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EFC ENDORSES PALLIATIVE CARE MOTION IN PARLIAMENT
The EFC endorses and supports a private member’s motion in the House of Commons aimed at improving palliative care in Canada. M-456, Establishing a Pan-Canadian Palliative Care and End-of-life Strategy, was introduced by NDP MP Charlie Angus and jointly seconded by nine MPs from the NDP, Liberal and Conservative parties. M-456 had its first hour of debate on April 1. 

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EFC Writes Law Society in New Brunswick About Trinity Western
New Brunswick is the fourth province to debate whether or not it will accept graduates of a Christian law school into the practice of law. The EFC sent a letter in support of Trinity Western University’s proposed school of law to the Law Society of New Brunswick. The letter challenges the LSNB’s compliance with Chapter 21 of its own Rules of Professional Conduct should it decide not to accept TWU law grads.


Learn About Prostitution Reform in Swift Current and Calgary
The EFC’s Julia Beazley spoke on prostitution at Defend Dignity events on April 12 in Swift Current and April 13, in Calgary. The April 12 information forum featured Beatrice Littlechief and the April 13 event featured Trisha Baptie, both women shared their personal experience of exploitation and redemption. Defend Dignity is an initiative of the Christian and Missionary Alliance which seeks the abolition of prostitution in Canada. Julia Beazley was also featured in a CBC interview by Judy Trinh on the future of Canada’s prostitution laws.

Incresing Abortion Access in Canada
The EFC is concerned that abortion access in Canada may be increasing through the back door of using the Health Canada drug approval process. In the second of a three part series examining the proposal to approve the medication RU-486, the ActivateCFPL blog reports on the Health Canada approval process RU-486 and attendant dangers of its use.

Religious Liberty Prayer Alert for Ukraine
The EFC’s Religious Liberty Commission has issued a prayer alert following the kidnappings and intimidation of religious leaders during unrest in Ukraine.

EFC in Supreme Court of Canada
The EFC made verbal arguments in the Supreme Court of Canada on Monday, March 24 when the Court heard arguments in Loyola High School v. Attorney General of Quebec.  This case concerns the Government of Quebec's refusal to permit a private Catholic school to teach ethics and religion from a Catholic perspective. You can read more at theEFC.ca/Loyola

EFC at Anniversary Consultation for Office of Religious 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.

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.

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.   

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.

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.

 
 
 

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