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T-Shirt Design Contest

Contest Regulations

  • One entry per person.
  • Open to all young adults ages 18-28
  • Contest runs from May 1st-May 31st, 2018.
  • Your design will be printed on the front of the official conference t-shirt.
  • Your submission must communicate and affirm pro-life beliefs.
  • Designs are judged on the following three elements:
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Aesthetic quality
    • Gives the wearer an opportunity to share the pro-life message and spark conversations
  • Winner will be selected by a vote of NCLN staff and contacted by email or phone.
  • Winner will be announced over NCLN’s social media platforms, including the Winner’s name, city, design, and artist’s statement.
  • Grand prize: winner will be awarded one complementary registration to the 2018 Symposium (full hotel package, excludes travel expenses).
  • NCLN reserves the right to use all submitted designs for future marketing purposes.

Submission Criteria

  • Your submission must be original artwork.
  • Design must be 2 colours or less.
  • Design must be compatible with both t-shirt types:
  • You may choose one fabric colour which you think best suits your design. Lists of available colours can be found at the following links (please make sure that the fabric colours of both Unisex and Ladies’ styles match):
  • You may use both text and images in your design to convey your message.
  • Submissions must include a one-paragraph artist’s statement. Share with us: what inspired your design?
  • Design must be a vector image, preferably in the .eps format. If you need a program to help you create this, you can give Inkscape a try (Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux). (it’s free!) Otherwise, if you already have access to it, Adobe Illustrator will work fine. If you have any questions or concerns about how to do this, please send Josh an email at josh.macmillan@ncln.ca.
  • Minimum image size is 500 x 500 px. Please be aware that images will be scaled to fit the size of the t-shirt front (unless otherwise noted).
  • Once complete, send an email entitled “Symposium T-Shirt Contest Entry” to josh.macmillan@ncln.ca on or before May 31, 2018. Make sure to attach and/or include in the email:
    • your .eps vector image of your design
    • identify what colour shirt you intend your design to be printed on (colours available found at links above)
    • an identical image of your design in PDF format
    • and your artist’s statement

Symposium Support-Raising 101

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Three-life changing days: the Symposium.

It’s the only national conference of its kind. Pro-life leadership training, apologetics with new analogies and conversational tools, cutting-edge and winning strategies; learning from seasoned professionals and networking with pro-life peers from across Canada.

What is holding you back?

Finances are tight for many of us. There are many needs vying for our resources. Yet year after year, you prove that it is worth making space for your passions and priorities. For all of NCLN’s twenty one years, students have successfully fundraised to cover both Symposium registration and their flights.

If you have any questions or brilliant new ideas to share, don’t be a stranger. We are honoured to hear from you and walk with you through this process. For now, here are a couple tips to get you started.

Pro-Tips to Make Your Symposium Experience Possible

1. Contact NCLN. We are invested in YOU and your leadership development. Our Executive Director is available to coach you in all-things-fundraising. To inquire about this unique coaching opportunity, reach Ruth directly at Ruth.Shaw@ncln.ca.

2. Give yourself time. Start fundraising as soon as you can. Check out our fundraising letter (available by contacting your Campus Coordinator or emailing info@ncln.ca) to jumpstart your efforts. Aim to have your registration confirmed and flight booked by the end of May. Early bird registration closes on June 1st, and flight prices will begin to increase dramatically from there.


3. Create a list of contacts. Brainstorm a list of community and church groups, such as Right to Life organizations and Bible studies. If you have official club status, see if your university has a bursary or grant available to clubs for leadership development. Family and friends may also be interested to support you. To cover registration at early bird pricing, invite fifteen people to give $20. For students booking flights, to give you an idea, a flight from Toronto to Vancouver is approximately $800. You can aim to find four larger organizations or donors who can give $200 each.

Note: Charitable organizations may not able to donate to non-charities and individuals. If you are unsure if an organization has charitable status, it does not hurt to reach out to them. You can always ask for a referral (see Tip #4).

