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Virtual Library of Newspaper Articles - 2003

Fathers Day

Canadian Bar Association, December 2003, By Sheldon Gordon

The fathers rights movement has shaken the family law Bar, from law offices to courtrooms to government. Its members are dedicated to their cause, unwavering in their beliefs, and furious with judges, lawyers and politicians. They evoke sympathy from some and scorn from others, but they cant be ignored any longer.

In June 2002, Peter Cornakovic of Burlington, Ontario, entered a family court in Milton and approached the bench, while calling for the police to be summoned. Cornakovic then grabbed Justice Terrance OConnor and placed him under a "citizens arrest," allegedly under the provisions of the federal Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, based on some of the judges decisions that awarded custody to mothers instead of fathers.

The police did come and quickly arrested Cornakovic, who was upset with his court-ordered support payments and his seven-year court battle with his ex-wife. But although his citizens arrest went nowhere, Cornakovic did become something of a folk hero in some quarters specifically, to the growing number of fathers rights groups in Canada. More ..


Stripping court of custody role

The Daily Telegraph, Australia, by TORY MAGUIRE, Political Reporter,  December 30, 2003

THE hated Family Court could be stripped of power to cut costs and keep lawyers out of messy child custody battles.

It is part of sweeping reforms proposed by a federal committee, which also wants an overhaul of child support payments. The centrepiece of the unanimous bipartisan report is "shared parenting", even though it doesn't necessarily mean equal time in each home.

Separating couples would go through two "pre-court" tiers of negotiating, including compulsory mediation before seeking a "parenting order" from a new families tribunal.

A reduced Family Court would continue in cases where there is entrenched conflict, violence, substance and child abuse, and limited appeals. More ..


Committee proposes family law overhaul

Australian Broadcasting Company,Monday, December 29, 2003

A federal parliamentary inquiry has recommended a wide-ranging shake-up of Australia's family law, including an overhaul of child custody payments.

The House of Representatives Family and Community Affairs Committee has recommended that in family breakdown situations, a 50-50 share of a child's custody should be the "standard objective" but says that aim should not be enshrined in law.

Prime Minister John Howard set up the joint parliamentary committee in June, asking it to investigate Australia's child custody system and "in particular, whether there should be a presumption that children will spend equal time with each parent and if so, in what circumstances such a presumption could be rebutted".

"We have concluded that the goal for the majority of families should be one of equality of care and responsibility, along with substantially shared parenting time," the report says. "They should start with an expectation of equal care.  More ..


Heir pushes for DNA use in his paternity suit

A scion of the Johnson & Johnson fortune wants a new law so he can limit a daughter's inheritance.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Trenton Bureau, December 28, 2003 More..


Macleans.ca

Attention deficit disorder on the rise in girls

Maclean's Magazine, Karen Richardson, December 23, 2003

The number of girls being diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has "strikingly increased," according to U.S. research.

ADHD is a common childhood behavioural disorder that can persist into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble functioning at home and in school because they are unable to focus, are impulsive or are easily distracted.

From 1990 to 2000, the rates of ADHD diagnosis and treatment increased significantly among children ages five through 18 years, according to researchers from Washington State University in Spokane. More ..


Christmas in a War Zone

Fox News, December 23, 2003

What does Christmas look like in a war zone? Not in Iraq, but in North America -- where a cultural war is being waged between the right and the left over issues ranging from grade-school curricula to the definition of marriage. More..


Associated Press

Boy adopted last month beaten to death

Associated Press, Various U.S. newspapers, December 22, 2003

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (AP) -- A 6-year-old boy adopted from Russia only last month was beaten to death, and police charged his adoptive mother with murder. More..


The Sydney University study

Sydney Morning Herald, December 21, 2003

Adolescent's Views On The Fairness Of Parenting And Financial Arrangements After Separation.

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When they were asked how parents should care for children after divorce, the most common answer was "equal" or "half and half".

Half the young people surveyed also said they wanted more time with their non-residential parents. More..


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Editorial: Youth centre's time has run out

Toronto Star, December 19, 2003  More..


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Letters to the Editor

Safety comes first for youth in custody

re: Close youth centre, report urges, December 16.

Toronto Star, December 18, 2003  More..


