Category Archives: Upcoming Events

CAFE to hold Lecture at University of Toronto on Family Court and Shared Parenting

Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the good people at CAFE. If you can, you should get this event. Hey – I’ll be there – that’s reason enough right? JB

From the Failure of Family Court to Equal Shared Parenting:
Moving Beyond the Gender Paradigm

Friday, March 21, 2014, 8PM
Ramsay Wright Laboratories, Room 110
25 Harbord Street
This event will occur on the campus of the University of Toronto

Hosted by the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society.

Dr. Edward Kruk, author of the new book “The Equal Parent Presumption” and newly elected President of the International Council on Shared Parenting will join us at the University of Toronto Friday, March 21

Short talk description

The family law system is broken. It is biased against shared parenting responsibility, its adversarial system fuels parental conflict and family violence, and it is particularly damaging to the father-child relationship. But there is hope. The public overwhelmingly supports a new paradigm: the equal shared parenting presumption. Dr. Edward Kruk will discuss his research, put forward a new legal framework for equal parenting in Canada and comment on current legislative efforts to change the system for the better.


This presentation will examine fathers’ and mothers’ perspectives on their children’s needs in the divorce transition, and their responsibilities in relation to those needs, as well as their views on the responsibilities of social institutions to support divorced parents. Fathers’ and mothers’ views of the salient issues regarding post-divorce parenting, with a focus on the process and outcome of child custody determination, are examined. It will be argued that both non-residential fathers and mothers experience the harmful effects of existing child custody laws and socio-legal policies, and speak strongly to the need for family law reform in the direction of an equal shared parenting presumption. Both women and men support the establishment of such a presumption in equal measure, as both mothers and fathers are at risk of becoming disenfranchised from their children’s lives via “primary residence” judgments. The need for inter-sexual dialogue on the matter of parenting after divorce is urgently needed, and divorce scholars, practitioners and policy makers are urged to abandon the dominant gender paradigm in regard to the legal determination of parenting after divorce.

About Dr. Edward Kruk

Edward Kruk is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, specializing in child and family policy. He has practiced in the fields of welfare rights, child protection, school social work, hospital social work, and family services. He is currently teaching and practicing in the areas of family mediation and addiction.

Edward’s first book, Divorce and Disengagement: Patterns of Fatherhood Within and BeyondMarriage, was the first in-depth study of the experiences of divorced fathers and the phenomenon of father absence after divorce. His second book, Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Social Work and the Human Services, explores the application of mediation in eighteen fields of practice, with a focus on theory and practice relevant to each field. His third book, Divorced Fathers: Children’s Needs and Parental Responsibilities, examines fathers’ perceptions of their children’s needs in the divorce transition, and parental and social institutional responsibilities to those needs. His new book, The Equal Parent Presumption: Social Justice in the Legal Determination of Parenting After Divorce, based on emergent trends of egalitarian parenting and non-adversarial conflict resolution, outlines a “best interests of the child from the perspective of the child” and a responsibility-to-needs approach to post-divorce child and family policy.

He writes a popular monthly blog, “Co-Parenting After Divorce,” for Psychology Today, and he has been cited as “Canada’s leading child custody expert” by two national newspapers. He was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service and research on the best interests of children of divorce, and was elected as the inaugural president of the International Council on Shared Parenting.

He is a founding member of the Bounce Collective, a group of progressive West Coast DJs known for their diversity of musical styles, and all-night dance parties.

For a full bio please see For more on the International Council on Shared Parenting please visit


Historic Men’s Issues Conference Slated for June – Detroit

Note: This post is reprinted here from the good people at A Voice For Men. Tickets for this event are being snapped up pretty quickly so buy early to avoid disappointment. JB

On June 27 and 28, 2014, a first ever conference of its kind will be held in Detroit, Michigan. A Voice for Men’s International Conference on Men’s Issues will feature the most noted collection of activists, advocates, writers and thinkers of our generation ever gathered into one place to discuss the issues of men and boys.

Presenting at the event will be Dr. Warren Farrell, Robert Franklin Esq, Sen. Anne Cools, Dr. Paul Nathanson, Erin Pizzey, John Hembling, Karen Straughan, Carnell Smith, Mike Buchanan, Paul Elam, Tom Golden, Dr. Tara Palmatier, Barbara Kay and Dr. Miles Groth.*

Your master of ceremonies will be Vladek Filler.

On the evening of June 26, there will be a press conference and panel discussion headed by AVFM News Director Robert O’Hara, and including live AVFM News Department participation from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and India. AVFM News Europe’s Lucian Valsan will be joining that discussion live via Skype. Local media will be invited to attend, where they will hear the thoughts from our news people across the world on the treatment of men in news media.

Also, on June 26, Dr. Warren Farrell will be conducting a limited seating workshop. Details on this event will soon be available here.

For those traveling to Detroit for the conference, which is being held at the Doubletree Downtown Detroit, a special web page to book room reservations will soon be made available through this site, and will be emailed to all ticket purchasers.

Finally, the first 100 persons who purchase tickets to the event will be gifted with a free copy of Dr. Warren Farrell’s 21st anniversary edition the Myth of Male Power in ebook. Once your ticket it paid for, within 24 hours you will be emailed instructions on getting your complementary copy of what is still the most seminal work on men’s issues ever written.

Tickets are $219.00. Purchases are limited to six at one time, with a maximum of 300 tickets being sold.