Virtual Library of Newspaper Articles - 2004

Psychiatric disorder may have led boy to fatally shoot father

Rick James Lohstroh, a doctor at UTMB, was fatally shot this summer, apparently by his 10-year-old son.

ABC13 Eyewitness News, Houston, Texas, U.S.A., Dec. 29, 2004

The 10-year-old Katy boy accused of murdering his father this summer is now the face of an unofficial psychiatric disorder, Parental Alienation Disorder that may have lead to his father's death. Read More ..

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Right decision, wrong reason

National Post Lead Editorial

Print edition A17  December 23, 2004

Irwin Cotler, the Justice Minister, announced on Tuesday that the federal government will hold off on reforming child custody laws. We can't say that's too much of a disappointment. If enacted, the expected changes would mostly have served to tilt the anti-father bias of Canada's family courts even further in favour of women.

First proposed by Mr. Colters predecessor, Martin Cauchon, the now-dormant bill would have scrapped existing provisions compelling the courts to grant "maximum contact" to both parents and severed the last remaining connections between payment of child support and access by fathers to their kids. Worse, it would have given judges the power to withhold all access to fathers with past histories of violent behaviour while permitting wives to raise allegations of abuse at divorce proceedings even if they had made no previous complaints of violence -- a recipe for false accusations in bids to win total custody. Read More ..

Baby in good health after being ripped from womb

CBC TV, December 21, 2004, Written by CBC News Online staff

KANSAS CITY, MO. [U.S.A.]- A four-day-old girl who was cut from her mother's womb is doing well according to hospital officials in Topeka, Kan.

"She's in remarkably good condition for what has happened to her," said Tami Motley of the Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center. Motley did not say when the baby, Victoria Stinnett, might go home.

Meanwhile, the woman charged with strangling the mother and then taking the infant from her womb is expected to appear Monday in court in Kansas City, Mo. Authorities say Lisa Montgomery, 36, has confessed to strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett. She is charged with kidnapping resulting in death.  Read More ..

Ad seeks parents of abandoned B.C. newborn

CBC TV, December 19, 2004, Written by CBC News Online staff

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government placed a newspaper ad Sunday requesting the parents of an abandoned newborn baby girl come forward and claim her.

If they fail to do so, Baby Jane Doe who was found abandoned at a city bus stop three weeks ago, can be put up for adoption.

"We give them [the parents] notice and that way they can come to court and argue, or tell the court why we shouldn't have custody of the child," said Deputy Minister Alison MacPhail. Read More ..

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Ad seeks parents of abandoned baby
Days-old infant found in plastic bag at bus stop in British Columbia

By The Canadian Press, various media throughout Canada, December 19, 2004

VANCOUVER - In a last-ditch effort to find the mother of a baby girl left at a bus stop, the B.C. government published an advertisement in a local newspaper today.

The ad is a legal notice for he parents of Baby Jane Doe found abandoned three weeks ago.

The baby was two or three days old when she was found. A woman at the bus stop noticed something moving in a bag. Read More ..

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"The myth of the gentler sex"

NATIONAL POST - By George Jonas, Monday, December 20, 2004

Police have arrested a suspect in the bizarre murder of a Missouri [.S.A.] woman last week. Lisa Montgomery, 36, of Melvern, Ka., has reportedly admitted strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, of SkidRead More ..Mo., before removing a near-term baby from the victim's womb and presenting the abducted infant to her husband, Kevin, as her own. The baby girl survived the ordeal. News reports have her "thriving" in a Kansas hospital.

The authorities declined to speculate on a motive for the crime. U.S. Attorney Todd Graves is quoted saying that last Thursday, after killing Ms. Stinnett and cutting the baby out of her womb, Ms. Montgomery phoned her husband at work to tell him she had gone into labour and given birth. She requested Kevin to pick up her and her "newborn" from a restaurant parking lot in nearby Topeka, which her well-trained husband proceeded to do. Read More ..

Last chance for Baby Jane's parents to come forward
ABANDONED INFANT: Police promise no charges will be laid

The Province, Vancouver BC, by Lena Sin,  Sunday, December 19, 2004

A last-ditch plea is being made today for the parents of Baby Jane Doe, abandoned at a Vancouver bus stop, to contact the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

A legal ad has been taken out in today's Province to give the parents of Baby Jane notice that the ministry will be making an application for permanent custody of the baby.

But Deputy Minister Alison MacPhail is urging the mother or father to come forward before the Jan. 13 Vancouver court date so they can be given help. Read More ..

Suits Say Childs Best Interest Violates Parent Rights

The American Bar Association E-Journal Report, BY STEPHANIE FRANCIS WARD, 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 ..

Fathers want to know if they're the biological parent of their child

DW-World, Germany, December 12, 2004

Father's rights groups in Germany are fighting to retain their right to have secret paternity tests without a mother's permission. They say it is the only way to combat "paternity fraud."

In a debate over paternity tests in Germany -- father's rights groups are lobbying to block proposed legislation banning secret tests without the mother's permission -- advocates are employing increasingly alarmist arguments. One group, the Network for Paternity Tests, claims on its Web site that making the tests illegal would lead to an increase in incest between half brothers and sisters who don't know they're related. Read More ..

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GTHL bans flashing mother
Can't enter league arenas for a year
Woman apologizes for game antics

The Toronto Star, DONOVAN VINCENT, SPORTS REPORTER, Dec. 10, 2004.

It's an example of rink rage that has received nationwide publicity, and was even the butt of jokes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno a few days ago.

But the Greater Toronto Hockey League sees no humour in the case of the Woodbridge hockey mom who lifted her blouse above her chest, exposed her bra, and shook her breasts from side to side while taunting parents of opposing players during a game in Mississauga between 11-year-olds.

The GTHL banned Sylvana Gatti for one year from all of its arenas. Read More ..

96% of women are liars, honest

The Scotsman ( Scotland's National Newspaper),  EDWARD BLACK, December 9th, 2004

5,000 women were polled. Nineteen out of 20 women admit lying to their partners or husbands, a survey on attitudes to truth and relationships has found.

Eighty-three per cent owned up to telling "big, life-changing lies", with 13 per cent saying they did so frequently.

Half said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the babys real father.

Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner. Read More ..

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1 billion children in poverty
Despite promises, half of world's youngsters at risk
Action has fallen far short of lofty commitments

Toronto Star, PETER GORRIE FEATURE WRITER, Dec. 9, 2004

An emaciated 20-year-old woman panics when her niece, 12, leaves their squalid home in Mozambique for a couple of hours to buy food with money supplied by an aid worker. Unable to move, covered by a grubby blanket, she is afraid to be left alone

The woman is dying from AIDS, and several other ailments, including tuberculosis. She hasn't eaten for two days, and can't take her TB medication because on an empty stomach its side effects are too painful.

She dropped out of school at 15 to look after her parents, themselves sick and dying. She soon got married. She had no children, but was caring for those of three sisters who also died of AIDS. Read More ..

Calls for Investigation into Why Man Was Ordered to Pay Child Support for A Non-Existent Child

U.S. Newswire, December 9, 2004
DALLAS, Dec. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Steve Barreras paid child support for a 5-year-old daughter who his ex-wife claimed was his. Despite never being able to actually see the child, Barreras did pay $20,000 in child support as required by the court. The problem is -- the child has been declared nonexistent by an Albuquerque judge. "There is no child ...," she said. Read More ..

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Girl, 8, suspended over Jell-O shots

The Chronicle Herald, page A-4, December 8, 2004, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

NEW ORLEANS, U.S.A.(AP) --- An eight-year old girl was suspended for nine days for bringing to school what appeared to be about 30 "Jell-O shots" -- althought it was unclear whether they contained alcohol. Read More ..

Police: Woman hit teens after golf ball struck car

AP- Various newspapers in the U.S.A. and Canada, Tuesday, December 7, 2004

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida (AP) -- A woman ran over two teenage brothers after they accidentally hit her sport utility vehicle with a golf ball they were bouncing in a parking lot, officials said. One of the boys suffered life-threatening injuries.

The 14- and 16-year-old boys were bouncing the golf ball in a shopping center parking lot Sunday afternoon when it went astray and struck the SUV driven by 47-year-old Kathy Feaganes Allen, sheriff's Deputy Greg Suchy said.

No damage was done, and the boys apologized and began to walk away, Suchy said. Allen started to drive away, but suddenly made a U-turn, ran over a median and struck the teens before knocking over a light pole, Suchy said. Read More ..

Mother faces 22 boy-sex charges

The Age, Australia, By Selma Milovanovic, December 4, 2004

A female integration aide at a Victorian school has been charged with sexual offences against a boy in her care aged under 16.

The woman, 36, an integration aide at a government secondary school on the Mornington Peninsula, worked with the boy, who suffers from language difficulties, three days a week.

The student is not intellectually disabled.

Most of the offences are believed to have happened at the boy's home. The woman is believed to have lived with the student and his family for some time this year while going through a traumatic separation. The alleged sexual affair took place over eight months.

The teenager is believed to have recently confessed the details to his parents. Read More ..

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Hockey league shaken by mom's zeal
Complaints she lifted blouse at game
Taunted fans, parents of 11-year-olds

The Toronto Star, DONOVAN VINCENT, SPORTS REPORTER, December 4, 2004

The president of the Greater Toronto Hockey League says he's "aghast" over an alleged incident at a hockey game in Mississauga where an irate mother of an 11-year-old minor hockey player apparently taunted parents and fans of opposing players by lifting her blouse, revealing her bra and shaking her breasts "from side to side." Read More ..

