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09:39 AM on 10/24/2012
what a brutal, partisan decision on this MP's part. surely a medal that is handed out 60000 times must lose its veneer at some point?

that notwithstanding, the point of the medal is to recognize those "employed" in a field that helps to build the canada we have today... well there it is. the canada we have today is going through, apparently, a lack of conviction of the rights of women to choose what to do with their body.

maybe we can start giving medals to men who abstain from masturbating, as each ejaculate could be deemed genocidal by some.

this member should be examined. he is intentionally creating division among canadians who are overwhelmingly in favour of the continuation of a woman's right to choose - see the recent motion #312. without strict guidelines, this award could be given to anyone who is crazy enough. or, to people who simply believe in the same things that MPs in their riding believe. what a terribly uninspiring award, with an even more uninspiring set of criteria on which to award a prize.
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Gloria Carmel Bult
04:24 AM on 10/27/2012
Every woman does have a right to choose what to do with her body, but my dear, her unborn child is a unique individual with it's very own DNA! Most obgyn's refer to a pregnant woman as patient # 1 and patient # 2! Even the babies heartbeat is different than the mothers. In fact around 50% of unborn children are males, so how could it possibly the mothers body?
01:58 AM on 10/28/2012
you said it: a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body.

although we each have a few pieces of DNA that are in different places (that's what does make us unique and highly variable to each other) most of our DNA as a species is the same (that's why, with relatively few variances, we all have the same "stuff").

doctors and OBGYN's are trained to talk this way, in spite of their own beliefs and scientific facts. it's the personalization, the gentle-ization, of the practice. it's the same reason why we call cow meat "beef" instead of "cow," or why morticians call dead bodies "decedents" instead of "stiffs." it's to appease our brains. OBGYNs call it patient 2 because if they didn't, patient#1 would get upset.

for your last point, see above - although it might not help you in this instance because your last sentence doesn't make sense. it's not like the sperm wins, so it becomes a male; or the egg wins and becomes a female. flesh is flesh - there is no male flesh, nor female flesh. here your DNA and chromosomes and hormones "decide" on male or female.

thanks for your comments!
09:24 AM on 10/24/2012
The PCs have totally devalued these awards (whatever slight value they might have had in the first place). Anyone with a conscience who has received this award from the Feds who also cares about the rights and welfare of Canadian women should return the award - as publicly as possible. Don't let these thugs take over.
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Marg Wood
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11:39 AM on 10/24/2012
Excellent idea! But how many of them read HP?
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PiperSniper
09:04 AM on 10/24/2012
I was really proud of my friend's brother for receiving a jubilee medal ... now I'm reconsidering its value
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Gloria Carmel Bult
04:28 AM on 10/27/2012
Well, how about you move to China, or Korea, were equal to them when it comes to non-restrictive abortions!
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PiperSniper
10:12 AM on 10/27/2012
Now why on earth would I leave the best country in the world? How bout you move to a southern state and get your gun on.
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suvariboy
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08:50 AM on 10/24/2012
We should all pray to Gawd and ask him to stop aborting zygotes. Each and every year thousands of precious little zygotes are aborted by Gawd and no one knows why. Is he angry? Did these women do something wrong for which he is punishing them? No one seems to know. Let's all pray to Gawd and ask him to stop. Prayer works as you well know. Everything I've gotten in life is from praying. My big house, my fancy car, the sexiest man to hit the streets since Mr. John Travolta (the one that existed between Welcome Back Kotter and Grease), my cute little puppy. Prayer. Let's hold hands and ask Gawd to please stop aborting precious little zygotes. While we're at it, let's also ask for a new Range Rover for moi.
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Gloria Carmel Bult
04:31 AM on 10/27/2012
Please learn that most abortions are not done at the zygote stage which is very short, most abortions happen in the fetal stage of development which starts at eight weeks, then go take a look at a science book on the study of embryology at take a good look at what the "fetus" looks like, please stop embarrassing yourself!
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suvariboy
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05:00 PM on 10/27/2012
I studied biology at university thanks.  I was being facetious.  I thought the spelling of "Gawd" would have tipped you off.  It seems one of us needs to go back to school.  It's not I.  Interesting that you could be obtuse and pedantic at the same time.  Best of luck to you.
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mr Lyons
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08:10 AM on 10/24/2012
"through their achievements and sustained contribution, the candidates have distinguished themselves from others employed in the same field."
In Canada, not only can you repeatedly break the law, but if you put in that little extra effort, you'll get a medal.
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suvariboy
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08:51 AM on 10/24/2012
Fanned and faved mr Lyons!
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Marg Wood
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11:45 AM on 10/24/2012
What happened to minimum sentencing for repeat offenders? Or is that just for those marijuana smokers?
07:53 AM on 10/24/2012
Just another page from the hidden agenda of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada. You know, the guys who kept assuring voters that they had no hidden agenda.

