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FAMILY INJUSTICE IN CANADA

“We must vigilantly stand on guard within our own borders for human rights and fundamental freedoms which are our proud heritage... we cannot take for granted the continuance and maintenance of those rights and freedoms.”

- John Diefenbaker 1895-1979 – 13th Prime Minister of Canada who established the Canadian Bill of Rights

Welcome To The Family Injustice In Canada Page

A warning to the readers of this page:

On this page, you are going to read some very shocking stories and letters writen by Canadian Citizens, Mothers, Fathers, Step-Mothers and Step-Fathers, Grandparents, Brothers and Sisters, Aunts and Uncles, but most importantly, from the children themselves, about the injustices they have faced in dealing with the Canadian Family Justice System.

To read more stories and watch more videos detailing how Canadian Families are having their Civil, Constitutional, and Human Rights trampled on by the Canadian "Family Justice" System, please visit www.canadacourtwatch.com.

The stories and letters that you are going to read would make John Diefenbaker roll over in his grave.

You are going to read appalling accounts of people who have been driven to the desperation of suicide. You are also going to read the words written by their children, as well as other family members.

You are going to read about the all too common problem of Parental Alienation, a form of Child Abuse that is being encouraged each and every day in Canada, by so-called “Honourable” Judges, who are supposed to be ruling in the best interests of the children.

You are going to read accounts about the misconduct of so-called “Honourable” Judges, and how they have illegally intimidated people, even young children, as well as the widespread and unrestrained problem of Judges illegally altering official Court Transcripts, and how the Government of Canada has ignored the issue and refused to prosecute, or remove those Judges from the bench for doing so.

You will read accounts about the misconduct and unethical practises of Family Law Lawyers, including the Office Of The Children’s Lawyer.

You will read about the prevalent Gender Bias in the Canadian Family Justice System, the bias of Family Law Judges, the bias of Family and Children Service workers, as well as the bias of Canadian Police Officers.

You will also watch videos of people recounting the injustices that they, their children and their families have suffered under the Canadian Family Justice System, including the misconduct of Judges, Lawyers, Court Reporters, Family and Children Services Workers, Police Officers, etc…, etc…

The stories and letters that you are going to read, as well as the videos that you are going to watch, are extremmelly shocking and distressing, because they recount the injustices that are happening in our Canadian Family Court Rooms each and every day, to Canadian Citizens.

Canada is a Country that is supposed to uphold justice and democracy.

Canada is a Country that is supposed to be dedicated to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is supposed to be upholding the rights and freedoms of every Canadian Citizen laid out in the Charter. To view a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in PDF format, click here.

Canada is a Country that is supposed to be abiding by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, and as a signator to the convention, (Canada signed the Convention on May 28th, 1990 and ratified the Convention on December 13th, 1991), Canada is supposed to make sure that the provisions of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child becomes part of Canadian National Law. To view a copy of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in PDF format, click here.

The stories and letters that you are going to read, as well as the videos that you are going to watch, describe a different Country than the one Canada is supposed to be. Unfortunately for each and every Canadian Citizen, they describe the truth about the Government of this Country, and the truth about the Family Judicial System in Canada.

They describe a Nation that cares nothing for the best interests of children. They describe a Nation that cares nothing about Justice. They describe a Nation that does not care for it’s own citizens and shamefully does not uphold it’s own Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They describe a Nation that does not believe that strong families are the foundation of our society and that the best interests of children should be paramount when families separate or divorce. They describe a Nation whose Government is not committed to promoting positive outcomes for the entire family during separation or divorce. As stated above, they are unfortunately describing Canada. Our home and native land. The True North, strong and free!

I hope that in reading these letters and watching these videos, and hearing peoples’ stories recounting the terrible injustices that their Families have been put through by the Canadian Family Injustice System, that it angers you, and motivates you to want to do something to help change the system For The Sake Of The Children and their families.

This is not the Canada that I want to live in. Do you want to live in a Canada that cares nothing about it’s own citizens? Do you want to live in a Canada that cares nothing about Justice? Do you want to live in a Canada that cares nothing about it’s own children, about it’s own future? If you don’t, then please visit the How Can I Help Page to see how you can help make a difference and make Canada a better place to live For The Sake Of The Children and their Families.


June 22nd, 2010

A divorced B.C.father who hasn't seen his daughter for months blames the family court system and is joining others in a call for change. Read the compelling CBC new article at http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/06/21/bc-accessdenied.html.


