Alright, here goes.
First off, No Apologies notes Jim Swan’s letter to the Red Deer Advocate – We owe a huge thank you to letter writer Stephen Boissoin – while Alt.atheism, Free Republic, South East Calgary News, and Church Executive Magazine talk about the Boissoin case and appeal.
Meanwhile, via No Apologies again: ECP Year in Review:
As we come to the end of 2009, we at the ECP Centre (Equipping Christians for the Public-square Centre) are reading some of the other year-end reviews that others are putting out. It is interesting to see the perspectives of different people, the items highlighted, those events deemed positive and negative.
The best development of 2009 for the ECP Centre was the Alberta court victory that Stephen Boissoin received by God’s grace and with the help of his legal counsel Gerry Chipeur. The ECP Centre is grateful to have been able to play a part in this drama, as sad and disturbing as it was. We held three fundraising dinners in Alberta – Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton – in the spring of 2009 with the wonderful help of many committed Albertans who helped with the organization and who came out and supported Stephen and who sent donations even though they couldn’t attend. We have been able to send over $20,000 to Stephen’s legal defence because of the generosity of supportive Canadians.
It’s still stunning to think that anywhere outside of officially Communist or Islamic countries, a Christian could be dragged through the kind of 7-year ordeal that Stephen faced. At least Stephen eventually won. Not everyone does; in fact most Christians don’t, even in the court system. Scott Brockie didn’t in Ontario. Neither did Chris Kempling in B.C. The battle continues and, as we write, we are waiting for an Ontario court to bring down its decision in a case involving Christian Horizons and a lesbian former employee.
Read the rest here.
Second, via 411Mommy: How the 2009 Citizenship Law Applies to Adopted Children:
The Canadian government has passed a new citizenship law that resolves a variety of issues about Canadian citizenship (Bill C-37). Buried in that law is a provision that has passed unnoticed, until now, which puts limitations on the Canadian citizenship rights of some internationally adopted children. Recent articles in the National Post, the Globe & Mail and the Ottawa Citizen have brought these provisions to the attention of the adoption community.
Q13. What can I do to stop this new law?
A Perhaps nothing. The new law (Bill C-37) has been passed, given Royal assent, and the regulations under it are in force. Some parents are currently considering filing a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. And, of course, someone with deep pockets could take a Charter of Rights challenge to try to have the law declared unconstitutional.
Read the rest here.
Third, via The Georgia Straight: Vancouver gay rights pioneer Peter Corren dies:
By Charlie Smith
One of the most influential gay rights activists in Canadian history died on December 30 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Peter Corren, a former TransLink employee, waged many battles with his husband Murray Corren on behalf of same-sex couples, which helped transform Canadian society.
In the process, the couple endured numerous abusive calls and even death threats, but they never gave up.
They are perhaps best known for challenging a Surrey school board ban on using books featuring same-sex couples. “By the time we got to the Supreme Court of Canada, we had a personal legal bill of over $460,000,” Murray Corren told the Georgia Straight in 2006.The final victory meant the school board had to absorb most of the court costs.
They kicked off the long-running fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Canada after they were refused a marriage licence. That prompted the couple to file a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Commission.
Read the rest here.
Finally, is David Icke a con man?