Family

09 Mar 2017 Is Bill 89 about human rights? Don’t buy it.

Today we tackle the claim that Bill 89 is needed in order to bring Ontario’s child services law into better alignment with human rights law. The Opposition Critic for Children and Youth Services, Sylvia Jones (recently replaced by Gila Martow), expressed her support for the government’s Bill 89 early on, saying, “What I see in the legislation is now it’s just matching what’s in the Human Rights Code.” Here again, the Opposition could use a healthy dose of skepticism as it reviews government legislation. Yes, Bill 89 incorporates the list of protected...

Read More

07 Mar 2017 Time for the Opposition to do its job on Bill 89

John Diefenbaker One talking point we’ve heard regarding the Liberal government’s Bill 89 – from the Opposition – is that it’s hard to oppose a bill that is all about protecting children. But the Opposition’s job is not to use the good in government bills as an excuse for failing to scrutinize and oppose the bad parts. The Opposition’s job is to oppose. Constructively, yes, but oppose nonetheless. As John Diefenbaker, our 13th Prime Minister, said,       If Parliament is to be preserved as a living institution, his Majesty's Loyal Opposition...

Read More

06 Jan 2017 Bill 89 Pushes Gender Ideology in Child Services

Take Action: Use one of the three EasyMail letters to share your concerns about Bill 89 with your MPP Ontario's Family Law Revolution Continues Ontario's Bill 89, will (if passed) replace the Child and Family Services Act, which governs child protection, foster care, and adoption services. The “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act” was introduced shortly after the legislature passed Bill 28, the so-called “All Families Are Equal Act”, and reflects similar ideological leanings. Bill 89 requires child protection, foster, adoption service providers, and judges to take into account and respect a child’s “race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship,...

Read More

13 Dec 2016 Grassroots Activism on Ontario’s Bill 28 Leaves a Mark

Bill 28 passed its final vote a few weeks ago with the official support of all parties, although a large portion of the Opposition caucus was absent from the vote. The bill, which makes major changes to Ontario family law, will take effect in January. ARPA Canada strongly opposed this bill. You can read our articles What’s a Family Anyway? and FAQ on Ontario’s Bill 28 to learn more about the bill. Unfortunately, the Progressive Conservative Opposition decided not to do their job of questioning the government’s intentions with this bill...

Read More

10 Nov 2016 FAQ on Ontario’s Bill 28, the “All Families Are Equal Act”

How will Bill 28 affect me and my family? Are “natural families” and “natural parents” really so important? What about adoptive parents? Isn’t the main purpose of the bill to simplify the process for both partners in a same-sex couple to be recognized as parents? Bill 28 facilitates having children through surrogacy. What’s the problem with that? If you have not read ARPA’s main article on Bill 28, we encourage you to read it first. There you will also find links to EasyMail letters on this topic. If you have already...

Read More

21 Oct 2016 What’s a family, anyway? Ontario government to radically change family law

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPV_qQH-MYU The Ontario government is fast-tracking a bill that, if passed, will fundamentally overhaul family law in Ontario. It is critical that we understand these changes and seize the narrow window of opportunity to share our concerns with our leaders before the legislation becomes law.It is critical that we understand these changes and seize the narrow window of opportunity to share our concerns with our leaders before the legislation becomes law. Bill 28, the Orwellian “All Families Are Equal Act”, removes the term “mother” and “father” from all Ontario law, to be...

Read More

19 Oct 2016 Ontario’s government quietly removing ‘mother’ and ‘father’

Read our extended analysis of this Bill here. The Ontario government is pushing through the radical Bill 28, called the "All Families Are Equal Act", to totally redefine the family. In summary, this bill eliminates the word mother 17 times and father 23 times from provincial family law and creates 4 parents instead of 2. "Mother" is being replaced by "birth parent" or simply, "parent". The most basic social institution, which has served the human community from time immemorial, ought not to be redefined in a rush like this omnibus bill...

Read More

23 Mar 2016 Alberta: Take Action on Gender Guidelines

Alberta’s provincial government is forcing upon our schools a totalitarian, one-size-fits-all regime of “gender guidelines,” and they’re doing so without even a vote in the Legislature. You can read ARPA’s full analysis of these guidelines, and how they undermine faith, family, and reason here. Among many other things, these “guidelines” mean that a male student can “self-identify” as female and enter our girls’ change rooms. They also mean any gender specific talk of “mom” or “dad” or “girls” or “boys” must be discouraged and changed to “neutral” terms like “parents.” Yes, that includes in private Christian schools as well. The guidelines would impose upon our schools the most extreme form of so-called "gender ideology." The Alberta government is undermining the role of parents as educators and the independence of school boards, including faith-based schools.
Read More

19 Jan 2016 Will spanking become illegal?

Canadian Children: Whose Responsibility?In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, the Trudeau Government has announced it plans to implement all of its recommendations, including the complete removal of section 43 of the Criminal Code – which provides allowances for corporal discipline for teachers and parents. Definitions:Corporal discipline is the use of reasonable, non-injurious physical force with the intention and purpose of correction or control of a child’s behavior. Guidelines:Canada’s Supreme Court (SCC) laid out very clear guidelines for corporal discipline in 2004: Force must be sober and reasoned, address actual behaviour, and be intended to restrain, control, or express symbolic disapproval The child must have the capacity to understand and benefit from the correction, not being under 2 years of age Force must be transitory and trifling, must not harm or degrade the child and must not be based on the gravity of the wrongdoing Force may not be administered to teenagers Force may not involve objects such as rulers or belts Force may not be applied to the head
Read More

23 Oct 2015 Ontario Man convinces Gov’t to change Resources on Corporal Punishment

A few years ago Mr. Harold Hoff, a former stock broker and resident of Southern Ontario, noticed that the Department of Justice and the department of Health were circulating incorrect information on the subject of corporal punishment. “There were several statements that were egregious,” Mr. Hoff pointed out in an interview for ARPA Canada’s Lighthouse News, “for example, ‘why spanking doesn’t work,’ ‘experts say that spanking is not an effective form of discipline,’ ‘spanking can make children angry and resentful,’… and ‘it teaches them that hitting others is ok.’ Now a lot of these things have scientifically and empirically been proven false with a large amount of real-time data.” After seeing the information online, Mr. Hoff ran a two-year study of his own on the subject to provide more empirical evidence. His study of 18,000 minors in 13 institutions where corporal punishment is the main method of correction answered questions such as: ‘is corporal punishment effective, and to what degree is it effective?’ and ‘does corporal punishment create bullies or does it deter them?’
Read More