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Universal Children’s Day

“We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind.”

~ The World Summit for Children Report of the United Nations Secretary-General (2001)

Universal Children’s Day

The United Nations Universal Children’s Day, called Child Day in Canada, is held every November 20th as enacted by Bill C-371 The Child Day Act, 1993. On “Child Day”, Canadians honour our children and The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of The Child on November 20th, 1959, and the The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th, 1989. Below I have discussed the top three goals to develop nations to support children.

The Eight Millennium Development Goals

1. Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

One of the subjects taught in Abbotsford High Schools is the difference between permanent food banks and food banks that spring up during a crisis. The Salvation Army Centre of Hope in Abbotsford has been providing two meals a day 364 days a year for the last 25 years. That’s pretty permanent. Police in British Columbia recently noted that a third of their calls are classed as “nuisance calls,” disturbances often caused by people with mental health concerns. This is a figure particularly evident as a result of a major mental health hospital closing down several years ago. A recently-hired psychiatric nurse at the Centre of Hope, is helping clients, staff and our community.

“We were finding that a lot of our clients demonstrated mental health issues and they’d go from the hospital, to the police, to us and then back around again,” says Andy Kwak, director, Centre of Hope. “It’s our hope that by having our own psychiatric nurse we can break that circle and deal with some of the issues ourselves.”

For the full story, please click here.

The Abbotsford Food Bank was created by Abbotsford Community Services in 1970, first as the Christmas Bureau. Our Community Services is a huge organization, that provides many specialized services for children and families.

In 2012, we have started to talk about growing food locally instead of transporting it all around the world. When Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that the average ingredient in a North American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate, they decided to launch a simple experiment to reconnect with the people and places that produced what they ate. For one year, they would only consume food that came from within a 100-mile radius of their Vancouver apartment. The 100-Mile Diet was born. Since 2008, the Abbotsford community garden has provided city residents with a small patch of fertile soil and the knowledge and tools to grow a productive garden. One of the goals of this group is to encourage food growing, and improve the local food supply.

One of the major issues for FoodBank South Africa is to support families ravaged by AIDS. They have recently found a new way to help by handing out seeds, so people can grow their own food.

The goal of the India Food Banking Network is to have each district of India accessible to one food bank by 2020. Below is the beginning, in 1974, of what looks like a 41-year plan, endorsed by the United Nations, to resolve the world food problem.

Universal Declaration on the Eradication of Hunger and Malnutrition

Adopted on 16 November 1974 by the World Food Conference convened under General Assembly resolution 3180 (XXVIII) of 17 December 1973; and endorsed by General Assembly resolution 3348 (XXIX) of 17 December 1974

The World Food Conference ,

Adopts the following Declaration:


Recognizing that :

( a ) The grave food crisis that is afflicting the peoples of the developing countries where most of the world’s hungry and ill-nourished live and where more than two thirds of the world’s population produce about one third of the world’s food – an imbalance which threatens to increase in the next 10 years – is not only fraught with grave economic and social implications, but also acutely jeopardizes the most fundamental principles and values associated with the right to life and human dignity as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

2. Achieve Universal Primary Education

In 1983, Nigerian educational administrators found themselves engulfed by a tidal wave of swiftly swelling pupil enrollment. The explosion of primary schools was the direct result of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) scheme, launched in September 1976.

The federal government of Nigeria looked on education as an instrument for realizing rapid national development, achieving social change, and forging together a nation split by civil war. The political expectations were that universal free public education would enable the nation to overcome the hurdles of unbalanced development, which resulted in southern dominance of the north, urban dominance of the rural, and a preponderance of male over female enrollment in schools. Source: African Studies Review – Universal Primary Education in Nigeria, 1983

The global economy hasn’t crashed just yet. But a worldwide slowdown is giving analysts everywhere a bad case of the jitters and has made education a global issue. Every nation is looking to education for national development.

Read more: Special Reports – What Difference Does Learning Make to Financial Security?

