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OTTAWA – Palliative care advocates are applauding a new national framework document that has adopted an international definition of palliative care that excludes euthanasia and assisted suicide as elements of patient care. 

Needs Improvement: Educators make progress on Indigenous curriculum, but more work to do

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In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to include more study on Indigenous issues in school curriculum, it appears educators across the country are taking the recommendations to heart.

Changes to controversial Canada Summer Jobs attestation get mixed reviews

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OTTAWA – Following months of protest and the launch of several court challenges, the federal government has dropped the so-called “values test” from the application for Canada Summer Jobs funding, but many faith groups remain uneasy about new wording.

Calgary Catholic School Board faces anti-LGBT discrimination lawsuit from former principal

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CALGARY – Amid continuing legal pressure against Catholic institutions in Canada, the Calgary Catholic School District faces a lawsuit from a former principal who has said she was pushed out due to discrimination on religious, marital, and anti-LGBT grounds.

Vancouver archdiocese archives share photos of intrepid French-speaking Oblate

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VANCOUVER – Fr. Raymond de Coccola, OMI had no idea how to ice fish, fire a gun or ride a dogsled when he arrived in a 1930s Inuit community in present-day Nunavut.

B.C. hairdresser trims away at poverty

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VANCOUVER – “You will look like a new man!” 

UAlberta Pro-Life punished for doing things right

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EDMONTON – A University of Alberta pro-life group says its right to freedom of expression has been violated by the imposition of a $17,500 security fee to stage events on campus.

Government changing Canada Summer Jobs attestation in wake of controversy

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OTTAWA – Canada’s Liberal government will change the controversial pro-abortion attestation on its Canada Summer Jobs applications for 2019, but some pro-life advocates are not impressed.

Catholic Women's League sees hope for change with jobs attestation, palliative care

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OTTAWA – Changes may be coming to the controversial Canada Summer Jobs attestation requirement, concluded a delegation from the Catholic Women’s League after a series of meetings on Parliament Hill.

Abortion provider gets $8 million from Canada, banned in two African nations

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OTTAWA – Pro-life advocates are outraged following an announcement that Canada will grant $8 million to Marie Stopes International (MSI), the world’s largest abortion and abortifacient drug provider which is under investigation in two African nations for illegal activity.

Recreational marijuana use is contrary to Catholic teaching, British Columbia, Yukon bishops say

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The Catholic bishops of British Columbia and the Yukon have issued a pastoral statement on legalized marijuana that endorses medical cannabis but stresses that recreational use is contrary to Catholic moral teaching.

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Peter Stockland: Irish should learn lesson from Canada 

It’s the ugly reality that an 83-year-old priest could be taken into custody for democratically and peacefully expressing his right to speak out against abortion, Stockland writes.

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Jean Ko Din in Panama: WYD is a vision of heaven 

Beyond the celebrity effect of Pope Francis or the allure of travelling to a different country, this is the heart of what this gathering has always been about, Jean Ko Din writes.