6.29.2008

Morgentaler's Canada is not my Canada!

An email I just received from Jojo Ruba at the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform...

Dear friends,

To celebrate Canada Day, the Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean will be awarding Canada's highest honour, the Order of Canada to Henry Morgentaler, the man who helped legalize abortion in Canada. He is also one of Canada's most prolific abortion providers.

Though there has been no official confirmation yet, I have it on good authority that this will happen and it will be this week, just in time for Canada Day.

Though we at CCBR and much of the pro-life movement, have not had any time to officially respond (one of the reasons they are doing this on the long weekend, very few people will be paying attention), this is certainly something we are concerned about.

If you are someone who prays, please pray for this nation and its leadership. Though the Harper government has no official power to stop this action, I already know they are trying to pass the buck and not take any responsibility. They need, as well as every elected official, and the Governor General, to know that this is not acceptable to Canadians. Here's the GG's website:

http://www.gg.ca/menu_e.asp

The parliamentarians are at:

http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Current&Language=E

As always, please conduct yourselves as good pro-life ambassadors and be polite but firm when you write.

I for one, will find it very hard to celebrate Canada Day this year. The tag line I'll be using is that Canada deserves better than this. Canada's women, men and children, born and unborn don't want and don't deserve their highest honour given to this callous killer.

This action is only happening because of the hubris pro-abortion leaders have about this issue. Let's help them understand that this debate is far from over.

As you ponder what to do in response as well, please do remember this work. I want more of you to help pray for us, finance us and work with us so that one day Canadians will recognize how unthinkable abortion is and how sad this action really is.

Godspeed,

Jojo Ruba

PS This is from the National Post Blog:

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/06/29/douglas-farrow-quot-henry-morgentaler-s-canada-is-not-my-canada-quot.aspx

Douglas Farrow: "Henry Morgentaler’s Canada is not my Canada"

Posted: June 29, 2008, 7:16 PM by Yoni Goldstein


Word on the street is that, barring an unlikely 11th-hour intervention, Dr. Henry Morgentaler, our country’s most famous abortionist, will be inducted into the Order of Canada.

The decision, which is to be announced in time for Canada Day, is clearly not driven by popular demand. For example, an online poll by the Globe and Mail, with over 300,000 respondents, went 92% to 8% against giving the award to Morgentaler.

Nor, I've been told, was the decision a unanimous one, as is normally the case. No doubt we will be hearing much more about this in the next few days — talking points were being circulated among MPs as early as Friday — and perhaps the facts will find their way out in spite of the spin. If and when we have the facts, here are four questions I believe must be addressed:

First, did the Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, who is chair of the awards committee, preside over this decision? And if so, why did she not recuse herself? The award to Morgentaler is not only linked to the subject of abortion — a matter on which Canada has been in legislative limbo for many years — it is a clear endorsement of the practice of abortion. But the constitutionality of some new legislation limiting that practice may yet be raised before her court. If it is, will she then recuse herself?

Second, how successful will the government be in distancing itself from this decision, which (if word on the street is to be trusted) it is preparing to do? The government has two members on the committee, one of which is a deputy minister. Perhaps these members were opposed to the selection of Morgentaler, for whatever reason. But if there was a change of procedure, did they consent to it, knowing what the result would be? (If there was a change, and they did not consent, that makes our first question still more poignant.)

Third, what business has the committee making such a controversial award, when it so gravely affronts a very substantial number of Canadians and, indeed, deeply offends their consciences? Some argue that this “brave” man must not be denied his reward for bringing down an unjust law restricting abortion. But many others argue that the real injustice is that Canada, thanks in large part to Morgentaler and his disciples, has no law at all against cutting up babies in the womb — indeed it is the only “civilized” country without such a law. Does the committee presume to settle this national argument for us? How else are we to read their decision to make the award? And what does that say about the state of democracy in Canada?

Last but not least, how will the living members of the Order of Canada — those, that is, who believe, for whatever reason, that a great wrong is being done here — respond to the situation? Will they return their own medals in protest? How will MPs and, for that matter, the Prime Minister respond? How will the bishops and religious leaders respond? How will the people of Canada respond, those who cannot in good conscience bear the burden of being told that abortion is a “Canadian value”?

I can tell you that I myself am pondering this last question very seriously. Henry Morgentaler’s Canada is not my Canada. I’m with the late Louis-Philippe de Grandpré, sometime justice of the Supreme Court of Canada: “Abortion at any stage of pregnancy is murder, and any attack against the fetus is a crime. To kill a fetus is murder.”

