2018-03-04 An internet troll makes a malicious claim to CAS against Keep 43's Chair,
Providing an excellent opportunity to educate on parent's questions
surrounding "spanking on the bare seat"
Recently, I received a letter (redacted) from Hamilton CAS alerting me that someone had made an anonymous complaint against me. This must have been an internet Troll, as they used Keep 43's public mailing address rather than my own home address.
CAS writes, "This letter is in response to an anonymous report received on January 31 , 2018. The reported concerns were regarding your use of spanking on your child's bare bottom. As you are aware, spanking is a legal practice in Canada on children between the ages of 2 and 12. Although the Children's Aid Society does not recommend any form of physical discipline, there are no child protection concerns at this time."
I believe one should use these as opportunities to educate and inform the public. To see the full CAS letter, my 3-page response to it and the other materials I enclosed with my response, please see the PDF in the following link:
2018-01-28 An Overview of Parenting Systems:
Understanding why Parental "Spanking Bans" consistently promote increased
child abuse rates
By Harold A. Hoff, Iron Gate Research, January 6, 2018
"The intention of this treatise is lay out the matrix of parenting systems and to explain, in easily understandable terms, why the legislative attempts to eliminate “Authoritative Parenting” causes more harm than good, despite the good intentions to impose “Positive Parenting” on everyone via the blunt instrument of Criminal Law." PDF download link below.
2017-11-06 An Analysis and Response to an anti-spanking Editorial
in New Scientist Magazine, Oct 20, 2017
entitled, "Scotland has banned smacking children - so should everyone else"
In fact this is false, the legislation will not be voted on until 2018.
Mr. Hoff states, “For the benefit of disseminating solid parenting-system science, we felt it important to prepare a response to this editorial. The amount of utterly false information and scientifically debunked claims this opinion piece expresses is astonishing. It is a great disservice to society for people to propagate “anti-spanking” propaganda simply to further their uninformed feelings.”
The article is linked here. Our full response is in the PDF below
2017-10-27 An Email to all Hon. Senators Today
provides a legal opinion that use of minor force in child-rearing is not
protected by Common Law or De Minimis Protections
This summarizes as follows:
"There appears to be general agreement that a parent has the right to apply force to a child (with or without the child's consent) when it is necessary to protect the child, to protect others (such as a younger sibling), and to teach a child social values and behavioural limits."
"Neither the exercise of prosecutorial discretion nor the common law defences of necessity and de minimis would be adequate to protect parents who were carrying out their duties."
"the requirement of the rule of law suggests that the criminal liability of a parent who touches a child for a proper purpose should not depend on the vagaries of prosecutorial discretion (removal of objective tests) or on criminal law excuses (de minimis)."
The research can be read here. Our full response is in the PDF below
2017-10-22 CARDUS, on S-206, Parental Discipline
"The Case for Keeping Section 43"
Published January 2017
Please read the PDF below
2017-10-19 An Analysis and Response to Hon. Senator Petitclerc speech before Senate
on Oct 4, 2017, in support of S-206 ("Repeal 43")
"The Criminalization of Traditional Parenting Act"
On October 4, 2017, newly arrived Hon. Senator Chantal Petitclerc speaks in support of criminalizing the 82% of Canadian parents who don't parent like she does, and use minor force in child-rearing. She's not strong enough to rise up to the challenge of solid child-rearing (her own testimony confirms it) and has decided that the blunt force of criminal law should be used to coerce you to be brought down to her parenting approach. Self-entitlement is becoming a toxic societal issue.
and to this end ... the amount of false and debunked claims, junk science, distortions and rudimentary lack of understanding of Canada’s Law, as exhibited in this speech, is astonishing. Are we still all on the same planet? One needs to wonder when hearing this...
Please read the PDF below
2017-10-14 UPDATES on S-206, Criminalization of Traditional Parenting Act
On October 4, 2017, newly arrived Hon. Senator Chantal Petitclerc speaks in support of criminalizing the 82% of Canadian parents who don't parent like she does, and use minor force in child-rearing.
What's astonishing is that, reading her statement, she obviously has no concept of what the law actually is or what she thinks she wants to ban, nor the serious and utterly proven consequences of doing so.
It's reprehensible that people with the power to change laws don't bother to obtain a rudimentary understanding of what they're proposing, nor put any effort into doing some solid reasearch. Another victim of advocacy opinion papers by the Durrant-Gershoff-Straus trilogy we presume.
This speech is so utterly detached from actuality and objective scientific fact that we'll likely prepare a response (as we did to Sen. Sinclair's opinions) and have it emailed to all Senators.
We provide the speech in it's entirety below.
