Monday, March 19, 2018

One group responds to the false allegations about the Summer Jobs Program

March 17, 2018

Attention: Ms. Pat Maloney, Ottawa

Thank you for drawing to our attention questions posted online by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) concerning our charity and Canada Summer Jobs grants (CSJ).
Let me answer each and every question from ARCC pertaining to our charity.
  1. What does our organization do?
We are a faith-based charity providing help and resources for women experiencing unintended pregnancies, post abortion grief, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Over 27 years, we have helped 17,000 women. Our services are offered free of charge – a gift from the Lower Mainland wider church community.

Our primary outreaches:
  1. Burnaby Safe House – residence for abused women
  2. Crisis Pregnancy Centre – Vancouver and Burnaby
  3. Post Abortion Community Services – 1:1, groups, retreats
  4. Rape Victims Support Network – multi-agency consortium
  1. Did our charity not report Canada Summer Jobs grants as income to CRA?
Please know we comply with all regulatory and filing requirements. We have a robust protocol regarding finances. Our on-site staff administrator is so designated. In addition, we contract ‘outside’ with a professional bookkeeper. And furthermore, at fiscal year-end we contract our financial statements and filings via a professional accounting firm.

I know that our administrator and bookkeeper do inform the accounting firm of any CSJ grants, as I am cc’d in this regard. Perhaps the accounting firm has made a line error? Please know I will investigate this matter asap with the accounting firm. And if they have in fact made a filing error, we will have this detail rectified.
  1. Is the CSJ program being abused?
No. And there’s some irony here. First, we do not need an annual CSJ grant. Second, we do not need a summer student. Like many charities, we love to support this program which helps out university students. As you would know, charities do not ‘get’ the funds per se, but are a conduit for the student – they receive the funds. In fact, CSJ grants are only minimum wage, so our particular charity tops up the student’s wage.
  1. What activities are these funds actually supporting?
I will give three example activities. (With non-identifying details for confidentiality.)

During the CSJ grant time-frame in question by ARCC, our activities included:
(1) Rescuing a woman, here from Southeast Asia, to escape from human trafficking.
(2) Housed for a one year period, a teenage refugee from the Central Africa, gang raped by a militia. Also heartbreaking, her family was slaughtered.
(3) Rescued a pregnant woman planning suicide, as her husband was coercing her to go to an abortion clinic. During her previous pregnancy, he ruthlessly beat her to purposely cause a successful miscarriage.

In this same time-frame raised by ARCC, we helped hundreds of other women: shelter from domestic abuse, pregnancy support services, after abortion care, and sexual assault counselling. Further, we provided aid for low income pregnant women, families, and refugees.   
  1. What is the work experience benefit of these activities?
Work experience pertains to the provision of love/care/services/resources for women in crisis. Our summer students (as well as past practicum students) are usually pursuing degrees in social work, human services, counselling, and nursing.

Patricia, in addition to these five major ARCC questions, you also bring to our attention that this political group asks two additional questions about our CAS charity. We will answer those as well.
  1. Was the $29.7 K [total of grants from 2011 to 2016] used to undermine sex ed?
No. Our Sexual Integrity material is evidence-based, and complies with sex education learning outcomes of the BC Health and Career Education curriculum. In our presentations, special emphasis is placed on helping teenagers see the value of developing meaningful, healthy relationships. 

We do not differentiate between heterosexual and same-sex relationships.

Topics: media influences, STIs, consensual sex, pornography, date rape, peer pressure, and more.

By invitation, we also provide trainings/presentations outside of Canada – affirming the worth and value of women, for children with imperfections, on healthy relationships, and consensual sex. Our most recent trainings were in Bhutan, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Korea, and Zambia.
  1. ARCC implies online that we may oppose “trans rights” and the LGBTQ community.
Our charity is not political, we are pastoral. Unlike ARCC, we are non-discriminatory. ARCC as you know is quite vocal, mean-spirted, and judgemental towards people of faith, and towards people not necessarily espousing their ideology.

In contrast to what ARCC is surmising, the clients we are entrusted to serve come from all lifestyles, gender identities, and sexual orientation. Coincidentally, two of our most recent sexually abused clients are transgender people.

The following value statement is from our Commitment of Care and Competence:

Clients are served without regard to race, colour, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, lifestyle or other arbitrary circumstances.

Patricia, once again, thank you for bringing to our attention the questions/allegations made against our charity by ARCC. This group has the right to oppose (but sadly so) faith-based charities being permitted to hire/help summer students via the CSJ program. But certainly not the right to mischaracterize.

Let me conclude by informing you, that we have repeatedly asked ARCC to contact us if they ever have questions about the work of our charity. But alas, ARCC never does. And we don’t know why.


Brian Norton | Executive Director

Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver
7879 Edmonds Street Burnaby BC V3N 1B9
T 604 525-0999 | F 604 525-2634

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Pro-abortion group mean-spirited and judgmental towards people of faith

Joyce Arthur and friends have been on quite the rampage against pro-life groups and Christian groups who receive money from the Summer Jobs program. 

Arthur's campaign comes along with some cartoonish graphic pictures. But what isn't funny, is the deceptions and misinformation perpetrated by Arthur's campaign. (See here for Arthur's previous false allegations against crisis pregnancy centres.)

Arthur has even taken it upon herself to report 44 of these SJP recipients to CRA. I'm pretty sure if CRA found any evidence of wrongdoing, they would deal with them--as they should. But I wonder what CRA might do if they decided these accusations were false, vexatious and maybe worse? And this isn't the first time Arthur has contacted CRA. In 2016 she reported several crisis pregnancy centres to CRA.