April 27th, 2010

What this next story clearly shows is the fact that Parents and children have no rights in Canada. This is something that Canadians need to start waking up to. Our children are not our own. They belong to the State! This story clearly shows that reality. The reality of this fact is that it demonstrates that Canada is not the democratic nation that we have been led to believe it is. The truth of the matter is this; Any nation in which children belong to the State is clearly a Fascist Nation.

In this story, a couple in Kamloops, BC, had their three youngest children removed by the B.C. government after they gave shelter to their mentally ill adult son, who had been turned away from government care.

This story clearly demonstrates how the Canadian Government, whether it be Federal or Provincial, would rather spend our hard earned tax dollars to destroy a Family, than to help a Family that is in need of help.

Time to wake up Canada! This could have easily been done to your Family!

"We had our parental rights taken away from us," said Leah tearfully. "And that's all we wanted to do was parent our kids. That's all we wanted when we called for help." - Leah Flagg - Here is the article:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/04/26/bc-kidsremoved.html#ixzz0pDAVQYOV


May 9th, 2010

A Calgary mom is pleading with Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a fellow parent to help her bring her 12-year-old son home to Canada after almost two years in a series of U.S. foster homes.

Lisa Kirkman held a Mother's Day rally to bring attention to the fact her son, Noah, has been in foster care in Oregon since September 2008. She told Harper from the steps of Calgary's federal government building to think of his own son and daughter, who are close to Noah in age.

"We're asking you, Prime Minister Harper, to make (a) firm commitment to my son's return so that next Mother's Day I can hold my son and have him make me breakfast in bed with his sister, and tell him that I love him more than anything in the world, just like you're able to do with your son today."

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100509/national/us_cda_foster_child


This next story demonstrates the very real problem in Canadian Family Court Rooms of Criminal Judges fraudulantly altering and editing Court transcripts. This is something that happens every day in our Family Courts.

This is an article about the criminal conduct of a Family Court Judge, “Justice” Marvin Zuker, who got caught altering Court Transcripts in 2005. Now this is clearly an illegal, criminal act, which should have resulted in criminal charges being laid on Mr. Zucker, as well as his being removed from the bench, but as we clearly have a two-tier “Justice” system in Canada, Mr. Zucker was let off with only a warning.

"This guy gets the least punishment for what must be one of the worst things a judge can do," Kopyto said. "You and I would be in jail if we changed a court transcript." Here is the article:

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/217218


Family courts in Canada are a subject of growing resentment by the Canadian people. While Canada advertises to the world as being a free and democratic society, behind the scenes, the Canadian family court system destroys many good, loving and hard working Canadian families, especially fathers. Listen to this Canadian woman’s testimony on Canad’s morally corrupt “Family Justice” system:

http://www.vimeo.com/7847952


Watch this video in which a Canadian man speaks out about his experience with court transcripts being fixed by court staff to protect lawyers and those in the legal profession.

This occurred at the same courthouse where Justice Marvin Zuker was caught altering court transcripts:

http://www.vimeo.com/8712090


Prime Minister Stephen Harper claims to his fellow Canadians and to the rest of the world that Canada is a country that all Canadians are proud of. He claims that he has the "team" that is capable of protecting the income and opportunities of all Canadians.

This video starts with the testimony of a young mother who lost everything she ever worked for in Canada as a result of the family court system and the Children's Aid Society, clearly shows that Mr. Harper's words and promises during an election mean nothing when it comes down to the real every day world of hard-working Canadians.

Before fleeing persecution in Canada, this mother wanted her testimony to be recorded to help in the struggle to end the injustices perpetreated against the Canadian people and to restore justice to the Canadian family court system.

This young woman's uncle was a judge in a Toronto court and she was raised in the belief that justice existed in the Canadian family court system. Her dreams of having justice in Canada have been shattered and her relationship with her child destroyed by a child protection system gone not only BAD but MAD!

Other testimony from other Canadians is added to this video as part of an ongoing project to provide testimony from a cross section of Canadians.

How Canadians have been betrayed by Canada's morally corrupt family court and child protection systems: http://www.vimeo.com/7489147


Here is an example of how children are being abused and exploited while in the care of the Children's Aid Society. This is an article about a mother who says she turned her teenage son over to the Children's Aid Society to get him some much needed help. Now, she is suing the Children’s Aid Society after she learned that the foster Mother whose home her son was placed in has been charged with molesting her son. Here is the link


The following is a speech that was presented on March 11, 2002, before a crowd of supporters in front of the Brandon, Manitoba Courthouse, by the then 15-year-old Ashlee White, whose father, Mr. Darrin White, had committed suicide in March of 2000 due to the pressure and stress of the persecution and injustice he was experiencing by Canada’s gender-biased Family Court System.

