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Lighter Alienation

Humour and Funnies

The lighter side of parental alienation, and men’s (and women’s) health.

Healthier Men, One Moustache At A Time

The Story of the Mo Farmer and the 420,000 Celebrities Around The World Who Support Movember

Movember’s Muse – ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling

And what’s more my son, you’ll be a man…

Breast Friends

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer affecting Canadian women. But 40% of breast cancers can be prevented though lifestyle changes. Click on the image below for a list of breast cancer prevention and risk assessment centers in the Greater Vancouver area.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men. It usually grows slowly and can often be cured or managed successfully.

Prostate cancer can be detected early using a PSA test and a digital rectal exam. However, research does not clearly show if the benefits of testing for prostate cancer outweigh the harms. While scientists search for a new test, the Canadian Cancer Society recommends fifty year old men talk to their doctor, especially if they are having symptoms like difficult, painful or frequent urination.

M is for Montréal

It’s the curve… the funny, sexy, masculine side of things.

If you are in Quebec this month you can check in on Justin to see if he got his Mo on this year. You could slip over to Ottawa, because Rick Mercer says he would love to see Steven Harper grow a moustache for Movember.

Or if all the politicians are busy, you could go to Club Soda in Montreal for five hours of music and comedy, celebrating men’s health.

I have already asked John Sutherland, the chairman of Abbotsford’s school board to grow a moustache with me, but he says he will only grow a playoff beard, when the hockey players go back to the ice.

Which Canadian would you like to see grow a Movember moustache?

M is for Montréal

Listen to this YouTube Rockumentary: M for Montreal 2011 to get the international flavour of bands from everywhere, Ireland, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and all over Canada.

Citizens’ Initiative

Signature collection point at The Body Shop in Kluuvi shopping centre, Helsinki, for one of the first citizens’ initiatives in Finland, about banning fur farming.

In political science, an initiative (also known as a popular or citizens’ initiative) is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote (plebiscite). The vote may be on a proposed statute, constitutional amendment, charter amendment or ordinance, or, in its minimal form, to simply oblige the executive or legislative bodies to consider the subject by submitting it to the order of the day. It is a form of direct democracy.

The initiative may take the form of either the direct initiative or indirect initiative. Under the direct initiative, a measure is put directly to a vote after being submitted by a petition. Under the indirect initiative, a measure is first referred to the legislature, and then put to a popular vote only if not enacted by the legislature. In United States usage, a popular vote on a specific measure is referred to as a referendum only when originating with the legislature. Such a vote is known, when originating in the initiative process, as an “initiative,” “ballot measure” or “proposition.” In New Zealand a vote initiated by the public is called a citizen initiated referendum.

Because parents are having such difficulty getting around judges and politicians, they have started placing measures on the ballot to create equal parenting laws after divorce. This would seem to be a method that makes judges and politicians as irrelevant as divorced parents often feel these officials already are to the process of rebuilding a life after divorce.

Grassroots Democracy and Enhanced Citizen Initiative:

Canada’s First Step towards Direct Democracy

British Columbia remains the only province in Canada, since 1995, to have adopted a citizen initiative law

British Columbia has a citizen initiative law known as the Recall and Initiative Act. The original proposal was put to voters in a referendum held in October 1991 and was supported by over 83% of voters. It was subsequently put into force by the incoming NDP government securing signatures of 10% of registered voters in each riding throughout British Columbia. The first successful referendum to be held under this legislation was decided in September 2011 on the subject of repealing the Harmonized Sales Tax. Details of its use in BC are available on the Elections BC website.

History of BC Initiatives

The Chief Electoral Officer has approved eight initiative applications since 1995. The applications addressed a wide range of topics, from electoral reform to balancing the provincial budget. Only one initiative petition, the HST initiative, has obtained the required number of signatures to pass.

If we are going to change the British Columbia Family Relations Act or the Family Law Act to include a presumption of equal parenting between mothers and fathers unless one of them has been found unfit then a citizen’s initiative, could bypass politicians who are obviously not eager to give up a lucrative industry like divorce. We should try to collect a half million signatures, 15% from each of the 85 electoral district in the province in 90 days, just like Mr. Vander Zalm did when he shut down the hated HST tax. In Walsh County, North Dakota, Mitch Sanderson used a citizen’s initiative to create an equal parenting law in his county. Politicians fought it all the way, but voters overwhelmingly supported it.

Tuesday morning, I called Walsh County and asked for the ballot language so I could apply it in British Columbia. The clerk offered to email me, the original petition from which a very similar ballot question was created. It’s only 10:00 a.m. and the petition has not arrived yet. But the American Coalition for Fathers and Children has also explained the anatomy of an initiative here.

Summary of BC Initiative Petitions

Vander Zalm’s fight against the HST put him on Santa’s nice list.

Here’s a State-by-State List of Initiative and Referendum Provisions.

The Sexiest (Divorced) Man Alive

I stole this idea from Huffington Post and People’s Magazine, because lately we often present men in plays and movies as smelly, hairy, and silly as if that were a bad thing. The writers ask, what’s the point of finding a sexy man if he’s already married and won’t even look at you? Shouldn’t the award for the sexiest man alive go to a divorcé? I’m just saying…

La fête des bulles d’amour – 25 avril, 2013
Ensemble, nous sommes capables de beaucoup.
Il n’y a que 163 jours avant la journée de sensibilisation!

Bubbles Of Love Day – April 25, 2013
Together We Can Make A Difference
Only 163 days till Awareness Day!

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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