Bill 22 update

Thanks for the update on Bill # 22 . Sadly this is exactly what has
happened to the other grandparent bills. In 1997 I heloped get Bill 27
going and now all these years later we still do not have a grandparents
rights bill. This is very dishearting to those of us who have been
battling hard and long.

Thanks for the reply.

Ms Cornelius
At this stage the Committee is considering a Government
Bill, Bill 179. All Government Bills take precedence over Private Members
Bills. Until the Committee has concluded its consideration of Bill 179,
it is unlikely that consideration of Bill 22 will occur.
However, in addition, the House is expected to recess on June 3rd for the
summer. It is then unlikely that the Bill will be considered before the
summer recess.

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Jonathan Brickwood
Assistant to Trevor Day, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Social Policy
Legislative Assembly of Ontario | Committees Branch
Room 1405 Whitney Block | 99 Wellesley Street West | M7A 1A2
P) 416-325-3509 | F) 416-325-3505 | I/C 038 |


wrote the Ministry of the Attorney General and this was the reply that I received
for information purposes:

Subject: MAG Social Justice Programs and Policy Division response to your
correspondence – Our Reference #: M11-02695
Dear Madam:
Thank you for your e-mail of April 13, 2011, regarding grandparents’ rights. We are
responding on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Private Member’s Bill 22 received Second Reading on September 23, 2010. It has now
been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. The bill will proceed
through the normal course, with opportunity for debate and a vote by members of the
House. The status of Bill 22 can be checked on the Legislative website for any
updates at:

While the Ministry of the Attorney General does not provide legal advice or opinions
to members of the public, we can provide you with the following general legal

N.B. *You may be interested to know that Ontario’s Children’s Law Reform Act
(CLRA) already permits any person, including grandparents, to apply for access to a
child. A judge will make such an order for access if it is found to be in the best
interests of the particular child, in accordance with section 24 of the CLRA.
Ontario legislation can be viewed online at:

The Ministry of the Attorney General operates Justice Ontario, which provides
information on a number of legal topics, including how to find a lawyer and family
law issues. Justice Ontario may be accessed through the Ministry website at:
If you would like to speak with a family lawyer, the Law Society of Upper Canada
(LSUC) operates a Lawyer Referral Service through which you may obtain a half-hour
of free legal consultation from an Ontario lawyer. The LSUC will provide the service
at no charge through a toll-free number at 1-800-268-8326.
Thank you again for writing.
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Bill 22 Access to grandchildren

Help us get Bill 22 passed by calling your local MP and demanding that this bill gets its third and final reading

The second reading of Bill # 22 passed 100% as did the past ones at second reading. The trouble always comes with the next step, third and final reading. We MUST group TOGETHER to carry out the next step to ensure that this the FIFTH grandparent bill since 1997 will be a home run!

First of all I have a shout out of “GRAND Job and roses” for Kim Craitor for presenting his grandparents bill for the FOURTH time. Please do send Kim a letter or email of gratitude to: 3930 Montrose Road, Suite 8 Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3C9 905-357-0681 F: 905-357-9456 or 80 Grosvenor Street, 6th Floor Hepburn Block Toronto, ON M7A 1E9 416-325-1648 F: 416-212-7155 or online at:

Secondly I have to say I was VERY disappointed with the denied access grandparents who did NOT show up. This is YOUR Issues and you need to attend these events to show the MP’s you truly WANT change! We ALL need to stand up and be counted to create the change that will help our grandchildren.

Thirdly I am very, very grateful and proud of the following folks for taking their time and money to attend:
To Brian Jacques and Aaron Neaves – Union reps for Chatham
To Darlene Hachey – Union Rep who took the train from Windsor!
To Arron’s lovely wife for ‘leaking’ (crying) along with me during the session!
To Lucknow CANGRANDS chapter Leader Audrey Meikle, who brought along her mother, hubby Alex, sister Phyllis, and son Steven !
To Seaforth CANGRANDS chapter Denise Morris who drove in from Seaforth.
To Diana Brammall who joined CANGRANDS the day before yet came from the other side of Chatham to show her support as she is denied access to her step grandchild.
To Mr. & Mrs. Alexandra who drove in from Brooklin and created ‘grandparent’ packages for EVERY MP!

I would also like to thank all the folks the MP’s mentioned who either signed and or gathered petitions, wrote personal letters or visited them to share their heartache! As well as the many companies who wrote letters of support that were also mentioned today.

Finally I would like to thank ALL the MP’s (less than 20 of them) who were actually ‘at work’ in Parliment on Thursday. Those that were they all voted and supported Bill # 22!

Now here is the next plan of action and PLEASE do your part!

Anyone who supports children seeing their grandparents are asked to get a picture frame and mail it (free) to your local MP with a note asking them to pass it on to the Attorney General with a request that Bill 22 be given a third and final reading and be passed! If you are denied access please write on the glass ‘Have you seen my grandchild? I have not!’

Also continue to gather signatures for the Bill 22 petition and mail to Kim!


Betty Cornelius