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.
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- Snapshots of our volunteers at work
- Student Life Link Conference – Save the Date
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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 ProWomanProLife.org.
For further information please contact Toronto Right to Life by emailing email@example.com or by calling (416) 483-7869.
- The registration deadline is February 13, 2015
- Conference program will be distributed the day of
Featuring Keynote Speaker
“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.
“Leadership, Virtue and the Importance of Action”
Catholic Speaker, Writer and Catechist
Other inspiring speakers include:
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
For more information, please contact Toronto Right to Life.
Registration is closed.
Toronto, Ontario (November 6, 2013)- An innovative new project for pro-life homeschooling students is here! On November 1st, Sarah Blake, a passionately pro-life, homeschooled student, formally launched “Homeschool PLAN” (the Homeschool Pro-Life Action Network), at the Toronto Right to Life Annual General Meeting.
Homeschool PLAN is a club that will bring together homeschooling pro-life youth from across the country via the web. It will inform, support and motivate students to take action to build a culture of life. Like campus pro-life clubs, Homeschool PLAN is a project for pro-life formation. Also like school clubs, its a venue for bringing like-minded students into contact with each other. It will provide the best information from various pro-life sources as well as a blog, projects, mailing list, and ideas for pro-life activities that can be done specifically by homeschooling students.
The project was founded by Sarah Blake and Alexandra Jezierski, with support from Toronto Right to Life and the National Campus Life Network, through their Student Life Link initiative. Alexandra is known to many for her bold “Letters 4 Life” project, started in 2012. This campaign has resulted in the sending of many thousands of letters from across Canada to the Prime Minister, speaking out against abortion. Sarah has been involved with Toronto Right to Life in various roles, one of which was as student representative for the organization. Both are homeschooled and were active in pro-life support while homeschooling.
Homeschool PLAN is open to homeschooling students anywhere. Although primarily intended for the high school age group, students in higher elementary grades and recent homeschool graduates are welcome to participate. “It’s a way to build an army of homeschool pro-life warriors by connecting them, and giving them an opportunity to educate themselves and even challenge each other, keeping each other motivated,” said Alexandra. Even if you have a homeschool community, (this club) is a way to stop isolation and help homeschooled teenagers feel like they have an impact.”
We invite the whole pro-life community to actively support Homeschool PLAN’s growth and reach. The website address of Homeschool PLAN is http://homeschool.studentlifelink.ca/.
Toronto Right to Life Association
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
By Patrick Wilson
In Canada, you can find statistics on just about anything. Searching through the vast database of Statistics Canada, you can find statistics that vary from the percentage of underweight Canadians to the changing patterns of senior volunteer work. Most important of these statistics, however, should be the disclosure of government expenditures. As a democratic country with an elected government, Canadian citizens should be entitled, at the very least, to know what is being done in their country and province using their taxpayer dollars.
Unfortunately, this democratic right to information seems to falls flat when it comes to abortion statistics. Since 2009, statistics on abortion in Ontario have not been made available to the public–this despite abortion being a medical procedure which is 100% funded by taxpayer dollars in the province. For the past three years, Ontarians have been left in the dark as to just how much our provincial government is spending on abortion. But according to most accounts, it is likely bigger–in fact, much bigger–than the government would like you to know (see this article).
This is unacceptable, even for those who are completely in favour of abortion-on-demand, when we consider that these funds could be going to other forms of health care that even many pro-choice taxpayers would agree is more important. For example, PET (positron emmision tomography) scanning in Ontario is grossly underfunded, yet it allows for vital early detection of otherwise lethal cancers. Patients are often forced to wait months to receive appointments for these scans, and yet, a woman can have an OHIP covered abortion within a matter of days for any reason–including abortion based on something as unnecessary as disliking the gender of the child.
Sadly, instead of promoting the public interest, it seems that the Ontario government would rather tacitly deny its taxpayers access to basic information on abortion statistics. Thankfully, this is not going to remain undisputed. Pro-life blogger Patricia Maloney–who discovered the suppression of abortion statistics in the first place–has stepped up to the plate to challenge this new status quo by taking the province to court over their oppressive behaviour (See the LifeSiteNews article below).
It is courageous action like this that stirs change. We have seen it at the federal level, with Motions 312 and 408, presented in the last session of Parliament. However, with attention focused at the national level, what often remain overlooked are the equally important small steps that are needed to set the groundwork for big change. This Maloney court challenge, at the provincial level, is one of those steps. Whether Ms. Maloney wins the case or not is secondary to the message it sends to our government: we, the Canadian, pro-life, taxpaying citizens, are not about to let the province dictate what we should or should not think, know, and pay for.
Pro-life blogger taking Ontario gvmt to court over suppression of abortion stats
by Patrick B. Craine
Thu Jul 18 11:23 AM EST
To read the full article, see http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-life-blogger-taking-ontario-gvmt-to-court-over-suppression-of-abortion
July 9, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While most college students spend their summer earning money for school, one group of young people have dedicated their entire summer to walking across various countries throughout the world to raise awareness about what they say is the “most important human rights issue of our day.”
The young people wear t-shirts with the words “PRO-LIFE” in large letters across the front, hoping to catch the attention – and, maybe even the hearts and minds of people they meet along the way…
To read the rest of the LifeSiteNews article, click this link.
To find out more about the Crossroads Canada team, and their arrival in Toronto later this month, visit their website at http://crossroadswalk.org/Schedule/CanadaWalk.asp
You can also follow their regular blog at www.crossroadscanada.blogspot.ca