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Available Expert - Ontario introduces All Parents Are Equal Act

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Queen's University law professor Nicholas Bala is available to comment on the announcement today, by the Ontario Government, that they will be introducing the All Parents Are Equal Act in the legislature. The bill is intended to update parentage law to more clearly recognize the legal status of all parents - whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight - and whether their children were conceived with or without assistance.

"This is certainly an important piece of legislation that addresses a pressing issue faced by judges, parents and families across Ontario," says Professor Bala.

Professor Bala says the bill represents an acknowledgement of changing societal realities on the meaning and definition of "parenthood." He notes that Ontario is far from the first jurisdiction to introduce such legislation, with British Columbia being one such jurisdiction to have amended their laws in recent years.

Professor Nicholas (Nick) Bala  is an internationally recognized expert on issues related to children, youth and families in the justice system, who teaches in the Queen's University Faculty of Law. He is available by phone for print and radio interviews in the early afternoon on September 29 and during the day on September 30.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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