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Family - Family Members Reading to Children

Family is the primary source of support for many Canadians, and families are a foundational part of Canadian society. Yet many families feel the weight of a number of economic, social and relational stressors, and are experiencing breakdown.

We are created to live in community, born to a mother and father by God’s design, within a network of relationships. A family is called to care for its members physically, emotionally and spiritually, as it enables them to serve God, other people and creation.

The Bible describes God’s creation of man and woman in His image (Gen 2:24) and Jesus affirms that the two are joined through marriage (Mark 10:6-8). God calls some to be married and some to be celibate. Marriage is one among the many meaningful and fulfilling relationships we can form with others and in community.

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Articles

Three questions about pregnancy care centres

A quick interview about helping women and others struggling with an unplanned pregnancy.

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Report on Violence Against Women and Girls Flags Pornography

We can't afford to ignore the disturbing realities of violent and degrading...

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Outgoing letters

Letter to Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services

Bill 89 became law June 1, 2017. This letter expressed concern about how it changes...

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Court cases

S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes

Family is the primary source of support for many Canadians. Yet many families feel the weight of a number of economic, social and relational stressors, and are experiencing breakdown.

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Three Parents Case (AA v BB)

Family is the primary source of support for many Canadians. Yet many families feel the weight of a number of economic, social and relational stressors, and are experiencing breakdown.

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Video gallery

Is pornography a public health issue?

(51 min 11 sec) What is the cost to our society of the widespread use of pornography...

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How to help people who are suffering: Learning from chronic illness

(47 min 18 sec) In the light of Canada’s introduction of physician-assisted death...

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Government

Ontario Bill-89 (2017): Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act

Understanding the controversial changes that came with Ontario's recent overhaul of its child welfare system.

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Documents

Developing Church Policies for Marriage Handbook

Same-Sex Marriage is the Law in Canada – Where do We Go from Here? Developing Church Policy for Marriages Handbook

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