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Crime and punishment in '98: One woman is jailed for neglecting dogs, another is set free after killing her husband.
Monday, December 28, 1998, Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

Where have all the smart men gone?
Monday, December 28, 1998, Editorial, The Globe and Mail
Girls Are Beneficiaries Of Gender Gap
Thursday, December 17, 1998, by Diane Ravitch, The Wall Street Journal

PDF version of letter from Eric Lowther of December 18, 1998.
ASCII text version of letter from Eric Lowther of December 18, 1998.
Some information as to the process for legislative reform in this letter:
"The recommendations will be reviewed by the Minister of Justice, who must respond with a discussion paper within 150 days. It will be up to the Liberal government to decide whether or notto pursue the issue thereafter, and perhaps introduce legislation to change the Divorce Act. However, it is also up to you as a Constituent and concerned Canadian to press the Minister to act promptly and comprehensively."
Don't put your pens away yet!!.

Fewer pass chef test than bar exam
Tuesday, December 22, 1998, Adrian Humphreys, National Post
You feeling good about your lawyer?
Many judges uneasy with Charter powers
Tuesday, December 22, 1998, Kirk Makin, Justice Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Be scared of the judges too!

Anne Cools' absence of malice
Saturday, December 19, 1998, Linda Frum, National Post
Article about the good Senator Cools.

The new childcare answer: super-grandparents
Saturday, December 19, 1998, Olivia Hart, National Post
Primary caregivers???

GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: The Canadian Criminal Justice System
Saturday, December 19, 1998, Julian V. Roberts, The Globe and Mail
A review of an interesting sounding book. If you cringe at the Getkate case, learn it is not unique.

Series from the Ottawa Citizen on CAS and Domestic Violence
The loopy logic protecting our children
Monday, December 14, 1998, Dave Brown, The Ottawa Citizen
Child-protection industry tears families apart
Tuesday, December 15, 1998, Dave Brown, The Ottawa Citizen
Wife's 'hissy fit' starts domestic court hell
Wednesday, December 16, 1998, Dave Brown, The Ottawa Citizen
Women's shelters under veil of secrecy
Thursday, December 17, 1998, Dave Brown, The Ottawa Citizen
Zero tolerance adds up to zero marriage
Friday, December 18, 1998, Dave Brown, The Ottawa Citizen
New Ontario law makes social workers accountable at last
Saturday, December 19, 1998, Dave Brown, The Ottawa Citizen

Crime continues downward trend
Friday, December 18, 1998, Timothy Appleby, The Globe and Mail

Plan for divorce as for war
Thursday, December 17, 1998, Linda Matchan of the New York Times News Service, National Post
Frightening!!!

When a lobby group is divorced from reality
Wednesday, December 16, 1998, Diane LeBlanc, The Halifax Herald
Commentary on the Atlantic Status of Women's news conference about the SJC Report.

Divorce report does a number on marriage
Wednesday, December 16, 1998, John Collison, National Post
A rather narrowed minded blather about the SJC Report.
Letters on the above.
Monday, December 21, 1998, Letters to the Editor, National Post

School boys losing in battle of the sexes
Wednesday, December 16, 1998, Tamar Lewin, National Post

Youth crime in Canada has small hard core
Wednesday, December 16, 1998, Timothy Appleby, The Globe and Mail
Police identifies single parent with fatherlessness as the most common element amongst young criminals.
Crime rate among girls increases, but criminologist is wary of figures
Wednesday, December 16, 1998 by Jeremy Barker, National Post
Rosemary Gartner figures increase is from less gender biased reporting, not a crime increase.
Crimes by girls on rise: Study
Wednesday, December 16, 1998 by Elaine Carey, Toronto Star
Rosemary Gartner figures increase is from less gender biased reporting, not a crime increase.
Statistics Canada Daily discussing the report.

Put children first
Sunday, December 13, 1998, Editorial, Toronto Star
A good, reasoned response.
Child access report useless mish-mash
Sunday, December 13, 1998 by Michele Landsberg, Toronto Star
The old bigot still can't tell the difference between a child and her ...errrr.....

Comic strip: Between Friends. One the factors in the way of equal parenthood.
Saturday, December 12, 1998, Toronto Star

Pilot project puts the needs of children first
Friday, December 11, 1998 by Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star
Comments on divorce course in Alberta.

