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This Child advocacy Site has been established to provide a National Resource for all groups in Canada who are advocating for a child's right not to be abused, manipulated, alienated, or denied the emotional and physical contact or support from their fathers or mothers. To provide information to other Canadian advocacy groups, grandparents, fathers, children, mothers, and non-custodial parent on custody, divorce, child abuse, shared parenting, visitation, access, family law, child support, parental alienation syndrome, family law reform, children rights, counseling, and child abduction, To hold, lawyers, judges, politicians, and persons in authority accountable for allowing the rights of Canadian Children and Parent's to be ignored because of ignorance or political pressure. Working with and uniting all Canadian children's and Parent advocacy groups by eliminating divisionary politics and reform of the divorce law in Canada to provide shared parenting and access / visitation by non-custodial parent, fathers, and grandparents.
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Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2000 4:48 AM
Subject: RE: Internet Comments/Questions
Dear Mr. Wilsher:
Minister Green has asked that I forward the following response to you.
Diane Mercier-Allain Executive Secretary to Honourable Bradley Green
I am writing in response to your e-mail message of March 19, 2000 regarding the custody matter involving Mr. Steve Osborne. I understand from officials in my department that there was a full hearing in this matter and that the judge made an order which it is his duty to do, with the primary consideration being the best interests of the children. I am not aware that any conditions were attached to the custody order, such as a non-removal clause.
With regard to the Special Joint Committee's recommendations in the report "For the Sake of the Children", the federal/provincial/territorial Ministers responsible for Justice have given the Family Law Committee a mandate to develop legislative and service reforms to better ensure the future well being of children in divorce and separation situations. The Province of New Brunswick agrees fully with the principles of the reform, which follow. This work will be completed by Spring 2002.
I understand that there will be public consultations on reform and I urge you and your organization to become involved. Regarding Mr. Osborne's matter, I am unable to intervene since the Minister of Justice has no authority to overturn an order of the Court of Queen's Bench. Mr. Osborne has been informed of his right to appeal and that he may also make a complaint to the federal Judicial Council if he has concerns about the judge involved. I trust that this is satisfactory and, as the reforms in family law move forward, I would be pleased to keep you informed of our progress.
Q.C. Minister of Justice and Attorney General
A Statement of Principles on Custody and Access Reform
1. Ensure that the needs and well being of children are paramount.
2. Promote an approach that recognizes that no one mode of post-separation parenting will be ideal for all children and that takes into account how children and youth experience separation and divorce at different stages of development.
3. Support measures that protect children from violence, conflict, abuse and economic hardship.
4. Recognize that children and youth benefit from the opportunity to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with both parents, when it is safe and positive to do so.
5. Recognize that children and youth benefit from the opportunity to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with grandparents and other extended family members, when it is safe and positive to do so.
6. Recognize the positive contributions of culture and religion in children's lives.
7. Promote non-adversarial dispute resolution mechanisms, but retain court hearings as mechanisms of last resort.
8. Provide a legislative clarity to the legal responsibilities of caring for children.
9. Recognize the overlapping jurisdiction of custody and access in Canada, and make efforts to provide coordinated and complementary legislation and services.
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