4. Persevere in following up. Start by reaching out via email. In that same week, give the person or organization a follow-up phone call. If you cannot reach them, re-send your initial email. Then, again, reach out to them by phone within a few days of re-sending, but at a different time of day than your first phone call.

5. What if they say no? No sweat. If they cannot sponsor you at the full amount, you can ask: would they consider giving $20 towards your registration? You can also ask for a referral: that is, to connect you with a friend who may be interested in supporting a local pro-life student in leadership formation.

6. Sending multiple club members? Work as a team. Divide up your list of contacts from Tip #2 so that you don’t double-up. Make sure you discuss as a team how you will split the funds raised: whether you are creating a common pot of funds to divide equally or if each club member’s efforts will go towards their individual Symposium expenses.

7. Be encouraged. We have found that organizations are excited to hear from young people who have the passion and grit to achieve their goals.

Hope you have an awesome summer, and looking forward to welcoming you to Langley this August!

$275 early bird registration closes June 1st! Register online: ncln.ca/symposium

Wilfrid Laurier U tested: Abortion debate held on campus, Lindsay Shepherd to MC

Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Waterloo, ON
3 April 2018

A debate titled, “Abortion: Whose Body? Whose Choice?” is being hosted by Laurier LifeLink, the pro-life club at Wilfrid Laurier University. Late-term abortionist Dr. Fraser Fellows will debate Oriyana Hrycyshyn of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

A question-and-answer period will follow the formal debate. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and all 200 were filled more than one week prior.

The debate is to be moderated by National Post columnist Barbara Kay, with Lindsay Shepherd as MC. Shepherd is a graduate student from Laurier University who has been addressing free speech issues on campus this past year.

Event: Abortion: Whose Body? Whose Choice?
Time: Thursday, April 5th 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM EST
Location: Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo Campus), Bricker Academic Building, Room 101
Registration: Via Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/abortion-whose-body-whose-choice-tickets-44268536384

Event updates are published via National Campus Life Network’s social media sites.

Facebook: facebook.com/nclnetwork
Twitter: twitter.com/NCLN
Instagram: instagram.com/nclnetwork

For more information, contact:

Christine Schuknecht
President, Laurier LifeLink
LaurierLifeLink@gmail.com

Ruth (Lobo) Shaw
Executive Director, National Campus Life Network
1.877.618.4275 (ext. 3)
Ruth.Shaw@ncln.ca

Barbara Kay
National Post Columnist
Lindsay Shepherd
514-594-1654 (cell)

Separating fact from fiction

Separating fact from fiction

Dialogue continues in the student newspaper after the February flag display at the University of Victoria

The Martlet is the University of Victoria’s student newspaper. // Photo: The Martlet

By: Kevin Geenen

We often complain about the lack of media representation for pro-life news. However, sometimes an article comes our way that we can respond to, and in this way, continue to challenge culture by engaging in dialogue.

On February 27th, an article titled “Abortion: everyone’s right and nobody’s business” appeared in the Martlet, the University of Victoria’s student newspaper. The article came as a response to Youth Protecting Youth’s (YPY) flag display that took place on campus just a few days earlier.

Pro-Choice Article

The courts struck down Canada’s abortion law citing Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Specifically, “the right to liberty”.

In this article, we can see that the humanity of the pre-born is at the core of our disagreements about abortion. The article’s author, UVic student Natasha Simpson, writes: “Since the 1988 R. versus Morgentaler ruling, Canada has been one of the few countries that does not legally restrict abortion. Previously, women had to endure an intimidating process that disregarded their charter right to “life, liberty and security of the person” and denied them agency over their own bodies.”

Simpson correctly recognizes that Canada has absolutely no abortion laws. I wonder if she realizes that, in this legal vacuum, sex-selective abortion specifically targets innocent baby girls? Anyways, I digress.

