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Pro-Life Apologetics Workshops: Abortion Dialogue

Learn how to defend the pro-life position against abortion in conversation with compassion and conviction, using science and human rights to change hearts and minds — and save lives!

For newcomers, this is training for activism, speaking, or just having conversations with friends and colleagues. For the experienced, this is a chance to level up your skills and help others to learn.

The workshop is hosted by Toronto Right to Life and U of T Students for Life and will be led by Blaise Alleyne (TRTL President, UTSFL Education Coordinator, CCBR staff).

Upcoming Events

Student Life Link Conference 2016


High school students and teachers are invited to join us as we host Student Life Link Conference 2016! (Formerly known as the Respect for Life Leadership Conference).
This conference is a one day event designed to equip students with practical tools needed to spread the message of life. Register today! Full registration information found here. For additional information please contact the Toronto Right to Life office.


TRTL AGM: Conscience Rights and Building a Culture of Life in Canada

Faye Sonier AGM Speaker

Monday, November 16th, 2015 @ 7pm
North York Central Library, Central Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Toronto Right to Life presents human rights lawyer, Faye Sonier, for a special presentation taking a close look at freedom of conscience, your rights and your role in building a culture of life in Canada.

The presentation will be preceded by the Toronto RTL Annual General Meeting, where you’ll have a chance to hear what we’ve been up to, what we have planned and how you can be a part of building a culture of life in the GTA!

This event is free and open to the public. Invite a friend!

Faye Sonier joined Canadian Physicians for Life as Executive Director and General Legal Counsel in March 2015. She brought to the organization seven years of experience in the charitable sector, having previously been Legal Counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. She has practiced constitutional and human rights law, with a special focus on freedom of religion and conscience, and sanctity of human life issues. She has also lobbied, made submissions to government, and appeared before appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada to advocate on matters relating to abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, and genetic and reproductive technologies. She’s a regular contributor to

For further information please contact Toronto Right to Life by emailing or by calling (416) 483-7869.

Student Life Link Conference 2015


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Click here to view the flyer above.

Please note:

  • The registration deadline is February 13, 2015
  • Conference program will be distributed the day of


 Featuring Keynote Speaker

Maaike Rosendal
“Making a Case for Life”


Maaike Rosendal, has been a public advocate for the pro-life position since she enrolled at the University of Lethbridge in 2005. Maaike is a founding member of the campus pro-life club, and has served her university career as the vice-president and president of Students for Life, through which she came into contact with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. Maaike obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary in 2009 and hasworked as community liaison for the Lethbridge & District Pro-Life Association. In the summer of 2012, Maaike and her newborn son Elliot joined the New Abortion Caravan to bring the pro-life message while travelling across Canada. It was this experience that convinced Maaike to work for CCBR in order to do effective pro-life work at a national level. Maaike joined the CCBR staff in the fall of 2012 and is now thier campus outreach director. She represents the pro-life position in debates with pro-choice students, university professors and, most notably, with late-term abortionist Dr. Fraser Fellows.


Patrick Sullivan

“Leadership, Virtue and the Importance of Action”

Catholic Speaker, Writer and Catechist


Other inspiring speakers include:

Rebecca Richmond – Executive Director, National Campus Life Network

Clarissa Luluquisin – Central Campus Coordinator, National Campus Life Network

Debbie Fisher – Speaker for Toronto Right to Life Association

Enza Rattenni- Executive Director, Aid to Women



Main Intersection: Bay St, south of Bloor St W
Closest Subway Station: Bay Station –
Walk south on Bay St, turn right on St. Mary St
Parking: Public parking available on Charles St W (west of Bay)
or on St. Mary St (east of Bay St)
School buses can drop-off and pick-up students on St. Mary St

Click here for a map of U of T

For more information, please contact Toronto Right to Life.

Registration is closed.


TRL Annual General Meeting 2014


Please join Toronto Right to Life for our


Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 7pm
North York Central Library – Central Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street (Yonge & Sheppard)

Corner of Park Home Avenue & Yonge Street
Accessible by TTC at North York Centre Subway Station
Underground and street level parking available

Featuring Guest Speaker

Charles Lewis

Former religion reporter for the National Post

Come out to the Toronto Right to Life Association Annual General Meeting for a chance to offer your ideas and perspectives as well as hear about current and upcoming pro-life initiatives in the Toronto area!

TRL Street Campaign

 Join Toronto Right to Life in spreading the pro-life message on the streets of Toronto

October 15, 16 & 18


Every year Toronto Right to Life hits the streets with its volunteers to disseminate vital statistics and important information about abortion in Canada and Ontario.  Volunteers hand out thousands of information cards that raise awareness about the tragic costs of abortion. 

These “Street Information Campaigns” have been highly successful.  Judging from the number of people who read the information, and from those who offer comments, it would appear that much more is happening than meets the eye. 