Israel Reviews Fathers Custody Rights

Israel News Agency, By Joel Leyden, December 4, 2004

Jerusalem----December 9, 2004....The Israel Ministry of Health and the Israel Ministry of Justice are now taking a hard, serious look at the benefits of joint custody in the Jewish state. Joint custody might very well be the best option for children of separation and divorce, an American family psychology study found.

Trekking from Mom's home during the week to Dad's on the weekend may seem like a hassle for some children of divorced parents, but it just might be best for them in the long run, concludes a meta-analysis, published in the March Journal of Family Psychology (Vol. 16, No. 1) Read More ..

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Police: Woman killed husband, child

Detective said he wouldn't speculate on history of mental illness, post-partum psychosis

The Toronto Star, Curtis Rush, Staff Reporter, Dec. 3, 2004

Andrea Labbe killed her husband, Brian Langer, her daughter Zoe, 3, and critically wounded another daughter, Brigitte, before stabbing herself to death, police confirmed today at a news conference.

This is a tragic case. There are no good answers for the families, Detective Sergeant Chris Buck told reporters, but he wouldnt speculate on whether Labbe had a history of mental illness or whether she was suffering from some sort of post-partum psychosis. Read More ..

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Sometimes life breaks your heart

Toronto Star, JOE FIORITO, December 3, 2004

Brian Langer, described as a man of intense integrity who spoke glowingly of his wife and children, kisses daughter Zoe in this photo taken on Mother's Day, 2003.

And then one of the neighbours reaches for a knife and there is sudden terror and there is dark red madness. I don't pretend to understand, but this must be part of what it means to be human. We are weak, we are frail, and some of us snap like twigs.

I was coming home on the subway late the other night. I was immersed in a book, and got off at the wrong stop by mistake. I stepped onto the platform and saw two paramedics tending an old man who had collapsed. The paramedics were bandaging the man's fingertips. I have no idea what sort of accident would hurt just the tips of a man's fingers. Read More ..

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Mystery surrounds triple slaying
No outside suspects in family violence
Husband, wife, child dead; one injured


Twenty-four hours after the bloody death of a father, mother and one of their three young daughters, police, paramedics and neighbours are left with two questions.

What happened inside 516 Concord Ave.? And who carried out the attacks in the west-end home?

The only witnesses are now orphans: the wounded 2-year-old, Brigitte, who is recovering in hospital, and her 7-month-old sister, Margot, who appeared to be unharmed.

The violence inside the semi-detached brick house, on the quiet residential street near Dupont St. and Ossington Ave., left Brian Langer, 47, his spouse, Andre Labbe, 27, and their daughter Zo, 3, dead.

The early-morning 911 call came from a man in the house who reportedly said his wife had stabbed him in the stomach. Those who answered found a house of horror: Inside was man, fatally wounded, a woman lying dead, a dying 3-year-old, a wounded and blood-soaked 2-year-old and a wailing infant. Read More ..

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Kids unprepared for Grade 1
As many as 30% of Peel children lack needed skills: Study
English-as-a-second-language students aren't as ready

Toronto Star, TESS KALINOWSKI, EDUCATION REPORTER, November 25th, 2004

A wide-ranging assessment of senior kindergarten children in Peel Region has confirmed that as many as one in three don't have the physical, emotional and social skills needed to start school.

It showed Brampton students are least likely to be ready for school. About 30 per cent of Brampton children weren't prepared for Grade 1, versus 26 per cent in Mississauga and 16 per cent in Caledon, said Paul Favaro, chief of assessment and accountability at the Peel District School Board.

There is growing research that suggests children who struggle early on in school often fall behind permanently. Read More ..

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Ambitious daycare agenda unveiled
Plan will eventually offer full day care for all children 2 1/2 and older

Canadian Press, November 25th, 2004

The daily dash between kindergarten and day care could one day be a thing of the past for Ontario parents under a provincial plan unveiled today to dramatically increase the number of available day care spaces.
Children's Minister Marie Bountrogianni promised Read More ..ace for kindergarten-age kids by next fall as the province takes the first steps towards establishing a full day of learning for preschool-age kids - a master plan that's expected to take more than a decade to fully realize.

"Our first priority is to create a full day of learning and care for four and five year olds," Bountrogianni told a child and youth conference at the Ontario Science Centre as she made the announcement.

"We're rebuilding the link between child care and education so that children make the transition into Grade 1 smoothly." Read More ..

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Ontario to revise Grade 9 math curriculum
Nearly three-quarters of students failed to meet provincial standards; minister blames 'system' for poor results

FROM Canadian Press, Toronto Star and various other newspapers, November 25, 2004

Ontario is revising its Grade 9 applied math curriculum after nearly three-quarters of students failed to meet provincial standards, the education minister said today as he blamed the system for dismal results.
Gerard Kennedy said there's no justification for about 37,000 applied math students to fail and said the program will change by the next school year.

This is not a true reflection of the potential that these students have, Kennedy said of the roughly 50,000 teens in the stream. Read More ..

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Pot use doubled in decade, study says
14% smoked up in the past year
Drug laws a minor factor: Researchers

Canadian Press, Toronto Star and various other newspapers, November 25th, 2004

OTTAWA The number of Canadians who say they have used cannabis in the past year has doubled in a decade, according to a major new survey.

Data from the Canada Addiction Survey, the most comprehensive addiction survey ever done in Canada, presents a disturbing picture of a society increasingly dependent on mood-altering substances.

Fourteen per cent of respondents said they had used cannabis in the last year, up from 7.4 per cent in 1994. About a third said they had failed to control their cannabis use.

About 269,000 Canadians said they had used an injectable drug in the past year, up from 132,000 in 1994. Nearly 4.1 million Canadians reported using injectable drugs at least once in their life. That's up from 1.7 million in 1994. Read More ..

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15 years on and still the children suffer

Toronto Star, MARY CORKERY AND HARRY J. KITS, Nov. 25, 2004

We promised. It's time for Canadians to keep faith with our children.

more than 1 million children, one in six kids in Canada, live in poverty. Nearly three times Read More ..original, immigrant and visible minority children are poorer than the national average.

As leader of the New Democratic party, Ed Broadbent back in Ottawa as an NDP MP after a 15-year hiatus moved the 1989 parliamentary motion to end child poverty. A generation of children has grown up seeing that vow unfulfilled.

Canada is one of the richest countries in the world. Yet thousands of women, children and men during any given month, cannot afford adequate food or housing. That is a scandal that challenges the core belief of Canadians in our country as a caring nation. Read More ..

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Child poverty: setting new goals

The Toronto Star, CAROL GOAR, Nov. 24, 2004

Giving up is not an option. But clinging to a faded dream is not a solution.

So today, on the 15th anniversary of his parliamentary resolution to end child poverty by 2000, Ed Broadbent will set a new goal. He will challenge Canadians to reduce the child poverty rate to 5 per cent within 10 years.

The child poverty rate currently stands at 15 per cent. It was 15.2 per cent when Broadbent issued his clarion call 15 years ago. Read More ..

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Unborn Baby Snatched From Womb

Associated Press, BOGOTA, Colombia, Nov. 24, 2004

Police said Tuesday they have arrested a woman in the abduction of an unborn baby who was cut from its mother's womb while she was unconscious.

Sol Angela Cartagena said she was with her 2-year-old daughter when she had a drink at a hospital cafeteria in Girardot, southwest of Bogota, and suddenly felt lightheaded.

"When I woke up I was in the countryside with my 2-year-old daughter beside me," the woman told RCN TV, adding that someone had performed a Caesarean section on her and taken her baby. Read More ..

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Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario, November 24, 2004

A study by a federal agency suggests marijuana use in Canada has doubled over the last decade, with 14 per cent of respondents saying they smoked pot last year, up from 7.4 per cent in 1994. We asked readers why they thought this was. Here's what you had to say:
As attitudes have changed from those in 1994 and the substance gets closer to attaining a legal status, people who use it will feel less inclined to lie to anonymous federal pollsters/narcs on the phone. Thus, the numbers go up and reflect a more accurate picture of usage.
Dave Acey, Hamilton, Nov. 24 Read More ..

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Exploding Cell Phones a Growing Problem

Associated Press, U.S.A., By ELIZABETH WOLFE, November 23, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Curtis Sathre said it was like a bomb going off. His 13-year-old son Michael stood stunned, ears ringing, hand gushing blood after his cell phone exploded. Safety officials have received 83 reports of cell phones exploding or catching fire in the past two years, usually because of bad batteries or chargers. Read More ..

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Report finds native students falling behind

Canadian Press, Toronto Star and various other Canadian newspapers, SUE BAILEY,  Nov. 23, 2004

OTTAWA It will take aboriginal high school students 28 years to match non-native graduation rates and they're losing ground, says the auditor general.

Indian Affairs is dragging its heels on a troubling range of old problems, Sheila Fraser said in a report Tuesday.

These include jurisdictional squabbles, low teacher salaries and a lack of professional training.

More over, Ottawa can't say whether more than $1 billion spent each year on native education is too much or too little to meet required standards. Read More ..

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Adoption disclosure law backed
`We're moving forward': McGuinty
Bill not expected until next year

The Toronto Star, RICHARD BRENNAN, QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU, Nov. 23, 2004

Premier Dalton McGuinty yesterday vowed to bring in an adoption disclosure law that would make it easier for birth parents to find the children they gave up for adoption.

"We're going to move forward with this," McGuinty told the Legislature yesterday.

His response was prompted by questions from NDP MPP Marilyn Churley (Toronto-Danforth), who has tried unsuccessfully for years to get a private member's bill passed that would open up the process for parents and children. Read More ..

Who's your daddy?

ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation, TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
Broadcast: November 22, 2004

Reporter: Emma Algebraic
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 ..

