February 13, 2019

City councillor tries to block appointment of volunteer to Ottawa Transit due to pro-life views

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

A volunteer appointee to Ottawa's Transit commission was stunned when a city councillor tried to block his appointment due to his pro-life views.


LifeSiteNews.com had the incredible story of discrimination against Michael Olsen, one of four people selected from a pool of 92 applicants for a volunteer position on the Ottawa City Transit commission, joining eight city councillors.

According to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Olsen was ranked as the top applicant for the position, but his selection was very nearly blocked by councillor Shawn Menard who said Olson's “significant advocacy on behalf of pro-life groups” should disqualify him.

Menard also said that transit is a gender issue and refuses to apologize for his bigotry.

Founder of the political pro-life group, It Starts Right Now, Alissa Golob, had some choice words for that intolerant city councillor, telling the Catholic Register:

“the fact that Mr. Menard stood up and opposed a volunteer for the Ottawa Transit commission because he was pro-life signifies he is unfit for public office due to his unabashed discrimination and bigotry. If Mr. Menard believes that prolife Canadians are unfit to be volunteers for public transit committees, does he also believe we are unfit to ride the actual transit or will he just make us sit at the back of the bus?”

Golob is right. Intolerance of pro-lifers is the last acceptable form of bigotry in an age where everything is a protected human right.

Today, I’ll show you how this anti-Christian sentiment has permeated from Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, all the way down to municipal politics.

Rachel Notley’s Director of Communications, Cheryl Oates, is concerned that forty per cent of Jason Kenney’s UCP candidates are pro-life, even demanding to know who they are! It sounds like she wants a religious purity test for those seeking public office. No Catholics or Evangelicals allowed!

Well, I've got news for the NDP and Justin Trudeau. A 2018 Angus Reid poll shows sixty-one per cent of Canadians support some form of abortion law, a number that has steadily increased and nearly doubled since 2010.

This means that UCP candidates, at just forty per cent pro-life, are actually less pro-life than the general population of Canada.

And, the NDP and Liberals are the kooky, extremists on the issue of abortion laws.

But, abortion isn’t a top of mind election issue — jobs are. And, most reasonable people would say that chasing decent, willing and able people out of jobs because of their views on life, is bigoted at best, and totalitarian at the worst.

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commented 2019-02-17 11:29:19 -0500
Al Peterson commented 1 day ago
Tammie, I’ve already said that I wouldn’t have kids anyway for the environmental reasons.

ANDREW STEPHENSON
However, shocking pictures and vague accusations of undefined lies don’t really address the legal circumstances.
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“Vague” as in your unstated “legal circumstances”? The lies are not undefined. Leftist want to believe lies. Period. Lies like babies are parasites. I think I have been very clear on that"

My issue is that you’re calling things that are matters of opinions, “lies”. Since you’re so picky about semantics, I’ll simply point out that subjective topics cannot be lies (and yes, opinions towards abortion are rather subjective. You may find it repugnant, but that’s not universal).

“You talk about "shockworthy"as though that is is in some way wrong or l misleading"

It’s irrelevant to the underlying legal status. Being gross does not make it illegal.
commented 2019-02-15 18:12:49 -0500
Andrew Stephenson, based on your posts for the past couple of years, I think it’s safe to assume your cis-gendered, asexual identification means your uterus will likely never be used as a womb. As you sit on a self-appointed pedestal, remember, we see through you.
Take this as a reality check.
commented 2019-02-15 15:37:21 -0500
Andrew Stephenson what country do you live in ? In Canada farmers are charged when they defend themselves , so does anyone else.
commented 2019-02-15 13:19:32 -0500
ANDREW STEPHENSON
I don’t think anybody denies that D+C sometimes generates shock-site worthy byproducts…
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If this statement about “by products”, when you really are taking about mangled humans, isn’t a lie it is certainly deceitful with the purpose of misleading others, i’e. promulgating lies.

You talk about "shockworthy"as though that is is in some way wrong or l misleading. What I showed is both shocking and reality. Sometimes people need to see the reality instead of the comforting lies that leftists are d so desperately seeking. The mangle human remains of thegprman concentration camps was shocking and necessary to show people the reality of where that ideology led. People need to see where your ideology leads. Strangely enough they lead to the same place: large pits of dead humans.
commented 2019-02-15 13:13:45 -0500
ANDREW STEPHENSON
However, shocking pictures and vague accusations of undefined lies don’t really address the legal circumstances.
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“Vague” as in your unstated “legal circumstances”? The lies are not undefined. Leftist want to believe lies. Period. Lies like babies are parasites. I think I have been very clear on that. That is only one of many I have addressed. The question is why?
commented 2019-02-15 12:26:28 -0500
Al Peterson
“It does give one pause to wonder why these leftists want to believe and promulgate lies, doesn’t it? "

I don’t think anybody denies that D+C sometimes generates shock-site worthy byproducts (so does gangrene debridement, for that matter). However, shocking pictures and vague accusations of undefined lies don’t really address the legal circumstances.

