EFC Update Newsletter April 2

02 April 2024

EFC prepares preliminary analysis of online harms bill  

The EFC has prepared a preliminary analysis of the government’s new online harms bill. Bill C-63 would set up a new regulatory framework with a new Digital Safety Commission to address seven categories of online harm, ranging from intimate content communicated without consent to content victimizing a child, fomenting hatred, or inciting violence. Bill C-63 would also add new provisions to the Criminal Code and add hate speech as a discriminatory practice in the Canadian Human Rights Act.  

EFC staff speaking in B.C., Ont., N.B. this Friday 

EFC staff will be speaking at various events in different regions of Canada this Friday, April 5. EFC President David Guretzki will bring greetings at the Atlantic Church Leaders Roundtable in Sussex, N.B., while EFC Senior Ambassador Bruce J. Clemenger will give a lecture in an ethics and public affairs class at Ottawa’s Laurentian Leadership Centre. EFC Alberta Ambassador Monica Loewen will speak at the Pro-life Society of Smithers Annual General Meeting in B.C. 

Several EFC staff will speak in-person at Evangelical Missionary Society regional conferences happening simultaneously on April 5 in Ont., MB and B.C. Ontario conference speaking topics include being reconcilers in community (Manuel Boehm), a theology of childbearing (Lindsay Callaway), and holistic witness (Joel Zantingh). Phil Wagler will speak on war and Christian mission at the B.C. conference. 

EFC President, Senior Ambassador to attend consultation on religious freedom issues 

EFC President David Guretzki and EFC Senior Ambassador Bruce J. Clemenger will attend the Religious Liberty Partnership’s consultation in Toronto from April 8-11. This annual consultation connects leaders of member organizations with other political and academic leaders to discuss international religious freedom issues and potential collaboration towards positive change. 

Saying "I’m Sorry" 

Learning to say I’m sorry is a vital part of our relationships with each other, but our pride and pain can often get in the way. Mental and relational health counsellor Jennifer Kerr discusses how to most effectively say “I’m sorry” in the Mar/Apr Faith Today Fellowship Skills series.

Coming Events at

→ Inspire Youth Conference (Cheryl Nembhard/Gateway Church), St. Paul, MB, Apr. 12-13  
→ When Faith Meets Doubt / Christ in Culture 2024 (IJM), Kitchener, Apr. 12-13  
→ Porn S.O.S. (Stopping Online Sin) Men’s Event (Huron Chapel EMC), Auburn, ON, Apr. 13   
→ InterVarsity Fundraising Brunch (IVCF-Q), Montréal, Apr. 13   
→ Seeking a Common Word Christian-Muslim Dialogue (ACC/ELCIC), webinar, Apr. 16   
→ Understanding Authoritarianism in the World—and the Church (Raymond Chiu/Redeemer University), Ancaster, Apr. 17   
→ Engaging Islam (Newcomers to Canada Project), Edmonton, Apr. 18-20
→ Beyond Culture Wars: Fostering Solidarity in an Age of Polarization, Waterloo, Apr. 18-20
→ Marriage Enrichment Retreat (FOTC), Moncton, Apr. 19-21   
→ Healing, Transforming Nations Immersion Workshop (Resonate/PRN/Daystar), Beaverton, Apr. 21-24   
→ The Gospel Coalition National Conference (TGC), Vancouver, Apr. 22-24   
→ Stories of Transformation in Canada (TOWC), online, Apr. 23  
→ One Conference, Calgary, Apr. 25  
→ Day of Renewal—Church Leadership Atlantic Canada (Strategic Renewal Can.), Moncton, Apr. 26  
→ Youth Quake Sr. High Retreat (Briercrest), Caronport, Apr. 26-28  
→ Capitalyze: Getting to Work in City-wide Movements (OneWay Min.), Ottawa, Apr. 26-27  
→ Strengthening Your Spiritual Care Ministry (Booth U), Winnipeg, Apr. 26-27  
→ Women’s Journey of Faith Conference (Shari Rigby/WJOF), Saskatoon, Apr. 26-27