By ARPA Canada featuring host Al Siebring
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
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.
||CleanLighthouse News Update||--||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Years Later: MAiD’s Impact on Health Care||John Carpay Feature: A judge in Medicine Hat Alberta is expected to rule this week on an application to put that province’s controversial new education legislation, Bill 24, on hold until a full hearing is conducted on whether it violates the constitutional rights of parents. On the feature this week, we speak with lawyer John Carpay, who argued the case last week. Included in the discussion is an analysis of how the recent Trinity Western ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada might impact the arguments over Bill 24. Janet Epp-Buckingham TWU Ruling: Trinity Western University is reviewing its options in the wake of this month's Supreme Court ruling. On this week’s program, we talk with the school’s Janet Epp-Buckingham about what those options are. Pro-Life Billboards: Also on this week’s program, and update on We Need a Law’s planned summer billboard campaign. Peter Stockland Second anniversary of Bill C-14: This month marked the second anniversary of the passage of Bill C-14, the law and legalized so-called “Medical Assistance in Dying.” Journalist Peter Stockland has done an analysis of how the restrictions surrounding MAiD have continued to be relaxes in those two years. You can read his analysis here.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSupreme Court: TWU and Wall||On the program this week, two interviews touching on two recent Supreme Court of Canada rulings. TWU Case: The high court came down with a much-anticipated judgement last Friday, ruling against Trinity Western University’s efforts to open a law school in Langley, BC. The court found that Trinity's so-called “Community Covenant” - which governs the sexual conduct of students and faculty at the institution - discriminated against LGBTQ people. Therefore, the Court said, Law Societies in BC and Ontario were justified in denying students from that proposed law school admission to the bar. There were actually two cases; one from BC, and the other from Ontario. You can read them here and here. ARPA’s Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten - who appeared as an intervener in the case - analyzed the ruling. Wall Case: And back on May 31st, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the “Wall Case”, which involved the question of whether secular courts had jurisdiction to insect themselves into the process involved in church discipline and excommunication cases. ARPA lawyer John Sikkema had appeared as an intervener in that case, and he gives some analysis of the ruling.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOntario Election Guide||On the feature this week, ARPA is out with a guide to the Ontario provincial election. While there are no candidate or party endorsements, the guide is designed to provide information to help focus on a number of key issues in the campaign. In the news: WNAL Billboards: ARPA's pro-life arm, We Need a Law, is getting ready to launch a national billboard campaign in support of a proposed new International Standards Abortion Law. RU 486: As the pro-choice side continues to pressure government to increase the availability of the so-called “morning after” abortion pill, WNAL researcher Anna Nienhuis is out with a blog post highlighting the consistencies and dangers of those demands. The State of Marriage in Canada: A new survey shows Canadians are less and less convinced of the importance of marriage as an institution.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy are Canadian banks funding sex-ed agenda?||On the feature this week, an interview with a Quebec father who’s done some research on the funding for BC’s “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” (SOGI) program. That research has uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars coming from at least two of Canada’s largest chartered banks. Tampier has now started an online petition to try to pressure RBC into eliminating the funding. In the news: “It’s not a right!”: Mike Schouten from WeNeedaLaw weighs in on the controversy surrounding MP Ted Falk’s recent outburst in Parliament, in which he shouted at the Prime Minister that abortion is “not a right” in Canada. Legal updates: Updates on two legal cases of interest; the Ontario conscience clause suit, and a court challenge to a move to shut down a Christian school in Alberta Euthanasia in California: A judge in California has struck down that State’s new euthanasia law, essentially on the grounds that “euthanasia is not health care.”||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDid Jason Kenney really say that?||On the feature this week, a conversation that discounts some of the media narrative about the resolutions that came out of the recent United Conservative Party (UCP) convention in Alberta. There was a lot of media coverage about leader Jason Kenney disavowing a policy resolution that passed; a resolution which allegedly forces the party to "out" children who join Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. The controversy had some people re-thinking their support for the UCP. But on the feature this week, Donna Trimble of the group "Parents for Choice in Education" presents a considerably different take on what actually happened at that convention. In the news.. March for Life: We Need a Law was busy in Ottawa last week, hosting a mini-conference, setting up a flag display, and marching on the front lines of the annual March for Life, which was disrupted by vocal protestors this year. Christians and Adoption: Another win for Christians in the ongoing debate over adoption. Ezra Institute: A Christian worldview think-tank in Ontario is about to officially open a new multi-million dollar campus on the shores of Lake Ontario.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlfie Evans: the end of parental rights?||Is the Alfie Evans case a precursor of what could happen to parental rights in Canada? Feature: On the feature this week, we speak with Jonathon Van Maren about the underlying issues in the case of Alfie Evans, the 23-month old boy who died in a British hospital last month after a judge repeatedly refused his parents’ requests to have him moved to a different medical facility. In the news.. CSJ Attestations: An update on various legal challenges to the “attestation requirement” in the Canada Summer Jobs program. Slavery and Human Trafficking: Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen has been named to co-chair a new all-party committee on human trafficking and sex slavery. Bill 9: Alberta’s version of “Bubble Zone” legislation – Bill 9 – has now passed second reading in the Alberta Legislature. Defending Incrementalism: We Need a Law’s Mike Schouten talks about how to educate pro-lifers on the desirability of “incrementalism” in the fight to protect the preborn.||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod and Government 2018||This week, a special full-edition program with some highlights from last week’s “God and Government” conference in Ottawa.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCouple 72 years married euthanized together||A troubling development as assisted suicide continues to spiral in Canada: On the feature this week, a look at the deaths of two elderly people in Toronto in what was essentially a doctor-assisted double suicide. In the news… Bill 24: A court challenge to Alberta's Bill 24, which bans schools from sharing information with parents about student activities in Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. Faking pro-life violence: Waterloo Regional Police in Ontario have charged a 41-year old woman with mischief, after she filed what’s been determined to be a fake police complaint about violence by pro-lifers in Kitchener. Abortion Statistics: The Canadian Institute for Health Information is out with some disturbing new statistics on late-term abortions in Canada. Bubble Zones: Alberta has introduced Bill 9, a new piece of legislation banning pro-life protests near abortion clinics.||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI have a right to live! – Ontario refuses home care for man with terminal illness||Canada Summer Jobs: There could be a court case looming over the attestation requirement for the Canada Summer Jobs program. Pro-Life Mini-Conference: We Need a Law is preparing for a pro-life mini-conference in conjunction with the March for Life in Ottawa. Pushback again Pro-Life film screening: A local ARPA chapter in Ontario goes ahead with a movie screening of a pro-life film, in spite of some community push-back.||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|