“Alberta Maga commented 10 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson a billing code for an abortion is different depending on when it is done? And private clinics do not report. "

It depends on the procedure. Pill based methods differ from D+C differ from surgical removal. Late term fetal tissue removal doesn’t seem to differentiate based on whether the fetus was viable at the start of it or not, nor does it track the medical reasoning.

Private clinics don’t report, but in general the complex cases tend to be more frequently done in hospitals. Which is to say, the hospital rate is probably higher than the private clinic rate. A late term procedure verges into surgery whereas the clinic-based early procedures, are a handful of pills.

“Alberta Maga commented 10 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson quit saying it is rare when you know that is a guess. "

The evidence we have is that it is rare. If you have any better information, I’d like to see it. Otherwise we have to go by what we know.

“Alberta Maga commented 10 hours ago
Andrew funny how the government can send you to jail for defending your body, does not seem like autonomy applies across the board, let me know when it is. "

We generally have allowances for self-defense, if the response is appropriate to the threat. We also live in a country where a farmer can shoot a trespasser (not a threat to bodily autonomy, incidentally) because he feels his truck is being threatened, and he a slap on the wrist because he admits he didn’t have his gun stored lawfully.
commented 2019-02-15 11:22:52 -0500
ALBERTA MAGA commented 9 hours ago
Andrew funny how the government can send you to jail for defending your body, does not seem like autonomy applies across the board, let me know when it is.
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Excellent point. We are the culture of death (John Paul II) which is why we welcome the Death Cult, kill our unborn and deny citizens the right of self defence.

Truer now than in the 1300’s
https://spottedtoad.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/ap-danse-macabre.png?w=561&h=496
commented 2019-02-15 02:35:44 -0500
Andrew funny how the government can send you to jail for defending your body, does not seem like autonomy applies across the board, let me know when it is.
commented 2019-02-15 02:34:46 -0500
Andrew Stephenson the arcc is hardly a neutral source , spare me their propaganda. And a letters page is not proof of anything.
commented 2019-02-15 02:33:42 -0500
Andrew Stephenson we are not far right, the line does not follow the left around. It is the left that has gone farther out. And in some ways you are not like them , but in some ways you lean as far as they do.
commented 2019-02-15 02:31:01 -0500
Andrew Stephenson quit saying it is rare when you know that is a guess.
commented 2019-02-15 02:29:43 -0500
Andrew Stephenson a billing code for an abortion is different depending on when it is done? And private clinics do not report.
commented 2019-02-14 23:35:50 -0500
This is great news that Mr-Babies-Are-Parasites is providing us. In Canada we only do this:

https://www.abortionno.org/wp-content/gallery/abortion-pictures/22_weeks-01_medium.jpg

https://www.abortionno.org/wp-content/gallery/abortion-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_26w001_medium.jpg

to 100,000 babies a year. What a relief that we are such compassionate lefties who dream up all sorts of specious arguments for murdering the unborn (such as babies are parasites).

It does give one pause to wonder why these leftists want to believe and promulgate lies, doesn’t it?

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea."

Judgement is coming.
commented 2019-02-14 22:00:50 -0500
Since Roe v Wade, 59 million abortions in the US. The pro abortion advocates of that time repeatedly maintained abortions would be “rare” and “safe”.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a racist eugenicist who targeted blacks. Abortion stats in the US confirms her ideology is alive and well all these years later…sickening!!!
commented 2019-02-14 17:15:17 -0500
“Who is “we” ?”

The Supreme Court. If you defer to a God then that’s your choice.
commented 2019-02-14 13:45:07 -0500
You bloody hypocrits on the left. Diversity makes us stronger? Yeah, except of course when someone’s views are not yours. What hell does someone’s views on abortion have to do with work? The left has adopted the insane Liberal principal that it’s OK to deny employment to people (ie. federal summer work funds) if they don’t support pro-choice. WTF has happened to this country when you must hold the views of the left in order to work? Maybe somebody better start reading the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
commented 2019-02-14 12:51:35 -0500
Andrew Stevenson , In your comment " We’ve established bodily auto only is a core right" .
Who is “we” ? I presume that God and Mother Nature were not consulted and are not part of your we.
commented 2019-02-14 11:55:29 -0500
“Andrew Stephenson a lot is not tracked in Canada because there is no law requiring it, so how can FACTUAL stats be presented? THEY CAN’T! You are presuming rarity with little to base it on. "

Without those facts it’s impossible to claim it’s occurring. The government knows how often a particular billing code is applied, although in this case, no specific code applies nor is one necessary. It’s not clear why it would need to be tracked specifically.

“Andrew Stephenson the baby is not the mothers property. And if late term is so rare then why not have reasonable limit laws? Exceptions for health risks to the mother and such would be fair , but the left had a cow when this was even brought up. "

Her body is her property, though, and we’ve established bodily autonomy is a core right. You can’t be forced to give up your bodily autonomy, even if someone else dies as a result of your expression of it. (the government can’t confiscate one of your lungs to save someone else’s life, for example. Nor can they confiscate your uterus).