University of Leeds, U.K.

Drifting towards Shared Residence?

To be published in Family Law, Vol 33, December 2003, Professor Carol Smart, Dr Bren Neale and Dr Jennifer Flowerdew, Centre for Research on Family, Kinship & Childhood, University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K. LS1 9JT

In 2001, we published the results of two linked research projects on childrens experiences of post-divorce family life (The Changing Experience of Childhood: Families and Divorce, Polity Press). In these studies we interviewed 117 children and young people aged 5 to 20 years (with the majority between 7 and 14) about the arrangements their parents had made over residence and contact and how they felt about spending time with both parents, whether they wanted different arrangements, and what things made their lives easier and what made things worse. Within this overall sample approximately thirty percent of the children were experiencing shared residence arrangements, which meant that they were spending approximately half their time with each parent. This could mean one week with one parent and the following week with the other, or half a week with each, and even some situations were children spent alternate nights with different parents. Sometimes these shared arrangements were based on a 60-40 split of the childs time rather than an equal 50-50 split. More ..


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Social Behavior Among Monkeys May Be More Nature Than Nurture

University Of Chicago Medical Center, Science Daily, December 12, 2003

An unusual experiment with monkeys who were switched between mothers shortly after birth has demonstrated the importance of nature over nurture in behavior.

Young monkeys reared by a mother other than their own are more likely to exhibit the aggressive or friendly behavior of their birth mothers rather than the behavior of their foster mothers, a University of Chicago researcher has shown for the first time.

The discovery of inheritability of social behavior traits among non-human primates has important implications for people as it reinforces other research that suggests that such characteristics as sociability and impulsive aggressiveness among humans may have a genetic basis, said Dario Maestripieri, Associate Professor in Human Development at the University. The work with monkeys may help other researchers understand the biological origins of characteristics that promote socialization among humans, he said. More ..


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New Canadian Study of Fathers

Study aims to salvage image of fatherhood. First of its kind in Canada: 'Fathers are often treated as buffoons in our public images'

National Post, December 4, 2003   More..


Divorces and Social Engineers Fathers face off against the marriage movement

REASONONLINE, by Cathy Young, December 2003   More..


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Deadbeat Web site planned

Toronto Star, by RICHARD BRENNAN, QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU, December 5, 2003

Mug shots of deadbeat parents will be posted on a government Web site to locate those who have ignored court-ordered child support, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday.   More ..


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Court backlog is biting
Cases could be tossed, auditor says Province acting on concerns: Bryant

Toronto Star, RICHARD BRENNAN AND ROBERT BENZIE
QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU, Dec. 3, 2003.

Thousands of criminal cases could be tossed out because of serious court backlogs, the provincial auditor's office warns in its annual report.

Jim McCarter, assistant provincial auditor, said yesterday the situation is far worse than in 1990 when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the Askov decision that people waiting for eight months or more for trial are being denied their civil rights to a fair hearing. About 50,000 criminal charges were dismissed as a result of an appeal of the Askov extortion case, which took more than three years to get to trial.   More ..


The Canadian Press

Deadbeat parents owe $1.3B: Auditor

System in grave danger of collapse, auditor says

Canadian Press, December 2, 2003  More..


Associated Press

Poverty Falls for Mothers With Custody

Associated Press, By GENARO C. ARMAS, Dec. 2, 2003 More..


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Gender gap emerges in school readiness

Toronto Star- Editorials and Opinion, Nov. 26, 2003. More..


The Canadian Press

No cash for junking junk food

Canadian Press, Nov. 25, 2003.

Education Minister Gerrard Kennedy plans to go ahead as soon as possible with the Liberals' plan to get rid of junk food and sugary drinks in elementary schools - but schools shouldn't expect to be compensated.

"We don't expect them to be offering junk food to kids in elementary school," Kennedy said today before a caucus meeting.


INDEPTH: GENDER GAP

Boy's Own Story

CBC November 25, 2003

A boy's day is like a comic strip, full of conquest and bravado. Every boy is a superhero. But ask most boys and they'll say they'd rather live the adventure than read about it.  More..


Little change in child poverty rates

Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), November 24th, 2003   More..


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The many ways to abuse a child

National Post, Diane Francis, November 22, 2003 More..


