The Ottawa Citizen, Sharon Kirkey, Tuesday June 13, 2000
Children don't get depressed. That used to be the thinking. Years ago, child psychiatrists never thought to even ask about suicidal thoughts or behaviour in children, because "depression" was an adult word.
Today, doctors are seeing depressed children as young as three.
"They show it in strange ways," says Dr. Philip Cheifetz, a child psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. "They show it in their anger, in their feistiness and sulkiness," he says, in irritability and a lack of interest in the world around them.
On Friday, Marc Allaire found his son dead in a small wooden cabin near the family's Buckingham home. Philip, who would have been 12 years old today, had hanged himself.
National Post ( National Post is Canada's 2nd largest national newspaper ), by Donna Laframboise, Saturday, March 25, 2000
Divorced fathers get a bad rap for not supporting their children. The truth is, many can't. And, tragically, some are driven to desperate measures, including suicide.
In his suicide note, Jim, the father of four children, protests that "not all fathers are deadbeats." Jim hanged himself because he couldn't see any alternative. Even now, his children are unaware of the circumstances of their father's death. Meeno Meijer, National Post George Roulier is fighting to regain money wrongfully taken from his wages by the Ontario child-support collection agency. Chris Bolin, National Post Alan Heinz, a Toronto firefighter, has gone bankrupt fighting for the return of his daughter, 3, from Germany. No one will help him, but German authorities are trying to collect child support from him. Read More ..
The Jerusalem Post, February 28, 2000, By Patricia Golan
The American Psychological Association
Monitor on Psychology, the magazine of the American Psychological Association, Volume 31, No. 2, February 2000
A mother's delinquency prior to marriage not only predicts her future divorce, but also accounts for many of the behavior problems found among her children after divorce, suggests new research.
Robert E. Emery, PhD, and colleagues Mary C. Waldron, PhD, and Jeffrey Aaron, PhD, of the University of Virginia, and Katherine M. Kitzmann, PhD, of the University of Memphis, reported their findings in "Delinquent behavior, future divorce or nonmarital childbearing, and externalizing behavior among offspring: A 14-year prospective study," published in the Journal of Family Psychology (Vol. 13, No. 4, Dec. 1999). Read More ..
The Ottawa Citizen, Dave Brown, Wednesday 19 April 2000
In a rare court move last week, a defiant Ottawa mother was sent to jail for 21 days for breaching custody and access court orders, and ordered to pay $9,000 in penalties. Of that amount, $4,000 is to offset father's legal bill, and $5,000 is straight penalty to be paid to the father.
The tough action by Justice Maria Linhares de Sousa is giving new hope family court orders are growing muscles.
Lawyer Allan Hirsch represented the father. In his presentation to the court, he referred to a 1998 Brampton case in which a mother was jailed for 60 days for repeated accusations of abuse, and repeated refusal to obey a court's access orders. The Brampton case was also a rare exception. Family court orders in the past, except for support issues, have not been enforced.
The Ottawa case was based on the mother's continued attempts to convince her nine-year-old son to leave his father and live with her. There was a court order in place that she stop doing that. Father claimed her continued interference was the cause of behavioural problems in the boy. Previous custody and access orders were issued in December by Justice Monique Metivier. Mother felt those orders were wrong. Read More..
The Manchester Evening News ( UK ) Page 4, Friday January 28th. 2000, BY ANDREW NOTT
A WOMAN preyed on little boys for sex for 15 years while working as a house mother in a care home for troubled youngsters.
Today Carolyn Bromiley was starting a five-year jail term for what the judge said was "the worst case of a woman abusing children in her care any court in the land has had to face."
The serial paedophiles groomed boys between the ages of 12 and 14 before involving them in intercourse and other sexual activity. Read More ..
The Manchester Evening News ( UK ) Page 10. Friday, January 28, 2000
The discovery over the last decade that child abuse was endemic in care homes across England and Wales was a body blow to society. The idea that vulnerable youngsters were taken from perceived danger only to be placed in the hands of evil paedophiles was deeply shocking.
