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Canada Watch is the EFC's newsletter for supporters and leaders of affiliated institutions. Below are sample newsletters, one of the many benefits of affiliating with the EFC. If your church or institution is not yet an EFC affiliate, find out more about affiliation.

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2016

October/November 2016 (PDF, 397 kb). “The EFC and Our Affiliates Doing Ministry Research Together” (on new initiatives to study why some youth leave church in the transition after highschool, and to study what Canadian congregations think and practise in terms of missions). There’s also “Religious Freedom in Canada: Spotlight on the Ktunaxa Case;” “Join us for upcoming webinars;” “How you can give Faith Today as a gift at almost no cost;” an update from Parliament Hill; a word from President Bruce J. Clemenger; and “Warm words from donors.”

August/September 2016 (PDF, 352 kb). “Physician opens up about assisted suicide and what palliative care has to offer.” There’s also “Disappointed but not giving up: The Trinity Western University case;” “How you can use Faith Today to introduce friends to issues that matter;” “The EFC gathers leaders to discuss hope and change;” an update from Parliament Hill; a word from President Bruce J. Clemenger; and “Warm words from donors.”

Canada Watch June/July 2016 June/July 2016 (PDF, 363 kb). “ ‘The most important religious freedom case since the Charter’ – and how you are helping,” an article about the legal cases related to a proposed law school at Trinity Western University. There’s also “Webinar ministry continues to grow;” “Your magazine wins at Canadian Church Press awards;” a sneak peek at the Jul/Aug issue of Faith Today; a word of thanks from President Bruce J. Clemenger; and our regular update from Parliament Hill.

April/May 2016 (PDF, 415 kb). “You Can Help the EFC Protect Life in Canada.” There’s also “The EFC represents you at global gathering”; an update on the TWU law school case; an overview of some questions asked and answered at recent webinars on assisted suicide, clergy wellness, and helping refugees; a word of thanks from President Bruce J. Clemenger; and our regular update from Parliament Hill.

Feb/Mar2016 (PDF, 508 kb). “The EFC Fights Sexual Exploitation – With Your Help.” There’s also “Spotlight on Love Is Moving, an innovative, Canadian, youth-focused initiative”; a word of thanks from President Bruce J. Clemenger; encouraging notes from donors; and our regular update from Parliament Hill.

2015

Dec2015/Jan2016 (PDF, 387 kb). “The EFC welcomes the Love Movement and ushers in a new era of youth engagement.” There’s also “The EFC leads religious leaders in calling for better palliative care, not euthanasia”; details about how your support helps the Church respond to the needs of Syrian refugees; a word of thanks from President Bruce J. Clemenger; encouraging notes from donors; our regular update from Parliament Hill; and a report from the EFC's recent Presidents Day event.

Oct/Nov 2015 (PDF, 318 kb).Canada Watch October November 2015 “Join Us to Bless Canada in the Name of Jesus,” an interview with EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger about the organization's new mission statement. “Your Gifts Help Churches Deal With the Syrian Refugee Crisis.” Details about how your support helped create the 2015 EFC Federal Election Kit (in both official languages). Encouraging notes from donors. And our regular update from Parliament Hill.

Aug/Sept 2015 (PDF, 514 kb). “What We Need to Know: EFC research can help us understand church trends in Canada.” "Webinars answer important questions from Canadian Christians." Details about the EFC's congregation affiliation program. Sneak peek at the Sep/Oct issue of Faith Today. Encouraging notes from donors. And our regular update from Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

Jun/July 2015 (PDF, 423 kb). “The Importance of Showing Up: An Interview With the EFC’s 'Life Lawyer.'” Spotlight on "What You Need to Know About Praying in Public and the Saguenay Case." News about the EFC's new webinar series. And our regular update from Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

Apr/May 2015 (PDF, 388 kb). "Why Should We Be Involved in the Euthanasia Issue in Canada?" Spotlight "Going Deeper on Euthanasia: Q and A with EFC President Bruce Clemenger." News about EFC plans to launch a webinar series. Profile of EFC staff Blake Weller. And our regular update from Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

