Gay hate crimes law passed

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

OTTAWA—The Senate voted yesterday to pass a law banning hate propaganda that targets gays and lesbians, as the bill's author — an ecstatic New Democrat Svend Robinson — grinned and hugged well-wishers on the streets of Ottawa.

The bill's passage by a 59-11 vote was the culmination of years of lobbying by Robinson, Parliament's first openly gay MP, to amend the 30-year-old hate crimes law.

It bans the incitement of genocide or hatred against an "identifiable group" defined by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin, and now, sexual orientation.

The bill also provides a defence to prosecution based on religious freedom. It says a person may not be held criminally liable if he or she expressed an opinion "in good faith" and based on a "religious subject or opinion."

It now only requires the procedural backing of royal assent. It is a rare feat for a private member's bill to pass into law, and Robinson's backers yesterday were overjoyed.

"It certainly makes me feel better, safer, and prouder being a Canadian," said Gilles Marchildon, executive director of GALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere), who watched the vote from the Senate's public gallery.

Two weeks ago, Robinson (Burnaby-Douglas) went on extended medical leave after inexplicably taking a $50,000 ring from a public auction display.

A special prosecutor is weighing whether to charge him with theft, and Robinson is under doctor's orders not to carry on any political activities, said a caucus spokesperson.

His colleague, MP Libby Davies (Vancouver East), who is the first MP to identify herself publicly as a lesbian, called Robinson after the vote on his cellphone. He was in Ottawa to clean out some personal effects from his apartment, she said.

"He said, `Oh, that's great, that's a very strong vote,'" said Davies, adding she, too, was thrilled.

Marchildon said it sends a strong signal hatred of gays and lesbians will not be tolerated.

The law's critics, however, were keenly disappointed.

Senator Anne Cools said she feared it exposes "millions of Canadians to criminal prosecution who hold moral opinions about sexuality."

Conservative Senator Gerry St. Germain said yesterday he was concerned the power to prosecute hate crimes "could be abused," but most important, he disagreed with any attempt to limit freedom of expression.

Newsweek

Parenting: Baldwin Speaks Up

NEWSWEEK, U.S.A.
May 7, 2007

Many celebrities would shrink from view after a PR nightmare like Alec Baldwin's leaked voice mail in which he calls his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, a "rude, thoughtless little pig." But Baldwin wants to use the media scrutiny to give exposure to parental alienation, the controversial "syndrome" caused by one parent's systematically damaging a child's relationship with the other parent. Read More ..

A Mother's Heartbreaking Story of Parental Alienation Syndrome

A Kidnapped Mind

A Kidnapped Mind

What does Parental Alienation Syndrome mean? In my case, it meant losing a child. When Dash was 4 1/2 years old his father and I broke up. I dealt with the death of our marriage and moved on but Peter stayed angry, eventually turning it toward his own house, teaching our son, day by day, bit by bit, to reject me. Parental Alienation Syndrome typically means one parent's pathological hatred, the other's passivity and a child used as a weapon of war. When Dash's wonderful raw materials were taken and shaken and melted down, he was recast as a foot soldier in a war against me.  Read More ..

ABC News USA

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 that may have lead to his father's death.

Some psychiatrists call it Parental Alienation Syndrome and they say that's why the son killed Doctor Rick Lohstroh last summer. The syndrome is basically caused by a bitter parent who poisons a child against the other parent, usually in cases of divorce.  Read More ...

The Globe and Mail

Parental alienation cases draining court resources

Study says such cases should be moved out of court system, handled by individual judges

The Globe and Mail
May 13, 2009

An escalation in parental alienation allegations is draining valuable courtroom resources, a major study of 145 alienation cases between 1989-2008 concludes.

"Access problems and alienation cases - especially those which are more severe - take up a disproportionate amount of judicial time and energy," said the study, conducted by Queen's University law professor Nicholas Bala, a respected family law expert.

"One can ask whether the courts should even be trying to deal with these very challenging cases." Read More ..

National Post

Custody judges rule on vengeance

Courts criticized for recognizing 'parental alienation'

National Post
March 27, 2009

Toronto -- The scope of the courts' reach into family affairs has long been contentious, but a recent trend in Canada's legal system has brought a new controversy that has some onlookers praising judges and others condemning them for accepting what they call "voodoo science."

More than ever before, Canada's judges are recognizing that some children of divorced and warring parents are not simply living an unfortunate predicament, but rather are victims of child abuse and suffering from Parental Alienation Syndrome.   Read More ..

Parental Alienation

Canadian Press

B.C. judge bars mother from seeing daughter

Court orders one-year ban after 'unfounded' abuse allegations made about teenager's father

THE CANADIAN PRESS
March 10, 2009

VANCOUVER - In a case of extreme parental alienation, a mother has been banned by a B.C. Supreme Court judge from seeing her teenage daughter for more than a year.

Because of the urgency of the matter, Justice Donna Martinson issued the terse, two-page ruling outlining 15 conditions the parents must follow, including that the mother, known only as Ms. A, not see her daughter until at least March 31, 2010.

The decision came after the mother alleged extreme emotional abuse by the father, which she claimed was putting the teenager's safety at risk.

"I am satisfied that Ms. A's allegations are unfounded," Martinson wrote.

"I am further satisfied that she has continued to undermine the relationship between M and her father and has acted in ways that are detrimental to M's psychological healing."

Names have been stripped from the court ruling to protect the girl's identity.

The judge has ordered that both the mother and maternal grandmother have no contact with the girl, which would be enforced by police if necessary.