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It’s Bubbles of Love Day 2017

Family feuds, like the Hatfield-McCoy War of 1863, have lasted a lifetime, or at least until everyone was dead. I am tired of high conflict divorce. It seemed hopeless and it never occurred to me we might someday outlive most of this abuse. I want to stand by Karen Copeland and all the other British Columbian parents who also have every cause to feel tired. Parents who work with Abbotsford’s pediatricians and specialists on care plans for children with chronic illnesses. Parents who spend many days each year, sometimes including Christmas Eve, in family court. Parents who have been alienated from their children for years. Parents who feel like they have given up simply because they stop for respite or to help their own elderly parents. We don’t think of it when our children are babies, but we usually spend much more time caring for our parents than our children.

A few people gently say to me, “You haven’t gotten too far. Wouldn’t it be better to quit talking about parental alienation?” When it first happened, it was excruciating. I couldn’t stop talking about it. But now I have found more peace. And of course it would be better for all these vulnerable parents to recover some strength, but their children are the primary victims of these types of struggles and need support and care, sometimes lifelong care. And in those cases I hope parents find some support and respite.

There is a wonderful Internet meme from history and divorce websites that lifts up tired parents. It points out that Adolf Hilter, like other heinous abusers, made us feel that if he just created enough chaos he could do anything. That there was no hope. But Winston Churchill, like other inspirational leaders, made you think YOU could do anything. And like, other community leaders, the Right Honourable Mr. Churchill, was not particularily partisan. In fact, he went with which ever political party he thought would achieve the most good. Mr. Churchill stood up to abusers and inspired a nation, and the entire commonwealth, to never, never, never give in.

And a special encouragement to fathers, because 92% of divorced dads are not treated like caregivers. Men are told that they can be called parents if they feel it in their hearts. This is the most powerful law in family court. It is used only to assign maintenance support, but never to assign parenting time. Men are told reproductive rights belong to women, not to humans. Men are told that children need money, not parents. Even though Canada’s honourable courts declare children need money, they have never advocated for men to protect their assets, or until recently, even their inheritance, for their children. Men are told that they are deadbeat, even violent characters and their lives are expendable. These ideas are sad discrimination and heart-breaking child abuse!

Canada’s attempt to maintain this greedy divorce industry, even includes promoting same-sex divorce starting in 2005. Gay divorce is suddenly less lucrative since marriage equality, or more correctly divorce equality, came to the United States in 2015. Now we all have the equal right to live in poverty and misery. The Canadian Revenue Agency and provincial Ministers of Finance refuse to advocate for divorced men, despite a statutory duty to do so. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

Chief Ernie Crey and many others ask for a National Inquiry into Missing or Murdered Indigenous People

refuses to advocate for boys and men, except as it might impact adult indigenous women and their families. Although the Revenue Agency is happy to advocate for itself against the suggestion it concealed Canada’s Child Tax Benefits from fathers for decades, or that it overlooked tax loopholes or maybe outright evasion by some of these desperate dads. Ministers of Finance routinely look for a share of this undue enrichment even today.

British Columbia’s Attorney General has a joint initiative with the Mayor of Abbotsford called Zero Tolerance Against Men to fight against domestic violence. This policy ignores the fact it was an Abbotsford Grandmother who was involved in murdering her daughter over a twisted definition of honour. This ignores the 13% of men that London’s Abused Womens Society claim suffer intimate partner violence or the more than half million Canadian men StatsCanada reports annually alert police about family violence. Disregarding violence against men and boys has the appearance of hypocrisy and injustice.

Zero Tolerance Against Men also ignores the 70% of Indigenous Canadians who are missing or murdered boys and men and their families. Turning a blind eye to missing or murdered Indigenous men and boys has the appearance of supporting murder. I urge our Honourable Attorney General of British Columbia to stop discriminating against an entire gender and their families. Instead, create a joint initiative with Fraser Health and the other health authorities for Zero Tolerance Against Prostate Cancer or Suicide or even even better, Zero Tolerance Against Child Abuse. And support the inclusion of men and boys in the National Inquiry into Missing or Murdered Indigenous People.

Child abuse, like any other public health issue, public interest issue, or public security issue, creates life-long effects and deficits, which increase health spending, school spending, and prison spending, with a major impact on all costs, because these developmental problems are life-long.

