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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 50,000,000 unique Internet visitors have visited this site to learn about child rights in Canada. Every month we get visitors from over 160 countries.

The most visitors in a single day was  397,479 visitors on May 4, 2016.

Many thanks to all the volunteers from Goulds, NF to Comox, BC who made our website a success.


Every Child Matters


The Toronto Star

Meanness is a way of life in Ottawa

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

Editor's Notes:

The article below was published in 2013. On May 11, 2018, Dr. Cindy Blackstock was awarded the Order of Canada for her advocacy work to provide a better life for First Nations children.

Cindy Blackstock, of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, was astonished to discover that 189 bureaucrats had gathered information on her professional and personal life.

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.


Ottawa Citizen Newspaper

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.



CBC logo

Federal Court upholds landmark compensation order for First Nations children

The decision leaves Ottawa on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation

Olivia Stefanovich - CBC News - senior reporter Posted: Sep 29, 2021

The Federal Court today dismissed an application for a judicial review of a landmark human rights tribunal compensation order for First Nations children - leaving the federal government on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation related to the child welfare system.

Justice Paul Favel said today that the Attorney General of Canada, who had filed the application for a judicial review and a stay of the order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, had "not succeeded in establishing that the compensation decision is unreasonable."

The federal government had argued that the tribunal overreached and was wrong to order Ottawa to pay $40,000 - the maximum allowed under the Canadian Human Rights Act - to each child affected by the on-reserve child welfare system since 2006.

The tribunal also said the parents or grandparents of those children (depending on who was the primary guardian) would also be eligible for compensation, as long as the children were not taken into the child welfare system because of abuse.

Favel wrote that the tribunal "reasonably exercised its discretion" under the Act to "handle a complex case of discrimination to ensure that all issues were sufficiently dealt with and that the issue of compensation was addressed in phases."

The Federal Court also upheld a tribunal ruling that ordered Ottawa to pay $40,000 to each First Nations child (along with their parents or grandparents) who were forced to leave their homes to access services, or who were denied services covered by the policy known as Jordan's Principle.

That policy states that the needs of a First Nations child requiring a government service take precedence over jurisdictional disputes over who should pay for it.

The Jordan's Principle portion of the order covers the period from Dec. 12, 2007 - when the House of Commons adopted Jordan's Principle - to Nov. 2, 2017, when the tribunal ordered Canada to change its definition of Jordan's Principle and review previously denied requests.

Favel dismissed the federal government's argument that the tribunal process was procedurally unfair.


London Free Press

Mom gave nude images of daughters, their friends to secret boyfriend

Clandestine photos and videos of her daughters and friends, taken while they changed clothes in a bathroom, were made to satisfy the sexual urges of her secret boyfriend.

The London Free Press, by Jane Sims, July 15, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story contains details that may disturb readers.

Clandestine photos and videos of her daughters and friends, taken while they changed clothes in a bathroom, were made to satisfy the sexual urges of her secret boyfriend.

She kept up the steady diet of images and text messages for almost a decade, while keeping up appearances as a wife, a mother, a Sunday school teacher and a school volunteer.

"I can't say how sorry I am. I don't expect forgiveness but I hope in time they will," the 52-year-old London woman said tearfully to Ontario Court Justice Allan Maclure before he sentenced her to four years in prison for voyeurism and five other child pornography counts.

"I have prayed for and will continue to pray for healing for all of the victims, because, with God, all things are possible and he can heal them. I'm so sorry," she said.

That was a bit rich for the judge. Before agreeing to a joint sentencing submission, Maclure took the woman to the judicial woodshed, calling what she did "depraved," "exploitive," "offensive," "perverted" and "utterly disgusting."

And what she said about a higher power healing everyone came off "as both offensive and trite."

"For you to so easily say God will heal them is to trivialize what's occurred to these children and their families and perhaps to trivialize your own responsibility," Maclure said.

The judge's sharp comments came after hearing what the woman did with her daughters and playmates during a 10-year extramarital affair, plus the emotional victim impact statements from parents who once called her a friend.


Toronto Sun

Headline in print newspaper

Disgusting Act

Headline in website edition

London, Ont. mom gave nude images of daughters, their friends to secret boyfriend

TORONTO SUN, By Jane Sim, July 16, 2021

52-year-old was sentenced to four years in prison for voyeurism and five other child pornography counts

London, ON - Clandestine photos and videos of her daughters and friends, taken while they changed clothes in a bathroom, were made to satisfy the sexual urges of her secret boyfriend.

Still, it was after their fourth baby died before Australian police suspected something was terribly wrong.

She kept up the steady diet of images and text messages for almost a decade, while keeping up appearances as a wife, a mother, a Sunday school teacher and a school volunteer.

"I can't say how sorry I am. I don't expect forgiveness but I hope in time they will," the 52-year-old London woman said tearfully to Ontario Court Justice Allan Maclure before he sentenced her to four years in prison for voyeurism and five other child pornography counts.

"I have prayed for and will continue to pray for healing for all of the victims, because, with God, all things are possible and he can heal them. I'm so sorry," she said.

That was a bit rich for the judge. Before agreeing to a joint sentencing submission, Maclure took the woman to the judicial woodshed, calling what she did "depraved," "exploitive," "offensive," "perverted" and "utterly disgusting."

And what she said about a higher power healing everyone came off "as both offensive and trite."

"For you to so easily say God will heal them is to trivialize what's occurred to these children and their families and perhaps to trivialize your own responsibility," Maclure said.

The judge's sharp comments came after hearing what the woman did with her daughters and playmates during a 10-year extramarital affair, plus the emotional victim impact statements from parents who once called her a friend.

A court-ordered publication ban is in place to protect the identities of the victims.

Assistant Crown attorney Andrea Mason told Maclure the London police found images of two sisters, one of whom was seven years old, and some of two other sisters from another family, on the man's electronic devices.

Police traced images to the sisters' mother, arrested her and searched her home. She admitted to the affair and to taking nude photos of her daughters and their friends to send to her boyfriend. The photos police found were taken between 2014 and 2020 showing her daughters in the bathtub, and all the girls dressing or undressing.


Unspoken abuse: Mothers who rape their sons

Ian* was just a child when his mother made him have sex with her. As a child he felt 'yucky about it'. As an adult he has realised the experience was incredibly damaging.

news.com.au, Ginger Gorman, January 21,2017

TRIGGER WARNING: This story discusses experiences of childhood sexual abuse, incest and suicide.

"I AM very sorry I brought you so much pain," Marcus* wrote in his final letter, "Thank you for caring for me. I know I didn't deserve it."

Marcus died by suicide two years ago and when he did, he left University of Canberra researcher Lucetta Thomas a message.

The sentence that stayed with her was this one: "The only course of action is for you to do something positive, like finish the PhD."

To an outsider, these could be understood as simple words of encouragement. Lucetta knew their real meaning; this was an urgent final plea.

The PhD she's currently writing is about sons who were sexually abused by their biological mothers - just as Marcus had been.


Canada Child Benefit program sees hiccups around outdated info, 'female presumption': AG

CTV News, Sarah Turnbull, CTVNews.ca Producer, February 25, 2021

OTTAWA -- The Canada Child Benefit is running smoothly, says federal auditor general Karen Hogan, aside from a few administrative deficiencies that impact eligibility for the support.