The pro-life perspective maintains that every woman should definitely have autonomy. However, abortion crosses a line. A woman’s autonomy is not as important as the life of another human being.

Humanity of the fetus

“The rights of the woman cannot be overridden by any alleged rights of the fetus, because according to the Canadian criminal code, a fetus is not a human being until it is born,” continues Simpson.

Simpson is right that, legally, in Canada a fetus “becomes a human being… when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother.”

Former Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth.

In 2012, MP Stephen Woodworth brought forward a Motion to study this 400-year-old definition of a human being, but his Motion was shut down.

I think that we would all agree that the biological evidence of what constitutes a human being is far superior to any legal definition. To bring up an extreme example, in Hitler’s Germany, it was legal to exterminate Jews, was it not? Since when does legality constitute or define morality?

Embryologists Ronan O’Rahilly and Fabiola Muller write in their book Human Embryology & Tetratology that: “Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed…The combination of 23 chromosomes present in each pronucleus results in 46 chromosomes in the zygote. Thus the diploid number is restored and the embryonic genome is formed. The embryo now exists as a genetic unity.”

Don’t you just love science?

“A genetically distinct human organism exists within her”

When talking about pregnancy, we are not solely dealing with a woman’s body anymore; a genetically distinct human organism exists within her.

Simpson closes with a common argument made by pro-choice advocates. She says: “The problem is not the personal beliefs of pro-lifers. The problem is their perceived moral obligation to impose these beliefs on others.”

She continues, “Other women’s bodies and healthcare choices should not be their concern.”

  1. Nobody is imposing their beliefs. Pro-life organizations (like YPY) engage in rational conversation with people about the arguments why abortion is wrong. Is it a problem to question the dominant beliefs of society in a rational, respectful way?
  2. If one applies Simpson’s argument to other human rights injustices such as slavery, the argument does not stand. Does one have to be a slave owner or a slave in order to be concerned about slavery? Clearly not.

Inconsistency

I applaud Simpson for trying to justify her position. However,  science and reasoning are not on her side. It is hard to defend the pro-choice perspective when the ideology’s every argument is not backed by facts and fraught with inconsistency. Inconsistency with far-reaching consequences.

As the flag display powerfully showed, about three hundred children lose their lives to abortion each day in Canada. This injustice is “everyone’s business” not in a callous, trivial manner, but as Martin Luther King Jr. urged, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

NCLN 2018

 

Blog post author Kevin Geenen is a political science and communications student at the University of Ottawa. Email: kvngeenen@gmail.com.

Trudeau or Nothing

Trudeau or Nothing

Canada Summer Jobs Program attestation hurts students

Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Government continue to defend the Canada Summer Jobs Program attestation.

By: Kevin Geenen

If you have been paying attention to the news throughout the past month, then you will know that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada added a discriminatory attestation to the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

The attestation is a values test that is discriminatory to those who hold a pro-life position or those who simply wish to remain silent on the issue of abortion. Employers are caught up in the middle of this dilemma. They risk signing the attestation while denouncing their values – or not receiving necessary funds at all. Many students worry that they will be unemployed during the summer months.

Viewpoint discrimination is not new. It has been happening at universities across Canada in attempts to silence pro-life students. For example, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa passed a motion last November stating that: “No resources, space, recognition, or funding will be allocated to enhance groups/individuals with the primary/sole purpose of pro-life activities.”

Ruth Shaw, Executive Director of National Campus Life Network.

Ruth Shaw, Executive Director of National Campus Life Network, says that it all started in 2006 when “there was a massive turn against pro-life clubs” in the policies and actions of various university administrations.

“This censorship became normalized, paving the way for others,” she says. The federal government is following suit by censoring summer jobs.

On a positive note, the deadline for applications to the Canada Summer Jobs program was extended to Feb. 9, meaning that there is still time for people to lobby the government about the discriminatory clause. Lobbying can come in the form of signing a petition, sending an email, or sharing your story.

