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Archive for February, 2010

Inch by inch – Canada’s Economic Action Plan and religious organizations

What is going on with Canada’s Economic Action Plan? Winnipeg has been the centre of a maelstrom over the past week since Youth for Christ stepped forward with a completed funding proposal in hand for an 11 million dollar rec centre. It’s been huge news in the province, and once the public political fisticuffs was [...]

Youth for Christ Winnipeg: proselytizing and political patronage

The Winnipeg Free Press has been all over government funding requests by an evangelical para-church organization called Youth for Christ. The Christian organization, which offers 15 programs in various Winnipeg locations right now, plans to build a 50,000-square foot facility called “Youth Centre of Excellence,” which would include a skate park, fitness centre, dance studio, [...]

Politicizing Misery

Glen Pearson 2010. Used by permission. All rights reserved I guess the goodwill had to wear off at some point. For weeks now, as the opposition critic for international cooperation, I have been peppered with media questions about CIDA’s performance in Haiti. I’ve refused to rise to the bait, following a longstanding tradition of political [...]

Rights and Democracy: Church and State

John Baglow 2010. Used by permission. All rights reserved The troubled International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (ICHRDD), familiarly known as Rights and Democracy, is a microcosm of a cultural and political struggle playing itself out in Canada today: progressive values versus a combination of far-right ideology, extremist theology and Middle East politics. That’s [...]

Rights and Democracy: David Matas and the Christian connection

John Baglow 2010. All rights reserved. Used by permission David Matas is a recent Harper appointment to the troubled Rights and Democracy Board. In the interests of fairness and transparency, Maclean’s columnist Paul Wells reproduces a new communication from Matas, whose previous defence of the agency came to the public via far-right activist Ezra Levant. One [...]

Kudos to CHBC (Global) Kelowna

CHBC management made a decision not to air an advocacy commercial even though it had been given a broadcast number by Telecaster, a broadcast commercial clearing house. The ad was paid for by a BC anti-abortion group called Kelowna Right for Life, and it is probable the group was attempting to garner some pre-Olympic attention. CHBC general manager Dennis [...]

Bibe references found on gun sights

By Dennis Gruending 2010. Used by permission. All rights reserved   Coded biblical inscriptions have been found on the telescopic sights of rifles used by soldiers from several nations, including Canada, who are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. The company that supplied the inscribed weapons initially defended its actions unapologetically, and the response by the [...]