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No to Ontario Bill 33

92 Signatures Goal: 100

A private member's bill that would give grandparents in Ontario better acces to their grandchildren is one step closer to becoming law. Bill 33, if it became law, would require the courts in Ontario to consider grandparents in a custody case involving divorce, seperation and death. Moreover, it effectively grants grandparents court-ordered visitation rights to grandkids on the sole basis that they are grandparents. While this bill may be well-intended, with such broad and indefinative language, it simply opens the door for any grandparent to seek legal rights to their grandchildren without taking into consideration the legitimate reason some parents have for maintaining a seperation - such as abuse, addictions, manipulation and/or controlling behaviour. With such phrases as, ""A person who has custody of a child shall not unreasonably place obstacles to personal relations between the child and the child's grandparents." It puts the onus on the parent to demonstrate that their personal decision is not "unreasonably" placing an obstacle to relations with the grandparent. While I agree that ideally grandparents are beneficial to a child's development and it does "take a village to raise a child" - the rights should ultimately still be that of the parent to decide who lives in this village and participates in the child's life. Grandparents become grandparents just because their children make a decision to have kids. It actually has nothing to do with the grandparents, or their actions. So "rights" shouldn't be bestowed upon them simply because of that. A parent's decision to do something with his/her life should never grant automatic "rights" to his/her mother and/or father. I do not think that this piece of legislation is a valuable one; while the motivation behind its proposal may be justified, the possible results could be devastating to some families, families truly undeserving of such effects. Please help me put a stop to Bill 33!

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  • Lisa mccullough
    Lisa mccullough Canada, Burlington
    Dec 03, 2016
    Dec 03, 2016
    There is a reason why no access is being granted maybe. The parenting in the first place
  • Gabriela Alvarado
    Gabriela Alvarado Canada, Guelph
    Nov 07, 2016
    Nov 07, 2016
    I have plenty of reassons to be scrared that this could come to be. I came to this country afraid of my parents and if they came and demanded rights to grand children I think I would go insane with all and my PTSD.

    My sister inlaw has plenty of reassons to be concern with something like this as her husband is now dead and the children are really young. 3 years and 5 months. HEr father inlaw smikes indoors (her husband never smoked and yet he died of Cancer at 36) And her mother inlaw takes kiberties and has gone against parenting wishes more that once ie: show a sad video post morten of their Dad while mum is not home and after mum said these will be done when they are older.

    Not every grandparent is suited to be around, it is sad but a fact the state cannot just impose this sort of access.

    Please stop this
  • Theresa Scott
    Theresa Scott Canada, Kingston
    Apr 22, 2016
    Apr 22, 2016
    l am a disabled woman l have 2 grandchildren that where adopted in 2016 buy CAS l just want to know if l can get help to get pictures
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Feb 07, 2016
    Feb 07, 2016
    Being a Grandparent is a privilege NOT a right.
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    Melanie Lavigne Canada
    11 hours ago
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    Lisa mccullough Canada
    4 days ago
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    Kerry Smith Canada
    4 weeks ago
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    Gabriela Alvarado Canada
    4 weeks ago
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    Morgan Jackson Canada
    6 months ago
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    Theresa Scott Canada
    8 months ago
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    Helen Petkopoulos Canada
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    Kathy Kerr Canada
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    Kathryn Wood & John Wood
    2 years ago
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    betty terriah
    2 years ago
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    Annonymous Canada
    3 years ago
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    Annonymous Canada
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    Anonymous Canada
    3 years ago
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    Alla Tsveliouk Canada
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    Nicole Duxbury Canada
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