2017-10-02 Domestic Violence against women: What the EU-wide survey tells us
Scandinavian countries exhibit the highest rates of domestic violence.
Scandinavian countries were the first to criminalize traditional "loving and firmly guiding" parenting systems which used minor force (moderate spanking) in child-rearing. (Sweden 1979, Finland 1983, Norway 1987, and Denmark 1997)
Research shows Sweden (the first and most-studied "Spanking ban" country) now has the most ill-behaved and violent children in the Western world. It is not surprising that these maladjusted children will grow up into maladjusted and violent adults, and by the EU's own analysis, this is exactly what is happening...
From a Guardian article (March 2014) Read it here
2017-09-14 The Patient and Disciplined Faith of the Amish
The Amish are practicing what scientists call "Authoritative Parenting" (cf. Baumrind's seven parenting styles, UC Berkeley). It's highly Nurturing, highly Demanding (setting appropriate limits on behaviour) and highly Responsive (consistently enforcing those limits).
By Baumrind's own definition (who coined the term) one of the hallmarks of Authoritative Parenting is that they universally spank to enforce compliance
From a HuffPost article (May 2011) read it HERE
2017-09-04 "I Think Liberals and Leftists are Killing the World"
an article by: Becky Chandler
“I think for many parents when smacking fell out of favor - that meant all discipline went with it. And I don't think it's good for kids, who actually need boundaries, structure and routine..."
Indeed, over the last few years, Canada has experienced a series of legislative pressures which primary goal is to undermine and weaken the nuclear family, to the detriment of children. This article raises good points.
2017-07-31 A conversation with an Anti-family movement called: "Save the Children
We recently contacted "Save the Children Canada" on Facebook. This NGO uses your donations to lobby the government to criminalize most Canadian Parents and wants to harm kids to suit a greater ideological goal. They are already on several Canadian Family & Parenting Org "war-on-parenting" watch lists, and on K43's boycott list. We'll keep working to expose predatory people who intend to tear up the family for their purposes.
Here's the conversation. We don't mince words with this ilk because experience shows "being nice" never works with radicals.
2017-06-05 June 2nd Protest at the London ON CAS "Against Forced Adoption"
A Staff Writer covers the June 2nd protest at the London ON CAS and, did an excellent job explaining why our NGO's objectives are perfectly aligned with the objectives of Expose C.A.S. and various anti-child-trafficking groups.
2017-06-01 New Bumper Sticker
If you'd like one or more, just let us know. If you make a small donation, we'll send you one as a Thank You.
Thank you to all of you who work so hard in defending Traditional Solid Family & Children from all those who wish to tear down and harm the family.
2017-05-15 BOYCOTT LIST (Rev.5)
The organizations listed herein support the Repeal of Sec.43 (via Senate Bill S-206), and the criminalization of the 82% of parents who use minor force in child-rearing. World-wide evidence of countries with long-standing parental “spanking bans” are overwhelmingly showing these promote nine types of increased harms on children, families and society.
We believe any organization that promotes harming children under the disguise of advocating for them is reprehensible. We also believe that organizations whose stated policy is to harm children via legislation should not retain a charitable status for tax reasons.
We ask those genuinely concerned about child welfare review this list and boycott / do not fund, any organization who participates in this assault on the family.
2017-05-14 "Swedish Parenting has created Nation of Brats"
In this Telegpath article, "David Eberhard, who was a prominent psychiatrist before becoming a writer, warns in his new book, How Children Took Power, that Swedish parents are now unwilling to discipline their children in any way"
In fact, Sweden's 1979 "Spanking Ban" effectively legislated all parents into these developmentally inferior parenting styles. We' re gratified that more and more evidence is mounting to independently verify the conclusions of our research.
2017-04-03 Family Education Trust UK, Bulletin #165 Feb 2017
Written from a U.K. perspective, it appears they are experiencing the same types of issues against children and family that Canada is currently experiencing. Included are editorials on:
1) Sexual Perversion of children disguised as education (as ON and AB are engaged in),
2) Possible Welsh "smacking" ban to criminalize parents from disciplining children; and,
3) How the Transgender Agenda is really about suppressing free speech
It's worth a read.
2017-03-27 New Research: Hoff, H., "Parenting Styles, Prevalence of Normative Spanking,
and Reports of Children Sanctioned at School"
Abstract: A poll conducted with one parent from each of
56 families having a child aged five to seven years old indicated that 46 (82%) had / would use moderate spanking in child-rearing, 3 (5%) used non-spanking consequences. 7 (13%) used "Positive
Parenting" styles including no consequences.
