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More Trouble for Mom and Dad
April 15, 2011 permalink
Windsor grandmother Darlene Hachey is determined to keep alive a bill allowing grandparents to force access to their grandchildren, even against the wishes of the parents. Earlier article on the same topic.
Windsor woman organizes rally in T.O. for grandparents' rights
WINDSOR, Ont. -- A provincial election this fall could again foil the long fight to enshrine grandparents’ rights in legislation, but not if Darlene Hachey can help it.
The Windsor grandmother has helped organize a rally Tuesday at Queen’s Park. The goal is to spur the McGuinty government to pass Bill 22 before the fall election. The bill, which amends the Children’s Law Reform Act to emphasize the importance of children’s relationships with their grandparents, has died before third reading three times in the past.
“We need this law now,” said Hachey, who lists herself among thousands of “blocked grandparents” across the province. “We don’t want to start over.”
The proposed amendment requires parents and others with custody of children to refrain from hindering relationships between children and their grandparents. It further requires judges presiding over child-custody cases to consider the willingness of the person seeking custody to facilitate contact between the child and grandparents. “The court shall give effect to the principle that a child should have as much contact with each parent and grandparent as is consistent with the best interests of the child,” the proposed amendment reads.
The rally, expected to draw supporters from across the province, will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine. Hachey is asking people to car pool.
“We are sending Dalton McGuinty a message. Listen to families,” she said.
Source: Windsor Star
Addendum: Grandmother Betty Cornelius posted this note go Facebook:
Betty Cornelius Thanks to all who came out. Some drove 7 hours to be part of this. Was a small but mighty crowd outside freezing our butts off to fight for our grandchildren. I just got home an hour ago and am exhausted. Were two or more are gathered so I know the Lord hear our pleads and prayers!