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Youth jail `alarming' to lawyers

Toronto Star, HAROLD LEVY, Staff Reporter, Nov. 18, 2003 page B5 More..


Dad's case now a feminist cause celebre

He won a court fight to have his name on his sons' birth certificates but some say the ruling was flawed

Vancouver Sun, by Ian Mulgrew, November 14, 2003 More..


Former Army Paratrooper Faces Paternity Fraud

ATLANTA, November 12, 2003, U.S. Newswire More..


TWO PARENTS, TWO CRIBS

Babies May Benefit From Overnight Visits With Noncustodial Parents

American Bar Association, Journal Reporter, November 7, 2003 More..


MPs consider rules for reproductive technologies

TORONTO - The House of Commons debated a bill Friday that could make it more complicated for infertile couples to have a baby.
Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) October 28, 2003 More..


PARENTS SPOILED GIRLS, STARVED BOYS: COPS

New York Post, By ANGELINA CAPPIELLO and KATE SHEEHY, October 27, 2003 More..


Dianna Thompson & Murray Davis: Child support system doesn't give parents a chance

Rather than shame for pressed parents, how about help?
Lansing State Journal, Lansing Michigan, U.S.A., Dianna Thompson & Murray Davis, October 26, 2003 More..


University of Leeds - Press Release

Shared residency not a 'magic solution'

October 17, 2003

Children who split their time equally between their parents houses after divorce or separation may find this arrangement increasingly difficult as they get older, according to new research from the University of Leeds. More..


CBC INDEPTH: MISSING CHILDREN

Amber Alert FAQs

Gary Graves and Justin Thompson, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News Online, Updated October 21, 2003

What is Amber?
Amber is an alert system established in the United States and since adopted in Canada to publicize child abductions. It uses electronic highway signs and designated local broadcasters to announce the child's name and description, and the description of any vehicle suspected to be involved in the abduction. It's named after a Texas girl, Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped and murdered near Dallas. The umbrella agency that oversees Amber has created the acronym for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response." The Hagerman murder remains unsolved.  More ..


Home-Alone Tot In Good Shape

Toddler Survives 3 Weeks Alone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., U.S. October 1, 2003   More..


Reasons Why Young Men Commit Suicide

By John von Radowitz, Science Correspondent, PA News , September 28, 2003  More..


Associated Press

High court considers child custody rules

Post Crescent, The Associated Press, September 17, 2003 More..


Child Murders

CBC INDEPTH: MISSING CHILDREN, CBC News Online,  July 23, 2004

When a child is murdered in Canada, it's usually at the hands of a relative, not a stranger.

Family members were to blame in almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of the 1,990 solved cases of children and youth homicides in Canada between 1974 and 1999, according to Statistics Canada. Twenty-seven per cent of the murders were committed by acquaintances, and only 10 per cent by strangers.  More ..


Safe haven

To try to prevent tragedy, most US states have now legalized child abandonment, but critics ask if the new laws are saving babies.

The Christian Science Monitor - csmonitor.com, July 24, 2003, By Mary Wiltenburg, Staff writer

Wherever their thin cries go up, they make ghoulish headlines. Already this summer, newborns have been abandoned at a Washington, D.C., construction site and on a Pennsylvania roadside. Some have been found dead, others nearly so. Every state has its horror stories. More ..


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Mystery of mummified baby solved

Businesswoman's daughter: Toronto detective determines girl died in 1985
National Post, by Siri Agrell, Friday, June 27, 2003  More..


Ontario child advocate sees threat to office

The Globe and Mail, (Canada's largest national newspaper ), By MARGARET PHILP, Thursday, Jun. 26, 2003

Sugar has been poured into her gas tank and dead squirrels left on her porch. Her windows have been smashed and hubcaps stripped. A stalker who knew her bra size and favourite food harassed her for months.

Hers has been a career more befitting the politics of a corrupt dictatorship than a tame Ontario government where her job for the past 13 years has been to speak on behalf of the invisible children stuck in government-licensed group homes and correctional facilities.

But the toughest battle of Ontario chief child advocate Judy Finlay's career may still lie ahead.

The Ontario government wants to limit the powers of its child advocate in an apparent move to muzzle an office that routinely criticizes its treatment of the 23,000 troubled children in its care.

