Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The upshot of this discovery is that Canada faces a looming shortage of doctors.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
- Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, accused of being the mysterious woman in the white puffy coat who lured Tori Stafford, 8, to her death, moved back to Woodstock three years ago with her mother, Carol, according to her grandmother, Nancy McClintic, and her adoptive father, Rob McClintic.
- Her mother (Carol) was a stripper, her adoptive father (Rob) a long-distance trucker who last saw his daughter when she was about 6 years old. [Ed: Terri-Lynne was 6 in 1997. ]
- The last time Rob saw his adopted daughter (Terri-Lynne) was in court to say goodbye when she was maybe 6 or 7 years old, he said. Over the years, he has continued to pay child support. [Ed: Inconsistent, he just said he last saw her when she was 6 - what dates is he talking about?]
- Rob had lived with his wife (Carol) and Terri-Lynne until she was about 2 1/2. "We split up and then (Carol) disappeared with Terri-Lynne." [Ed: That would date Terri-Lynne "disappearance" at September 1993? Please elaborate on "disappeared" - did she move without telling you where she was going, or did you stop trying to find out? For how long did she "disappear"? Obviously contact was re-established at some point as Rob confirms he saw her last at age 6 (in 1997). ]
- Carol had family in Strathroy and Brampton. Her family name was Sandford. She worked as a stripper under the surname Breese. [Ed: Do we have another verification she was a "stripper" or is that a unfair character assassination? Is a stripper the same as a cocktail waitress or working in a topless bar? Which is worse? Yet I wonder at potential double standards. If Rob was a "Chippendale" - similar to Carol being a stripper - would he have retained sole custody of their child like she did?]
- But how Terri-Lynne grew up was unknown to him. Except for the support payments, it was as if she no longer existed – until yesterday, when he heard news of her arrest. [Ed: Rob has stated separately that Terri-Lynne "disappeared" at age 2 1/2, but he then saw her again when she was 6-7 years old. What was the exact period he lost contact? Is it possible he had some information about her location but failed to follow-up?]
- Terri-Lynne was a sweet girl, said her grandmother (Nancy). She and her husband – who died a decade ago – tried to have some contact with her, but Carol prevented it. "I haven't seen her since she was 7 or 8." [Ed: By my math Terri-Lynne was 8 when Nancy's husband died (1999) so was it the case she has NOT had contact since then, as that would seem to mean she did have contact before her husband died?]
- Says Rob McClintic: "She's no blood of mine. This just amazes and sickens me. I can't even run over a squirrel on the highway." [Ed: This final disavowal is unbecoming. He is rejecting any responsibility for her turning out "bad". This girl was his step-daughter for the first 2.5 years of her life. She was not his daughter through "nature" (genetics) OR "nurture" (his influence as parent during her early childhood and formative teen years). Of course with Ontario's "Family Responsibility Office's" services he would have had little choice not to have paid child support.]
If I were writing a novel illustrating the sad decline of academic integrity on campus, here's the scenario I would concoct: My protagonist would be a female opinion journalist of a certain age. Call her "Barbara."
I'd open with Barbara at, say, the University of Western Ontario (UWO), attending the annual general meeting of a hardy remnant of scholars from academia's golden age: accomplished, disinterested, ruthlessly honest academics united in visceral contempt for those of their peers who are willing to bend and manipulate the truth to serve their ideological ends -- ends like, say, the pursuit of gender equity at the expense of intellectual merit and academic professionalism.
Now, this group of honest academics -- let's call it the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship (SAFS) -- would be so dedicated to the principle of free intellectual exchange that it would have invited a feminist from the university's Women's Caucus to make her case that women in academia still haven't achieved real equity on campus.
You've doubtless realized this putative novel is a roman a clef. For this exact scenario happened in real life last Saturday. Professor Jane Toswell of the UWO's English department spoke at SAFS's annual general meeting, presenting "evidence" that women still draw the short straw in academia.
Some of it was comical: eye-rolling trivia, like freeze-frames of "sexualized" acrobatic student cheerleaders spread-eagled in mid-air. But the more disturbing heart of her presentation was her take on what happened to the four UWO female authors of the 1989 Chilly Climate Report.
Do you remember the Chilly Climate Report? On the basis of 35 interviews with female grad students and faculty, the report, written by four militant feminists, concluded 10% of female faculty "had experiences at Western that diminished them as women and academics, making for a chilly work climate."
Chilly Climate was conceived as a pilot project, with annual studies to follow, proving that the sexism they'd uncovered was systemic throughout academia everywhere.
But the report was a travesty of real scholarship and a terrible distortion of UWO's progressive reality. Its 35 women subjects (no male faculty or grad students were interviewed) were granted total anonymity, so their accusations, almost entirely grounded in subjectivity -- feelings and perception rather than precisely described facts or incidents -- could not be verified.
Professor Toswell had the naivete or temerity, in this roomful of UWO academics who knew the history of the report better than anyone else in Canada , to argue that the negative fallout from the report had prevented all four authors -- Alison Wylie, Constance Backhouse, Roma Harris and Gillian Michell -- from continuing on a "normal career path." Her implication was that all four had suffered professional disaster as a direct result of their courage in speaking truth to power. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, here is what really happened: There was a short squall of intra-campus blowback and negative media reaction. That ended abruptly with the timely shock of the entirely unrelated Montreal Massacre, which the women parlayed into professional gold with unseemly rapacity.
