By ARPA Canada featuring host Al Siebring
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Lighthouse News is a weekly broadcast from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada. ARPA exists to educate and equip members of Canada's Reformed churches for political action and to bring a biblical perspective to our civil governments. Learn more at www.ARPACanada.ca. Al Siebring has spent more than 35 years in the media business, primarily at local radio stations in Western Canada. Over the years, he's also done some freelance work for CBS Radio in New York and the CNN Radio network, and has had print material published in newspapers and magazines as varied as the National Post, "Western Report" magazine, various local newspapers in communities where he's lived, and a variety of church-related publications including "Christian Renewal" and "Clarion." Al also spent almost two years working with the now-defunct ECP Centre, writing, producing, and hosting their daily "No Apologies" podcast. He's also edited four books for "Freedom Press", Canada's leading publisher of conservative political book titles.
||CleanVandals attempt to shut down the abortion debate at U-Vic||Baars' vs CAS: Remember the case where Christian foster parents wouldn't tell children about the Easter bunny? A major court victory for Christian foster parents. Violating the Bubble Zone: The first arrest has been made under Ontario's bubble zone legislation. We speak to the protestor involved. UPDATE: We received news that Mr. Winter has passed away. Read more here. Opposition motion takes on the Canada Summer Jobs Attestation: There’s a big push to support a new motion in Parliament on the Summer Jobs program.||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanARPA is having an impact around the world||The work of ARPA Canada is starting to attract some international interest from Reformed Christians in other countries; specifically New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. This week, a special full edition interview on Lighthouse News, in which we speak with Rev. William den Hollander, a long-time ARPA board member, from his temporary home in Pretoria, South Africa.||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManitoba Court of Appeal: Christian Marriage Commissioners Must Solemnize LGBT Weddings||News: God and Government testimonial: We speak to a past participant in ARPA’s God and Government conference, who gives some reasons for you to go to this year’s event. Who’s teaching the teachers? The Alberta Teacher’s Association brings in a controversial sex-ed proponent as a keynote speaker for its Calgary teachers’ convention. ARPA attracting international attention: Reformed Christians from other countries – notably New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa – are starting to take note of the work of ARPA Canada.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpposing Fraser Health’s mandate on assisted suicide in BC||News: Must doctors facilitate euthanasia? Appeal to Ontario’s highest court: The papers have been filed for an appeal of a court decision on doctors' conscience rights in Ontario Canadian government sued over Summer Jobs Program: The so-called "attestation" requirement for the Canada Summer Jobs program could now be subject to two court challenges Parental advocate, mother of four joins PC leadership race: Parental rights advocate jumps into the race to replace Patrick Brown as leader of the PC Party of Ontario||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod and Government: Apply now!||News: Canada Summer Jobs Program: Canada’s largest abortion rights group is urging the federal government to back down on that controversial attestation in the Canada Summer Jobs program application. Morgentaler anniversary: WeNeedaLaw gets ready to mark a major milestone in Canadian jurisprudence. We will be posting more on this story later this week. Bibles and Letters: And a final look back at two major ARPA projects from 2017. You can read more on these projects here and here.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiberals block pro-life organizations from Canada Summer Jobs Program||Canada Summer Jobs Program: Most of the program this week is devoted to coverage of changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Shortly before Christmas, the federal government unveiled a new restriction on funding eligibility for the program, which subsidizes the wages of summer students in both private industry and not-for-profit organizations. In order to qualify for funding this year, those businesses and organizations will have to check a box on the application form, an “attestation” which reads: “Both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression." The government tried to do something similar last year without having an explicit policy in place, but had to settle a legal claim from pro-life groups because of it. On the program this week, we speak with several organizations involved in that court battle, and on the feature ARPA Canada’s articling student, Tabitha Ewert, provides some legal analysis of the new rules. In the news… Support for Independent Schools: Cardus has released a new national survey which shows a surprising level of support for government funding for independent schools across the country. We speak with Cardus Education’s Program Director Beth Green, who also had an op-ed published on the survey in the National Post. You can find that op-ed here. Leadership Races: The pro-life group “Right Now” has released ranked ballots for the leadership races of two provincial political parties; the Saskatchewan Party and the BC Liberal Party. You can find the ballots here and here.||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017: A Year in Review||This week, a special, full edition of Lighthouse News. As we do for the last program in every calendar year, we take this opportunity to look back on ARPA’s work in the year just passed, and a look ahead to plans for the New Year. There are three guests on the program this week: ARPA Executive Director Mark Penninga, Law & Policy Director André Schutten, and Mike Schouten, who directs the work of ARPA’s pro-life arm, “We Need a Law.” Have a listen. Be encouraged by what the Lord has done through this organization in the past 12 months, and be equipped as we look ahead to some of the plans for 2018.||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake us a cake or see you in court||Feature: An interview with Jim Campbell, the senior legal counsel with “Alliance Defending Freedom”, on a US Supreme Court case about whether a Christian baker can be punished for declining to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. In the news.. Progress on palliative care: A federal private member’s bill on palliative care is set to become law today, amid a new push for expanded Palliative Care services in Ontario. Day Care availability: Cardus is out with a new study on the availability of day care spaces in B.C. The results may surprise you. Flowers for politicians: This week, we look at a campaign by a local ARPA chapter in Alberta, which delivered flowers to local politicians for an entire month.||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrinity Western University at the Supreme Court||The Supreme Court of Canada held two days of hearings last week in one of the most eagerly-anticipated and important Supreme cases to date on religious freedom. The hearing involved Trinity Western University’s attempts to set up a Christian law school in Langley, BC. The hearing was based on two appeal cases on TWU rolled into one, one in Ontario and one in BC. The highest court in Ontario had upheld a decision by the Law Society of Upper Canada not to recognize or admit to the bar any graduates from that proposed law school. The BC Court of Appeal, on the other hand, ruled against the BC Law Society when it tried, in essence, to do the same thing. On the program this week, a special, extended full edition, highlighting the key arguments from the various sides in the case. The program attempts to boil down 2 full days of presentations to the Supreme Court to 20 minutes, which means a lot of things were not included. A full video of the two days of hearings is available online at the Supreme Court’s website. Simply scroll down and search for references to Trinity Western University at this link.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTWU in the Supreme Court: Why this may be the most important case of the decade for Religious Freedom||TWU Case: On the feature today, an interview with ARPA’s Director of Law and Policy, on oral hearings before the Supreme Court of Canada this Thursday and Friday in the Trinity Western case. In the news.. Parental Rights affirmed in two rulings: There were two important affirmations of parental rights in education last week; one in a court in Ontario, the other in a Committee at the United Nations. In Vitro Fertilization: ARPA has released a new policy report on the ethical ramifications of In Vitro fertilization.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|