Fighting for the independence of her office, Ms. Finlay broke a self-imposed silence to reveal restrictions she says threaten her role as watchdog. More ..


In abuse, men are victims, too

The Boston Globe, by Cathy Young, June 16, 2003 on page A15 of  - Editorial / Opinion

THE FAMILY Violence Prevention Fund is marking Father's Day with a campaign to honor men who have pledged themselves to an effort to stop violence against women and children. It sounds like a positive and inspirational effort. Yet on second thought, one can see why some fathers' activists are rankled. Imagine a Mother's Day campaign that focused on stopping women's abuse of children.

On the campaign's website, the organizers congratulate themselves on seeing men as not just ''the problem'' in domestic violence but a part of the solution. So far, so good. But the underlying approach is still one that assumes the perpetrators are men and the victims are women, ignoring the complex picture of family violence that emerges from nearly three decades of research. More ..


Psychiatric Association Debates Reclassifying Pedophilia

By Lawrence Morahan, CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer, June 11, 2003

1st Add: Includes additional language from report

(CNSNews.com) - In a step critics charge could result in decriminalizing sexual contact between adults and children, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently sponsored a symposium in which participants discussed the removal of pedophilia from an upcoming edition of the psychiatric manual of mental disorders.

Psychiatrists attending an annual APA convention May 19 in San Francisco proposed removing several long-recognized categories of mental illness - including pedophilia, exhibitionism, fetishism, transvestism, voyeurism and sadomasochism - from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). More ..


Report Presented at American Psychiatric Association Symposium

Gender Identity Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence: A Critical Inquiry
By Darryl B. Hill, et al,  CNSNews.com Information Services, June 11, 2003 More..


Hammering it home: Daughters need dads

USA TODAY, By Marilyn Elias, June 10, 2003

It's widely recognized that boys benefit from having dads around as role models and teachers about manhood.

By Rob Sweeney, American Spectrum
But does having a father at home make much difference for girls?
It's widely recognized that boys benefit from having dads around as role models and teachers about manhood.

But does having a father at home make much difference for girls?

As Father's Day approaches, a new movie and a large new study explore this question. They provide sobering answers that might be hard for some to hear.

Blue Car, the Miramax film, runs just 86 minutes but has some parents on the edge of their seats the entire time. Agnes Bruckner, 16, portrays Meg Denning, the older daughter in a divorced family. She's a gifted poet whose yearning for her absent dad surfaces in spare, exquisite verse that catches the eye of Mr. Auster, her high school English teacher. More ..


New Youth Crime Act

Maclean's, ( national Canadian magazine ), by SUSAN MCCLELLAND, June 9, 2003

AT FIRST GLANCE, Greg looks much like the other inmates at the Toronto Youth Assessment Centre. Shoulder-length black hair pulled back in a ponytail, he's dressed in standard-issue burgundy T-shirt, sweatpants and running shoes with Velcro fasteners. But Greg is the boss of his cellblock, or what inmates call "the range" - and a symbol of what's wrong with prisons for kids. His territory isn't much to brag about: the cramped cells and cluttered common areas at TYAC smell of rotting food, sweat and smuggled-in cigarettes. Still, Greg (a pseudonym - like all the young offenders in this story, he can't be identified) enjoys the privileges of power. The previous night, he says, he was charged for beating up another inmate but was released from solitary confinement early because another kid on the range agreed to take the blame. And at dinner, a tall skinny kid gets him an extra slice of pizza and exchanges his milk for juice. "I hate milk," Greg explains to a visitor. More ..


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"Supreme Court rules in favour of dads"

The Toronto Star, from Canadian Press, June 6, 2003

OTTAWA Mothers who arbitrarily refuse to acknowledge the fathers of their children shouldn't be allowed sole power to name their children, Canada's highest court says. More..


The Canadian Press

Court: Dads have right to name kids too

Canadian Press, June 6, 2003, By SUE BAILEY,
OTTAWA (CP) - Mothers shouldn't have sole power to name a child when they arbitrarily refuse to acknowledge the father, Canada's highest court says. More..