Canada Watch February March 2015Feb/Mar 2015 (PDF, 434 kb). "What Could Prostitution and Palliative Care Possibly Have in Common? How you are shaping two top issues in Canada." Spotlight on "What We All Learned From the Passing of New Prostitution Laws (Bill C-36)." News about a Nova Scotia court victory for Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. Information on how you can get a no-cost estate plan to make your legacy giving have impact for God. And our regular update on Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

Canada Watch December 2014 January 2014Dec 2014/Jan 2015 (PDF, 398 kb). "What’s it like to talk about the Bible in the Supreme Court of Canada? An EFC lawyer takes us behind the scenes," including suggestions of how you help this important work. Spotlight on "The EFC and its donors: A warm community of friendship." News about how Faith Today magazine is thriving since its September redesign. An explanation of how you can collect Air Miles for the EFC. And our regular update on Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

2014

Oct/Nov 2014 (PDF, 381kb). "The EFC Fights Euthanasia on October 15," explaining how you can be involved in a crucial upcoming Supreme Court case. There’s also a spotlight on "The EFC at 50"; news about the Quebec prayer summit coming in January and about the success of the beautiful new Faith Today launched in September; a profile of EFC team member Anita Kwan; and our regular update on Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

Aug/Sep 2014 (PDF, 419kb). "The Art of the Partner," an interview with Aileen Van Ginkel, vice-president of ministry services. There’s also an explanation of what "Influence, Impact and Identity" mean; a preview of the beautiful new Faith Today launching in September; a profile of EFC team member Kathy Brooker; and our regular update on Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

2014 Canada Watch AprilMayJun/Jul 2014 (PDF, 455kb). "The EFC Applauds Government Direction With Prostitution Bill." There’s a feature interview with the EFC’s Matthew Gibbins about the EFC Global Mission Roundtable. And don’t miss the latest update on Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

Apr/May 2014 (PDF, 399kb) starts off with "Loyola Religious Freedom Case: An Inside Look at an EFC Intervention in the Supreme Court." There’s also an interview with Rick Hiemstra about what EFC research means for donors; "An EFC Intern Clips Papers – and Sees the Breadth of EFC’s Concerns"; a pie chart explaining EFC finances from 2013; and our regular update on Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

Feb/Mar 2014 (PDF, 533kb). "Happy 50th Birthday to the EFC!" Plus some anniversary commendations from Christian leaders; a profile of the Ottawa team at the EFC Centre for Faith and Public Life; and our regular update on Parliament Hill and message from President Bruce J. Clemenger.

Dec 2013/Jan 2014 (PDF, 551kb). "Presidents Day Includes Visit With Prime Minister." Answers to common questions donors ask. A profile of Erin Gordon, who works with EFC donor and affiliate relations. Update on Parliament Hill. Message from EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger.

2013

Oct/Nov 2013 (PDF, 638kb). Explains how "The EFC Says No to Quebec's Euthanasia Bill." There’s also an explanation of the the terms "secularism" and "pluralism"; a profile of Bonnie Knoll, an EFC staffperson in donor relations; and our regular update on Parliament Hill and message from the president Bruce J. Clemenger.

Aug/Sep 2013 (PDF, 573kb). Explains how an EFC intern was encouraged to continue his studies after seeing how the EFC is having a positive influence on government and public policy. There’s also a series of questions and answers on the EFC's work in Ottawa at the EFC Centre for Faith and Public Life; a profile of Gina Waugh, the EFC's director of marketing; and a message from the president Bruce J. Clemenger.

Jun/Jul 2013 (PDF, 492kb). "Parliament Stops. The EFC Keeps Going" explains how the government’s summer break is a crucial time for EFC staff to research and write materials for upcoming court cases and legislation – and how your ongoing support is important. There’s also a profile of Julia Beazley, the EFC’s expert on poverty and prostitution; a "Q&A Spotlight" with Michael Parenteau, the EFC’s vice-president of development and communications; and the usual update on Parliament Hill and message from the president Bruce J. Clemenger.