Promote Gender Equality and Empower


Asia and South Asia have developed modern health care with ultra sound technology. When doctors look at an ultra sound image of a baby in utero, they can usually tell the child’s gender. In cultures, where having a girl was a huge financial burden because dowry money needed to be paid for her to marry or some other social burden was placed on parents with girls, families were desperate to save themselves. Even a costly bribe to the Ultrasound doctor, was far less expensive, than buying their future in-laws a house and a car. Chinese families who can only have one child by law used to feel only a male would provide a legacy. When routinely aborted, these missing girls were skewing the sex ratio of countries, leaving young men without partners and roaming the streets. Governments are trying to get back on track by erasing dowry and other unequal laws and promoting women in business and government. The next screening of the GirlKind documentary about gender-selection abortions is November 19th, 2012 at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Promote Gender Equality and Empower Canadian Men To Have As Many Rights As Women

I was amazed to learn that the Fraser Valley Women’s Resources Society is funding the Abby Dads program. But then, after reaching out to Canadian child advocates, I learned that many provinces across Canada are running programs to support pregnant teenage families and keep both young dads and young moms connected to their new baby and connected to their high school. If we are going to have two parents, and both are financially responsible for childcare, then each year of high school completed will make job searching easier. I suspect there are no women-only centers left in Canada. Young men must be, and probably are, supported at any family centre across Canada. THIS IS A PARADIGM SHIFT!

Further, Canadian women have two EXTRA ways to deal with an unwanted pregnancy: like men, they can abstain from sex or, failing that, they can ignore the father altogether and have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption. Either choice would save Mom from at least eighteen years of financial hardship, paying money supposedly for the benefit of her child. If the child is already born, all Mom needs to do is keep the child away from Dad, and then she can ask for child support money, not time. This is a financial reward for parental alienation. A handful of women have actually been ordered by our courts to pay child support, and can describe this devastating burden. In another approach, presuming parents will cooperate works well in Australia.

Obviously, fathers are just persons – and nice people at that. None of this is a gender or sexuality issue – it’s a matter of justice, dignity and humanity! These are three concepts that are fully supported by the Canadian Constitution and should be fully supported by every candidate running in our Provincial election. The call for humanity towards parents and their children, doesn’t even touch on the reduced family violence in equal parenting families in Australia, or the volumes written about the almost essential role of fathers in child development. I call for all Provincial candidates to stand up and declare their support for Canada’s equal parenting law for the sake of British Columbia’s children.

Our Children, Our Choice

Did you know there were Charter Schools in Canada?


A Paradigm Communication Shift

Schools Using Social Media To Connect With Parents

First, remember in my last post when I asked if there was any reason not to post the Constitution of our District Parent – Teacher Advisory Council (DPAC) on the Internet, since it was created by parents? Here’s one school in Pennsylvannia that wants no school policies posted yet, but has already broadcast their parent – teacher meeting, including taking online comments from parents at home, live during the meeting. Here’s a fun link from Ontario, talking about how the Middle school across the street from our house uses social media to communicate and connect with parents. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Anyway, I still argue that it is very appropriate in a paperless school to post on a website the purpose and Constitution of the Parent – Teacher group or the Home and School Group or whatever name they use for the education stakeholders group in your city.

Love it or hate it, Facebook is the world’s most successful social networking site. And whether you use it or not, it is fundamentally changing the way people connect and communicate. Facebook is easy to use and so far, more than three-quarters of a billion people all over the world have signed up. Our relationships, our thoughts, our pastimes, our memories, our lives and deaths – all are now routinely recorded on Facebook. It represents a paradigm shift in communications as significant as the printing press, or the telegraph, or the television.

“Facebook is the fastest growing hotbed of computer crime that exists on the Internet. If you want to go to the cybercrime hub of the World, right now it’s Facebook.” ~ Graham Cluley, Computer Security Expert at counter 17:00 in Facebook Follies documentary

Watch the full one hour documentary Facebook Follies: A Paradigm Shift in Technology – CBC-TV

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Favourite Links

Dr. Richard Gardner.com via Dr. Richard A. Warshak.com

COCHEM, GERMANY: The Cochem shared parenting model

L’Action des Nouvelles Conjointes eNouveaux Conjoints du Québec



Canadian Children’s Rights Council – Conseil Canadien des droits des enfants

Canadian Equal Parenting Council – Conseil de L’Égalité Parentale du Canada





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