The auditor general also took note of a provision in the program that automatically awards the female provider in a household allocated payments.

The audit focused on whether the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) "ensured that Canada Child Benefit (CCB) recipients were eligible for the benefit and that payments were made in a timely and accurate manner," and was part of Hogan's 2021 spring reports tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

Hogan found that the CRA was, for the most part, meeting its main objectives in the delivery of the CCB, but that at times, the agency was making payments based on "outdated" information.

"For example, in the sample we analyzed were instances in which the agency was not informed of changes, including the departure of a recipient from Canada. Payments continued until the agency received an adjustment to the account information or until the parent ceased filing a Canadian income tax return. In these circumstances, an amount would need to be repaid to the government," reads the report.

To mitigate this, Hogan recommends enhanced communication and information-sharing between federal agencies to fill in unnecessary gaps. She also recommends a requirement of a valid proof of birth at the time of the application, to raise the "integrity" of the program and to speed up the benefit process.

The report also raises concern with the concept of female presumption embedded in the CCB, which Hogan says fails to recognize diverse Canadian families.

"This concept appears in the Income Tax Act. Where the presumption is found to apply and is not rebutted, the program directs any payment to a female living with the child or children for whom the payment is made, because she is presumed to be the primary caregiver," reads the report.


The Canadian Press

Unmarried Ontario couple had no children and no house but man must still pay support, appeal court rules

In Ontario, being common-law spouses doesn't necessarily mean having lived in the same home, the court found

The Canadian Press, by Colin Perkel, September 10, 2020

TORONTO - A wealthy businessman will have to pay more than $50,000 a month in spousal support for 10 years to a woman with whom he had a long-term romantic relationship even though they kept separate homes and had no children together, Ontario's top court has ruled.

Under Ontario law, an unmarried couple are considered common-law spouses if they have cohabited - lived together in a conjugal relationship - continuously for at least three years. But that doesn't necessarily mean living in the same home, the court found.

"Lack of a shared residence is not determinative of the issue of cohabitation," the Appeal Court said. "There are many cases in which courts have found cohabitation where the parties stayed together only intermittently."

The decision comes in the case of Lisa Climans and Michael Latner, both of Toronto, who began a romantic relationship after meeting in October 2001. At the time, she was 38 and separated with two children, court records show. He was 46 and divorced with three children.

Although they maintained their separate homes, Latner and Climans behaved as a couple both privately and publicly. They vacationed together. He gave her a 7.5-carat diamond ring and other jewelry that she wore. She quit her job and would regularly sleep at his house. They travelled together and talked about living together.

Latner proposed several times and Climans accepted. He often referred to her by his last name. However, he insisted she sign a marriage contract and came up with several drafts. She refused.


The Canadian Press

B.C. legislation would keep addicted youth in care for maximum of seven days

VICTORIA - The mother of a teen who fatally overdosed says legislation in British Columbia that would allow youth to be involuntarily hospitalized for up to a week must be backed up with more residential treatment beds.

The Canadian Press, By Camille Bains in Vancouver, June 23, 2020

VICTORIA - The mother of a teen who fatally overdosed says legislation in British Columbia that would allow youth to be involuntarily hospitalized for up to a week must be backed up with more residential treatment beds.

Rachel Staples, whose 15-year-old son Elliot Eurchuk died in April 2018, said short-term emergency care meant to stabilize youth is just a start in addressing the overdose crisis among young people.

"They don't have the facilities to accommodate what's going on in our province," she said Tuesday, adding wait times could be as long as four months.

"A week in a hospital just makes a kid angry. Say they do decide 'Yeah, I want out of this nightmare.' Then what? They need residential treatment where they can be monitored."


Washington Examiner

Boys' next sense of purpose: 'Father warriors'

Opinion - by Dr Warren Farrell, The Washington Examiner, Washington DC, USA, Sunday, June 14, 2019

With Father's Day approaching, we are in need of clarifying how the role of dads in the past and present can prepare us for developing the best dads for our children's future.

Historically, each generation had its war. In each generation, a boy received "social bribes" such as being considered a "hero" if he risked dying so others could live. He soon absorbed that if he risked being disposable, his parents would be proud and that girls were more attracted to an "Officer and a Gentleman" than a "Private and a Pacifist." Serving either in war, or as his family's sole breadwinner, gave a boy his mandate for manhood - his "sense of purpose" as a man.

Today, the good news is both that fewer boys are needed to be disposable in war and that more women are sharing the burdens of the breadwinner role. The bad news is that this has left many boys with a "purpose void." As boys with a purpose void have become less-motivated men, more women are interested in having children without having "just one more child I have to support." Additionally, more children of divorce are raised without dads.

The result has been a global boy crisis in all 56 of the largest developed nations: of boys falling behind girls in virtually every area of academic achievement, mental health, physical health, and economic competence. But there is a gap: Boys with two involved parents are doing fine; boys whose dads are absent are not.

If the boy crisis resides where dads do not reside, this creates a new opportunity for consideration this Father's Day: Our sons can fill their purpose void by being honored as warriors not just if they risk killing and being killed overseas, but also if they become "father warriors" by loving and being loved at home.


Vancouver Sun

Vancouver police investigating after dead baby found in Downtown Eastside

Vancouver Sun, Tiffany Crawford, April 24, 2020

Vancouver police are investigating after a dead baby was found in a portable toilet in the Downtown Eastside on Wednesday night.

picture flowers mark the spot of dead baby found
Flowers mark the spot at Hastings and Main streets in Vancouver, BC Thursday afternoon April 23, 2020 where a baby was found deceased inside a portable toilet late Wednesday. Police are investigating. Photo by Jason Payne

"This is, without a doubt, an extremely tragic incident," said Vancouver police Const. Tania Visintin in a statement Thursday.

Vancouver police investigating after dead baby found in Downtown Eastside on Wednesday night.

"This is, without a doubt, an extremely tragic incident," said Vancouver police Const. Tania Visintin in a statement Thursday.


Mother in custody battle burns 6 year old son to death and herself and home

Toronto Star

Associate Press USA

Investigators: Mother son afire in blaze that killed both

Associated Press, USA, published in Toronto Star, Oct. 24, 2019

LAS VEGAS USA- A Las Vegas woman who waged a court custody battle for her 6-year-old son set the boy afire earlier this month, igniting a house fire that killed them both, police and arson investigators found. Gasoline was detected on first-grader Gavin Palmer’s clothing, and the deaths of the boy and his mother, Renai Palmer, were investigated as a rare arson murder-suicide, Las Vegas police homicide Lt. Ray Spencer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Wednesday report. The Clark County coroner’s office said Thursday the cause and manner of the two deaths remained under investigation.

Marijuana Damages Teens for Life

Globe and Mail - POT DAMAGE TO TEENS

Pot smoking irreversable damage teens

Teenage pot smoking may lower IQ - for life

The Globe and Mail, Zosia Bielski, Aug. 27 2012

Chronic use of marijuana before age of 18 can cause "lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory" - and quitting pot later in life doesn't reverse the damage, says daunting new research out of New Zealand.