Darrin White Mr. White, who was being denied any access to his children by his former wife and the so-called “Family” Court System of Canada, had also been ordered by the courts to pay his estranged wife twice his take-home pay in child support and alimony each month.

BC Supreme Court Judge, Master Doug Baker ordered Darren to pay $2,071 per month in child and spousal support (yet, he wasn’t even being allowed to see his own children). His monthly income at the time of that order was only $950 after taxes. He was also paying $439 a month to support an older child from a previous marriage. Master Baker also ordered Darren out of his home with only two days notice. Darren had nowhere to live nor any way to meet his court ordered financial obligations. Darren was already being denied any access to his children. He was 32 years old, and he had suddenly lost everything; his home, his marriage, his children and his dignity. Darren went into the woods near the University of Northern BC in Prince George, and hung himself.

Does this sound like Justice to you???

Ashlee White’s speech is very important, as it is the voice of a child, a child whose best interests are supposed to be at the forefront of the Canadian Family Justice System. Here are Ashlee’s words: To view Ashlee’s speech in PDF format, please click here.


                   
In Memory of All Good Fathers

March 11, 2002

My name is Ashlee Barnett White. I am the daughter of late Darrin White, the loving father who committed suicide because of unjust treatment from the family court system. I would like to thank everyone for coming here today and for joining in to not only remember the death of my father, but more importantly to help bring hope for the many other children who suffer now as a result of family court injustices or will at some time in the future.

I am here today not only to speak for my father, but for all fathers and all non-custodial parents who have suffered injustice because of the family court system. The destruction of parents, mostly fathers, is a plague on our nation. It is no less than a national disgrace. To have parents who cannot see their children in a civilized country is nothing less than barbaric. To have a family court system that destroys families and punishes good loving fathers is not acceptable.

I know that if my father was alive today he would be proud to see me up here and speaking in front of a group of supporters for this is not an easy thing to do. I know that he would be thankful to see that his death was not in vain but that it has served as a rallying point for a more noble and just cause. My father was a good man and would be happy to see me fight for something he believed in – Justice.

Let me tell you about my father. He was a loving and devoted father who only wanted to have what most fathers want – a family that he could care for and love. In the time before his death the thing he wanted the most was to have contact with the children he loved. He was a father who I know loved me.

Probably the biggest fault of my father was that he trusted and believed in those around him. He trusted his wife, only to have her leave him, take his children and prevent him from seeing the children he loved and adored. He trusted the court system to bring him justice for he believed that Canada’s Family Court System was supposed to be one of the best justice systems in the world. But he was wrong. The family court system took his money and rather than giving him justice, subjected him to the most harsh and cruel punishment. He trusted his country, Canada, for he believed that Canada was supposed to have rights and freedoms to protect its citizens. But he was wrong. His country did not come to help him but trampled on his rights and freedoms and supported those in the family court system who was subjecting him to the injustice. His county let him down.

Since the death of my father, I have found out much about our family court system. I have found out that the circumstances surrounding my father were not isolated events. I have learned that many other fathers in Canada are being subjected to the same cruel torture by the same biased family court system that destroyed the heart and soul of my father prior to his death. I have learned that many other fathers have taken their lives as well just so that they can stop the pain and suffering.

Fathers play an important role in the lives of their children. They are there to share the birth of their children and to see them take their first steps. The first day of school and the first tooth are events that father’s share with their children. There are countless children who can remember how their father taught them to ride their two-wheeler bikes. Many fathers are there to give hugs, to say good night and to tell bedtime stories. Lets not kid ourselves, when it comes to raising kids, fathers are important.

Let all of us pause for just a minute and close our eyes and think for one moment. Think of something good about your father when you were little and bring it fresh into your memory…(Pause)

Now think of a few more things you remember about your father when you were little…(Pause)

Now imagine if your father was not there in your memories. Imagine that all the good thoughts you just had were never there. Imagine your father being ripped away from you. …forever. Would your life not be missing something?

Every day in Canada, this very thing is happening to young children across Canada. Every day children are being ripped away from their loving fathers as a result of a family break up. Every day hopes and dreams are being torn away from children. What is most disgusting is that our very family court system allows this to happen. When this is allowed to happen children are destroyed.

How many girls, like myself, have been robbed of their father to walk them down the isle when they get married? How may boys have been robbed of their father to guide them and to make them honest and caring men themselves? How many children have been robbed of their fathers who will help them fix their toys and be there to hug them? How many grandchildren have been robbed of their grandfathers?