Single Dads Increase 25 Percent
Friday, December 11, 1998 by Kalpana Srinivasan, AP
US Census report that US growth in single parent families is from male headed families.

Divorce reform on hold
Saturday, December 12, 1998 by Editorial, National Post
Shared parenting priority: Report on Custody
Thursday, December 10, 1998 by Chris Cobb, National Post
Sharing kids aim of new divorce law
Thursday, December 10, 1998 by Elaine Carey, Toronto Star
Divorce Act gets tune-up
Thursday, December 10, 1998 by CP, Toronto Sun
Where to find the Report from the Special Joint Committee
Where to find the CBC video clip (11M in Quicktime format)

Anxiety, sadness, blame haunt children of divorce
Wednesday, December 9, 1998 by Anne McIlroy, The Globe and Mail

MPs call for shared custody
Wednesday, December 9, 1998 by Robert Fife, Chris Cobb, National Post

Unwanted advances: New research from the University of Guelph concludes that the role of sexual predator is no longer the domain of men
Tuesday, December 8, 1998 by Donna Laframboise, National Post
Men know the difference between friendship and flirting, study shows
Wednesday, December 9, 1998 by Donna Laframboise, National Post

Tweens: Kids are growing up faster than ever. What's happening to childhood?
Sunday, December 6, 1998 by Elaine Carey, Toronto Star
How young girls are trained to approach marriage these days.

Newsletter on Child Custody and Access
November, 1998 Newsletter from Paul Forseth, MP New&npsp;Westminster-Coquitlam-Burnaby and member of the Special Joint Committee. Includes comments and a "coupon" for a complimentary copy of the report of the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access.

Odd man out
Tuesday, December 1, 1998 by Donna Laframboise, National Post
Excellent discussion of Sanford Braver's new book "Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths".
Falsehoods perpetuated over years
Tuesday, December 1, 1998 by Donna Laframboise, National Post

Women behaving badly
Saturday, November 28, 1998 by Mary Ann Sieghart, The Times
The social discrimination of maternity.

Interstate Custody Feud Settled
Wednesday, November 25, 1998 by Ben Dobbin, AP
US Mother, whose boyfriend raped daughters and killed one, gives up bid to regain custody.
Convicted Abusers Accused of Molest
Monday, November 23, 1998 AP
Convicted US abusers, resulting in death of one, regain custody then rape and sodomize children.

Minister open to changing Divorce Act likely to change: minister
Wednesday, November 25, 1998 by Sheldon Alberts, National Post

FOUR DISPUTES: Four disputes, legal and political, could reshape marriage and family in Canada
Wednesday, November 25, 1998 by Charlie Gillis, National Post

Parents' group wants minister to resign
Wednesday, November 25, 1998 by Donna Laframboise, National Post

Fatherhood is not about to be eliminated
Tuesday, November 24, 1998 by Roy MacGregor, National Post

Public backs fathers' rights: Astonishing' majority wants change to laws on access to children, Compas
Monday, November 23, 1998 by Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen
Hey! One for the good guys!!
Divorce court ignoring children, fathers: poll
Monday, November 23, 1998 by Chris Cobb, National Post (like the one above)
Canadians are stressed, and families feel it
Tuesday, November 24, 1998 by Chris Cobb, National Post (part 2)
Canadians want government to do more to help families cope
Wednesday, November 25, 1998 by Chris Cobb, National Post (part 3)
This is the Compas Poll from Compas's site for those who are interested.

Divorced fathers ensured access to children: Child's right to relationship with both parents to be cornerstone of new Divorce Act
Saturday, November 21, 1998 by Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen
Shared parenting recommended: Proposed changes to Divorce Act give both parents right to access
Sunday, November 22, 1998, Toronto Star

REAL women claim discrimination
Saturday, November 21, 1998 by Dave Brown, Ottawa Citizen

Liberals quietly feed NAC to barracudas
Sunday, November 22, 1998 by Michelle Landsberg, Toronto Star

Liberal MPs lash back at divorce law 'attack': Minister's Op-Ed article
Saturday, November 21, 1998 by Robert Fife, National Post
Hedy Fry accused of Divorce Act sabotage
Friday, November 20, 1998 by Chris Cobb, The Ottawa Citizen
Where to find the CBC video clip (13M in Quicktime format)

Battered Shelters
Part 1: Saturday, November 14, 1998, by Donna Laframboise, National Post
One-stop divorce shops
Part 2: Saturday, November 21, 1998, by Donna Laframboise, National Post
Sheltered from reality: Article about Erin Pizzey
Monday, November 23, 1998 by Donna Laframboise, National Post

Who will speak for the battered men?
Sunday, November 15, 1998 by Melanie Phillips, The Sunday Times
Yes, there are battered men.

