I found this a very sad story. Many readers may not know that it is still legal to hit children in this country. Section 43 of the Criminal Code gives parents and caregivers a defence against assault for using force to discipline children. Although a supreme court decision in 2004 made it illegal to hit children under two and over 12, and in between, children can only be hit with an open hand and never on the head, it is still legal. Sixty-five countries have banned corporal punishment of children. Not Canada. Dr. Goldbloom, being a psychiatrist, knows how damaging corporal punishment is for children and might want to write a letter to the Minister of Justice to remove section 43 from the Criminal Code
The stealing episode looms large in my memories of childhood. I recall feeling terrified that my beloved baby brother was doomed to a life of crime.
a wonderfully delightful and perspicacious piece of writing with the known David Goldbloom sense of humour. I am glad he tested the waters of felony as a youth to tease out the real ramifications of crimes and misdemeanors and what kind of corrective hand is needed . His profession would only be enriched by that experience.
PS and thank you for expanding my vocabulary.lucre is a new one!