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Tory MP says party nixed statement on abortion motion

A Conservative MP wants the Speaker to rule on who controls the precious few minutes MPs have to make members' statements after he says he was denied the chance last week to talk about his motion against sex-selective abortion.

Mark Warawa, who is trying to bring a motion before the House condemning abortion based on sex, says he wanted to make a statement before question period, but his own party interfered.

The motion, M-408, was ruled non-voteable by a small committee of MPs last Thursday, despite a non-partisan analyst from the Library of Parliament telling them it qualified to go to the House for debate.

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Ottawa strikes back at Al Gore's remarks on oil sands as 'open sewer'

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver will make the Harper government’s case for the Alberta oil sands in Europe this week. But before he can begin, he finds himself contending with inconveniently timed comments from Al Gore about Canada’s climate-change record.

Mr. Oliver is none too happy about it.

“Well, he’s off the mark,” Mr. Oliver said in an interview Sunday, accusing the outspoken climate-change activist and former U.S. vice-president of making “wildly inaccurate and exaggerated comments.”

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'Normalizing' Pedophilia

Decadence is on the march! And now, a defense of pedophilia as just another “sexual orientation” has been published in the mainstream left wing UK newspaper The Guardian. From, “Paedophilia: Bringing Dark Desires Into the Light:”

Paedophiles may be wired differently. This is radical stuff. But there is a growing conviction, notably in Canada, that paedophilia should probably be classified as a distinct sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality. Two eminent researchers testified to that effect to a Canadian parliamentary commission last year, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter of July 2010 stated baldly that paedophilia “is a sexual orientation” and therefore “unlikely to change”.

This isn’t news. We already know that those who abuse children sexually are always dangerous. That is why they must register with the police when released from prison.

Liberal delegates vote yes to legalizing marijuana, no to cutting off monarchy

OTTAWA — Cannabis and the Crown.

It’s as good a motto as any for the federal Liberal party after members voted Sunday morning to make the legalization of marijuana a party policy and rejected a motion to sever ties with the monarchy.

The two proposals had been hotly contested within the party, which is attempting to find a new direction and policies that will resonate with Canadians and help pull it back from the brink.

The night before, delegates at the party’s biennial convention in Ottawa voted to open the party to outsiders by creating a new, free category of membership. They are hoping the change will revolutionize the way politics is done in Canada and help the party rebuild. On Sunday, a U.S.-style process of choosing the party’s leaders through a primary voting system was also narrowly rejected.

But for a while on Sunday morning, it looked like the hundreds of Liberal delegates gathered in a convention hall only blocks from Parliament Hill were opposed to any controversial policy proposals.

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Cash-strapped child welfare sector puts out a nice spread at conference

TORONTO - Chicken, beef, pasta, veggies and cakes of all sizes.

These were just some of the delights enjoyed by officials from Ontario’s cash-strapped child-welfare sector at a publicly-funded professional-development function at a fancy downtown Toronto hotel on Monday, according to a source who was at the event.

“They were complaining that there was no money from the government, but at the same time ... there was so much food, and most of it wasn’t even eaten,” said the source.

The event, hosted at the Grand Hotel, was spearheaded by Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) and paid for by Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services, CTYS executive director Heather Sproule told the Toronto Sun Wednesday.

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