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Discovering Stories in Durham Region

The Family Mediation Resource Centre (FMRC) is proud to announce we have received an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grant to deliver an Artists In the Community project entitled Discovering Stories in Durham.

Taking place between April and December 2017, Discovering Stories in Durham will be a series of free workshops open to the diverse communities in the Durham Region. This is an opportunity to collaborate with artists and other communities in Durham Region by telling your stories through art and performance. As a community project, we want to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.

In addition to building a sense of community, we believe that community arts projects can also stimulate social action by bringing attention to social issues in a way that can help evoke creative solutions for solving problems.

Using fun-filled games and exercises, along with music, movement and visual arts, ideas will be shared during the workshops.  With permission from the participants, we’ll save/record/keep track of your ideas to discover the most effective artistic discipline(s) for community members tell their stories in a possible public presentation in 2018.

If you are a Durham organization who wants to participate in this project, we would like to hear from you! Please email at durhamstories@fmrcentre.ca or call toll-free 877-297-3312

Judge blasts warring parents who squandered $500,000 on custody battle

Justice Alex Pazaratz’s judgments are considered a must-read:

His literary prowess can be traced back to his days as a newspaper intern before entering law school. A few of his compelling quotes:

“Somehow, no matter how hard we try, we don’t seem to be getting the message out to separating parents:

“Nasty doesn’t work.

“Withholding the child doesn’t work.

“Sarcastic e-mails don’t work.

“Bad-mouthing the other parent doesn’t work.

“Twisting the child’s life to create a new status quo … doesn’t work.

“Selfish decisions which may be emotionally satisfying in the short term, never look good in a courtroom.

“In the classic Christmas movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ there’s an extended fantasy sequence where Jimmy Stewart anguishes over how badly things would have turned out if he’d made a reckless, impulsive decision.

“Perhaps family court should fund an instructional movie about this type of custody battle. ‘It’s a Terrible Life.’ There could be a fantasy sequence about how happy a child might have been. If only …”

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