Food bank use by B.C. children up 42 per cent
CTV, Canadian Press, various media throughout Canada, November 11, 2004
VICTORIA - A national report on the use of food banks by children in Canada has put British Columbia on its trend watch.
The B.C. Liberal government said it's concerned about the results which found 41.7 per cent Read More ..ildren needed emergency food in B.C. in 2004 over 2003 - some 8,000 Read More ..ds. Human Resources Minister Susan Brice, however, said the conclusions in the Canadian Association of Food Banks' annual report reflect a North American problem.
The association's annual national HungerCount survey also found that in Saskatchewan nearly 2,000 Read More .. children needed food banks in 2004, an increase of 24 per cent from 2003.
In Ontario, where food bank use increased by five per cent in 2004, children account for 40 per cent of the province's almost 323,000 food bank users, the report found.
B.C. NDP leader Carole James blamed the B.C. Liberals.
James said government cost-cutting policies that included tightening welfare eligibility requirements and increasing medical service premiums put pressure on families.
"In one year, to see that kind of jump, 8,000 children using the food banks, that's unconscionable in a province like ours," she said.
But Brice disputed James comments.
"It's a little misleading for NDP leader Carole James to basically imply that it's something that's unique to British Columbia," she said.
"It's a North America-wide issue."
The social policy goals the Liberals are striving to achieve revolve around finding jobs for people who are currently receiving government assistance, she said.
"The $300 million that's been invested in helping get people ready for work and matching them with jobs out there has been a good investment and it's paying off," she said. "There's absolutely no attempt to have people who truly need assistance not be given the kind of help they need."
The government recently increased funding for people with disabilities and increased the funding threshold for people receiving day care subsidies to help families, Brice said.
But, she added, the issue of children needing food banks remains a concern.
"That is always distressing when you feel that people aren't in a position to care for their families," she said.
But, James said, despite recent social spending announcements by the government, the Liberals "have not addressed the issue of dealing with people in need in our province and as much as (Premier) Gordon Campbell will try and convince people that he's found a heart six months away from the election, these statistics prove once again that they haven't addressed this issue."
The next B.C. election is set for May 17, 2005.
The B.C. section of the food bank association's report cited food bank operators who noticed increases in anxiety and depression among food bank recipients during the period where Victoria was attempting to reform welfare eligibility and disability pension regulations.
"When you lose hope, you lose the will to survive," said Robin Campbell, B.C.'s HungerCount co-ordinator in the report.
The B.C. government's plan it is to provide hope for every family by helping people find meaningful, family-supporting work, Brice said.
The food bank association survey reported that 841,640 Canadians used food banks in 2004.
Of those people, 317,242 or 39.75 per cent were children. In 1989, 166,242 Canadian children used food banks.
As a percentage of the provincial population, Newfoundland food banks assist the largest amount of people in Canada at 5.67 per cent.
Manitoba is second at 3.64 per cent, followed by Quebec at 3.16 per cent and Ontario at 2.64 per cent. B.C. is at two per cent.
Canada's first food bank opened 22 years ago in Edmonton.
UK National Survey
Scotland's National Newspaper
5,000 women polled
Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.
Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.
An indepth look at paternity fraud, men's and children's rights. 10 minutes.
This segment of CBC News: Sunday was on a paternity fraud case in which the husband was ordered to pay child support for 2 children which weren't his biological children.
The article contains info about children's identity fraud at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
December 14, 2002.
Includes interview with employees of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who admit they deny children's identity information to husbands/male partners of mothers who want to hide the real identity of their child because they had an affair. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of The Child specifically supports a child's human right to have a relationship with both his/her biological parents. In addition, this article is proof that The Hospital for Sick Children ("Sick Kids") supports paternity fraud.
Further "Sick Kids" supports a mother's rights only, which they view, supersedes 3 other people's rights, namely, the rights of the biological father, the rights of the mother's male partner/husband and the child's identity rights.
Up to one in 25 dads could unknowingly be raising another man's child, UK health researchers estimate.
Increasing use of genetic testing for medical and legal reasons means Read More ..uples are discovering the biological proof of who fathered the child.
The Liverpool John Moores University team reached its estimate based on research findings published between 1950 and 2004.
The study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Professor Mark Bellis and his team said that the implications of so-called paternal discrepancy were huge and largely ignored, even though the incidence was increasing.
In the US, the number of paternity tests increased from 142,000 in 1991 to 310,490 in 2001.
The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009
An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.
The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.
The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.
Paternity fraud: Is it or should it be a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada?
You be the judge. Read More ..
Independent Women's Forum
Feminist organizations including the National Organization of Women (NOW) has objected to legislation that requires the courts to vacate paternity judgments against men who arent, in fact, the father.
Think about that. NOW wants some man, any man, to make child support payments. The woman who doesnt even know who the father is, should not be held responsible for her actions, is a sweet, loving, blameless mother who seeks only to care for her child and if naming some schmuck as father who never saw her before in his life helps her provide for the innocent babe, well then, that's fine.
Innocence is no excuse. Pay up. Read More ..
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
Broadcast: November 22, 2004
Last year, more than 3,000 DNA paternity tests were commissioned by Australian men, and in almost a quarter of those cases, the test revealed that not only had their partners been unfaithful, but the children they thought were theirs had been sired by someone else. Read More ..