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Failing Boys. The Endangered Male Teacher in Canada.

Failing Boys

The endangered male teacher

Carolyn Abraham

From Monday’s Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 4:57AM EDT
Last updated Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 11:50PM EDT


A new study says male elementary teachers live in a steady state of anxiety, with 13 per cent reporting they had been wrongly accused of inappropriate contact with students. Part 2 of a six-part series.

The male elementary teacher is the spotted owl of the education system, the leatherback turtle, the Beluga.

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His presence is so endangered that in many public schools his numbers can be counted on a single hand. In some schools, it requires no hands at all.

“It is now possible for a child in Canada to go through elementary school and high school and never see a male at the front of the class,” says Jon Bradley, an associate professor of education at McGill University, where men make up just five per cent of the elementary teachers in training.

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Lawyers to be kept out of divorce battles

Lawyers to be kept out of divorce battles

Lawyers will be kept out of thousands of family dispute cases every year in a shake-up of divorce laws.

By Nick Collins
Published: 7:30AM BST 18 Oct 2010


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The number of divorce cases rose 16 per cent to 137,000 last year, with the average childcare case taking more than 12 months to be completed Photo: PHOTOLIBRARY

A government review is to recommend the introduction of a compulsory mediation stage before any financial or custodial dispute is heard in court.

The plan, to be published at the start of next year, will also introduce briefer and simpler hearings for cases that cannot be resolved by mediation.

David Norgrove, who is leading the review, described the “tremendous strain” being put on the current system by the rising number of disputes coming before the courts.

The number of divorce cases rose 16 per cent to 137,000 last year, with the average childcare case taking more than 12 months to be completed.

It is hoped that the new mediation stage will reduce legal aid costs by up to £100 million, while fewer expert witnesses would be required to testify before the courts.

Mr Norgrove told The Times the family justice system costs more than £1.6 billion, but that nine in every ten cases could be dealt with out of court.

He said evidence showed that: “If you can get both parties to learn about mediation, the great majority will go on to use it.”

Sir Nicholas Wall, the most senior judge in England and Wales, said the system should be made “less adversarial” as he attacked selfish parents for failing to consider their children’s well being.

Under the new system, couples could be forced to take parenting classes as well as being referred to mediators, with court rooms acting as a last resort.

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Stats Can, we need more divorce and family law info!

Dear StatsCan,

We need more information about divorces and family law.

Non custodial parents are victimized, abused and tortured  by the government and denied our parental rights and we need to know how many of us are suffering.

We strongly urge you to do an indepth, long form interview of divorced parents to get the required information.

We need it now and we need it up to date.

We need more info such as the following:

  1. Who get’s custody? Men or woman?
  2. What percentage?
  3. Who pays child support? Men or women?
  4. How much child support do they pay? percentage of income.
  5. How many times must a non custodial parent go to court over the lifespan of the child support? 1-10, 11-20, 21-30 or more?
  6. How much extra ordinary expenses are charged over the lifespan of the child support?  Under $500, Over $500 -$1,000, $1,000-$5,000, $5,000 -$10,000, more?
  7. Who get’s a lawyer? Men or women.
  8. Who pays for the lawyer? Men or women.
  9. Who is forced to pay the others legal bills? Men or women.
  10. Do non custodial females pay child support?
  11. How long do non custodial parents pay child support?   To what age of the children? 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 or more?
  12. Do non custodial parents pay court ordered University fees? Men or women?
  13. Do  custodial parents pay court ordered University fees? Men or women?
  14. Do men have access to affordable lawyers?
  15. Do women have access to affordable lawyers?
  16. How much do they pay lawyers?  $0, $1,000-$5,000, $5,000 – $10,000, $10,000 -$20,000, $20,000 -$30,000, other? Men and women?
  17. Do men get access to their children?
  18. Do women get access to their children?
  19. Do parents have equal shared custody as ordered by the courts?
  20. Do parents have equal shared custody as spousal agreements?
  21. Do you think the family law system is unfair? Custodial parent or  non custodial parent?
  22. Have parents requested a meeting with the Justice Dept over enequities in family law? Male or female?
  23. Did they receive a meeting  with the Justice Dept? Yes or No.
  24. How much government money is put into women’s issues? Family law.
  25. How much government money is put into men’s issues? Family law.
  26. How many children are apprehended by Childrens’ Aid Societies, without parental consent?
  27. How many childdren are adopted out by Childrens’ Aid Societies, without parental consent?
  28. How many children are adopted?
  29. How many children are fostered  out by Childrens’ Aid Societies without parental consent?
  30. How many children are fostered out?
  31. What legal funding has been provided parents?  $0, $500, $1,000, $5,000, other?
  32. What support systems have been provided to assert your Constitutional and parental rights?
And any other question you can think of.
cc Dept of Justice, Canada and NS
cc Non Custodial Parents
Live Free,
Connie Brauer
1061 Mines Rd.
Falmouth, NS
B0P 1L0
Home: 902.798.5267
Why are we paying child support for a missing 24 year old man,
missing for 5 years????