OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that doctors cannot unilaterally choose to end life support services for Hassan Rasouli, an Ontario man who has been comatose since 2010.
In a 5-2 decision, justices for Canada’s highest court ruled doctors must first obtain consent from the man’s family, or, failing that, apply for permission from Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board, a quasi-judicial body that addresses matters of consent under Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act. (Source)
I’m pleasantly surprised by this verdict. It’s a step in the right direction.
Here are some highlights related to family issues from today’s Speech from the Throne, which outlines the government’s priorities for the upcoming legislative sitting. Not all of these announcements are specific policy initiatives yet. Some are more like themes. The specifics will likely be announced in the upcoming Budget.
The Institute for Marriage and Family, an excellent research organization based in Ottawa, has been releasing results of an extensive survey they undertook regarding Canadians’ attitudes towards child care. They found that 76% of Canadians believe it is best for children under six to be cared for at home by a parent. I found that survey result quite surprising considering how liberal Canada has become. Clearly, politicians pushing daycare as a mantra for kids are out of touch with Canadians.
Last week, they released more survey results that shocked me. Among Canadians with a university degree, 68% still prefer children under six to be cared for at home by a parent.
What’s more, among women with a post-graduate degree, i.e. they’ve done a Master’s, a PhD or post-doc studies, the majority still prefer home care (54%).
That’s simply amazing. These are likely the most career-minded women in Canada and who have invested the most heavily towards a career. Yet, the majority still prefers home care by a parent over daycare. Wow.
That makes you wonder: who’s driving the push for universal daycare? It must be a ridiculously minute interest group.
I must say, I’m shocked that the court would rule in our favour. Great work by Alex Schadenberg and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The BC Court of Appeal has struck down the decision by Justice Smith and upheld the current laws which protect Canadians from euthanasia and assisted suicide.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) intervened in the BC assisted suicide case in order to uphold the principles of Parliamentary sovereignty and basic human rights. EPC is pleased that the Court has followed the lead of Canadian Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada, and of the majority of Parliaments and Supreme Courts around the world in finding that the prohibitions against assisted suicide represent an important protection against abuse of vulnerable people. (Source)
Teens who had a schoolmate die by suicide are more likely to consider or attempt taking their own lives than those who haven’t lost a peer to suicide — and the fallout can be longer lasting than once thought, a study suggests.
That effect, known as “suicide contagion,” can last two years or longer, researchers reported Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (Source)
According to a new poll by the Institute for Marriage and Family, Canadians are not as “left” as the politicians would like them to be when it comes to child care.
Parents are rarely asked what they want in the perennial daycare debates. Legislators weigh in. Educators weigh in. Activists weigh in. But parents—too tired to write up press releases after the kids go to bed and lacking a union to speak for them—are an afterthought.
The end result is family policy that pushes for more institutional, government-funded care. In Ontario, the expansion of all-day kindergarten was initially intended as a first step toward universal daycare. The costs are completely unwieldy, so this is likely where the expansion will stop. And yet, voices still cry for more and more daycare spaces, purportedly to benefit parents.
As it turns out, this is not what parents want. We can see this very clearly thanks to a new poll, which examines parental childcare preferences nation-wide.
The results show that seventy-six percent of Canadians in general and 69% of Canadian parents with children under six right now believe it is best for small children to be at home with a parent.Read the rest of this entry »
“A life without challenges does not exist and any boy or girl who doesn’t take on these challenges, has no backbone.” Pope Francis said this at the end of the Rosary, emphasising the fact that “a good mother” helps her children to understand what freedom is.
“Of course, it is not about doing anything one feels like, allowing oneself to be overcome by passions, going from experience to another without thinking and following the fashions of the time; freedom does not mean throwing everything we do not like out of the window so to speak.”
“How hard it is today, to take definitive decisions. We are seduced by temporariness, we are victims of a trend that pushes us towards temporariness, as if we wished to remain adolescents all our lives.” The Pope continued his reflection urging faithful: “Let us not be afraid of definitive commitments.”
