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(Meeting No. 27)

Tuesday, May 19, 1998

The Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access met at 8:42 o’clock a.m., this day, in the Thompson Room, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, the Joint Chairs, the Honourable Landon Pearson and Roger Gallaway presiding.

Members of the Committee present:

From the Senate: The Honourable Senators Thelma Chalifoux, Anne Cools and Landon Pearson.

From the House of Commons: Carolyn Bennett, Paul Forseth, Roger Gallaway.

Other Senator present: The Honourable Senator Ray Perrault.

In attendance: Ron Stewart, Research Advisor.

Witnesses: As Individuals: Christopher Cole; Jeffrey Patterson; Charles Traynor. From Fathers for Equality: David A. Campbell. From Parents of Broken Families: Dave Hodgson, President; Brian Grieg, Vice-President. From Aboriginal Head-Start (Pre-School): Murline Browning, Executive Director. From Moir Associates: Donald Moir, Barrister, Family Law. From Mom's House Dad's House: Katherine McNeil, Child Custody Consultant. As Individual: Laurie Payne. From Family Forum: John Barson, Executive Director. From the University of British Columbia: Dr. Donald Dutton, Professor of Psychology; Dr. Edward Kruk, Professor of Social Work. As Individuals: Robert Alan Cottingham; Peter J. Ostrowski. From the Adhoc Committee on Custody and Access: Susan Boyd. From the Vancouver Custody and Access Support and Advocacy Association: Ajax Quinby. From the YWCA Children Who Witness Abuse Program: Mark Stevens, Coodinator. From the Kamloops Women's Resource Centre: Sheila Smith, Coordinator. From Yew Transition House: Sheryl Burns, Women's Counsellor. From Battered Women's Support Services: Fatima Jaffer, Information Coordinator; Veenu Saini, Legal Advocacy Program Coordinator. As Individuals: Georgina Taylor; Marie Abdelmalik; Dr. Jennifer Wade; Colleen G. Murphy; Nicole Deagan, Child Care Counsellor. From Simon Fraser University: Dr. Barry Beyerstein, Psychologist. As Individual: Lori Campbell.

Pursuant to its Orders of Reference from the Senate dated October 28, 1997 and from the House of Commons dated November 18, 1997 the Committee resumed its study relating to child custody and access.

The witnesses made opening statements and answered questions.

At 12:40 o'clock p.m. the sitting was suspended.

At 1:30 o'clock p.m. the sitting resumed.

The witnesses made opening statements and answered questions.

At 5:50 o’clock p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Joint Clerk of the Committee