Relax, It’s Canada Day!
Bonne fête du Canada!
4000 Celebrate 8th Annual International Canada Day in London
There are 4000 people celebrating Canada Day in Trefalgar Square in London, England today. They will be putting on their Lululemon pants and participating in a huge yoga class. The pigeons in the park will get to see Canadians in the pigeon pose. Namaste.
Summer Inspiration for Canadian Dads
With Tips For Dads From The University of British Columbia
Parents tell the same story over and over: They taught one of their struggling children to read, rite and do rithmetic and the child grew up to be a responsible adult and came back to thank the parents. This happens all the time. Parents are often champions for their children. Prime Minister Harper thanks his parents; says he wouldn’t be the man he is if not for his parents. President Obama is working hard NOT to be an absent dad like his father. Below is a wonderful video that acknowledges that today we have very involved fathers. Which is good because every child deserves a super hero or two.
Only in Canada, Eh?
School’s Out and It’s Canada Day Long Weekend in Abbotsford.
The above School’s Out photo comes from the B.C. Education Plan Facebook website. You can find it by typing B.C. Education and Literacy into the Facebook search bar. The photo was posted Friday, June 29, 2013.
Here’s a link to a video that also seems to only be availabe on the Facebook website about opening a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)before your child turns seven to access the $1,200 grant from the Government of B.C.
Family Court Judges Fail Video
A Sitting Supreme Court Judge Fails to Grasp Family Issues
Yesterday, I saw this video posted by the Honourable Mr. Justice Brownstone, who said that being a teacher is hard work and that teachers are routinely faced with hearbreaking parent conflict, which can profoundly affect children’s learning.
Parents are the only ones who know the issues in their family. There is no Canadian judge or teacher who knows our family issues. A judge’s job is to referee the issues not create the issues. And if it is a judge’s job to decide the priority issues then I would say that His Honourable Lordship and all of his Canadian brother and sister judges have utterly failed to come to grips with the priority family issue before their courts.
Unlike His Honourable Lordship, many Canadian teachers are NOT saying that parental alienation is child abuse, that parent conflict is heartbreaking and can profoundly affect children’s well-being. The major refrain from teachers is men are bad – we feel more comfortable with female parents. This is a school safety issue that doesn’t even address the fact that all Canadian family courts have declared that divorces are adversarial conflicts and encouraged parents to fight.
I don’t want Canadian parents to be too angry with our judges. His Honourable Lordship’s comment that parental conflict is finally not OK is a huge step away from Canada’s adversarial approach to no fault divorce and towards equality. Relax and have a sober and safe Canada Day.