Manitoba Tag

11 Jun 2015 Reparative Therapy Bans rushed into law in MB and ON: Serious Implications

Update (July 20, 2015): Read this article, titled "Free speech: what banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ will really stop"   ***Take Action Today: 3 EasyMail letters waiting for you below*** Recently Ontario and Manitoba passed legislation banning therapy for teens with unwanted homosexual or transgender feelings. We have serious concerns regarding the implications of these laws, and fear they are just around the corner for other provinces. At the end of this article we have some pointers on how you can respond in your province. On June 4th, the last day that the Ontario Legislature was sitting before the summer, MPPs voted unanimously to pass Bill 77, heralded by its proponents as the right step following similar legislation in some jurisdictions of the United States. This bill was first proposed by New Democrat Cheri DiNovo a minister in the United Church of Canada. She argued, “these kids do not need to be fixed. It’s society that needs to be fixed.” The bill was written to remove coverage for “services rendered that seek to change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient, including efforts to change or direct the patient’s behaviour or gender expression.” It will also seek to prohibit providing these services to anyone under the age of 18. Manitoba’s new regulations are similar.
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29 Jan 2014 Dr. Neufeld on Bullying: What Really Works?

In 2012 and 2013, ARPA focussed a lot of attention on Bill 13 in Ontario and Bill 18 in Manitoba, both of which claimed to be about combatting bullying even though the legislation itself did not reflect this. Sadly, in spite of a overwhelming opposition from the public and our readers, these bills were pushed through. But the issue is far from over. Other provinces are looking at the same issue, and Ontario and Manitoba will now have to grapple with the top-down and heavy-handed reality of their new laws....

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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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31 May 2012 Manitoba teachers know better than parents

Over the weekend, the Manitoba Teachers' Society passed a resolution opposing policies that allow parents to pull their children from classes on moral or religious grounds. Parents in Manitoba can currently opt their children out of classes but the Society will now petition the provincial government and school board to remove this capability. CBC quotes the president of the Society, Paul Olson, as supporting the policy on the basis that: "there are things that we feel that all students need to know in terms of creating an inclusive school for everybody." Gear...

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09 Feb 2010 MP Bruinooge, Dykstra, and Penninga speak at ARPA events in Winnipeg and Carman

On Friday night, after an energizing ARPA Canada board meeting, Winnipeg ARPA hosted a presentation in the Redeemer Canadian Reformed Church. MP Rod Bruinooge (on right) came out to the Winnipeg event to bring greetings on behalf of the government of Canada. Like the event on the evening before in Carman, Jon Dykstra, editor of RP Magazine spoke about how to discern truth in the media and how we ought to fire, hire, or put our media on probation.  And Mark Penninga gave the main presentation where he passed on suggestions for effective political action, based on interviews with MP's.
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01 Dec 2009 Plans underway for Canada’s first faith-based prison unit: Christian group

By Laura Stone, Canwest News, Nov 30/09: A Christian organization is in talks with the Manitoba government to create the country's first "faith-based" prison unit for inmates to explore their spiritual side, Canwest News Service has learned. Prison Fellowship Canada says the plan involves a new provincial women's institution, including a separate prison unit that teaches Christian principles and values. [Continue reading this artice here.] ...

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26 Jun 2009 Human Rights Commissision Found Guilty of Discrimination

Winnipeg Free Press - June 21/09: The Manitoba Human Rights Commission has been found to have discriminated against one of its former employees. A seven-month investigation by the Ontario Human Rights Commission concluded that the Manitoba Human Rights Commission was wrong when it refused to acknowledge that one of its former investigator's medical condition constituted a disability. Victor Schwartzman, 63, had been an investigator with the MHRC for 21 years, helping people who claimed they'd been victims of discrimination. [Continue reading this article here.]...

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26 Jun 2009 Supreme Court says girl’s forced blood transfusion didn’t violate rights

Canada's top court on Friday dismissed the case of a Manitoba girl — a Jehovah's Witness — who said her rights were violated when she was forced to get a blood transfusion against her will because she was a minor. In a 6-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that such medical interventions are constitutionally sound. [Keep reading this story here.] ...

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17 Apr 2009 Manitoba Implements Mandatory Child Porn Reporting Law

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Manitoba government passed legislation on Tuesday making it mandatory for its citizens to report child pornography. The amendment to the Child and Family Services Act now includes child pornography in the existing definition of child abuse, and makes Manitoba the first province in Canada to legally require anyone who suspects a child is being sexually abused, whether evidence is found online, in books, photographs or other audio and visual material, to report it to the authorities.
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26 Jan 2009 Manitoba Gives Enthusiastic Welcome to ARPA Canada

Both the little community of Carman and the bigger city of Winnipeg gave an encouraging welcome to ARPA Canada at two recent events on January 21st and 22nd. The goal of these events was to introduce ARPA Canada to these communities but also to kick start local groups if there was interest. A good crowd came out in Carman and every indication seems to be that there will be more than enough interest in starting a local group there. Mr. Terry V. will be sending out a notice in the...

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