Misoprostol pills used for a chemical abortion being sent by mail in Canada, are not in non-compliance with regulations, says Health Canada. (Public domain)

Health Canada says online abortion pill provider not ‘directly’ providing drugs

Health Canada has determined a Canadian non-profit doesn’t directly distribute drugs despite the organization’s claim to have provided the abortion pill to over 100,000 women. After an enquiry last month from The Catholic Register, Health Canada opened an investigation on Women on Web. In an April 10 email, Health Canada told the Register it had...

Retired Superior Court of Quebec Justice André Denis found French priest Joannès Rivoire was guilty of sexually assaulting six children in Nunavut in the 1960s and ’70s. (Photo courtesy Andre Denis)

Justice’s report concludes Oblate abused Nunavut children

Following an exhaustive investigation, retired Superior Court of Quebec Justice André Denis has concluded French priest Joannès Rivoire was guilty of sexually assaulting five minors in Naujaat, Nunavut, between 1968 and 1970, and one in Arviat and Whale Cove, Nunavut, between 1974 and 1979. Denis also found that Rivoire departed Canada on Jan. 16, 1993,...

The B.C. Catholic has filed a Freedom of Information request seeking detailed information about MAiD’s costs and savings to B.C.’s health care system.

‘Dead people don’t cost money’: Calculating the cost of ending 2,700 lives with MAiD

The grim calculus of tracking the cost of Medical Assistance in Dying shows that B.C. doctors receive $283.85 for every “MAiD Event preparation and Procedure” they perform. Moreover, the Ministry of Health’s payment schedule lists six specific euthanasia-related services for which medical practitioners can be paid, from “MAiD Assessment Fee—Assessor Prescriber” ($43.24) to “MAiD Medication...

Boxes of mifepristone, the first pill given in a chemical abortion, are pictured in a Jan. 13, 2023, photo.OSV News photo/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters

Mail-order abortion pills sourced in Toronto

A Canadian non-profit has become a major player in the drive to help women “self-administer abortion at home” through the distribution of abortion pills by mail, all below the radar of Health Canada. Women on Web moved its operations from the Netherlands to a head office on Toronto’s Yonge Street in 2016 and claims to...

Calgary Bishop Emeritus Fred Henry has made a Catholic magazine’s Top 10 people of 2023 for challenging the narrative on graves at former Indian residential schools. (Canadian Catholic News photo)

Calgary’s Bishop Emeritus makes Top 10 list for speaking out on residential school graves story

Calgary Bishop Emeritus Fred Henry has been named one of the world’s “Top 10 people of 2023” by Inside the Vatican magazine for challenging the consensus on graves at former Indian residential schools. Henry was notified out of the blue in late February that he was featured on the cover along with Catholic luminaries such as...

The new pharmacare program’s focus on contraception is just an extension of the “culture of death” that permeates modern society, says a Campaign Life Coalition spokesperson. (Simone van der Koelen/Unsplash)

Canadian pharmacare program’s contraception focus ‘deeply troubling’

With the framework of a national pharmacare program launched by the Liberal-NDP coalition, some are finding its initial focus on contraceptives a “deeply troubling” aspect of the deal. The pharmacare program promises to improve access to contraceptives for nine million Canadians, along with medication, including insulin, for an estimated 3.7 million people living with diabetes....

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who died on Feb. 29, is shown at a 2014 event. (Canada 2020 Photo)

Brian Mulroney’s Catholic faith forged his identity

When Pope (now St.) John Paul II arrived in Ottawa in 1984 – the first Pontiff to visit this country – greeting him in Ottawa was Canada’s 18th Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney. Mr. Mulroney, one of 10 Catholics who have held that office since 1867, died on Feb. 29. The “little guy from Baie Comeau,”...

(Unsplash photo) Canadian senators passed a bill officially delayed medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for individuals solely living with a mental illness until March 17, 2027. The Senate passed Bill C-62 at third reading on Feb. 29.

Canada’s Senate pushes MAiD for mentally ill three years down the road

Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) access for individuals solely living with a mental illness is officially delayed until March 17, 2027, as the Senate of Canada passed Bill C-62 at third reading Feb. 29. Senators passed the bill during their last sitting before March 19. It had to pass on Leap Day or else medical...

Fire damage is seen to Blessed Sacrament Parish in downtown Regina, SK. A suspected arsonist attacked the parish Feb. 9, 2024.Photo courtesy ArchdiocesePhoto courtesy Fr. James Hentges of Grouard-McLennan

MPs choose not to condemn church fires

A call to condemn the most recent arson attack on a Christian church — Feb. 9 at Blessed Sacrament Church in downtown Regina — failed to gain unanimous approval in the House of Commons. On Feb. 12, Conservative MP Corey Tochor called for unanimous consent to condemn the arson at Blessed Sacrament. Members of the...

Protester holds up a sign in preparation for the Feb. 27 rally on Parliament Hill calling for a halt to expanding MAiD to the mentally ill.

More supports, less death, say MAiD opponents at Parliament Hill rally

Speakers at a rally on Parliament Hill demanded the federal government provide more life-saving supports for those deeply suffering from mental illness rather than giving them access to medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Expanding MAiD to people solely on the basis of mental illness was to begin March 17, but Bill C-62 is calling for...

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