Help Improve Canada's Prostitution Laws
The Government of Canada is inviting public input into the reform of Canada’s prostitution laws. The online consultation is open until March 17. Before participating, read the EFC’s recommendations and detailed report. EFC Vice-President Don Hutchinson participated in a consultation meeting with Minister of Justice Peter MacKay on Monday. The EFC was one of about a dozen organizations represented at the meeting.
EFC Writes Law Society of B.C. About Trinity Western
EFC VP Don Hutchinson sent a letter in support of Trinity Western University’s proposed school of law to the Law Society of British Columbia. Although the school itself has been approved by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, some provincial law societies are debating whether to accept TWU law graduates into the profession.
EFC at Anniversary Consultation for Office of Relgious Freedom
The EFC’s Anita Levesque, Co-ordinator for the EFC’s Religious Liberty Commission, attended a consultation on Middle Eastern Christians After 2010: Persecution, Religious Freedom and Pluralism hosted by Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom on the occasion of its first anniversary. Panel specialists included Carl Hetu of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association of Canada, Rabbi Reuven Bulka of the Ottawa Congregation Machzikei Hadas, and Father Shenouda Boutros from St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church.
Protecting Human Life and Religious Freedom
The EFC will be in the Supreme Court again soon, continuing a 25-year effort, as explained by EFC VP and General Legal Council Don Hutchinson in the latest Faith Today. The entire Jan/Feb issue is free at faithtoday.ca/digital. Subscribe to printed copies of Faith Today at faithtoday.ca/subscriptions or toll-free at 1-866-302-3362.
Marriage Gap Paper Released
EFC VP Don Hutchinson attended the Parliament Hill release of The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians, an analysis of Statistics Canada data examining the link between marriage and income in Canada, prepared by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
EFC VP in Israel
EFC vice-president Don Hutchinson was in Israel January 18 - 25 for meetings with evangelical leaders in Israel and the West Bank. Hutchinson was also a member of the Canadian delegation that accompanied Prime Minister Harper on his first offical visit to the State of Israel.
Quebec Euthanasia Vote Imminent
On February 11, 2014, the EFC sent this open letter to members of Quebec’s Assemblée nationale requesting that they vote against the controversial Bill 52, which attempts to legalize euthanasia in the Province of Quebec by defining it as a medical procedure. The vote is expected this week.
How One Woman Defends the Dignity of Women Who Are Prostituted
Glendyne Gerrard went from praying for those in need to being actively involved as the director of Defend Dignity. Read her story in the latest Faith Today. The entire Jan/Feb issue is free at faithtoday.ca/digital. Subscribe to Faith Today at faithtoday.ca/subscriptions or toll-free at 1-866-302-3362. Special offer ends Feb. 28: buy a print subscription and you also get a free copy of Weakness is the Way, the latest book by J. I. Packer.
Julia Beazley on Context with Lorna Dueck
The EFC's Julia Beazley addressed the issue of prostitution on last week’s episode of the TV program Context with Lorna Dueck.
The EFC Will Intervene in Religious Freedom Case at Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of Canada has granted the EFC leave to intervene in the Loyola High School v. Attorney General of Quebec case. The case addresses issues of institutional religious freedom in the education context.
Pro-Life Work Makes Her Sick
EFC Legal Counsel Faye Sonier discusses how her pro-life work is making her heart-sick while six months pregnant with her son in her new post at EFC’s ActivateCFPL blog.
EFC Lawyers Join Call Against Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia
Lawyers with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada have joined lawyers from across the country in signing a declaration which condemns the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Decriminalization “would necessarily lead to the acceptance of consensual killing & may lead to a legal obligation on one party to kill another,” according to the non-sectarian declaration. Complete text & list of signatories at www.lawyersagainsteuthanasia.com.
Trinity Western Law School Passes First Hurdles
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has approved an application by an EFC affiliate, Trinity Western University, to establish a law school. Approval from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education was granted in late December. Read about the ongoing debate between the EFC’s Don Hutchinson and lawyer Clayton Ruby on this issue at theEFC.ca/ActivateCFPL.
Why Not Block Internet Porn in Canada?
Canada could follow Britain’s lead and require Internet companies to block access to pornography unless customers opt-in. The National Post describes a formidable group, including EFC Policy Analyst Julia Beazley, discussing the need for this change. Read “Conservative MP, Radical Feminist and Evangelical Christian Come Together to Block Online Porn in Canada.”
Pornography: Protect Children and Youth
EFC policy analyst Julia Beazley comments on the need to protect children and youth from the violent reality of today’s internet pornography in the ActivateCFPL blog posting “It’s time Canada take the lead in protecting children from online pornography.” At MP Joy Smith’s invitation, Beazley was part of a panel on the harmful impact of pornography on society, children and youth. The panel also featured Gail Dines, a prominent expert from Wheelock College in Boston.
Prayer Alert for North Korea
A prayer alert has been issued from the EFC Religious Liberty Commission for North Korea as there have been eight executions in seven cities in one day. Please pray for both the Christians and the leadership of North Korea.
Quebec Charter and Religious Expression
The Premier and other representatives of the Government of Quebec have asserted that prohibiting civil servants in Quebec from wearing religious symbols or attire is neutral. EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger responds to this issue in a thoughtful statement on neutrality and equality.
Only Parliament Can Address Assisted Suicide
In a case in which the EFC intervened, the British Columbia Court of Appeal recently ruled in that only Parliament is constitutionally empowered to consider changes to Canada’s law prohibiting assisted suicide and euthanasia. Learn about the importance of the Carter v. Canada decision in this media release. The EFC received extensive media coverage on the case in 20 media outlets, including major dailies such as the National Post, the Calgary Herald, The Vancouver Sun and the Regina Leader-Post.
Pray for Egypt
The EFC and The World Evangelical Alliance are calling for urgent prayer for Egypt. Please pray for peace and the protection of Christians and all religious minorities during the current unrest. Read the EFC’s latest prayer alert on Egypt at theEFC.ca/alerts. You can also sign up there to receive prayer alerts about religious liberty directly by email.
Thoughtful Videos on Public Expressions of Faith
In May EFC staff were involved in a national conference at McGill University on public dialogue about religion. Online outcomes from the event include video recordings, news stories and more. View them at theEFC.ca/bridging2013.
Prayer Alert for Syria
The EFC’s Religious Liberty Commission issued a prayer alert coinciding with the request of Syrian Christians for a worldwide day of prayer on May 11. Although the date has passed, you are encouraged to pray for Syria. For more information see the prayer alert.
Court Says Bible is Not Hate Speech
Did you hear about the recent “hate speech” decision by the Supreme Court of Canada? EFC Vice-President Don Hutchinson offers a short explanation in What Does the Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision Mean to You? The EFC intervened in the case of Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott in 2011, arguing in particular over the issue of religious comment in a public policy dialogue, and has also commented further in several blog posts, available at our summary page theEFC.ca/Whatcott.
Religious Persecution Affects Children
The EFC Religious Liberty Commission released a report detailing the nature and effects of religious persecution on children. This report is part of the EFC’s continuing focus on public policy issues that impact children, whose presence and vulnerability often go unnoticed. Entitled The Overlooked Demographic: A Report on the Impact of Religious Persecution on Children, the 23-page document briefly considers various ways in which children are uniquely affected by religious discrimination and persecution.
Has Your Faith Group Faced Challenges From Your Municipal Government?
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s (EFC) Centre for Faith and Public Life has released Zoned Out: Religious Freedom in the Municipality, an introductory guide to understanding the religious freedoms of faith groups and the engagement process when they face municipal zoning challenges. You can download the report here.