As a young Canadian, after seeing how the court system and the country that support this court destroy my father and how it continues to destroy other children and their families, I can only say that I am utterly ashamed. As a Canadian, I am ashamed as to how the justice system continues to ignore the wishes of its own people and continues to delay implementation of much needed changes to our divorce laws, changes that Canadians want. As most of us know the Justice Department has deliberately delayed implementation of the Joint Senate/House of Commons report on Custody and Access.

We have a challenge ahead of us. We must stand together. We must fight together. We must fight to return justice to Canada’s Family Courts for the sake of the children of Canada and for the sake of Canada itself.

Now let’s spread the word and on behalf of all the children in Canada, let us continue on with our fight and to let our government know that if Canada is truly to be a place that families can be proud to call home then our family courts must understand only one thing, and that is Shared Parenting. Let us not ever forget that Kids Need Both Parents.

Thank you and God Bless.

Ashlee Barnett White

                   
To read a copy of an article about Darrin White written by Jeff Lee of the Vancouver Sun, please click here.

To read a copy of an article from the Fox News website, that makes reference to Darrin White’s suicide please click here. The article was written by Wendy McElroy, and was published by Fox News on January 29, 2002. In the article, Mrs. McElroy states that there is, “an alarming rise in male suicides. According to a round of studies conducted in North America, Europe and Australia, one reason for the increase may be the discrimination fathers encounter in family courts, especially the denial of access to their children.” She goes on to appropriately state, “If a similar rise in female suicides was occurring, a public crusade would demand a remedy. Yet the extraordinarily high rate of male suicide is rarely discussed.”

To read a copy of an article entitled Darrin White, please click here.

To read a copy of a letter Darrin White's Dad, Les White wrote to Prime Minister Chrétien on August 27, 2002, please click here.

To read a copy of a letter Darrin's Father, Les White wrote to BC Attorney General Geoff Plante on July 12th, 2004, please click here.


On October 17th, 1995, Andy Renouf committed suicide. Andy was a Dad who had been deprived of any relationship with his daughter for approximately 4 years. Andy was a Father who had 100% of his wages taken by the Government of Ontario collection agency, the Family Responsibility Office (FRO), and was left with only $00.43 to live on. Andy was a man who had lost all hope, and decided that there was no further point in continuing his life. Andy left a suicide note in which he stated, “It is my last will and testament that this letter be published for all to see and read.” Here is Andy’s letter:

A.T. Renouf
7470 Ninth Line,
Markham, Ont.
L6B 1A8

16-October-1995

To Whom It May Concern,

Last Friday (13-October) my bank account was garnisheed. I was left with a total of $00.43 in the bank.

At this time I have rent and bill's to pay, which would come to somewhere approaching $1500.00 to $1800.00.

Since my last pay was also direct deposited on Friday I now have no way of supporting myself. I have no money for food or for gas for my car to enable me to work. My employer also tells me that they will only pay me by direct deposit. I therefore no longer have a job, since the money would not reach me.

I have tried talking to the Family Support people at 1916 Dundas St. E., but their answer was:- " we have a court order." repeated several times.

I have tried talking to the welfare people in Markham. Since I earned over $520.00 last month I am not eligible for assistance.

I have had no contact with my daughter in approx. 4 year's. I do not even know if she is alive and well. I have tried to keep her informed of my current telephone number but she has never bothered to call.

I have no family and no friend's, very little food, no viable job and very poor future prospects. I have therefore decided that there is no further point in continuing my life. It is my intention to drive to a secluded area, near my home, feed the car exhaust into the car, take some sleeping pills and use the remaining gas in the car to end my life.

I would have preferred to die with more dignity.

It is my last will and testament that this letter be published for all to see and read.

Signed

A.T. Renouf

                   
To view a copy of the actual letter that Andy wrote, please click here.

To view a copy of A Suicide Remembered, by Rev. Alan Stewart, please click here.

Reverend Stewart appropriately states in A Suicide Remembered, “The terrible reality of this story is that everyone lost. A daughter lost her father. An ex-wife lost her support. Society lost a good and productive member, and Andrew lost the most precious thing: his life. Surely a system that makes everyone a loser has got to be wrong.”

To read a copy of an article entitled, Dad’s Are Dying, published in the Toronto Sun on Monday, November 18, 2002, written by Mark Bonokoski, please click here.


