Judge chastises Norway after woman, daughters flee Canada
The National Post, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, By Lori Coolican, March 26, 2009
SASKATOON - A Saskatchewan judge slammed the Norwegian government last month for providing new passports to help a woman flee Canada with two children in the midst of a nasty, transatlantic custody battle.
"The Norwegian government played a pivotal role in the breach of orders of this court. (They) could not have left Canada without its assistance," Court of Queen's Bench Justice Geoff Dufour remarked in a Feb. 19 written decision obtained recently by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
At the heart of the disturbing case is an unidentified six-year-old girl who has lived in both Norway and Saskatoon throughout her parents' rocky marriage. The real names of the people involved will not be published out of concern for the child's privacy.
There was a 10-day trial, "in which legions of lies fouled the courtroom," Dufour wrote. "There is more. After the trial and before this judgment was entered, (her mother) - with the assistance of the Norwegian government - spirited (her) out of Canada in breach of extant orders of this court and contrary to an international treaty."
Dufour's decision gives the parents joint custody of the girl on a one-week rotating basis in Saskatoon, effective July 5. However, the Saskatoon-born father may never see his child again. He could not be reached for comment this week.
Jim and Carol (not their real names) met after Carol moved to Saskatoon in 1999 with her first daughter, who was 11 years old at the time. They married in 2000.
After their daughter was born in 2002, the family moved to Norway, but they returned to Saskatoon later that year.
About six months later, the marriage had turned rocky and Carol decided to return to Norway.
They signed an agreement in which she would have control of the children, but he would not pay child support. He did, however, pay her $50,000 as a "property division" to help with her move.
The agreement also stipulated that future disputes related to the child "shall be subject to the sole jurisdiction of Saskatchewan, notwithstanding the residence of the parties at that time, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties."
In 2004, Carol presented Jim with a divorce application, and he signed it. In late 2006, she used this to register divorce papers in Norway.
The following June, Jim returned to Saskatoon by himself - but she and the children soon followed. In 2007, Carol told Jim she was taking the girls back to Norway. Jim immediately filed for custody and obtained a court order restraining Carol from taking the girls out of Saskatoon. Sheriffs seized their passports.
Days later, Carol told police their daughter, who was five at the time, had told her Jim had been sexually inappropriate with her. She took the girl to hospital for an "internal examination," which found no signs of abuse.
Dufour presided over the matter in 2008, related mostly to disputes about the couple's living arrangements over the previous five years.
Before Dufour could deliver his decision after the trial, Carol and the girls disappeared.
"They surrendered their passports, but the Norwegian Embassy issued them replacement passports, after the trial but before my judgment was rendered," he wrote.
No one at the Norwegian Embassy could be reached for comment Thursday.
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Father's suicide becomes rallying cry for fairness in court
April 1, 2000
BRANDON, Man. - Thirty-five years ago today, Lillian White gave birth to her youngest son. Yesterday, she knelt down and kissed his coffin at his graveside.
Darrin White committed suicide two weeks ago in Prince George, B.C., after a judge ordered him to pay his estranged wife twice his take-home pay in child support and alimony each month.
In death he has become a poignant symbol of family courts gone awry, of a divorce system run by people with closed minds, hard hearts and deaf ears. Read More ..
Teen depression on the increase
More and More teens are becoming depressed. The numbers of young people suffering from depression in the last 10 years has risen worryingly, an expert says.
BBC, UK, August 3, 2004
Government statistics suggest one in eight adolescents now has depression.
Unless doctors recognise the problem, Read More ..uld slip through the net, says Professor Tim Kendall of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.
Guidelines on treating childhood depression will be published next year. Professor Kendall says a lot Read More ..eds to be done to treat the illness.
Family Conflict and Suicide Rates Among Men
by Dr. Hazel McBride Ph.D. June 9-10, 1995
Violence and Abuse within the Family: The Neglected Issues
A public hearing sponsored by The Honourable Senator Anne C. Cools on June 9-10, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Transcript of Dr. Hazel McBride's presentation on the relationship between family conflict and suicide rates among men. Read More ..
Reasons Why Young Men Commit Suicide
PA News, U.S.A., By John von Radowitz, Science Correspondent, September 28, 2003
Broken marriages, living a single life and lack of income are the three factors chiefly to blame for a surge in suicides among young men, a new study has shown.
Suicide rates in England and Wales have doubled for men under 45 since 1950, but declined among women and older age groups of both sexes.
Researchers trying to discover why found that between 1950 and 1998 there were worsening trends for many suicide risk factors.
These included marital break up, birth and marriage declines, unemployment and substance abuse.
But those most associated with young men aged 25 to 34 were divorce, fewer marriages, and increases in income inequality.
Quebec men more likely to commit suicide than women
Rate is especially high among baby boomers, statistics reveal. Read More ..
The Centre for Suicide Prevention has three main branches:
The Suicide Information & Education Collection (SIEC) is a special library and resource centre providing information on suicide and suicidal behaviour.
The Suicide Prevention Training Programs (SPTP) branch provides caregiver training in suicide intervention, awareness, bereavement, crisis management and related topics. Suicide Prevention
Research Projects (SPRP) advocates for, and supports research on suicide and suicidal behaviour.
StatsCan recently reported on a 10% increase in suicides. But StatsCan persists in ignoring the group of Canadians at greatest risk for suicide, as do the media and professional reports.
Suicide is a microcosm for those most under stress and most at risk of unresolved crisis in society. Suicides may logically be categorized as 100% citizens of Canada, and then as 79% male. The most critical measure of depression - suicide - is counted overwhelmingly in male corpses. For over 23 years widespread media and professional attention concentrated on 12,500 AIDS deaths, compared to little concern with 92,000 suicides.