The study, which followed 1,037 Kiwis for nearly 40 years, found that adolescents who smoked marijuana persistently for years showed declines of eight IQ points when their scores were tabulated at age 13 and then at 38. Teens who got stoned regularly all scored significantly worse than their sober counterparts on tests measuring memory, reasoning and processing speed, with family and friends of users corroborating the findings anecdotally.

"Marijuana is not harmless, particularly for adolescents," lead researcher Madeline Meier, a post-doctoral researcher at Duke University, said in a release. "Somebody who loses eight IQ points as an adolescent may be disadvantaged compared to their same-age peers for years to come."

Toronto Star

PHARMACARE - OHIP+

Free prescriptions for many children and young adults in Ontario set to end in March

The Toronto Star, Rob Ferguson, Queen's Park Bureau, Fri., Jan. 4, 2019

Free taxpayer-funded prescriptions to children and young adults under 25 will end in March if they have private insurance coverage.

The looming change in the OHIP+ pharmacare program, expected to save $250 million a year, was first announced in late June as Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives took power but the time frame for implementation remained a mystery until now.

"The government is fixing OHIP+ by focusing benefits on those who need them the most," said a notice posted online on a government website this week putting the proposal out for public comment until the end of January.

Sources said the government hopes to have the necessary systems in place with insurers and pharmacies by late March.

Under the new plan, children and young adults will continue to get free prescriptions if they or their parents do not have private health insurance coverage.

Otherwise, private insurance plans become the "first payer" for prescription medicines.

At issue is how pharmacists will be able to verify whether customers under 25 have private coverage, or deductibles or co-payments.


CTV National News

WHO considers adding 'parental alienation' to new diagnostic guide

CTV National News, Avis Favaro, Medical Specialist, Saturday, March 30, 2019

An emerging mental health issue in which one parent turns a child against the other parent could be added to the international standard for diagnostics next month.

"Parental alienation" may be among an updated list of diseases and related health problems when the World Health Organization votes to accept the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) in May.

The issue is a kind of psychological manipulation of a child. It occurs when one parent systemically "badmouths" the other parent. In extreme cases of high-conflict divorce and separation, the child may align with one parent and reject the other. Mental health experts and law professionals are lining up to label it as a form of emotional abuse that can damage the mental health of children.

Research in the field has labelled parental alienation an "unacknowledged form of family violence" and has found long-term mental health consequences for children who experience it, including anxiety, lowered self-esteem and general quality of life, as well as a greater risk of depression.


CTV  TV Network

Canada Child Benefit Increases July 2018
Boost to Canada Child Benefit comes into effect

CTV News, Friday, July 20, 2018

If you are eligible for the Canada Child Benefit program, your monthly payment could soon be increasing.

Effective Friday, the federal tax break is being indexed to inflation, which means an increase to keep up with the growing cost of living.

The federal government announced in the fall its plan to annually boost its marquee program two years earlier than initially planned.

The maximum annual amount per child children under age 6 is increasing to $6,496, from $6,400.

The maximum annual amount per child children aged 6 through 17 is increasing to $5,481, from $5,400.


Canadian Press

A newborn baby was found on a porch in a shoebox in Laval. Police are investigating.

The Canadian Press, Montreal, Laval, Friday, April 26, 2019

Laval police say a newborn baby left in a shoebox earlier this week was in stable condition Friday and her mother could face charges stemming from the discovery.

 They received a 911 call around noon Wednesday from a woman who said someone left the baby girl in a box on her balcony.

Const. Stephanie Beshara says not long after, an area hospital informed them of an 18-year-old who was seeking treatment following childbirth but had no baby with her.

Police allege the woman gave birth alone in an apartment and left it on her neighbour's balcony in the city's Chomedey district.

They estimate the baby spent between 90 minutes and two hours outside while temperatures hovered around seven degrees.

Beshara says the woman has been placed under arrest, but investigators haven't spoken to her because she has been receiving medical treatment.


CBC

Supreme Court to explain reasons for tossing charges against mom who had sex with minor

CanadianCRC Editor: This article contains sexist wording that would never have been used had the rapist been a man and it was sex with the 14 year old female. We have highlighted the sexists words in red. REVERSE the genders on this story and see how it looks. What a double standard!

35-year-old Saskatchewan woman mistakenly thought 14-year-old boy was of age to consent 

CBC News, By Kathleen Harris, CBC News, Jul 06, 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada will explain Friday why it threw out sexual assault charges against a woman who had sex with ( try sexually assaulted) the 14-year-old friend of her son.

In May, justices ruled that Saskatchewan resident Barbara George, who was 35 at the time of the sexual encounter, should not face a new trial for sexual interference and sexual assault. It will present written reasons for that decision.

The crux of the case is around age of consent, and a section of the Criminal Code that requires an adult to take "reasonable steps" to determine the age of a person before engaging in sex with them.

George was acquitted of the charges because the trial judge found the sexual activity was "factually consensual" - that she honestly believed the boy was at least 16, and there was reasonable doubt she had not taken all reasonable steps to determine the age of "C.D.," whose full name is protected by a publication ban.

He was attending a party at her home the night of the encounter.

According to documents filed by the appellant with the Supreme Court, George assumed C.D. was over the age of 16 because he had facial hair, a mature demeanour and apparent sexual experience. He also smoked and took care of his younger siblings.

 Change the gender and see how this looks: And if the above read that "The girl had a mature body with large mature breasts and curved hips, a mature demeanour and apparent sexual experience. He also smoked and took care of his younger siblings. "

According to the documents, George did not realize how old he was until several months later, when she applied to become an RCMP officer. One of the questions on the questionnaire asked if she had ever had sexual activity with someone under 16.

RCMP application leads to charges

After checking with her son about the age of C.D., she answered the form in the affirmative.

That led to an RCMP investigation and subsequent charges laid against her.

George was acquitted at trial. While the judge said she exhibited an "appalling lack of judgment" by talking to the complainant in her bedroom for several hours that night, there was not enough evidence to show she deliberately broke the law.

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, in a majority decision, allowed the Crown's subsequent appeal, sending the matter to the country's highest court.

"This case involves a 35-year-old woman who was the sole parent and adult at a high school party when she had sexual intercourse with a boy who was half her age and young enough to be her teenage son," reads a court document filed by the respondent, the Attorney General of Saskatchewan.

"Despite all of that, she took no steps to ascertain the complainant's age before she had sex with him. In fact, she did not turn her mind to the issue of the complainant's age at all until months later."

In 2008, the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper raised the legal age of consent in Canada from 14 to 16, the first change to the law since 1892.


Toronto Star

Ontario chief pathologist slammed by judge for offering 'incorrect' opinions in court

A Toronto judge released a blistering ruling this week slamming the chief pathologist for offering opinions that were "not appropriate, not within his knowledge and expertise, and incorrect."

The Toronto Star, April 13, 2017

Dr. Michael Pollanen was appointed the province's chief pathologist in 2006, as it became clear the dangerously flawed expert testimony of Dr. Charles Smith had led to serious miscarriages of justice.

In the 11 years since, he has led a forensic pathology overhaul to make sure the same mistakes don't happen again.

