Douglas said any criticism about the contest using the term "mail-order bride" is unfounded, but seemed confused when told the implication is that a man chooses a woman out of a catalogue.

"The older implication might imply that, but we've made it so clear right from the beginning that there's nothing of that nature," he said.

A few dozen people gathered outside the radio station to protest the contest Thursday, as employees looked on from inside.

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This contest does not align with our corporate values.

As a result, the NSLC has ended our advertising campaign four days earlier than planned," Rick Perkins, vice-president of business development and communications, said in an email.

The valentines began being created with lace, ribbon, colors, pictures, etc.

In the United States the first mass production of valentines started in 1847.

In a statement in the House of Commons Wednesday, Leslie said the contest is promoting an environment in which women are offered up as trophies. As a Canadian, I want to apologize to all Czech women and to the 50,000 women of Czech descent living in Canada.

Incredible women like: Chaviva Hosek, Hana Gartner, and Halifax's own Lucy Decoutere," Leslie said.

Valentine.”The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates St.

Valentine but on July 6th, the former date in honor of the Roman Presbyter Saint Valentine, & July 30th, the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine. Valentinus, but perhaps the most popular story is that he was imprisoned for marrying soldiers who were forbidden, and ministering Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.

One of the aims of the protest, he said, was to target advertisers with hopes of ads being pulled.