Edmonton schools ax pro-abstinence program after human rights complaint

Pete Baklinski 

The Edmonton Public School Board has axed a local pregnancy center’s abstinence-based sex-ed presentations after a mother and her 18-year-old daughter filed a human rights complaint.

The school board says the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre’s presentations met its  “standards and expectations on every level,” but chose to cancel them because they were “becoming very divisive.” Continue reading

Law Society of New Brunswick approves TWU School of Law

[We are happy to pass on this news from Trinity Western University of British Columbia.]

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In a vote of 14 to 5, the Law Society of New Brunswick (LSNB) voted today to approve the Trinity Western University School of Law. TWU President, Bob Kuhn presented and answered questions at the council meeting in the morning, and other individuals and organizations were given the opportunity to present in the afternoon. The final decision came late afternoon by a show of hands. Continue reading

Kelly McParland: Vancouver school board gender policy allows “xe” or “xem” in place of “he” or “her”

 | June 17, 2014, National Post

. . . In addition to new pronouns, the Vancouver board also goes to considerable length to protect “privacy”,  including, it would seem, keeping the student’s chosen new gender a secret from his/her or xyr parents. A provision in the policy notes that while the student’s chosen gender identity will “whenever possible” be included in class lists and timetables, “communications between school and home shall use a student’s legal name and the pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender assigned at birth” unless otherwise requested. It’s the student’s right to decide “when, with whom, and how much information to share”. They will also have the right “to dress in a manner consistent with their gender identity or gender expression,” even if that is “not consistent with societal expectations of masculinity/femininity.”

Students will be enabled to choose their preferred washroom, or “a reasonable alternative washroom” if they desire “increased privacy.” In such cases the alternative arrangement “will be provided in a way that protects the students’ ability to keep their trans status confidential.” It is not spelled out how other kids will be kept from reaching the obvious conclusion when students are seen using the “alternative washroom,” but that is one of the many difficulties that arises when school boards try to make hard and fast rules related to anything as amorphous as a young person’s self-image, particularly at a stage in development when identity issues are notoriously fraught and individuals are not at a level of maturity ideal for making such critical judgments. . . . .

[The whole National Post article]

Justina Pelletier is Reunited with her Family After 16 Months

[We pass on this news received from Liberty Counsel.]

Justina Pelletier is Reunited with her Family After 16 Months

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Thompson, CT—This morning, after 16 months of being held prisoner by the bureaucracy of the State of Massachusetts at the behest of Boston Children’s Hospital, Justina Pelletier walked out of the Susan Wayne Center for Excellence to return to her home with her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier, and her three older sisters. Continue reading

Hawaii Sex-Ed Policy Change a Victory for Parents, Students

June 13, 2014, CitizenLink,   by Bethany Monk

(Caution: Mature content; not appropriate for children.)

After the tenacious efforts spearheaded by one Hawaii lawmaker, the state has revised a policy related to a controversial sex-ed program. Many say the change will help protect young people from inaccurate, dangerous information provided by the Planned Parenthood-affiliated curriculum. Continue reading

Ken Denike, Sophia Woo expelled from NPA caucus over LGBTQ stance [Vancouver, B.C.]

Vancouver school trustees hold news conference to call for delay in school board’s transgender policy

CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2014 7:39 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014 8:27 PM PT

Vancouver school trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo hold a news conference Friday calling for delays in revisions to the VSB's transgender policy scheduled to be voted on Monday nightVancouver school trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo hold a news conference Friday calling for delays in revisions to the VSB’s transgender policy scheduled to be voted on Monday night (CBC) Continue reading

Opinion: All lawyers abide by religious covenant

Same-sex marriage was illegal just nine years ago

BY MARK PENNINGA, SPECIAL TO THE VANCOUVER SUN JUNE 12, 2014
Opinion: All lawyers abide by religious covenant

Mark Penninga is the executive director of the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada

A strong majority of the B.C. lawyers who voted Wednesday made it clear Trinity Western University’s law school grads should not be recognized by the Law Society of B.C. because of the school’s Community Covenant.

This vote should make our province pause and consider what this means for the broader institution of law and order. If pledging to uphold a Christian understanding of sexuality or marriage makes one unworthy of practicing law, then all lawyers should be unworthy of practicing law because they have also bound themselves to a community covenant which is based on religious convictions and principles. Continue reading

This poor child is confused, not ‘transgendered.’

 , June 3, 2014

Is this it? Have we reached the basement? Is this our cultural rock bottom moment? Is this when our society wakes up behind a liquor store dumpster in the middle of the afternoon, stumbles to its feet, catches its reflection in a puddle of urine and finally whispers, “I have a problem”? Continue reading

Iain Benson: The New Sexual McCarthyism and Trinity Western University

Dr. Iain Benson is warning of a new form of McCarthyism in Canada highlighted by the TWU School of Law. Similar to the label of “communist”, “homophobic” is now being used to slur opposing viewpoints and root them out of the public and private sphere. Continue reading