This irony was noted by the Toronto judge who released a blistering ruling this week slamming Pollanen for falling into the same traps that led to wrongful convictions he helped overturn.

Despite being unprepared, "he offered expert opinions on matters that were not appropriate, not within his knowledge and expertise, and incorrect," Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy wrote.

The case involved a man who was accused of the second-degree murder of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son, Nicholas Cruz.

It is agreed the toddler died after blunt force trauma to his stomach caused his intestines to rupture. Doctors also found new and old bruises on the toddler's body.

The accused, Joel France, has since pleaded guilty to manslaughter but has not yet been sentenced.


PATERNITY FRAUD-Baby Name Falsified /Changed by Mother

Judge criticizes 'devious' woman who changed boy's name without father's consent

baby generic

The Canadian Press, Friday, February 24, 2017

SYDNEY, N.S. -- A judge has harshly criticized a Nova Scotia woman who changed her son's last name without consent from his father, calling her conduct "devious, manipulative and indefensible."

Justice Theresa Forgeron said the mother arranged to forge the father's signature on an application to change the boy's name.

"(The mother) was strategic and manipulative throughout," said Forgeron in a written decision from the Supreme Court Family Division in Sydney, N.S.

"(Her) story does not have an internal consistency or logical flow, nor is it in harmony with the preponderance of probabilities which a practical and informed person would find reasonable given the particular place and conditions."


Global News

"Birthgasms" - more than myth: This midwife had one

Mothers orgasming during birth of baby- Women's Sexuality

Global TV News, By Patricia Kozicka, December 15, 2015

Childbirth doesn't have to be a completely painful experience.

Childbirth doesn't have to be a completely painful experience.

Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images

An orgasm is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of childbirth.

But those who've had a "birthgasm," as it's called, will tell you the pain of childbirth can very suddenly turn to pleasure.

In a literary review published last month in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, Australian researchers write that the phenomenon is more common than you'd think - but few women feel comfortable talking about it.

"The sexuality of childbirth is not well recognized in Western society," the review reads. It calls for "greater awareness … of the potential of orgasm as a means of pain relief in childbirth."

Elizabeth Davis, director of the U.S. National Midwifery Institute, kept her "orgasmic birth" a secret for almost 20 years. She was afraid people would think she was crazy.


The Independent - UK Newspaper

Mother murdered eight-year-old son after he walked in on her having sex with his grandfather

Mother sentenced to 30 years in jail after prosecutors call her an 'egocentric, manipulative liar'

The Independent, UK, October 20th, 2016

Veronica Panarello Child Murderer

A mother has been found guilty of beating and strangling her eight-year-old son to death, after he walked in on her having sex with his grandfather.

Veronica Panarello was sentenced to 30 years in jail at a court in south-east Sicily after it emerged she had strangled her son Loris Stival with electrical cables, and thrown his body into a ditch near the family home.


Teen Girl Murders Baby

Teen girl pleads guilty to second-degree murder of Saskatoon baby

CTV National News, October 12, 2016

A 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a six-week-old boy in Saskatoon last summer.

The teen, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, entered the plea in court on Wednesday.

She was invited into the home where Nikosis Jace Cantre was found beaten on July 3.


Associate Press  USA

Mom sought men to sexually assault girl, 10, before death: Warrants

The Associated Press, Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. USA -- The mother of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl found dead and dismembered told police she sought men online and at work to sexually assault her daughter, according to warrants obtained by the Albuquerque Journal.

Michelle Martens told police that she had set up encounters with at least three men to sexually assault her daughter, the Albuquerque Journal reported. The child's death sparked vigils and outcry across the state.

Martens, 35, told investigators that one of the men was a co-worker. Two others she met online, including Fabian Gonzales, 31. He was to be the last.

Martens, Gonzales, and Jessica Kelley -- a cousin of Gonzales -- all face charges in connection with Victoria Martens' death.

Police found Victoria Martens' dismembered body last month inside the apartment she shared with her mother.

According to the warrants, Martens told investigators she didn't do it for the money. Martens said she set up the sexual assaults because she enjoyed watching.


Mississauga Ontario Disability Support Program Office (ODSP) incompetence and beating up sick disabled people

Opinion

Nadia Mustillo, Program Manager for ODSP, including the Mississauga ODSP office can't even get the publicly available employee's directory right or is it the fault of Ontario's Ministry of Community and Social Services Deputy Minister Janet Menard's who broke her October 2015 commitment to the president of the Canadian Children's Rights Council to fix the problem.  The directory shows only one manager out of 3 for the Mississauga Office. The ODSP Mississauga managers, as verified on May 4th, 2016 are actually Christine Linsley, Denise Ryckman and Paula Banfield.

Tiffany Lundrigan an ODSP Mississauga caseworker took a year to process $479, one month's shelter allowance as well as shelter for more than 15 months.


Edmonton Journal

Update: Up to 60 sensitive files possibly breached at Alberta's maintenance enforcement program

The Edmonton Journal, by MARIAM IBRAHIM, April 4, 2016

An Alberta government employee is under investigation after Edmonton police discovered as many as 60 sensitive files in the province's maintenance enforcement program may have been accessed inappropriately.

The alleged privacy breach was discovered during a larger police investigation, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Monday.


child porn charges

Nova Scotia female, 15, arrested after child porn allegedly shared online

The Canadian Press, Thursday, March 24, 2016

WINDSOR, N.S. - A 15-year-old Nova Scotia girl has been arrested for allegedly sharing child pornography on social media, and police say more arrests are possible.

The girl is facing charges of producing, possessing and distributing child pornography after an adult came forward to police in the Windsor area Wednesday, said RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke.

There is more than one alleged victim, and all are believed to be Nova Scotians.


The Hamilton Spectator

Children's advocate calls for end to lockout at Hamilton teen jail

Province should step in to reopen Arrell Youth Centre says rights group

The Hamilton Spectator, Jun 30, 2018, by Joanna Frketich

Strike- BANYAN - ARRELL YOUTH CENTRE Members of Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 216 hold picket signs at the corner of Stone Church and Anchor Roads outside Banyan, the not-for-profit organization that runs the Arrell Youth Centre, in April. - Hamilton Spectator file photo

The Canadian Children's Rights Council is calling for an end to a labour dispute that has closed a Hamilton youth detention facility for more than two months.

No new talks are scheduled after negotiations broke down June 24 in the ongoing lockout at Arrell Youth Centre at 320 Anchor Rd. near Stone Church Road East and Dartnall Road.

The centre, which normally houses 16 young men convicted or accused of serious crimes, has been empty since the lockout began April 27. Most of the 16 teens who were moved stayed in the west region, which includes London, Guelph and Niagara. But three had to go to the east region, which stretches as far as Kingston.

"It undermines the whole idea of rehabilitation," said Grant Wilson, president of the nonprofit advocacy council. "That's a life-altering experience to go through that kind of labour disruption when you are a youth ... It's destructive to everybody."


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Liberals agree to revoke spanking law in response to TRC call

Truth and Reconciliation Commission said in its final report that "corporal punishment is a relic of a discredited past and has no place in Canadian schools or homes"

OTTAWA The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest national newspaper, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, by Gloria Galloway

In promising to enact all of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the federal Liberals have agreed to remove a section of law that allows parents to spank their kids without fear of prosecution.