Abby Wear Plaid for Dad

Abbotsford City Councillors 2017 #WearPlaidForDad

Abbotsford teachers, principals, school trustees, and parent advisory councillors have been fighting to conceal mental health issues and school safety issues since 1998 because they believe it would be a huge public relations disaster and parents would move to schools without safety issues. The problem with this wrong-headed theory is obvious: teachers, trustees and judges have been the only professionals failing to acknowledge childhood mental illness at ALL Canadian schools. Some teachers unions have asked for pay increases, grudgingly admitting school safety issues exist. Judges are being sent to school to learn about child development. In approximately 2014, we changed vast swathes of Canada’s education laws and child protection laws to stop teachers from barring parents from school on the argument someone might have a restraining order against them. If any teacher bars you, claiming there is some restraining order somewhere against you – ask them to prove it. If the school district or school board says they can’t prove it, but you are still barred from school – ask the police to help you and your children.

Kids need support to facilitate community partnerships among families, students, law enforcement agencies, education systems, mental health and substance use disorder services, family-based mental health services, welfare agencies, health care services (including physicians), faith-based programs, trauma networks, and other community-based systems; and establish mechanisms for children and adolescents to report incidents of bullying or plans by other children, adolescents, or adults to commit violence.

It’s not only important for someone’s overall well-being, but not having this kind of support would definitely influence how students do in school. The wide-spread pain and social isolation created by Canada’s judges and educators is the exact opposite of family connections. The denial and coverup of child metal health concerns and school safety issues by teachers and judges is also the essence of the word stigma. Can you think of a few other words for this coverup and lack of support?

What are you doing in your community and workplace to be a good neighbour? At the Directorate of Agencies for School Health (DASH-BC), they say they believe that by promoting neighbourly values in their relationships with their colleagues and partners, they are better positioned to build healthy school communities. But the truth is parents are in the best position to deal with issues like Canada’s opioid crisis, bully crisis, or any other mental health concerns or childhood issues. It’s NOT only teachers that children remember for a lifetime. It is ALL the people from their childhood and especially their first teachers – their parents. Both teachers and Canadian courts have utterly overstated and overstepped their authority and ability to improve public health. It is vulnerable parents who need help finding child health resources, not teachers or lawyers.

April is the month when we focus on treatment and prevention of all types of child abuse. April 25th is when we focus on Parental Alienation Awareness.

IT’S ALMOST APRIL 25!


Join or start a Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (PAAO) or Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) branch in your province or territory & learn campaign and messaging tips to grow prevention in your community this spring.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a great opportunity for us all to build awareness and educate community members on how to prevent abuse. And today is the day. As you decide what kind of prevention or awareness campaign will best serve the members of your community this Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’re here to help with ready-to-go campaign ideas and messaging tips that work on the ground.

Given that our government doesn’t plan on fixing our broken systems any time soon — the Canadian Association for Equality is proud to announce that we opened the doors to Canada’s first Centre for Men and Families in 2014 — Toronto now has a home dedicated to the health and well-being of boys, men and their families.

Since it opened, visitors and calls to the centre have been non-stop. Fathers needing help regaining access to their children. Mothers seeking tools for their boys struggling to stay in school. Men in desperate need of counselling and peer support.

We need your help to keep the momentum going — please join us and make a donation today. View our video message at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVeyJ4hovYo or view PAAO’s message at http://www.paawareness.com/

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L’intimidation s’arrête ici! Bullying Stops Here.

Pink Shirt Day in Canada

Pink Shirt Day in Parliament

Québec déposera un projet de loi contre l’intimidation

L'intimidation s'arrête ici!

Il semble que Lise et ses membres à ANCQ doivent avoir des équipes pour faire face à des questions spéciales pour les enfants comme l’intimidation. Quand j’ai demandé à Lise sur la lutte contre l’intimidation, elle m’a envoyé ce lien Quebecs nouvelle loi anti-intimidation. Quand j’ai cherché pour l’anti-intimidation en Nouvelle-Écosse, j’ai trouvé ce lien dernières années, de nouveaux Cyber-intimidation loi. Le jour de la chemise rose est une façon amusante de faire cesser l’intimidation, mais aussi, les lois l’arreter.

A Fighting Chance in South Africa

Abbotsford School District Votes For Two-Week Spring Break For 9th Consecutive Year

50% of British Columbia’s School Boards have a one week Spring Break, because they say the Minister of Education recommended it. The other 50% have a two week Spring Break, because they say closing the schools for 5 days will save money. We can all agree that flippantly proposing different routines annually, based on no real science or research, inconveniences the public and damages the reputation of teachers, their union, and school boards. But I further argue this uncertainty and lack of routine is a public health and safety risk created by the Minister of Education based on the following three facts.

