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All fathers, their love and devotion, deserve recognition on their day

All dads freely place themselves in positions that require them to give constantly of themselves while expecting little or nothing in return.

Vancouver Sun, Saturday, June 14, 2008

The traditional view of parenting roles sees mothers as caregivers and nurturers, and fathers as breadwinners and authority figures.

However, with the changing roles of men and women at home and in the workplace, this traditional view no longer reflects reality. For some families, it never did.

Take, for example, the family of William Jackson Smart. The U.S. Civil War veteran and his wife had six children, but Ellen Victoria Cheek Smart died giving birth to their last child.

Smart could have remarried to provide a caregiver for his children, but he instead chose to play that role himself, to act as both father and mother to them. In the years after his wife's death, Smart gave up many things, and lavished love and devotion upon his children.

One of his children, Sonora Smart Dodd, never forgot the sacrifices her father had made. After hearing a sermon in church one day in 1909, Dodd realized that her father must not be forgotten.

During the sermon, delivered on the second Sunday in May -- Mother's Day -- the pastor spoke at length about how so many mothers had forfeited so much to see their children grow strong and happy.

Dodd could relate to the notion of parents forgoing so much for their children, since she had helped her father to raise the five younger children after her mother died when Sonora was 16.

She also realized that the virtues the pastor attributed to mothers applied to her own father, and she decided it was time society recognized the efforts made by her father, and other fathers throughout the world.

Dodd spread her message throughout her hometown of Spokane, Wash., and enlisted her friends and family members to write to influential people on her behalf.

Only a year later, Spokane celebrated the first Father's Day, on June 19, 1910, just four days after her father's birthday. Shortly after, the third Sunday in June became the recognized day to celebrate Father's Day in Canada, the U.S., and many other countries around the globe.

Not all fathers are thrust by fate into a position that requires of them the enormous efforts made by William Jackson Smart.

But all fathers -- or perhaps we should say all dads -- freely place themselves in positions that require them to give constantly of themselves while expecting little or nothing in return.

That is certainly worthy of recognition, so to all fathers across Canada, we wish you a very happy Father's Day.

© The Vancouver Sun 2008


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HELSINKI, Finland - A court in Finland has convicted a woman of murdering her three young children and has given her a life sentence.

The Espoo District Court says Thai-born Yu-Hsiu Fu was found guilty of strangling her 8-year-old twin daughters and 1-year-old son in her home.

She tried to kill herself afterward.

The verdict on Tuesday says the 41-year-old woman was found to be of sound mind at the time of the murders.

Court papers show the murders were preceded by a bitter custody battle with her Finnish husband who was living separately from her at the time of the murders.

A life sentence in Finland mean convicts usually serve at least 11 years in prison.

Canadian Press - New Brunswick woman ruled responsible in burning of baby's body

New Brunswick woman ruled responsible in burning of baby's body

ST. STEPHEN, N.B. - A New Brunswick judge says a woman who burned and dismembered her newborn son is criminally responsible for her actions.

Becky Sue Morrow earlier pleaded guilty to offering an indignity to a dead body and disposing of a newborn with the intent of concealing a delivery.

Judge David Walker ruled Friday that the 27-year-old woman may have been suffering from a mental disorder when she delivered the baby but that that was not the case when the baby's body was burned and its remains hidden.

It is not known if the baby was alive at the time of birth.

At a hearing last month, the court heard contrasting reports from the two psychiatrists. One said Ms. Morrow was in a "disassociated" mental state when the crime occurred. The other said she clearly planned her actions and understood the consequences.