The courts have repeatedly stated that denial of access is child abuse, starting with Trembaly v. Tremblay (1987) in the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and cited with approval in numerous cases across Canada to this day (including a recent case in the SK CoA earlier this year.
I can get you the complete citation and quote if you wish.
..As stated in the case of Simpson v. Simpson, CA02097, August 16, 2002 in the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan:
 It is clear from a review of the file that the respondent wife has refused to comply with court orders to provide access, even extending to court orders to which she has consented. She has refused to deliver the children either directly to the applicant husband or to a neutral drop off point. In circumstances like these, and in the absence of any evidence that it would be in the best interest of the children not to order interim custody to the parent who is denied access, it is important that one who consistently flaunts orders of the court not do so with impunity. I agree with the comments of Madam Justice Trussler in Tremblay v. Tremblay,  6 W.W.R. 742 at 745,in which she stated that:
I start with the premise that a parent has the right to see his or her children and is only to be deprived of that right if he or she has abused or neglected the children. Likewise, and Read More ..portant, a child has a right to the love, care and guidance of a parent. To be denied that right by the other parent without sufficient justification, such as abuse or neglect, is, in itself, a form of child abuse.
Globe and Mail, By KIRK MAKIN, June 6, 2003 Read More ..
Coventry Evening Telegraph, City News, U.K. by Liz Hazelton, July 27, 2004
National Post, Jana G. Pruden, Wednesday, April 26, 2006
REGINA - A rift between friends has launched a landmark legal battle as a man who paid for his "special friend" to get in vitro fertilization fights for visitation rights with her children.
"This is a new legal frontier ...," Brad Hunter, lawyer for the children's mother, said yesterday during a hearing at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. "[This is] somewhere in the family law world we've never been before." Read More ..
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 Read More ..rious charges - felony child abuse and culpable negligence - from the February incident. Read More ..
Teacher "We are not going to put up with it."
Boy only 3 years old!! Read More ..
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. Read More ..
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. Read More ...
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