I think he is taking a shot at couples taking longer and longer to make a decision to marry. And what about the substantial % of post-secondary students who are now professional students that have been going to school almost into their 30s. Just a refusal to grow up, generally. The perpetual infatuation with Advanced Romper Room really has to go.
I’m officially TV free now. I cut Rogers Cable effective March 23. $45 a month is way too steep a price to pay for one or two channels that my family occasionally watches.
Most of the stuff that we watch is now internet streamed or on YouTube.
Network and even specialty channel TV has bitten the dust at our home.
p.s. You want to know how you can engage in the New Evangelization? Cut your Cable and other frivolities and sponsor a kid in the Global South or sponsor a Pro-Life Activist. Best money that you’ll ever spend.
…In the wake of the pope’s recent World Day of Peace address and Christmas address affirming that abortion and homosexual ‘marriage’ are incompatible with true peace, Mexico and Spain’s top bishops are seeking to renew the fight for the values of life and family in their countries.
Only days after Pope Benedict XVI released the text of the address, Mexico City’s Cardinal Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera held a press conference assuring reporters that the Catholic Church would continue the fight for the values of life and family—values that have been under attack by recent Supreme Court decisions permitting abortion and homosexual “marriage.”
“The Church will continue to proclaim and to follow this doctrine, this truth, this road of family as the unit of the society, of human life as a fundamental right, to those who wish to follow them, and others will follow other roads which we judge to be a way of death,” stated Rivera…. (Source)
It’s not so much what the Cardinal says the Church will continue to proclaim that has got me all excited.
It’s the nasty “judgement” that he makes about the “other roads”.
I’m just dizzy with euphoria over such a proclamation. It means that the Church Militant is back in the game and unconcerned with offending the secular political establishment, and most especially, the Episcopate is bringing the words and the strut to go along with it.
When one reads something like this, one is struck in awe and amazement of how so completely lost our Canadian episcopacy is in navel gazing questions of the 1960s:
“Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist…calls his nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to be.”
The great joy with which families from all over the world congregated in Milan indicates that, despite all impressions to the contrary, the family is still strong and vibrant today. But there is no denying the crisis that threatens it to its foundations – especially in the western world. It was noticeable that the Synod repeatedly emphasized the significance, for the transmission of the faith, of the family as the authentic setting in which to hand on the blueprint of human existence. This is something we learn by living it with others and suffering it with others. So it became clear that the question of the family is not just about a particular social construct, but about man himself – about what he is and what it takes to be authentically human. The challenges involved are manifold. First of all there is the question of the human capacity to make a commitment or to avoid commitment. Can one bind oneself for a lifetime? Does this correspond to man’s nature? Does it not contradict his freedom and the scope of his self-realization? Does man become himself by living for himself alone and only entering into relationships with others when he can break them off again at any time? Is lifelong commitment antithetical to freedom? Is commitment also worth suffering for? Man’s refusal to make any commitment – which is becoming increasingly widespread as a result of a false understanding of freedom and self-realization as well as the desire to escape suffering – means that man remains closed in on himself and keeps his “I” ultimately for himself, without really rising above it. Yet only in self-giving does man find himself, and only by opening himself to the other, to others, to children, to the family, only by letting himself be changed through suffering, does he discover the breadth of his humanity. When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child – essential elements of the experience of being human are lost.
The Chief Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper. While up to now we regarded a false understanding of the nature of human freedom as one cause of the crisis of the family, it is now becoming clear that the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question. He quotes the famous saying of Simone de Beauvoir: “one is not born a woman, one becomes so” (on ne naît pas femme, on le devient). These words lay the foundation for what is put forward today under the term “gender” as a new philosophy of sexuality. According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature, that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society. The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious. People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves. According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. This duality is an essential aspect of what being human is all about, as ordained by God. This very duality as something previously given is what is now disputed. The words of the creation account: “male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27) no longer apply. No, what applies now is this: it was not God who created them male and female – hitherto society did this, now we decide for ourselves. Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to be. Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed. But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him. Bernheim shows that now, perforce, from being a subject of rights, the child has become an object to which people have a right and which they have a right to obtain. When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man.