No Appeal of Sentence in Husband Killing: Lilian Getkate
Thursday, December 10, 1998, National Post
Battering justice
Friday, November 27, 1998 by Commentary, National Post
'I'm getting on with my life'
Thursday, November 26, 1998 by Ron Corbett, Ottawa Citizen
Woman who killed husband shocked she didn't get jail time
Thursday, November 26, 1998 by Ron Corbett, National Post
An insult to our sense of justice
Thursday, November 12, 1998 Editorial, Ottawa Citizen
Getkate won't go to jail
Wednesday, November 11, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Husband-killer is spared prison
Wednesday, November 11, 1998 by Peter Hum, National Post
Getkate faces sentencing for killing spouse
Tuesday, November 10, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Getkate convicted of lesser charge
Monday, October 5, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
'This abuse thing is a crock'
Monday, October 5, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
'Desperate for a way out of her marriage'
Thursday, October 1, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Woman's mind shut off during killing, court told
Tuesday, September 29, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Accused describes years of abuse
Friday, September 25, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Slain man described as calm, gentle
Thursday, September 17, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
'The secret life' of the Getkates
Wednesday, September 16, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Eight murder trials set to begin
Monday, February 9, 1998 by Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

Police sensitivity training takes a hit
Wednesday, October 28, 1998 by Donna Laframboise, National Post

"I miss her every day and pray for her"
Monday, October 5, 1998 by Chris Cobb, Edmonton Journal
With "Women's group won't share funding."

Men of honour must 'stand up and fight': Fathers must push for right to help raise their children, man says
Saturday, 30 May 1998, Dave Brown, Brown's Beat, Ottawa Citizen Email: dbrown@thecitizen.southam.ca, Ottawa Citizen

What about boys? Some educators see equity concerns
Sunday, July 26, 1998, By Margaret Combs, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe

Custody battles bring out the worst, committee told
Friday, May 29, 1998, Heather McLaughlin-Staff Writer, Daily Gleaner, Fredericton, New Brunswick

People say put the child first: Fathers complain about outdated law that favors mothers in child custody cases
Friday, May 29, 1998, Heather McLaughlin-Staff Writer, Daily Gleaner

Our divorce laws are not child-focused
May 27, 1998. by Cambell Morrison, The Daily Gleaner, Fredericton

Poll addresses child access
May 25, 1998, The Globe and Mail, (Canada's National Newspaper): 7 out of 10 people say no access, no child support

Men on the Verge
Sunday, May 17, 1998, Kate Zernike, Globe Staff, The Boston Globe
A new sexual harassment dynamic
Monday, May 18, 1998, Kate Zernike, Globe Staff, The Boston Globe
Divorced dads emerge as a political force
Tuesday, May 19, 1998, Kate Zernike, Globe Staff, The Boston Globe

Abuse Charges Often False, CAS say Study Shows Kids Used as Ploy in Custody Fights
Sunday, May 10, 1998, by Robert Fife - Parliamentary Bureau, Ottawa Sun: Top Stories

Abuse, Indeed!
By Ron Montgomery, Balance Magazine, spring 1998 edition

Father's Rights Debated At Hearing
April 30, 1998, By Helen Dolik Calgary Herald

Meet Ottawa's Politically Incorrect Committee
April, 1998, by Chris Cobb, Southam NEWSPAPERS, Ottawa

Custody Not Awarded Fairly, Says Senator
Monday, April 27, 1998, By Rachel Brighton, Halifax Daily News

Police Not Enforcing Law in Abduction Cases
Sunday, April 26, 1998, By Rachel Brighton, Halifax Daily News

Dad Sues Over Child's Abduction
Sunday, April 26, 1998, By Rachel Brighton, Halifax Daily News

Man Exonerated Years After Suicide
April, 1998, American Press

Divorce Act is Armed and Dangerous
Friday, April 17, 1998, By Robert Fife, The Toronto Sun, Ottawa Bureau

