TO The Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS Grandparents often become a family’s first reserves in times of crisis. Grandparents act as fun playmates for children, role models and family historians, mentors and help establish self esteem and security for children (Blau, 1984; Komhaber & Woodward, 1981)
One potential aspect of the divorce in the disruption or severance of the grandparents–grandchild relationship (Myers & Perin, 1983)
Also in cases of the death of a parent the grandparents should continue to enjoy access to their grandchildren by the living parents; as visitation and access was fully established prior to the death of the parent.
In Canada the issue of grandparent rights of access to grandchildren has not been given recognition in legislation, with the exception of Quebec, Alberta, and B.C. In all other provinces, grandparents may only petition the rights of access as interested third parties. In the absence of a specific statue providing grandparents with legal standing to access, there are continuing difficulties in obtaining contact with grandchildren (Kruk, 1995).
WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
That, grandparents have a legal right to access and visitation of their grandchildren in the event of a parental divorce or death of a parent and we support Bill # 22.

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