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John Richmond Phillips RIP

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John Richmond Phillips, the former longtime publisher and editor-in-chief of the now defunct farm journal Farm & Country has passed away. JP, as he was known, was 88. Phillips stood “at the helm” of Farm & Country for 25 years, previously spending 10 years as a reporter and business editor. During that time the publication grew from a regular 12 page issue to as many as 96 pages in tabloid format during the peak times of the year. The focus was on ... (Continue reading)

Teens and modesty

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We all know the story The Emperor's New Clothes. He believed he was wearing the finest clothing in the kingdom. He was at the forefront of fashion. He would be the envy of all who saw him. All his friends and advisors told him he "looked great." There was only one problem: he was naked, and only one small child had the courage to speak out and say what the rest knew. Thanks to TREnDS (Teens Reacting Effectively and Discovering Style), ... (Continue reading)

Palliative care from a Catholic moral perspective

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On 6 February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down the ban on physician-assisted suicide stating, “The prohibition on physician-assisted suicide infringes on the right to life, liberty and security of the person in a manner that is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.” The Federal Parliament has one year to draft new legislation that allows consenting adults who are enduring physical or mental suffering to request medical aid in ending their lives. Their medical condition ... (Continue reading)

Cardinal Burke, Msgr. Foy, Fr. Hardon: Protecting the Catholic family

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Parents are understandably upset about Ontario's new sex-ed curriculum that is being forced upon our children despite opposition from thousands of concerned citizens. Many of us feel that it is increasingly difficult to protect our children from the immorality prevalent in society. To make things worse, according to LifeSiteNews, the general secretary of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO), Roger Lawler, "is a partisan Liberal who has been tweeting his support for the Wynne government’s controversial sex-ed program." ... (Continue reading)

Help take back Canada’s story

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Magna Carta is the foundation of our rights to this day. Its guarantees of due process, security of the person, property rights, popular control of taxation, religious freedom, even women’s rights, have been the rallying cry of defenders of freedom for eight centuries. And by making space for citizens to dream, act, and flourish, it established the moral as well as legal basis of a free society. That’s why John Robson and Brigitte Pellerin are making a documentary called Magna Carta: Our ... (Continue reading)

Protect Canadian doctors’ conscience rights

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At the Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Chantal Barry will not prescribe artificial contraception. You know when she is on duty because of a sign that reads: The physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill. In Ottawa, Dr. Edmond Kyrillos is one of three doctors who will not prescribe birth control. In a letter to patients of CareMedics Medical Clinic where Dr. Kyrillos is on staff, he says: Please be advised that because of reasons of ... (Continue reading)

Join the fight: Brendan Eich vs. Mozilla

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  Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was recently forced out of his position for donating $1,000 to Prop 8 and refusing to apologize for his personal beliefs. Eich helped build Mozilla and contributed developments such as Netscape and JavaScript. Now employees of Mozilla have threatened to quit, customers have stopped using the Firefox browser, and the dating website OkCupid has urged their customers to use a different browser, even setting up a detection device that determines a visitor's browser and sends a warning to anyone ... (Continue reading)

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OECTA and the further destruction of Catholic education

In a move that can only elicit shock and anger in faithful Catholics, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) has announced they will march in the WorldPride Parade in Toronto this year after a motion was passed at OECTA's recent annual general meeting. A rationale attached to the motion reads: "Registering for, and marching in the WorldPride Parade is a visible symbol of solidarity with one of the most marginalized groups in the Catholic community." Thank you to ... (Continue reading)

Bill 52 is not dead

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As of 19 February 2014, Bill 52, Quebec's euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide bill has not been debated and passed. The MNAs in the Quebec National Assembly reconvened on 12 February 2014 with a full docket of items including a new provincial budget which took precedence over the euthanasia bill. After the budget was tabled the house began a two week recess, leaving the Bill 52 debate up in the air. As the uncertainty of debating Bill 52 became apparent, the governing ... (Continue reading)

Bill 52: “The definitive end of all care.”

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The move to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide was launched by the leadership of the College des medecins du Quebec (Quebec College of Physicians) in 2009 without any prior consultation or poll from the members of the College regarding their opinion on euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. The proposal was picked up by the Quebec National Assembly and in 2010 a commission was set up. Bill 52 was tabled by Quebec Minister Veronique Hivon in June 2013. On 29 October 2013, ... (Continue reading)

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