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 >>
A Canadian man whose pregnant wife was pronounced brain dead in December is choosing to fight for his preborn son's life by keeping his wife on life support.
Robyn Benson was five months pregnant with her first child, Iver, when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Doctors were unable to save her life, but told her husband, Dylan, they would be able to keep her body functioning to give their son a fighting chance at life.
Canada's Supreme Court has invalidated the country's anti-prostitution laws, including bans on brothels and soliciting for sex for money on the street, saying they endanger the health, safety and lives of prostitutes.
"Parliament has the power to regulate against nuisances, but not at the cost of the health, safety and lives of prostitutes," Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin wrote in the ruling, according to The Globe and Mail.
The court's verdict came in a case filed by a groups of prostitutes alleging they couldn't hire security guards and ensure their safety due to the bans. more >>
An atheist advertising campaign that was previously rejected by a major billboard company in Canada has found its home in the Vancouver metro system.
The Centre for Inquiry Canada announced Monday that its pro-atheist billboards will adorn two bus shelters in downtown Vancouver as well as a billboard in the city of Burnaby thanks to the help of CBS Outdoor, a billboard company that has agreed to run the atheist organization's advertisements. The atheist group was previously turned down by Canada's biggest billboard company, Pattison Outdoor, which cited industry standards as the reason for the rejection.
"CFI is a voice for millions of Canadians who question the need for religion to live a good, meaningful life," the group's president, Kevin Smith, said in a statement Monday. "We're pleased to bring their message into the public square." more >>