Why have “reasonable limit” laws? Given the rarity, it seems people can mostly be trusted to make that decision for themselves. Further, the Morgentaler rulings basically make enforcement impossible anyway.

In fact, we still have very strict legislation abut abortion – Section 287 was never repealed despite SCoC rulings. The first actual attempt to repeal our very strict abortion laws was made in 2017, although doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere mostly because it doesn’t’ change anything.
commented 2019-02-14 11:55:14 -0500
“Where do you, as a representative of the Left, get off stating “but don’t tell others what to do” when that is exactly what the Left does all the time?”

I guess I’m not a good representative of the Left then. This is also the Libertarian perspective, including that which Bernier claims. As it turns out, we’re not a unified bloc of people (as I’m sure you’ve noticed from my other posts, I’m not actually particularly left wing, except by comparison to the rather far-right baseline at the Rebel).

“Do you have evidence to prove this declarative statement or are you just citing from your omniscience? "

http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/backrounders/statistics-abortion-in-canada.pdf
700/18,000 tracked hospital based abortions are after 23rd week. (late term abortions are a surgical procedure and mostly hospital based – even though hospital based ones are uncommon relative to cliniic-based ones, the latter are mostly the simple early term, “take a few pills” based procedures).

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/letters/todays-letters-late-trimester-abortions-are-not-happening-in-canada-without-a-reason
commented 2019-02-14 07:49:31 -0500
Andrew said, “Late term abortions do occur, but are very rare and usually because of life-threatening disease on the part of the carrying woman (eg, cancer treatment and pregnancy are generally incompatible), or a previously undetected severe fetal defect.”

Do you have evidence to prove this declarative statement or are you just citing from your omniscience?
commented 2019-02-14 07:47:02 -0500
Andrew said, “Free country, have your own beliefs, but don’t tell others what to do.”

The Left is always telling others what to do, Andrew.

Where do you, as a representative of the Left, get off stating “but don’t tell others what to do” when that is exactly what the Left does all the time?
commented 2019-02-14 02:17:40 -0500
Transit is a gender issue???
commented 2019-02-14 02:15:04 -0500
Andrew Stephenson i do agree that it should have no relevance as well. Either way.
commented 2019-02-14 02:14:10 -0500
Andrew Stephenson he can speak freely , go tell your pro murder buddies to keep it to themselves and tell the left to quit telling others what to do if you actually care about that issue.
commented 2019-02-14 02:12:39 -0500
Andrew Stephenson a lot is not tracked in Canada because there is no law requiring it, so how can FACTUAL stats be presented? THEY CAN’T! You are presuming rarity with little to base it on.
commented 2019-02-14 02:11:13 -0500
Andrew Stephenson the baby is not the mothers property. And if late term is so rare then why not have reasonable limit laws? Exceptions for health risks to the mother and such would be fair , but the left had a cow when this was even brought up.
commented 2019-02-14 01:08:38 -0500
“Canadians do not even realize that late-term and partial birth abortions have been taking place in Canada for YEARS, because WE HAVE NO LAWS. "

Late term abortions do occur, but are very rare and usually because of life-threatening disease on the part of the carrying woman (eg, cancer treatment and pregnancy are generally incompatible), or a previously undetected severe fetal defect.

“Partial birth” is not a medical term and is not tracked in Canada. The term was invented by anti-abortion advocates and is meant to be emotionally evocative rather than accurate. There is no evidence it actually occurs. (you’ll sometimes see a figure, but it’s American, and refers to a procedure mostly used to clean up late natural miscarriages).

We should have no laws. The nation’s uteri belong to its women, not the government.
commented 2019-02-14 00:35:50 -0500
I don’t care if he’s pro-life. If he keeps it to himself then that’s nobody’s problem but his own. Free country, have your own beliefs, but don’t tell others what to do.

Not sure why it’s even out in public that he is. It has no relevance whatsoever to civilian boards or politics in general.

The Angus Reid poll doesn’t show Canadians are pro-life – the question was prompted on sex-selective abortion, which many people do oppose but which are practically very difficult to do much about. In that very poll it shows only 12% of Canadians in favour of severe restrictions on abortion in general – ie, “pro-life”.
commented 2019-02-14 00:29:10 -0500
Ontario’s Bubble Zone:
An Ottawa 83 year old Catholic Priest (Father Tony Van Hee) is on trial for holding a sign about free speech across the street from an abortion facility in Ottawa. What was this egregious sign? “The Primacy of Free Speech: Cornerstone of Western Civilization”.
Nothing on his signs referred to abortion.
He could go to jail for 6 months or be fined $5000.00. The Priest said he would go to jail.

Cuomo and Northam have brought the whole abortion debate to the forefront and have finally revealed the entire pro-abortion/Planned Parenthood agenda.
Canadians do not even realize that late-term and partial birth abortions have been taking place in Canada for YEARS, because WE HAVE NO LAWS.

Canadians are in the dark on the realities of abortion.