The research identified two children sanctioned for hitting or bullying another child at school. Both came from one of the 7 positive parenting styles The probability that this is a random observation is 1.4% or 1 in 73.33. This link suggests that the spectrum of parenting styles that employ moderate spanking as a back-up to other methods produce on-balance, children less inclined to behave violently towards other children than the spectrum of parenting styles which exclude consequences.
2017-03-23 CPC Leadership Candidate Policy Positions. Maxime Bernier supports existing
Laws to protect Children & Parents from molestation by predatory government
agencies. On behalf of the 82% of Canadian parents we represent, we ask:
2017-03-18 An Analysis and Response to Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair’s Speech before
the Senate regarding Bill S-206 ("Repeal 43")
On March 7, 2017, Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair, during Second Reading, delivered a speech in support of Bill S-206: An Act to amend by Repealing Section 43 of the Criminal Code inclusive of the Supreme Court’s 2004 Rulings defining the same.
On behalf of the 82% of Canadian parents with preteen children who constructively use minor force in child-rearing, the Keep 43 Committee of Canada respectfully presents:
2017-03-02 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court says spanking a child is legal
By Associated Press, June 26, 2015
Keep 43: We believe the MA Supreme Court found the optimal balance when they stated,
"Writing for the seven-member court, Justice Barbara Lenk said two important interests needed to be balanced: protecting children against abuse; and avoiding unnecessary interference with the rights of parents to raise children as they see fit."
2017-02-23 Reaffirming: So WHO is Keep43 ?
2017-02-21 Children and Parents Deserve Better Parental Discipline Research:
Critiquing the Evidence for Exclusively “Positive” Parenting
Citation: Robert E. Larzelere, Marjorie Lindner Gunnoe, Mark W. Roberts & Christopher J. Ferguson (2017) Children and Parents Deserve Better Parental Discipline Research: Critiquing the Evidence for Exclusively “Positive” Parenting, Marriage & Family Review, 53:1, 24-35, DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2016.1145613
2017-02-13 France: On Jan 5, 2017 passed an "Anti-Spanking" Law,
and on Jan 20, 2017, this laws was STRUCK DOWN. France's Constitutional Conceil
declared it unconstitutional
Keep 43 believes this may be the turning point in the Global trend towards criminalizing parents and harming families. After decades of spanking bans, formidable & robust research is mounting that these bans increase violence on and by children, including serious child abuse on them, and simply provides the "protection" industry a means to abduct and traffic children to meet quotas and revenue targets.
2017-01-25 Lighthouse News (by ARPA Canada) interviews Hoff, Chair of Keep43 on
our latest PDF information circular: "Sweden - the Canary in the Coal Mine"
Please visit their site and have a listen here. Mentioned in the intro & from 7:53 onward. The PDF is linked below, please scroll down to download "SWEDEN - The Canary in the Coal Mine" to read it.
2017-01-17 "Research on Disciplinary Spanking is Misleading"
American College of Pediatrics - January 2017
It's all about the methodology and whether it's objective research looking for an answer, or a preconceived conclusion looking for confirmation-biased data... Please read here.
2017-01-11 Corporal Discipline: Policy Report for Parliamentarians
By ARPA (Association for Reformed Political Action Canada)
Updated Fall 2016
This article very succinctly addresses the main points including:
(1) The importance of protecting Child, Family and Parental Rights by keeping 43,
(2) Confirms there is no evidence that constructive spanking causes any identifiable harms, yet when used
judiciously as repeatedly been shown to promote better developmental outcomes, and
(3) Explains the methodological flaws that are used to produce so much deceptive "advocacy research" in
attempts to support the ideology that undermines and denigrates loving & firmly guiding parenting.
Please download and read the PDF below...
2016-12-09 Letter to all Senators : "Determining the Increased Annual Cost to Canadian Society
if the Typically Observed Increases in Youth Violence from Repeal 43 replicates in
While Senators consider the ongoing dialogue on why Section 43, and it's interpretations by the Supreme Court in 2004 must be protected, we would like to add another aspect to this.
"Attached is a letter, which among other things, provides an economic analysis of the financial cost to Canada by Repeal 43 based on the usual observed increase in youth violent crime by 20 years out."
2016-11-17 Relating Parental Styles & the Prevalence of Parental Spanking to Societal Violence
via Political Views as a Proxy
2016-10-28 "Ways to Discipline Your Child Successful and Healthy"
This is an anti-spanking propaganda piece found here, and below is a PDF rebuttal of various false and scientifically-debunked claims it contains.
2016-10-27 "Handling a Tantrum"
A Parenting meme we discovered on this very important subject. It can be found here, and below is a PDF of why we believe this is scientifically poor advice.
