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Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth at BU

image_4Conservative MP from the Kitchener Centre, Stephen Woodworth spoke to approximately 25 students at Brandon University on Monday, January 21. Mr. Woodworth spoke on the topic of why the legal recognition of the equal worth and dignity of every human being should be re-established in Canada. He briefly explained the misconceptions of Motion 312, which was the Private Members bill he introduced in 2012. “Motion 312 isn’t about abortion,” Mr. Woodworth stated before explaining his motion sought the formation of a committee from the House of Commons to be appointed to review Subsection of 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Subsection 223(1) states that a child becomes a human being only at the moment of complete birth, Mr. Woodworth stated the revision of this 400 year old law is necessary because modern medicine has since disproven the law. To read the full motion click here


Following his 45 minute presentation Mr. Woodworth answered questions from students. While the topic of Mr. Woodworth’s presentation and Motion 312 were not on abortion, the majority of questions became abortion focused with many questions being situational in nature. “The event has since sparked discussion on and off campus which is great to see!” Said BUSL president Catherine Dubois, “This is the purpose of our club, in a nut shell, so it is great to engage with other students with varying opinions and get conversations started.”




Day of Silent Solidarity

BUSL members capped off the week with an all-day long Day of Silent Solidarity for the Unborn. The day started with laughter as students began to cover themselves with “life tags” and all members wore “Right to Life” across their backs in the custom red duct tape, before giving up the “right” to speak for the day in solidarity with all those who have been silenced by abortion. 20131122_103316 As  students went about their day to day activities, many found it difficult not to speak, be it a simple greeting, asking a question or conversing with friends, but instead BUSL members passed out and/or left cards around campus stating “Why I am Silent”. These informative cards, which were later removed from campus after complaint that they were offensive, had fetal development facts on one side with abortion statistics on the other. When not in class BUSL executive members sat in the mingling area, a campus hotspot, and had curious students approach them. In their silent witness and through the informative cards some students chose to create their own “life tags”; taking with them a greater respect for human life and informative cards to pass out. 20131122_103241Today evidenced that is it not necessarily how or what you say that can make the biggest difference, but what you chose to do instead to create a change. Let the change start with you!  

Click here for “Why I am Silent” cards or to visit the Day of Silent Solidarity Website.

Club Day Success

Today was a historic day on campus at Brandon University (MB). It’s been over a decade of attempts at Brandon University for a ratified pro-life club engaging and educating students in a logical, and compassionate way. This has not been for a want of trying.

20130911_100949Thus, this Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, at 10:00 am marked the beginning of the first official pro-life campus event at BU. All three Executive Members—Catherine Dubois (President), Andrew Madill (Secretary), and Caroline Dubois (Treasurer)—were able to kick-off the school year as a fully ratified university club. Exercising their rights as a club with official status—gained only recently on August 30th after a year of frustrating dealings with the university’s Students Union—Brandon University Students for Life (BUSL) members set up in a prime spot in the Mingling Area along with the other campus groups. Although at first glance none could see a difference between the BUSL display and that of other clubs, it was the energy and enthusiasm of BUSL club members that set the display apart. This first event as an official club was enormously important in the hearts of BU pro-lifers past and present.

Hundreds of students passed by the table throughout the day, with  many of them stopping to ask questions and to chat with BUSL members. There were even visits from BU faculty, some of whom, although not necessarily agreeing wholeheartedly with all aspects of the pro-life message, expressed support for BUSL’s presence on campus.

The air at the recruitment table escalated as the day went on, and spirits were high by the end as BUSL engaged in many encouraging and open discussions with interested students and faculty. Representatives of the Students Union were on-hand to assist BUSL members with set-up, and Administration even popped by to talk to BUSL President, Catherine Dubois, about the campus environment.

20130911_142108The students that visited the table were each unique, with different histories and different goals in life; but they all shared in the desire to learn more, they wanted to engage. One student directly approached the table with the affirmation, “Oh, I’m fully pro-life!” Other students had honest desires for intellectual debate, and some, having very little knowledge of anything pro-life, just wanted to know more. “We met so many more students this morning than I ever expected to even glance at our display. After years of pro-life recruitment, education and promotion, I’ve never been in a more positive atmosphere,” one pro-life veteran stated.

