Update: Deadline extended till August 15! There is still time to express your thoughts.ARPA Canada learned today that the BC Early Childhood Learning Agency is conducting a consultation to hear public input on whether kindergarten should be expanded to full-days for 5 year-olds and eventually also include 3 and 4 year olds by 2012. In a letter to the agency, we voiced our concerns about the increasing grasp of the government into what should be a parental responsibility. "We are convinced that not only do parents know best what...
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An online petition is now available to record your protest against the Order of Canada being given to abortionist Henry Morgentaler. Please keep in mind that online petitions have limited usefulness - it is much more effective to write a letter to those responsible for this and a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Canadian Petition - English - Canadian Petition - French - American and International Petition ...
The BC Parents and Teachers for Life now have a petition available on their website to respond to developments in BC's education system which have given unprecedented authority to a homosexual couple to change the province's education curriculum. The petition reads as follows: We, the undersigned petitioners respectfully request that the Honourable House enact legislation to reassert that parents have the prime responsibility for the education of their children and to allow all citizens to have rights to review changes affecting what is taught in the schools, with no special...
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"Even though the standards council decision was made against LifeCanada, it applies to all organizations employing the same messages, a spokeswoman for the council said." - Edmonton Journal, June 25 2008 Edmonton ProLife is the most recent victim of Advertising Standards Canada's bullying. The pro-life group may now be forced to take down poster ads because the ASC has ruled them "deceptive." What is so deceiving about them? They state that abortion is legal at any stage of a woman's pregnancy. "The human heart begins to beat at 22 days. Canada's government allows women the right to stop it for the next 258 days," states one of the ads.But wait a minute - are there limits on when a woman can have an abortion in Canada? No. Edmonton ProLife and Life Canada (which has run similar ads across the country) are 100 per cent correct in their advertising. Section 223 of Canada's Criminal Code unequivocally states that "A child becomes a human being within the meaning of this Act when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother..." As a result, abortion is legal throughout the entire duration of a woman's pregnancy.
Action Item: ARPA Canada readers may remember the article "Euthanasia on the Horizon" which warned of this development. It includes a list of suggested action items. Also, for an analysis of Bill C-562 and for purchasing post cards to send to your MP in response to it, go to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's website. By John Jalsevac - OTTAWA, ON, June 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has made good on her promise to resurrect a bill that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia in Canada. Lalonde's previous attempt to legalize euthanasia failed after her proposed bill, Bill C-407, died on the table when an election was called in December 2005. Shortly after Bill C-407 died, Lalonde expressed her intention to continue pursuing the legalization of euthanasia in Canada. Her latest attempt to do so was unveiled on June 12, in the form of Bill C-562, a slightly revised version of C-407.
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Two developments yesterday, in the Senate and a provincial court, are a strike against parental authority and require immediate action from ARPA Canada readers. Read the two stories below as well as the recommended action items. It doesn't matter how much time you have, there is something you can do. Story #1: Father doesn't know best, court rules in girl's fight to get grounding overruled TU THANH HA - Globe and Mail - June 19, 2008 First, the father banned his 12-year-old daughter from going online after she posted photos of herself on a dating site. Then she allegedly had a row with her stepmother, so the father said his girl couldn't go on a school trip. The girl took the matter to the court - and won what lawyers say was an unprecedented judgment. Madam Justice Suzanne Tessier of the Quebec Superior Court ruled on Friday that the father couldn't discipline his daughter by barring her from the school trip.
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Elizabeth Thompson, Canwest News Service - June 19, 2008Proposed legislation that could see parents hit with charges of assault for spanking their children has passed a first crucial step on its way to becoming law. The bill, which would prohibit parents from using force on their children except in very limited circumstances, was adopted without fanfare by the Senate last evening. Liberal MP Marlene Jennings will now take it to the House of Commons, which must also adopt it before it can become law. Read the rest of the...
How often does a major daily newspaper's editorial give a call to action? On Friday, the Calgary Herald ran an editorial calling for changes to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. It highlights the case of Rev. Stephen Boissoin who was found guilty of hate speech for a letter to the editor he wrote during the marriage debate. For both the article and the action item, click here. Action Item Two: In addition to following the editorial's advice about contacting the Premier of Alberta, it is also a good idea to...
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Note: ARPA Canada readers can also order postcards (10 cents each) from Life Canada by contacting Gudrun Schultz at [email protected]
Dear Pro-life Activists and Members,I'd like to encourage you to Write A Letter to your local editor on the following issue. This affects the entire pro-life movement in Canada and can be done as an individual, or as a local group. If your group needs a project, this is it.The Issue: Life Canada received a poor ruling on its "Have We Gone Too Far" ad campaign from the Advertising Standards Council (an industry body that does not have government oversight). The council ruled the ads were deceptive on the grounds that when a woman aborts in the last stages of pregnancy there must be a medical reason. There is no way of knowing why women abort, because this information is not required.
The ARPA Canada e-newsletter (coming soon) needs a name. Let us know what you think a good name would be. Be as creative as you like!For who? - Everyone may enter, regardless of age or interest in politics.How? - Submit your entries (as many as you like) through the website email form available here. When? - Final deadline is February 29. Prize - Winner receives a copy of Tim Bloedow's recent book State vs. Church. ...