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The Canadian Children's Rights Council, is a non-profit, non-governmental educational and advocacy organization concerned with Canadian children's human rights and responsibilities.
Since 2003 over 42,525,000 unique Internet visitors have visited this site to learn about child rights in Canada. Every month we get visitors from over 160 countries.
The three days with the most visitors were February 12, 2008 with 48,301 visitors ( resulting from an article in the Washington Post newspaper ) , July 13, 2008 with 18,110 visitors and April 18, 2013 with 65,450 visitors ( Reddit, Female Sexual Predators - Offenders).
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Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children 1921-1989
Key deadline in orphanage lawsuit could turn ‘the page
with the history of racism in Nova Scotia’
If five or more former residents withdraw from the $29 million class-action settlement by Monday, the terms of the agreement would allow the provincial government to pull out of the deal.
Tony Smith, right, arrived at the orphanage as a five year old in 1965. He says he suffered physical and sexual abuse during his 3 ½ years in the home, an experience echoed by dozens of former residents who have since come forward with their own stories.
Canadian Press, Published on Sun Aug 17 2014, ( Toronto Star, August 18, 2014 )
HALIFAX—Fifteen years after going public with his story of child abuse, Tony Smith says he can’t believe the day has come when a multi-million-dollar settlement involving a Halifax-area orphanage stands on the verge of being finalized.
The deadline for opting out of the $29-million class-action settlement is Monday, a day the self-described survivor of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children says is a dream come true.
“It’s like a burden had been lifted off of my back,” Smith said in an interview. “I never thought it would happen.”
Former residents of the home allege they suffered physical, psychological and sexual abuse mostly at the hands of caregivers while living in the orphanage, which opened in 1921 and operated for nearly 70 years. More..
"It was a Woman" - Documentary on Female Sex Offenders - Predators
This is a very interesting 45 minute film telling the story of a female who was sexually abused by a woman and how she sought treatment and recovered. It features some of the best sources of treatment and authorities about female sex ofenders.
Made in 2013, the documentary includes an interview with Dr. Franca Cortoni, a Clinical Forensic Psychologist who has over 10 year experience studying female sex offenders, a therapist who treats victims of female sexual predators, and highlights the problems for people sexually abused in small communities in which sexual abuse is common. it illustrates some of the reasons that victims of female sexula predators can;t physically escape the presence of their abusers.
Stress on emergency assistance, not prevention, solves little in the long run, professor says.
Professor Stephen Gaetz says homeless youth are thrust into adult roles before their time and the transition is often traumatic.
The Toronto Star, by Leslie Ferenc, GTA, Mon Mar 03 2014
Canada falls short of meeting the needs of homeless youth by treating them as adults and expecting shelter care to solve the problem, according to a new report.
Many youth find themselves “languishing in a shelter for four or five years when they should be in school learning to be an adult with the supports they need . . . instead of rushing them to be adults, living in poverty and becoming chronically homeless adults,” says report author Stephen Gaetz, a professor in York University’s education faculty and director of the Homeless Hub (Canadian Homelessness Research Network).
“By continuing to emphasize emergency supports, as important as they are, rather than prevention or rapid rehousing, our strategy is simply to manage the problem,” he said.
Gaetz is author of Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada which was released Monday. More..
Ontario’s archaic sex-ed curriculum dates from the 1990s, long before Facebook, smart phones and same-sex marriage. Time to get with the times.
The Toronto Star, by Martin Regg Cohn, Provincial Politics, Published on website, Wed Jul 23 2014 and oin the newspaper July 24, 2014
A day after winning the premiership in early 2013, Kathleen Wynne promised to fix one of the lingering embarrassments of her predecessor’s reign.
The incoming premier vowed to tackle Ontario’s outdated educational curriculum — a product of the Mike Harris era — by modernizing its pre-Internet approach to sex-education and mental health topics. More..
The Canadian Press, January 29, 2014
OTTAWA - An Ottawa teen who befriended girls on Facebook and other social media, then forced them to work as escorts, has been found guilty of 30 of 33 charges against her.
The 17-year-old — identified as the ringleader of the group — was found guilty Wednesday on counts including human trafficking, forcible confinement, assault, robbery, sexual assault, child luring and distributing child pornography. More..
Canadian Press, January 24, 2014
BURLINGTON, Ont. — An investigation into sex trade workers operating from hotels led police to a teenage girl they allege was forced into prostitution in Burlington, Ont.
Halton regional police say they rescued the 15-year-old victim and laid human trafficking charges against a 22-year-old woman. More..
The Associated Press, USA, Published Thursday, Jan. 16 2014, By John Heilprin And Nicole WinfieldThe dressing down came in the unlikeliest of places, a stuffy United Nations conference room before an obscure human rights committee. After decades of fending off accusations that its policies and culture of secrecy had contributed to the global priest sex abuse scandal, the Vatican was called to account.
UN experts interrogated The Holy See for eight hours on Thursday about the scale of abuse and what it was doing to prevent it, marking the first time the Vatican had been forced to defend its record at length or in public.
It resembled a courtroom cross-examination, only no question was off-limits, dodging the answer wasn’t an option and the proceedings were webcast live.
The Vatican was compelled to appear before the committee as a signatory to the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child, which among other things calls for governments to take all adequate measures to protect children from harm and ensure their interests are placed above all else.
The Holy See was one of the first states to ratify the treaty in 1990, eager to contribute the church’s experience in caring for children in Catholic schools, hospitals, orphanages and refugee centres. The Holy See submitted a first implementation report in 1994, but didn’t provide progress reports for nearly two decades until 2012. More..
CBC News, Jan 05, 2014
Saskatoon police have charged a 35-year-old woman with first-degree murder after a five-year-old boy was found dead in a west side home.
Initially investigators questioned a person of interest, who was charged late Saturday night. The 35-year-old woman is accused of first-degree murder in the boy's death. More..
The lack of civility has become a way of life in government and the civil service.
The Toronto Star, published on Wed Nov 20 2013 ( Canada's Child Day), by Linda Diebel
Cindy Blackstock knew something was up when officials threatened to cancel a 2009 meeting on aboriginal child welfare if she was in the room. So she dutifully sat outside the Parliament Hill office, watched by a security guard, while deliberations continued within.
Blackstock is executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, a university professor, author and recipient of awards for distinguished service over 20 years in her field. The Ontario chiefs had invited her to the meeting specifically because she is an expert in child advocacy.
Baffled by what she terms the “extreme reaction” to her presence, she filed a request under the Privacy Act and in due course received a 2,500-page file on herself.
She was astounded by the findings. More ...
Married women — especially new brides — are not just fantasizing about affairs, they’re going out and having them.
Ashley Madison has seen female newlywed membership in the GTA jump from 3,184 to 12,442 in the past year - an almost 300 per cent increase.
CanadianCRC editor's commentary:
The Canadian Children's Rights Council provides information and statistics on infidelity which can result in babies and paternity fraud. Infidelity is extremely damaging to parents' relationships and therefore also to children.
It is in the best interests of children to be raised in families with committed parents. Obviously a person who is "sexually frustrated" right after he or she marries should examine why he or she got married at all to that particular person or anyone,
A credible poll of 5,000 women found that about half would lie to their husband about the identity of their child should they become pregnant as a result of sex with a man other than their husband. See paternity fraud statistics and poll.
