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Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access

The report of the The Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access - December 1998

The Special Joint Committee's report, "For the Sake of the Children", was presented to the Parliament of Canada in December 1998.  The entire report is on this website in xhtml webpages and in a pdf 

English HTML      

Rapport du Comité mixte spécial sur la garde et le droit de visite des enfants - Décembre 1998

"Pour l'amour des enfants"  français html


Members of the Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access

Joint Chairmen
Roger Gallaway MP      Senator Landon Pearson

Members

Eleni Bakopanos MP
(Liberal)
Carolyn Bennett MP
(Liberal)
Robert Bertrand MP
(Liberal)
Senator Erminie J. Cohen
(Conservative)
Senator Joan Cook
(Liberal)
Senator Anne C. Cools
(Liberal)
Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral MP
(Bloc Québécois)
Senator Mabel M. De Ware
(Conservative)
Sheila Finestone MP
(Liberal)
Paul Forseth MP
(Conservative)
John Harvard MP
 (Liberal)
Nancy Karetak-Lindell MP
(Liberal)
Senator Marjory LeBreton
(Conservative)
Judi Longfield MP
(Liberal)
Eric Lowther MP
( Canadian Alliance)
Senator Marian Maloney
(Liberal)
Peter Mancini MP
(New Democrat Party)
Philip Mayfield MP
(Conservative)
Denis Paradis MP
(Liberal)
Caroline St-Hilaire MP
(Bloc Québécois)
Diane St-Jacques MP
(Liberal)

List of Witnesses

Media coverage across Canada about
The Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access

Toronto Sun Logo

CUSTODY PENALTIES RIPPED

Toronto Sun: Top Stories, By PHILIP LEE-SHANOK, March 31, 1998

Moms who deny their ex-spouses legal access to their children should be jailed, a joint Senate-House of Commons committee on child custody and access heard yesterday.

Groups representing men who have been denied visitation rights complained there was a bias in the family law system favouring women as custodial parents after a divorce.

Stacy Robb, president of the advocacy group Dads and Divorce Strategies (DADS Canada), said there should be increasingly tougher penalties, including jail time.  More..


National Post logo

Anne Cools' absence of malice Outspoken senator says she doesn't take sides on the family

National Post, Linda Frum, Saturday, December 19, 1998

Inside her Senate office, Anne Cools sits in a standard-issue, red leather chair, talking on the telephone. "Just one question, my dear," she says to a friend on the phone. "When I do that breathing exercise you taught me, do I say, 'Aah,' or do I say, 'Ooh?' "

Turning her attention to me, Ms. Cools explains: "It's just that I need to reduce my stress. It's these feminists. I don't understand them."

And Senator Cools believes that they don't understand her. She was one of 23 committee members to produce November's highly controversial For the Sake of the Children, a report on child custody and access, but it is she who has become most prominently identified with the report and its recommendation to end the tradition of awarding sole custody of children to mothers after a divorce. And it is she who has become the lightning rod for feminist rage. More..


Chronicle Herald

When a lobby group is divorced from reality

The Halifax Herald Limited, By Diane LeBlanc, Wednesday, December 16, 1998

MEN'S GROUPS that petitioned government for changes in the laws affecting divorce are "whining, snivelling deflectors," who cannot stand it when women are given even a modicum of control over their lives.

So concluded Patricia Gallagher-Jette of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women last week in Halifax at a news conference, the gist of which, as near as I can figure, is that only women can be victims of injustice. More..

Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access

The report of the The Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access - December 1998

The Special Joint Committee's report, "For the Sake of the Children", was presented to the Parliament of Canada in December 1998.  The entire report is on this website in xhtml webpages and in a pdf 

English HTML     

Rapport du Comité mixte spécial sur la garde et le droit de visite des enfants - Décembre 1998

"Pour l'amour des enfants"  français html


Media coverage across Canada about
The Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access

Toronto Sun Logo

CUSTODY PENALTIES RIPPED

Toronto Sun: Top Stories, By PHILIP LEE-SHANOK, March 31, 1998

Moms who deny their ex-spouses legal access to their children should be jailed, a joint Senate-House of Commons committee on child custody and access heard yesterday.

Groups representing men who have been denied visitation rights complained there was a bias in the family law system favouring women as custodial parents after a divorce.

Stacy Robb, president of the advocacy group Dads and Divorce Strategies (DADS Canada), said there should be increasingly tougher penalties, including jail time.  More..


National Post logo

Anne Cools' absence of malice Outspoken senator says she doesn't take sides on the family

National Post, Linda Frum, Saturday, December 19, 1998

Inside her Senate office, Anne Cools sits in a standard-issue, red leather chair, talking on the telephone. "Just one question, my dear," she says to a friend on the phone. "When I do that breathing exercise you taught me, do I say, 'Aah,' or do I say, 'Ooh?' "

Turning her attention to me, Ms. Cools explains: "It's just that I need to reduce my stress. It's these feminists. I don't understand them."

