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CAFE Proud to Join Women’s Shelters in Supporting All in Need

On January 3, 2018, the CBC published an opinion piece, “Victims of domestic violence often delay or avoid leaving their abuser due to fears of pets being harmed,” authored by Jessica Scott-Reid.

The Canadian Association for Equality wishes to applaud Interval House of Ottawa and the other seven women’s shelters that have established the infrastructure necessary to accept endangered animals into their facilities. This is a very important step forward as it will guarantee more women are able to access the safety they need.

On December 31st, 2017, our organization completed a successful fundraising campaign to open Toronto’s first family shelter for male victims of domestic violence and their children. We believe all those who suffer or are at risk of suffering abuse and violence deserve support, whether they are women, men, children or animals.

We are proud to join with Interval house and other agencies in working together to close those gaps that currently exist and to identify any and all barriers that impede people from getting the support they need. Just as many women stay in abusive situations out of fear of leaving behind their pets, many men stay in abusive situations out of fear of leaving behind their children, because there are no family shelters for fathers with children who may be fleeing domestic violence.

We are working toward offering men and their families an alternative that approximates the long existing domestic violence shelters operated for women, children and their pets. CAFE has been receiving incredible support from women’s shelters and other victims support agencies as we embark on our unique initiative and we look forward to a day when no human or animal is at risk of abuse.

Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Should you hear it all? A Toronto Debate Nov 23rd

Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Should you hear it all?

Join us for an important and timely debate. For full info and tickets visit https://prosecutingsexualassault.eventbrite.com

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017, 7:00 PM
Banting Institute (BI) Room 131, University of Toronto
100 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L5

This June the federal government introduced Bill C-51 with the stated goal “to help make the criminal justice system more compassionate towards complainants in sexual assault matters.” The Bill would change the rules of evidence only in cases of sexual assault.

Proponents hail the effort as boosting to support for sex assault victims. Opponents fear the legislation will unbalance the power of the Crown and deny long-stating legal protections for those accused of this serious crime.

Join us for a robust dialogue and debate about how to convict sexual assault perpetrators while protecting the accused but innocent, featuring

* Andre Marin, Former Assistant Crown Prosecutor, Director of the police civilian oversight agency the Special Investigations Unit and Attorney General of Ontario 2015 – 2015,

* Joseph Neuberger, renowned criminal defence trial lawyer in sexual assault and domestic violence cases, lead counsel for the Ontario government in the Cornwall Public Inquiry into historical allegations of sexual assault

* Diana Davison, civil rights activist and co-founder of The Lighthouse Project

Moderated by Lorne Honickman, Longtime television and radio broadcaster and criminal lawyer

This event is hosted by the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society. It is sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality.

How the Traditional Approach to Domestic Abuse Is Endangering Children

How the Traditional Approach to Domestic Abuse Is Endangering Children

Join Karen Woodall, authority on parental alienation and family reunification


Day and Time: Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00 PM.
Location: Lash Miller Chemical Labs (LM) Room 161,
University of Toronto | 80 St. George St., Toronto, M5S 3H4

The traditional model of domestic abuse is deeply flawed. Scholarly research is clear that men and women are equally likely to be victims of domestic abuse. But now social scientists are sounding the alarm that domestic abuse may be more a generational issue than a gendered issue.

That’s due to parental alienation. A parent commits domestic abuse when they use coercive power and control over their child, through physical, emotional or psychological means, in order to hurt that child’s relationship with his or her other parent, often in the context of family break-up.

This serious dysfunction severely affects a child’s development and transmits intergenerational trauma. But once we recognize the problem, we can take steps to protect children and break the cycle of abuse.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Karen Woodall is lead therapist at the Family Separation Clinic in London, UK, where she works to reunite children and parents. She is a world authority on parental alienation and expert witness in cases where children reject a parent. She is co-founder of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners. She writes for the Huffington Post on the Psychology of everyday living.

This event is hosted by the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society and sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality

Charger Golf Tournament Raises $15,000 in Support of Healthy Fathers and Families


Charger Golf Tournament Raises $15,000 in Support of Healthy Fathers and Families

TORONTO, ON – (September 15, 2017) The Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF) is excited to announce the receipt of $15,000 to support its healthy fathers and families programs through the proceeds of the 2017 Charger Foundation Golf Tournament, which took place on June 20, 2017.

The Charger Foundation’s first two annual events have raised a combined $25,000 in support of unprecedented programs that are improving the lives of families, including “Fathering After Separation or Divorce” and peer support groups dedicated to boys, men and fathers.

“Charger is so pleased to be able to support the CCMF,” said Charger Foundation Chairman Louis Sapi. “Our society is lacking in its support of single and divorced fathers and their children. CCMF has become a critical support group and advocate for this cause. Children need their fathers as part of their lives. CCMF helps make sure our governments and courts are reminded of this.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Charger Foundation and its chairperson Mr. Louis Sapi for the amazing support and dedication they have shown,” said CCMF Executive Director Justin Trottier.

“We also wish to share our appreciation for the event’s key sponsors: HS & Partners LLP, The Office Mover, Vaknin Law, Hockley Miller, and Hennessy & Hinchcliffe.”

The single-father household is now the fastest growing family form in Canada. Studies clearly demonstrate the strong link between father involvement and a wide range of positive outcomes of children. Yet fathers tend to be more isolated and less likely to access support services when they need them.

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is a unique facility focused on promoting and sustaining father involvement as a critical element of child welfare through a wide variety of our programs and services.

“Louis Sapi has been a strong and early champion of our cause, and his vision of a future where many more children benefit from a strong and loving relationship with their fathers has been turned into concrete that is making a positive difference,” said Trottier.


Justin Trottier
Executive Director,
Canadian Association for Equality


First “Men’s Centre” in Ottawa Will Celebrate Grand Opening This Saturday September 9th


First “Men’s Centre” in Ottawa Will Celebrate Grand Opening This Saturday September 9th

OTTAWA, ON – (September 5, 2017) The Grand Opening of the Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF) Ottawa, the first Men’s Centre in the nation’s capital, will take place this Saturday, September 9th at 1:00 PM at 292 Montreal Road, Suite 302.

The landmark event follows the conclusion of a successful fundraising campaign that raised over $80,000 from hundreds of contributors across the country.

“We are so thankful to our donors and so proud of the amazing team of dedicated volunteers who have come together and opened a Centre to close critical gaps in programs and services for boys and men in Ottawa,” said David Shackleton, Ottawa Director of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), the charity that governs the CCMF.

CCMF Ottawa joins its Toronto sister agency as the second men’s health and social service hub in Canada, marking CAFE as the first national organization to operate multiple men’s centres.

The Grand Opening will feature keynote speeches, a ribbon cutting ceremony and an opportunity to meet the staff and volunteers leading this initiative, including founding Executive Director Patrick Wright. Wright holds a Masters in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University, where he served as Director of Health Professions for the Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students.

“Establishing a centre dedicated to providing social services targeted towards men is an important step towards improving the health and well-being of men and families,” said Wright. “We’re excited to start working with other organizations to help meet the needs of the Ottawa community”

CCMF Ottawa has already unveiled its initial programs, including a Fathering After Separation or Divorce Peer Support Group and Employment Support and Resources.

Media will have an opportunity to interview agency leaders during the Grand Opening.


David Shackleton
Ottawa Director, Canadian Association for Equality
(613) 832-2284