The Toronto Star, by Nicole Baute, Living Reporter, Published on Wed Apr 07 2010
Susan first dipped her toe into the murky cyberpool of infidelity two years ago, when she was bored at home on a day off from her part-time fitness job. Her husband, a business executive seven years her senior, was working, as usual.
Sexually frustrated and a little lonely, the 25-year-old started Googling “sex club” and “swingers club” before stumbling upon AshleyMadison.com, advertised as a “discreet dating service” for people in relationships. Like most Torontonians, Susan, who did not want her real name used, heard about it before. More ..
The one sure predictor for success among children from poor families is a strong relationship with an adult.
Toronto Star, Opinion / Commentary, Nicole Letourneau / Justin Joschko Saturday October 26, 2013
Toronto mom Becky McFarlane, seen here with daughter Levia, is one of 3 million Canadians who grew up in poverty, escaped it and now is struggling to keep away money problems.
More than one in seven Canadian children currently lives in poverty. That number has climbed steadily since the 1990s, and comes with very real consequences — both social and economic.
Children raised in poverty suffer from a disproportionate amount of health problems, have less education and are more likely to live in poverty as adults. This in turn hurts our economy, as we struggle with higher rates of crime and joblessness, steeper health care costs, fewer income taxes and a sagging social safety net.
All told, poverty has been calculated to cost Canada $72-$84 billion a year — that’s between $2,299 and $2,895 per Canadian annually.
Unfortunately, poverty is as complex as it is costly, and our attempts to eliminate it have met with limited success. Yet there is cause for hope. As we come to better understand why child poverty leads to such poor outcomes — what precise factors are at play — it becomes easier to develop real and lasting solutions. More..
The Toronto Star, by Jennifer Pagliaro, News reporter, Published on Wed Apr 03 2013
A woman has been sentenced to 27 months in prison in connection to the death of her nine-week-old son in a bizarre case where the infant boy’s body has yet to be recovered.
Both parents Ricky Ray Doodhnaught, 32, and Nadia Ayyad, 24, have been implicated in the case that dates back to November 2011 when Children’s Aid workers along with York Regional Police attempted to seize two children under a court order from a Vaughan home.
Doodhnaught fled from police and CAS workers at that time. Only one child was located and removed from the home. Police believed Doodhnaught had taken their son George with him.
After Doodhnaught was arrested several weeks later on Dec. 6 and the boy was not located, he told police his son, who was born prematurely, had died on or around Nov. 1. The homicide unit was called in to investigate. More..
By Julia Hislop, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of "Female Sex Offenders: What Therapists, Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services Need to Know" and a co-author of "Female Sexual Abusers: Three Views."
New York Times, U.S.A., February 21, 2013
While no one who has researched sex crimes believes that females comprise more than a very small percentage of all sex criminals, a number of factors conspire to keep these women from being detected and prosecuted.
Studies consistently find that a vast majority of both male and female victims of female sex offenders tell no one. Girls face the task of convincing others that females can be abusive and that touch between females can be sexualized. Males are not socialized to report victimization. Their physiological responses can also confuse the issue of consent, leaving them puzzling to explain how, if an erection was present, there was still abuse, or how, if there was not, that sexual acts still occurred. More..
Canadian Jewish Rabbi Stated on TV Show That All Parents Should Choose to Have Their Newborn Daughters and Sons Circumcised ( Ritual Genital Mutilation or Female Genital Cutting)
Organisations from around the world were stunned to hear Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of the largest conservative Jewish congregation in North America state on TV that " all parents should have their children circumcised".
Rabbi Frydman-Kohl is the senior rabbi at Beth-Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with 2,700 member families, the largest conservative Jewish congregation in North America.
The CHCH TV show "Square Off", which aired at 5:30pm on July 4, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was in reaction to the decision of the German court to ban ritual genital cutting of males in that country.
The very next day after the show aired, it was taken off the website of CHCH TV and it's affiliate TV station in Montreal.
Advocating on the show for the rights of the child was Grant Wilson, president of the Canadian Children's Rights Council which opposes the genital mutilation, ritual genital cutting or circumcision of both male and female children. He pointed out that Jewish baby girls have an automatic covenant with God when they are born but Jewish baby boys do not until their genitals have been mutilated.
Mr. Wilson pointed out the double standard in the laws of Canada, a country in which it is a criminal offence to cut the genitals of baby girls but which allows male ritual genital cutting.
What's "Normal" in Canada and the United States isn't the
The USA is the most male circumcised nation on earth and not for religious reasons. In countries like Japan and Australia males circumcision is virtually none existant with the exception being certain Muslims and Jews.
Mr. Wilson also raised the issue of other stakeholders being heard in the public debate about Male Genital Mutilation such as Arab-Canadians, Muslims and Egyptian-Canadians, some of whom practice both Male Genital Mutilation (MFM) and Female Genital Mutilation FGM) and have for thousands of years as both a religious ritual and tradition. They can perform ritual genital cutting on their baby boys but not their baby girls.
The World Health Organization study of 2008 states that 92.5% of married Egyptian women have been circumcised and over 50% of school age young girls.
Rabbi Frydman-Kohl also stated that 5% of all male genital mutilations done by rabbis involve the rabbi sucking the blood from the cut penis of the baby. Baby boy deaths have be reported in New York from this practice. A rabbi gave a baby herpes and the baby died. Do a search on the Internet for " Baby dies Herpes circumcision" .
Grant Wilson, president of the Canadian Children's Rights Council stated " All children should be protected from ritual genital mutilation or cutting. We question by Jewish baby girls have an automatic covenant with God but baby boys don't until they have been through a traumatic, shocking genital mutilation. Canada protects baby giirls from female genital mutilation of all 4 types categorized by the World Health Organization", some of which are less invasive than the genital mutilation done on boys."
On this TV show Rabbi Frydman-Kohl explained that Jews would fight to the death to preserve the male genital cutting.
CHCH TV Show - Male / Female Genital Mutilation - Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl Beth-Tzedec and Grant Wilson, president, of the Canadian Children's Rights Council - July 4, 2012 Watch the TV Show
Baby Dies from Herpes After Controversial Ritual Genital Cutting
Two-week-old baby who died of herpes 'contracted disease through circumcision'
The Daily Mail, UK, By Daily Mail Reporter, 4 March 2012
The death of an baby boy who contracted herpes has been linked to a controversial circumcision ritual.
The two-week-old infant was struck with the disease after being circumcised as part of an Orthodox Jewish ceremony.
During the ritual, the presiding rabbi removes blood from the cut using his mouth.
The practice persists despite the health risks, with babies at risk of contracting diseases which are relatively harmless to adults but could be fatal for children.
The latest casualty of the tradition was the unidentified boy who died at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in September, according to the Daily News.
His official cause of death was 'disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction'. The identity of the mohel - a religious official who specialises in circumcisions - is unknown.
This is not the first time that an infant has died as a result of the ultra-Orthodox ritual of metzizah b' peh, which is the practice of using the mouth to remove blood. A baby boy died in New York in 2004 after undergoing the ceremony. Health experts have criticised the ritual on the ground that it involves 'inherent risks' to infants' health.
However, the practice seems to have originated as a way of avoiding infection by cleaning the open wound in ancient times.
Fathers demand mandatory paternity testing
The Australian, Patricia Karvelas, February 16, 2011
A men's rights group has called for mandatory paternity testing of all babies after government figures revealed almost 600 instances of men compelled to financially support children they did not father.
