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Photos for November 2016
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Silver Cross Mother, Colleen Fitzpatrick of Prince George, B.C., whose son, Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, laid a wreath on behalf of all bereaved mothers at the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa Nov. 11.
Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police march past the reviewing stand following the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial.
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald was one of more than 500 interfaith clergy representing 20 faith traditions who accepted an invitation to stand in solidarity Nov. 3 with the “Water Protectors” opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux say the pipeline would cross treaty lands and threaten their land and water supply. The sacred sites fall outside the reservation’s boundaries, but the tribe argues they were part of an 1851 land treaty, Episcopal News reported Nov. 4. Both MacDonald and Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, have called on Canadians to support the protestors and also criticized the project for failing to live up to the norms and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
The Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) is getting $125 million over five years to support its work in providing food to affected communities during conflicts or natural disasters, such as droughts. The CFGB is a partnership of 15 church and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger.
The renewed funding “will help ensure that the most vulnerable populations can receive the food and nutritional support they need in times of crisis,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development in a statement Nov. 7.
Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, is among almost 40 “distinguished” people named to a Cabinet of Canadians in a new multi-faith initiative launched Nov.1. The announcement was made by the cabinet chair, Dr. Andrew Bennett, Cardus Senior Fellow and former Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom. “There is growing discrimination against people of faith in Canada,” Bennett said. “We must speak out confidently and uphold this fundamental freedom in the face of growing intolerance of religious belief in our society.” The Cabinet of Canadians is part of Faith in Canada 150 – a special effort by Cardus ahead of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Members of the Cabinet will attend events, speak publicly, and write about the contributions of faith to public life in Canada, Bennett said. In doing so, “they will describe how their faiths have contributed to their lives and shaped their commitments to their communities.” Cardus is a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture.
One year after the Liberals asked Canadians to trust them, the deficit is three times what they promised, the growth hasn’t followed, and taxes are already going up, says Opposition leader Rona Ambrose. “Canadians are worse off today than they were a year ago,” said Ambrose in a statement following the release Nov. 1 of the Liberal government’s fall economic statement. “The government is spending at record levels and taxes are higher, yet more people are unemployed and there are fewer full-time jobs.” The deficit for 2016-17 is expected to be $25.1 billion, but doesn’t include a rainy day contingency fund. In last spring’s budget, the government projected a $29.4-billion deficit, but that number included a $6-billion reserve.
A five judge panel of the BC Court of Appeal unanimously ruled Nov. 1 in favour of Trinity Western University (TWU) in its legal challenge against the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC). “The society’s decision not to approve TWU’s faculty of law “denies these evangelical Christians the ability to exercise fundamental religious and associative rights which would otherwise be assured to them under section 2 of the Charter,” the court concluded. Bruce Clemenger, President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, said the judgment “is a strong affirmation of Canada’s religious diversity and the right of everyone to contribute to Canadian society without compromising their religious beliefs.” Catholic Archbishop Michael Miller of the Archdiocese of Vancouver was also pleased with the court’s decision. “It acknowledges and respects the right to freedom of religion, which is the first freedom guaranteed by in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” he said in a statement. The society’s challenge surrounds TWU’s Community Covenant, which asks students to live according to Christian values, including honesty and integrity. It also asks students to abstain from sexual intimacy outside of marriage, which it defines as between a man and a woman.
The University of Saskatchewan has announced that former premier Roy Romanow is its new chancellor. The appointment was approved by the university’s senate on Saturday and began on Nov. 1. Romanow served as Saskatchewan’s premier from 1991 to 2001 and has a long history with the university
Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle have been spotted together in Toronto lately where Markle lives while filming the legal drama “Suits.” The couple has reportedly been dating after they met in May in Toronto, where the prince was promoting Invictus Games. Markle was in Ottawa for the One Young World Summit on Parliament Hill in September.
After more than 10 years, the set of the popular CTV show Corner Gas in the fictional town of Dog River, Saskatchewan, has been demolished. The foundation of the set, which included the gas station and the coffee shop “The Ruby,” was beyond repair and the area was no longer safe for the public. Corner Gas had a million viewers per episode received six Gemini Awards.
Autumn leaves sit at the foot of a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of St. Peter Celestine Church in Pakenham, Ont., west of Ottawa, Nov. 6. Built in 1892, it is the only church in the area built in the French Classic style and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County.