Coming Soon: “It’s A Girl!” Screening

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Friday, March 7, 2013 | 7pm | University of Manitoba @ Hanley Hall, St. Paul’s College 
*Free Admission*

Watch the exclusive trailer:

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.

Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.

The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old traditions and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.

Shot on location in India and China, It’s A Girl reveals this issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.

This documentary film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.
Twitter: @defendgirls

Tomorrow!: Abortion, A Medical Procedure

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The University of Manitoba, Students for a Culture of Life, will be hosting yet another lecture series.

This lecture series will be answering and exploring the following question…
What is abortion – simply a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy? While technically this is true, describing abortion in such a way does absolutely nothing to portray the violent way preborn children are murdered daily. Come out and have your eyes opened to some unpleasant but important truths.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Larry Rados who is an emergency physician working in Winnipeg at misericordia urgent care. He is also a lecturer in the department of family medicine at the university of Manitoba. Over the past several years, Dr. Rados has had the opportunity to give presentations on various pro-life topics throughout the province. He has served as the Vice President for Manitoba physicians for life. In 2007 he was presented with the Joe Borowski award by the Winnipeg League For Life for his efforts in promoting a culture of life. Dr. Rados lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Jacquie and their four children.

This talk will be held at the University of Manitoba in the University Centre, Room 217 (GSA lounge) on Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2013.



Tree of Life Donation Drive – Kick off Nov 22

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Generic-page-001The University of Manitoba, Students for a Culture of Life will be hosting a Donation Drive to support women who are in Crisis Pregnancies.


The kick off for the donation drive will be on
Friday, November 22 from 12:00pm-1:00pm
This event will consist of live music, a short talk, and encouragment to donate money/items.

Featuring music by AML

All proceeds go to support women in crisis pregnancies


The Tree of Life Donation Drive runs until December 20, 2013 to which all proceeds will be made to support local pregnant women in form of kitchenware, household items, personal items and infant necessities.

Suggested items:
*Diapers for 3-5 months
*”Good Start” baby formula
*warm clothes for babies.
* Dishes
* Glasses
* Cutlery
* Bakeware
* Cooking utensils
* Coffee maker
* Toaster
* Pots and pans
* Diapers and baby wipes
* Baby clothes
* Bibs, receiving blankets, quilts
* Personal items for moms such as body lotion, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, body wash, soap
* Casual maternity clothes
* nursing bras
* nursing pads
* maxi pads
* Baby slings
* Strollers, Cribs (purchased after 1989)
* Household items such as utensils, glassware, cookware, baking supplies, casserole dishes etc.
* Laundry baskets, wastepaper baskets
* hangers
* blank calendars for current or next year
* clock radios
* fans, heaters


1. Christ the King Chapel in St. Paul’s College, UofM Fort Garry Campus, between 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday

2. Hull’s Family Bookstore located at 372 Graham Ave. @ Carlton Street

3. Stephanchew Church Goods located at 337 William Ave.

If these options are also not possible for you, please contact us at to make other arrangements.

Cheques and monetary donations may be left at the UMSU office as well, to be placed in our mailbox, no. 52. They can also be mailed to us using the address:

University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life
Mailbox no. 52
101 University Centre
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Please help us support those who have chosen life! We greatly thank them for making a beautiful decision. Viva la vida!

A Response to the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) by Kateri Muys of the Nursing Student’s Association

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The following commentary was given after our GAP display at the Student Council Meeting

UMSU address and commentary on the motion to ban the student group “University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life (or UMSCL)”

Kateri Muys, Senior Stick
Nursing Students’ Association
Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba

I wanted to make some sort of commentary due to the discussion of this display on campus. After speaking with various students, faculty and administration in the Faculty of Nursing, friends in other programs and teachers and administration from other faculties at the University of Manitoba, I wanted to present a few points on the topic of banning the student pro-life group on campus.

First, as a collective amount of people, the pro-life movement has something called the march for life annually in every major city across North America. This past year saw just over 600,000 people advocating the prolife cause in Washington DC, 20,000 people advocating this pro-life cause in Ottawa, and here in Winnipeg just under 1000 people. In Brandon, Manitoba, there are pro-life slogans and images on benches around the city. In Winnipeg there are organizations that are planning on purchasing space on transit buses similar to the atheist/agnostic slogans featured on buses which I am sure many of us here have heard of. In Atlanta, Georgia, there are billboards depicting an African American baby with a tear rolling down their cheek and the caption “Black Genocide” and then for more information a link which leads to the statistics regarding ethnic groups and minorities and their rates of abortion.

