Current Action Items

22 Jan 2020 Opportunities for Partisan Political Action in British Columbia in 2020

Since its inception, ARPA Canada has chosen to be non-partisan. This allows ARPA as an organization to better engage with elected officials regardless of their partisan colour. But we certainly encourage you to be partisan. Officially joining the political party that most closely aligns with your political philosophy gives you a special and amplified voice. It allows you to vote in party leadership races, local candidate nomination races, and policy conventions. Leadership races determine who will be the next leader of a political party. Local candidate nomination races determine who will...

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15 Jan 2020 Participate in the Government’s Euthanasia Consultations

Canada’s law on Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) or euthanasia will be changing soon, and likely not for the better. A recent case from Quebec (Truchon v. Attorney General of Canada) struck down the requirement that natural death is reasonably foreseeable in Canada’s current euthanasia legislation. This means that the federal government is now required to revisit the legality of euthanasia and come up with a new law by March 11, 2020. As a part of this legal review, the Government of Canada is consulting with Canadians. Please take 10 minutes to fill...

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28 Nov 2018 BC: Ask your MLA to oppose Motion 33’s endorsement of SOGI 123

SOGI 123 which deals with how sexual orientation and gender identity are taught in British Columbia classrooms is couched as an anti-bullying initiative, but it is far more. It teaches a humanist understanding of sexuality as a subjective identity, divorced from biology, determined individually, and to be celebrated unconditionally. This in direct contradiction to a Christian understanding of sexuality, its God-given design, its corruption by sin, and its need for redemption through the Cross. Motion 33 says, “Be it resolved that this House supports SOGI 123 within our schools, to help...

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03 Oct 2018 SOGI is not about bullying

  School districts across British Columbia have been adopting an initiative called SOGI123. This policy on SOGI – an acronym for sexual orientation and gender identity – is couched as an anti-bullying initiative, but it is far more. It teaches a humanist understanding of sexuality, as a subjective identity, divorced from biology, determined individually, and to be celebrated unconditionally. This in direct contradiction to a Christian understanding of sexuality, its God-given design, its corruption by sin, and its need for redemption through the Cross. Since its introduction, SOGI has been a controversial topic....

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26 Sep 2018 Gideon Project Phase 2: Get on the horn!

The EasyMails were write on and we reached our goal of 2,500! Now it's time to call! We're launching phase two of the Gideon Project. We've got a sticky note for you with talking points and everything else you need to call the Honourable David Eggen. Your sticky note is right here! (See a version for non-parents here). So take that sticky note and call the Education Minister. Yes, pick up the phone and speak up for the right to send your child to a school that wishes to remain faithful to its...

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06 Jun 2018 Health Canada wants your input as they develop a palliative care framework

Health Canada is conducting a consultation on palliative care. This is an excellent opportunity for us to provide input which will help them develop a framework on palliative care. We encourage you to participate by sharing the value of palliative care and how it can be promoted. This is a chance to have your voice heard! There are two ways you can participate: Online discussion Health Canada has set up a discussion page where you can leave a reply for each topic. They are putting up a new topic every couple of...

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05 Feb 2018 BC Action Item: Voting on how to vote

The Electoral Reform Referendum 2018 Act, passed in the fall of 2017, requires that a referendum respecting proportional representation voting system be conducted by mail in ballot no later than November 30, 2018. This means for the third time in the past fifteen years, British Columbia is going to vote on whether to ditch the First Past the Post voting system in favor of some form of proportional representation. The Act does not state what question will be asked in the referendum nor does it prescribe a form for the question....

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10 Apr 2017 Urgent Action: Bill 89 – Final Committee review this week

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns with your MPP    The Standing Committee on Justice Policy will do a “line by line” review of Bill 89 this Thursday, April 13. This is the last opportunity for Committee members to propose amendments. In our written submission to the Committee, ARPA included a list of ten proposed amendments, but now that it’s “crunch time”, we need to focus on just two (below). In case you are not familiar with Ontario’s Bill 89, it would replace the current Child and Family Services Act, which...

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25 Nov 2016 Have Your Say: Liberal Budget 2017 Consultations Now Open

In preparation for their 2017 Spring Budget, the Liberal government is allowing Canadians to participate in the process. From their budget consultation page, “Tell us how we can help your family, strengthen the middle class and grow Canada’s economy. When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. That’s why our approach to growing the economy puts people first.” Take Action We encourage you to get involved in the budget consultation process. There are three means of getting involved: 1. Take the...

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14 Nov 2016 Ask Your MP to support M-47

On Monday, October 24, the folks at Hope for the Sold held a Parliamentary screening of Over 18 in Ottawa. There were almost 50 people in attendance, including MPs, Senators, and staffers, representing a cross-section from all 5 parties. This is a very decent turnout for a Parliamentary event, considering the hectic schedules of MPs and Senators. Many of you encouraged your MP to attend - thank you! Read the update from Hope for the Sold here. We have a few short weeks left to engage with MPs and ask them to support this important motion...

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