The Globe and Mail

First ruling for male equality
re: Birth Certificate - father's info

By KIRK MAKIN, Globe and Mail, June 6, 2003

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Local groups on federal "hate list"

Kamloops This Week, Kamloops B.C., June 6, 2003 More..


Truth should prevail in paternity

State may finally stop forcing men to pay support for kids they didn't father

Orange County Register, California, U.S.A., By DIANNA THOMPSON and CARNELL SMITH, Thursday, June 5, 2003 More..


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Feminists, masculinists, blacklists

National Post, Neil Seeman, June 4, 2003

Researchers for Status of Women Canada have drawn up an enemies' list, and I'm on it. The list of prominent purveyors of "masculinist discourse" is posted on the ministry's Web site.

It includes children's rights groups viewed as not feminist approved. More..



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"This Is a World Made for Women"

The Pell Institute's Thomas Mortenson says today's education system isn't preparing boys for the New Economy -- and that hurts women, too

BusinessWeek magazine, USA, May 26, 2003

Thomas Mortenson is a senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. For a decade, his campaign has been a lonely and frustrating one: convincing educators, politicians, and parents that boys are in trouble. BusinessWeek Working Life Editor Michelle Conlin talked to Mortenson about how the crisis could affect women..    More...


Toronto Sun

"Murder in the nursery"

Australian mom killed her 4 babies

TORONTO SUN, By Michele Mandel, May 23, 2003
It seemed a tragic coincidence - at first. More..


Who's the Daddy?

Up to three million Britons may be wrong about who their real father is, experts claim. But using DNA paternity tests to discover the truth can cause its own problems.

BBC, U.K., May 16, 2003

Dad's got blue eyes, Baby brown...
When Tessa found out she was pregnant after fertility treatment, she felt a mix of delight and doubt.

This wasn't simply pre-baby nerves - she suspected that her husband might not be the father. For Tessa had started sleeping with a colleague when the stress of the ongoing treatment became too much.

Keen to build a family with her husband, she let him believe the baby was his. But her lover threatened to reveal all if she ended the affair, and Tessa soon fell pregnant again. This time, her lover started to make nuisance calls to her home.

Tessa had no choice but to tell her husband. "I said to him, 'I've had an affair and you may not be the father of my children.' So with that, he went up the stairs, got dressed and left. And that was it," Tessa says in Women Who Live a Lie, a programme for the BBC's Five Live Report.  More ..


The Canadian Press

Children living in poverty unchanged in 10 years despite pledges to end it

Canadian Press, LORRAYNE ANTHONY, Tuesday, May 13, 2003

OTTAWA (CP) - Child poverty in Canada has been stuck at virtually the same level for the past decade despite a motion, passed unanimously in the House of Commons, to eliminate it by 2000.

The latest snapshot of income released Tuesday by Statistics Canada as part of the 2001 census showed there were just over 1.2 million children living in low-income households in 2000. The proportion - 18.4 per cent - is slightly higher than a decade earlier, when 18.2 per cent of children were living in low-income families. It's down only slightly from 19.4 per cent in 1980.

"There really hasn't been a change - if anything it's edged up slightly," Mikal Skuterud, an income analyst with Statistics Canada said Tuesday. "In fact there are more children in low income."  More..


Sheriff: Texas woman says God told her to kill sons

No decision on seeking death penalty, attorney says

CNN,  May 13, 2003

TYLER, Texas (CNN) -- Whether authorities will seek the death penalty against a Texas woman accused of beating to death two of her three young sons has not been decided, according to the district attorney who will try the case.

Smith County D.A. Jack Skeen said he wants to wait until all the evidence is gathered before making that decision in the capital murder case of Deanna LaJune Laney, 38.

In Texas, a capital murder charge carries a punishment of either life in prison or death.   More ..


The Globe and Mail

Woman held in beating deaths of sons

The Globe and mail, Associated Press, Tuesday, May. 13, 2003, Page A15  More..


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Texas woman accused of killing her kids

Associated Press, various newspapers and media in U.S.A. and Canada By LISA FALKENBERG, May 12, 2003

TYLER, Texas (AP) - A woman charged with bludgeoning two of her sons to death with rocks and critically injuring a third child may not understand the capital murder and aggravated assault charges against her, her lawyer said in court Monday.