And Senator Cools believes that they don't understand her. She was one of 23 committee members to produce November's highly controversial For the Sake of the Children, a report on child custody and access, but it is she who has become most prominently identified with the report and its recommendation to end the tradition of awarding sole custody of children to mothers after a divorce. And it is she who has become the lightning rod for feminist rage. More..


Chronicle Herald

When a lobby group is divorced from reality

The Halifax Herald Limited, By Diane LeBlanc, Wednesday, December 16, 1998

MEN'S GROUPS that petitioned government for changes in the laws affecting divorce are "whining, snivelling deflectors," who cannot stand it when women are given even a modicum of control over their lives.

So concluded Patricia Gallagher-Jette of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women last week in Halifax at a news conference, the gist of which, as near as I can figure, is that only women can be victims of injustice. More..


Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access - Committee Meeting Dates / Transcripts /  Evidence / Witness Lists

Meeting 55
December 1, 1998

Meeting 54
November 25, 1998
West Block, Room: 269
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Meeting 53
November 23, 1998
West Block, Room: 269
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Meeting 52
November 20, 1998
West Block, Room: 308
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Meeting 51
November 17, 1998
West Block, Room: 306
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Meeting 50
November 17, 1998
West Block, Room: 306
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Meeting 49
November 16, 1998
West Block, Room: 269
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Meeting 48
November 4, 1998
La Promenade Building, Room: 705
151 Sparks Street
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Meeting 47
November 3, 1998 4:00 p.m. - 9:05 p.m. (EST) West Block, Room: 269
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Meeting 46
November 2, 1998
West Block, Room: 269
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Meeting 45
November 2, 1998 3:38 p.m. - 5:38 p.m. (EST) Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 44
October 28, 1998
West Block, Room: 269
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Meeting 43
October 26, 1998
West Block, Room: 269

Meeting 42
October 19, 1998
West Block, Room: 269
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Meeting 41
October 5, 1998
West Block, Room: 269
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Meeting 40
September 30, 1998
West Block, Room: 209
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Meeting 39
June 15, 1998
West Block, Room: 308
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Meeting 38
June 10, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 37
June 10, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 36
June 8, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 35
June 4, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 34
June 3, 1998 3:34 p.m. - 8:22 p.m. (EDT) Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 33
June 1, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 32
May 28, 1998
Sheraton Fredericton Hotel, Suite: Grand Ballroom CD
225 Woodstock Road, Fredericton
Fredericton, New Brunswick
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Meeting 31
May 27, 1998 9:52 a.m. - 4:02 p.m. (EDT) Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Suite: Elfin Pekeha Room
18 Queen Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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Meeting 30
May 26, 1998
Delta Barrington Hotel, Suite: SACKVILLE ROOM
1875 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Meeting 29
May 25, 1998
Fairmont Newfoundland Hotel , Suite: SALON A
115 Cavendish Square, St. John's
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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Meeting 28
May 20, 1998
Sheraton Grande Edmonton, Suite: William Tomison Hall
10235-101 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
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Meeting 27
Renaissance Vancouver Hotel, Suite: Harbourside Ballroom 1
1138 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Meeting 26
May 13, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 237-C
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Meeting 25
May 11, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 24
May 6, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 23
May 4, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 22
May 1, 1998
Delta Winnipeg, Suite: Ballroom C
350 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Meeting 21
April 30, 1998
Regina Inn, Suite: Room Wascana A
1975 Broad Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
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Meeting 20
April 29, 1998
Holiday Inn Calgary Downtown, Suite: (Ballroom)
119 - 12th Avenue, Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
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Meeting 19
April 27, 1998
Renaissance Vancouver Hotel, Suite: Harbourside Ballroom 1
1138 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Meeting 18
April 22, 1998
West Block, Room: 371
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Meeting 17
April 20, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 16
April 3, 1998
The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Suite: SALON MacKenzie
900 René Lévesque Blvd. West, Montréal
Montréal, Québec

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Meeting 15
April 2, 1998
The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Suite: SALON MacKenzie
900 René Lévesque Blvd. West
Montréal, Québec

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Meeting 14
April 1, 1998
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suite: Ballroom B
225 Front Street
Toronto, Ontario
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Meeting 13
March 31, 1998
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suite: Ballroom B
225 Front Street
Toronto, Ontario
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Meeting 12
March 30, 1998
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suite: Ballroom B
225 Front Street
Toronto, Ontario
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Meeting 11
March 25, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 160-S
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Meeting 10
March 23, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 9
March 18, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 160-S
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Meeting 8
March 16, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 7 Transcripts
March 11, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 237-C
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Meeting 6
February 25, 1998 3:33 p.m. - 5:07 p.m. (EST) Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 5
February 23, 1998
West Block, Room: 209
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Meeting 4
February 18, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 237-C Studies/Activities:

Meeting 3
February 16, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 2
February 11, 1998
Centre Block, Room: 253-D
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Meeting 1
December 11, 1997
Centre Block, Room: 253-D