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Baby Dies in Texas After Mother Reports Cutting off Arms

Associated Press Writer, By Lisa Falkenberg, Nov 22, 2004

PLANO, Texas (AP) - A woman with a history of postpartum depression cut off the arms of her baby daughter Monday, then called 911 and waited calmly until police arrived, authorities said.  "She wasn't trying to hide," police spokesman Carl Duke said.

Dena Schlosser, 35, was charged with murder after the girl died at a hospital in Plano, a Dallas suburb. Child-protection authorities said the mother had shown signs of postpartum depression in the past, but there had been no signs of violence.

Authorities said when they arrived at the family's apartment, they found the nearly 11-month-old baby in a bedroom with her arms severed. Schlosser, covered in blood, was sitting in her living room. Read More ..

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Mother Kills Baby: Charged After Baby's Arms Severed

Associated Press Writer, By LISA FALKENBERG, Nov 23, 2004

PLANO, Texas (AP) -- With a calm, dispassionate voice and a hymn playing in the background, Dena Schlosser confessed to the unthinkable, telling a 911 operator she'd cut off the arms of her baby girl.

The woman was sitting in her living room covered with blood when police arrived Monday. Her nearly 11-month-old daughter lay fatally injured in a crib in a bedroom of the family's apartment in Plano. The child died shortly afterward at a hospital.

Police have charged the 35-year-old mother with capital murder, but declined to reveal where she is being held. Read More ..

Let's put Child Day on the map

Canadians must stand up for rights of children

By Rita Karakas, CEO of Save the Children Canada, a child-rights organization. Nov. 20, 2004

Can you tell me what day is Nov. 20? It must be one of our nation's most guarded secrets. Nov. 20 is National Child Day in Canada.
Internationally, it marks the signing of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child on Nov. 20, 1989. Nationally, it provides a forum for Canadians to focus on children's rights. Read More ..

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Judge lambastes five teens
Booby-trapped park equipment with glass, rocks
Pleaded guilty after placing children in `peril'

Toronto Star November 19, 2004

Five teenagers have been placed under house arrest for 30 days and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for deliberately placing broken glass on slides and monkey bars in a Burlington playground.

Justice Richard LeDressay yesterday read the riot act to the youths, two of whom are brothers, telling them they were fortunate nobody was seriously injured or killed when they placed children in "extreme peril."

The teens, aged 14 to 16, admitted they used glue and silicone to stick broken glass, rocks and gravel to the playground equipment in Desjardines Park on the night of Oct. 9.  Read More ..

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McGuinty moves on electoral reform
Citizens will evaluate voting system
'People of Ontario will have their say'

Toronto Star, ROBERT BENZIE, QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU, Nov. 19, 2004

Ontario voters could see radical changes to democracy, including proportional representation, in time for the 2007 election, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Unveiling his much-anticipated democratic reform initiative yesterday, McGuinty said Ontarians should expect a transformation of their political system.  Read More ..

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'Drop the knife,' girl, 9, ordered
It was only plastic, family explains Oakville guard's actions questioned

Toronto Star, EMILY MATHIEU, STAFF REPORTER, Nov. 18, 2004

When Guillermo Mondragon heard the security guard scream, "Drop the knife!" his first instinct was to protect his 9-year-old granddaughter, Ariel.

Then he realized it was his granddaughter the guard was yelling at.

"She was stunned, she stood there frozen," said Mondragon, 55. "She was just pale and shaking."

The guard at Oakville Place Mall yelled at Ariel because she was playing with a plastic retractable knife, Mondragon said.

Mondragon ran over and wrapped his arms around his terrified granddaughter. The guard approached the girl shortly after, Mondragon said, and despite his presence, struck her hand to get her to drop the knife. Read More ..

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Ontario youth call for end to violence

Canadian Press, Nov. 15, 2004

Dozens of young people from across Ontario are calling for an end to youth violence with a study released today that finds abuse to be widespread and on the rise.

The report, organized by Ontario's Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy and the group Voices for Children, was based on the stories of 80 young people who spoke about their experiences with school bullying, domestic assault, street violence and attacks within institutions. Read More ..

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Media makes light of sexual assault on 8-year-old boy

Canada Free Press by Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor, November 12, 2004

Earlier this week, a 29-year-old Connecticut woman, Tammy Imre was charged with one count each of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. The charges stem from sexual assaults committed on an 8-year-old boy, who was a playmate of her 7-year-old daughter. Imre claimed that the little boy was her "boyfriend" whom she planned to marry some day and did not know how many times she had sexually assaulted him. On some occasions these assaults took place in front of the single mothers little girl. Read More ..

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Canadian Press, November 11, 2004

Food bank use by B.C. children up 42 per cent

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 ..ildren needed food banks in 2004, an increase of 24 per cent from 2003. Read More ..

Lack Of DNA Paternity testing abuses Dads and Kids

New Zealand Child Support Reform Network.
Press release: New Zealand Child Support Reform Network., November 10, 2004 For Immediate Release

"The Labour Government is abusing fathers and children by failing to legislate for free DNA testing to establish paternity", is how Jim Nicolle, spokesperson for the New Zealand Child Support Reform Network, responds to United Futures call for Family Court Ordered DNA paternity tests. Read More ..

Suicide rates are highest among young men

The London Times, UK, by STEWART TENDLER, November 9, 2004

SUICIDES accounted for 13 per cent of the 27,100 inquest verdicts in England and Wales last year, with 2,511 men killing themselves compared with 744 women.

The highest ever suicide numbers occurred around 1931, at the start
of the Depression, when rates for the older age groups were higher
than those of the youngest groups. However, since the end of the 1950s there has been a marked increase in suicide death rates in people aged 15 to 24 and a sharp decline in those over 44.

Last year's total figures were the second lowest since 1988, and since the 1990s the number has always remained below 4,000. Young men are the most likely to kill themselves, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Young women aged 15-44 had the lowest suicide rate between 1979 and 2001. Read More ..


New York Post, By LEONARD GREENE and DAN MANGAN, November 8, 2004

A 29-year-old Connecticut woman accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy for months says she considers the little neighbor her "boyfriend" and hopes to marry him someday, authorities said yesterday.
"I don't want anyone but you!" Tammy Imre allegedly wrote in a letter to the boy, who was a playmate of Imre's 7-year-old daughter. Read More ..

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Illinois Supreme Court will not hear appeal of custody ruling

Associated Press, Nov. 6, 2004

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal of an appellate court's decision to grant a convicted child killer custody of her 3-year-old son.

The Illinois 4th District Appellate Court ruled March 10 that the parental rights of Sheryl Hardy, 36, should be reinstated and that she and her husband, Randy Hardy, should regain full custody of their 3-year-old son. Read More ..

Whose Baby? - Who's your Daddy?

The Australian Magazine - Saturday, 6th November 2004, By Greg Callaghan

More and more Australian fathers are using DNA tests to check the paternity of their children - and getting results they don't want Greg Callaghan examines the plight of men who receive the heartbreaking news that the children they have raised are not biologically theirs.

In the thick golden light of a country sunset, Nigel Brown sat hunched on his front doorstep, sobbing uncontrollably. Glancing back with bloodshot eyes at his four children, aged 6 to 13, running amok inside, he was hit by the sudden, somewhat surreal recognition that life as he had known it was over. "It was like a punch in the stomach, the shock of accepting my children weren't really mine at all." Read More ..

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Pair who caged sons get longer jail terms
Nine months `unfit' sentence, court rules
Mother now gets 5 years, father 4 years


Nine months in jail is a "demonstrably unfit" sentence for a Blackstock couple who beat and caged their adoptive sons, crimes that were "shocking to the conscience of the community" and "cry out for a significant penitentiary sentence," the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled.

"The facts as found by the trial judge unequivocally establish the horrendous abuse of two young boys by their parents for more than a decade," Justice Eleanore Cronk wrote on behalf of the court, which set aside the widely criticized sentences yesterday. Read More ..

Covenant House -Extreme Makeover: Witness Canada's Largest Youth Shelter Transform

TORONTO, October 29, 2004 — Canada's largest shelter for homeless youth held an event to mark the start of renovations. The shelter is undergoing extensive repairs to ensure the buildings are safe and meet building codes.

Comprised of two buildings located in downtown Toronto near Yonge and Gerrard Streets, the two adjacent structures that make up Covenant House are in desperate need of repair. The buildings will be renovated thanks to a total of $874,100 in funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP).

In addition, $75,000.00 has been provided by the Government of Canada's Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI), administered by the City of Toronto. Ongoing operating funds are provided annually by the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto.

"For more than 20 years Covenant House has offered support and shelter to thousands of young people in the Toronto area," said the Honourable Bill Graham, Minister of National Defence and Toronto Centre Member of Parliament on behalf of the Honourable Joseph Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing. "The renovation of the two facilities will not only bring the buildings up to health and safety standards, but the improvements to the interior spaces will help those youth accessing services feel much Read More ..cure." Read More ..

Dad files $6.3M B.C. birth certificate lawsuit News Staff, October 29, 2004

Convinced British Columbia is unjustly preventing him from adding his name to his children's birth certificates, Darrell Trociuk is suing the province for $6.3 million.

Backed by a Supreme Court of Canada decision that keeping his name off the birth certificates is unconstitutional, Trociuk says B.C. is blocking his attempts to be a dad. Read More ..

Dad sues gov't for $6.3m in case of 'discrimination'
Father claims B.C. 'negligent' for not putting his surname on his triplets' birth certificates

The Province, Vancouver, BC, Jack Keating, Thursday, October 28, 2004

A father has filed a $6.3-million lawsuit against the B.C. government for "discrimination and or negligence" for not allowing his surname on his triplets' birth certificates.

Despite Darrell Trociuk's victory in the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled he is entitled to be named on the birth certificates of his children Ryan, Andrew and Daniel, his suit says B.C. has acted in "bad faith" by not allowing that to happen.