BU alumni previously involved with attempts to start up campus pro-life groups were elated only one week ago when BUSL officially announced that the prolonged battle for club status had been a victory. Some had not only experienced discrimination and censorship by their own Students Union firsthand, but had also watched younger and older siblings struggle through the same seemingly endless cycle of maltreatment. The success of today’s event sent another wave of excitement and joy through pro-life alumni and supporters everywhere as that cycle is no longer a reality at BU.

There were no accusations, no harsh words or name-calling, no shouting matches or physical altercations. Judgement and discrimination were nowhere to be found. Not everyone agreed, but no parties were silence because of it. There was just honest discussion of the facts on both sides. Doesn’t that sound like an ideal atmosphere on a university campus? Sure does.


News Release

BRANDON, MB (September 9, 2013) – As the school year begins, a pro-life club at Brandon University has finally been granted full club status after a lengthy process that has taken an entire year.

“It’s been a long, frustrating year so we’re glad to finally have official club status,” said Catherine Dubois, President of Brandon Students for Life. “It has taken a great deal of work to get us here, but we are thrilled at the opportunity to spread the pro-life message on campus! Our executive has a lot planned for this semester and so now that we have status we can hit the ground running. We are extremely excited to be ratified and to be able to really engage, connect with, and educate our peers.”

The student union’s decision was communicated to the club’s lawyer, John Carpay, at the end of August. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms had intervened at the end of April by informing the student union that legal action would be taken if club status was not granted.

“It is illegal for a student union to deny club status on the basis of the club’s beliefs, opinions, or philosophy. All students are required to pay dues to the student union, and all students enjoy the same right to start the club of their choice. I am pleased that the situation at Brandon was resolved without needing to go to court,” stated Carpay, President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

The controversy began in August 2012 when Catherine Dubois and another club member met with the student union president and vice-president external to discuss starting a pro-life club. They were then informed that the student union would not approve a pro-life club, as they wished to avoid division on campus. The pro-life students filed for status despite this on January 23, 2013, but received a rejection on February 4th, citing conflicts between the union’s bylaws and the club’s constitution.

Students for Life continued their fight for status, and further inquired about what policies their proposed constitution required. After receiving the policies and discussing the issues with members of the student union, the club made amendments and resubmitted on March 5th.

On April 2nd, the club was informed that the student union would defer the decision on whether or not to grant status to next year’s council, thus preventing the club from having status on campus for an entire year.

“Getting club status should not require an entire year or lawyers,” stated Anastasia Pearse, Western Campus Coordinator for the National Campus Life Network, a Canadian organization that exists to support pro-life clubs like Students for Life. “We applaud the student union’s decision, but the club should never have had to go through this lengthy process in the first place.”


For further comment please contact:

Catherine Dubois, President, Brandon University Students for Life,

Anastasia Pearse, Western Campus Coordinator, National Campus Life Network,, 604-365-3484

John Carpay, President, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms,, 403-619-8014

Crossroads Canada


 From back left: Ian, Scott, Amy, Catherine, Kelly, Lucy, Marianna

From front left: Caroline, Heather, Corrine

On June 26, 2013 Crossroads Canada walkers passed through Brandon, Manitoba on their way to Ottawa for the August 10 pro-life rally taking place at Parliament Hill. The Crossroad walkers are completing a three month trek across Canada, from Vancouver to Ottawa, to raise awareness about the pro-life movement. Crossroads was founded by Steve Sanborn, a university student from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio in 1995. Today, Crossroads has grown internationally, with four walks in America, one in Spain, Australia, Ireland, and Canada.

The Crossroads Canada walkers average 25 kilometers per person per day; on their best day they traversed 85 kilometers. They start walking as early as possible and stop around sunset, the participants wear neon colored shirts, for added visibility, simply stating “Pro-life”. This year’s team was made of up of seven people from all over Canada and even one America. It was inspiring to meet people bearing such a strong witness to the pro-life movement! I wish them a safe trip and praise them for their dedication to the Culture of Life.


For more information on Crossroads visit their website or checkout their Facebook page