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Archive for December, 2009

Jason Kenney blames Bev Oda for KAIROS funding turndown

The Star from Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to KAIROS Your twin accusations that I accused the advocacy group KAIROS of anti-Semitism and that this is why the Canada International Development Agency did not approve a cost-sharing program with the group are false. I did not accuse KAIROS of being anti-Semitic. What I said was that [...]

News roundup December 19, 2009

Is it Boom times for PMO’s God Squad? Two of Canada’s religious TV channels have new CEO’s. Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. appointed Don Simmonds as CEO and chairman of the board in October. The press release released to ChristianWeek this week claims Simmonds was the founder of Clearnet. The charity founders two sons were finders [...]

Surrey parent backs off bible club in sons school

Surrey parent Paul Jubenvill has withdrawn his human rights complaint over an elementary school’s refusal to provide space for a Bible study group. Jubenvill said Wednesday he was taken aback by the storm of controversy over his plans to hold voluntary meetings on Christianity at Colebrook Elementary School. “It turned into a war. It’s not [...]

Uganda Anti-Homosexual Bill – Canadian connection

US religious right influence in the dragonian Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill has become better known over the past year, one of the lesser known groups behind the scenes in Uganda is The College of Prayer. This neo-charismatic theocratic group is active in Canada and say they have 23 Canadian MP’s they plan to meet with. When the [...]

KAIROS fights CIDA cuts

By Dennis Gruending 2009. Used by permission. All rights reserved In October, I attended a fundraising dinner and auction at Ottawa church to support a legal clinic to assist women in eastern Congo. In some of their stories, captured on a brief video, the women describe how they had been gang raped and brutalized by [...]

Alberta – Court of Queen’s Bench rules anti gay letter not hate speech

In a 39 page ruling this week Justice E.C. Wilson of the court of Queen’s Bench gave the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission a sound legal thrashing in overturning a 2008 ruling that a 2002 letter to The Red Deer Advocate by Steven Boissoin misapplied provincial law.  The acerbic Colby Cosh in Macleans: The Charter of [...]