Sun TV’s Brian Lilley is the keynote speaker at the Toronto 2011 Pro-Life Forum

Canadian pro-life leaders to gather in Toronto

By  Luc Rinaldi, Catholic Register Special
  • June 15, 2011

The leaders of the Canadian pro-life movement will examine strategies for effective change when they gather June 24-25 for the Toronto 2011 Pro-Life Forum.

Hosted by Campaign Life Coalition, the two-day conference will kick off at a dinner with keynote speaker Brian Lilley of Sun TV News, followed by a full day of panels and speakers. The forum will take place at Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre.

“Be informed, be inspired, be active,” said Alisa Golob, youth coordinator for the Campaign Life Coalition, echoing the conference’s theme. “First you have to know what’s going on… and hear the other side of the story.”

Canadians seldom see pro-life issues reported in the media, said Golob, and when they do, it’s usually negative coverage. This, according to Golob, is why CLC chose Lilley, host of Byline, as keynote speaker for the opening night dinner.

“He’ll bring a new flavour,” said Golob. “He knows the good messages and strategies to procure effective change.”

Lilley’s prime-time news show earned notice almost immediately — in his first episode, Lilley jumped right into the abortion debate. He was also the only provider of positive coverage of the 2011 March for Life, said Golob.

“It’s a breath of fresh air for me.”

Registration for both days is $145, including Friday’s dinner, or $95 for Saturday’s conference. To order call 416-204-9749.

Other speakers include Linda Gibbons, a pro-lifer who has spent 10 of the last 17 years in prison for her activism, as well as former MP Tom Wappel and Nicole Campbell, coordinator of 40 Days for Life in Toronto.

They will join other speakers on  panels addressing the gay equity policy in Catholic schools, controversy with Development and Peace, as well as “what it means to have a majority Conservative government as Catholic pro-lifers,” according to Golob.

Working with youth was natural fit for Golob, who has been involved with the pro-life movement since she was 13.

“A lot of youth are so excited and so motivated to do more,” she said. “I think that they have the tools to really procure change.”

For youth — and all pro-lifers — Golob says it’s simply about being informed and getting the Catholic side of the issue.

“Hopefully that will inspire (them) to become more active, band together and work together to change the country.”

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