"I feel that the B.C. government has blocked every attempt I've made to be acknowledged as the father of my children," said Trociuk of Delta.

Trociuk's lawyer, Dairn Shane, said the government "seems to be continuously thwarting him.  Read More ..

Ministers to outlaw forced marriages

The Independent, U.K., By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent, October 27, 2004

Immigration rules will be tightened and teachers and social workers advised on spotting child brides in a drive against forced marriages to be launched today. Ministers will also announce that a new criminal offence of compelling people to marry against their will could be created.

The Foreign Office has helped 1,000 British citizens to break out of forced marriages abroad since 2000, including 300 last year, but officials believe that could be the tip of the iceberg.

Most cases involve girls and young women forced into marriages in Pakistan and Bangladesh, but there have been cases involving India, Africa, the Far East and the United States. There is also a sizeable minority of young men made to marry abroad. Read More ..

Collaborative Family Law

The Scotsman, by Campbell Deane,  a solicitor with Bannatyne Kirkwood France & Co, October 26, 2004

THE family court in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, was never the most bustling. But how many courts in the world have ever been closed because of a lack of business?

This unique achievement has been attributed to the success of a new method of dealing with family cases, which began in North America and is now being offered in Scotland. Read More ..

"Six-year-old offenders will be sent to boot camps"

By Marie Woolf, Chief Political Correspondent, October 26, 2004

Shoplifters, joy-riders and tearaways as young as six are to be sent to military training camps under a government attempt to instil discipline in disruptive children, with those succeeding winning a place with a military cadet force.

Young offenders who commit crimes such as burglary, car theft or shoplifting will be sent to the camps as part of their sentence where they will be subjected to a gruelling regime which teaches punctuality, respect and physical fitness. The programme, designed by the Youth Justice Board and Ministry of Defence, will also be tailored to primary-school children showing early signs of aggressive or disruptive behaviour. Those who successfully complete the military programmes will not only win a certificate but automatic referral to a cadet force. The Army has a recruitment drive aimed at young people from all backgrounds. Read More ..

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Fewer youths behind bars

Toronto Star, TRACY HUFFMAN, CRIME REPORTER, Oct. 14, 2004

Fewer youths are being sent to jail for their crimes.
The incarceration rate for youths in Canada reached an eight-year low in 2002/2003, according to a Statistics Canada report released yesterday. About 90 per cent of young offenders were on supervised probation, 7 per cent were serving time in jail and 3 per cent were in custody awaiting a court appearance or sentencing.  Read More ..

CBC News, Thursday, October 14, 2004

Drivers should not be allowed to smoke in their vehicles if they have children as passengers, says the Ontario Medical Association in a new report on the dangers of second-hand smoke.

The report, Exposure to Second-hand Smoke: Are We Protecting Our Kids?, looks at how second-hand smoke in vehicles and the home continues to harm children's health despite moves to reduce smoking in public spaces.  Read More ..

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Constables assault convictions reversed

Officers found guilty of assault
Judge erred in evaluating records

Toronto Star, NICK PRON, COURTS BUREAU, Oct. 13, 2004
Two Toronto police officers found guilty four years ago of beating up a teenager had those convictions overturned yesterday. One of the officers had been facing jail. Read More ..

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Toddler dies from head injuries
Mother charged in daughter's death
21-month-old hurt Friday night

The Toronto Star, by HENRY STANCU, STAFF REPORTER, Oct. 12, 2004.

A Toronto woman has been charged after her 21-month-old daughter died from severe blunt trauma to the head, police say.

City police and ambulance were called Friday at 11 p.m. to an apartment on Pape Ave. at Queen St. E. Inside, they found Starlin Waide, who wasn't breathing. She was rushed to the Hospital for Sick Children but died Saturday at 5:30 p.m., police said. Read More ..

CYF project halves child suicide rate

The New Zealand Herald, BY LEAH HAINES, October 10, 2004

A three-year project by welfare and health agencies has halved the rate of suicide among some of the country's most at-risk children.
Researchers say the project has the potential to put a massive dent in New Zealand's youth suicide rate - currently the highest in the developed world.  Read More ..

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Child care: Another option

Universal day care ignores millions of Canadians who would prefer home care instead, says Tom Wonnacott

The Toronto Star, Oct. 7, 2004, opinion section, by Tom Wonnacott

This week's Speech from the Throne proposed a universal day-care subsidy that shows that our government really cares about our young children. Unfortunately, it is not really universal. It leaves out the millions of Canadian families who, if they could afford it, would like to choose home care looking after their children at home themselves, or with a loving grandmother or friend.  Read More ...

Why Males Don't Go to College

By Glenn Sacks, Thursday, October 7, 2004, This column first appeared in She Thinks (11/13/02)

As the percentage of males on our college campuses continues to decline, many observers are finally beginning to ask questions. Much of the discussion has focused on the fact that boys at all levels K-12 have fallen seriously behind their female counterparts, and how our schools are not meeting boys' needs. This discussion of males' educational problems particularly the problems of low-income and minority males is long overdue, and boys' sagging educational performance is one of the main reasons for the increasing disappearance of male students from our college campuses. Read More ..

Start of School Very Different for Parents of Boys, Parents of Girls

By Glenn Sacks. This column appeared in the Washington Times September 12, 2004, the Albuquerque Journal September 10, 2004, and the Omaha World-Herald September 4, 2004.

We received the notices for my son's and daughter's school in the mail yesterday. My soon-to-be-first grade daughter jumped up and down, wanting to know who her new teacher will be, what room she will be in, and "when do we get to start?" My middle school son examined his letter, and optimistically noted, "the first week is mostly minimum days, except for a Friday, but that's almost the weekend, when there's no school. So the week will go by quickly."

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Mother confesses to sex with sons

Had intercourse with 2 teenagers
Pleads guilty to incest charges

The Toronto Star, Kitchener-Record, October 3, 2004

A Kitchener woman has pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with her two teenage sons on separate occasions.  Read More ..

Acceptable Suspects?
Why Female Sex Offenders Generate So Much Less Outrage Than Males

Mary Kay Letourneau with Barbara Walters during her exclusive interview with 20/20.(Virginia Sherwood/ABC Photo) By Bryan Robinson, Sept. 30, 2004

Mary Kay Letourneau's plans to marry the former student she was convicted of sexually assaulting when he was just 12 years old are shocking, but have generated relatively little public outrage. Read More ..

Mistake for Love
Former High School Teacher Regrets Affair With Her One-Time Student

Heather Ingram says she now regrets having an affair with her former student. September 30, 2004

V A N C O U V E R, British Columbia, Until Heather Ingram met Dusty Dickeson, she never considered risking her successful teaching career for the attention of a boy, even if he embodied everything she desired during her own high school days.

Parents without custody file suit

Montgomery Advertiser, Alabama, U.S.A. By Jannell McGrew, September 30th, 2004

more than a quarter million Alabama parents who don't have custody of their children have joined a class-action suit against the state, alleging rampant mistreatment, fraud and "abuse of powers" to discriminate against noncustodial parents.

Homicide rate lowest in three decades

By ALLISON DUNFIELD, Globe and Mail, September 29, 2004
The national homicide rate in Canada dropped to its lowest rate in over three decades, a new Statistics Canada report said Wednesday. Read More ..

T.O. mother abandoned toddler to go dancing News Staff Wed. Sep. 29 2004 12:36 PM ET

A single mother in Toronto who danced the night away while her two-year-old daughter was dying of dehydration in a sweltering apartment has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Clara DaSilva, 24, admitted Tuesday she left her toddler, Adrianna Maria, at home for at least 33 hours while she went out on the town in September, 2002. When she returned, the temperature in the bedroom had reached 35 Celsius and the child was dead.

DaSilva pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday and will be sentenced in January. She faces a sentence of imprisonment for life, but sentences for such convictions are typically less.

Crown attorney David Wright says DaSilva was an irresponsible young mother who chose to go salsa dancing instead of tending to her responsibilities to her child. Read More ..

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Mother danced as child died
22-year-old pleads guilty to manslaughter in girl's death
Left unfed 2-year-old alone in crib for weekend of partying

The Toronto Star, NICK PRON, COURTS BUREAU, Sep. 29, 2004.

A 22-year-old single mother who danced the weekend away, then watched movies at a friend's house, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, who was left at home alone.

Rescue crews found the tiny, lifeless body of Adrianna Dasilva lying face-down in her crib in a room that was "sweltering hot" at about 35C and reeked of vomit and cat urine, a court heard yesterday. Read More ..

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Mom's death dance

Toronto Sun, By SAM PAZZANO, COURTS BUREAU, Wed, September 29, 2004

SINGLE MOM Clara DaSilva admitted yesterday she danced the night away while her 2-year-daughter was dying of dehydration in a sweltering apartment. Tiny toddler Adrianna Maria DaSilva was abandoned for at least 33 hours in a 35C room before her mom discovered her dead on Sept. 9, 2002. Read More ..

University of Washington Survey

Men more than women favor paternity testing at birth

Medical Research News, Published: Tuesday, 28-Sep-2004

Substantially more men.n than women favor routine paternity testing when a baby is born, according to a recent University of Washington survey, but the surprise to researchers is that the percentage of men favoring such testing wasn't higher.

"The amazing thing is that the guys are always split 50-50. Age and income groups don't seem to matter," said Lisa Hayward, a UW doctoral student in biology and lead author of a paper reporting the findings in the current issue of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

The survey showed just 32 percent of women favor such routine testing. The difference in response between genders remained consistent in spite of marital and income status. Read More ..

