Letters to the Editor Tag

26 Jul 2011 ‘Radical Islam’ a clear threat to Canada

Surrey Leader, March 2, 2011: Letter writer, L. Virk suggests that as a Christian Heritage Party candidate I want to “place a patent on Canadian culture,” and “we cannot compare Canada to France, England or the Netherlands.” As the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states, the freedoms we enjoy come from the recognition that we are a nation that recognizes the supremacy of God and the rule of law. In much of the world, the intersection of cultures results in conflict. But in Canada such clashes are avoided precisely to the extent that all of us embrace and uphold these values for ourselves and our community.
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25 Jul 2011 Sudbury Star op-ed: Anti-abortion rhetoric is too much to take

July 21 2011, Sudury Star: The writer says that "There are many myths around abortion". I agree. She states that a "myth is that women have late-term abortions all the time" and "no one has a late-term abortion unless there are medical reasons to have it, such as a danger to the mother or fetus." There is no evidence to support this claim. Doctors do not report reasons for late term abortion. In fact they don't report reasons for any abortions performed. As the ...

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21 Jul 2011 Abortion Debate Shouldn’t be Closed

The Hill Times, June 13 2011: Mr. Harper's press secretary Andrew MacDougall, said that "Our MPs were elected on a clear platform - our government will move forward to implement that platform" and that "the Prime Minister has made it crystal clear that the government will not introduce or support any legislation that seeks to reopen the abortion debate. I realize that Mr. Harper has been saying he will not reopen the abortion debate for some time now. But frankly I am puzzled as to why he keeps insisting that the abortion debate remain closed. Even ignoring the fact that a majority of Canadians would like some kind of legal protection for the unborn, Canada has had at least two very clear calls for legal protection.
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19 Jul 2011 A new hidden agenda

Ottawa Citizen, April 11, 2011: William Johnson says that "it remains Harper's ultimate goal ... to make the Conservative party with conservative values the quintessential party of Canada. He has moved to that objective by governing with a populist sense of what the people -as opposed to the elites -think and want." I disagree. The prime minister has abandoned social conservatives, many of whom are the very same people who brought Harper to power in the first place. These people have been forgotten by Harper. The abortion debate Harper won't let us have -and that social conservatives thought they'd have with a Conservative government -continues to be silenced.
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19 Jul 2011 The fault lies with plummeting births

Abbotsford Times, April 13, 2011: A recent letter by James Breckenridge ('The fault lies in ourselves . . .', Times March 25) expressing his chagrin at citizen's demands for ever increasing government funds, bemoans saddling our children (and grandchildren) with the massive debts we have incurred in the process. These two things are both connected to a serious problem in Canada (and, indeed, many parts of the world) of which many are unaware, namely our demographic decline due to plummeting birth rates. While it is true that the world's population is increasing (due mostly to improvements in healthcare) the number of children in the world is in serious decline. To avoid population loss, couples in modern societies must have about 2.1 children yet in about 70 countries today birth rates are far below this. What are the economic consequences of this? Consider Japan, which has experienced sub-replacement fertility rates (1.2 - 1.3 children / woman) and a declining population for the last 50 years. Japan is poised to become what demographers call a "4-2-1 society. It's a family in which one child supports two parents and four grandparents. In a country with a public debt more than twice the GDP, what do you suppose will happen when the ratio of working aged to elderly drops to 1.3 : 1.0 as is projected to occur by 2055?
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15 Jul 2011 Eliminating human rights commissions not a crazy idea

Lethbridge Herald, July 13 2011: I am responding to Dave Mabell's article and The Herald's editorial about our human rights commissions. The fact is that, due to a loose set of governing rules, the Human Rights Commission in our province is able to make arbitrary decisions on all sorts of issues. That concerns me. That is not the protection of human rights! Canada is known for its freedoms. We have freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Our identity as a free country must not...

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13 Jul 2011 Letter to the Editor Contest

Update: The contest is now complete and the prizes have been awarded! Check out the entries here. Letters to the editors of newspapers and magazines are a free and very effective means to be a voice for truth, grace, justice, and common sense in our communities. It is time that we made use of this opportunity to its full potential! ARPA Canada has created a letter the editor contest and Holland Shopping Centre has generously donated prizes for the winners of 5 categories. This is a great opportunity for schools, people who have never written a letter to the editor before, and the seasoned pros! Category 1: Best letter in a large paper (eg Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal)Category 2: Best letter in a community paper (city up to 200,000 population)Category 3: Best letter by someone under age 20Category 4: Most letters published & submitted to contestCategory 5: One letter picked at random from all entries A $100 gift certificate to Holland Shopping Centre (either online or at their stores in New Westminster or Chilliwack, BC) will be awarded for each category.
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13 Jul 2011 Vancouver Province Editorial: No Tax Dollars for Pride Parade

Vancouver Province, July 12, 2011: With the November municipal elections not too far over the horizon, we're getting into the political silly season again. In Vancouver, some people say it never really ends. The latest evidence is news that the usually more conservative Non-Partisan Association is calling for public funding of Vancouver's annual gay pride parade. The parade is a popular, even identity-building event for many and also a huge tourist draw for the city. But it still should not receive cash from city taxpayers. Municipal governments should not be funding the activities of private cultural groups, period. Taxes should only be collected and spent to provide basic services for citizens.
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01 Jun 2011 Letter: Intolerance not akin to bullying

By Mike Schouten, Peace Arch News (May 31, 2011): I am writing to express my concerns regarding the hijacking of local anti-bullying campaigns by homosexual advocates and various forms of media. The hard work of many in our communities and schools to encourage an attitude of civility and respect for one another is to be commended, but the abuse of these efforts by gay lobbyists to force their ideology on, specifically the youth, is something we should all be wary of.
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21 Dec 2010 Letter to Editor: Roxanne’s Law Vote

The following letter to the Peace Arch News by ARPA member Mike Schouten was published on Dec 20, 2010: On Wednesday, members of Parliament decided not protect a woman’s right to choose, defeating Bill C-510 – Roxanne’s Law – by a margin of 178-97. This private member’s bill, put forward by Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South), would have criminalized the act of coercing a woman into having an abortion. For decades now, the pro-abortion lobby has been telling us a woman’s right to choose is the paramount consideration. A choice is only a choice if there are multiple options; to be pro-choice must include a woman’s right to keep her child.
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