Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CPCs helping in Zambia

So today I finally got around to filing. I don't like filing. It's one of those jobs that has to get done or else I start getting panic attacks because I can't find anything.

I picked up the newsletter from the Christian Advocacy Society of Vancouver and read it again.

One of their program directors was telling us about the work she was doing in Lusaka Zambia. She was doing training to educate pastors and their wives on the sanctity of life.

Norma and her team provided us with examples of the work they were doing there. Just one example:
"How does one support a pregnancy centre in a developing city in Zambia? Start a chicken and pig farm to finance their staff and services. This enterprise was supported by the church which the majority of our Lusaka team attends."
I thought to myself, wow how great is that? Imagine going to Zambia and helping the people there, like this pregnancy centre does. And to think that Joyce Arthur did (and continues to do) her darnedest to make life miserable for crisis pregnancy centres like the one in Vancouver and the life saving work they do.

I wonder if Joyce Arthur has ever done any pig farming in Zambia.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mary Wagner - Defending life in Poland

Mary Wagner visits Poland to a hero's welcome.
"Mary Wagner’s message to Poland echoed the words of Saint John Paul II: “Do not be afraid of defending life, be not afraid of bringing the gospel of life in the streets.”  Thanks to Mary, there are now more people who will have the courage to continue the struggle."
Canada could learn something from the people of Poland and from Mary Wagner.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Justin Trudeau - Charter doesn't grant a right to abortion

Justin Trudeau tries to use his Father's views on abortion, to rationalize his own illogical views, on not allowing those who are against abortion, to becoming Liberal candidates:
"I had an extraordinary example in a father who had deeply, deeply held personal views that were informed by the fact that he went to church every Sunday, read the Bible regularly to us, and raised us very religiously, as Catholics. But at the same time my father had no problem legalizing divorce, decriminalizing homosexuality and moving in ways that recognized the basic rights of the people. He too held fast to his beliefs. But he also understood that as leaders, as political figures, and as representatives of a larger community, our utmost responsibility is to stand up for people’s rights. 
I share my father’s view of leadership in this regard..."
Yet Pierre Trudeau the senior said:
“You know, at some point you are killing life in the fetus in self-defence, of what, of the mother’s health, or her happiness, or of her social rights or her privilege as a human being? I think she should have to answer for it and explain. Now, whether it should be to three doctors, or one doctor, or to a priest or a bishop or to her mother-in-law is a question you might want to argue, you do have a right over your own body, it is your body. But the fetus is not your body; it’s someone else’s body, and if you kill it, you’ll have to explain,” 
Junior also never tires of saying that abortion is protected under the Charter:
"I would expect incoming MPs to vote in favour of a woman’s right to choose, which has historically found protection under Section 7 of the Charter."
But abortion is not protected under the Charter. Not now. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow.

If you would like to sign my letter to Justin Trudeau let me know at and I will add your name.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Open letter to Justin Trudeau - honouring conscience rights

Update Oct 16: Since I sent this letter to Justin Trudeau, I've received additional names which I've added to the bottom. I now have over 100 signatures. If you would still like to sign the letter please send me an email at and I will add your name to the letter. In a couple of weeks I will send Mr. Trudeau another letter with the updated names. The more Canadians who voice their displeasure with Mr. Trudeau's attack on democracy, the better.

Dear Mr. Trudeau,

We the undersigned, are very concerned about your recent edict to exclude pro-life people from being candidates for the Liberal Party. We are also concerned that you say you are doing this, because you are a strong believer in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

We must confess, we find it impossible to reconcile the two.

First, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of conscience (See section 2(a) freedom of conscience and religion). This is a fundamental right and the Charter is very clear in that it promises that all Canadians have this right. This would include all persons who wish to run for political parties. How can you in good conscience, exclude people because their consciences guide them differently, than yours does?

Second, when some honourable ex-Liberal MPs wrote you, you dismissed their concerns because you felt the writers were "old men". This dismissal is also against the Charter, since your comments are both ageist and sexist, and so discriminatory based on same.
("See section 15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability).

Would you likewise discriminate against a young female's opinion? Or conversely, perhaps you are implying that you would only listen to a young female's opinion? In either case, this would still be discrimination based on age and gender.

If you do not agree with these men's arguments, I would love to hear what your counter arguments would be. Instead you chose to ignore their arguments, preferring to attack the speakers instead of the subject at hand. This is not helpful in furthering honest and intelligent discussions on any issue including abortion.

Finally, on many occasions you have stated that a woman's right to choose is guaranteed by the Charter. But this is not the case at all. The Supreme Court Justices in the 1988 Morgentaler decision never stated that a woman had a constitutional right to abortion. How can you believe then, that her right to abortion is guaranteed by the Charter? It isn't. Please see here for a detailed discussion what is in that decision, as well as what isn't.

We must admit we are very confused by your understanding of the Charter. On the one hand, you ignore what is clearly guaranteed in the Charter, and on the other hand, you invent something that is clearly not in the Charter and say that it is. With all due respect Mr. Trudeau, your sentiments are logically incoherent.

We respectfully request that you welcome all persons into the Liberal Party regardless of their beliefs about abortion and that you respect their right to vote in accordance with their conscience.

We believe all persons deserve the same respect regardless of conscience beliefs, of gender, or of age.

Let the people decide if they wish to vote for these differing viewpoints. That is why we hold elections. It really isn't for the leader to decide this. We believe this is what democracy is all about.

