Being a CCBR Volunteer is Brutal Sometimes—Here’s Why I Show Up Anyway

By Amberlee Nicol

Some days I wonder why I keep doing pro-life activism. Volunteering with CCBR in particular has me questioning at times: Whether it’s getting stuck with a crazy middle-aged woman ranting at you in the street, being hassled by rent-a-cops at the mall, or having to endure the killer combination of chafing and sunburn that develops while dropping off postcards, CCBR volunteerism tends to produce a distinctive breed of stress and suffering.   

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Meet the interns: Rachel De Souza

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

After seeing abortion victim photography, I knew I had to take a more active role in the pro-life movement. The knowledge that 300 children are being slaughtered daily is what motivates me to do this. I know that I must do all I can for them because so many lives depend on me. 

Meet the interns: Sebastien Bourdeau

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

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Jonathon Gilman, his bold approach in asking me if I'm willing to step up and save the lives of the pre-born. Knowing that our efforts are a contribution towards a country where children may live free of legal abortions.

Note to self: It's not about me

By Gerrit Van Dorland

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? 

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