The Ontario government has come up with a novel way to out parents who've opted out of paying child support. The Ministry of Community and Social Services launched a new website, aptly called goodparentspay.com, that effectively posts mugshots and personal details of (mainly) deadbeat dads in the hopes of tracking them down and serving up some justice.
"Good parents pay child support," said Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur. "For those who don't, we want to make things very clear: we will find you and we will make sure your children get the support they deserve."
According to an article in CBC, at any given time the Good Parents site will post profiles of up to 25 parents who've failed to make child support payments for the past six months.
Readers with information as to the person's whereabouts can anonymously send in tip-offs, much like Crime Stoppers for parents.
The profiles—which include a physical description, occupation and the person's last known location—remain on the site for three months or until the person has been found. While they're at it, maybe the photos should be posted on public transport and on the sides of milk cartons.
With 180,000 so-called deadbeat parents at large, amounting to more than $1 billion owing in child support, it's easy to see why Ontario's Family Responsibility Office and the Ministry have taken this step. Canada isn't the only country with harsh words for deserters.
Do you think this kind of witch hunt is the right approach to deal with deadbeat parents?
CrossFit aficionado Lea-Anne Ellison sparked a debate after posting photos of herself lifting heavy weights just two weeks before her due date.
According to an article in the Daily Mail, the viral images of the 35-year old mom of two have elicited a very mixed reaction, ranging from supportive to downright horrified.
"This is actually sickening," wrote Amanda Cinq-Mars. "I hope pregnant [women] around the world do not do this kind of cr**."
Some commenters labeled Ellison 'selfish' for potentially endangering her fetus, while others celebrated the fact that she isn't 'obese,' 'diabetic' and 'lazy' like so many other expectant women.
Ellison, who also has an eight-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, claims on her Bodybuilders.com profile that the core motivation for her fitness routine stems from wanting to be a "HOT Mom."
While moderate exercise during pregnancy has proven physical and psychological benefits, intense activity—like the kind undertaken by Ellison—is not necessarily recommended. Presumably, though, the fact that her body is accustomed to this punishing regimen suggests it may not pose a risk to her or her baby... Just check out what this woman achieved while nine months pregnant!
Awesome show of inspiration, or amazingly irresponsible message to send out to other pregnant women?
In case you missed it, public humiliation is all the rage when it comes to humiliating *ahem* disciplining today's teens. An Aussie mom decided to teach her daughter a hard lesson by auctioning off four tickets on eBay to see One Direction in Sydney.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, the mother revoked the privilege due to her daughter's "self righteous and lippy attitude." But instead of teaching her teen a valuable lesson, in a haste she went and taught her and her "bitchy little friends" an altogether different kind of lesson.