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Kelly Doig's Major Paper Presentation: "A Right without Access is no Right at All”: The Canadian Abortion Rights Action League, 1974-1988."

In 1969, the Canadian government passed the Criminal Law Amendment Act which decriminalized abortion under specific circumstances. The law allowed legal abortions only if a committee of three doctors found that the mother’s health was at risk and if the doctor performed the abortion in an accredited hospital. However, over the next two decades Canadian women faced many obstacles in obtaining legal abortions until, in 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v. Morgentaler found the law to be unconstitutional. This major research paper

Ryan Paranyi's MA Thesis Defence: "Methodism and the Christian Gentleman in Mid-Victorian Rural Ontario"

This thesis will argue that the lived religion of young Methodist men in rural Ontario from 1866 to 1874 contributed to the creation of a particular ideal of rural masculinity known as the “Christian Gentleman.” The existing historical literature on this topic has focused on the urban-centred middle-class Christianity of the 1880s and 1890s and has tended to ignore alternative visions of Christian manliness that arose in rural communities much earlier. This thesis will make use of the farm diaries of three young Methodist men in mid-Victorian Ontario: Samuel Johnson (b.

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