Perhaps the best option for employers is to check off the attestation, but cross out the parts that infringe on the organization’s beliefs. Another option that groups are using is adding a footnote or additional sheet clarifying where they stand on both abortion and gender expression.

The attestation itself states that “Canada Summer Jobs applicants will be required to attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights…” The attestation then defines reproductive rights as “the right to access safe and legal abortions.”

Essentially, the Government is saying that, if groups want to receive funding, they must support abortion.

Many students worry that they will be unemployed during the summer months.

The Government published “Supplementary Information” on its website on Jan. 23, clarifying the wording of the attestation. The “Supplementary Information” says that an organization’s values and beliefs alone do not constitute ineligibility.

However, values manifest themselves through words and actions (for if they did not, then we would question whether one holds their beliefs with any importance). That is why no pro-life organization can sign the attestation.

After the “Supplementary Information” was added, nearly 90 religious organizations, including the Canadian Council of Imams, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, and the Jewish Shaarei Shomayim Congregation sent a joint letter to the Liberal Party calling on them to “amend the guidelines and application process.”

Prime Minister Trudeau defended the attestation by falsely referring to abortion access as a “Charter right.”

“An organization that has as its stated goal to remove rights from Canadians, to remove the right that women have fought for to determine what happens to their own bodies, is not in line with where the Charter is or where the government of Canada is,” said Trudeau.

Let’s be clear: there is no Charter right to abortion, but there are rights to freedom of conscience, religion, belief, opinion, thought, and expression.

If we want to live in a democratic society, then this type of discrimination must be eradicated. Although, the media attention is nice. 

NCLN 2018

Blog post author Kevin Geenen is a political science and communications student at the University of Ottawa. Email: kvngeenen@gmail.com.

NEWS RELEASE: University of Ottawa student group censored, stripped of status for their stance on human rights.

For Immediate Release // October 31, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) A pro-life student group at the University of Ottawa has been censored and stripped of club status because their mandate promotes the value of all human life.

The group, University of Ottawa Students for Life (SFL), has been a registered campus club for ten years, fostering respectful dialogue and hosting events to discuss human rights issues, especially abortion. SFL members are committed to upholding the respect and dignity of every human being, before as well as after birth.

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, SFL was ordered to shut down a tabling event by Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, VP Equity of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Ms. Moumouni-Tchouassi failed to cite or produce any university policy which SFL had violated. She also declared that University of Ottawa Protection Services would be called if the pro-life students did not leave the area. The students understood that they had university approval for the time and location of this tabling event.

Two weeks later, on Friday, October 13, SFL received an email signed by Linda Lacombe indicating that they were approved as a campus club for the 2017-2018 academic year. One week later, on Friday, October 20, SFL received an unsigned email from the SFUO, indicating that their club status had been revoked.

The email stated: “This decision was made due to the ways in which your mandate is in contention with the SFUO’s principles.”

Ruth Shaw, NCLN Executive Director, commented: “We are appalled that the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa is engaging in viewpoint discrimination, simply because of a difference in opinion. By encouraging dialogue on a difficult issue with integrity and openness to opposing views, SFL should be commended for their good work, not censored.”

Peter van Dyken, third year biochemistry student and SFL President, said: “We hope the SFUO will re-commit to upholding student rights on our campus. We welcome peers with diverse views to respectful dialogue on abortion, an issue which significantly impacts each and every one of us. With three hundred lives lost every day through abortion in Canada, silence is not an option.”

For more information, please contact Rachel Leistra, SFL Secretary, or Ruth Shaw, NCLN Executive Director.

Rachel Leistra, SFL

info@uosfl.com

905-818-7384

Ruth Shaw, NCLN

Ruth.Shaw@ncln.ca

1.877.618.4275 (ext. 3)

This pro-life poster is being censored. Don’t let it.

