The eFc Speaks on assisted Suicide
The EFC is readying its response to Quebec govern- ment plans to permit physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. The EFC has previously been involved
in similar battles in Parliament, defeating such legislative
initiatives three times, and before the Supreme Court of
Canada in the 1993 case Rodriguez v. British Columbia. In
that case the court accepted the EFC’s arguments asserting
the unique dignity and sanctity of human life.
In March 2013 the British Columbia Court of Appeal
heard arguments in Carter v. Canada, a case currently challenging Canada’s laws prohibiting assisted suicide. The EFC’s
verbal presentation and its more formal written submission
from December are available at www.theEFC.ca/carter.
The eFc Intervenes on Prostitution
The EFC filed an application in April to intervene before the
Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Bedford v. Canada
that proposes to strike down some of Canada’s prostitution
laws. Visit www.theEFC.ca/prostitution.
conference on religion and Public
EFC staff are helping organize (and will be presenting at) a
multi-faith conference called Bridging the Secular Divide:
Religion and Canadian Public Discourse being hosted at
McGill University in Montreal, May 27-28. Speakers include
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger, Canada’s Ambassador
for Religious Freedom Andrew Bennett, Trinity Western
University professor JanetEpp Buckingham, journalist/
broadcaster Lorna Dueck and several current and former
Members of Parliament. Visit www.bridgingthedivide.ca.
anti-bullying resource revised
The EFC has responded to Manitoba’s proposal of anti-bullying legislation, in its Bill 18, by reviewing the state of
anti-bullying legislation across Canada as part of an update
to the EFC paper By the Numbers: Rates and Risk Factors for
Bullying, available at www.theEFC.ca/bullying2013.
denominational Leaders Meet
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger joined denominational
leaders in April in Mississauga, Ont. Twice a year leaders from
EFC affiliate denominations meet together in a peer-led gathering to discuss issues of common concern and pray together.
The Bible Is not Hate Speech
The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in
March in the case of Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott. The EFC, which intervened over
the issue of religious comment in a public policy dialogue,
now offers a short explanation What Does the Supreme Court
of Canada’s Decision Mean to You? and other resources and
blog posts at www.theEFC.ca/whatcott.
Parliament rejects Homelessness Bill
The House of Commons split along party lines this spring
to defeat a private members bill that called on the federal
government to work with provincial and aboriginal leaders
to establish a national housing strategy to combat homelessness in Canada. The EFC supported Bill C-400, which
aimed to better meet the needs of the more than 300,000
Canadians who are homeless. Read more at www.theEFC.
ca/ActivateCFPL (for example, the posting dated March 1).
Sex Selection Motion Set aside
The EFC endorsed Parliamentary Motion M-408, condemning
pregnancy terminations motivated by sex selection. The motion was blocked at several stages, including being initially
deemed non-votable by a committee of MPs and rejected in
an appeal to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House
Affairs. The motion’s sponsor, MP Mark Warawa (Langley),
decided in April not to request a final appeal to all sitting MPs,
and so the motion was allowed to die. Read the EFC’s latest
media release and learn more at www.theEFC.ca/M408.
congratulations to catholics
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger sent a letter to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops responding to the election of Jorge Mario Borgoglio as Pope of the Roman Catholic
Church. The EFC is the regional affiliate of the World Evangelical Alliance, and its secretary general, the Canadian Geoff
Tunnicliffe, attended the inauguration at the Vatican and also
extended his congratulations. See www.theEFC.ca/letters.
Students Share about eFc Internships
In a recently released video at www.theEFC.ca/intership,
last summer’s EFC interns share about their experiences in
Ottawa. Apply now for a position as an intern for fall 2013.
Gender Bill in Senate
The House of Commons voted in March to pass an amended version of private member’s Bill C-279, which proposes
to amend the Canadian Human Rights
Act to include “gender identity” as a prohibited ground of discrimination and
the Criminal Code to include “gender
identity” as a ground in the hate crime
provisions. These proposals add unnecessary – and thus legally dangerous
– language to the law. Gender identity is
already covered under the term “sexual
orientation,” which is already in the Act
and the Code. The EFC sent an open
letter to all MPs in December when
the bill was previously scheduled for a
vote, and the EFC’s Don Hutchinson
commented in a Nov. 21 post at www.
Prayer alerts: Vietnam
The EFC’s Religious Liberty
Commission released two
alerts in March and April requesting prayer for Christians
in Vietnam. A recent update
to Vietnam’s highest law on
religion The Ordinance on
Religion and Belief (ND-92)
presents a severe challenge
to “unregistered” churches,
house churches. Read more
and sign up for email alerts