Groups that oppose corporal punishment of children have spent many years urging successive governments in Ottawa to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code that permits parents and teachers to use reasonable force to correct the behaviour of youngsters in their care.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which heard thousands of tales of physical abuse inside Indian residential schools, said in its final report that "corporal punishment is a relic of a discredited past and has no place in Canadian schools or homes." The repeal of Section 43 was No. 6 on a list of 94 "calls to action" included in the report, which was made public last week.

When asked if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to act on every TRC recommendation meant repealing the so-called spanking law, a spokesman for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould would only say the government remains committed to implementing all of the commission's calls to action.

In 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that physical force was acceptable within certain bounds - it cannot be used on children under the age of 2, it cannot involve implements such as a paddle or a belt and blows to a child's head are not allowed. Teachers and faith-based groups praised the decision, saying the people who are responsible for raising children must have the leeway to decide when moderate physical discipline is required.


Toronto Star

Peel group calls for GTA African-Canadian children's aid society

A black community group in Peel recommends mandatory collection and sharing of race-based data on Ontario kids in care.

The Toronto Star, By: Jim Rankin, Feature reporter, Sandro Contenta, News, Wed Dec 09 2015

The Ontario government should make it mandatory for all children's aid societies to collect and make public race-based data on kids in their care.

The recommendation - along with a call for an African-Canadian society to support Toronto-area black families - is included in a position paper by the Black Community Action Network (BCAN) of Peel. It will be released Wednesday morning at a Brampton conference of Peel community leaders and children's aid society officials.

"The collection and dissemination of that data is critical to be able to assess whether the kinds of services that we have available are effective, to hold some of these agencies accountable for the kinds of services they are delivering," Dr. Julian Hasford, the paper's author and a community psychologist, said in an interview.

"I don't think that we're going to be able to make informed and effective decisions with respect to system change without that information."

The group also wants the Peel Children's Aid Society to follow the lead of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto and report publicly on the proportion of children in care - and the number of families involved with the society - who are black.


Toronto Star newspaper

December 4, 2015

Liberals under pressure to fix Ontario's child protection system

( above is headline The Toronto Star newspaper website )

website version - In more than half of child abuse investigations reviewed by auditor general Bonnie Lysyk's office, the children's aid societies failed to make mandatory checks of the Ontario Child Abuse Register.

Child protection system needs urgent fix: AG

( above is headline The Toronto Star newspaper, page A4 )

newspaper version - Aid societies failed to check Ontario Child Abuse Register, leaving some kids at 'risk'

The Toronto Star, Friday Dec. 4 , 2015, by Sandro Content, staff reporter and Jim Rankin Feature reporter,

The Ontario government is under pressure to fix a child protection system criticized by the auditor general for putting some children in "serious risk."

In her report, Bonnie Lysyk describes a child protection system riddled with problems, from badly conducted abuse investigations to a floundering Ministry of Children and Youth Services that fails to oversee Ontario's privately run children's aid societies.

At stake are the lives of 15,625 children who, on average, were in foster or group-home care in 2014-15, and the well-being of thousands more investigated for possible abuse.

In more than half of child abuse investigations reviewed by Lysyk's office, the children's aid societies failed to make mandatory checks of the Ontario Child Abuse Register. The register would note if caregivers had a history of abuse.

"Failure to conduct these crucial history checks puts children in serious risk of being placed or left in the care of individuals with a history of abusing children," Lysyk's report states.


CBC News

Ottawa female teen prostitution ringleader gets 6½-year adult sentence

Young woman, who was 15 when she was arrested, led operation that trafficked other teen girls

CBC News Nov 04, 2014

The teen prostitution ringleader's defence lawyer Ken Hall says they're looking into their options, including an appeal, after she was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

An 18-year-old who led an operation that trafficked other teenagers using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter today received an adult sentence of 6½ years in a correctional facility. The young woman was given credit for time she's already served in pre-sentence custody, meaning she will only serve another two years and 325 days.

The 18-year-old was arrested in 2012, when she was 15, for leading the operation with two other teens as they recruited other girls through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, before drugging and beating them and forcing them into prostitution.

The 18-year-old was the only one who pleaded not guilty in her trial, but she was found guilty this January. The two other teens entered mid-trial guilty pleas in September 2013 for their roles in the violent pimping operation.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the 18-year-old faced a maximum sentence of three years. Under the adult Criminal Code, she faced a minimum sentence of five years.


Katherine Knight - Psycho Husband Killer - Domestic Violence
This real "Hannibal Lecter" psychopath killer was a woman.

TOO HORRIFIC FOR NEWSPAPERS TO PUBLISH OR GENDER BIAS?

Katherine Knight First woman in Australia to be sentenced to life in prison ...'We had to make a decision whether the story was palatable for people to read with their breakfast in the morning. A decision was made this couldn't be reported. It was too horrific,' said Peter Lalor, journalist with The Australian.

Psychopathic husband killer Katherine Knight of Australia butchered her husband , skinned him and cooked him up for the children.   This has to be the worst case of domestic violence we have ever seen.

Knight methodically skinned Price's corpse, taking off the entire skin, including his face, ears, scalp and neck, like a ghoulish suit. The macabre suit of skin was then hung up on a hook in the entrance of the house, where it remained until it was removed by the horrified police officers.


Toronto Sun

Woman charged after 6 dead babies found in Winnipeg storage locker

Woman kills 6 babies

Winnipeg Sun, by David Larkins, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg police now say the bodies of six babies were found in a U-Haul locker Monday afternoon and have made an arrest in connection to the horrifying incident.

Police provided an update Wednesday morning and said it was not three or four infant bodies as originally thought that were found in the storage locker.

Andrea Giesbrecht, 40, of Winnipeg, who police say also goes by Andrea Naworynski, has been charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child and one breach of probation. She was arrested at a home, police said.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between March 7 and Oct. 20.

Police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley could not provide much more detail on how the babies were killed, why they were there, or what their relation is to the accused.

Hofley said the case has not been turned over to the homicide unit because more details still need to come to light on many lingering questions.

Hofley said homicide charges have not been laid, but have not been ruled out.

"So many of the questions that I expect you have will be answered forensically," Hofley said. "As you can see by the charges laid, right now we don't have any information regarding a homicide."

Hofley said the child abuse unit is still investigating, but acknowledged finding the answers may prove difficult.

"It's early in the investigation ... some of these questions may never be answered," he said.


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.

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.


"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 offenders.

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.

Female Sex Offender Documentary Statistics Experts


The Toronto Star

Canada failing homeless youth, report charges

Stress on emergency assistance, not prevention, solves little in the long run, professor says.

Stephen Gaetz-Professor York University - Homeless Hub

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.


Sex-ed Sex Education Ontario Curriculum

Four years of foreplay and afterthoughts on sex-ed: Cohn

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 in 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.


Canadian Press

Ottawa girl 17 found guilty on 30 of 33 charges in teen pimping case

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.


Canadian Press

Woman, 22, charged after girl, 15, rescued from sex trade at Burlington, Ont., hotel

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.


