Now that the Canadian parliament has prorogued, what will happen to euthanasia Bill C-7?

Alex Schadenberg

Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

To protect the government from recent scandals and to prepare for a possible fall election Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced, on Tuesday, that he was Proroguing parliament. The government will return on September 23 with a throne speech and a new direction. 

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August 22: A Day to Remember Victims of Violence Based on Religion

Following an unprecedented increase of violence against religious communities and people belonging to religious minorities, in 2019 the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. But according to the international foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), on the eve of the one-year anniversary, the situation has only become worse. The charity warns about the growth of international religion-based terrorism, and an alarming trend attacking religious buildings and symbols to draw attention to other legitimate social rights and injustice issues.

“Ever present news about acts of violence and harassment based on religion in countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria or India continue to give ACN great cause for concern. Although social and ethnic motives are often involved, we cannot close our eyes to this reality,” states Thomas Heine-Geldern, ACN Executive President.

Heine-Geldern draws particular attention to the imminent dangers facing the African continent with the rapid spread of Islamist militant groups, calling for a better coordinated and faster response by international organizations: “How can it be that there is no global response to the long unheeded warnings of Islamic State terror cells operating in Mozambique, most recently resulting in the August 12 ISIS capture of the Mocimboa da Praia port in the north of the country? We recognize in their methods the same intention to eliminate the cultural and religious plurality of the country, as they have done in other countries like Iraq. To date more than 200,000 people have had to flee. What are we waiting for?” asks the ACN Executive President.

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