Current Action Items

13 Aug 2012 Letters to the Editor: Government Censorship of Statistics

ARPA Canada's Legal Counsel André Schutten and WeNeedaLaw.ca director Mike Schouten have had their letters published in the National Post on Saturday and Monday (see below). They come in response to the public finally becoming aware of the fact that the Ontario government snuck through legislation that censors any information about abortion. Letters to the editor are a free and very effective way to be a voice for truth and love. If you want help with writing a letter, contact us.
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22 May 2012 Action Request: ARPA Presents to MPPs on Bill 13

This morning, a coalition of concerned Ontarians presented to the Ontario Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 13, the well-intentioned but poorly written anti-bullying law. Albertos Polizogopoulos presented on behalf of the Coalition for Parental Rights in Education, which included the Ontario ARPA groups. André Schutten, ARPA Canada’s legal counsel, was also present to observe.  There are a number of concerns with Bill 13 as have been outlined elsewhere on this site. These concerns were brought forward in a thorough legal analysis and explained in the short time available. Albertos also explained the very simple and small changes that could be made to the Bill that would address our concerns and still promote a bill that aims to tackle all bullying. We hope that the members of the Standing Committee take these concerns to heart.
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12 Apr 2012 EasyMail Action Item: Transgender Bill Back in Parliament

Updated - Vote Result: The bill passed Second Reading vote with 150 MPs in support and 132 against. It still has a ways to go through Parliament. If you have not done so yet, please take a few minutes and use our EasyMail to urge your MP to vote against this bill.   EasyMail Action Item: NDP Member of Parliament Randall Garrison (on right) has reintroduced the infamous "bathroom bill" which many of our readers worked hard to oppose in the last Parliament. Bill C-279 would add gender identity and gender expression to the list of "identifiable groups" to the hate section of the Criminal Code as well as to the the Canadian Human Rights Act. As Dr. Douglas Farrow pointed out in 2010 this legislation "will entrench in Canadian law the notion that sex and/or gender are basically social constructs, products of a series of human choices, based not in the natural order but in more or less arbitrary acts of interpretation.”
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02 Apr 2012 Take Action: Shocking Vote Against Human Trafficking Bill

EasyMail Action Item (for those with NDP MPs only): On Friday, March 30th, MP Joy Smith’s Bill C-310 was to be read for a third time in the House of Commons, voted on, and then sent to the Senate. The bill has from the very beginning received strong support from all parties. And yet, for a reason not yet sufficiently explained, the NDP rose as a block and voted against Bill C-310, against a law that would prosecute Canadians who traffick humans outside of this country. Instead of this law being passed quickly, it is now delayed in the House for at least two months and possibly won't pass through the Senate until the fall.    
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16 Mar 2012 Alberta Education Act: Update and Call to Action

Update: A big "thank you" to all who attended the rally at the Legislature on Monday! The Education Minister has stated he is now willing to meet with a group of parents to hear out their concerns.  If you attended one of the ARPA events last week in Calgary, Coaldale, Edmonton, and Neerlandia, you would have heard André speak about the importance of making changes to the new Education Act. Since then, you may have heard that the Education Minister has indeed made some changes by clarifying the role that parents have in education. However, it is important to note that these changes do little to alleviate the fundamental concern with the legislation – the fact that it requires all education to be subject to the problem-filled Alberta Human Rights Act. As many of our readers are well aware, lip service can be paid to freedom of religion, speech, and parental rights but the reality is that when they are challenged through the province’s Human Rights Act, they almost always are undermined by the “rights” of special interest groups (learn more at our site www.HumanRightsCommissions.ca and by reading an excellent article here). Please take the time to read the newsletter below. Then, if you have not yet contacted your MLA and the Education Minister, please do so now (today and next week). If you already have, please do so again.
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24 Feb 2012 Ontario Petition against Bill 13 – Add Your Name!

The Ontario Government needs to know that, if the social engineering of the radical Bill 13 is pushed through, it is pushed through despite loud and deep opposition from many Ontarians. In the meantime, opposition to the Bill now can help push it to committee so that, at the very least, we can see amendments made to the Bill. In order to add your voice to the chorus of opposition, please take the time to fill out this online petition hosted by the organization Parents as First Educators. It takes less than a minute. Also, share this link with as many others as possible. Bill 13 will not be passed because of our silence! The petition reads: 
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23 Dec 2011 Continued Call to Action! Bullying Law in Ontario

ARPA Update (Thursday, May 3): Today, the Ontario Legislature voted on Bill 13 at the conclusion of the second reading debates. Bill 13 now passes (with 66 ayes and 33 nays) to the Standing Committee on Social Policy for further review. ARPA will try to present to the committee, together with other concerned citizens, to have Bill 13 amended and so alleviate our concerns with the Bill. Do continue to fill out those petitions - they are important and effective! *** Bullying is a serious problem that must be addressed by children and students, by parents and communities, by government and society. In light of recent tragic events in which bullied students have taken their own lives, the government of Ontario has put forward new legislation intending to combat bullying schools. There are two bills being proposed. The governing Liberals have introduced Bill 13. A Progressive Conservative MPP has introduced Bill 14 with the same goal of combatting bullying. Having examined the proposed amendments in Bill 13, we must conclude that it is a very dangerous and radical piece of legislation for society at large and for Christians in particular. This Bill has already had its second reading and will be assigned to committee study soon.
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21 Dec 2011 Don’t Forget! Abortion Petition

Members of Parliament are bravely drawing awareness to the fact that we are one of the few countries in the world (along with China and North Korea) that have no abortion legislation. Add your voice to theirs! Attached is a petition calling on Parliament to restrict abortion to the greatest extent possible. Please print off many copies and distribute them at your school, church, business, and everywhere else. Also, please pass this along to your contacts and other pro-life organizations, encouraging them to do the same. The petitions can then be submitted to your local MP (no need to have hundreds of signatures - they can read them in Parliament with as few as 25). Please make this your goal for 2012. We need a loud and clear voice from Canadians in defence of those who have no voice.
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08 Dec 2011 ARPA Submission: Family Law Reform a Social Experiment

If newspapers and political parties are to be believed, BC's recent move to overhaul the province's massive family law is good for everyone and long overdue. Hidden beneath the veneer however are substantial problems and a radical new understanding of family and marriage that step far away from our Judeo-Christian heritage and into uncharted territory. In November, before the law was introduced and speedily passed, ARPA Canada was able to express our concerns about the legislation to a number of government officials. It was important to us to communicate that although aspects of the legislation may be good, the proposed law included monumental shifts in the state's understanding of family and marriage that we believe are detrimental to children and an overt violation of these institutions as God made them.
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08 Dec 2011 ARPA Submission: Family Law Reform a Social Experiment

If newspapers and political parties are to be believed, BC's recent move to overhaul the province's massive family law is good for everyone and long overdue. Hidden beneath the veneer however are substantial problems and a radical new understanding of family and marriage that step far away from our Judeo-Christian heritage and into uncharted territory. In November, before the law was introduced and speedily passed, ARPA Canada was able to express our concerns about the legislation to a number of government officials. It was important to us to communicate that although aspects of the legislation may be good, the proposed law included monumental shifts in the state's understanding of family and marriage that we believe are detrimental to children and an overt violation of these institutions as God made them.
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