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Summer is here

And it is ridiculously hot. The thermometer in our backyard hit 41C in the shade this afternoon. We have spent a good chunk of time the last few evenings down at Riverside Park trying to cool down a little and at least let the kids run around in the water.

Today, we stopped at Booster Juice as I had received a gift card from a student and happened upon this guy and his bike...


OK, so the guy isn't in the pics, just his daughter. He is cycling across Canada raising awareness about the difficulties of single-parent families.

He had quite the rig set up for his tour. I couldn't tell if it was a homemade rig or a commercial one. He had his daughter out front and above the small front wheel, then huge saddle bags followed by a BOB Trailer.

All the best Stephane and Annabelle!

http://www.anasia-tour.blogspot.com

http://www.anasia.ca

6.21.2008

Lighting a BBQ in Japan

6.20.2008

BTWW

Lots of bikey goodness in town this week.

I was biking up to the final athletic directors' meeting up in Sahali on Tuesday when I encountered a water and oranges refill station for BTWW. She was stationed half way up the Columbia Street hill...perfect. Thanks Investor's Group lady! I had my fill, chatted with the nice lady giving out water and oranges and went on my way.

There was a significant number of cyclers out and about town this week, which was good to see.

One downer was the newly resurfaced bike path adjacent to the Overlander Bridge. It was closed for a month and just re-opened a week ago. My first ride over the new surface was a major disappointment. The surface looks great, has great traction, is well marked and is modelled after this...



Brutal abuse of our tax bucks. The surface is in worse shape than it was before they 'fixed' it.

If you are a cyclist in Kamloops, please send a note to City Hall that the contractor who did the work needs to go back and do it again.

On the brighter side of life...the BTWW folks hosted a free BBQ in Riverside Park after work today. They serving up some fab burgers and smokies (not likely as good as Fatty's brats though...while you are there, make sure you click on the Lance Armstrong Foundation links and make a donation) and some of the best strawberries that I have eaten in a loooong time. They were a very good argument against the USAmerican anemic berries that we have been buying at Stupidstore. Thanks to the BTWW folks who provided me with a chocolatey new t-shirt for organizing a 'team' at school...even though there were only the usual two of us who rode to work.

It was good to see Councillor Arjun Singh present and supportive of developing a cycling infrastructure that actually works (ie. a good way to get from downtown to Sahali and Aberdeen on bicycle). He also was very sympathetic to the fact that the aforementioned 'bridge repair' was absolutely brutal and offered to take a video camera out there for some evidence...perhaps I will. Kudos to you Mr. Singh for supporting cycling in Kamloops.

Last Saturday, I took a ride up to what will be our new house. This time we will be paying our own mortgage and not someone else's! The house is about 10 km from our place now and 450 m higher in elevation. Took about an hour to get up there on the Kona (with knobbies) even with a couple of route finding detours. The fun part was the 15 minute ride back down.

Keep the rubber side down.

6.15.2008

Jazz

If you like Miles Davis...head over to iTunes and purchase "Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-64"

You will get 50 songs totalling over 7 hours of music for 10 bucks. A steal if you ask me.

6.09.2008

June is...


As I have posted here before...



Gas is a bazillion bucks a litre, what better time to be proactive and reduce the smog in your local area, reduce traffic congestion, clear your head before you get to work and save a few bucks on gas while you are at it.

Live in Kamloops?

Next week (June 16-22) is Bike to Work Week . It is a great chance to give commuting by bike a try. Those of you up on the hill. The ride to downtown will take you about 10 or 15 minutes of pure unadulterated glee and chocolateyness...and then you can park your bike onto a city bus and take the easy way back home. If you are on the north shore, Brock, Westsyde, Valleyview the ride is flat and you can take the Rivers Trail for most of the way. The weather will be beautiful next week (I have a special request in with Thor)...see you out there!

In other news...

It was determined that I was the prime candidate to drive our Sr Girls Soccer team to the Provincial championship tournament a couple weeks ago. I said...ok.

Spending the better part of a week in Whistler with my bike is hardly a tough sell.


Twas a grand time!

Keep the rubber side down!

6.08.2008

Lost Generation

Very clever...

6.06.2008

Bill C-484

A good video that shows why opposition to Bill C-484 is ridiculous.