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Virtual Library of Newspaper Articles 1998

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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..


Girls Are Beneficiaries Of Gender Gap

The Wall Street Journal, by Diane Ravitch, Thursday, December 17, 1998

Some of us grew up with the image of reporters as tough-minded skeptics. Yet there were no tough-minded reporters in sight in 1992, when the American Association of University Women released its report "How Schools Shortchange Girls." Every newsmagazine, newspaper and network television program did a major story on it, without making any attempt to examine the underlying evidence for the AAUW's charge that the schools were harming girls. More ..


How Boys Lost Out to Girl Power

New York Times, By Tamar Lewin, December 12, 1998

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Odd man out

This is a review of the book, Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths

National Post, December 1, 1998, by Donna Laframboise

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Book rebuts divorced dad myths

This is a review of the book, Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths

 The Detroit News, Wednesday, October 21, 1998, Editorial and Opinions, by Cathy Young

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Infidelity 'is natural'

BBC, U.K., September 25, 1998

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Toronto Sun

Debate continues over circumcision

Activists call for end to procedure

Toronto Sun,  July 6, 1998

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Child poverty on the rise in Canada

Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), May 12, 1998

Canada may be pulling out of recession, but the poor aren't getting a share of the prosperity. Canada's child poverty rate hit a 17-year high in 1996, according to the National Council on Welfare.

More than 1.4 million Canadian children lived in poverty in 1996.

In 1980, the first year such statistics were collected, the child poverty rate was 14.5 per cent. In 1996, the child poverty rate rose to 20.9 per cent. More..


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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 Canada (DADS Canada), said there should be increasingly tougher penalties, including jail time.  More..


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Deadbeat dads jam phones

Hate mail, calls flood into the attorney-general

Toronto Star, by Patricia Orwen, Staff Reporter, February 20, 1998, page A12

Retaliating against the province's recent crackdown on deadbeat dads, angry fathers are sending hate mail to the attorney-general and deliberately jamming government phone lines.

"It's despicable," said Attorney-General Charles Harnick, responding to news that a 1-800 phone number and a picture of a private government office appeared this week on the Web site of a Toronto based fathers' rights group.

Text in the Web site urged "all" to join in a "public disobedience initiative."

"I can't believe some people would actually go to these lengths in order not to do what is morally right - and that is to pay for their children," Harnick said.

Phones are ringing 3,000 times a day at the Family Responsibility Office and the ministry has had to take staff off important projects, such as enforcement of child support, to help answer calls, he said. More ..

Pediatricians turn away from circumcision

The United States is the only country that routinely circumcises baby boys for non-religious reasons

CNN, U.S.A.
March 1, 1999

ATLANTA (CNN) -- American pediatricians are turning away from the practice of routine circumcision, concluding that doctors have no good medical reason to perform the procedure.

The United States is the only country in the world that routinely removes the foreskins of infant boys. Critics of circumcision got additional ammunition Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a leading medical organization.

The academy concluded the benefits "are not compelling enough" for circumcision to be routinely administered.

baby screaming in pain

A newborn winces in pain after a circumcision

Monday's statement, published in the March edition of the journal Pediatrics, was the academy's first in 10 years on the practice. But in recent years, medical societies in Canada, Britain and Australia have come out in opposition to routine circumcision.

Critics have long contended that removing the foreskin from the penis is traumatic, medically unnecessary and may reduce sexual pleasure later in life. As one critic, Dr. George Denniston, put it: "Who are we to question mother nature?"

Canadian researchers, whose study was published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, studied the heart rates and crying patterns of babies during different stages of circumcision.

In fact, in the study they found the babies suffered so much trauma that they stopped the study part way through.

The results were so compelling that they took the unusual step of stopping the study before it was scheduled to end rather than subjecting any more babies to circumcision.

One baby stopped breathing for 25 seconds from the trauma of having part of his foreskin severed.  More..

"Evelyn"

A Great Movie

Starring Pierce Brosnan

The true story of a father who fought the Irish government and won in the Supreme Court of Ireland

Desmond Doyle and his family

This movie is based on true events. Evelyn tells the inspiring story of real-life hero Desmond Doyle and his young children, Evelyn, Maurice and Dermot.

Struggling to raise his kids alone in Ireland in 1953 when his wife abandoned the family, Doyle is devastated when the power of the Church and the Irish courts take his children away and put them in orphanages.

Vowing to reunite his family, he enlists the help of his friends and together they attempt to do what has never been done before - challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. Doyle's fight to keep his family intact becomes an uplifting testament to a father's love and the power of the human spirit. More..

Canadian Children's Rights Council's "Movie of the year" for 2004