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OTTAWA -- A fiscal analysis of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) system shows that making access to an assisted suicide easier could save Canada’s health-care system up to $149 million a year.

Elders’ presence missed in Fort McMurray schools

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Unique circumstances are part and parcel of Indigenous learning at Catholic schools in Fort McMurray, Alta., in a year where education has already been anything but normal.

Church failed to act despite warning signs, says report on former Montreal priest Brian Boucher

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Despite numerous warning signs over decades, the Archdiocese of Montreal failed to take appropriate action against a former priest who was later convicted of sexually abusing minors.

B.C. hospice loses appeal, mulls next step

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VANCOUVER -- The Delta Hospice Society is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada after a B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal of a lower court ruling that the society did not act in good faith in launching a mail-in vote proposing changes to its constitution and accepting some applications while denying others.

‘Spiritual pain’ grows as churches close

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The second wave of COVID-19 has hit many Canadian Catholics where it hurts most — the shutting down of public Masses. Churches from coast to coast are feeling the impact, with the suspension of public Masses in and around Canada’s most populous city, Toronto, as well as those in Halifax, N.S., and the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba.

Ontarians deserve fully-funded palliative care: Cardinal Collins

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A bill that would define how palliative care should be delivered in Ontario is a great first step, but Cardinal Thomas Collins and a parade of palliative care experts who came to testify on the Compassionate Care Act, Bill 3, were insistent they want more.

Jesuits take stand for imprisoned Indian priest

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Canada’s Jesuit provincial superior Fr. Erik Oland has asked the Canadian government to intervene in the case of Fr. Stan Swamy, an 83-year-old Jesuit priest with Parkinson’s imprisoned in an Indian prison where he faces bizarre and vague charges under a new national security law.

The politics of communion

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For Development and Peace and the entire global Caritas network, it’s time to get political, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle told a Zoom meeting of dozens of Caritas officials around the world Nov. 12.

Public Masses cancelled in Toronto, Peel Region as of Nov. 23

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The Archdiocese of Toronto has temporarily cancelled public Masses in Toronto and Peel Region in the wake of new restrictions announced Nov. 20 by the Ontario government to combat the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in those areas.

Webinar looks to spur Catholic involvement

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The Catholic civic engagement organization Catholic Conscience is hosting a Nov. 25 webinar to encourage people to volunteer to serve on non-profit and charity boards.

Re-purposed computers open web to those in need

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Computers have become an essential tool in this year where everything from medical visits to high school classes has moved online.