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29 Jun 2016 Disappointing ruling in TWU Ontario case

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada June 29, 2016 DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHRISTIAN STUDENTS 'REASONABLE' ACCORDING TO ONTARIO'S TOP COURT OTTAWA – The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada today, upholding the Law Society's decision to not accredit the Christian university's law school. The Court ruled that the decision of the Law Society to infringe the religious freedom of TWU was reasonable. André Schutten, counsel for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada expressed disappointment on the court's...

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22 Apr 2016 Response to C-14 Bill

The Liberal Government released their Bill C-14 on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Numerous organizations have responded, including Christian Legal Fellowship which you can read here. Learn how to TAKE ACTION on this Bill at arpacanada.ca/stop-euthanasia. ARPA Canada would like to quote the response of Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia which echoes our sentiments in their press release below: --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The federal government provides exemptions for murder, aiding suicide and administering poison Montreal, April 15, 2016 – In the midst of one of the worst suicide crises in our country’s history,...

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14 Dec 2015 Federal panel’s report on assisted suicide remains secret

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) CanadaDecember 17, 2015RESULTS OF FEDERAL PANEL'S CONSULTATIONS ON ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA REMAIN HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC Does the federal panel’s report offer a more balanced approach than the radical and disturbing recommendations of the provincial-territorial report? Ottawa - The final report of a non-partisan panel's consultations on the politically charged issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia remains inaccessible to the general public days after being delivered to federal ministers. Earlier this week the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada delivered their report to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health. In a joint statement the ministers promised to make the report available in the coming weeks. However, the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying made its report and recommendations public on Monday, December 14. By releasing the provincial report before the federal report, the public debate is shaped by the radical nature of the provincial report.
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21 Apr 2015 Media Advisory: ARPA Canada to make announcement about legal action

For Planning Purposes April 22, 2015 ARPA CANADA TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT LEGAL ACTION In an afternoon press conference in the Queen’s Park Press Gallery, the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada will provide details on a constitutional challenge they filed earlier in the day. Niki Pennings, spokesperson for WeNeedaLAW.ca, will also be speaking about why WeNeedaLAW.ca has placed 100,000 pink and blue flags on the lawn in Queen’s Park. “The 100,000 flags represent the approximately 100,000+ human lives that are ended by abortion every year in Canada,” said...

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19 Mar 2015 Loyola Supreme Court Decision: Religious Freedom upheld

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General), upholding religious freedom for the Loyola community to teach the Catholic faith from a Catholic perspective.  At stake in this case was the religious freedom of parents and institutions to raise children according to a worldview that might be different than that of the State education bureaucracy. Thankfully, the Court was unanimous in finding that religious communities can teach their own faith to their children from their own perspective. The Association for Reformed...

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19 Mar 2015 Media Advisory: ARPA Canada available for comment on Loyola case concerning freedom of religion in independent schools

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada March 18, 2015  ARPA CANADA AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT ON LOYOLA CASE CONCERNING FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision in the Loyola case tomorrow morning at 9:45 a.m. The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada intervened in the case to defend Christian education and parental rights from the continual encroachment of the State. At stake in this case is parental authority itself. Provincial governments are increasingly taking...

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06 Feb 2015 Euthanasia Supreme Court Decision: A sacred line has been crossed

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada February 6, 2015 EUTHANASIA SUPREME COURT DECISION: A SACRED LINE HAS BEEN CROSSED OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Lee Carter, et al., v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., this morning, striking down Canada’s laws against assisted suicide and signaling Parliament to create new, permissive legislation if it so desires. The unanimous decision of the Court declared that section 241(b) and s. 14 of the Criminal Code unjustifiably infringe section 7 of the Charter and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition. The declaration of invalidity is suspended for 12 months to give Parliament time to respond. The court has left the door open to Parliament to make the new legislation restrictive. The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada was an intervenor in the case and made written arguments to the Court last fall to defend the inviolability of human life. Mark Penninga, Executive Director of ARPA Canada, made the following comments: “A sacred line has been crossed. This decision turns the right to life from something that is objectively fixed and inviolable to something that is subjectively fluid and based on what someone feels it is worth.” “It will be logically impossible for Parliament or any legislature or court to enact safeguards that will be able to withstand future legal challenges. As we see in Belgium and the Netherlands, it is only a matter of time before these so-called safeguards are considered an unjust limitation on someone else’s rights, even allowing children or those who are depressed to be killed at the hands of the state.” “With this decision, autonomous choices have been raised as a higher value than life itself. This will have devastating consequences on the value of human life, especially for the most vulnerable in society.”
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28 Jan 2015 Breaking News: Nova Scotia Supreme Court Sends Strong Message to Law Societies Refusing to Recognize Christian Law School

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada January 28, 2015  NOVA SCOTIA SUPREME COURT SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO LAW SOCIETIES REFUSING TO RECOGNIZE CHRISTIAN LAW SCHOOL  OTTAWA – The judgment in the Trinity Western University (TWU) lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society was released this morning, with the judge ruling in favour of TWU. The 137-page decision sets out a robust defense of religious freedom, chiding the Barristers’ Society for attempting to impose its morality on a private Christian university. At paragraph 10, Justice Campbell writes, “The Charter is not a blueprint for moral conformity. Its purpose is to protect the citizen from the power of the state, not to enforce compliance by citizens or private institutions with the moral judgments of the state.”
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10 Nov 2010 Stand Up for Freedom campaign launched across country

Update Two: The campaign has been featured (entire article) in about 14 large papers on Friday/Saturday including the Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, London FreePress, Canoe.ca, Sudbury Star, Winnipeg Sun, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, Vancouver 24hrs: Freedom under attack in the name of human rights: group [Note: The article incorrectly states that we are a "lobby group." This is a grassroots initiative, directed towards grassroots Canadians. Update: Click here (right click to save to your computer) to listen to campaign spokesperson Neil Dykstra explain the campaign on Vancouver's top talk radio station CKNW.
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04 Aug 2010 News Release: The Truth Comes Out – Canadians Want Restrictions on Abortion

(www.ARPACanada.ca, August 4, 2010): A newly-released Angus Reid public opinion poll reveals some startling findings on abortion that blow apart the myth that the abortion debate is settled in Canada. In its ten page news release, Angus Reid highlighted that only 21% of Canadians know that there are no legal restrictions on abortion in Canada. Even more astounding, when the respondents were told about the reality of the lack of abortion laws and then asked which option they would prefer to regulate abortion, only 27% wanted the status-quo to be maintained. Less than half of the respondents (44%) think that abortions should be publicly funded and a majority think that women under the age of 18 should have to get consent from their parents or legal guardian to get an abortion. To add to all of this, a whopping 79% "would support provincial legislation demanding that health care workers give information about alternatives to abortion to pregnant women."
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