Current Action Items

12 Mar 2015 Speak Up! Alberta Forces Schools to Approve GSA’s

Take Action! Three EasyMail letters are below. They will be CC'd to the Premier and Education Minister As you have likely heard, on Tuesday Education Minister Gordon Dirks tabled amendments to Bill 10 and within hours the legislation passed a final vote in the Alberta Legislature. Only two MLAs (Ian Donovan and Bruce Rowe) voted against it. Bill 10 is horrible law (find a copy of the legislation as tabled and amended before Christmas here, and see the even more contentious amendments introduced and passed on March 10 here). Among other things, it requires all Alberta schools to approve GSA clubs. It also adds the terms “sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and gender expression” to the Alberta Bill of Rights. As ARPA explained at length in the past, if law and public policy are based on subjective notions, such as how someone identifies at any particular moment, then law loses meaning altogether. Perhaps most troubling, the bill also removes the requirement for parents to be informed when their children are being taught about sexual orientation. The Alberta government has cowardly pushed this through, even after many of you explained just how problematic the legislation is. This legislation is an affront to the authority that God has given parents as the primary educators of their children. For a Biblical defence of that statement, see God's directions to Abraham in Gen. 18, God's instructions to the people of Israel to teach their children his commands in Deut. 6, the generational instruction outlined in Psalm 78, or scan through the book of Proverbs, filled with instructions on how to "train up a child in the way he should go" (Prov. 22), including as it relates to sexuality, and it's pretty clear.
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14 Jan 2015 Are you praying for our leaders?

From GentleReformation: It is easy to become frustrated with politics and government. It is easy for us to throw up our hands as Christians and say, “Well, politics is not the essence of Christ’s kingdom, so I’m just not going to invest much (if any) energy there.” Some find it discouraging because it seems that we are often “losing” political battles. But friends, we are only really losing when we are unfaithful to Jesus. Even the martyrs know that they won even though they lost in the face of persecution...

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17 Jan 2014 Opportunity: Share Your Thoughts on Government Spending

Canada's Department of Finance is asking for your feedback on seven matters as it prepares another budget. This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts on what the government should be doing, or not be doing. As we have long argued, a budget is a moral document as it sets the direction for what a country values, believes is the role of government, and understands as its responsibilities.  Click here to complete the survey (7 questions, max 200 words per question). ...

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05 Sep 2013 Manitoba consultations on Bill 18 ongoing

As we reported earlier this year, Manitoba's Bill 18 has some serious flaws that need to be corrected. In fact, even NDP supporters are speaking out against it. At the beginning of this year, we encouraged our readers in Manitoba to step up, to take action and to speak out. And how they have responded! It's great to hear that many parents and leaders will be presenting to the committee (over 300 individuals are scheduled to present). Dozens have talked to MLAs either over the phone or in person and...

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04 Sep 2013 Friday: Day of Prayer & Fasting for Quebec’s Decision on Euthanasia

LifeCanada is inviting various churches, organizations and individuals across Canada to join in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for the upcoming debate on euthanasia that will be taking place this fall in Quebec. The Province is set to vote on a bill that would legalize euthanasia in the province under the term "medical aid in dying". The Day of Prayer and Fasting will be held on September 6th. People are invited to join us in their own way, according to their own faith tradition. This issue concerns all Canadians....

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08 Aug 2013 Alberta: Opportunity to Shape the Education System

In 2012 we were very thankful to see the Alberta government heed the call of many parents and introduce an Education Act that was not shackled to the problematic Human Rights Act. Now you have an opportunity to take part in a survey from the Ministry of Education to shape how this Act is applied. This is important, as the Ministry is in the process of making new regulations. In other words, this is where the rubber hits the road and the theory of the Act has to be applied to...

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25 Jun 2013 Summer Projects for You and Your Family

Summer provides some excellent opportunities for us to witness to our Canadian neighbours about important issues that our nation is wrestling with. But this doesn't just happen by itself. It takes some planning. The time, energy, and money that we invest in this can reap a bountiful harvest, even if much of the impact may not be measurable or visible to us. At the very least, taking on one of these projects can serve as excellent teaching tools for our children and friends. 1) Have your family save up for...

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06 May 2013 Manitoba: Stand Up for Parental Rights

If there remains any doubt about whether the entire Manitoba education system is under attack, consider this recent story from the Winnipeg Free Press: "The union leadership representing Manitoba's 15,000 public school teachers wants all provincial education curricula to reflect sexual orientation and gender-identity issues. A resolution to go before the annual general meeting of the Manitoba Teachers' Society May 23 to 25 would call on the Department of Education to 'ensure that same-sex families and LBGTTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, two-spirited, queer) people and themes are reflected in all curricula.' All Manitoba schools, regardless of whether they are public or private, must follow provincial curricula." 
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04 Jan 2013 ARPA Action Goals for 2013

With our sovereign God watching over all things, we have much reason for optimism as we enter 2013. ARPA Canada has established a number of goals, as we are convinced that much more gets accomplished when our efforts are focussed, planned, and coordinated. Here is a taste: 1) Proactive issues of focus: We are working on new policy reports for all MPs and Senators on the topic of spanking (spring) and marijuana (fall). Our planned theme for the 2013 ARPA presentations across the country is spanking, spending, and smoking pot. If you would like an event in your community be sure to let us know. These matters are brewing under the surface of Canada's public square and both require a thoughtful and principled perspective before changes are made to our law. As with all of our policy reports, we will be looking to you, our readers, to follow-up with your federal and provincial leaders to ask them for feedback on the recommendations.
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