ICYMI ("in case you missed it"--I had to look this up). Is Arthur for real? She's been tweeting this nonsense for over a month now, non-stop. How could anybody miss her unabated attacks on these charities? (Except those charities like the Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver who are too busy doing the good work they do and don't have time to be worrying about Arthur's unfounded allegations.)

Anyway, I was wondering if these organizations were even aware of Arthur's campaign. So I contacted a few of them, and they were not aware.

You can read here the response I received from one group: the Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver.

In this letter, Brian Norton, Executive Director, responds to all of Arthur's questions/allegations. In particular he addresses her allegation that these groups discriminate against trans people:
"ARCC implies online that we may oppose “trans rights” and the LGBTQ community. 
Our charity is not political, we are pastoral. Unlike ARCC, we are non-discriminatory. 
ARCC as you know is quite vocal, mean-spirited, and judgmental towards people of faith, and towards people not necessarily espousing their ideology. 
In contrast to what ARCC is surmising, the clients we are entrusted to serve come from all lifestyles, gender identities, and sexual orientation. Coincidentally, two of our most recent sexually abused clients are transgender people. (Emphasis added)
The following value statement is from our Commitment of Care and Competence: 
“Clients are served without regard to race, colour, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, lifestyle or other arbitrary circumstances.”
For some reason Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver is particularly disliked by Arthur. I wonder why. Could it be because Arthur is jealous of the good work they do--they build up while she tears down?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Let's tell the PC candidates when they call us that life issues matter to us

By Theresa Winchester, after she received a call from Caroline Mulroney's campaign and before that, an email from her campaign people.

(Note: people please challenge the PC candidates callers when they call you. We need to get the word out that prolifers are a force and life issues are most important with them. Be reasonable, be factual, be calm but be sure that the political leaders know that prolifers are paying attention and demanding attention.)

That's all very nice, Caroline, but....

I will vote based on the candidate's position on abortion.  You don't make my #1 or my #2 on that account.  In fact, you might be a solid #4.  

I'm not a raging right wing crazy.  I'm a retired career military officer, officer in the Order of Military Merit, in favour of equality for women in all matters.  But equality does not mean having unlimited right to kill a pre-born human for any or no reason, or perhaps because it's a she and not a he -- commonly known as gendercide.  Does that bear repeating?  The child in the womb is a human.  An individual.  No person has rights at the expense of the rights of another individual.  Just so's ya know, the Canadian Human Rights Act says "all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have".  And then there's Appendix 5 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Article 3 guarantees a right to life and to security; Canada must be on board with that, eh, being a civilized country as we are.  

Hmmmm.  Sounds pretty clear to me.  Yeh yeh, in Canada we get around that by saying that the pre-born are not humans and that women have a right to an abortion.  So what are they, chickens?  alligators?   And it's rather odd that no one can find that right in the Supreme Court decision on access to abortion or in any other pertinent document.  Hence, an intelligent person like myself, and presumably like yourself, would not say that there is a right when there isn't, n'est-ce pas?  Yeh, we know, Trudeau says it all the time.  But repetition does not create anything that isn't already there, at least not in my world.  We kill off a significant number of Ontario taxpayers in the womb these days and that's important to me.  More important than taxes.  More important than the carbon tax.  More important than....  well, you get the picture.   So what do you plan to do about that?  

Just so's ya know.  

And BTW, your caller hung up on me this morning when I injected this into the conversation.  Maybe to you and your team, anyone who mentions abortion IS a raging right wing crazy?   Golly gee, that's good to know. 

​ Winchester

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Abortion bubble zone question for PC leadership candidates

Yesterday I sent this email to each leadership candidate. Except Caroline Mulroney. Why? Because there doesn't seem to be an email address for her identified anywhere. And when I sent her an email to the one she sends me email from, the address isn't valid and I get a bounce back. Hmmm... Does this mean Caroline doesn't want to hear from us?

Dear PC Candidate,

I would like to know if you would repeal the abortion bubble zone law should you become the Premier of Ontario.

As you know freedom of expression, religion and conscience rights have been killed with this law. At a recent protest pro-life people had on Sparks St. in Ottawa, the discrimination against us was very clear. We were forced to be outside the bubble zone, while pro-choice protesters were allowed to protest inside the bubble zone. Both protests carried signs. But because we are pro-life we are marginalized and demonized. None of our signs even used the word abortion.

A freedom of Information request I made to the city of Ottawa revealed that There haven't even been any charges or arrests of protesters at the Ottawa abortion site in three and a half years.

Clearly there is no need for this law, other than to satisfy extremist pro-choice people like Joyce Arthur who have called for it. Look her up if you are not aware of her tactics.

So why is the current Liberal government harassing pro-life people with this law? Harass is a strong word, but that is what is happening here. We have done nothing wrong but the government penalizes us by stomping on our freedom of expression, rights, freedom of conscience rights and freedom of religion rights.

We are taxpayers just like the rest of Ontarians, but we are not treated with the same respect as other Ontarians. If I was pro-choice and stood with the same sign at the same place, with the same sign, I would not be charged. I'm sure you see the blatant discrimination and irony we are experiencing with this law. 

I would like to hear your thoughts on this law.

Thank you.

Patricia Maloney

Monday, February 19, 2018

Five candidates one choice - Tanya Granic Allen

I asked Doug Ford, Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney a couple of simple questions about how they would treat social conservatives if they won the PC leadership. None of them bothered to answer me. Which is what I expected. Not that I'm cynical or anything.

I don't need to ask Patrick Brown the same questions because of course I wouldn't vote for him even if he was the only candidate running. And I hazard to guess neither will any other social conservative.

I don't need to ask Tanya Granic Allen the same questions. I know her answer.

It's an easy choice.