Apr/May 2013 (PDF, 266kb). "The EFC is a National Pro-Life Leader" offers a bit of history and explains how May is a sort of unofficial pro-life month – and how you can get involved. There's also a profile of EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger, a "Q&A Spotlight" on Faith Today, and the usual update on Parliament Hill along with a guide to "De-coding 'On Parliament Hill.' "

Feb/Mar 2013 (PDF, 497kb). "The EFC Throws Support Behind National Housing Strategy" explains the EFC's support of Bill C-400, an Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing. There's also an interview with Matthew Gibbins, executive director of the EFC’s Global Mission Roundtable. Plus a report from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. And EFC Vice-President Aileen Van Ginkel explains how "The EFC Plays Key Role in the World Evangelical Alliance."

Dec 2012/Jan 2013 (PDF, 507kb). "Christmas in Ottawa With the EFC" looks at the symbolic and strategic work of the EFC Ottawa office, launched in 1996 as the Centre for Faith and Public Life. There's also an interview with Rick Hiemstra, director of EFC’s Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism. Plus a report from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. And more!

Oct/Nov 2012 (PDF, 443kb). "EFC Partnership Produces Ground-Breaking Research" reflects on a study by the EFC's Youth and Young Adult Roundtable. The study Hemorrhaging Faith: Why and When Canadian Young Adults Are Leaving, Staying and Returning to Church demonstrates the strength of collaboration at this critical time for the Church in Canada. There's also an interview with David Wells, the outgoing chair of the EFC board of directors. Plus a report from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. And more!

2012

Fall 2012 (PDF, 293kb, Sep. 20, 2012). "A Moment to Celebrate" reflects on the passage into law of new human trafficking legislation. There's also news about an exciting new report on why youth leave the church and why they stay. Plus a report from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. And more.

Summer 2012 (PDF, 488kb, July 4, 2012). The cover article explains how to contact your MP during BBQ season and how that's important. There's also an interview with Bill Fledderus, senior editor of the EFC magazine Faith Today, about some exciting changes in the magazine and its digital versions. Plus a report from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. And more.

Spring 2012 (PDF, 312kb, Apr. 4, 2012). The cover article explains how the EFC is supporting calls for Parliament to examine the outdated definition of "human being" in the Criminal Code. There's also coverage of the Supreme Court's decision on a Quebec religion course (the EFC intervened). And more.

Winter 2012 (PDF, 244kb, Dec. 5, 2011). Human trafficking and more.

2011

Fall 2011 (PDF, 419kb, Oct. 25, 2011). A national gathering of prayer leaders, what the EFC is doing to protect freedom of expression, and more.

Summer 2011 (PDF, 329kb) examines why a Quebec court case about the province's mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture course matters so much, spotlights an EFC partnership called the Canadian Network for Ministries to Muslims, and looks at government promises to finally create an Office of Religious Freedom, among other articles.

Spring 2011 (PDF, 900kb) examines the current challenges to Canada's prostitution laws, among other articles.

Winter 2011 (PDF, 400kb) includes links to some great ministry resources and quick information on a child-focused ministry partnership, plus a message from President Bruce Clemenger and an update from staff working on Parliament Hill.

2010

Winter 2010: Human Trafficking - A Story You Must Read; Update From the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life in Ottawa; The EFC Global Missions Roundtable; The EFC’s Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism Looks at Evangelical Congregational Finance; and more. 

2009

Summer 2009: CRCE Database Helps Affiliates; EFC Research to Impact Canadian Churches; Hill Watch; From the President; EFC Partners on Healing Journey; EFC Reaches Canadian Christian Leaders; EFC Supporters Rise to the Occasion; and more.

Spring 2009: A New Year With the EFC. Introducing the Canadian Marriage and Family Network. Hill Watch. Engaging Youth. From the President. Important New Research. Events You Won't Want to Miss. New Affiliates.

2008

No issues were published.

2007

Winter 2007: New Research Centre. Hill Watch. Presidents Day. What's New. EFC Equips Multicultural Ministry. Law Watch. EFC Speakers. EFC Event Calendar. New Affiliates.

