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Get CAFE to the International Shared Parenting Conference 2017!

Help Ensure Full Canadian Participation in the International Shared Parenting Conference 2017!The International Shared Parenting Conference in Boston May 29-30 is shaping up to be a landmark event, bringing together most of the world’s leading researchers focused on improving the welfare of children in separated and divorced families.

Father involvement is a key area of CAFE’s mandate and the reason many of you joined the organization. Whether advancing policy reform to make our family justice system just, or increasing our legal and support services to alienated fathers and children, we would gain tremendously through our participation in this conference.

Here’s the good news. CAFE Board members Paulette MacDonald and Robert Samery are leading Canadian authorities on parental alienation and veterans of equal parenting policy reform. They’re lining up critical meetings with experts from around the world at the Boston Conference.

Now we need you to help get them there.

Click here to make a special one-time donation so CAFE can participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity!


A Message from Paulette MacDonald

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) and former Co-President of the Canadian Equal Parenting Council (CEPC), I can’t tell you how excited I am at the prospect of attending the International Shared Parenting Conference 2017 in Boston.

Having said that, I need your help to make this happen. Pease support my trip to this great event so that I can continue my advocacy work in pursuing family law reforms in the best interest of the children in Canada.

There is now intense interest in the apparently powerful effects of family structure on children’s outcomes. This timely conference will explore 40 years of research on how children fare in different post-divorce parenting arrangements.

Research suggests that fully half of troubled children and adolescents derive from conflicted, separated and divorced families. The conference offers the rare opportunity to interact with leading legal and mental health scholars from around the world on this important topic. The program will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and break-out workshops.

Given the high prevalence of conflicted, separated and divorced families, this conference will be of great benefit to all varieties of child and family practitioners and scholars, including any who deal with family policy, family law, psychology, child mental and physical health, alienation, domestic violence or family dynamics.

Please help CAFE take full advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from so many distinguished scholars from Australia to Europe to North America, any of whom would qualify as a keynote speaker, all at one conference.

Paulette

CAFE Adopts New Bilingualism Policy

Canadian Association for Equality

Bilingualism Policy

Board of Directors Approval Date: May 11, 2017

Given CAFE’s focus on advancing education by providing evidence-based research and balanced information, and conducting inclusive conversations, it is acknowledged that access to CAFE’s information and services should be available to speakers of both of Canada’s two official languages (English and French). CAFE is committed to making available its key educational materials in both languages and with providing services in an official language wherever there is a substantial population speaking this language. We will implement this policy as far as we can given our financial and human resources.

CAFE Official Participant in BMO’s RUN4HOPE

Phil Johnston, CAFE Vancouver branch director, was joined by his friend Jeridan Kowal to take part in the RUN4HOPE charity run hosted by BMO this past Sunday, May 7th. CAFE was an official participating organization.

A special message from Phil Johnston, CAFE Vancouver Branch Director:

Since 2014 I’ve been proudly volunteering for CAFE Vancouver as it’s Branch Director to give voice to men’s issues in hopes that the message “equality includes everyone” is heard and understood. That’s why I knew participating in the RUN4HOPE was a perfect fit. Though, some people wouldn’t agree with me.

This Sunday, May 7th at 7am, Jeridan Kowal and myself will be running a half-marathon on behalf of CAFE and proudly flying it’s colours to raise awareness of men’s issues, and particularly men’s mental health (more on that in a moment). I have a favour to ask, but first a couple points:

Firstly I want to thank Jeridan for supporting me and dedicating himself to our running program that has resulted in me shedding over 25+ pounds! Having him in my corner made all the difference when rain, taut muscles, or just a plain bad mood tempted me to cancel a training session.

Secondly I want to dedicate my run to my brother Russell, who was diagnosed with severe depression in his early teens. He was not alone in our family in being kept company by this “black dog” (my sister, mother, and myself also have wrestled with it) but, by far, he was the most impacted. Russell is intelligent and kind, but has chosen to withdraw from the world for over 20 years as a means of coping. I run in hopes that he, and others like him, will find his voice and re-emerge into the world on his terms, with no apologies.

I believe better resources are needed to address men’s mental health issues – and that’s why all donations to our RUN4HOPE fundraiser will go directly to funding a Vancouver Centre For Men & Families to be opened in 2018.

Please support team CAFE in the RUN4HOPE marathon and let’s make a difference together.

Donation link: https://www.crowdrise.com/canadian-association-for-equality/fundraiser/philipjohnston3

Bubbles of Love in London, Ontario

April 25th is Parental Alienation Awareness Day, which is commemorated through an annual Bubbles of Love event.

Click on the image below for our Bubbles of Love Day Video, from CAFE London, Ontario.

CAFE Montreal Event for Indigenous Men

On April 23rd 2017 at 13:00 the Montreal branch of The Canadian Association for Equality (C.A.F.E.) continued The Necktie Campaign at place Émilie-Gamelin in Montreal. To learn more about the Campaign, click here.

C.A.F.E Montreal gathered in support of Lydia Daniels’ efforts to open our government’s exclusive $54 000 000 Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women to include her son and other indigenous boys and men. Males are 71% of the murdered Indigenous population while the number of missing Indigenous men isn’t even known because the RCMP has declined to collect this data.

We asked “Do indigenous men and boys matter? Why does our government espousing gender equality exclude the males from the inquiry? Is this gender based violence? Is this equality?”

Several Indigenous men gathered around us and gave us words of praise and encouragement. I asked if they wanted to be interviewed on camera. Their eyes started to tear up and I could recognize the look of helplessness. (I’ve seen it on so many fathers facing the family court and the loss of their children.) The three men sited a lack of faith that anyone, especially the government, cares about them.

Click here to read the Global TV report

by Daniel Bonin, Canadian Association for Equality – Montreal branch