This is a controversial topic but luckily the motion tonight is not one of conflicting ideologies.
It is a motion regarding the banning of the only voice at the University of Manitoba of a pro-life group and those that identify as pro-life; which, as I have outlined already, there are a lot of people who identify as pro-life, who are active in the movement and even this particular group on campus has the support of external pro-life groups including legal support and financial donations.

Again, this campus boasts three religious colleges on campus and more than likely there are pro-choice and pro-life people in all of our programs. I want to think of tolerance and dialogue as I am sure there are pro-life students in my program as well.

Tolerance vs. Banning?
From a tolerance perspective, I have to wonder if banning this student group would even serve a purpose. The students involved and the supporters of this pro-life group will continue to meet, gather, and I already know of rooms and speakers that would continue to be provided to them even without student status. If there is an agenda that thinks banning this student group will end their activity, I am curious to know what exactly would change as this group already has multiple supports and likely would carry on doing the exact same things they are doing. This suggests banning might be ineffective and that dialoguing between umsu and this student group might be a better route.

As mentioned by an administrative member in the Faculty of Nursing on this topic of banning the pro-life group, this faculty member noted that in nursing we try to make moments like these teachable moments and work towards how we can ease conflict in the future through dialogue. As nurses, we take an involved view in this topic as we are part of the medical team and often a first resource to women who are considering abortion and their choices. I went to see the display after hearing about it and was impressed to see the pro-life and pro-choice views both being presented. This suggests if there was a person questioning their beliefs or considering having an abortion, they could make an informed decision due to both groups being present. It seems the venue for those seeking to ban this student group might be better off to form a pro-choice group on campus or through ventures in other student groups rather than banning which may be ineffective and the pro-choice view could be presented alongside these projects.

Freedom of speech
From the literature and imagery provided and any penalizing due to their choice of literature or images as any university or regulatory body, you either have free speech or you don’t. If you regulate free speech, it ceases to be free speech; instead, you have a speech code and tyranny of the majority regulating what is and isn’t acceptable speech. In Winnipeg the pro-life cause is a minority – 200 miles south in recent Gallup polling it is the majority which makes what is and isn’t acceptable every more of a gray area.

According (as of June 2013), Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act – Hate speech (or in our case images included) is no longer part of the Canadian Human Rights Act. This was done in order to protect civil liberties and free speech and to prevent such incidences of tyranny of the majority over what may not be popular free speech. All things considered, if banning this student group would be unjust and unfounded according to the Canadian Human Rights Act, I fail to see how banning this student group can be founded here at University of Manitoba by any regulatory body. Thus it seems, banning a student group is an unjust motion denying students group status and those students on campus the same rights granted to other student groups.

THIS FRIDAY AND NEXT WEEK: October Baby and “The Case for Personhood”

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The University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life will be hosting a movie night on October 18th and what better movie for October than October Baby?October Baby is a 2011 American dramatic film directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin and starring Rachel Hendrix in her film debut. It is the story of a young woman named Hannah, who learns that she was almost aborted as a baby in the womb. She then embarks upon a road trip to understand the circumstances of her birth.

The movie will start at 7:00pm on Friday, October 18th and be held at the University of Manitoba in the Student Group Resource Centre (Room 180) of the Helen Glass building.

There is no cost for this event, it’s free so bring your friends!

If you’d like to watch the trailer, click here >


What makes a human being a person? Is there a difference between the two? Should there be? Do we have rights because we’re human or because we’re persons? Why does the definition of a person change so often and is it important? Join us as we use philosophy and history to grapple with these crucial questions.

Join us on Thursday, October 24th at 7:30pm in the GSA lounge (Room 217) of the University Centre to have these questions answered!

Our speaker for this event will be Fr. Denys A. Scully.

Father Denys was born and raised in British Columbia. After high school he went to college and thereafter worked at various jobs, eventually entering a 25 year policing career. His first 8 years in policing were with the RCMP, being posted to the provinces of Quebec and Saskatchewan before eventually returning to BC. In BC he left the RCMP to join the Abbotsford (municipal) Police Department, with which he was employed for 17 years. During this career Father Denys was assigned numerous investigative and enforcement roles. His Federal policing included enforcement of immigration, passport and drug statutes and Executive and Diplomatic Protection Services. His Provincial and Municipal policing included assignments in the Patrol, Community Policing, Records, Court Liaison and Traffic Sections as well as various time-durated task forces.

