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Op-Ed: Liberals’ expanding priorities: a challenge for Agriculture

February 23, 2017

The House of Commons Agriculture Committee has been hearing from Canadian agriculture on the next Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) agreement. Primary producers, food processors, transportation, exporters, specialty sectors—each has a set of priorities for taxpayers’ money assigned to agriculture. The massive and healthy diversity that makes up Canadian agriculture creates a ...


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Canadian Agriculture has a bright and promising future

February 21, 2017

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO RADIO COMMENTARY Last Thursday was National Agriculture Day, a day to celebrate agriculture across Canada. It’s played a critical role in our country since its founding 150 years ago. For many of us, it has been our living and our lifestyle. We have much to be proud of. We’re the […]


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Connect to Innovate: Apply for funding to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities

February 13, 2017

Click here for more information on how to apply (Apply before April 20, 2017)   By Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Connect to Innovate program will invest $500 million by 2021, to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities in Canada. In these communities, challenging geography and smaller populations present barriers to […]


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Justin Trudeau considering private health and dental plan tax grab

February 13, 2017

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO RADIO COMMENTARY Last December, Liberal finance minister Bill Morneau’s office let it slip out that the Liberals were considering taxing private health and dental plans. The move would have seen 13.5 million working Canadians with those plans pay an additional $1,000 in taxes or, potentially, lose their benefits entirely. When […]


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Trudeau opens spring session with more broken promises

February 6, 2017

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO RADIO COMMENTARY Last week the House of Commons opened for the spring session. However, this has not been a good break or a good first week back for Justin Trudeau. During the break, Mr. Trudeau flew away for his Christmas vacation. Canadians were not told where he was going. Well, […]


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Senator Colin Kenny: No Medals for You!

February 2, 2017

By Senator Colin Kenny It’s not every day that you see a politician make a policy decision that snubs thousands of community leaders in favour of a program that honours a handful of celebrities and elites. But it seems that’s exactly what the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly has done. Since 1967, the Government […]


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Austria to ban full-face veil in public places

February 1, 2017

By BBC News Austria’s ruling coalition has agreed to prohibit full-face veils in public spaces such as courts and schools. It is also considering a more general ban on state employees wearing the headscarf and other religious symbols. The measures are seen as an attempt to counter the rise of the far-right Freedom Party, whose […]


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900 churches in Nigeria destroyed by Boko Haram

February 1, 2017

By Stoyan Zaimov | Christian Post At least 900 Christian churches have been destroyed at the hands of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, as part of the Islamic radical group’s campaign to drive out all Christians from the north, the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria reported. CAN said that the “carnage” being […]


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Conservatives condemn murder of worshipers at Quebec City mosque

January 30, 2017

Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom, released the following statement in response to the deadly attack on worshipers at the Sainte-Foy Islamic Cultural Centre: “We express our deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and injured in the […]


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Canada Summer Jobs 2017 application period extended

January 26, 2017

David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills–Grasslands would like to inform his constituents that the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period has been extended to February 3, 2017. Each year, the CSJ program helps employers create valuable summer job opportunities for full-time students aged 15 to 30, while strengthening local economies and communities across […]


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Once outlawed, Uganda’s tiny Jewish group opens synagogue

January 25, 2017

By Rodney Muhumuza | AP MBALE, Uganda (AP) — Seth Yonadav swaggered along a dirt path in rural Uganda, pointing toward the new synagogue where young men wearing yarmulkes lingered. Up on a hill the synagogue stood like a crown jewel, surrounded by schools and a guest house, all owned and operated by a small […]


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Swaziland orders schools to teach only Christianity

January 25, 2017

By AFP | Daily Mail Swaziland’s schools opened for the new academic year on Tuesday under new government orders to teach only Christianity, a move criticised by opponents as fuelling intolerance of Muslims. Officials said that old text books were being replaced with new ones that mention only the Bible, and that schools were required […]


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Religious believers in Vietnam experience increasing repression

January 25, 2017

By UCA News reporter | La Croix If you are following a non-sanctioned religion in Vietnam you can expect harassment from the authorities, according to a religious freedom watchdog. “We recorded 59 violations of religious freedom by the government in 2016, an increase of nine from 2015,” Father Anthony Le Ngoc Thanh, head of the […]


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Turkmenistan: Two prisoner of conscience deaths from torture?

January 23, 2017

By Felix Corley | Forum 18 At least two Muslim prisoners of conscience died in Turkmenistan’s top security Ovadan-Depe prison in the second half of 2016, the exile Alternative Turkmenistan News noted on 10 January. Lukman Yaylanov died in summer 2016, possibly as a result of torture, and Narkuly Baltayev several months later. Both men […]


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Christians in Nigeria’s Jigawa State cry out as authorities begin church demolition

January 23, 2017

By World Watch Monitor Anxiety is high among Christian communities in Nigeria’s northern state of Jigawa after authorities began demolishing church buildings in Dutse, the state capital. On 11 January, bulldozers, escorted by security forces, reduced to rubble the Redeem Christian Church of God and the Lord Chosen Church. They arrived at the Redeem Church […]


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Vietnam’s Religious Law: Testing the Faithful

January 16, 2017

By Luke Hunt | The Diplomat NHA TRANG — In a provincial church in Nha Trang, on Vietnam’s southern coast, a steady stream of parishioners arrive for Saturday evening mass. This chapel is typical of the many churches that dot the landscape, as is its relationship with the authorities. Outside, Catholics make the sign of […]


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Two Egyptian universities start religion-blind admission

January 16, 2017

By Jacob Wirtschafter | Al-Fanar Media CAIRO—Ain Shams University administrators and others will no longer ask students about their religious affiliations on academic forms, a move that follows last year’s policy change by crosstown rival Cairo University. The reforms at Egypt’s two largest public universities reflect a push toward non-sectarianism in higher education as Egyptian […]


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A year in prison for Algerian Christian for Facebook post

January 13, 2017

By World Watch Monitor An Algerian Christian has been sentenced to a year in prison for a post he made on Facebook. On 8 January, the court in Bouira (100 km east of Algiers) found Samir Chamek, 34, guilty of insulting Islam and its prophet over items he posted on his Facebook page. Samir says […]


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Religious persecution ‘central’ to refugee crisis

January 13, 2017

By World Watch Monitor Religious persecution is playing a “central role” in the global displacement crisis, the charity Open Doors UK and Ireland has said. In its latest annual survey of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian, the charity noted that more than half of the world’s 65.3m […]


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The decline of Afghanistan’s Hindu and Sikh communities

January 11, 2017

By Ruchi Kumar | Al Jazeera Kabul, Afghanistan – Hidden in plain sight, on a poorly lit busy road, the exteriors of the Asmayee temple are deceiving – a plain, old building that could easily be confused for any other building in Kabul. In contrast, the mosque next door stands out with its beautiful, intricate […]


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