The same melancholy story is the background to other rampage killers:
Only three days before the Connecticut murders, 22-year-old Jacob Roberts ran amok in a Portland, Oregon, shopping mall. He killed two people with an automatic rifle before committing suicide. He had never known his mother and was raised by a divorced aunt and her husband who shared custody of him.
Wade Page was a white supremacist who shot six Sikhs dead in Milwaukee before being killed by a police officer earlier this year. His parents were divorced.
Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people with a car bomb and semi-automatic rifle in Norway in 2011. He has been jailed for 25 years. His parents divorced when he was one year old.
Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, took a bag of rifles and handguns to Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and killed four girls and a teacher in 1998. They were jailed until they turned 21. Johnson’s parents were divorced.
Thomas Hamilton, 43, killed 16 children and a teacher in Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996 with four handguns before shooting himself. His parents were divorced when he was three years old.
George Hennard, 35, shot 23 people dead with a Glock 17 semi-automatic, and then shot himself on October 16, 1991, in Killeen, Texas. His parents had divorced in 1983.
Marc Lépine, 25, killed 14 women in Montreal in 1989. His parents separated when he was seven.
James Oliver Huberty killed 21 people, including five children, in in a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California in 1984. His parents were divorced.
Every year, over a million children are affected by divorce in the US. Sure, only an infinitesimal fraction of these go on deadly shooting sprees. But every year, more than 11 million firearms are sold, and only a couple of those are used by mass murderers. Divorce control makes even more sense than gun control….
Ah yes, but gun control is easy for the liberal because there is little that he has to give up. There’s no personal accountability and sacrifice involved with that. It’s an easy way out and a good way to pin the substance of the problem on a conservative hangup with guns.
But Divorce? That’s a whole new ballgame that they must – at all costs – refuse to talk about or acknowledge because that would require considering a change of behaviour and that’s anathema to the nouveau religionists of secularism.
FNE Explorers – an exciting and dynamic Catholic Faith Youth Movement!
This growing movement is expanding its membership both at the youth and adult (leader) here in the Ottawa area at St. Bernard Catholic School, 1722 St. Bernard St, Blossom Park, on Thursday nights 6:45-8:15 pm, starting in January 2013! Parents – are you interested in enrolling your child in a same gender program that helps your child better embrace their faith while exploring the world around them to become well rounded outdoors-men, citizens, loyal friends and servants of God? We are offering a Timber Wolf program for boys ages 8 to 12, the adventure begins now! Fathers / Men – are you interested in joining a team of like minded volunteers to help our youth explore the world around them, to have fun, to share your peace and our Catholic faith with the youth entrusted to our care? Please visit our web site at www.fneexplorers.com.
A parents information evening will be held at St. Bernard School on Thursday Jan. 10 at 7:00 pm. For further information, please contact Per Talgoy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Above all, please pray for this group, for both boys and men as leaders.
After they’ve researched the particular saint, they get busy trying to find the costume that best fits the saint’s life. It’s surprising to hear some of the conversations that get started at the door. Just a little way of evangelizing. And by the way, I felt kind of rebellious passing a woman dressed as a witch last night. Why should you have all the pavement. Move over!
My girls are quite remarkable. Check this little diddy that my older one put together with an IPAD and an App.
Hope you can all come out to the Children of Paraguay fundraiser on November 10. They will be featured as one of the dancing performances! You get to see them and other wonderful live entertainment for $10.
Today Statistics Canada released new 2011 Census family-related data. While some hail “increasing family diversity,” the declining trend lines for marriage in face of increasing common-law and lone-parent families are nothing to celebrate.
Between 2006 and 2011, the number of common-law couples rose 13.9%, which, Statistics Canada reports, is more than four times the increase for married couples. Likewise, lone-parent families increased 8%.
Lone-parent and common-law couples are less stable than married couples. Research indicates that children raised in common-law families are five times more likely to experience a parental split than children of married parents. Children raised in lone-parent families are more likely to live in poverty, as measured by the Low Income Cut-Off in Canada….(Source)
Our country does not care about its children. It cares about parents, first. That’s why we have easy divorce.