board in Ontario voted 4-3 last week after a heated debate against amending policy that would grant school administration powers to suspend or expel students who engage in "unacceptable" behaviors of "homophobia... and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation." The province's education minister has now taken the board to task for failing to pass the amendment, stating that since the province has "strengthened the requirements" for school boards regarding inclusivity and diversity, she will personally contact the board to "discuss this matter."

The Halton Catholic District School Board's Code of Conduct policy has been amended four times in the past six years as the Liberal government presses its "inclusivity" agenda. Amended in January last year, the policy includes the following "standards of behavior" for students regarding gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation:

- Students must "promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils, including pupils of any…gender expression, gender identity, ...sex, or sexual orientation."

- Students must "respect and treat others fairly, regardless of... gender, gender expression, gender identity,... or sexual orientation."

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Most bestiality is legal, declares Canada's Supreme Court

Sex acts with animals are legal in Canada, so long as there is no penetration involved, according to a surprise ruling issued by the Supreme Court.

The determination stemmed from a case involving a British Columbia man convicted of 13 counts sexually assaulting his stepdaughters - including one count of bestiality. But the man, identified only as "DLW", was acquitted of the bestiality count with the new ruling.

DLW's attorneys argued that bestiality linked to "buggery" - or sodomy - with animals beginning with an 1892 criminal code. Bestiality was first used in a 1955 code, but still was not defined to encompass every sex act with animals.

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Security Guard Arrested For Removing Man From Women's Bathroom

A female security guard working at a Washington, D.C. grocery store was arrested Monday afternoon for physically escorting a man out of the women's restroom after he refused to leave because he identifies as a woman.

The shopper - a young, African-American male who identified himself as Ebony Belcher to local news outlets - reportedly passed the security guard on his way into the women's restroom at a Giant grocery store in Northeast D.C.

After seeing Belcher walk into the women's restroom, the security guard followed him in and ordered the man to leave. When he refused, the security guard had to physically escort him out of the women's restroom.

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As euthanasia becomes legal across Canada, Senate debates amendments to Trudeau bill

With the Supreme Court deadline permitting assisted suicide and euthanasia passed with no law in place, eyes are on the Senate, which may fundamentally overhaul the Liberals' controversial euthanasia bill during third reading debate, expected to begin Wednesday afternoon.

So high the interest and so wide the divergence of opinions among senators on Bill C-14 that the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee quickly wrapped up a clause-by-clause study Tuesday by deciding to forego proposing amendments.

Rather, any and all interested senators can put forward amendments at third reading.

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Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose to support new trans rights bill

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says she plans to vote in favour of the Liberal government's proposed transgender rights legislation.

Ambrose says she will allow her caucus colleagues to vote as they wish.

That is a change from the last time legislation on transgender rights came to the House of Commons, when Ambrose and the majority of her Conservative colleagues voted against a private member's bill introduced by New Democrat Randall Garrison.

One of them was Conservative Michelle Rempel, who agreed that transgender people face discrimination, but argued at the time that the law and courts already protected them and that the bill was little more than a symbolic gesture.

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B.C. woman arrested in arson attack on Canada's only gender-reassignment clinic is former patient

A B.C. woman has been arrested for carrying out an arson attack on the Montreal surgical clinic that is the only place in Canada providing the most complex forms of gender reassignment surgery.

Jayne Ellen Heideck, 42, was detained Monday by RCMP officers in Kelowna, B.C., and is being returned to Montreal.

She will face charges stemming from a fire in early May at the Centre metropolitain de chirurgie in Montreal.

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Liberals unveil plan to outlaw transgender hate speech, discrimination

Transgender Canadians and human-rights champions cheered Tuesday as the Liberal government introduced legislation that would make it against the law to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression.

The legislation would, if passed, make it illegal under the Canadian Human Rights Act to prevent someone from getting a job or to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of the gender they identify with or outwardly express.

It would also update the Criminal Code to extend hate speech laws to include gender identity and expression.

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Justin Trudeau becomes first PM to raise gay flag on Parliament Hill

The homosexual rainbow flag was hoisted on Parliament grounds for the first time Wednesday as Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held an event to celebrate the month of June as World Pride Month. An exuberant Trudeau called the event a "great day for Canada," adding that he and his government still "have more work to do in the coming years" to advance the "rights and protections" of homosexuals and trans-people across the country.

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity had originally described the flag raising event to media in a press release as the "first time a flag other than the Canadian Flag and the Queen's standard have flown from the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill" when in fact the flag was erected on a makeshift pole on Parliament grounds.

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Liberals unveil plan to outlaw transgender hate speech, discrimination

Transgender Canadians and human-rights champions cheered Tuesday as the Liberal government introduced legislation that would make it against the law to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression.

The legislation would, if passed, make it illegal under the Canadian Human Rights Act to prevent someone from getting a job or to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of the gender they identify with or outwardly express.

It would also update the Criminal Code to extend hate speech laws to include gender identity and expression.

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Former MP Stephen Woodworth leading protest Tuesday to support Christian law school

Former Conservative MP and stalwart pro-life advocate Stephen Woodworth is changing hats and leading a demonstration on behalf of Trinity Western University at the Vancouver law courts on May 31. There, on the following day, the Evangelical institution will defend its right to establish a law faculty against the wishes of the B.C legal profession.

Woodworth practiced law for 30 years before sitting in the House of Commons from 2008 to 2015 for Kitchener Centre. There in 2012 he made a controversial motion, M-312, to form a committee to examine the scientific evidence of when an unborn child became a human being. The motion did not go forward.

Woodworth told LifeSiteNews he was demonstrating "to raise awareness of the snowballing of abuse of power in the past five years in Canada and the elimination of freedom." His demonstration will take place at 11:00 am at 800 Smithe Street in Vancouver.

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Study: 25% of All Pregnancies Now End in Abortion

The World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute have just revealed the results of a shocking new study that found that around the world, 25% of all pregnancies now end in abortion.

The researchers, whose data was published in The Lancet, found an unexpected rise in the number of abortions taking place in recent years, from 50 million annually during the four year period of 1990 - 1994 to 56 million during the period between 2010 - 2014.

Notably, the research found the highest numbers of abortions in Latin America, where one in every three pregnancies are aborted. The most significant raises in numbers across the world were in developing countries.

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