Since changes to child support laws four years ago, there had been 586 cases of men successfully using DNA testing to show they were not biologically related to children they had been financially supporting, the federal government has revealed to The Australian. More..
The Daily Telegragh, The Herald Sun, Australia, by Phil Jacob, August 11th, 2012
VIRGIN Airlines has been accused of treating men like paedophiles, after it made a man swap seats because he was seated next to two minors.
CanadianCRC position: This
misandry must stop. It's bad for men and children.
This type of discimination against men and children must stop. This indoctrinates children into believing that all men are dangerous and that they must be protected from them. The facts are that women commit more child abuse and neglect than men ...... and that fact isn't probably based on their gender. It is likely because they are doing more child care work.
All airlines which disciminate should be sued.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states
15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
The airline's position is that segregation of males is wanted by the parents of children traveling on their airplanes.
Can you even imagine an airline accomodating a parent who say " I don't want my child sitting next to a black person, so move the black person elsewhere if one sits next to my child."
Sydney fireman John McGirr, who wrote an online blog post titled "My Virgin experience as a Paedophile", was on board a flight from Brisbane when he was seated next to two males he estimates were between 8 and 10 years old.
Just before take-off Mr McGirr was approached by a flight attendant, who asked him to move seats because the company's policy states that men cannot sit next to unaccompanied minors.
"She said it was the policy and I said, 'Well, that's pretty sexist and discriminatory. You can't just say because I'm a man I can't sit there,' and she just apologised and said that was the policy," Mr McGirr wrote in a blog online. More..
After a major scholarly paper reviewing the damaging effects of physical punishment of children over the last 20 years was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, February 2012 , the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ( CBC ) had a website poll. The question was "Should spanking be allowed under Canadian law?". Over 6,000 votes were cast.
The comment by the Canadian Children's Rights Council became the number 1 comment with a rather violent 2nd comment made by a mother who struck her child. Her comment was assault under the current Criminal Code of Canada, section 43, which is exactly why the Canadian Children's Rights Council want's section 43 repealed. Parent's don't know what is and is not allowed and the Supreme Court of Canada spanking case judgement. It is problematic. We have the survey results. More..
'Right to spank' law called public health threat
Law permitting physical punishment at odds with public health messages
CBC, February 6, 2012
The Criminal Code's justification for physical punishment of children such as spanking should be removed, Canadian researchers say.
Monday's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal includes a paper reviewing how the understanding of the effects of physical punishment of children has shifted dramatically in 20 years.
Children who have experienced physical punishment tend to be more aggressive toward parents, siblings, peers and, later, spouses, and are more likely to develop antisocial behaviour, said Joan Durrant, of the department of family social sciences at the University of Manitoba and Ron Ensom of Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.
Physical punishment is also associated with a variety of mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and use of drugs and alcohol. More...
The Ottawa Citizen, January 14, 2012, by Lee Greenberg
TORONTO — Ontario’s controversial Family Responsibility Office has been overbilling 1,700 parents, mostly fathers, for as long as 13 years, the province admitted Friday.
The 1,700 parents were overbilled by an average $75 each month, after the agency wrongly applied a cost of living adjustment that was eliminated in 1997.
Those who were overpaid will not be forced to give the money back.
Instead, taxpayers will foot the $5.3 million bill for the agency’s mistake.
“This error’s been found and it’s being corrected,” said Liberal cabinet minister John Milloy. “We’re going to be reaching out to those individuals (who were overbilled) and talking to them about their situation, formally alerting them.”
The Family Responsibility Office, or FRO, is responsible for ensuring court-ordered child support payments are made. More than 97 per cent of all payers overseen by the office are male.
Milloy said the agency discovered the problem at some point in 2011. No one will be fired for the mistakes, he added.
“I see this as something very serious,” he said in an interview. “I’m not trying to minimize it, but … there’s been lots of action taken to reform FRO, to update computer systems, to update customer relations and it’s on a much firmer footing.”
The billing mistake is only the latest controversy to engulf FRO. More..
Boys raised by traditional families 'do better at school'
Boys raised in traditional families are more likely to perform well at school and avoid suspension than those brought up by single mothers, it has emerged.
The Telegraph, UK, By Graeme Paton, Education Editor, 03 January 2012
Boys brought up by single mothers are more likely to struggle, according to the report by the University of Chicago.
In a major study, researchers said family structures had a much more significant effect on boys’ early education than school type or even the gender of teachers.
It found that boys were much more likely to misbehave, be excluded from school and go on to achieve low grades after rebelling against “emotionally distant” parents.
The pattern is particularly marked in single-parent families where mothers “invest disproportionately less in their sons or feel less warm toward them” than daughters.
The disclosure comes amid continuing concern over the gender gap at the heart of the education system. More..
Canada's "Child Day" November 20th
The Child Day Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada in 1993 yet most Canadians don't know anything about it.
Most public schools don't even have it on their school calendars.... talk about a human rights violation.
Politicians do next to nothing with the public other than exhaust some hot air in provincial/territorial legislative assemblies. Read about Canada's Child Day click here
The Toronto Star, by Tanya Talaga, Queen's Park Bureau, Friday Feb 10, 2012
It has been exactly two years since the world-renowned sports organization Right to Play turned their attention to help boost the confidence of impoverished native children.
The dream of teaching northern First Nations kids how to skate and play Canada’s beloved game came from now Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid, a Scarborough hockey dad.
A few years back Duguid served as provincial aboriginal affairs minister. While touring fly-in communities in the north, he noticed the ramshackle state of some reserve arenas and how the kids didn’t have equipment to get on the ice.
Enter Right to Play, a program that sends Olympic and professional athletes to war-torn countries to promote life skills through sports. This is the organization’s first foray into a Canadian province.
What started off as a two community pilot project at both Sandy Lake and Moose Cree First Nations has grown into a leadership program for 1,000 children in 39 First Nations, the provincial government announced on Thursday. More..
CBC News, Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The B.C. government has suspended a controversial test called a penile plethysmograph, which it was using to assess young sex offenders to determine their risk of reoffending after treatment.
On Wednesday, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association demanded the government intervene after it learned of the tests.
Within hours, the government suspended the sex testing after the provincial advocate for children and youth announced she would conduct a review. More..
THE CANADIAN PRESS, August 03, 2009
MONTREAL Parents who let their seven-year-old son drive a car along a bumpy back road in Quebec and filmed it to post on YouTube could be charged if they are caught by provincial police.
Video of the youngster confidently driving a Honda sport utility vehicle surfaced on the popular video-sharing website and has been seen by police.
Letting junior test drive the car may be a rite of passage in many families but police aren't amused.
"Since seeing this video, we've opened an investigation," Sgt. Chantal Mackels said Monday.
"Once the investigation is over with, we'll give it to the Crown prosecutor who will analyze it and decide if he's issuing a criminal offence."
Mackels would not comment on what type of charges could be laid.
Besides the underage, unlicensed driver at the wheel of a swiftly moving car, none of the occupants is wearing a seatbelt.
In the video, the seven-year-old sits on the edge of the driver's seat, looking relaxed but alert as he grips the steering wheel and gets the vehicle up to 70 km/h.
His father sits in the passenger seat with the video camera and gives a running commentary, identifying the boy as Samuel from the North Shore.
Dad cheerfully notes as the speed approaches 40 km/h that "it's a little fast." More..
