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Girl burned in lighter fluid attack

The Toronto Star (Canada's largest daily newspaper), by JOANNA SMITH, STAFF REPORTER, Oct. 4, 2006

A 13-year-old girl suffered second-degree burns to her chest after two boys sprayed her with lighter fluid and set her shirt on fire in York, police say.

Two teenage boys were recording themselves with a digital camera as they played with lighter fluid and set their clothing on fire in the Eglinton Ave. W. and Black Creek Dr. area around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

When the girl who was with them refused to have her own clothing ignited, she was held down, sprayed with lighter fluid and had her T-shirt lit on fire, police said.

Two 15-year-old boys, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, are charged with aggravated assault, mischief endangering life and assault with a weapon.

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 ..

Dept. of Justice - Canada
Consultations on Custody, Access and Child Support in Canada

The Federal / Provincial /Territorial Family Law Committee

National Post - Canada

Women's groups balk at sitting with fathers' rights advocates

Calls to boycott talks on changes to divorce law

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Mother Abducted Child

DNA paternity test confirms fraud, annulment granted: judge | Visayan Daily Star Newspaper | Phillipines

Missing boy found in B.C.
Ex-Ottawa woman charged in son's abduction

Ottawa Sun, April 3, 2003, By LAURA CZEKAJ

A 12-YEAR-OLD Ottawa boy who was allegedly abducted by his mother eight years ago has been found living in a rural British Columbia community.

Oceanside RCMP raided a cottage in Coombs, near Parksville, B.C., Tuesday around 9 p.m. and arrested a 49-year-old former Ottawa woman on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for parental abduction.

The boy, who cannot be identified, was taken into the custody of the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development. His father, a Parry Sound resident, was en route last night to reunite with his son, said Rhonda Morgan, executive director of the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC), which has spearheaded the investigation since 1996. Read More ..