We respectfully request that you respond to this letter, and we look forward to hearing back from you soon.


Patricia Maloney
Frederick Tremblay
Maureen Ward
Michael Ward
Jennifer Snell
Cliff Snell
Andrea Mrozek
Cynthia Bredfeldt
Theresa Winchester
Debbie Ward
Chantel Drew Ward
John Ward
Lorraine MacPherson
Paula Maloney
Chris Ward
Lois Duncan
Gordon Duncan
Joan Lemieux
Donna Verner
Gordon Verner
Pat Laviolette
Gillian Keenan
Susan Duguay
Delores Doherty
Colette Stang
Larry Chretien
Louise Chretien
Anastasia Bowles
Wanda Hartlin
Helena Szakowski
Betty Barrett
Francis J. Barrett
John Hof
Joan Lepage
Elizabeth (Betty) Donnelly
Gerard Beltran
Twilight Beltran
Lorraine Martin
Ken Martin
Kim Tran
Susan Ditmar
Mariane Louis-Seize
Ulrika Drevniok
Lise Anglin
Frank LeVay
Tom Mockler
David Darwin
Linda Tensen
Craig Read
Brian Smith
Judy Smith
Rick Stankiewicz
Ellen Chesal
Marie Vanbergen
Natalie Hudson Sonnen
Jan Davidson
CĂ©line d'Etcheverry
Elva Roley
Bob Riley
Marie Stalmach
Joe Stalmach
Malcolm Roddis
Moncia Roddis
Joyce C. Allison
Carrie Peters
Joseph van der Vegt
Alida van der Vegt
Cynthia Connolly
Miranda D. Reis
George Olliver
Carm Scine
Bob Rudy
Tony Gosgnach
Ken O'Day
Patricia Balis
Elizabeth Doucette
Rita Magny
Donald Andre Bruneau
Linda Cobb
Joe Thottungal
Suma Joe
Edward Olszewski
Mary Olszewski
Linda Laperle
Gail Goshko
Bernadette McCormick
Joan Wills
Cyril Winter
Anna-Marie Kean
Angus MacDonald
Peggy Kelly
Joanne Sabourin
Ted Sabourin
Joan Langtry
Deacon Rick Gervais
Dr. Robert Walley
Fr Yves Marchildon
Julie Culshaw
Jim Vandervoort
Bob Du Broy
Ron Trent
Carol Roch
Charles Saso
Patricia Trites
Marc Dennis
Phyllis Dennis
Ernestine Fronc
Rev. Mr. Rudy M. Ovcjak
Kay Newbold
Tess Sturgeon
Savio Leon DeSouza
Kathy Waechter
Wayne Waechter
Carmen D'Souza
Bev deMontigny
Jane Langabeer
Rose Marie MacMullen
Kim MacMullen
John Bolech
Marlene Holt
Amber Friesen
Neva Lorenzon
Romana Dolcetti
Aldo Dolcetti
Liana Gallant
Nancy Macri
Robert Campbell
Shirley Leduc
Claude Leduc
Maria Torrone

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Government of Bangladesh dismisses board of FPAB

Two more interesting things from my recent ATIP to DFATD and the $6 million grant to IPPF.

1) FPAB is the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh. In other words, FPAB is IPPF's member association in that country

Apparently the entire FPAB board was dismissed by the Bangladesh government.

DFATD refers to page 5 of the semi-annual report (ATIP page 67), which I also had from my last ATIP. (See ATIP page 119 below).

This is what DFATD asked in their question to IPPF:
"Could you provide some information about why the Government of Bangladesh dismissed FPAB's Board in August? Also, I don't know if you informed DFATD about this when it happened. However, this is the sort of thing we should know about when it happens, so that we are able to respond to any questions that may arise."

I looked at page 5 of the semi-annual report (from my previous ATIP) to see what IPPF reported there (see below ATIP page numbers 66 and 67. I also include page 66 for context). Well that part of the ATIP is blacked out on the semi-annual report.

So what does IPPF respond to DFATD's question? I don't know, because that paragraph is completely blanked out citing s.21(1)(b) of the Access to Information Act*. Which mean we have no idea, why the Government of Bangladesh dismissed the entire board, of an organization that operates on IPPF's behalf, using dollars from Canadian tax payers.

2) Note this question from DFATD to IPPF, and IPPF's response, also on page 119:
"DFATD: In addition, I would be curious to know how IPPF CO monitors project activities. Much of the report seems to be based on the self-reporting of the MAs. While I have no reason to doubt their reports, given the level of interest in the project, it would be helpful to learn how you track progress on the less quantitative aspects of the project. (emphasis mine)
IPPF: Regional Technical Officers are in regular communication with Member Associations (MA), and take regular visits to each MA to monitor their activities and progress. It is during these visits that the more qualitative aspects of the project are monitored and reviewed. In turn, Regional Technical Officers are also in regular contact with the Access Team in the Central Office to ensure MA. activities are in compliance with IPPF technical guidelines as well as IPPF's Strategic Framework.

"Self reporting" of member associations. I find this a bit worrisome. Especially when the entire board of one of those organizations has been dismissed and we don't know why.

* s.21(1)(b) The head of a government institution may refuse to disclose any record requested under this Act that account of consultations or deliberations in which directors, officers or employees of a government institution, a minister of the Crown or the staff of a minister participate