Two days after Deanna LaJune Laney, 38, called 911 to report killing two of her sons, the petite woman appeared in court, wide-eyed and nodding responsively when District Court Judge Cynthia Kent asked her if she understood her rights. Laney's newly appointed lawyer, F.R. (Buck) Files, questioned Laney's understanding of the situation.

"I'm not sure if she can truthfully say she understands what is going on," Files told the judge.

Laney is accused of killing Joshua Laney, 8, and Luke Laney, 6, and injuring their 14-month-old brother, Aaron. The toddler remained in critical condition Monday at a Dallas hospital. More ..


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Texas mother beats children to death

Associated Press, U.S.A.,  Monday, May. 12, 2003 More..


Sweden Backs Off U.S.-Style Child Support Reforms

Government Investigation Reveals Fundamental Flaws
Fathering Magazine, by Roger F. Gay, May 6, 2003,  More..


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Youth crime law to get overhaul

Ottawa to consult with provinces on possible amendments
Won't appeal Quebec ruling declaring parts unconstitutional

Toronto Star, May. 2, 2003, page A6 More..


Paternity Fraud Legislation Sweeps the Nation

Group Plans Town Hall Meeting in NJ Showing Plight of Victimized Families

Men's News Daily - Newswire, New Jersey, United States, April 30, 2003

A fact that many find astonishing is that many men nationwide are forced by court order to pay child support for other men's children, or face jail time.  These deceived men are referred to as "duped dads" by some.  In 2000, The American Association of Blood Banks found that in almost 30 percent of the paternity tests conducted the man being tested was not the biological father.

These men are victims of paternity fraud. Paternity fraud victims can be married or divorced men as well as unmarried men. Most states, including New Jersey, rely on a 500-year-old English common-law doctrine that says that any child born of a marriage is legally presumed the child of the husband. More..


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"Kids get rights to lawyers"

Alberta offers support in custody battles

NATIONAL POST - Reprinted From Calgary Herald, Wednesday, April 30, 2003 More..


An Equal Opportunity Athlete
School Without Walls Has Only Girls' Lacrosse, So What's a Boy to Do?

The Washington Post, April 29, 2003 More..


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Mysterious Decline-Where Are the Men on Campus?

National Post, by Philip W. Cook and Glenn Sacks, April 29, 2003

The Trend is Clear

Everybody wants to know where all the men have gone. The Washington Post calls their disappearance the "question that has grown too conspicuous to ignore," and USA Today notes "universities fret about how to attract males as women increasingly dominate campuses."

Females now outnumber males by a four to three ratio in American colleges, a difference of almost two million students. Men earn only 43% of all college degrees. Among blacks, two women earn bachelor's degrees for every man. Among Hispanics, only 40 percent of college graduates are male. Female high school graduates are 16% more likely to go to college than their male counterparts.

"This is new. We have thrown the gender switch," says Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men. "What does it mean in the long run that we have females who are significantly more literate, significantly more educated than their male counterparts? It is likely to create a lot of social problems. This does not bode well for anyone." More ..


The Canadian Press

Money for abused
Mount Cashel victims offered deal

Canadian Press, Toronto Sun, Thursday, April 24, 2003

ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. --  Victims of abuse at the hands of Christian brothers at the Mount Cashel orphanage will receive between $20,000 and $600,000 in compensation.

But first they will have to agree to abandon all legal action against the province, police or the Roman Catholic Church -- a stipulation that angers some victims.

"The government has responsibility, liability for what went wrong," said J.J. Byrne, a former Mount Cashel resident and spokesman for victims, in an interview yesterday. More ..


Media Release - The Government of Canada

Government of Canada Announces Funding for the University College of Cape Breton Children's Rights

SYDNEY, April 25, 2003 -- Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament (Sydney-Victoria), on behalf of Minister Canadian Heritage Sheila Copps, today announced funding of $29,487 for the University College of Cape Breton Children's Rights Centre to help finance the reprint and translation of its Grades 6 and 8 curricula on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. More..


Missing boy found in B.C.
Ex-Ottawa woman charged in son's abduction

Ottawa Sun, By LAURA CZEKAJ, April 3, 2003

A 12-YEAR-OLD Ottawa boy who was allegedly abducted by his mother eight years ago has been found living in a rural British Columbia community.

