Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Alliston woman's stunt draws attention to Parental Alienation Awareness

New Tecumseh Free Press


Posted April 27, 2009

In Batman lore and Gotham City, Bat Girl is a crime fighter. That's why Paulette MacDonald of Alliston was quick to point out that she was dressed as Bat Girl, and not Cat Woman, as initial police and media reports flagged it following her arrest for public mischief Saturday.

Ms. MacDonald succeeded in her mission to draw attention to her cause Fathers 4 Justice Canada, after emergency crews were called to the Cookstown Outlet Mall at Hwy 400 and Hwy 89 at approximately 12 pm for a reported woman who had climbed the outlet's 100 ft high landmark water tower to unfurl a giant banner to draw attention to Parental Alienation Awareness Day, which was on April 25.

She had secured herself on the platform, and was assisted down by firefighters and a arieal ladder truck.

"I went up the tower at 5:30 a.m. and no one noticed me until I finally yelled down to a group of young ladies coming out of the mall and requested that she notify the mall security for me," Ms. MacDonald told Free Press Online Saturday shortly after her release from police custody. "I was cold and tired and wanted to get my message out. It was not too much longer after that when the security guard came out and looked up at me perched on the tower. His chin hit the floor and he quickly got on the phone to the police."

The organization is a branch of an international movement that started in the United Kingdom.

"We are a cross section of concerned Canadian citizens who recognize the bias and injustice in the current family law system where children are used as prizes," according to the group's web site.

It's the "justice" theme which as Fathers 4 Justice Canada members dress up in Superhero costumes. Ms. MacDonald has been Wonder Woman in local parades, and her partner dresses as Spiderman. For this publicity stunt, she chose Bat Girl.

"A mother, grandmother, and second wife, Bat Girl realizes that in real life we don't have nine lives, and with our children we must get it right the first time," according to the group's press release about the water tower incident. "Parents are too important to be swept aside when parents separate. The new heroine wants to spread the message as far and wide as possible that alienation of children is unacceptable and that we must choose love as the first emotion not hate."

Ms Macdonald was charged with mischief and is scheduled to appear in Bradford Court on May 28.

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