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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

Studies/Activities:

Meeting 1

December 11, 1997

Centre Block, Room: 253-D