1. Almost nothing is more important to a child than a stable routine. Almost no one should know this better than teachers – except parents. Divorced parents have gone to court thousands of times, often spending thousands of dollars each to try to force confused family court judges to establish routines that allow children to maintain existing parent-child relationships, especially with their fathers. When the  School Board flippantly changes a community’s routines, it hurts children in many ways, but most notably by interfering with yearly educational and childcare planning. Saving money by closing schools for 2 weeks was never a valid excuse. Saving vulnerable children by only closing schools for 1 week and thereby reducing our community’s child care needs misses the point of declaring parent-child relationships paramount. Families should not be under so much stress that closing our schools for 5 days – as might happen in a storm – devastates them and leads to significantly reduced scholastic performance. We have got to give our children, our courts, and our communities a stable routine, and a stable school calendar as a matter of public health.

2. Five years ago our family was in grave distress because a teachers encouraged our daughter not to live with or even speak to me. The first people I told about my family’s distress were teachers in the classroom, the office, at the teachers’ union and the teachers’ professional association. They said the right thing: we are sorry that happened, that should never have happened, we are going to help you. But their help was to give me a phone number. Everything else was a cover up.

The second people I told about my family’s distress were other parents at the PAC, DPAC, and the school board. Being inexperienced, they said the wrong thing: we have known these people for over a decade, we cannot believe they would be involved in anything bad. Not being believed is such a common mistake that police officers and other professionals warn you about this response, when they are teaching people about child abuse. So my first point is that teachers are child development experts. My second point is sometimes experts make mistakes.

Abbotsford School Superintendent Kevin Godden

3. My third point is that my family court has long ago [1998] told me that it believed the best interest of our children was served by sharing all holidays equally. Since I now know which day this new holiday will be created – April 16, 2012 – I could book a court date for April 17, 2012 seeking an order to share this holiday equally, by showing the Honourable Court a copy of the School Board Notice of Motion and Record of the School Board Vote, except our daughter is now 18 years old and working, not to mention busy with her friends.

P.S. Dear Attorney General of British Columbia, do fathers really need to go to family court each April, spending  thousands of dollars on court and lawyer fees, to give our children the gift of Spring Break with Dad, which you and your family judges say is in our children’s best interests, simply because the Minister of Education cannot acknowledge our two week Spring Break and is unable to acknowledge the 50% of other School Districts that also have a two week March Break? Do we really need to vote on our school calendar every year, if it is unchanged from the 2 week break we have had for the last decade? Does this policy place families first? Finally, why do fathers have to wait for a holiday to be parents?

The letter from Abbotsford School Superintendent Kevin Godden regarding the Parent Consultations about our two week Spring Break is here.

Teachers Start Three Day Strike On Monday, March 5

Education Minister George Abbott’s statement about the teacher’s strike and the Education Improvement Act Bill 22 which he calls fair and reasonable,  is here.

The leader of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, Susan Lampert, says two amazing things in the above video:

1. That BC Teachers were the best in the world, tied with with Norway’s teachers for this honour, but have since fallen to fifth place.

2. That BC Teachers have been falsely accused of manipulating British Columbia’s child protection system by placing union leaders as key decision makers in the teacher discipline system.

First of all, it is not Premier Christy Clark who is asking questions about parental alienation – it is me. In fact, the Premier is trying to cover up parental alienation problems with her sham attempt to reform family law with parental coordinators that cost at least $8,000 each. Second, if the teachers are caught between two bad things: between getting in trouble for exposing parents as alienators, or for going along with alienation and bullying, then all I can say to Susan is  –  welcome to my world. Third, if criminalizing parents as either deadbeat dads or malicious moms is wrong, then isn’t criminalizing teachers as child abusers also wrong? The inevitable outcome of this war between the teachers and British Columbia is that parental alienation will be acknowledged by everyone. Make Teaching a Parental Alienation Aware Profession.

BC Families Scramble For Child Care Ahead of Teachers’ Strike

The Vancouver Sun newspaper report about the public health and safety effect of the teachers’ strike is here.

Ecstasy Overdoses Amongst Students: Drug Task Force Created

The Abbotsford School District has struck a task force to respond to the recent incidents of ecstasy overdoses amongst students in Abbotsford, as well as to review the school district’s and community’s capacity to respond effectively to the issues of student misuse of drugs.

A letter from the Chief Constable, Bob Rich, regarding the drug task force  is here.

Only 53 days till Bubbles of Love
Seulment 53 jours devant Les Bulles d’Amour

Québec rend défi amical à Abbotsford pour soutenir les enfants

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