As men's rights groups gain influence in Canada, a blogger faces charges for praising Marc Lepine, a man who murdered 14 women (including Anne St-Arneault, whose memorial is above) in an antifeminist massacre.
We've written about men's rights groups in the US and Britain, but at least according to Antonia Zerbisias of the Toronto Star, these groups have a troubling presence in Canada as well. She writes of a bill introduced to Parliament by one "Pastor Maurice Vellacott of Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, past chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, proponent of spurious research on women's health, creationist and agitator against same-sex rights," which would automatically award equal custody to both parents in a divorce, "regardless of history." Zerbisias writes that men's rights activists (MRAs) back the bill because "they blame "femi- nazis" for judicial decisions that award custody to mothers. That despite how, thanks to feminists fighting for shared parenting rights, men are now being awarded joint custody in almost half of all cases." She's concerned the bill will allow ex-husbands to "continue to exercise control over their ex-wives and children" — a serious issue especially if the bill makes no provision for prior abuse.