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Changing minds in Saskatoon

By Cameron Cote

Travelling to a different city to do activism is always an exhilarating experience for me. Questions like, “How will the city respond to our activism?”, “What will our host families be like?”, and “Will there be a frenzy of media and police attention because they haven’t seen a group like CCBR before?” raced through my mind as our two Dodge Grand Caravans clipped along the highway that split the waves of prairie grass on our way from Calgary to Saskatoon.

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The Texas SCOTUS decision: A silver lining

By Jonathon Van Maren

Last week was undoubtedly a good week for the American pro-choice movement, and a distinctly dispiriting week for the pro-life side. In their ruling Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the black-robed Nazguls at the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down Texas anti-abortion laws stipulating that abortionists needed to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and that abortion clinics should function as “ambulatory surgical centers.” These regulations, of course, were in response to the long and bloody history of botched butchery at abortion clinics, the shoddy nature of much of abortion work in general, and the reticence of abortion clinic staff to call a hospital when customers suffered injury during the procedure.

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The Beauty of Community

By Maaike Rosendal

A preventable tragedy

By Cana Donovan

It seems that the world has gone through a lot lately. Not that it doesn’t usually, but it feels like there’s a particular darkness to some of the stories in the recent news. The devastating Orlando shooting; a little boy killed by an alligator; two more young boys drowned in a river. Even for someone who doesn’t always pay attention to the news, these jumped out. 

When the church bells are silent

By Justina Van Maren

“The greatest way for evil to flourish is if good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

There could hardly be more evidence for this claim than what we see today. When I think about the fact that the greatest human rights violation in history is happening here, happening now, I can’t help but wonder: where is everyone? That feeling has only gotten stronger as I’ve worked on a list of the churches in Ontario.

A colleague who inspires

By Rosalyn DeHaan

“Who inspires you?”

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That is the question that I was asked several days ago. And instead of blurting out the first names that came to my mind, I thought about the question again. Who do I want to be like? Who do I admire? Who has qualities that I want to imitate and develop in my own life? 

Mailbox by mailbox

By Pieter Bos

The time was 8:30 AM, and it was hot. The humidity had passed the 60% mark, and I hadn’t even put a postcard in a mailbox yet. Still, I tied the laces of my shoes, hopped out of the van and grabbed a stack of several hundred postcards. My forehead was already shining with sweat, but the day had just begun and our task had to be done.

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William Wilberforce and the beauty of the abolitionist movement

By Jonathon Van Maren

In the annals of social reform movements, there is one that the pro-life movement has identified with most strongly: the abolitionist movement of William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, Granville Sharp, and the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The names of many of these courageous and sacrificial men and women have been forgotten by a modern culture that cannot understand their devotion to God and to their afflicted neighbors, but what they achieved was summed up beautifully by the nineteenth-century historian W.E.H. Lecky: “The unweary, unostentatious, and inglorious crusade of England against slavery may probably be regarded as among the three or four perfectly virtuous pages comprised in the history of nations.”

Back on the streets

By Justina Van Maren

CCBR’s summer interns are back on the streets of Toronto, sharing the truth about abortion. I was privileged to join them for a day and was once again reminded of the effectiveness of CCBR’s strategy and the inspiring drive of the people with their boots on the ground, putting themselves out there house by house, high school by high school, highway by highway. 

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Glamour Magazine, the World Health Organization, and a comedian talk about abortion

By Jonathon Van Maren

Abortion has surfaced pretty regularly in the news these days. The World Health Organization, for example, reported good news and bad news. The good news: “A recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that the rate of abortion in the developed world dropped by 19 points, from 46 to 27 for every 1,000 women aged between 15 and 44.” The bad news: “The data collected compared findings between 1990 to 1994 and 2010 to 2014, and showed that the rate of abortion in the developing world…had not dropped significantly.” A staggering 56 million abortions take place worldwide per year, around 88% of those in the developing world. Many of those abortions are funded by the “foreign aid” of the Obama Administration, and Justin Trudeau’s government has promised to begin funding abortions overseas imminently as well.

 
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