The "gang of four" were then invited to speak before many learned societies and professional associations, as well as at symposia and conferences in the U. S. , Australia , the U. K. and Norway , where their grievance spiel was warmly received. Thus, far from being marginalized from academic life, the report's writers were now elevated beyond their intellectual achievement niche.
Gillian Michell, who according to Toswell "disappeared" from academic life (implying, with no supporting evidence, she was run out of town), now lives, as a cursory Google search would have informed Professor Toswell, in Albuquerque, N. M., where she holds an apparently secure position in library administration.
Constance Backhouse left UWO in 2000, 11 years after the report's publication, and is currently distinguished university professor and university research chair in the University of Ottawa 's law faculty. A fellow of the Royal Society with an Order of Canada, she won the $100,000 Killam Prize in 2008, setting her amongst the most honoured of Canadian academics.
Alison Wylie was promoted to full professorship in 1993, then left for top-ranked universities in the US, bagging a fellowship at Stanford and visiting appointments at Paris , Berkeley and Cambridge . She is currently a professor of philosophy at Washington University .
Roma Harris was named acting dean of UWO's School of Library and Information Studies in 1993 and then vice-provost (academic programs and students) in 1995. Her salary in 2008 was $172,000, placing her amongst the highest-paid 2% to 3% of Ontario academics.
If Toswell were honest, she'd admit that feminist scholarship -- bad scholarship -- propelled three of the four women to major victories in contemporary academic life's stiff competition for scarce rewards. The fourth is gainfully and securely employed in her field, which is more than a slew of highly qualified male academics, who are passed over for jobs in the name of a needless gender equity tyranny, can say.
Somebody really should write a novel illuminating the still-proliferating negative effects of feminism on academic life. I wonder, though, under what category it would be stocked at bookstores. Unsolved Mysteries, perhaps?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I plan on buying this book!"To err is human, to forgive divine"An Essay on Cricism by Alexander POPE (1688-1744)
Friday, May 08, 2009
Here is the intro:
ADOPTION Genetic sexual attraction of Forbidden loveSo, she finds her lost son and sparks her sexual relationship with her son - and that is GOOD? Sorry, that is ONE SICK MOMMA. I would BET good money that if a Father attempted to get close to his lost child/daughter this way, he would not be held up as an example of paternal care by the media.
Pull of attraction felt between adoptees, biological family members
Last Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2009 | 10:59 AM ET CBC News
When blood relatives reunite for the first time, they sometimes feel attracted to each other. Two weeks after Sally reunited with her biological son, she began to have sexual feelings for him.
"This is feeling really bizarre, but I think I'm falling in love with this person," she recalls thinking.
Sally, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, had given up her son for adoption when she was 16, but vowed as she cradled the little boy swaddled in a blanket that she would someday, somehow become part of his life again. She never imagined that their reunion some 30 years later would lead to a sexual relationship.
After their first meeting, the two found themselves spending more and more time together. "We kind of gave ourselves permission to do more hugging," said Sally in an interview with CBC's The Current. Eventually, it progressed into a sexual relationship.
"I do remember the night we did and it was amazing … the most amazing thing I've ever experienced," Sally says. "He said, 'I've finally found the most perfect person in the world for me in every way and she turned out to be my mother.'"
Sally's not alone in feeling a deep attraction to a blood relative upon meeting as adults for the first time.
Genetic sexual attraction, or GSA as it's called, is a little known consequence of reunions with adoptees and their biological family members, where attraction is felt and sometimes acted upon. It has been known to happen between mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, uncles and nieces, and even same-sex relatives.
While recognized by some adoption agencies and psychologists, there is little information on the subject. As Ontario, Canada's most populous province, gets set to become the fifth province to open its adoption records on June 1, there are calls for more education and support on GSA.
Though some adoptees and birth parents will likely use their power to veto access to their files, the change of law holds the possibility of affecting some 250,000 children officially adopted in the province in the past 88 years.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
- 100 british children a day lose contact or partial contact with one parent. (Based on DCA figures 2001)
- 40% of british children have no contact with their father after 2 years of separation (Although more robust surveys place between 15-28%. University of Oxford - Dept of Social Policy & Social Work, Family Policy Briefing - January 2004)
- 40% of british mothers admit to thwarting contact to punish a former partner. (Dept of Social Services Survey 1998)
- In 2002, 61,000 contact orders were made (UK Ministry of Justice/Dept of Constitutional Affairs, Judicial Statistics 2002 Table 5.3) and yet in 2003 the (London UK) Times newspaper estimated that 50% of such orders were flouted with impunity.
- 38% of grandparents has experienced family breakdown in at least one of their sets of grandchildren (UK Economic and Social Research Council, "L480254040 Grandparenthood: Its Meaning and its Contribution to Older People's Lives." 2001 survey of 2,110 grandparents)
- The UK placed last among 21 industrialised nations for the well being of its children. (Includes being last in Family & Peer Relationships; Behaviour & Risks and Subjective Well-being, 2007 Unicef report)
- "Lady Justice Arden, sitting with Lord Justice Thorpe and Lord Justice Lawrence Collins, said this was not a violation of the father's rights to family life under the Human Rights Act because he had no rights to be violated." (Daily Telegraph 2007NOV27 "Mother allowed to keep baby secret from father")
- Toddlers more badley behaved if looked after by grandparents as mother goes to work. (Daily Telegraph - 2009FEB10)