Family

25 Apr 2017 The Easter bunny goes to court

Lawyer John Carpay for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton is being taken to court over a decision to remove two young children from a foster home. The decision to remove those children was allegedly made because the foster parents refused to pro-actively affirm the notion that the Easter Bunny is real. John Carpay from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is taking on the case. “What’s important here is that if you’ve got foster parents who are providing a loving, caring home, and the kids...

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25 Apr 2017 A useless amendment masquerading as a bold defence of religious freedom

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema Ontario’s opposition PC Party has proposed an amendment to Bill 89; the Liberal government’s move to re-write the laws around child protection, adoption, and foster parenting. The bill has prompted a lot of concern that parental rights - particularly around freedom of religion - are being ignored. To fix that, the PC Party of Ontario has proposed an amendment to the Bill; the addition of three words: “creed includes religion.” The term “creed” is part of a long list of attributes that are spelled out; qualities...

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21 Apr 2017 Haunted by the “hetero-normative” family

A behind-the-scenes look at recent changes to family law in Ontario By John Sikkema Oh. I’m a zombie, raised by zombies. That’s what I learned at an Ontario Bar Association (OBA) event earlier this year called “The All Families Are Equal Act: Celebrating and Understanding the Legislative Changes.” The event was a “professional development” seminar – something lawyers must attend from time to time to keep their law license. These things usually have dull names like “Recent Changes in Corporate Tax Law” or “A Primer on Real Estate Litigation”. But this session, the...

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18 Apr 2017 An Open Letter to Alberta’s Minister of Education

ARPA Canada routinely asks for you, our supporters, to submit respectful letters to our elected representatives. Every once in a while we see an example that is extraordinary in its tone, content and force. Below is one such example. Dear Minister Eggen, I hope this message finds you well. I am writing primarily in regards to the controversy surrounding the recent showing of "The Case Against Abortion: Personhood." However, I will also take this opportunity to share my perspective and concern on your approach to education more generally. My family and I live...

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18 Apr 2017 ARPA lawyer presents to Ontario committee on bill extending gender ideology into family law

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema Debate on Ontario's Bill 89 is coming down to the final stages. This bill, if passed, will replace the Child and Family Services Act. Among other things, it requires child protection workers, foster parents, adoption service providers, and judges to take into account and respect a child’s “race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.” Earlier this month, ARPA lawyer John Sikkema made a brief appearance before the Justice Committee at Queen's Park. Sikkema...

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11 Apr 2017 ARPA presents to Committee reviewing Bill 89

by John Sikkema On Thursday afternoon, April 6, I appeared before the Ontario legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy on behalf of ARPA Canada to discuss Bill 89. I was given five minutes to present to the Committee, which was supposed to be followed by nine minutes of questions from Committee members. (More on that, below.) Given the short presentation time, I focused on why it is bad public policy to add a long list of personal identifying characteristics (the child’s race, family diversity, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and...

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10 Apr 2017 Urgent Action: Bill 89 – Final Committee review this week

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns with your MPP    The Standing Committee on Justice Policy will do a “line by line” review of Bill 89 this Thursday, April 13. This is the last opportunity for Committee members to propose amendments. In our written submission to the Committee, ARPA included a list of ten proposed amendments, but now that it’s “crunch time”, we need to focus on just two (below). In case you are not familiar with Ontario’s Bill 89, it would replace the current Child and Family Services Act, which...

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04 Apr 2017 Bill S-206: The Bill to Ban Spanking

Bill S-206, “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence)”, will, if passed, remove a provision of the Criminal Code (section 43) that permits parents to use limited, minor physical force for disciplinary purposes. Section 43 states: “a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a… child… if the force does not exceed what is reasonable in the circumstances.” This section – as interpreted by the Supreme Court of Canada (at paragraphs 23-25, 37 of their judgment) – only permits disciplinary force that...

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28 Mar 2017 Was federal budget 2017 family friendly? An expert weighs in

Andrea Mrozek, Program Director - Cardus Family The Trudeau government unveiled the second budget of its mandate last week. There's still no plan to balance the books. The deficit projection for the current fiscal year is at $23-billion, and that goes up to $28.5 billion next year. There were a couple of initiatives with regard to families. Andrea Mrozek with Cardus Family says one of those family initiatives is worth supporting. It relates to parental benefits and maternity leave, where parents can now take a lower payout over 18 months instead...

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21 Mar 2017 Five Bills in Five Years: Gender Ideology in Ontario

By John Sikkema Bill 33 in 2012 (“Toby’s Act”), Bill 13 in 2012 (“Accepting Schools Act”), Bill 77 in 2015 (“Affirming Gender Identity Act”), Bill 28 in 2016 (“All Families Are Equal Act”), and now Bill 89 (“Supporting Children, Youth, and Families Act”): together these bills represent the swift advance of a left-wing social agenda in Ontario. Bill 33 added “gender identity and gender expression” to Ontario’s Human Rights Code in 2012. Ontario was the first jurisdiction in North America to pass such a law. Bill 13 required public and Catholic schools...

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