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Remarkable 14-year-old biking across Canada and Eastern US

A remarkable 14-year-old is biking across Canada with his dad and has reached Ontario. The American wing of his journey begins July 22nd at Niagara Falls and ends at the White House and Capitol Hill. Clayton expresses his feelings and those of millions of North American youth forcefully.

Openly defying a court order that denied him access to his father for many years, he took the bus and refused to return, throwing the Alberta judiciary into momentary chaos. He went on a hunger strike for 11 days to protest the negative impact courts have on children when his father and his doctor told him to stop. By that time he was known on both sides of the border. Kids are signing his petition by the thousands.

The attachment below is the site. I tried to send the homepage directly right here, but these guys are amazing. With only a laptop and a cell phone hookup they had almost daily updated a deeply nested Web site that defies being sent anyway but as an attachment. The only time they missed updates was traveling through western Ontario, still one of the wildest and least populated parts of North America. Open it. You'll be amazed and absorbed into his story. [1]

Clayton has had widespread exposure in the Canadian press and TV and radio talk shows. He came to New York earlier this year to appear on Sally Joseph Raphael show.

He wants the courts to.....but I'll let him speak for himself.

Andrew E. Carlan, Esq.

Farmingdale, N.Y.

Law Office of Andrew E. Carlan


Michael F. Austin

Austin PR
917-670-2448, cell


1.) I substituted this URL http://www.legalkids.com/index.html for the attachment, however, I recommend that you first visit Clayton's welcome statement. [The links no longer function —WHS, 2003 03 16]

If you are in doubt about any of the issues mentioned, I recommend that you delve into three reports dealing with children who become orphans of divorce. The reports, issued by the Heritage Foundation, are identified right below. --Walter

a.) http://www.heritage.org/Research/Family/BG1373.cfm
Fagan, Patrick and Robert Rector — The Effects of Divorce on America, A Heritage Foundation report that identifies beyond any doubt that the epidemic of divorce is destroying society.

Each year, over 1 million American children suffer the divorce of their parents; moreover, half of the children born this year to parents who are married will see their parents divorce before they turn 18. Mounting evidence in social science journals demonstrates that the devastating physical, emotional, and financial effects that divorce is having on these children will last well into adulthood and affect future generations.

Fiscal conservatives should realize that federal and state governments spend $150 billion per year to subsidize and sustain single-parent families. By contrast, only $150 million is spent to strengthen marriage.

Thus, for every $1,000 spent to deal with the effects of family disintegration, only $1 is spent to prevent that disintegration.

b.) Fagan, Patrick — "How Broken Families Rob Children of Their Chance for Future Prosperity" a Heritage Foundation Report, June 11, 1999 (Please be sure to read the full text of this very important report. It contains facts and recommendations that are simply astounding! It is available as a PDF document at the indicated link.)

c.) A compelling status report and useful suggestions for solutions are provided in the report by the Heritage Foundation "Marriage: The Safest Place for Women and Children", by Patrick F. Fagan and Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D. Backgrounder #1535.

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Walter H. Schneider

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Posted 2001 07 10