Oceanside RCMP raided a cottage in Coombs, near Parksville, B.C., Tuesday around 9 p.m. and arrested a 49-year-old former Ottawa woman on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for parental abduction.

The boy, who cannot be identified, was taken into the custody of the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development. His father, a Parry Sound resident, was en route last night to reunite with his son, said Rhonda Morgan, executive director of the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC), which has spearheaded the investigation since 1996.  More ..


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Ruling alters alimony for divorced dads in Pa. paternity cases

Associated Press, By: PATRICK WALTERS, April 1, 2003, PHILADELPHIA, U.S.A.

More than five years after William Doran and his wife were divorced in 1995, he says, he began suspecting their son wasn't really his.

Because the 10-year-old didn't look or act like him, Doran asked his ex-wife, Pamela Smigiel, if they could conduct a paternity test. Those tests showed he was not the father and that the child belonged to a man Smigiel had an affair with, according to Luzerne County court records.

Now, the Superior Court has ruled Doran doesn't have to keep paying $400 a month in child support, a decision that alters the legal landscape in Pennsylvania paternity cases. More ..


Child poverty sad survivor of the boom

Rate in Ontario was higher in 2000 than in 1989
Report blames loss of social supports to poor families

The Toronto Star, PATRICIA ORWEN, SOCIAL POLICY REPORTER, March 26, 2003

There are more poor children in Ontario now than there were during the last economic boom in 1989, and they are deeper in poverty, says a new report by an organization that monitors child welfare.

In the boom year of 2000, the province was home to 390,000 children defined as poor, a 41 per cent increase over the decade, according to yesterday's report by Ontario Campaign 2000, part of a national coalition seeking to hold Parliament to its 1989 pledge to end child poverty by 2000.

"The saddest part of all this is that the economy improved over that time and a lot of people became more prosperous, but the most vulnerable were left behind," said Pedro Barata, author of Child Poverty Persists, Time to Invest in Children and Families. More ..


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Landry vows strong action on child poverty
Quebec 'situation is better' than Ontario, campaigning premier says.

Canadian Press, Michelle Macafee , March 24th, 2003

MONTREAL ??? Quebec has done a better job of taking care of its poor than more prosperous provinces such as Ontario, Premier Bernard Landry said today. And if re-elected April 14, a Parti Quebecois government would fight poverty even more aggressively in keeping with a new law aimed at eliminating poverty in Quebec within 10 years. "It's a societal choice," Landry told a news conference. "The Ontario government chose one path, we chose another and today the results are there. In Ontario, compared to Quebec, and in Toronto compared to Montreal, our situation is better."  More..


Mom faces abduction charges as missing girl found

By Sarah Green, Ottawa Sun, Monday, March 17, 2003

TORONTO - Alexandra MacDonald is home safe and her mother faces abduction charges after the 12-year-old girl went missing for 60 hours from her grandparents' Port Colborne home.

Four adults, including Alexandra's mother, were arrested early yesterday after police found the girl in a bedroom of a Toronto couple's apartment. More ..


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Edmonton passes anti-bullying bylaw
Measure will be useful tool, police explain

Toronto Star, by ISABEL TEOTONIO, March 11, 2003

EDMONTON (CP) - Edmonton became the first Canadian city today to make bullying illegal and fine tormentors a minimum of $250.

Supporters say they hope the new bylaw will make young people think twice before threatening and intimidating anyone.

"It won't deter everybody, but hopefully it will have an effect on some students," said Coun. Jane Batty, chair of the community services board that put forth the issue.  More ..


Catholic Exchange

What God Has Joined Together

Divorced Against His Will

by Stephen Baskerville, March 10, 2003

The worldwide crisis of the family is now inspiring urgent attempts to strengthen marriage and promote responsible fatherhood. The divorce rate is upwards of 50 percent, and some 40 percent of children now live in homes without their fathers. More..


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PORN VICTIM
Kids of abusive 'monster' got life sentence

Toronto Sun, By HIMANI EDIRIWEERA, March 9, 2003

He's a man in pain, chased by the ghosts of his past. His greatest fear as a child wasn't the monsters in his closet; his greatest fear was the monster he called "mom." More..


