“Soaring syphilis rate in Vancouver gay, bisexual communities prompts action”

 The Canadian Press, Nov. 18, 2013

VANCOUVER – The syphilis rate in Metro Vancouver has reached a 30-year high, prompting a new campaign aimed at eliminating the disease.

Vancouver Coastal Health medical health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson said Monday that syphilis rates are at epidemic proportions, especially in the Lower Mainland’s gay and bisexual communities. Continue reading

German judge bars homeschooling family from leaving country

German judge bars homeschooling family from leaving country

by Thaddeus Baklinski in LifeSite News, Mon Nov 11, 2013 

The Wunderlich family with HSLDA chairman Michael Harris.
Credit: HSLDA.org

DARMSTADT, Germany, November 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A German judge who ordered the forced removal of the children of a homeschooling family in August has blocked the parents’ request to let the family emigrate to another European country where homeschooling is legal, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Continue reading

LGBTQ Community Requests Special Privileges

REAL Women of Canada
“Women Building a Better Society”

[Media release from REAL Women of Canada]

 

MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release

Ottawa, Ontario

November 12,   2013

LGBTQ COMMUNITY REQUESTS SPECIAL
PRIVILEGES IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP)
recently released a set of guidelines for police
forces in Ontario, for carrying out its dealings with
the LGBTQ Community.  The principal
investigator of this report is a gay man
working in the legal profession.  He received
input for these guidelines from 15 homosexual
organizations and 16 provincial police associations. Continue reading

Pop-Up Schools

[We pass on this article for its interest and information, without judgement as to the opinions stated.]

“Pop-Up Schools Could Radically Improve Global Education”

  • By Dayo Olopade

Most of the buildings in Machakos, the former capital of Kenya, are made of concrete, with neat fences, informal gardens, indoor plumbing, and electricity, however erratic. By contrast, the local schoolhouse of Bridge International Academies is beyond basic: walls of corrugated tin, a plywood frame. There’s no electrical wiring in sight. A pair of latrines adjoin an open courtyard that doubles as a lunch and recreation area. A few young children loll on the patchy grass, engaged in unhurried conversation.

Yet this school is by no means a failure — in fact, it recently passed a 700-point inspection and is running exactly as planned. This is just one of 212 Bridge Academies that have opened in Kenya during the past four years. Bridge’s “schools in a box” spring up seemingly overnight: In January of 2013, the company launched 51 schools at once, while in September it opened another 78. Bridge now educates roughly 50,000 students in Kenya every day, and its global aspirations may transform the entire project of education for poor youth around the world. Continue reading

[U.S.] CitizenLink Calls for Opposition to ENDA

[From CitizenLink; accessed Nov. 9, 2013]

Oppose Bill to Add Special Protections for “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity” in Employment Law

Congress is currently considering a bill that will add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as special categories protected against discrimination in employment law. In so doing, HR 3017, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), will jeopardize the First Amendment freedom of religious expression and harm American businesses. Continue reading

[U.S.] Senate Approves So-Called Non-Discrimination Bill — Unlikely to Pass House

CitizenLink, November 7, 2013
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by Bethany Monk

The Democrat-led Senate, as expected, passed legislation today that would force most employers to provide special privileges to workers based on their “actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.” This would place severe restrictions on religious freedom in the workplace. Continue reading

Conservatives condemn sex-selective abortion, assisted suicide as party convention winds down

and   02/11/13

. . . .Socially conservative delegates voted through a range of contentious policies that would crack down on those who exploit sex workers, outlaw euthanasia and assisted suicide, and that denounce sex-selected abortion. Continue reading