Minister of Justice of New Brunswick Writes The Editor
Monday, April 13, 1998 p. A, Fredericton Daily Gleaner

Divorce law "hell" for dads / Urgent reform needed, MP says
Sunday, April 12, 1998, by Robert Fife, The Toronto Sun

Child access laws biased, fathers say
Wednesday, April 1, 1998,By Patricia Orwen, Social Policy Reporter, The Toronto Star

Gender politics poisons hearing on access, custody: Senator decries 'war zone' as some abuse stories questioned
Wednesday, April 1, 1998, By Anne Mcilroy, The Globe and Mail

Custody penalties ripped, Group: Jail moms who deny access
Tuesday, March 31, 1998, by Philip Lee-Shanok, The Toronto Sun

Hid son 17 years, mom freed, Nova Scotia court grants discharge
Friday, January 30, 1998, By Kevin Cox and Sean Fine

The state can do only so much for single-parent families
Thursday, January 29, 1998, By Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail, Ottawa

`Deadbeat dads' jailed in new crackdown
Saturday, January 17, 1998, By Patricia Orwen, Toronto Star Staff Reporter

Husband's Ordeal One of Many That go Unreported, Officials Fear
Sunday, October 19, 1997, By Michelle Shephard, Staff Reporter, Toronto Star

Sugar and spice not so nice
Saturday, October 11, 1997, by Donna Laframboise, Globe and Mail, p. D18.

More Dads Raise Families Without Mom
Friday, October 3, 1997, page B1, By Dana Milbank, Staff Reporter of the Wall Street Journal

India's Wives Settling Scores With Their Husbands
Thursday, September 25, 1997 By Rahul Bedhi, Special to The Star, Toronto Star

Mother Faces Extradition From Florida for Trial
Monday, September 22, 1997,By Alan Barnes and Donna Jean MacKinnon, Toronto Star Staff Reporters

ABC 20/20 Battered By Their Wives:Men Who Are Abused- More Common Than You Think
Friday, September 19, 1997, text from 20/20 TV Show on ABC

Double-Trouble Donna begs to differ
Friday, September 19, 1997, by Donna Laframboise, The Globe and Mail, p. D6.

American Medical Association - Men Are Victims of Domestic Violence as Much as Women
Wednesday, August 27, 1997, The Journal of The American Medical Association

Oh Dad, Poor Dad
Saturday, April 12, 1997, by Danna Laframboise, Globe and Mail

"Hurricane Anne,"
August 1997, by Donna Laframboise,Chatelaine, pp. 32-37.

Cops Must enforce access order
Sunday, March 23, 1997, The Toronto Sun

Police told to enforce child custody orders
Saturday, March 22, 1997, by Carol Phillips, The Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario

Fifty dads lend support to child-access fight
Wednesday, March 5, 1997, by Paul Benedetti, The Hamilton Spectator

Split Decisions
Monday, March 3, 1997, by Robin Harvey, Toronto Star
Parents urged to respect rights of children
Monday, March 3, 1997, Toronto Star

Anne Cools, Renegade
Saturday, March 1,1997, by Margaret Wente, The Glove and Mail

Make Room For Daddy
Spring 1997, by Stephanie B. Goldberg, Senior Editor, The American Bar Association Journal

You've come a long way, baby...And for what?
Wednesday, July 16, 1997, by Donna Laframboise, Globe and Mail, pp. D1 and D3.

Sex case double standard
Friday, June 20, 1997, by Donna Laframboise, Ottawa Citizen, p. A17.

An Update on the Progress of Alberta, Canada's Bill 214 (Victims of Domestic Violence Act)
Sunday, December 29, 1996, by Garth Wood, Associate Editor, Balance Magazine

The War Against Boys
Thursday, October 24, 1996, by Christina Hoff Sommers, The Boston Globe

Rules trivialize sexual harassment and hurt girls,
Monday, October 7, 1996, by Donna Laframboise, The Montreal Gazette, p. B3.

Divorce From Hell
February, 1996, by Wendy Dennis, published in Toronto Life Magazine

Does Government Drive Fathers Away?
By Stuart A. Miller and Rich Zubaty,Washington Times, National Weekly Edition, December 25-31, 1995, page 30

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