Watch this video interview from CBC News in which Susan Ormiston talks with Family Court Judge Harvey Brownstone, who has spent 14 years refereeing ugly custody disputes, and has written a book entitled, Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court.

In the interview Justice Brownstone states, "Children need peace, more than they need their parents to be right." He states further, "If you really love your children, you have to love your children more than you dislike each other, because if you do, you would make comprimises with each other. You would force yourself to make peace, for the sake of your children. Children need that stability and need to know that their parents are on the same side, for them."

In speaking about Children, Justice Brownstone states, "I will tell you this, anytime I have spoken to a child in a custody case, I have always received the same message; I would like my parents to get back together, and I would like to live with both of them, and that is the one wish that a Judge can't grant." He goes on to state, "The other thing that children tell Judges all of the time is; I wish my parents would stop fighting."

Justice Brownstone states that the reason he wrote the book was, "as a plea to parents to think very long and hard about why they chose to have children in the first place, and what it is that they want their children to get out of their childhoods, because we all learn how to have relationships from what we saw as we were growing up. Every expert will tell you that we learn about relationships from our parents and if we are witnessing marital discourse, conflict, hostility, constantly..., all of the studies have shown that children growing up in that environment have very difficult times forming attachments and bonding in an appropriate way with thier life partners, and it's got to stop. It's an epidemic. We are talking about an epidemic."

In speaking about the failings of the current Canadian Family Justice System, Justice Brownstone states, "It is very frustrating job being a Judge because we are dependant on the parents to provide the evidence to us. We don't know these people. We don't know thier children." He goes on to state, "We are very dependant on the parents to present the evidence to us about the children so that we can make the best decision, but you quickly learn as a Judge that parents, particularly the multitudes that don't have any legal advice, present the evidence that they feel meets their needs, and don't really focus on the children. Judges learn really quickly that we are being expected to make decisions, important decisions, about children's well being, without all of the evidence that we need."

In speaking about how adversarial the Canadian Family Justice System is, Judge Brownstone states, "Everyday in Court Rooms, throughout the world I suppose, parents who are in conflict with each other over their children are waging the battle of their lives..., and the sad part about it is that, from where I sit, very, very little of the battle has anything to do with the children. These are struggles for power and control.., they often do not focus on the children at all."

Judge Brownstone's own words clearly demonstrate how little the Candian Family Justice focuses on the best interests of children. He states, "I have had custody cases where I knew nothing more about the children at the end of the case than I did at the beggining. I learned everything about how each parent failed to meet the other parents needs, but nothing at all about how we are going to meet the children's needs."

He goes on to correctly state that the reason for the lack of focus on the children's best interests is because, "the mentality of the Court System, which is a very adversarial system, is a win - lose mentality."

He goes on to state, "People come to Court really believing that their going to be vendicated, that their side of the story is going to be accepted and that they will be proven right. What they find out, after very little time in Family Court, is that there is no winning in Family Court. There are only degrees of losing."

Short of telling the Canadian Government to pass legislation that would keep seperating Families out of the court system, Judge Brownstone states, "My position is that the Family Court is the last place that parents in conflict should be going to, to convert themselves from ex-partners, to co-parents. That is what they need to do, and it doesn't happen in a courtroom, because a courtroom sets parents up to wage war..., not peace..., and for the sake of their children, their children need their parents to be at peace."

Finally, a Judge who tells most of the story. He honestly states that Judges take no educational courses in social work, child development, child psychology, or therapy, nor anything to do with children needs and well being. He states correctly that the Family Justice System is extremelly adversarial in nature, which is contrary to children's needs, as it sets parents up to go to war with one another. He honestly states that when it comes to child custody the question is not a legal one. He honestly states that the process can take years and years, and the stress for all is unbearable.

What he fails to mention is the exorbitant cost, or how the system feeds on itself. He fails to mention how lawyers and Judges unethically escalate the conflict. He fails to be honest about the gender bias in the Canadian Family Justice System. He also fails to be honest about the fact that despite the conflict, a Judge could still act in a child's best interests, and order an equal shared parenting arrangement, in which the parents would be Court Ordered to communicate with one another by means of a mediator, or parenting co-ordinator.

For the sake of the children, the obvious next step is to abolish the adversarial family court system in Canada, especially when it comes to child custody. It is a broken system, and everyone knows it. The only time custody should be on the table is when there is true abuse or neglect. If there are no real safety issues with either parent, then truthfully, the only fair solution, especially for the children, is equal shared parenting.

To read a Toronto Star article on Judge Harvey Brownstone, please click here.

   
 
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