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Postby Mookie4ever » Wed May 14, 2008 2:27 pm

Ontario has the Parental Responsibility Act - you can sue the parents for damage to property done by a child in their custody. The only defences are that somebody else has custody or to prove to the court that you have done everything possible to adequate supervise the child. They should have called it the Madison Jones Act.
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Re: Seven year old takes Grandma's car for a ride...

Postby knapplc » Wed May 14, 2008 2:30 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:Ontario has the Parental Responsibility Act - you can sue the parents for damage to property done by a child in their custody. The only defences are that somebody else has custody or to prove to the court that you have done everything possible to adequate supervise the child. They should have called it the Madison Jones Act.

I'll bet that's pretty difficult to prove. Who keeps a log of their parental actions?


EDIT - It sounds like a decent law, though. I'm fully in the camp of parents taking responsibility for their kids. You don't just get to produce them and then let them fend for themselves their whole life. It's work, and if you're not willing to do it, you shouldn't be having kids.
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Re: Seven year old takes Grandma's car for a ride...

Postby Mookie4ever » Wed May 14, 2008 2:36 pm

knapplc wrote:
Mookie4ever wrote:Ontario has the Parental Responsibility Act - you can sue the parents for damage to property done by a child in their custody. The only defences are that somebody else has custody or to prove to the court that you have done everything possible to adequate supervise the child. They should have called it the Madison Jones Act.

I'll bet that's pretty difficult to prove. Who keeps a log of their parental actions?


EDIT - It sounds like a decent law, though. I'm fully in the camp of parents taking responsibility for their kids. You don't just get to produce them and then let them fend for themselves their whole life. It's work, and if you're not willing to do it, you shouldn't be having kids.


Parental Responsibility Act wrote:(3) For the purposes of clause (2) (a), in determining whether a parent exercised reasonable supervision over a child or made reasonable efforts to prevent or discourage the child from engaging in the kind of activity that resulted in the loss or damage, the court may consider,

(a) the age of the child;

(b) the prior conduct of the child;

(c) the potential danger of the activity;

(d) the physical or mental capacity of the child;

(e) any psychological or other medical disorders of the child;

(f) whether the child was under the direct supervision of the parent at the time when the child was engaged in the activity;

(g) if the child was not under the direct supervision of the parent when the child engaged in the activity, whether the parent acted unreasonably in failing to make reasonable arrangements for the supervision of the child;

(h) whether the parent has sought to improve his or her parenting skills by attending parenting courses or otherwise;

(i) whether the parent has sought professional assistance for the child designed to discourage activity of the kind that resulted in the loss or damage; and

(j) any other matter that the court considers relevant. 2000, c. 4, s. 2 (3).

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Re: Seven year old takes Grandma's car for a ride...

Postby Don Veto » Fri May 23, 2008 4:43 am

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Re: Seven year old takes Grandma's car for a ride...

Postby thedude » Fri May 23, 2008 12:01 pm




That kid is a nut job. But he seems like the kind of kid that likes all the attention. If he keeps ending up on the news every time he does something bad it will probably only serve to encourage more bad behavior. Listening to the grandmother, it sounds as though he did not have a healthy relationship with his parents and does not know how to go about getting attention.
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Re: Seven year old takes Grandma's car for a ride...

Postby AussieDodger » Fri May 23, 2008 12:58 pm

Surely they have enough time to stop the cycle at 7 years old :-o :-o
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Re: Seven year old takes Grandma's car for a ride...

Postby Don Veto » Fri May 23, 2008 8:19 pm

Latarian ghetto as hell.

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