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Supreme Court to hear case on 'no fault' divorce

Canadian Press, September 28th, 2004

VANCOUVER A man who the B.C. Court of Appeal found was "carrying on behind his wife's back'' and must continue spousal support payments will contest the ruling in the country's highest court because it contravenes the Divorce Act and could have national importance, his lawyer said Monday.

Picking Up the Pieces
Husband of Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student Stunned, Confused

ABC NEWS Sept. 16, 2004

The estranged husband of a 23-year-old Tampa teacher accused of having sex with her 14-year-old student says he still loves his wife even after filing for divorce last week.

CMHC - Tearing Down the Walls on Youth Shelter

MEDIA RELEASE Canadian Government

TORONTO, September 13, 2004 - The walls came tumbling down today as an official wall-breaking ceremony marked the start of construction to expand a shelter for homeless youth in Etobicoke.

With a little innovation and imagination, the possibility of expanding Youth Without Shelter will become a reality as two side-by-side buildings in Toronto's west end will be linked to create one 50-bed residence for homeless youth. A new stay-in-school program will be initiated to provide long-term transitional shelter and supports to enable youth to complete their education. Funding for the $2 million project was granted through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Shelter Enhancement Program. Read More ..

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Manitoba to sell CDs of court proceedings

Canadian Press, Sept. 6, 2004

Winnipeg They are not likely to hit the Top 40 charts, but compact disc recordings of courtroom proceedings will soon be available for Manitobans to buy and listen to in their home or office.

Mother kills son with rod and hangs him

India By: Naveeta Singh, September 2, 2004

This story will shake your faith in the belief that a mother can never harm her own child.

On April 14, 30-year-old Dilip Bhosale was killed by his mother Kamlabai alias Kevlabai Bhosale (59) with an iron rod at Morarjinagar in Powai. She then hung his body from a fan. Dilip was staying with her for the past one year and was frequently unemployed.

All it took her to hit him on the head with an iron rod was his demand for money. One day, when he asked her for Rs 2,000, she got enraged and hit him with the rod, which killed him. Read More ..

Vigil planned for baby Zachary

CBC News, Wednesday, August 18, 2004

A vigil for murder victims began Wednesday outside the Newfoundland House of Assembly.

It was organized by the grandparents of 13-month-old Zachary Turner, who died at the hands of his fugitive mother a year ago.

David and Kathleen Bagby have organized the support group Victims of Homicide and are pushing for changes in the justice system.

The loved ones of several other murder victims joined in Wednesday's vigil.

"What we're trying to do is take back some power for victims," Kathleen Bagby said Tuesday. "The accused have all the rights in the world and our beloved have none." Read More ..

Lawsuit Planned in Arrest of 8-Year-Old

Associated Press, various newspapers in the U.S.A. and Canada, August 31, 2004

ESPANOLA, N.M. -- The mother of a third-grader handcuffed and taken to the police station after hitting another child with a basketball has filed a notice that she intends to sue the Espanola school district, city police and the jail. Read More ..

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8-Year-Old Handcuffed, Put In Jail After School Fight

Associated Press, various media in U.S.A. and Canada, August 31, 2004

ESPANOLA, N.M. , U.S.A.-- A New Mexico third-grader was handcuffed and arrested by police after hitting another student with a basketball, the child's mother and her lawyer say. Read More ..

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10-year-old Texas boy fatally shoots his father at start of weekend visit

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Enough talk: Homeless must become priority ...

The Toronto Star, THOMAS A. AXWORTHY, Aug. 9, 2004.

Paul Martin put it best in his 1990 Liberal task force report Finding Room: "All Canadians have the right to decent housing in decent surroundings at affordable prices ... there is currently a vacuum in federal policy ... Only the national government has the financial resources to address the full dimensions of the needs of this country."

That long-ago Liberal task force was co-chaired by Martin and Joe Fontana, recently appointed Canada's new Minister of Labour and Housing. In the upcoming minority Parliament, Martin and Fontana will have the chance to do what they so urgently advocated 14 years ago.

Minority governments, in fact, have been important in establishing a national housing policy. Read More ..

Divorced Parents Move, and Custody Gets Trickier

The New York Times, by LESLIE EATON, August 8, 2004

Not too long ago, Jacqueline Scott Sheid was a pretty typical Upper East Side mother. Divorced and with a young daughter, she had quickly remarried, borne a son, and interrupted her career to stay home with the children while her husband, Xavier Sheid, worked on Wall Street.

Early last year, Mr. Sheid lost his job and saw his only career opportunity in California. But Ms. Sheid's ex-husband, who shares joint legal custody of their daughter, refused to allow the girl to move away. So Ms. Sheid has spent much of the last year using JetBlue to shuttle between her son and husband on the West Coast and her daughter (and ex) on the East.

The New York court system, which she hoped would help her family to resolve the problem, has cost her tens of thousands of dollars in fees for court-appointed experts, she said, and has helped to prolong the process by objecting to her choice of lawyers. Read More ..

A is for adult authority

As a Quebec town tries to rein in its restless youth with a controversial curfew, Christian broadcaster LORNA DUECK sees a lesson for all Canadian parents

The Globe and Mail, By LORNA DUECK, Thursday, August 5, 2004 - Page A15

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Letourneau released from prison
Teacher's ex-lover 'can't wait to see her'

CNN, AP, U.S.A., Wednesday, August 4, 2004

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Letourneau released from prison
Notorious teacher seduced preteen student

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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, more could 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 more needs to be done to treat the illness. Read More ..

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Focus of Catholic sexual abuse suits now includes nuns

Associated Press, various newspapers U.S.A. and some Canadian newspapers, ELLEN R. STAPLETON, August 2, 2004

New figures reveal hidden epidemic of self-harm

UK - Independent, by Maxine Frith, Social Affairs Correspondent, July 27, 2004

Dad's 1m fight for his child

Coventry Evening Telegraph, City News, U.K. by Liz Hazelton, July 27, 2004

Adoption Agencies Using Hard-Sell Tactics

Maclean's magazine, a magazine read across Canada,  July 26, 2004, by Sue Ferguson

ONE COLD, cloudy Monday morning last year, Esther and Tom Olfert woke up as usual to the 6:30 news. The voice on the radio was saying that in 2001, only 216 of 4,700 permanent wards in Alberta had been adopted. It also announced that Alberta Children's Services had launched a Web site featuring pictures, information and, in some cases, video clips of 90 kids waiting to be adopted. The Olferts went online that day. With the profiles just two clicks of the mouse away, they settled on an image of three siblings described as animal lovers who would do well on a farm. The couple, who run a mixed farm in the Lethbridge area and already had four older biological children and two adopted children, knew they'd found their match. This past February, those kids, 12- and 8-year-old girls and their brother, 10, joined the Olfert ranks. Read More ..

LA Man Denies Killing Daughter to Avoid Payment
Reuters, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., July 26, 2004

Sperm donor loses appeal on child support

The Patriot News, Friday,  BY REGGIE SHEFFIELD of The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, PA, U.S.A., July 23, 2004, Read More ..

Male circumcision may be abuse, new B.C. doctors' guidelines suggest; [Final Edition]
Daily Press. Timmins, Ont.: Jul 15, 2004. p. B.6

Male circumcision may be abuse, new B.C. doctors'guidelines suggest; [Final Edition 1]
Daily Bulletin. Kimberley, B.C.: Jul 14, 2004. p. 5

Male circumcision may be abuse, new B.C. doctors'guidelines suggest; [Final Edition]
Daily Townsman. Cranbrook, B.C.: Jul 14, 2004. p. 5

Circumcision human rights abuse?; [Final Edition]
Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alta.: Jul 14, 2004. p. A.7

British Columbia: Circumcision may be abuse: doctors; [Final Edition]
Examiner. Barrie, Ont.: Jul 14, 2004. p. A.8

Circumcision rights violation: new guidelines; [Final Edition]
Prince George Citizen. Prince George, B.C.: Jul 14, 2004. p. 5

Doctor says circumcision could be abuse under new guidelines; [Final Edition]
Sault Star. Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.: Jul 14, 2004. p. B.10

Circumcision may be abuse: new doctors' guidelines; [Final Edition]
Standard. St. Catharines, Ont.: Jul 14, 2004. p. B.6

Docs fear circumcision violates human rights; [FINAL C Edition]
Ethan Baron. The Province. Vancouver, B.C.: Jul 14, 2004. p. A.19

Paternity: Innocence Is Now a Defense

July 14, 2004, by Wendy McElroy, Read More ..

Baby dies, guidelines change

CHBC Okanagan Valley Television, A CanWest company, B.C.
July 14, 2004
An Okanagan incident is being cited as new guidelines for BC doctors suggest that male circumcision may amount to abuse.   Read More ..

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Male circumcision may be abuse, new B.C. doctors' guidelines suggest

Canadian Press, Toronto: Jul 13, 2004

Unkindest cut of all could be human rights issue;
CanWest News. Don Mills, Ont.: Jul 13, 2004. p. 1

More married women are cheating on their spouses than ever before and the infidelity gender gap is almost certainly closing,

NEW YORK, July 4 /PRNewswire/ -- report Contributing Editor Lorraine Ali and Senior Editor Lisa Miller
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Out in the cold

SIX-THOUSAND children are homeless in WA (Western Australia) and nearly half of them are under 12.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that a further 800 WA children aged 12 to 18 are homeless and without parents or guardians.
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Canadians answer sperm call

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Teen denies girl's murder

Canadian Press, July 8, 2004 Teen denies girl's murder

Huntingdon needs help not a busybody MNA

The Gazette, Montreal, Quebec, July 7, 2004

Andre Chenail's sudden emergence as a fervent champion of civil rights is more irritating than praiseworthy. Lawyers for the Liberal MNA were in Quebec Superior Court this week, filing a petition challenging the nightly curfew the little town of Huntingdon was planning to impose on its sometimes unruly teenagers.