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Abusive Mother ordered to pay children $975,000

Older siblings are terrorized, younger ones are treasured

National Post, Francine Dube, Friday, March 7, 2003 More..


Associated Press

Female Teacher Charged With Sex Assault on Seventh-Grade Boy

Associated Press,  various newspapers in U.S.A. and Canada, Tuesday, February 25, 2003

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A 35-year-old seventh-grade teacher was charged with having sex with one of her students at least 20 times at the teacher's home.

Jodi Thorp, 35, surrendered to authorities Monday on charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors claim she had sex with the boy at her Mendham home between June 2001 and September 2002. The boy is now 15. More..


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Custody granted to child abusers

Toronto agency made realization only after child died: 'We didn't check the file' on the grandparents' assault convictions, CAS director admits

National Post, Christie Blatchford, February 22, 2003 More..


The Globe and Mail

Don't say 'vagina' to Moncton

The Globe and Mail, By REBECCA CALDWELL, Tuesday, February 11, 2003  Print Edition, Page R2 More..


Divorce's effect on kids 'neglected'
Social worker wonders why issue not tackled

Calgary Herald, Mario Toneguzzi - February 10, 2003 More..


The Globe and Mail

Where the boys are

The Globe and Mail, by INGRID PERITZ, February 1, 2003, Print Edition, Page F8

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. More ..


Toronto Sun

"Light sentence for baby death appalling"

Edmonton Sun, By MINDELLE JACOBS, January 29, 2003

While the law has evolved over the centuries to reflect changing norms, we're still as uncomfortable as ever with the notion of female criminality.

How else to explain the sentence - if you can call it that - Sabrina Gail Milne received Monday for letting her 18-month-old daughter starve to death?

Milne fed baby Alissa for the last time one Friday last January in Grande Prairie, shut the bedroom door and then pretended she didn't exist.

Ignoring her baby's cries, she did household chores and chatted with family and friends on the phone. Two days later, she looked in on Alissa who was long dead.

"She knew what she was doing," said provincial court Judge Gary Mitchell. "She put her own comfort and convenience and health ahead of her child's."

Too bad the denunciation wasn't accompanied by an appropriate penalty. Milne, now 23, pleaded guilty in July to failing to provide the necessities of life. The maximum punishment is two years in jail. More..


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Canada's largest daily newspaper

Woman charged in abandoned baby case
Mira making 'remarkable' recovery

The Toronto Star, PETER EDWARDS AND TANYA TALAGA, STAFF REPORTERS January 28, 2003

A 41-year-old homeless woman is to appear in College Park court this morning, charged with abandoning a newborn girl on a freezing cold night last week at Nathan Phillips Square.

She faces charges of failure to provide the necessaries of life and child abandonment after a baby, who was just minutes old, was found naked under a blanket on a cement stairwell outside city hall Friday. More ..


The Globe and Mail

Parents abuse children by smoking, group says

The Globe and Mail, By Andre Picard, PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTER, Tuesday, January 21, 2003, Page A8

Exposing children to second-hand smoke is tantamount to child abuse, the Canadian Lung Association says.

In a controversial statement released yesterday to mark Non-Smoking Week, the venerable charitable organization called on parents to stop smoking in the home because they are endangering the health of their children.

"Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke are victims in their own homes -- the very environment that is supposed to be safe and protective," said Noel Kerin, an occupational and environmental medicine specialist and medical spokesman for the lung association.

"Second-hand smoke is damaging to a child's health and is tantamount to child abuse. The evidence is too compelling to present it in half measures or to worry about political correctness. We have a significant social and health problem that needs public attention and the associated pressure of public intolerance to correct it."  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, By KIRK MAKIN, 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 more. She grabbed the phone and told an 911 operator that her husband intended to kill her. 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

CYF project halves child suicide rate

The New Zealand Herald, BY LEAH HAINES, October 10, 2004

A three-year project by welfare and health agencies has halved the rate of suicide among some of the country's most at-risk children.

Researchers say the project has the potential to put a massive dent in New Zealand's youth suicide rate - currently the highest in the developed world.

The results of the Towards Well Being suicide monitoring project were due to be presented to an international conference on youth suicide this weekend and are expected to gain global attention. More..