Computer World Canada, By Jennifer Kavur - June 10, 2009
Ontario's privacy commissioner gave a thumbs up to McAfee on Tuesday as the company unveiled Internet security software for families. Why protecting your kids online is protecting yourself
McAfee Inc. is taking online identity, relationship and privacy protection to the next level by focusing on youth, according Ross Allen, Canadian General Manager for McAfee.
Allen was on site at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario in Toronto on Tuesday for the unveiling of McAfee's new Internet security software for families.
Many threats now come through our children visiting legitimate Internet sites which cybercriminals have hacked into, he said.
The company is also planning to direct more attention to whitelists. We are used to trying to blacklist and keep the bad guys out. We are going to change that and say, Here's the good guys, said Allen.
McAfee Family Protection allows parents to specify time parameters for Internet use, including the amount of time their children spend online as well as what time of day they are allowed to access the Internet.
The single most important factor in determining how at-risk kids are is the amount of time they are online too much time means too much time to get into trouble, said Parry Aftab, family Internet safety advisor to McAfee and chairman of the McAfee Consumer Advisory Board. More..
The Globe and Mail ( Canada's largest national daily newspaper ), 20 May 2009,
Family courts are not supposed to reward abusive parents, and punish parents who play by the rules. They are not supposed to allow an abusive parent to nullify the responsible parent's role in a child's life. But that is exactly what an Ontario court has done in a case of parental alienation. It has, in effect, disposed of the child's father, perhaps permanently.
Tasnim Elwan has been given permission to take her nine-year-old girl from Canada to Saudi Arabia, where she will have "a seven-bedroom home with two nannies," thanks to Ms. Elwan's wealthy new spouse. The nine-year-old hates her father because he abandoned her - or so she thinks. When he managed, with the RCMP's help, to trace her to Saudi Arabia after her mother in effect kidnapped her, and made his way to that country for 10 days, he was permitted just 15 minutes with her. Some abandonment. And now he is to be allowed one telephone call a month, which the judge doesn't expect Ms. Elwan will allow, anyway.
Ms. Elwan makes no secret of her disgust with her former spouse, Ayman Al-Taher, a chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She calls him a mentally disturbed supporter of Hamas and al-Qaeda. If those accusations were true, asked Mr. Justice Leonard Ricchetti, why then did she agree, in a formal, court- approved settlement, to allow him any access to their daughter? And why, he asked, make that settlement if she never intended to comply with its terms? (She was found in contempt of court for taking her child to Saudi Arabia.) More..
Scholarly Paper on Parental Alienation
May 12, 2009, by Nicholas Bala, Suzanne Hunt & Carrie McCarney
Faculty of Law, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Alienation cases have been receiving a great deal of public and professional attention in the past few months in Canada. As with so many issues in family law, there are two competing, gendered narratives offered to explain these cases. Men's rights activists claim that mothers alienate children from their fathers as a way of seeking revenge for separation, and argue that judges are gender-biased against fathers in these cases. Feminists tend to dismiss alienation as a fabrication of abusive fathers who are trying to force contact with children who are frightened of them and to control the lives of their abused former partners. While there is some validity to both of these narratives, each also has significant mythical elements. The reality of these cases is often highly complex, with both fathers and mothers bearing significant responsibility for the situation.
Two of the many findings are:
Mothers are twice as likely as fathers to alienate children from the other parent, but this reflects the fact that mothers are more likely to have custody or primary care of their children; in only 2 out of 89 cases was a parent with only access able to alienate a child from the other parent.
Fathers made more than three times as many unsubstantiated claims of parental alienation as mothers, but this too reflects the fact that claims of alienation (substantiated and unsubstantiated) are usually made by access parents, who are usually fathers.
Read the full summary More..
Study says such cases should be moved out of court system, handled by individual judges
The Globe and Mail, by KIRK MAKIN, JUSTICE REPORTER, May 13, 2009
An escalation in parental alienation allegations is draining valuable courtroom resources, a major study of 145 alienation cases between 1989-2008 concludes.
"Access problems and alienation cases - especially those which are more severe - take up a disproportionate amount of judicial time and energy," said the study, conducted by Queen's University law professor Nicholas Bala, a respected family law expert.
"One can ask whether the courts should even be trying to deal with these very challenging cases." More..
The Canadian Press, ANDY BLATCHFORD, May 12, 2009
MONTREAL - A Montreal father is still waiting for a "miracle" reunion with his 10-year-old daughter who resurfaced last month in Vancouver, more than two years after she vanished.
Transit police found Ashley Gonis after she ran away from her mother's Vancouver-area home and called 911 from a commuter train station several kilometres away.
It's now been over a month since she turned up, but her father Frank, who has sole custody, said Tuesday he still isn't allowed to speak to her.
Instead, Ashley's mother, who Quebec police allege abducted the child, is preparing to restart the family custody fight on a new battlefield - a British Columbia court.
Gonis, who had packed his daughter's teddy bears, clothes and drawings into boxes because it was too painful to look at them while she was missing, described her reappearance as a "miracle." His jubilation, however, has since eroded.
"(It's like) there's a nightmare, you wake up and then the nightmare comes back - and now here we go, Round 2," he said.
"Parents shouldn't have to go through stuff like this." More..
Parental Alienation Conference This weekend - Canadian Children's Rights Council President Criticizes Government of Ontario for not sending anyone to the conference.
March 26, 2009
The president of the Canadian Children's Rights Council, Grant Wilson, very publicly, criticized the Government of Ontario on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 in his speech to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Standing Committee on Social Policy.
He complained that the province had not registered anyone from the Government of Ontario ministries to attend the March 27th-29th international conference being held in Toronto, Ontario regarding Parental Alienation in family law disputes.
The conference, the Canadian conference on Parental Alienation, will have speakers from around the world from both the legal and mental heath professions to discuss this important child abuse issue.
On Thursday, Mr. Wilson stated " Parental Alienation is a serious, terrible form of child abuse and with a 40% divorce rate, children need to be protected from parents who alienate them from their other parent. "
Governments fund the enforcement of child financial support but not court ordered parenting time.
"For example, all Ontario parents, no matter what their income, have the Government of Ontario agency, The Family Responsibility Office, to enforce child financial support orders but the government refuses to protect children from this form of child abuse and to enforce parenting time schedules ordered by family law courts. There are few mental health professionals that specialize in this form of child abuse and the government health insurance plan doesn't even cover some of those costs."
In 1998, The Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access, a committee comprised of MPs and Senators held hearings across Canada and heard from over 500 witnesses, an equal number of men and women. Substantial information was provided by mental health professionals regarding Parental Alienation.
The recommendations made by the Special Joint Committee have largely been ignored and children and their parents suffer.
The Canadian Children's Rights Council president, Grant Wilson, interviewed on Canada AM, Canada's most watched morning TV show. March 27, 2009 at 8:10 am
Play The TV Show click here
Gender bias evident in parental alienation cases
Mothers are more likely to be the parent behind children's estrangement, yet fathers more often ordered into counselling, study finds
The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest national newspaper, by KIRK MAKIN, Justice Reporter, Saturday, March 28, 2009
JUSTICE REPORTER A study of alienated children has found that mothers were significantly more likely to be the parent who emotionally poisoned their children than were fathers.
Toronto family lawyer Gene Colman told a Toronto symposium yesterday that of 74 court rulings that found parental alienation since 1987, the mother was the alienator in 50 cases. The father was the alienating parent in 24.
"I'm not trying to dump on moms," Mr. Colman told about 150 psychologists, family lawyers, mediators and activist parents. "I'm just saying, that is what the data reveal."