Spring 2007 (pastors version): EFC Research Centre to Serve Affiliate Churches; Talking Points for Pastors on Darfur; EFC Networks Have Growing Impact in Canada; Resources for Church Leaders; EFC Brings Canadians Together for Prayer; The Five "I's" for Canadian Evangelicals; The EFC Upholding Biblical Principles; Micah Challenge Canada Launches Half-Time Campaign; Join Celebration 2007; Word from the President

Spring 2007 (ministry leaders version): EFC Research Centre to Serve Affiliate Churches; Leadership Focus (Three Weak Links); EFC Networks Have Growing Impact in Canada; Your EFC Team in Ottawa; EFC Responds to Discrimination Against Pro-life Groups; Announcing EFC’s New General Legal Counsel; The Five "I's" for Canadian Evangelicals; The EFC Upholding Biblical Principles; EFC Welcomes New Affiliates; EFC Goes Global; Word from the President

2006

Fall 2006: Upholding Marriage Whatever the Vote; EFC Holds Cineplex Accountable; Marriage Ministries Network Grows in Canada; Transforming Canada One Event at a Time; A Petition that Parliament Will Have to Notice (age of consent); EFC and the Courts; and more.

Spring 2006: Stop the Presses--Faith Today Contributes to Election Debate; Bruce Clemenger Reflects on the Ottawa Office's Tenth Anniversary; EFC and the New Parliament; EFC Election Toolkit; EFC Sponsored Prayer on the Hill; EFC in the Media; Celebration 2006; EFC Events Calendar; New Euthanasia Resource; and more.

2005

Fall 2005: If Jesus Were Mayor, What Would Your Community Look Like?, a reflection by Bruce Clemenger; EFC's Ottawa Office Expands; A Legacy Worth Giving: EFC Hires Legacy Giving Advisor; An Interview with David Macfarlane about Celebration 2005 and His Vision for the Church; Inside Ottawa (Marriage, Religious Freedom, Protecting the Bible); Inside the Micah Challenge Tool Kit; and more.

Summer 2005: Being Faithful, a reflection by Bruce Clemenger; What Next? An EFC statement released when the House of Commons passed the same-sex marriage bill; The Micah Challenge--Are You Ready?; Inside Ottawa; God in Your Neighbourhood; Affiliating with the EFC; and more.

Spring 2005: Public Witness, a reflection by Bruce Clemenger; World Evangelical Alliance office moves to Markham; Ottawa update on marriage, child porn and prostitution; consultations held around poverty and homelessness, national evangelism, youth ministry; and more.

Winter 2005: Other versions of this crucial issue on defending marriage ("Actions that Can Make a Difference"), including black and white versions that photocopy well, and a Korean (Hanguk) translation provided by an EFC affiliate, are available upon request.

2004

Fall 2004: Introductions to the Micah Challenge, Celebration 2005, Fighting Child Pornography, and more.

Summer 2004: A look back on the past year: Marriage on the Rock, Connecting Pastors, Addressing Homelessness, Youth Ministry Forum, Aboriginal Christian Leaders Consultation, Countering Bill C-250 (Hate Propaganda), Defending the Persecuted at the UN, Intercepting Unfair Polling, Defending Marriage, Fighting Child Porn, Bill C-13 (Genetics), and more.

Spring 2004: Why Vote? Preparing for the Election, Understanding the Issues, Elections 101, and more.

Winter 2004: What are Canadians Saying to the Church? The Ipsos-Reid Poll, Who Are We? How Many Are We? Where Are We? Our Beliefs and Practices, and more, including an article on Marriage on the Rock.

2003

Fall 2003: Marriage--What Next? Legal and Political Developments, Why Marriage Must Be Defended, What the EFC Has Done/Is Doing/Will Do, Guidelines for Action, What Churches Can Do, and more.

Summer 2003: Our Freedoms Threatened, The EFC's New President, UN Commission on Human Rights, Marriage Redefined, New Video Encourages Christians to Uphold Marriage, New Christianity.ca Web Site, and more.

Spring 2003: The EFC--What's That?, The New Canada Watch, How to Pray About Marriage Policy (Marriage Kit), Bill C-250 Takes a Turn for the Worse, and more.

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