Once again, if anyone believes that this was done without the explicit approval of the PMO and Stephen Harper himself, they haven't a clue how Ottawa works these days. This is another salvo in the battle to reopen the abortion debate and send us back to the 60s on this issue.
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georgee2
My Canada Includes Everyone
07:52 AM on 10/24/2012
Tough on crime only when it suits their election needs. Ah the conservative way.
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AuntiFascist
As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.
07:52 AM on 10/24/2012
Hey Harper, your Reform Party is showing through the thin veneer of what's left of the Conservative Party. One good rain and the Conservative veneer should wash right away.
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Torontosaurous
07:46 AM on 10/24/2012
Yes,these women are just like Martin Luther King ! Maybe the pope should make them saints,they sound like his kind of people.Harrassing women who are trying to get abortions is a pretty disgusting pastime,I'm glad they have been jailed.
Vellacott and the rest of the Christian right deserve to fade away and disappear into history where they belong.
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Toddynho
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07:14 AM on 10/24/2012
This should get the fetus worshipers excited.

Also, can we not call this person an activist? Or call what she does "civil disobedience"? If she were taking on governments or corporations, maybe, but since she targets distressed women making difficult choices for her bullying, she's little more than a public menace.
06:59 AM on 10/24/2012
Wow they are handing out 60000 jubilee medals, it sounds like something out of a crackerbox.
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mr Lyons
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08:12 AM on 10/24/2012
i got one for separating my recycling.
04:18 PM on 10/24/2012
lol
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08:17 AM on 10/24/2012
In actual fact, these Medals are a significant benchmark for many who have served. They are recognition of service to peers and nation. This MP's actions have cheapened their importance, as confirmed by the content of your post. I am not in any way attacking you, I am simply saying that you make my point. As a retired Military man I can't tell you how offended I am by this MP's contemptible actions.
09:49 AM on 10/24/2012
I agree.....this devalues the medal...in the most unhonourably way..
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nete peedham
10:19 AM on 10/24/2012
Oh, give it a rest, Art. These medals were given away to every brown-noser in the military for years.
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06:40 AM on 10/24/2012
What is it about Conservatism and religion. They seem to be inseparable. Whether fighting against abortion (life) or the first to go to war (death), they are a contradiction in terms.
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Marg Wood
Peace
12:17 PM on 10/24/2012
Conservative Having power or wish to conserve; one adverse to change.
06:38 AM on 10/24/2012
The picture of the cupie doll is too much.
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TT Esty1
Failure is a temporary condition.
04:58 AM on 10/24/2012
The action of these two women is a form of bullying and Vellacott is condoning this bullying by cloaking it a perverse ideology that maintains that his will or their will should be imposed. Calling abortion murder, does not make it so but is used to justify the bullying. The anti-Choice cabal have no right to demand that women give up their control over their own bodies. The anti-Choice cabal may procreate as much as they wish but thay cannot demand that others follow likewise. Their bullying tactics are offensive and to disquise these bullying tactics under the guise of protecting is self serving.
06:33 AM on 10/24/2012
Hey I am right with you, send them back to Jail, bring them up on charges of harrassment and bullying.
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Skookum1
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02:57 AM on 10/24/2012
What's completely inappropriate is your news organization constantly featuring pictures of fetuses day after day after day, in this case making a banner headline out of one......how many pics of dead bodies of other kinds do you post on a daily basis?

You're disgusting.
04:46 AM on 10/24/2012
But then you should really consider how many little babies are killed in their mother's womb every day, every week, month, year. It's a staggering number of our our offspring that we kill in 'enlightened' America. What is worse, the reality, or the image of that terrible truth?
06:34 AM on 10/24/2012
When are you going to get your head out other people 's reproductive organs, which are none of your business and back into your own.
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suvariboy
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07:56 AM on 10/24/2012
Perhaps we should bring Gawd up on charges as well. How many fetuses does he spontaneously abort every year? It's staggering the number of fetuses he kills in this "enlightened" world.

These women are criminals and should be treated as such. They must learn that their actions have consequences. If they don't learn this valuable lesson and then kill a doctor who provides abortions to women are you gonna say that they did good?
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PiperSniper
08:41 AM on 10/24/2012
Pretty sure the one in the picture is plastic