By Ruth Shaw, Executive Director

Brandon Students for Life (BUSL) received backlash from their student government, Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU), for putting up a pro-life poster around campus this past week. The purpose of the poster is to inform students that abortion ends the life of a human fetus and that instruments such as the forceps pictured are used to break the body parts of a fetus.

On October 23rd, BUSL received an email from Mohammed Agavi, Vice President External of BUSU. Mr. Agavi wrote in an email:

Hello,

 

After reviewing your poster, it has been declined because it violates our Advertising Policy law. The Policy clearly states that:

 

“Policy #2016 – Advertising Guidelines: This policy applies to arrangements entered into by BUSU with student groups and other advertisers for displaying commercial advertising in or at BUSU spaces and in BUSU publications, and specifies content guidelines for all advertising acceptable by BUSU. Content for All advertising that is circulated, sponsored or created by BUSU and must meet the following general standards of respect as to form and content. BUSU will not accept advertising that is sexist, racist, homophobic, discriminatory or derogatory to any group of people. If such determination is called into question, acceptability shall be deemed by the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee has deemed the poster to be triggering, offensive and aggressive to a large member of the student body because of the pictures and the choice of language on the ad. As Brandon University is a space for all students I will be more than happy to help you design a poster that would be suitable to go up at the KDC. Please email me to setup an appointment or if you have any questions comments on concerns.

 

Thanks.

The decision and actions of BUSU prompt us to ask Mr. Agavi a few questions:

  • If a poster depicting an abortion procedure is offensive, wouldn’t that indicate that abortion is offensive?
  • If a poster depicting an abortion procedure is aggressive, wouldn’t that indicate that abortion is aggressive?
  • If a poster depicting an abortion procedure is triggering, does hiding the truth help those hurting to understand the procedure and to begin healing?
Indeed, if a poster of a human child next to forceps is so damaging, perhaps we ought to re-think the procedure it is depicting.

What can YOU do?

  1. Share the BUSU-censored poster on Facebook.
  2. If you are a student and want a copy of this poster for your campus, email us at info@ncln.ca
  3. Reach out to Mohammed Agavi, BUSU Vice President External, and share your displeasure at this act of censorship. Be honest without compromise, communicating with respect, as you would in activism. You can include the following two talking points: We hope Mr. Agavi (1) examines for himself the evidence about what abortion does to the preborn; (2) upholds freedom of speech on campus, treating all BU students – including our pro-life peers – with integrity and fairness.

You can reach Mr. Agavi by telephone (204-727-7478) and email (vpe@busu.ca).

NCLN staff dedicate hours of their time to coach students in speaking about abortion without compromise. We are working with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) to fight for the rights of pro-life students, to ensure that Universities uphold freedom of speech on campus so that we can continue to educate the demographic having the highest number of abortions and influence those in power. Check out the JCCF’s news release here.

It begins and ends on campus, but it starts with you.

It is imperative that we do not let those in power who are for abortion dictate how and when abortion is spoken about. If we stop fighting censorship, we stop fighting for the lives of parents and their children.

We cannot stop.

For media commentary on the censorship at Brandon University or censorship of pro-life students as a whole, please contact our Executive Director, Ruth Shaw, at: 1.877.618.4275 (ext. 3)

NCLN Welcomes Greg to the Team!

Greg graduated with high honours from Sheridan’s prestigious Musical Theatre Performance program. When not singing, dancing, acting and rock climbing, he is working to save the pre-born. As an active volunteer with Right Now, Greg participated in several winning campaigns for pro-life politicians and firmly believes in nominating and electing the right people to get life-saving legislation passed. Greg is excited to get back on campus to transforming culture through pro-life campus activism, building pro-life student leaders, and saving lives!

Greg will be serving students and campuses in Manitoba and southern Ontario.
Please help us welcome him by emailing him at greg.borris@ncln.ca
Support Greg’s work financially at http://ncln.ca/donate