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Anti-bullying too radical for Ontario religious right

303.1 Every board shall support pupils who want to establish and lead,(a) activities or organizations that promote gender equity;(b) activities or organizations that promote anti-racism;(c) activities or organizations that promote the awareness and understanding of, and respect for, people with disabilities; or(d) activities or organizations that promote the awareness and understanding of, and respect for, [...]

National Post runs McVety family values ad

An Ontario election ad placed in The National Post by Charles McVety’s  Institute for Family Values is being protested around Canada. This is a continuation of McVety’s campaign started last year against proposed revisions to Ontario’s sex ed program, including classic ‘family value’ false claims. A few: -optional lessons aren’t mandatory – like other Canadian [...]

Charles McVety’s religious right wins victory in Ontario

Ottawa Citizen While the Christian Right in Canada has been able to slow down momentum in some areas, notably abortion rights, they have little success in really shaping public debate and setting the agenda. They react; they rarely initiate. This is what makes the sex education case so interesting. The curriculum changes were apparently made [...]

Joe Gunn, public justice, Canadian churches

Dennis Gruending 2010. Used by permission. All rights reserved Note: Joe Gunn is executive director of Citizens for Public Justice, an Ottawa-based ecumenical group advocating for social justice. He has worked for churches and church organizations, mainly Catholics, in Canada and Latin America, and he was director for the Social Affairs office of the Canadian [...]

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada are hyper-environmentalists – Charles McVety

On Sunday April 11, 2010,  Canada Christian College president Charles McVety went on television and called Christians across Canada earthies, hyper-environmentalists and apostates.  (Word.ca program 403). McVety uses his imaginings and a 2006 US commercial from the Competitive Enterprise Institute called Global Warming=Energy to promote his hyperbolized climate change denial. The commercial he bases his [...]

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Surrey parent Paul Jubenvill has withdrawn his human rights complaint over an elementary school’s refusal to provide space for a Bible study group.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 [...]

the evolution of so called “parental rights”

From Terahertz Alberta is set to enact “parental rights” into law today, at the expense of their children’s more fundamental right to education, with Bill 44, the amendments to the Alberta Human Rights Act. But where did these notions come from? The Alberta Conservatives are not known for being creative with respect to policy, preferring [...]

Family “Coalition” Strikes Out in Alberta

Terrible Depths comments on new developments in Alberta: Remember when that bogus coalition tried to smack down Beverley McLachlan for her alleged role in getting Henry Morgentaler his Order of Canada? Well, it looks like the religious right is back playing that game again. The subject du jour is the Albertan “parental rights” legislation, which [...]

News Roundup: Education Edition

Two religious battles over education now appear to be shaping up in this country: one over religious education in Québec, and the other over new parental rights legislation in Alberta. The Albertan controversy, which has been discussed previously on this site as well as at other blogs, is being covered regularly by Big City Lib, [...]