During this time Father Denys and his wife Sharon also owned and managed rental properties and carried on a very active family life in the raising of their 3 daughters. Father Denys also completed his B.A and M.A. degrees. His studies were interdisciplinary in the social science and humanity fields and included, but were not limited to Psychology, Religious Studies, Criminology, Philosophy, English and History.
Always active in community and church, Father Denys has played and coached various sports including hockey, soccer and basketball. He led a local chapter of the Canadian Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. He has also volunteered at prisons and youth detention centres. His local church ministry included work with children, teens and single and married adults. He has served on various leadership teams and committees and been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities, seminars, retreats and more. He also sings and plays guitar and harmonica and has entertained at various events. He and Sharon also love to ballroom dance.
In 2011 Father Denys retired from policing to follow a vocation in Christian ministry. He and Sharon moved to Wisconsin USA where Father Denys attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary, focusing his life and studies on Ascetical Theology and the Divine Liturgy. In September 2012 they moved to Winnipeg where he now serves as Rector of St. David’s the Faithful Anglican Church, a mission of the Anglican Network in Canada. He has a love for the classics, which combines in a creative mixture with his investigative and poetic nature. Besides what his studies and training have afforded him, over his 52 years he has met and interacted with many “persons” in a wide range of settings. He is looking forward to the upcoming presentation and discussion on “The Case for Personhood.”


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News Release


WINNIPEG, MB (October 9 2013) – On the evening of October 7th, the University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life (UMSCL) were glad to witness the defeat of a motion calling for the revocation of their club status. However, they are continuing to express concern about two other motions passed by the University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU).

“We were encouraged to hear members of the council defend free speech on campus and see the motion to revoke our student group status defeated soundly,” states Cara Ginter, vice-president of UMSCL. “Unfortunately, two other motions were passed that could be used to censor our student group and others in the future.”

The first motion was put forward by two students as a response to a pro-life display hosted by the club September 23-25. This display, called the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), uses large posters with pictures of aborted fetuses and victims of historical genocides to argue that abortion is a human rights violation. Council members, including Nursing, Law, and Education representatives, spoke against the motion and it was ultimately defeated.

Two other motions were also presented by the council’s Student Group Promotions and Affairs Committee (SGPAC), which express concern over the content of the display and resolving that (1) the council meet with the university administration “to push for a reconsideration of the review and approval process for public displays” and (2) that the policies governing the penalization of clubs and revocation of club status be reviewed and clarified.

“We applaud the student union’s defeat of the first motion and hope they will use that good sense moving forward,” states Anastasia Pearse, Western Campus Coordinator for National Campus Life Network (NCLN), an organization that supports pro-life students in Canada.  “UMSU is certainly within its rights to review its own policies and even discuss the display approval process with the administration – as long as they don’t attempt to hinder the club’s right to exist and exercise its freedom of expression on campus.”

“The display was a great opportunity to dialogue with students about the issue of abortion,” says Ginter. “We’re looking forward to continuing this conversation over the course of the year, educating our peers about this important human rights issue.”


For more information please contact:

Cara Ginter, vice-president, University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life:

Anastasia Pearse, Western Campus Coordinator for National Campus Life Network:

John Carpay, JCCF President and lawyer acting for the students: 403-619-8014,

More articles concerning UMSCL and GAP:

Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform
Should your campus club do the Genocide Awareness Project this year?
What a Dialogue on Abortion Actually Sounds Like

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
JCCF challenges University of Manitoba Student Union on campus free speech

U. of Manitoba pro-life club survives club status vote, fears future censorship

Winnipeg Free Press
Anger over anti-abortion pics
Display sparks debate with staff and students at U of M

Students protest group’s display comparing abortion to genocide 

The Manitoban
Pro-life on U of M campus
Abortion debate front and centre at the U of M

The Charlatan
Pro-life display compares abortion to Holocaust, Rwandan genocide

University of Manitoba Pro-Life Student Group Are Calling Abortion, “Genocide”: Fellow Students Protest

Monday-Friday: Parking Info

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So I’ve made a minor mistake when I said that Q lot was available to park during the day. It’s only for students during business hours, so the best places are:
– the “Toonie Lot” ($2.50 for two hours, $5 for the whole day) and
– the parkade beside Helen Glass (Between 6am-6pm: $1.75 for each half-hour for that one hour, $2 for each additional hour or portion thereof; DAILY MAXIMUM: $10).

Please click on link below to go to the interactive map (move cursor over a parking area for more information).


In summary:

* For Monday-Wednesday for GAP and Friday for the Intensive Training (aka parking during the day):
– best to park in the Toonie Lot or Parkade

* For Thursday’s presentation (aka the evening, after 4:30pm)
– you can park practically anywhere for free, except for in Chancellor’s Circle, which costs $4 after 4:30pm