In parental alienation syndrome, an estranged parent systematically brainwashes a child into hating the other parent. The profile of the syndrome escalated over the past year, after three Ontario judges ordered that children be removed from an alienating parent and taken to U.S. clinics for deprogramming therapy.
Mr. Colman said that alienating fathers were twice as likely to be ordered to undergo counselling as were mothers in alienation cases - a finding that raises serious questions about whether judges are exhibiting gender biases. More..
FATHERS who want custody of their children will have more success in the Family Court than by trying to strike a deal with their ex-partners.
The Australian, Australia's national daily newspaper, By Michael Pelly, March 24, 2009
In a break with conventional wisdom, fathers are twice as likely to get majority custody of their children if they take their fight to the court.
A Family Court review shows fathers were given majority custody in 17 per cent of litigated cases, but only in 8 per cent of those settled by consent, or early agreement, with the mothers.
The review of the shared parental responsibility reforms of 2006 shows that in 14 per cent of litigated cases, the father received between 30 and 45 per cent of custody. This figure fell to 11 per cent for early agreements.
The review shows that, if fathers are given less than 30 per cent custody, abuse and violence are the main reasons. And about one in 12 court cases end with an order that a child should spend time with their grandparents.
The reforms, passed by the Howard government, introduced a rebuttable presumption of "equal time" parenting and were aimed at promoting co-operation over conflict. More..
Courts criticized for recognizing parental alienation
National Post, ( Canada's 2nd largest national daily newspaper), by Kathryn Blaze Carlson, Friday, March 27, 2009
Toronto -- The scope of the courts' reach into family affairs has long been contentious, but a recent trend in Canada's legal system has brought a new controversy that has some onlookers praising judges and others condemning them for accepting what they call "voodoo science."
More than ever before, Canada's judges are recognizing that some children of divorced and warring parents are not simply living an unfortunate predicament, but rather are victims of child abuse and suffering from Parental Alienation Syndrome. More..
The National Post, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, By Lori Coolican, March 26, 2009
SASKATOON A Saskatchewan judge slammed the Norwegian government last month for providing new passports to help a woman flee Canada with two children in the midst of a nasty, transatlantic custody battle.
The Norwegian government played a pivotal role in the breach of orders of this court. (They) could not have left Canada without its assistance, Court of Queens Bench Justice Geoff Dufour remarked in a Feb. 19 written decision obtained recently by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. More..
Moms club to Surrey dad: we 'hate to discriminate, but...'
Father and son get boot
Surrey Now, Surrey, BC, by Ted Colley, Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sorry, no dads.
That's the message a Clayton Hills father got when he tried to join the activities of the Cloverdale Mommy & Me Meetup group.
Rick Kaselj is a registered kinesiologist and father of Cole, his infant son. A relative newcomer to Surrey, Kaselj was looking for opportunities to meet people in his neighbourhood when he discovered the group online.
"My wife and I just had our first child. She works days and I work evenings, so I'm a part-time stay-at-home dad. I found this group online two or three months ago and signed up." More..
Owen Sound Sun Times newspaper had news story about local MP Larry Miller writing judge to influence international child abduction case in mid August but didn't publish anything about it. WHY?
The following email was sent to Scott Dunn of the Owen Sound Sun Times newspaper on October 10, 2008 by Grant Wilson, president of the Canadian Children's Rights Council.
Published Friday, October 10th, 2008 at 6pm.
Owen Sound Sun Times
290 9th Street East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5P2
I called you a few minutes ago. You didn't wish to comment for publication on our website. I asked you if you knew the date that the child abductor, Jessica Fleguel, was going back to court in Owen Sound. You refused to answer. I stated how much assistance we provided to you with information about the unfair lobbying of the judge by Larry Miller MP and provided you with a copy of the letter he wrote to the judge. You previously stated to me that you were unable to find the letter in the court file when you attended at the Owen Sound Court to examine the court files. You have never published the information that you had about Larry Miller MP writing the judge until now, immediately before the election although you had the information in our conversations and emails of August 15-18th. We have received calls from concerned citizens of the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound electoral district in the last few days including today. From your reaction to my phone call today, you are apparently going to write about Larry Miller MP and his correspondence to the judge presiding on this case now nearly 2 months after you had absolute proof of what he did. Why? You refused comment.
In addition, the Owen Sound Sun Times was emailed on the October 6th, 2008 but made no reply by email or telephone.
The actual letter of Larry Miller MP written to the judge has been on this website with a link from the front webpage on this website since August 18th or shortly thereafter.
Ontario Court of Appeal awards low court costs to mother who abducted child
October 10th, 2008
On Friday, October 3rd, 2008, Jessica Fleguel, a child abductor who now resides in Owen Sound, Ontario, had her second day in court when her appeal was heard by the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
The child abductor lost in the Superior Court of Justice in Owen Sound, Ontario, on May 15th, 20. She has stalled the "expedited" nature of such cases of international child abduction for 10 months. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction requires Canada to have the police find the abductor and all court proceedings to be completed and the child returned within 6 weeks.
Ms. Fleguel was represented at the Court of Appeal for Ontario by one of Canada's most prominent lawyers, Martha McCarthy and 2 associate lawyers from the law firm of Martha McCarthy & Company. Ms. McCarthy was the Ontario Bar Association's "Family Lawyer of the Year 2007" because she won the Supreme Court of Canada case giving gays and lesbians the right to marry. She also handled the 1st lesbian divorce.
One of the 3 judges that heard the appeal asked for the amount of legal fees charged by Ms. Fleguel's lawyers, all 3 of them, which was stated as $25,000. They considered awarding costs to the father of the same amount because that is what Ms. Fleguel's lawyer's were seeking had they been successful. In the end the judges agreed to only $10,000. She got lucky.
Child abduction is clearly child abuse but the local media don't see it that way. The Owen Sound Sun Times has written about the case as if it were a family law dispute in many ways. Staff Writer Scott Dunn even asked the public to donate to pay the child abductor's legal fees. They provided the banking information for anyone to donate to cover the child abductor's legal fees.
Although it was known to Scott Dunn of the Owen Sound Sun Times that the mother had given birth to another child fathered by the same Australian father, he never wrote the story about this father that had never even seen his own newborn son or held his new baby boy in his arms because the mother took off to Canada before the child was born.
The father reported to the Canadian Children's Rights Council that at no time did the mother consult the father with regards to naming their child and she refused to provide a copy of the "Statement of Live Birth" form used to register a birth. The father rported that the mother wanted to name their children "using Star Wars movie character names or derivatives of same.
The "Baby-Naming" decision of the Supreme Court of Canada requires that both parent's names be used unless the parents both agree otherwise. The father now has to fight that legal battle to even get on the birth registration. Their child is entitled to dual Australian/Canadian citizenship which is, in the opinion of the Canadian Children's Rights Council ,a major advantage throughout a person's life in a growing world economy. It also assists a child to travel freely to visit relatives in both countries.
The father has not spoken to the media other than the Canadian Children's Rights Council accept when he declined comment to Scott Dunn of the Owen Sound Sun Times on October 10th, 2008. The child abductor has been protesting on the streets of small town Owen Sound and in front of the courthouse and has been in the media locally trying to get public sympathy and even ask people to donate to pay for the court costs and her legal bill so far which total $25,000. Why any member of the public would donate to help a child abductor is beyond us. We wonder why Scott Dunn, the reporter from the Owen Sound Sun Times newspaper would even invite people to pay the legal costs of the child abductor. He provided information in his article of October 10 ( 10:30 pm website, October 11 in print) on the bank and account number to which people may contribute to pay the legal costs of the child abductor mother.