Chenail's lawyers argued the curfew, approved 5 to 1 by the town council and widely supported by worried local residents, violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and they might well be right. It has always been our contention a curfew is the wrong solution to Huntingdon's problems and an unnecessary limitation on the freedom of the area's teenagers. Read More ..

B. C. college tightens its circumcision recommendations

VANCOUVER Opponents of circumcision are applauding a new policy statement issued by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Medical Post, to all Canadian MDs. , By Lynn Haley, July 6th, 2004 Read More ..

'Mood' enzyme linked to suicide

BBC, UK, July 5, 2004

Protein kinase C activity was lower in teens who committed suicide. The activity of a brain enzyme thought to affect mood may be reduced in teens who commit suicide, according to US researchers.

Dr Ghanshyam Pandey and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago examined the brains of 34 teenagers who had died - 17 by suicide.

Protein kinase C (PKC) activity levels were much lower in the suicide victims' brains.

The findings are reported in Archives of General Psychiatry. Read More ..

While U.S. couples spend tens of thousands to adopt children from abroad, more and more U.S. birth mothers choose to place their infants with Canadian families. Issues of race, money and culture raise questions about

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Missing Girl Found

Police say Sophie Cayer, 30, fled with her daughter, Megane Ladouceurlate.

Canadian Press, July 4, 2004, LONGUEUIL, Que.

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"Quebec police issue Amber Alert for four-year-old girl"

Canadian Press, July 3, 2004

Longueuil, Que. Police have issued an Amber Alert for a four-year-old girl they say was taken by her mother. Read More ..

Landmark Ruling Grants Father Custody of Children

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Mom charged in death of baby left in trash bin

The state's "safe haven" law would have let the woman safely abandon the infant at a firehouse or hospital.
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Study finds girls molest young boys

THE PRESS, NZ, By TIM HUME, July 1, 2004 Study finds girls molest young boys

DENVER - Police seek 2nd mom who put baby in trash

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Judge upholds female teacher's sex indictment

Details of Mendham Township woman's behavior toward boy, 14, called relevant

By Peggy Wright, The Daily Record, Morristown NJ, U.S.A. June 25, 2004 Judge upholds female teacher's sex indictment

Teenagers do their own family planning

The Age (Melbourne, Australia), By Amanda Dunn, Health Reporter, June 21, 2004

Contrary to popular belief, not all teenage pregnancies are accidents. A Victorian study has found that about a third of young mothers plan their pregnancies, and many believe having a baby will be one of the most positive experiences of their lives.

The attraction, said Julie Quinlivan, a professor of obstetrics at Melbourne University and head of the Royal Women's Hospital's "Young Mums" clinic, is in part the chance to build a loving family life for themselves, which is sometimes in contrast to their own experience. Read More ..

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Problems plague Family Responsibility Office, forcing families onto welfare

Failures by Ontario's Family Responsibility Office to properly enforce court-ordered support payments are pushing some single parents and their children onto welfare, Ombudsman Clare Lewis reported.... men who've been meeting their court-ordered obligations have trouble getting the FRO to stop taking payments when it's supposed to..
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Nicole in hot water

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Toddler left alone 8 hours, police say

London Free Press, APRIL KEMICK, Free Press Reporter June 9, 2004

A young London mother is charged with abandoning a child after a 23-month-old boy was left alone for eight hours in a highrise apartment unit, police said yesterday. The woman, 25, was arrested Monday, nearly a week after a Children's Aid Society worker made an unannounced visit June 1 to an apartment on King Edward Avenue and determined the boy was alone.

London police were called and entered the residence. Officers found the child alone with a small dog in the highrise apartment unit, Const. Paul Martin said.

The child was taken into custody by the Children's Aid Society. Read More ..

History teachers face an uphill battle

London Free Press, MARISSA NELSON, Free Press Reporter May 29, 2004

Teachers are the key to keeping our country's history alive, but at least one noted historian questions their ability to handle the responsibility. "It's a bleak picture . . . I wish they were up for the job," says Jack Granatstein, chairperson of the Council for Canadian Security in the 21st Century. "Many teachers think war is something that should be taught as a bad thing, which neglects the heroism."

Schools teach children their rights in Canada, but not the responsibilities that come with citizenship, he says. We don't even know what opinions teachers are giving children, he adds, and whether they're sound. Read More ..

Life under sharia, in Canada?


The Globe and Mail, By MARGARET WENTE, Saturday, May 29, 2004 - Page A21

Homa Arjomand knows what it's like to live under sharia law. In Iran, she endured it until someone tipped her off that she was about to be arrested and imprisoned. Many of her activist friends had already been tried and executed. She, her husband and two small children (the youngest was barely one) escaped on a gruelling trip by horseback through the mountains. That was in 1989.

Today, she lives in a suburb northeast of Toronto. Her job is helping immigrant Muslim women in distress. And now she is battling the arrival of sharia law in Canada. Read More ..

Children who have contact with their fathers following a family break-up suffer fewer behavioural problems, academics said today.

The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
May 26, 2004, Manchester Online, U.K. Children who have contact with their fathers following a family break-up suffer fewer behavioural problems, academics said today.

Fathers 'have key role with children' after families split

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When Feminist Dogma Met Dr. Mengele

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Troubled man 'felt like a failure'

Mother says son, raised as a girl, was 'ashamed' of losing $65,000

The Globe and Mail, By BRENT JANG AND GRAEME SMITH, Wednesday, May 12, 2004 - Page A7

DUNCAN, B.C. and WINNIPEG -- A former golf instructor says he was trying to help David Reimer when he hired the famously troubled victim of sexual experiments to work at his golf shop in Winnipeg.

"I took a chance with him, and I was happy that I did," Gary Perch said yesterday. "I'm very sorry about what happened."

But it's still not clear what happened between Mr. Perch and Mr. Reimer in the months before the 38-year-old committed suicide last week. Read More ..

"Mountie sues Ottawa police over arrest in domestic dispute."

Claim says city officers showed bias in dealing with custody battle

The Ottawa Citizen, By Greg McArthur, May 12, 2004 Read More ..

Teacher Accused Of Breaking Student's Arm

11-Year-Old's Arm Broken In School

WPLG-TV, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A., May 12, 2004

MIAMI -- An 11-year-old girl has her broken arm in a cast, and the child says her teacher broke it.

Maritza Mendes said that her daughter, Millie Richard, is a student at Highland Oaks Middle School in Aventura. She said Millie told her that on May 5, when she covered her mouth and made a waving motion because she thought one of her teachers "smelled like cigarettes," teacher Pamela Williams grabbed her arm and bent it back. Millie said when she did, her arm "snapped." Read More ..

Toronto Sun

Burned girl despite pleas



Boy raised as a girl suffered final indignity

The Globe and Mail, By GRAEME SMITH, May 11, 2004 - Page A1 Read More ..

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Call to fight child poverty

Report urges $18 billion boost Also recommends
raising taxes

The Toronto Star, LAURIE MONSEBRAATEN, STAFF REPORTER, May 5, 2004. Read More ..

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Report on child poverty urges $18B in spending

Canadian Press,  The Toronto Star and various other newspapers, May. 4, 2004 Read More ..

Scholarships to target declining male teacher numbers.
Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) ABC News Online, May 3, 2004

Pediatricians told to make room for daddy
Reuters, May 3, 2004

Toronto Sun

Dad: Unjust rules made me run

By Michele Mandel, The Toronto Sun, May 2, 2004

Toronto Sun

Children pay most in split

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Ex struggles while doc flies south

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Tales from the front

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Jury convicts abused wife on lesser murder charges in husband's death

AP, American Press, Court TV and various newspapers, April 30, 2004

Islamic tribunals to rule in civil cases in Canada

The Washington Post, April 29, 2004

TORONTO--Canadian Muslims, taking advantage of a provision of the law in Ontario, can now decide some civil disputes under sharia, or Islamic law, including family disagreements and inheritance, business and divorce issues, using tribunals that include imams, Muslim elders and lawyers. While it is less than full implementation of sharia, local leaders consider it a significant step.

Muslim promoters of sharia arbitration said no cases had been decided but the process is set. Islamic leaders created an Islamic Court of Civil Justice last fall, and that organization, in turn, has chosen arbitrators, who have undergone training in sharia and Canadian civil law. Read More ..

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Gay hate crimes law passed

The Toronto Star, TONDA MACCHARLES, OTTAWA BUREAU, Apr. 29, 2004

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"Joint custody trial to calm break-up fury"

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Australia, By Louise Dodson and Lauren Martin, April 27, 2004

Treat terrorism detainees like Canada would, U.S. urged

The Globe and Mail , By ESTANISLAO OZIEWICZ, April 20, 2004 - Page A12

A legal brief filed on behalf of a teenager accused of killing an American soldier in Afghanistan says the U.S. Supreme Court should look to Canada for guidance on children's rights in a landmark counterterrorism case.

In preparation for a hearing today in Washington, the brief says 17-year-old Canadian Omar Khadr cannot exercise his right to challenge his detention at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because he has been denied access to a lawyer. Read More ..

New law allows gays and unmarrieds to adopt - Scotland

by Eddie Barnes, Political Editor, News, The Scotsman Newspaper, April 11, 2004

Supreme Court denies paternity to biological father

Child born of adultery remains with her marital dad

By BRIAN HUBER - GM Today Staff, April 8, 2004, Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

California Senate Leader to Family Courts: Don't Consider Children's Best Interests

Glenn Sacks Website, By Glenn Sacks, April 11, 2004
This column first appeared in the Daily Breeze [Los Angeles] April 6, 2004

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Looking for a safe place to call home
Mother afraid child faces female circumcision in Nigeria

Government reviewing application on humanitarian grounds

The Toronto Star, Maureen Murray, Staff Reporter, March 16, 2004

C-section mom had hit older child

By AP, U.S.A., published in the Toronto Sun and various other newspapers, March 14, 2004

SALT LAKE CITY, U.S.A. -- The woman charged with killing one of her twins by refusing a Caesarean section was convicted of child endangerment in Pittsburgh nearly four years ago, a newspaper reported yesterday. The 2000 conviction of Melissa Rowland, 28, stemmed from a supermarket incident in which she punched her daughter several times in the face after the toddler began eating a chocolate bar, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Witnesses said she screamed, "You ate the candy bar and now I can't buy my cigarettes."