Associated Press-Vatican Statstics-Child Sexual Abuse By Priests

UN rights committee grills Vatican over its handling of child sex abuse

The Associated Press, USA, Published Thursday, Jan. 16 2014, By John Heilprin And Nicole Winfield

The 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.


Woman kills 5 year old child - boy- Canada murderer

Saskatoon woman charged with murder in young boy's death

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.


The Toronto Star

Female newlyweds flock to join cheaters club

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.

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.


The Toronto Star

Good parenting key to breaking cycle of poverty

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

Good Parenting Key to Breaking Cycle of Poverty - Child Poverty­ 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.


The Toronto Star

Murdering Mother sentenced to more than two years jail time in connection to death of infant son

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.


New York Times - Female Sex Offenders

Laws Overlook Female Offenders

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.


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.

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 "Norm" elsewhere

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 existent 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 girls 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.


The Australian

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.



CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC Website Poll - "Should spanking be allowed under Canadian law?" February 2012

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.


CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

'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.


The Telepgraph UK

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.


The Globe and Mail

Success, in contempt

Globe Editorial

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.)


Scholarly Paper on Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation - Myths, Realities & Uncertainties: A Canadian Study, 1989-2008

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 Remore 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.


ComputerWorld Canada

Four-year-olds in Montreal will use laptops in kindergarten class

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.

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MeriNews

Surrogate mothers: Outsourcing pregnancy in India

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.


Canadian Press

Quebec man wants name stricken from birth certificate of child who isn't his

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.


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.

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.

The Boy Crisis

TEDx Dr Warren Farrell

TEDx - The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

One of the foremost speakers and thinkers on gender issues

Dr. Warren Farrell

It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.

It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.

It's a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.

It's a crisis of purpose. Boys' old sense of purpose-being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner-are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a "purpose void," feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.

So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.

Female Sexual Predators / Female Sex Offenders

Vancouver Sun

3 in 4 B.C. boys on street sexually exploited by women

VANCOUVER - Canada's largest study into the sexual exploitation of street kids and runaways has shattered some myths about who the abusers might be - with the most surprising finding being that many are women seeking sex with young males.

"Some youth in each gender were exploited by women with more than three out of four (79 per cent) sexually exploited males reporting exchanging sex for money or goods with a female," said Elizabeth Saewyc, associate professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator for the study conducted by Vancouver's McCreary Centre Society.

"I must admit it wasn't something we were expecting."

Paternity Fraud - TV Show - Canada

CBC News Sunday

Paternity Fraud TV Show
CBC News: Sunday

CBC News Sunday- TV Show - paternity Fraud - Canadian Children's Rights Council - Judith Huddart

An indepth look at paternity fraud, men's and children's rights. 10 minutes.

This segment of CBC News: Sunday was on a paternity fraud case in which the husband was ordered to pay child support for 2 children which weren't his biological children.

Supporting Child Identity Rights

The Australian

Fathers demand mandatory paternity testing

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.

Brainwashing Children - Divorce - Family Law

W5 TV Show on Parental Alienation

TV Show about Parental Alienation

W5 investigates: Children on the frontlines of divorce

November 7, 2009

The world of divorce is scary for any child. But when a divorce becomes especially toxic, children can become the target of an unrelenting crusade by one parent to destroy the child's relationship with the other. Experts call it parental alienation.

Baby Died from Herpes Transmitted by Rabbi During Ritual Genital Mutilation

ABC News USA - Spanking children Leads to aggression

Baby Dies of Herpes in Ritual Circumcision By Orthodox Jews

ABC News, U.S.A., by Susan Donaldson James, March 12, 2012

New York City is investigating the death last September of a baby who contracted herpes after a "ritual circumcision with oral suction," in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish ceremony known in Hebrew as metzitzah b'peh.

The district attorney's office in Kings County Brooklyn is investigating the death of the 2-week-old baby at Maimonides Hospital, but would not disclose the name of the mohel or whether there would be a prosecution.

The 5,000-year-old religious practice is seen primarily in ultra-Orthodox and some orthodox communities and has caused an alarm among city health officials. In 2003 and 2004, three babies, including a set of twins, were infected with Type 1 herpes; the cases were linked to circumcision, and one boy died.

The mohel who performed the procedures, Yitzchok Fischer, was later banned from doing circumcisions, according to The New York Times. It is not known if he was involved in this recent death.

"It's certainly not something any of us recommend in the modern infection-control era," said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University.

"This is a ritual of historic Abraham that's come down through the ages, and now it has met modern science," he said. "It was never a good idea, and there is a better way to do this." (The modern Jewish community uses a sterile aspiration device to clean the wound in a circumcision.)

In the 2004 death and the more recent one, a mohel infected the penile wounds with Type 1 herpes I (HSV-1), which affects the mouth and throat. It is different from Type 2 or genital herpes (HSV-2), which is a sexually transmitted disease and can cause deadly infections when a newborn passes through an infected birth canal.

Neonatal herpes is "almost always" a fatal infection, according to Schaffner. "It's a bad virus. [Infants] have no immunity and so it's a very serious illness. Now we have another death -- an unnecessary, incredibly tragic death."

Parental Alienation in Family Law Cases

U.S. News & World Report

Parental Alienation: A Mental Diagnosis?

Some experts say the extreme hatred some kids feel toward a parent in a divorce is a mental illness

U.S. News & World Report
October 29, 2009

From an early age, Anne was taught by her mother to fear her father. Behind his back, her mom warned that he was unpredictable and dangerous; any time he'd invite her to do anything-a walk in the woods, a trip to the art store-she would craft an excuse not to go. "I was under the impression that he was crazy, that at any moment he could just pop and do something violent to hurt me," says Anne, who prefers that only her middle name be used to guard her family's privacy. Typical of a phenomenon some mental-health experts now label "parental alienation," her view of him became so negative, she says, that her mother persuaded her to lie during a custody hearing when the couple divorced. Then 14, she told the judge that her dad was physically abusive. Was he? "No," she says. "But I was convinced that he would [be]." After her mother won custody, Anne all but severed contact with her father for years.

If a growing faction of the mental-health community has its way, Anne's experience will one day soon be an actual diagnosis. The concept of parental alienation, which is highly controversial, is being described as one in which children strongly attach to one parent and reject the other in the false belief that he or she is bad or dangerous. "It's heartbreaking," says William Bernet, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, "to have your 10-year-old suddenly, in a matter of weeks, go from loving you and hiking with you...to saying you're a horrible, ugly person." These aren't kids who simply prefer one parent over the other, he says. That's normal. These kids doggedly resist contact with a parent, sometimes permanently, out of an irrational hate or fear.

Mothers Who Kill Their Own Children

AAP

Affair led to mother murdering her own kids

Days after buying another woman Valentine's Day flowers, a Sydney father came home to find a trail of blood leading him to the bodies of his two young children lying next to their mother, a court has been told.

Australian Associated Press
Aug 24 2009

The woman had given the couple's three-year-old daughter and four-year-old son rat poison and an unidentified pink liquid before smothering them and killing them, court papers said.

She then tried to take her own life, the NSW Supreme Court was told.

Doctors agree the mother, from Canley Heights in Sydney's west, was suffering from "major depression" when she poisoned her children on February 19 last year.

