A Halifax man trying to do a bit of good has been taken into the custody of a psychiatric hospital. Friends and family say that he is being held against his will and was just trying to brighten people's day in his own unique way.
Richard Wright was handing out money to strangers on the street, telling them to "thank God" for the gift if they needed it and to pass it along if they didn't. The Prince Edward Island Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called to take Wright into custody in order to perform a psychological evaluation or "wellness check" on the man. After talking with Wright, they determined that he needed "further assessment by a medical health person."
However, Wright's daughter, Chelsea, told Metro News that her father does not need psychological help and merely wanted to help people by brightening their day. She added that her father is being unfairly treated by authorities and should be released. Chelsea organized a Facebook page with the title "OpFreeRichardWright" in order to bring awareness to his cause. So far the page has over 4,000 members. more >>
American philanthropist Melinda Gates talked about her Roman Catholic faith and funding contraceptives in the global fight against AIDS, noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue.
"Even though I am Catholic I believe in contraceptives, just like the majority of Catholic women in the United States who report using contraceptives, and I shouldn't let that controversy be the thing that holds us back," Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shared at the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, The Vancouver Sun reported.
The Catholic Church teaches against the use of contraception, defining it as "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act (sexual intercourse), or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible." This includes sterilization, condoms and the birth control pill. more >>
The Canadian Supreme Court is set to decide whether teachers at private religious schools in the province of Quebec will be allowed to share their faith with students, in a case concerning a Catholic high school that is being forced to teach students in an ethics and religious course that all religions are the same.
"It is the same thought process that has been the genesis for prohibitions on blasphemy in other jurisdictions. The whole idea behind blasphemy laws in some parts of the world is that you don't want to offend different religions, and so what they (the Quebec government) do is argue that they promote tolerance and understanding, but rather they want to control what is said," Gerald Chipeur, Q.C., of the Canadian firm Miller Thompson LLP, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Chipeur is one of 2,300 attorneys allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization that filed a brief on Monday with the Canadian Supreme Court in defense of Loyola High School, the Jesuit Roman Catholic school in question. more >>
The church organist rallied "stadium," the "crowd" did the wave, and everyone in the Bedford United Church hugged each other after witnessing the Canada men's hockey team beat Sweden 3-0 in the Winter Olympics gold medal final on a screen in their church on Sunday morning.
The Nova Scotia church organized the viewing party last week, hoping that they would catch its country's team win its second straight Olympic gold medal on Sunday. As the puck dropped in Sochi, Russia at 4 p.m. local time and as early as 8 a.m. on Canada's East Coast, dozens of fans headed to bars, which opened before dawn for special coverage of the game.
Hoping to help out fans conflicted about choosing between God or country, BUC streamed the victory on a giant projection stream and praised God following the game in which Canada claimed gold. more >>
A brain-dead woman in British Columbia, whose husband had asked she be kept alive on a ventilator after a cerebral hemorrhage over a month ago, has died after giving birth to their frail but healthy son.
"My beautiful and amazing son, Iver Cohen Benson," is healthy and is "the cutest and most precious person I have ever met," writes Dylan Benson, 32, about the delivery by Caesarean section last weekend, on his personal blog.
The baby boy was born 12 weeks prematurely, and is in a neonatal intensive care unit in Victoria, British Columbia, according to CNN. more >>
A Canadian organization for the well-being of children said that a recent case where a Vancouver baby became the first person in B.C. to have three legal parents could set the precedent for step parents, grandparents, and ex-spouses to ask to be named on birth certificates.
"It would be interesting to know what rationale has been given to limit the number of parents on the birth certificate to three, and if such a limitation could stand up if challenged under human rights law," Helen Ward, president of Kids First Parent Association of Canada, commented to The Christian Post in an email on Thursday.
Ward, whose organization was started in 1987 and encourages the importance of child care being provided within the home by a parent, noted that human rights laws such as the Convention of the Rights of the Child, as well as the BC Family Act, require that such decisions be made in the "best interests of the child." more >>