TRL conducts its street campaign for one week every summer.  Volunteers are needed in order for this public outreach to be successful.  Consider joining us for this opportunity to raise public awareness about abortion risks, costs, and life-affirming alternatives!

 Please contact TRL for further details

TRL Celebrated 40 Years of Pro-Life Service

Toronto Right to Life reached a historical milestone as the association celebrated its 40th anniversary at our Annual General Meeting. TRL supporters and friends gathered at the North York Central Library on November 17 to hear the latest news, projects and upcoming events. We were most especially honoured to have the presence of Toronto Right to Life founder, Gwen Landolt, who shared her memories of the early years of the association and answered questions from the audience. As always, the night was not complete without recognizing a few distinct individuals who have demonstrated pro-life leadership through their hard work and dedication. Here are this year’s winners:


Laura McArthur Award for Outstanding Pro-life Leadership by a Youth was presented to

Alissa Golob, Youth Coordinator of Campaign Life Coalition.

June Scandiffio Award for Outstanding Pro-life Leadership in the Media was presented to

Salt & Light Television.

Gwen Landolt Award for Outstanding Pro-life Leadership was presented to

Kathy Matusiak, Executive Director of the deVeber Institute.

Dorothy Sullivan Award for Outstanding Pro-life Volunteer Work was presented to

Adam Giancola and accepted by Clarissa Luluquisin on his behalf.


It was truly a memorable evening to show our appreciation to all those who have been part of the TRL family over the past 40 years. Thank you to Gwen Landolt for her tireless efforts in promoting the culture of life, to all our award winners and most especially to our loyal supporters who have helped us make it this far. We couldn’t have done it without you!

An Afternoon of Fun at TRL’s Family Day

The Annual Toronto Right to Life Family Day was once again a huge success!  The event, which was held on Saturday, June 11 at Northmount School, gave families and supporters an opportunity to meet new friends, learn more about the work of TRL and celebrate life!  Families enjoyed delicious hamburgers and hotdogs as well as freshly baked goods kindly donated by some of our members.  The kiddies had a blast participating in various activities throughout the day including playing sports and doing arts and crafts, not to mention the bouncy castle which was a huge hit for both kids and the “young-at-heart.”

Thank you to the staff at Northmount School, to our wonderful volunteers for your hard work and most especially for all who attended.  We look forward to seeing you again next year!

“Pinkies in the air” at TRL’s Mother Daughter Tea

This year’s Mother Daughter Tea, hosted by Toronto Right to Life, was held on Saturday, May 7 at Holy Redeemer Parish in Pickering.  The event was a wonderful occasion to express our love and appreciation to all mothers for their hard work and dedication throughout the years but most importantly, to say “thank you” for saying yes to life.  Guests arrived in style to enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches, lemon squares, strawberry cupcakes and freshly brewed tea. 

The highlight of the event was an interactive and enlightening talk by guest speaker Dorothy Pilarski who shared her insights about how to take mother daughter relationships from good to great.  Everyone in attendance learned practical tips on how to strengthen bonds between mothers and daughters through communication, honesty and sharing common hobbies.

Many thanks to Dorothy Pilarski, our helpful volunteers, supporters and all those who attended for making the Mother Daughter Tea so special!

Students Pack 2nd Annual Respect for Life Student Leadership Conference!

Toronto Right to Life held its 2nd Annual Respect for Life Student Leadership Conference on Thursday, March 24th, at St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto.  The event, co-sponsored by the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s “Respect for Life Week” Planning Committee, and the University of Toronto Students for Life, was attended by 237 high school students and teachers from schools across Toronto, including a few from Oshawa and Ajax, Ontario as well.  14 schools in all were represented.   The theme of this year’s conference was “Toward a Future for Life!” 

A positive and action-oriented theme, it implies not only the ongoing immediate call to end the current situation of injustice to humanity’s most vulnerable members, a usual focus of such events, but goes further.  The students were also encouraged to look beyond the dark present regarding general cultural respect for life, toward a brighter future in which the right to life has been secured for all. 

Through the informative and inspirational messages of speakers Lia Mills (a Canadian youth whose Youtube videos have been seen around the world), Rebecca Richmond (Director of the National Campus Life Network), Theresa Gilbert (President, National Campus Life Network), Debbie Fisher (Toronto Right to Life speaker), and Lucy Schmidt (President of  University of Toronto Students for Life), the students were empowered to rise to this challenge, commit to the efforts it will require, and begin assuming responsibility for the continuation and completion of the pro-life movement in their lifetimes. 

Toronto Right to Life and National Campus Life Network unveiled their collaborative project for high school pro-life clubs, “Student Life Link” (see related item on Toronto Right to Life website).  Lia Mills cut a green ribbon in front of a projected screen shot of the Student Life Link website to mark the official debut. 

Many thanks to all students and teachers who attended, as well as to the TCDSB Respect Life Week Planning Committee, the U of T Students for Life and the Teachers’ Secondary Unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association for their generous help and support.