She has pleaded not guilty to the two murders by reason of mental illness.

As her judge-alone trial began, the mother's lawyer told Justice Clifton Hoeben his client didn't think life was worth living after learning about her husband's affair.

15 Year Old Girl has Sex with 12 year old boy

Baby-faced boy Alfie
Patten is father at 13

Alfie
Dad, baby and mother

The Sun, UK
13 Feb 2009

Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like eight, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.

He told how he, at 12 years old, and Chantelle, 15, decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.

Paternity Fraud - Spain Supreme Court - Civil Damages

Daily Mail UK

Adulterous woman ordered to pay husband £177,000 in 'moral damages'

The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009

An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.

The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.

The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.

Child Pornography

Study: Child Porn Isn't Illegal In Most Countries

A review of child pornography laws in 184 countries shows that more than half have no laws that address child pornography.

Information Week

April 6, 2006

At a press conference in Washington, D.C., the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and other participants, including Microsoft, presented a study on Thursday revealing the woeful inadequacy of child pornography laws around the world.

ICMEC's global policy review of child pornography laws in 184 Interpol-member countries showed that more than half have no laws that specifically address child pornography, and in many others the existing laws are insufficient.

"It's hard to arrest and prosecute if you don't have the legal foundation on which to build," said Ernie Allen, ICMEC president and CEO.

The ICMEC study found that possession of child pornography isn't a crime in 138 countries. In 122 countries, there's no law dealing with the use of computers and the Internet as a means of child porn distribution.

"One of the greatest challenges we are confronted with is child safety, child protection, and child rights," said Baron Daniel Cardon de Lecture, chairman of ICMEC. Most of the countries in the world, he said, "have no meaningful system to adequately and effectively combat sexual exploitation of children."

Only five countries--Australia, Belgium, France, South Africa, and the United States--have laws deemed adequate by ICMEC to address the issue.

Why? Homeless?

Associated Press

Probation for mother who power-washed child

Associated Press, U.S.A.
September 23, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. U.S.A. -A mother who was videotaped spraying her young daughter with a high-pressure water hose at an Orlando car wash has pleaded no contest to assault.

A judge sentenced Niurka (Nicki) Ramirez to one year supervised probation on Monday.

Prosecutors had dropped the more serious charges - felony child abuse and culpable negligence - from the February incident.

Laws on Corporal Punishment of Children from around the World

Other countries don't allow assaults on children

Like Britain, countries such as Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Austria had a defence to assaults on children similar to our s. 43. These defences were removed between 1957 and 1977. The criminal law of these countries therefore gives children the same protection from assault as it gives adults. Beginning with Sweden in 1979, these countries also amended their civil child welfare laws to expressly prohibit corporal punishment so that the public fully understood it was illegal.

Laws on Corporal Punishment of Children from around the World

CTV - Parent education - Parenting style can change child behaviour

Parenting style can change child behaviour

CTV.ca News Staff, February 21, 2005

Parents who are punitive tend to have aggressive children. But a new survey suggests that when parenting practices change, a child's behaviour also changes.

The results of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) suggests children show higher levels of aggression, are more anxious and less altruistic when parents have a more punitive parenting style.

Repeal 43 logo

Committee to Repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada Which Allows Hitting Children to "Correct" Them

The Repeal 43 Committee is a national, voluntary committee of lawyers, paediatricians, social workers and educators formed in 1994 to advocate repeal of section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

It is an offence under our Criminal Code to use force against anyone without their consent. This right to personal security is the most fundamental of all human rights. It is a protection against assault that all adults take for granted.

Children do not have the full benefit of this protection because section 43 of the Criminal Code justifies hitting children for disciplinary or "correction" reasons. This violates a child's right to the equal protection and benefit of the law guaranteed by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It contravenes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It violates a child's dignity and shows a lack of respect. It can lead to serious physical and emotional harm.

Over 400 organizations from across Canada that deal with children are against corporal punishment  www.Repeal43.org

Read how the federal and provincial / territorial governments of Canada haven't implemented the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC) in Canada

Peace Tower - Parliament of Canada

Senate of Canada hearings on child rights
(2005, 2006 & 2007)

UN Convention on The Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

Embassy Diplomacy This Week magazine logo

U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child -

Signed, Sealed But Not Delivered

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child popular, but hard to enforce

Embassy
April 13th, 2005

The construction of a legal framework required to fully satisfy obligations under a United Nations convention to protect children will be an ongoing process in Canada, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler told the Senate Human Rights Committee on Monday.

Mr. Cotler said that each new law or regulation passed by Parliament will continue to obey the rules of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as with all international norms. However, he stopped short of endorsing complete compliance with each one of the Convention's elements, some of which have provoked controversy since its UN approval over 15 years ago.

Mothers Who Kill Their Children
Canadian Press - Mother child abuse - sentenced 16 years in jail

Ontario woman convicted of son's starvation death granted full parole

Canadian Press
Wednesday, May. 22, 2002

KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) -- An Ontario woman who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in one of Canada's stiffest penalties for child abuse will be released on full parole after serving less than half her term.

Lorelei Turner, 38, and her husband Steven were convicted of manslaughter in July 1995 for beating and starving their three-year-old son John to death in a case that horrified Canadians who followed the trial.

But on Wednesday, a panel of the National Parole Board in this eastern Ontario city ruled Turner will be released but placed on probation until July 2011.

Until then, she must remain within 25 kilometres of her residence, is not allowed unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and must continue to receive counselling.

"The board would have looked at the risk and obviously found a low risk to reoffend," Carol Sparling of the National Parole Board said Wednesday.

United Nations

Canadian appointed U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

Louise Arbour

Louise Arbour took up her duties on July 1, 2004 as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her term in office ended in June 2008.

Mrs. Arbour was a member of the Supreme Court of Canada immediately preceding her appointment to the UN as  Commissioner for Human Rights.


Law Times

Louise Arbour: a colleague we have failed

Law Times, Canada
22 September 2008

This profession - and all of us in it - have failed to protect, honour, and defend one of our most accomplished and distinguished members. We have let Louise Arbour down by our silence when she needed and deserved voices of support.

On July 1, Arbour stepped down as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, an enormously prestigious and important international position.

The gratitude and praise which greeted her at the end of her term was shamefully muted. Arbour was a courageous champion of human rights, and a bold critic of the erosion of those basic tenets in our world.

She was never timid. She was never chained to a desk, was involved, hands on, outspoken, and challenging. She breathed life into the enormous portfolio that she was asked to take on.

Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) Circumcision - Baby Boy Botched

Circumcision Botched - Canadian Press

Circumcision Botched by Jewish Father Results in Conviction for Aggravated Assault

The Canadian Press
Dec. 22, 2011

VANCOUVER - A B.C. man who performed a botched circumcision on his four-year-old son on the kitchen floor of his home has lost an appeal of his conviction and been found guilty of a more serious charge.

The B.C. Court of Appeal has stayed the man's conviction for criminal negligence causing bodily harm and convicted him of aggravated assault.

Court heard the boy was born premature at only 2.5 pounds and could not be circumcised at the time, nor did his parents request it.