2016-10-23 Parents Ask Series: Updates added at the "Parent Q&A" tab
Question #19: If you discover your child is smoking, is spanking an effective way to stop this?
Question #20: If someone else's child is staying with us, should we discipline them if required?
Question #21: Have you ever tried other Parenting Styles?
Keep sending us genuine questions! We provide straight talk and evidence-based answers.
2016-10-15 "Straight Talk on Spanking Laws"
Thank you Corpun for highlighting our January 2016 editorial to the Hamilton Spectator FOUND HERE
2016-08-01 Parents Ask Series: One update added at the "Parent Q&A" tab
Question #18: What Types of Behaviour is a Spank Response most appropriate for?
2016-09-30 How Incentives fit in with Parenting Styles
And how constructive spanking relates to parenting styles and outcomes
2016-09-30 A Perspective on Behaviour Modification
Chapter 1 “A Perspective on Behaviour Modification”, pp.16-31
2016-09-29 Time-out: How It Relates to Constructive Spanking as a Consequence
2016-08-14 On Dec 2, 2015, we wrote the Canadian Medical Association
We wrote to both Dr. Brian Brodie / Chair and Dr. Cindy
Forbes / President, of CMA
The CMA supports predatory repeal 43 laws, and as such, is implicitly declaring that they support increasing the known harms on children and families that such draconian laws produce. (Child abuse, violence, emotional and behavioural problems, drug-induced deaths rates, etc...)
Considering it is now 8 months later, and no response has been received, we doubt one is forthcoming. The CMA's inability to provide any logical response is disappointing, but of course, highly expected.
2016-08-01 Parents Ask Series: Four updates are added at the "Parent Q&A" tab
Question #14: Please explain the difference between discipline & abuse
Question #15: Why do Canadian Educators support existing law?
Question #16: Aren't there more effective methods than spanking to adjust behaviour?
Question #17: Our 11 yo son has become increasingly defiant and uncontrollable. We've never spanked but since
nothing else has worked, is it too late to start?
2016-06-17 Senate of Canada Repeal-43 Bill S206 Update
The Hon. Donald Neil Plett delivers his reponse to the current attempts to legislate harms on Canadian children and families. Please see the PDF below.
2016-06-02 Witness Services. Need an expert to testify?
Often, CAS, Family and Divorce Courts do NOT know what Canada's constructive discipline laws are. There are many cases where they intentionally invent laws that don't
exist with intention to persecute, harass and coerce parents for profit, child custody, parental alienation, or to manufacture victims so they can seize and traffic them into foster-care for
If you and your children are victims of false accusations regarding discipline vs. abuse, we can provide an expert opinion for hearings and court appearances.
2016-03-25 New Updates on the "PARENTS ASK" Series added under the Parent Q&A tab.
Parents have asked us some questions about constructive spanking. Some questions touch on uncomfortable topics, for example, spanking on the bared seat. These are serious questions, and deserve respectful answers. Please keep sending us your quesions. If they haven't already been answered on our site, we'll endeavour to provide a proper answer.
2016-02-02 Once Again Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette launches an attack on Canadian Children and Family.
Again we are at the Second Reading of a Senate Bill (see here) designed to repeal 43, criminalize most parents and expose children to a spectrum of greater harms. We wrote her recently to provide her with the science and facts on this issue, but she simply doesn't care. Her personal ideology is more important than doing no harm. Below is our emailed response to this one (via email to all Senators)
2016-01-21 Online Commentary by New Canadian Media "Spanking: Lots of Studies; Little Change"
This is an egregiously biased propaganda piece found here. We posted a rebuttal but the site did not publish it. Thus we provide it below:
2015-12-22 Interview with LifeSite News
"Trudeau’s Liberals pledge to repeal law allowing spanking" found here
We will highlight once again, against Kathy Lynn’s claims of “30 years of research”, there is NO research whatsoever that proves moderate and occasional spanking used as constructive discipline in a loving environment has produced any negative effect of any kinds (and THAT is all the current law allows for). That research simply does not exist, please stop claiming that it does! Nor has this been compared to the negative effects of the alternate enforcements parents are forced into, nor has this been compared to the negative effects of not enforcing destructive behaviours. (You'll see ample data how badly that has turned out in spanking-ban countries).
School Corporal Punishment: To Be Clear, the SCOC's January 2004 rulings on Sec.43 REMOVED physical discipline from all educational settings, public and private. It's alarming that a Justice, having little knowledge of Canadian law, would be in a position to recommend criminalizing something (School CP) that hasn't existed for 12 years now. Unfortunately, the Justice's lack of knowledge in this area may call into question claims surrounding some of the other 94 TRC recommendations.