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Toronto Star

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.

The Nov. 29 incident at the Erin Mills Twin Arena happened while the woman was attending a match between her son's team, the York Toros, and the Mississauga Terriers, two Double-A level minor pee-wee teams. Her son's team won 4-0.

The woman appeared before a GTHL committee meeting Wednesday night, where she apologized for her behaviour before the league could get a full explanation from her as to exactly what prompted her to do what she did.

She can appeal the ban next year, but must first get professional counselling and convince the league that she has changed her behaviour.

The GTHL first learned of the incident after receiving several telephone and e-mail complaints, mostly from other mothers.

One complainant, who called the incident "disturbing," wrote that she and her sons ran into the woman after the game and the woman said: "What the hell are you looking at? Have you never seen t--s? Yeah, he's probably seen them on the Internet."

One witness said the atmosphere in the stands became rowdy, with parents on both sides exchanging barbs.

In a statement, GTHL president John Gardner said the incident showed a "complete lack of respect for the young players involved and the spectators present."

The statement also urges parents to use the incident and subsequent punishment as a reminder that minor hockey is played for the enjoyment and development of young players, not parents.

In a telephone interview, he said the ban sends a clear signal the GTHL takes a dim view of such conduct.

"It's quite a punishment being told you can't go to your son's arena to watch him play," Gardner said.

Two or three times a year, the GTHL bans a parent from its arenas for incidents such as accosting referees or players, but nothing of this nature has happened before in the league, he said.

The York Toros will have to police the ban, and can void her son's player's certificate if the ban is violated.

York Toros president George Butler didn't return a phone message.

When contacted by the Star yesterday, the woman who answered hung up the phone.

The incident in Mississauga happened just days before an Ajax mother and daughter were charged with assault after a player and fan were assaulted during a Provincial Junior A hockey game in Ajax.

The assaults happened during a match between the Ajax Axemen and the Thornhill Thunderbirds at the Ajax Community Centre last Sunday, after an Axemen player was injured when he was checked from behind, according to police.

The player who checked him was ejected, but while leaving the ice a metal bar was thrown at him.

Hot coffee was also thrown at him and opposing fans threw hot chocolate at the women who were attacking him.

Jennifer Labelle, 47, and Belinda Labelle, 18, face charges that include assault with a weapon.

Gardner said that while in his view the majority of parents at GTHL games conduct themselves in a proper manner, "some people, perfectly normal, go into an arena, and it becomes a pressure cooker for them.

"Hopefully this is not a trend," he said.

National Post

Father's suicide becomes rallying cry for fairness in court

April 1, 2000

BRANDON, Man. - Thirty-five years ago today, Lillian White gave birth to her youngest son. Yesterday, she knelt down and kissed his coffin at his graveside.

Darrin White committed suicide two weeks ago in Prince George, B.C., after a judge ordered him to pay his estranged wife twice his take-home pay in child support and alimony each month.

In death he has become a poignant symbol of family courts gone awry, of a divorce system run by people with closed minds, hard hearts and deaf ears. Read More ..

Teen depression on the increase in U.K.- teen suicide statistics

Teen depression on the increase

More and More teens are becoming depressed. The numbers of young people suffering from depression in the last 10 years has risen worryingly, an expert says.

BBC, UK, August 3, 2004

Government statistics suggest one in eight adolescents now has depression.

Unless doctors recognise the problem, Read More ..uld slip through the net, says Professor Tim Kendall of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.

Guidelines on treating childhood depression will be published next year. Professor Kendall says a lot Read More ..eds to be done to treat the illness.

Family Conflict and Suicide Rates Among Men

by Dr. Hazel McBride Ph.D. June 9-10, 1995

Violence and Abuse within the Family: The Neglected Issues

A public hearing sponsored by The Honourable Senator Anne C. Cools on June 9-10, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Transcript of Dr. Hazel McBride's presentation on the relationship between family conflict and suicide rates among men.  Read More ..

National Post logo

Quebec men more likely to commit suicide than women

Rate is especially high among baby boomers, statistics reveal. Read More ..

Centre for Suicide Prevention

Centre for Suicide Prevention 

The Centre for Suicide Prevention has three main branches:

The Suicide Information & Education Collection (SIEC) is a special library and resource centre providing information on suicide and suicidal behaviour.

The Suicide Prevention Training Programs (SPTP) branch provides caregiver training in suicide intervention, awareness, bereavement, crisis management and related topics. Suicide Prevention

Research Projects (SPRP)  advocates for, and supports research on suicide and suicidal behaviour.

invisible suicides

Invisible Suicides

StatsCan recently reported on a 10% increase in suicides. But StatsCan persists in ignoring the group of Canadians at greatest risk for suicide, as do the media and professional reports.

Suicide is a microcosm for those most under stress and most at risk of unresolved crisis in society. Suicides may logically be categorized as 100% citizens of Canada, and then as 79% male. The most critical measure of depression - suicide - is counted overwhelmingly in male corpses. For over 23 years widespread media and professional attention concentrated on 12,500 AIDS deaths, compared to little concern with 92,000 suicides.

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs of the House of Commons concerning Bill C-68 - Firearms Act.

by Brian L. Mishara, Ph.D. Past President, Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and Professor of Psychology at the Université du Québec a Montréal.   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.

The results of the Towards Well Being suicide monitoring project were due to be presented to an international conference on youth suicide this weekend and are expected to gain global attention. Read More ..

Family Conflict and Suicide Rates Among Men

by Dr. Hazel McBride Ph.D. June 9-10, 1995

Violence and Abuse within the Family: The Neglected Issues

A public hearing sponsored by The Honourable Senator Anne C. Cools on June 9-10, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Transcript of Dr. Hazel McBride's presentation on the relationship between family conflict and suicide rates among men.  Read More ..