Associated Press

Mom drugged daughter to get her pregnant: police

Associate Press, U.S.A.
April 3, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania mother has been charged with giving her 13-year-old daughter drugs and alcohol so the woman's boyfriend could impregnate the girl without her knowing, police said Thursday.

Shana Brown, 32, is no longer able to have children but wanted to have a baby with her current boyfriend, Duane Calloway, said Uniontown Police Detective Donald Gmitter. The pair decided to drug the girl so Calloway, 40, could have sex with her, he added.

"There's some sick people on this case," Gmitter said.

Brown has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, turned herself in Thursday and was being held in the Fayette County jail, police said. Brown's attorney did not return a call for comment.

Calloway faces several counts of attempted rape. He was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

The three attacks occurred in Brown's home in Uniontown, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, according to the criminal complaint.

Baby Abandonment Laws - Safe Haven Laws
United States

Unwanted Baby Pickup Service?

Don't Want Your Baby? In Massachusetts U.S.A.,  Just Call the New 'Abandon Your Baby Pickup Service'

December , 2007 updated October 24, 2019

All US states have laws allowing anyone to turn over a newborn baby ( even a teen, in some cases, when these laws came out) to the state... no questions asked.

"Unwanted Baby Deposit Box"   Massachusetts, USA  Bill HB 92

This bill expands the existing "Safe Havens Law." The proper name is "The Baby Abandonment Law." The current law allows any person to drop off a baby less than 7 days of age at a hospital, police station or fire station  -  no questions asked. Under HB 92, abandonment sites would be increased to include any "emergency respondent" to a 911 call. Great, now a baby pick-up service.

Similar laws now exist in all US states, so a lot of American people think they are a good idea. The purpose is to provide an alternative for desperate young women who might otherwise leave their unwanted baby in a dumpster in the middle of winter. What a bad idea. American statistics show that number of abandoned babies has increased in the last 20 years since these laws were passed.

Treatment for Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

Canadian Press

Ontario-wide strategy needed for male sex abuse victims, inquiry told

Canadian Press
February 27, 2009

CORNWALL, Ont. - Male victims of childhood sexual abuse need specialized support services and a provincial ombudsman dedicated to their plight, the Cornwall inquiry heard Friday as the $40-million probe drew to a close after three years of testimony.

The inquiry, established to examine institutional responses to allegations of sexual abuse in eastern Ontario, spent the majority of its final week hearing submissions dealing with allegations that a pedophile clan operated with impunity in the city for decades.

Lawyers at the inquiry cast the clan stories as fabrications spread by a misguided police officer and embraced by a panic-stricken community.

On Friday, the submissions focused on healing and reconciliation for the community and victims.

Following a complaint in 1992 that a former altar boy had been sexually abused by a priest and a probation officer, many others came forward to allege they had also been abused by prominent people decades ago.

Many of those complainants were men, and a lawyer for the counselling group The Men's Project said even though there were a lot of community services in the city at the time, none could adequately handle men's counselling.

"In fact, they had to bring in my client from Ottawa because they were the only ones with expertise to deal with this," David Bennett told the inquiry.

"Even though there were existing social services they just weren't able to deal with it and (that's) why there needs to be a specialized area."

Both The Men's Project and the Victims Group urged the commissioner to recommend that the Ontario government create victim treatment service centres for male survivors of sexual abuse province wide.

Both groups also called for the province to create a sex abuse ombudsman.

"There has been a theme from survivors of not being believed, getting the run-around, being kept in the dark, which for some had the effect of re-victimization," the Men's Project said in its written submissions. "An ombudsman could rectify this."

In addition, the government needs to remedy how treatment for sexual abuse victims is funded, the Men's Project said.  Read More ..

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Health Canada

Aggressive Girls
Overview Paper

This overview paper summarizes recent research on girls who exhibit aggressive and violent behaviours. It defines relevant terms, outlines factors which may contribute to girls' aggression and violence, and presents ideas for preventing these behaviours. A list of resources is also included. 2002, 13p.  Read More ..

The Globe and Mail

The scales of injustice

The verdict on zero tolerance is in and it isn't good. Designed to protect women from abusive partners, the rigid, 'one-size-fits-all' strategy too often ensnares couples who feel remorse after an argument gets a little out of hand. 'Calling 911 is like pressing the nuclear button. You cannot call the missiles back,' one lawyer told Kirk Makin, who looks at the devastating impact of a policy that wasn't meant to ruin lives and destroy marriages.

The Globe and Mail
January 11, 2003

After bickering all day Saturday, the tension in the house as night fell was unbearable. As Gerald and Elena prepared to put four-year-old Emma to bed, Elena finally snapped.

"She started throwing stuff and attacked me in front of my daughter," recalled Gerald, a 41-year-old computer analyst. "It was a total loss of control. My daughter was crying and I was scared. I panicked and called 911."

Then he barricaded himself in one of the bedrooms of his snug Toronto townhome and began singing lullabies to calm his daughter. The child's crying seemed to enrage Elena Read More ..She grabbed the phone and told an 911 operator that her husband intended to kill her.  Read More ..

The Globe and Mail

Where the boys are

The Globe and Mail
February 1, 2003

Academically, boys across the country are lagging behind the girls, but a Montreal public school has seen dramatic improvement by separating the sexes in classes. It allows teachers to tailor curriculum and style to suit each sex. The result? The number going on to college has nearly doubled. INGRID PERITZ reports

MONTREAL -- The teenage girls at James Lyng High School like to flirt with boys. They like to tease them, joke with them, even date them sometimes. But attend class with them? As the giggling girls in one math class this week might say, "Gross."

Luckily, they don't have to. Coed James Lyng splits boys and girls up at the classroom door. The division of the sexes is credited with helping turn a faltering inner-city high school into an education success story.  Read More ..

Globe and Mail

Canada's largest national newspaper

Some mothers have had enough hugs

The Globe and Mail
October 6, 2006

Toronto - As a female friend of Frances Elaine Campione put it, this after Ms. Campione was charged on Wednesday with murder in the death of her two young children, "That mother needs a hug."

In that line, widely repeated in Toronto and national media outlets, is a telling clue to what is so wrong with much of what happens both in the nation's family courts and in its child-protection system -- the pervasive view of the female of the species as constantly nurturing (except, you know, when she allegedly kills) and as in need of constant nurture (hugs all 'round, no matter what).

For the record, Ms. Campione was arrested two days ago after she phoned 911 to report that there were two dead children inside her Barrie, Ont., apartment, and shortly after, didn't police arrive to find the bodies of her own little girls, one-year-old Sophia and three-year-old Serena.

She and her estranged husband Leo were reportedly in the throes of a nasty custody battle, with Mr. Campione accused of assaulting his wife and the older child, and Ms. Campione allegedly alarmed, and/or depressed, at the prospect of losing that fight.

And The Globe has confirmed that involved with the family was the Children's Aid Society of Simcoe County. At the moment, the nature of that involvement is unknown -- except as it has been reported by neighbours who saw social workers at the apartment and say that, for a time recently, the girls lived with their paternal grandparents.

Toronto Star

Mother sentenced to more than two years jail time in connection to death of infant son

The Toronto Star, April 3 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.