International Child abduction Case - Interference by MP Larry Miller
Federal Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Larry Miller has caused an international embarrassment. His is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, the ruling political party that forms the Government of Canada and which appoints federal judges sitting on the bench of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Canada's most populous province.
The father has reported to the Canadian Children's Rights Council that he is suing Larry Miller for interferring with the case and claims that justice was delayed and lawyer's fees were paid as a result of Larry Miller's actions. The father also states that his lawyer is seeking legal action against Larry Miller by Legal Aid Ontario which paid legal fees at part of the lawyer's usual rate of pay. The father is seeking punitive damages as well for Larry Miller's actions to prevent Members of Parliament from abusing their power and lobbying judges on any court cases.
Australian father successful in international child abduction case heard by Superior Court of Justice in Owen Sound, Ontario also wins appeal heard by the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Cannock v Fleguel - International Child abduction case October 7, 2008
This international child abduction case heard in Owen Sound by Justice Robert Thompson on May 15th, 2008 which resulted in his written decision of June 27th, 2008 was appealed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Justice Thompson ruled that the child was abducted from his habitual residence in Australia and that the mother had to return the child to Australia.
The appeal was heard on Friday, October 3rd, 2008. The judges' written decision is forth coming. The 3 judges hearing the appeal dismissed the appeal and the father won. The court therefore agreed that the child had been abducted by the mother, Jessica Fleguel, and sent the case back to the Superior Court of Justice in Owen Sound, Ontario. for implementation of the deportation order to reunited the child with his father. More..
Larry Miller MP writes Superior Court of Ontario judge hearing child abduction case to lobby on behalf of child abductor.
The Member of the Parliament of Canada for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Larry Miller MP wrote a letter to lobby Justice Robert M. Thompson, the presiding judge on an international child abduction case.
The hearing was a case regarding the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction regarding a mother living habitually in Australia who abducted her child to Canada. As is the procedure under Hague, the Australian Government requested that the Canadian federal government locate the child and return the child to Australia. Due process includes a hearing in which the judge orders the child back to the parent from which the child was abducted in the other country. That allows both parents to attend at the family court in that country to present their family law case.
On May 29th, 2008, Larry Miller MP wrote Justice Robert Thompson, the presiding judge on this case, regarding the case and expressed his opinion that the correct judgement would be to allow the child abducting mother to keep the child in Canada. He cited letters from members of the woman's family, his constituents, as the sole evidence and his justification for severing the child's relationship with the Australian father. The case being heard wasn't even a family law case. It was a Hague Convention case about child abduction.
For the complete details and to view a copy of the letter Larry Miller wrote to the judge click here
Computer World Canada, By Jennifer Kavur, Sep 02, 2008
A pilot program led by Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) in Quebec will provide HP 2133 Mini-Note notebook PCs to four-year-old students this fall. The Kindergarten for Four-Year-Olds program will distribute 100 laptops among five Montreal-area schools and the International Language Centre in Pointe-Claire.
According Bob Mills, director general of LBPSB, the program will enhance learning opportunities by incorporating technology as part of a total education package. Research has show that the use of technology by three- and four-year-olds develops gain in intelligence, non-verbal skills, structural knowledge such as long-term memory and manual dexterity, he said. More..
The practice of renting a womb and getting a child is like outsourcing pregnancy. This trade's business volume is estimated to be around $ 500 million and the numbers of cases of surrogacy are believed to be increasing at galloping rate in India.
MeriNews, By Joseph Gathia, June 23, 2008
India - THE MINISTRY of Women and Child Development is examining the issue of surrogate motherhood in India for bringing up a comprehensive legislation. But surrogate motherhood - as an arrangement, in which a woman carries and bears a child for another person or persons, but takes no ownership of the child born - has also raised moral, ethical, social and legal questions about both the woman and the commissioned baby.
To understand the issues involved, let us see the case of Surekha. She is seven-months pregnant like any other expecting mothers, except that the child she is carrying isnt her own. When Surekha gives birth to this child in India, the newborn will be immediately be handed over to its biological parents, Non Resident Indians (NRIs) who live in Canada and who have been unable to bear a child on their own. In return for renting her womb, Surekha will be paid one lakh rupees.
This practice of renting a womb and getting a child is like outsourcing pregnancy. The business volume of this trade is estimated to be around $ 500 million and the numbers of cases of surrogacy are believed to be increasing at galloping rate. More..
The Canadian Press, March 30, 2009
MONTREAL A Quebec man who has failed to have his name removed from the birth certificate of a young girl he found out was not his biological daughter wants to argue his case before the Supreme Court of Canada.
The businessman has already struck out in Quebec Superior Court and in the Quebec Court of Appeal.
Both courts ruled that paternity is ironclad if a man's name is on the birth certificate, if that status is not contested within a year of the child's birth and if other factors, including the same family name, indicate obvious bonds between the child and the parents.
The courts ruled there is little room for interpretation, but the man's lawyer disagreed with both rulings. More..
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia, by Adele Horin, September 12, 2008
When Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears ran amok, the public blamed their mothers. Their fathers - Lohan's had served time in jail and had addiction problems - escaped rebuke entirely.
Now an Australian study provides some evidence that bad mothering has a worse effect on children than bad fathering.
It shows that mothers who exhibit "toxic" behaviours - from being cold and indifferent to being abusive, manipulative or over-controlling - are far more likely to warp their children's outlook on life than fathers with similar behaviour.
Meltdown . . . Britney Spears shaves her head at the height of her very public breakdown.
Wayne Warburton, a research fellow at Macquarie University's Children and Families Research Centre, said: "Mothers have a really powerful effect on the way their kids view the world and themselves, probably because kids spend more time with their mothers, especially in the crucial early years."
Dr Warburton asked 441 university students to fill out detailed questionnaires on the parenting styles of their mothers and fathers, and on their own patterns of thinking. More..
The International Day of Disabled Persons - December 3
The International Day of Disabled Persons, which is held every year on 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The 2007 theme was 'Decent work for persons with disabilities.'
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - the first major human rights treaty of the 21st century
This year's International Day of Disabled Persons had special significance as a new international Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006, has become the fastest ever signed Convention, with 118 signatures so far.
Two countries - Spain and South Africa - took the opportunity of the International Day to ratify the new Convention; Bangladesh also ratified last week.
However, the Convention has yet to come into force as only 10 countries Bangladesh, Croatia, Cuba, Gabon, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Panama, South Africa and Spain - out of a required 20 have ratified the Convention.
Children with disabilities
Some 150-200 million out of two billion children worldwide - or ten per cent of children - live with disabilities. Children with disabilities experience widespread violations of their rights, many of which are common to those faced by adults poverty, social exclusion, lack of accessible environments, violence.
They face abuses including abandonment as babies, institutionalisation, exclusion from education, lack of birth registration, lack of respect for their evolving capacities, inappropriate child protection systems. Estimates indicate that over 90 per cent of all children with disabilities are unlikely to receive any formal education.
Children and the new Convention
The new Convention marks a shift from seeing children with disabilities as objects of charity, and addressing their 'special needs' - the approach set out in Article 23 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - to subjects of rights.
