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  • Canada marijuana law calls for ‘aggressive’ church response

    July 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Canada marijuana law calls for ‘aggressive’ church response

    Canada’s nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana, said a Canadian Baptist leader, should spur churches to adopt a “more aggressive approach” to warning believers about the spiritual and physical dangers of drug use. “Everyone is going to be exposed to” legalized marijuana use, said Gerry Taillon, national ministry leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

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  • Toronto pastor’s hope: God will use evil for good

    April 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Toronto pastor’s hope: God will use evil for good

    “Just steps away” from where a driver began a carnage that killed 10 and injured 15 on a pedestrian-friendly Toronto street, Willowdale Baptist Church pastor Bruce Jones is corralling a hurting community for prayer. Jones can stand at his church and see Olive Square, where police say Alek Minassian started to weave on and off the sidewalk.

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  • Former gang member reaching Canada’s largest city

    “Everyone is welcome!” That is the motto of Fellowship Church Rogue Park located in Toronto’s East End. This multiethnic, multigenerational church plant rents space in a local Catholic school on Sunday mornings. Launched near an area known for gang violence, the ministry is led by a former gang member Kesavan Balasingham and his wife Viji.

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  • Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in Vancouver

    January 30 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in Vancouver

    Pastor Gavaha* received the alarming news while he was visiting South Korea for a leadership conference. A group of men, claiming to have come to deliver a magazine at his family’s home in Pakistan, had forced their way past an armed security guard and taken Gavaha’s wife and four children hostage.

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  • TRUSTEES: Montreal’s need, progress highlight NAMB meeting

    North American Mission Board trustees gathered Oct. 2-4 in Montreal to hear reports of the progress new church plants are making there and to witness the reality of the deep lostness that is believed to make this Canadian city the least-reached part of North America.

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  • Hard lessons in government interference

    June 30 2017 by Leigh Jones, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Hard lessons in government interference

    A case involving a Canadian Christian school embroiled in a fight with the government over “offensive” Bible passages offers a warning to U.S. private schools cheering the creation of school choice programs. In May, the school board ordered Cornerstone Christian Academy to refrain from reading or studying “any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals.”

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  • Journal: assisted suicide about ‘autonomy,’ not pain

    June 2 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Journal: assisted suicide about ‘autonomy,’ not pain

    A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found 95 percent of patients to receive medical aid in dying through Toronto’s University Health Network between March 2016 and March 2017 cited “loss of autonomy” as a reason for the request to end their lives. No other reason was cited as frequently.

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  • Canada harvesting the organs of euthanasia patients

    March 28 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Canada harvesting the organs of euthanasia patients

    A recent push in Canada to encourage euthanasia patients to donate their organs appears to be working. In Ontario, the first province to report data, 26 people who died by lethal injection decided to donate tissue or organs since the Medical Aid in Dying Act came into effect last June.

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  • Canadian pastor finds new flock with The Gathering

    February 20 2017 by Jim Burton, North American Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Canadian pastor finds new flock with The Gathering

    John D’Antonio’s family knew that his four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, would soon be over. Many of his Italian-Canadian family and friends had gathered in his Windsor hospital room to say goodbye to the 30-year-old father and husband. ...

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  • Canadian study touts euthanasia’s cost ‘benefit’

    February 10 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Canadian study touts euthanasia’s cost ‘benefit’

    Canada legalized euthanasia in June 2016, declaring assisted suicide a humane way to end the suffering of already dying patients. Opponents warned it wouldn’t be a far jump from legalizing euthanasia to manipulating patients into believing they have an obligation to die and stop draining medical system resources.

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  • The deadly link between organ donation and assisted suicide

    January 27 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    The deadly link between organ donation and assisted suicide

    Canadian ethicists have recommended organ harvesting from patients who choose physician-assisted suicide, raising alarms that people with terminal illness could be pressured into taking their lives. Bioethicists Julie Allard and Marie-Chantal Fortin said Canada’s medical aid in dying law “has the potential to provide additional organs for transplantation.”

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  • Ontario turns parenting into a group affair

    December 2 2016 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Ontario turns parenting into a group affair

    Children in Ontario may now have up to four legal parents, none of which must be birth parents. Same-sex couples or a group of up to four adults who agree to have a child, whether through a surrogate mother or artificial insemination, will be legally viewed as parents without any adoption process.

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  • Christian hospitals opt out of Canada’s euthanasia law

    December 1 2016 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Christian hospitals opt out of Canada’s euthanasia law

    Two Christian hospitals in Winnipeg, Manitoba, have opted out of the assisted suicide law passed by Canada’s government in June. Concordia Hospital, a Mennonite institution, and St. Boniface Hospital, a Catholic facility, announced they will not euthanize patients but agreed to refer those seeking assisted suicide to other groups that will.

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  • Court: Law society must accept Christian attorneys

    November 8 2016 by J.C. Derrick, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Court: Law society must accept Christian attorneys

    The Law Society of British Columbia must recognize Trinity Western University’s future law school graduates, according to a unanimous opinion. “The TWU community has a right to hold and act on its beliefs, absent evidence of actual harm,” a five-judge panel wrote. “To do so is an expression of its right to freedom of religion.”

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  • Pro-family group petitions Canadian Parliament

    September 12 2016 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Pro-family group petitions Canadian Parliament

    A conservative, pro-family women’s group in Canada wants greater protections for Christians’ religious freedom and rights of conscience. REAL Women of Canada says religious freedom has eroded as Canada has sanctioned things like gay marriage, so the group recently launched a petition to present to Parliament.

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