Several men are currently serving significant jail sentences and long- term police inquiries are continuing in Greater Manchester and across the country into hundreds of allegations.
The latest appalling case to come to light was that of a care worker who abused boys as young as 12 for 15 sordid years at a residential school in Cheshire. But this was Read More ..artling than any of its predecessors, for in this case the predatory paedophiles was a woman.
Carolyn Bromiley, 36, from Warrington, had sexual intercourse with boys from 1984 until her arrest last year. Read More ..
"Supporters of paternity identification bills point to a 1999 study by the American Association of Blood Banks that found that in 30 percent of 280,000 blood tests performed to determine paternity, the man tested was not the biological father." Read More ..
Volume of testing 310,490 for the 2001 study
American Bar Association
Dec. 17, 2004.
Seeking class action status in federal lawsuits filed in 46 states, an Indiana fathers rights group charges that gender bias against men influences custody and child support rulings.
Drafted by the non-lawyer president of the Indiana Civil Rights Council, the complaints argue that fit parents have a constitutional right to equal custody, but the "childs best interest" standard used by the courts often violates that right. Also, the complaints argue child support guidelines are unconstitutional.
"The state, as a whole, and by misusing the vague and inferior best interest notion, has been engaging in a standard practice of unlawful takings of the various rights to custody that should be constitutionally shared equally between natural fit parents who do not remain together," contends the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Read More ..
Nearly one in 10 girls and one in 20 boys say they have been raped or experienced some other form of abusive violence on a date, according to a study released Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Read More ..
INDEPTH: DAY CARE
CBC Television News Online, February 9, 2005
It was first proposed in 1970 a program that would provide affordable day care across the country. It was promised when Brian Mulroney and the Conservatives swept to power in 1984. And again four years later.
By the time Jean Chretien's Liberals did some political sweeping of their own in 1993, promises of a national day-care strategy had fallen victim to the realities of a government wallowing in debt. With budgetary knives sharpened and drawn, day care would have to wait.
But the economic climate began to shift and in 1997, Quebec introduced its own day-care system, offering spaces at $5 a day. Demand quickly surpassed supply. Read More ..
Like Britain, countries such as Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Austria had a defence to assaults on children similar to our s. 43. These defences were removed between 1957 and 1977. The criminal law of these countries therefore gives children the same protection from assault as it gives adults. Beginning with Sweden in 1979, these countries also amended their civil child welfare laws to expressly prohibit corporal punishment so that the public fully understood it was illegal. Read More ..
(Published May 2005)
University of Toronto Press
Authored by Canadians, Dr. Brian Howe and Dr. Katherine Covell, Directors of the CBU Children's Rights Centre, Cape Breton University (CBU)Read More ..
The Globe and Mail
March 7, 2005
Ontario's male victims of child sexual assault are being ignored by a provincial government that focuses all its attention on women, a newly launched lobby group that wants equitable funding argued Monday.
The group the Ontario Association of Male Survivor Services says that one man in five was sexually abused as a child and that ignoring the problem makes it harder for these men to recover.
"We've got to stop thinking that sexual violence is just a women's issue," said Rick Goodwin, executive director of the not-profit organization that will operate the lobby group, in a telephone interview from Ottawa. "In this day and age, that's absurd." Read More ..
The issue of child self-determinism has always been a central one in the struggle for children's rights. For virtually every other civil rights movement, it has been the discriminated themselves who have provided the drive towards liberation, and the ability to self-determine was assumed to be present. The Children's rights movement is fundamentally different, however, in that children, almost by definition, require somebody else to see to their needs until they are ready to assume control of their own lives. Read More ..
Canada's Parliament broke its 1989 promise to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000
Campaign 2000, a network of over 85 national, regional and community organizations fights on to end poverty in Canada and to hold the Federal Government accountable.
Since 1989, the number of children living in poverty has increased by 402,000 and child poverty is clearly a signal of the increasing hardship for Canadian families.
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