All the Articles in the text apply to children with disabilities; in addition, Article 7 sets out specific obligations to ensure children with disabilities enjoy of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children, to ensure that the best interests of the child is a primary consideration, and to provide disability and age appropriate assistance to ensure that children with disabilities are able to realise the right to their express views on all matters of concern to them and have them taken seriously in accordance with age and maturity.
Read more in Gerison Lansdown's paper: The New Disability Convention and the Protection of Children.
Proposed change to Manitoba child protection law a witch hunt at best.
Priority should be stopping the abuse of over 50,000 children in Manitoba that suffer from Parental Alienation Syndrome
Canadian Children's Rights Council website shut down by false allegations of child pornography More..
On November 28, 2007 the governing party of the province of Manitoba introduced the Child and Family Services Amendment Act which calls for jailing or fining anyone who knows about child pornography but doesn't report it to authorities.
Manitoba law already has penalties for anyone not reporting child abuse. The information stated in the media is that no person has ever been charged with failing to provide information about child abuse to authorities and that the Minister introducing the legislation doesn't anticipate that arrests or fined will result because of the inclusion of child sexual exploitation in the amended law. ....Then why waste time on such a meaningless amendment?
We are sure that some perverted person will find some innocent picture of a baby in a bathtub sexual. The media has reported that no person in Manitoba has ever been charged with not reporting child abuse that they reasonably believe occurred or witnessed but we know that hundreds of parents have reported to police that their ex-spouses who have violated parenting time orders made by family law courts or as part of separation agreements made between 2 parents in family law cases. Such violations are child abuse. Often they involve parental alienation which is also child abuse.
Comments in the media attributed to the Minister stated that we should do everything possible to stop child pornography no matter what it take to save just 1 child from sexual exploitation. This is dangerous to parents that take innocent non-sexual pictures that some pervert may see as sexual. A picture of baby not wearing a diaper while walking on a beach could result an investigation of the family and a stigma that can ruin their lives.
It is our position at the Canadian Children's Rights Council that people will report child abuse, in all its forms, including child porn without threats that if they don't, they will go to jail or at least spend thousands of dollars on defence lawyers and face the stigma associated with such charges.
It is our position that if the Government of Manitoba wants to stop child abuse en masse, they should enforce parenting time orders made by their own family law courts and provide much need mental health services specifically to help children that are victims of parental alienation syndrome in family law cases.
The Internet is international and so is the problem of child porn and the child sex trade
The International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL, an agency of the United Nations, is the logical police service that should be battling international child porn in conjunction with the sex tourism business. They should report widely on offences being committed in all countries that use disobey their own laws against child sex workers/slaves while hotels and others profit from the child sex tourism business.
Each of INTERPOLs member countries maintains a National Central Bureau (NCB) staffed by police officers. In Canada, it is INTERPOL Ottawa run by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP), Canada's national Police service.
INTERPOL's world head office is located in France and is staffed by police officers from around the world. Its staff is relatively small. In our opinion, it should be quadruple its size and really fulfill the need for a truly international police force.
If you really want to stop child porn on the Internet, suggest to your Member of the Parliament of Canada that you want your tax dollars spent on more International police including an expanded role for INTERPOL both in Canada and around the world.
Child Porn - An international issue. The Internet knows no national boundaries. Many Countries don't even have child porn laws. Let's go after them.
Read about how other countries that feed child porn into Canada over the Internet don't even have their own criminal laws and how they fail to protect their own children while their citizens such as hotel owners make money in the sex tourism trade. More..
The damage to families when false allegations are made.
In Toronto, Ontario, a few years ago, a medical doctor was accused of being a child pornographer. His medical practice was ruined. He was found not guilty in criminal court but committed suicide because of the stress. His reputation was ruined and there was no way to retract the damage done to him by the media coverage made when he was charged. He had subscribed to adult pornography on the internet and his credit card had been charged. The same company providing the adult porn had been providing child porn to others and used the same company to charge credit cards.
Canada's National "Child Day" - November 20th
Canada's national "Child Day" is held November 20th each year as enacted in Bill C-371, otherwise known as the Child Day Act, by the Parliament of Canada in 1993.
It commemorates the United Nations adoption of two landmark documents concerned with the human rights of all children and youths.
On Canada's "Child Day", Canadians honour our children and The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of The Child on November 20th, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th, 1989.
The Convention spells out the basic human rights to which children ( under the age of 18 ) everywhere are entitled.
The purpose of Canada's "Child Day" is to promote awareness in Canada of the Convention. More..
Write us and tell us what you did to promote National Child Day and the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canadian domestic laws.
Children: The Silenced Citizens
EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CANADA'S INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
Final Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
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Les enfants: des citoyens sans voix
MISE EN OEUVRE EFFICACE DES OBLIGATIONS INTERNATIONALES DU CANADA RELATIVES AUX DROITS DES ENFANTS
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Parents win right to grow babies for 'spare parts'
November 11, 2007, London UK
PARENTS of sick children in Britain will be allowed to use IVF to create "spare-part babies" under controversial laws published yesterday.
The legislation will dramatically relax rules on IVF clinics creating "saviour siblings" who can help cure their older brothers and sisters of medical conditions such as leukemia. More..
Canadian Governments failing native children, report says
14 August 2007 - Hundreds of aboriginal children with severe medical problems in Canada are being moved to institutions in big cities because health authorities cannot agree on who should pay for their care, according to a new report.
Yet if these children lived 'off-reserve' (not on indigenous land), they would virtually be guaranteed the care they need at home, according to the latest edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
"That is discrimination, pure and simple," Noni MacDonald, a professor of paediatrics and a senior CMAJ editor, said in an editorial.
Amir Attaran, the Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy, said the practice is screamingly illegal, and a clear violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The editorial, co-written by the two academics, says that the governments deserve to be sued for such a failure.
The pair reject arguments that services for complex medical needs, such as those of ventilator-dependent children, cannot be provided on reserves because communities are too remote.
"Geography is no excuse for the pusillanimous, inequitable distribution of wealth, such that advanced care exists only in the south and first nations children, parents and communities endure psychological and cultural stress to access it, " Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Attaran wrote.
Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, said that in fact native children are being discriminated against both in remote communities and reserves located close to big cities.
Attempt to rationalise
"This is an attempt to rationalise pretty blatant discrimination," she said.
At the root of the problem is an age-old dispute about who pays for the medical care of Indian, Inuit and Mtis people. Generally speaking, care provided on reserves is paid by Health Canada (or Indian Affairs, if it is a social service) and by the province off-reserve.
But the situation gets complicated when someone travels away for care and then wants to return to the community and receive continuing care.
The situation came to a head a few years back with the tragic case of a boy named Jordan from the Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.
Jordan whose family asked that his last name not be published to protect their privacy was born in 1999 with a severe neuromuscular disorder. He was referred for care in Winnipeg, where he became wheelchair-bound and ventilator-dependent. But his health stabilised and he was discharged in 2001.
He was placed in a specialised home near his home reserve but Ottawa and Winnipeg could not agree on who would pay.
For two years, bureaucrats warred over the most mundane details of Jordan's care, right down to who would pay for a showerhead required for a wheelchair-accessible shower.
Jordan ended up back in a Winnipeg hospital where he died at age of four.
Patient's interests second
"Jordan's interests fell a distant second; intergovernmental squabbling over the duty to pay came first," Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Attaran write in their editorial.
"Many of the services Jordan needed would be paid for without question for a white Manitoban, or off-reserve aboriginal. It was Jordan's living on-reserve that caused the bureaucracy to choke."