Rowland was sentenced to five years probation for simple assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Her daughter was turned over to a child-welfare agency.

Prosecutors in Salt Lake City charged Rowland Thursday with criminal homicide and child endangerment for refusing doctors'advice to get a C-section. Charging documents allege that Rowland was warned numerous times that her twins would likely die if she did not get immediate medical treatment. Read More ..

Mother is charged in stillborn son's death

The Salt Lake Tribune, By Pamela Manson, March 12, 2004

Salt Lake County prosecutors on Thursday charged a West Jordan woman with criminal homicide in the death of her stillborn baby. Prosecutors claim the woman ignored repeated warnings in the last few weeks of pregnancy that the twins she was carrying could die or suffer brain damage unless she had an immediate Caesarean section.
Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, had refused medical treatment, saying she would rather die than go to either of the two recommended hospitals, and that being cut "from breast bone to pubic bone" would ruin her life, the county District Attorney's Office alleges in a probable-cause statement filed in 3rd District Court. Read More ..

Letter to the editor:

Generations lost to 'fatherlessness'

The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada David A. Giles, March 11, 2004, Read More ..

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Girl, 12, attacked at party after kissing boy

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Ontario Government Closing Horrific Toronto Youth Jail

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DNA tests could end child-support checks

Herald Denver Bureau Chief, By Charles Ashby, March 3, 2004

DENVER - Fathers who pay child support but later discover that children they thought were theirs actually aren't can have a court end payments under a bill that received House approval Tuesday.

The measure, which passed the House on a 33-32 vote, is designed to free from child-support obligations men who believed false assertions from their former wives that they were the fathers. The men would be freed of child support only if they have DNA to prove they are not the fathers. Read More ..

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`Dedicated man' honoured

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Torrance Man Vows To Change Child Support Laws
Man Ordered To Support Child He Says Isn't His

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DNA testing upsets parentage laws

The Grand Rapids Press, By Doug Guthrie, February 29, 2004 Read More ..

Mother walks free after shaking her baby to death

The Globe and Mail, by CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD, February 25, 2004 - Page A1 Read More ..

Three months in jail for mother who kept child from his father

The Daily Telegraph, U.K. by Andrew Alderson, February 22, 2004 Read More ..

Man, 14 when he fathered boy, must pay support

Court: Welfare of their child, not older woman's behavior, the issue.

Macomb Daily, Michigan, U.S.A., By Chad Halcom,  February 21, 2004 Read More ..

Injustice by Default

How the effort to catch "deadbeat dads" ruins innocent mens lives

ReasonLine, Matt Welch, February 2004 Read More ..

Teen finds his picture on missing children's Web site

The teen discovered he was allegedly abducted after finding his childhood picture on a missing children's Web site.

CNN, February 18, 2004

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Authorities arrested the mother of a 17-year-old boy who saw his picture on a missing children's Web site and discovered that he was allegedly abducted from Canada 14 years ago. Read More ..

LA teen surfing Internet finds his picture on Canadian missing children website

Canadian Press, Linda Massarella, February 17, 2004 Read More ..

Video Reveals Alleged Child Abuse
Foster Children Removed From Milwaukee Home

WISN: The Milwaukee Channel (TV), and from AP, February 17, 2004
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police arrested a 39-year-old woman after a neighbor's security cameras intercepted images from her video camera showing her allegedly abusing foster children. Read More ..

DNA test can turn doubts into anguish when Dad's is not real father

Fort Wayne - The Record (Bergen County, N.J., U.S.A.), BY RUTH PADAWER, February 16, 2004 Read More ..

Suddenly, boy-bashing is all the rage for teenage girls

Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald; CanWest News Service, Shelley Boettcher, February 6, 2004 Read More ..

Boys used child-protection lessons to frame their stepfather as a sex abuser

Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia, By Leonie Lamont, February 4, 2004

An 11-year-old boy who hated his stepfather used information learned during child-protection lessons at school to accuse the man of sexually abusing him and enlisted his younger brother to tell a similar story. Read More ..

"Court rejects retroactive child support payments"

The Globe and Mail, by GLORIA GALLOWAY, February 3, 2004 - Page A8 Read More ..

To spank or not to spank?

CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) February 2, 2004

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a century-old law that allows parents, teachers and caregivers to spank children, but ruled the use of corporal punishment be confined to children between the ages of two and 12.

The top court had been asked to rule on whether spanking constitutes "reasonable force" for disciplining children, or whether it is a form of abuse. The court has heard arguments pro and con the efficacy of Section 43 of the Criminal Code, which allows parents, teachers and caregivers - including babysitters and foster parents - to use corporal punishment as "reasonable force" to discipline children.

The section was enacted in 1892. Read More ..

Teacher Accused of Affair with Pupil

Miss, 26, charged over claims she had sexual relationship with boy

The Sunday Mail, U.K., by Brendan Mcginty and Brian Lironi, February 1st, 2004

A YOUNG teacher has been charged over claims she had an affair with a boy pupil. Leanne Russell, 26, who works at Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh, was named in a report to the procurator fiscal over her alleged fling with a 17-year-old. Although the boy was over the age of consent at the time of the alleged incident, the authorities still want to prosecute the teacher. Read More ..

Mother walks free after shaking her baby to death

The Globe and Mail, February 1, 2004

TORONTO -- By about 11 o'clock yesterday morning, 25-year-old Elizabeth Cao was essentially free as a bird.

She was given a conditional sentence of two years less a day, plus three years of probation, meaning no jail time. Read More ..

Child-protection failings detailed

Panel seeking reform hears tales of overloaded workers, cuts, poor communication

Denver Post, by David Olinger, Staff Writer, February 1, 2004 Read More ..

Public says apology appropriate

Leader-Post, Regina, James Wood, January 31, 2004 Read More ..

Supreme Court OKs spanking

No rulers or belts allowed and justices set age limitations

Times Colonist, CanWest News Service, Janice Tibbetts,Saturday, January 31, 2004

OTTAWA -- Canadian parents must spare the belt, the ruler and other objects when disciplining children, and any physical punishment of babies and teens is off-limits, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday as it imposed new legal boundaries on a 112-year-old federal law.

By a 6-3 margin, the court upheld the Criminal Code defence -- known widely as the "spanking law" -- that allows parents and teachers to use "reasonable" force "by way of correction." Read More ..

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Day care investigated over frigid fire drill

National Post and other newspapers, CanWest News Service, January 31, 2004

CALGARY - A Calgary day-care centre has been investigated by Child and Family Services after a fire drill sent children outside with no shoes in -30 C weather with a high wind chill.
"We have confirmed that an incident took place that breached a number of regulations," said Tom Rosettis, regional manager of Child and Family Services. Read More ..

Supreme Court takes strap out of teachers'hands

Edmonton Journal, January 31, 2004

EDMONTON - Fifteen Alberta school boards that still allow use of the strap will have to change their policies after the Supreme Court of Canada ruling Friday that prohibits corporal punishment in schools Read More ..

Associated Press

Canadian Court: Spanking Kids OK

CBS News, (Associated Press) U.S., January 30, 2004

OTTAWA - Government lawyers said parents need some leeway in raising their children and should not be threatened with criminal charges unless discipline crosses the line to abuse.

(AP) Canadian parents and teachers can still spank naughty children, the country's highest court ruled Friday.

In a 6-3 judgment, Canada's Supreme Court rejected claims that a so-called spanking law, first enacted more than a century ago, should be struck down as a violation of children's rights.

Friday's ruling offered guidance, however, to help lower-court judges draw the line between acceptable force and abuse. Read More ..

Spanking upheld by Supreme Court

Globe and Mail, By OLIVER MOORE, January 30, 2004

Parents can legally spank their children, the Supreme Court ruled Friday. By a 6-3 vote, the Justices upheld Section 43 of the Criminal Code, which allows parents and authority figures to use reasonable force on children under their care. But they applied new limits to the century-old law.  Read More ..

Supreme Court upholds spanking law

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), January 30, 2004

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Leave his Charter of Rights alone

The Leader-Post, Regina, Ron Petrie, January 29, 2004

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Fathers are not out of fashion

Don't believe the hype - we are facing a crisis of female fertility, not fatherhood, says Jack O'Sullivan

The Guardian U.K., January 28, 2004

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Associated Press

Homeless man jailed 8 months on preteens bogus attack allegation

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. Associated Press (AP), January 28, 2004

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A Not Very Funny Valentine

"The Vagina Monologues" are coming to a theater near you again. Eve Enslers politically correct-feminist play is being dusted off on campuses and in communities around North America for production, often at taxpayer expense. -
, By Wendy McElroy,  January 27, 2004

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Girls hang out, but boys stay home

The Independent, Scotland, by Roger Dobson, January 25, 2004

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The Montreal Gazette

Rights commission probes youth centre's abused kids

80 children kept in special units. Most of the youngsters were badly victimized and neglected by their parents

The Gazette, Montreal, Quebec, DEBBIE PARKES January 25, 2004

The Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission is investigating the case of about 80 children ages 6 to 12 kept in special residential units of the Centre Jeunesse de Montreal.

