Ontario Parents Rally for Rights!!
June 5, 2015 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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June 3, 2015
Ontario families, outraged with Ontario Liberal government’s introduction of the 2015 Health & Physical Education Curriculum and fed-up with the growing intrusion and undermining of the family unit, are taking their battle to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 5, 2015. With the Federal election coming in October, Ontario families will be uniting with families across Canada to demand political change. The assault on parental rights and children will end. Those seeking office will have to work to prove their commitment to change, says Sandra Hamill, the rally organizer who has been leading the charge.
Hamill organized the first rally in Toronto on a cold February day, when a thousand parents came. Five thousand attended the second rally she organized on April 14th. As concerns of parents and educators continue to escalate, more and more parents have become aware of the growing assault upon their rights and their roles as a child’s primary educator and protector. Hamill has been inundated with calls from across Canada.
“I, along with thousands of other parents, have only recently become aware of how diminished the rights of parents are in Canada,” states Hamill. “It seems we have all the responsibilities in raising children, but no real clout or say when it comes to matters involving education, medical treatment or protecting our rights to instill cultural or religious beliefs.”
“The focus of the Ottawa rally on Friday will be to send a very clear and loud message to those seeking to be reelected and/or elected and their representative parties that the protection of children and parental rights within government institutions, laws and the courts must be a priority,” says Hamill who has invited a number of speakers including Kari Simpson, President of Culture Guard and who is no stranger to mobilizing political movements.
“Democratic leadership in a free nation is required to act when the tens of thousands of voices of a united citizenry become one, a united voice brought together for the good of the nation,” says Simpson. “When these voices demand change a leader should listen, especially when the message involves the family, protection of children, and especially if there is an election looming. To turn a deaf ear will result in political suicide.” Simpson has seen it before. In 2001 the anti-family policy driven BC NDP lost their majority and was almost politically obliterated after the election that left them with only 2 seats.
The Ontario Liberals have been allowed to abuse their role as legislators, in part because the federal government has been negligent in providing safeguards that would protect the family unit and ensure protection for children and defend the protected values of the common good of the nation. The Office of the Prime Minister has been silent on matters that adversely affect the family. The Prime Minister has stood by and done nothing while the courts have dictated laws that negatively impact the family and our communities. Prime Minister Harper has ignored the voice of the people. The Prime Minister has the capability and power as a majority government to bring about change that would protect families from abusive political agendas, whether it is judicial abuse of our democracy, or as with the Ontario Liberals, ill-conceived agendas that seek to undermine the very foundation of our nation. Building and respecting strong healthy families should be a high priority with the office of the Prime Minister.
Hamill says that the demands that fed-up parents will be making to the federal government will include making Canada’s 47 Billion dollars worth of Health and Social Transfer payments to be contingent on a province’s commitment to legislating provisions within their statutes for greater enforcement and recognition of parental rights, thus promoting the “health” and “well-being” of children. Failure to do so should result in a penalty. As an example, Provincial School Acts must:
- Recognize that parents delegate their authority to teachers, and as such have the right to withhold such authority.
- Ensure that parents have the right to be informed about their child and the right to know when topics of a sensitive/controversial nature are or going to be discussed.
- Provide parents the right to home school and participate in appropriate portion of the funding distribution.
The provisions protecting and recognizing the importance of the family unit within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of a Child—of which Canada is a signatory—must be evident and meaningful within provincial laws that include any statute involving minor/infant children. The preamble states:
Convinced that the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community,
Bearing in mind that, as indicated in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.”
Article 3(2) of the Convention states:
States Parties undertake to ensure the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her well-being, taking into account the rights and duties of his or her parents, legal guardians, or other individuals legally responsible for him or her, and, to this end, shall take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures.
If a province fails to implement these provisions, there is an assigned penalty to their designated transfer payment. Regrettably, it seems that when it comes to protecting children and strengthening the family unit, political and moral leadership is lacking. Perhaps financial incentives will help.
Further, protection for children within the Criminal Code has been systematically diluted. It is time to offer greater protection for children. Consequences for the moral corruption of a child have been diminished in the Criminal Code. The gender activist politicians in Ontario (and elsewhere), along with the growing problems associated with the Internet, require that the Criminal Code be amended to include provisions for dealing with adults in positions of trust. The Code must be amended to once again reflect the crime of corrupting children, including those that counsel, invite or coerce anyone under the age of 18 to engage in sexual acts.
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