The boy's case became a cause clbre in social welfare and child health circles. The term "Jordan's principle" was coined the principle being that the needs of a child should supersede bickering over who pays the bills.
Senate committee chastises Canada for its treatment of aboriginal children
Ottawa Citizen, CanWest News Service, by Juliet O'Neill, Friday, April 27, 2007
OTTAWA - Canada's treatment of its aboriginal children is "a national total disgrace," Senator Romeo Dallaire said Thursday as a Senate committee issued a report on the government's failure to comply with an international treaty on children's rights.
"They're living in the Third World," said Dallaire, a retired general who led a UN mission during the genocide in Rwanda in the mid-1990s. "You wonder if you're a colonial white man in black Africa," he said, recalling testimony that while Canada ranked among the top-five countries on a UN human development index, Canada's aboriginal population lagged in 78th place. More..
NETHERLANDS: Seventeenth European State to ban
corporal punishment by parents
On 6 March 2007, a new law prohibiting all corporal punishment by parents and carers was passed in the Senate. The law amends the provisions in the Civil Code on parental authority so that article 1:247 now states (unofficial translation):
(1) Parental authority includes the duty and the right of the parent to care for and raise his or her minor child. (2) Caring for and raising ones child includes the care and the responsibility for the emotional and physical wellbeing of the child and for his or her safety as well as for the promotion of the development of his or her personality. In the care and upbringing of the child the parents will not use emotional or physical violence or any other humiliating treatment. More..
Article 1:248 of the Code applies article 1:247 to all other persons acting in loco parentis.
The Cabinet agreed to proceed with prohibition in February 2005, following a government-commissioned study on the experiences of abolition in other European countries. Department of Justice press releases at the time the Bill to contribute to the prevention of emotional and physical abuse of children or any other humiliating treatment of children in care and upbringing was introduced to the Cabinet stressed that the primary purpose of the new law is to set a standard. It emphasised that the law would bring the Netherlands into compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and article 17 of the European Social Charter, and address the recommendations made to the Netherlands government by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the European Committee of Social Rights.
Now that the law has been passed, a government Communication Plan to inform parents and the general public about the ban is being prepared. The law is expected to come into force by the summer.
At least 16 countries in Europe have enacted bans on corporal punishment by parents and all other carers: Sweden (1979); Finland (1983); Norway (1987); Austria (1989); Cyprus (1994); Denmark (1997); Latvia (1998); Croatia (1999); Germany (2000); Bulgaria (2000), Iceland (2003); Romania (2004); Ukraine (2004), Hungary (2004), Greece (2006); Netherlands (2007). In addition, a Supreme Court judgment in Italy (1996) declared all corporal punishment to be unlawful, but this has not yet been confirmed in legislation. At least six more states have committed themselves to full law reform in the near future: Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.
The pace of reform is gathering momentum in light of the UN Secretary Generals Study on Violence against Children, which recommended in its final report prohibition in law of all corporal punishment of children by 2009. Many more governments across the world have committed themselves to full prohibition, including at least a further six in Europe.
UK: Doctors call for debate on mercy killing of disabled babies
BBC - 6 November 2006
UK - Doctors are calling for a debate over proposals for the "mercy killing" of severely disabled babies. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists wants a discussion over whether "deliberate intervention" to cause death should be legalised. Withdrawing treatment is already permitted in some cases.
The college said it was not necessarily in favour of the move, but felt it should be debated. However, some are angry it has even been suggested. Simone Aspis, of the British Council of Disabled People, said: "We really do not know how long babies and young people will live for. "We should not deny people the opportunity to live for as long as they are able to."
And Matthew O'Gorman, a spokesman for the Life charity, said it was "extremely worrying". "There is a huge difference between withdrawing invasive treatment that has become futile, and taking action to intentionally end a child's life because treatment is considered to be too expensive or time-consuming."
The college made its comments in a submission to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which is carrying out an inquiry into the viability of life. Nuffield will publish its report on critical care decisions in foetal and neonatal medicine next week.
A working party has been consulting on the issue on the back of improvements in medical technology which means very premature and ill babies can survive, although some with severe disabilities.
The college said: "We would like the working party to think more radically about non-resuscitation, withdrawal of treatment decisions... and active euthanasia, as they are ways of widening the management options available to the sickest of newborns."
Maggie Blott, a member of the college, said these were "very difficult decisions" that would be taken over days, weeks and even months in consultation with the parents. She added it was a debate that needed to happen.
Doctors have mixed views over the suggestions.
John Wyatt, professor of neonatal paediatrics at University College Hospital London, said: "It changes the nature of medicine... into some kind of social engineering."
But John Harris, professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester, said it was not a question of whether or not these decisions were taken - as they already were through withdrawing treatment - but how to take them in the most humane way.
Dalton McGuinty, Premiere of Ontario, fails the children of Ontario.
Dalton McGuinty plays cheap politics involving crying mothers in front of legislature - Will "Kevin and Jared's Law", a law calling for mandatory coroner's inquests into the deaths of a child killed by his or her parent, ever become law?
Liberal and Conservative governments of Ontario have failed to enforce protection of children from prostitution in the Rescuing Children from Sexual Exploitation Act, 2002
This bill fights child prostitution by allowing police to seize underage hookers -- i.e., hold them in custody -- for up to 30 days, instead of the normal practice, which generally sees them right back out on the street after an arrest, with no hope of getting free of their pimps and the seedy lure of street life.
The idea is to protect these children by holding them long enough to get them care and support -- it's about giving them a chance to return to a normal life, not about jailing or punishing them. (In case that's not clear, it's called the Rescuing Children from Sexual Exploitation Act, 2002.
YEARS OF LOBBYING
Other provinces, notably Alberta, have had such a law for years, and it has proven effective. In Ontario, where we have an estimated 1,200 child prostitutes, it took years of work and lobbying, but in 2002, the then-Conservative government endorsed and passed the private member's bill originated by MPP Rick Bartolucci, a Liberal.
The trouble is, it was never proclaimed -- not by the Tories and not by the Liberals since they came to power, even though it was the brainchild of one of their own. Amazingly, some youth outreach groups oppose the law as too "draconian"; -- because, hey, why shouldn't a 14-year-old have the right to sell her body for cash? A 14-year-old is obviously not mature enough to make such a decision which is why the act was passed. But will it become law or More ..
Overdue support to disabled just first step
The Toronto Star, (Canada's largest daily newspaper ) by HELEN HENDERSON, Aug. 29, 2006.
Kudos to Sudbury community legal worker Marie Lalande for setting in motion the action that led to Ontario finally agreeing to pay $25 million in overdue support to some 19,000 people with disabilities.
As reported by the Star's Rob Ferguson, cabinet approved the payout last week in response to a blistering attack by Ontario Ombudsman Andr Marin. Marin called it "morally repugnant" that the province was taking an average of eight months to process disability support applications but would pay only four months of retroactive benefits to those whose applications were accepted.
The four-month cut-off was cancelled May 31, the day Marin released his report, but the system was so backlogged, there was no immediate relief.
The province is to be commended for acknowledging its responsibility and moving quickly to correct an inequity that has created so much unnecessary hardship. But as Lalande and other advocates point out, this is by no means the only flaw in the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
With a surplus in its coffers, Queen's Park should move to help people with disabilities rise above subsistence levels. It would pay off big time and long term, improving general health and helping them reach their full potential. More .. ODSP Action Coalition