It wants to ensure their rights are being respected, since the youth and family agency has such features as locked units and isolation rooms, commission spokesperson Ginette L'Heureux explained.

But it also wants to know how these children could have fallen through the cracks for so long.

Most of the youngsters were so badly abused and neglected by their parents, they're too anxious or aggressive to function in regular foster homes, Centre. Read More ..

High court to rule Friday on whether spanking violates rights of children

Canadian Press, Jim Brown, Sunday, January 25, 2004

OTTAWA --The Supreme Court of Canada is set to decide whether a parental smack on a childish bottom -- a disciplinary measure specifically permitted by federal law for more than a century -- is a violation of the Charter of Rights.

The high court has scheduled this Friday as judgment day in a constitutional challenge mounted by children's rights advocates who want the so-called spanking law struck down.

"We're looking forward to the decision,''says lawyer Paul Schabas. "It's been a long battle.''

Schabas and co-counsel Cheryl Milne represent the Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law, which began its campaign to outlaw spanking four years ago.

"Hitting people breaks fundamental rights of respect for human dignity and physical integrity," they argued when the case finally reached the country's highest court last June.

"Children are people too." Read More ..

Infanticide is justifiable in some cases, says ethics professor

The Daily Telegraph, London, UK, By Elizabeth Day, January 25, 2004

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Ford contests own law
He helped pass child support rule

The Commercial Appeal newspaper, Memphis, TN, U.S., by Marc Perrusquia, January 23, 2004

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Suzi Leather: 'It's the relationship's quality that counts, not people's sex'

Interview: Head of fertility watchdog says writing fathers out of the rules will extend the chance of treatment to all women

The Independent, UK, By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, January 21, 2004

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Fathers no longer required: Fertility chief signals an IVF revolution

The Independent, UK, By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, January 21, 2004

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Sperm and the quest for identity

BBC News Online (British Broadcasting Corporation), by Clare Murphy, January 20, 2004

What are the implications of banning anonymous sperm donations, as speculation mounts that the UK may give children conceived through donor insemination the right to trace their biological parents? Read More ..

Donor names: ill-conceived idea or every child's right?

The Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland, January 20, 2004

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Twisted tales of abuse

Some kids pressured to make false sex allegations by parent waging custody war


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PM likely to reject custody tribunal

The Age, Australia, By Annabel Crabb, Political Correspondent, January 20, 2004

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Advocates want rules to be clear

Old-fashioned discipline tested in court

Toronto Sun, By KATHLEEN HARRIS, OTTAWA BUREAU, January 18, 2004 Read More ..

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Abduction rap for mom

Alleged fraud among 21 charges

By IAN ROBERTSON, TORONTO SUN,  January 18, 2004

A Toronto mother wanted on numerous arrest warrants including alleged frauds dating back nine years faces up to 10 years in prison for keeping her four children from their dad. Armed with a warrant issued by a local judge to turn the kids, aged two to eight, over to their father's brother in Toronto, officers arrested the woman Friday.

The court order in Toronto was made at the behest of the children's father in Calgary, who was given custody after breaking up with their mother, Toronto Police Det. Bob McCran said yesterday. Read More ..

Parent wars: listen to us, say children

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, by Lauren Martin, January 17, 2004 Read More ..

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York teachers learn signs of child poverty

Program addresses growing income gap in affluent board
High school students without money face special

Toronto Star, Tess Kalinowski, Education Reporter, page F5, January 16, 2004 Read More ..

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Don't cut child welfare, Premier urged

Toronto Star, Caroline Mallan, Queen's Park Bureau Chief, January 16, 2004. Read More ..

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CT scans may harm children's intellect

Radiation questioned
New type may be safe

JANE ALLEN, LOS ANGELES TIMES, published in the Toronto Star, page D2, January 16, 2004

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Moral relativism -- a catastrophe for kids

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Shocking but true: Even 6-year-old girls can be bullies

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Mother to stand trial in death of girl

Toronto Star, Michelle Shephard, Staff Reporter, January 10, 2004. Read More ..

Convicted mom may get kids

The state Supreme Court will likely decide whether a parent can rehabilitate herself after harming a child, and can be trusted to be a parent again.
The Miami Herald, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. by CAROL MARBIN MILLER, January 8, 2004 Read More ..

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Young offenders move criticized

New ministry to handle cases `Punks' coddled, say Tories, police

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Student agreed to be expelled

Would have lost classes otherwise
Lawyer critical of Ontario policy
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Independent police probe urged
16-year-old girl detained on officer's 'misleading'account
Lawyer says investigation should consider perjury charge


A lawyer has called for an outside police investigation into the case of a 16-year-old girl who was denied bail and jailed for two weeks after a Toronto officer gave a court a misleading account of a fight.

Toronto criminal lawyer Paula Rochman is asking Chief Julian Fantino to have an independent police force investigate whether the officer involved should be charged with perjury or obstructing justice.

In a letter sent to the chief yesterday, Rochman also asked that the Toronto Police Service's professional standards unit look into the matter and that the officer's immediate supervisor be informed of the facts so he can take appropriate action.
Constable Mike Hayles, a Toronto police spokesperson, said yesterday that Fantino had already asked the professional standards unit to look into the case to see how accurately a court assessed the situation in a recent decision. Read More ..

Girls face dangers on boys teams

Coaches and teammates face dilemma, especially in football and wrestling.

St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay, Florida, U.S.A., By FRANK PASTOR, Times Staff Writer,  January 6, 2004

Sandra Wylie knew injuries were a possibility when she allowed her 16-year-old daughter to play football. But she never imagined the sport would nearly take her daughter's life.

Amber Scull ruptured her spleen after she was tackled during a practice drill at Nature Coast Tech in Brooksville 21/2 months ago. Had she arrived at the hospital 30 minutes later, doctors told her mother, she might have died. Read More ..

Support for dads helps kids, too

Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia, January 1, 2004,

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Pru Goward, wrote yesterday that the complexity of the report of the House of Representatives inquiry into separating families was a "good sign". She is right. The problem with the debate so far has been its simplicity.

In effect, we have been treated to little more than a reworking of the sex war: a "goodies and daddies" paradigm in which blameless excluded fathers vie with heroic single mothers for victim of the year, and where fathers are presented as disposable or indispensable, disastrous or magnificent - never, as in the real world, somewhere in-between and subject to variation and evolution.

Meanwhile, more nominal issues around fatherhood are rendered invisible; and the children's perspective entirely missed. Read More ..

A Quote Worth Remembering

About The truth

"All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, Second it is violently opposed. Third it is accepted as self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

National Post - Canada

The time for shared parenting is now

By Edward Kruk, Professor of Social Work and Family Studies at the University of British Columbia, Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Six years after the long-awaited report from the Joint House of Commons-Senate Committee on Custody and Access, and four ministers of justice later, where are we on the issue of parenting of children after separation and divorce? Shared parenting, the principal recommendation contained in the joint committee's report, has yet to be realized, as courts continue to remove loving parents from the lives of their children via sole-custody judgments.

Given the benefits it offers, shared parenting -- a post-separation arrangement that attempts to approximate the parent-child relationship in the original two-parent home -- should not be controversial. Yet upon receipt of the special committee report in 1998, then-justice minister Anne McLellan demanded Read More before she would move toward implementation. Her successors have found similar excuses for inaction. During the interim period, public support for shared parenting has increased: A recent National Post poll showed that 91% of respondents are in support of shared parenting after divorce. Read More ..

national "Child Day"

November 20th

Canada's "Child Day" is held on November 20th each year as designated by the Parliament of Canada in 1993.

It commemorates the United Nations adoption of two landmark documents concerned with the human rights of all children and youths.  Read More ..

A Quote Worth Remembering

"In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect."

Bill Clinton
(William J. Clinton)
42nd President of The United States of America

Infidelity Causes Paternity Fraud

Time magazine - Infidelity - It may be in our genes. Our Cheating Hearts

Infidelity--It may be in our genes. Our Cheating Hearts

Devotion and betrayal, marriage and divorce: how evolution shaped human love.

Senate of Canada Human Rights Committee Report May 2007

Children: The Silenced Citizens

The Senate Committee on Human Rights has released a report entitled "Children: The Silenced Citizens" condemning Canada's failure to fully implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which Canada ratified in 1991. PDF Click here

Why boys are in trouble

Boys have been painted as the bad guys in the push to encourage girls to succeed, leaving many young men feeling confused and alienated, wondering what they did wrong

The Associated Press

According to psychologist and author William Pollack, 'sports are the one arena in which many of society's traditional strictures about masculinity are often loosened, allowing boys to experience parts of themselves they rarely experience elsewhere.'

When Harvard Medical School psychologist William Pollack administered a test to a group of 150 teenaged boys a few years ago, the results were shocking.

Why you shouldn't see VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Lesbian Pedophilia and the rape of girls

Don't attend performances.

A Quote Worth Remembering

"We must vigilantly stand on guard within our own borders for human rights and fundamental freedoms which are our proud heritage......we cannot take for granted the continuance and maintenance of those rights and freedoms."

John Diefenbaker

USA Today

Men wage battle on 'paternity fraud'

USA TODAY, by Martin Kasindorf, December 12, 2002

An acid sense of betrayal has been gnawing at Damon Adams since a DNA test showed that he is not the father of a 10-year-old girl born during his former marriage.

"Something changes in your heart," says Adams, 51, a dentist in Traverse City, Mich. "When she walks through the door, you're seeing the product of an affair."

But Michigan courts have spurned the DNA results Adams offered in his motions to stop paying $23,000 a year in child support. Now, Adams is lobbying the state Legislature for relief and joining other men in a national movement against what they call "paternity fraud." Read More ..

Reader's Digest Canada

The Truth About Deadbeat Dads

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