RESIGN NOW! BASTARDS!
We are calling for A PUBLIC INQUIRY AND the resignation of Minister Eric Hoskins and Kenn Richard, executive Director of Native Child and Family Services and the Attorney General of Ontario, John Gerretse.
…CONNIE BRAUER, VICTIMS’ RIGHTS ADVOCATE, http://www.occupy-the-courts.com
Ontario’s child welfare system has failed 7-year-old Katelynn Sampson
Five-year-old Jeffrey Baldwin suffered such abuse and deprivation he weighed just 21 pounds when he died. Randal Dooley was beaten to death, literally. The seven-year-old boy had 13 broken ribs, a brain injury, a lacerated liver and a tooth in his stomach. Three-year-old Kasandra Shepherd died after a severe blow to her head.E
After all the child welfare lessons that should have been learned from those horrific abuse cases, we would have thought that another inquest into the death of a child at the hands of troubled caregivers under the watch of a children’s aid society would never be needed.
Yet the murder of seven-year-old Katelynn Sampson and the apparent blindness on the part of so many adults in her life to the abuse she was suffering shows that is not the case. At the end, there were no fewer than 70 wounds on her little body.
“Alarm bells were ringing and no one was responding,” Superior Court Justice John McMahon said Wednesday when he sentenced Katelynn’s legal guardians to life imprisonment.
A coroner’s inquest is certainly needed and it must have the broadest scope possible to identify every person and procedure that failed this little girl. With all that we know about the vulnerability of children, how on earth can two children’s aid agencies let a little girl fall through the cracks of their paper-shuffling bureaucracy? How can school officials not do more to follow up when a little girl covered in bruises and burns stops coming to school altogether? Did the neighbours not see or hear anything?
But an inquest is not enough. There is no point in simply recommending more rules if they are either unworkable or will be ignored. Years of court cases, inquests, pediatric death review committee reports and internal children’s aid reviews have led to an increasing number of laws, rules and procedures to follow. Yet, somehow, children like Katelynn are still dying.
That’s why Children’s Minister Eric Hoskins cannot sit back and think that his ministry has done all it can. Yes, the government did fix the terrible law that allowed Katelynn’s mother to hand her off to a crack-addicted friend with a record of violent offences. That, as we now know, was just the first thing that went wrong.
Kenn Richard, executive director of Native Child and Family Services, says that after “extensive investigation and internal reflection” he is satisfied that his staff did “everything that’s required under our charter as a Children’s Aid Society.”
If that’s the case the system is even more broken that people imagine. Following the rules but still allowing the child to die is a system in desperate need of an overhaul. The minister must read every word of the internal reviews conducted by Toronto children’s aid and Native Child and Family Services.
This government saw fit to appoint a commission to make child welfare more cost effective. How about a commission with a mandate to make it better? The system that failed Katelynn, Jeffrey, Randal and Kasandra can fail the next little boy or girl, too.
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Dr. Eric Hoskins was first elected as the MPP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s in 2009. He was appointed as Minister of Children and Youth Services in October 2011. He previously served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Eric is a renowned humanitarian, family doctor, husband and father – and a proud Ontarian with a long and dedicated record of public service.
After finishing his medical studies at McMaster University, and subsequently at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Eric spent nearly a decade as a doctor and humanitarian in war-torn regions in Africa and around the world. Eric later served as the senior advisor to then Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy on such issues as human rights, child soldiers, peacekeeping and the landmines ban. Together with his wife Dr. Samantha Nutt, the two founded the international charity War Child Canada to help hundreds of thousands of children in war-affected regions across the globe.
Eric has been recognized for his humanitarian work and public service. In 2008, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross, and has been awarded the United Nations Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal.
Eric and his wife Sam have a six-year old son, Rhys.
A MESSAGE FROM KENN RICHARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Welcome to Native Child and Family Services of Toronto’s website. We are proud of our work and want to share it with those interested in the good and welfare of Native children.
More importantly we hope this site will go beyond this pride and will serve to add, in a small way, to the body of knowledge forming around “best practices” to Native families, particularly those living in urban communities. At NCFST we try to provide culture-based services and these may not reflect the same approaches of more mainstream systems. We trust this site will give people a chance to reflect on alternative approaches to child welfare and will demonstrate that there are indeed many paths to the same place.
As you move through this site it will be clear that we are more than the sum of our parts. Our services speak to the stages of life, all with a strong focus on the children, all with a strong cultural dimension, and all under the direct control of the Native community itself.
So please have a look. Learn from us if you can and teach what you know by e-mailing my office at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Gerretsen was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1995 to represent Kingston and The Islands. He was re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.
John was appointed Attorney General on October 20, 2011 after serving as Minister of Consumer Services since August 2010. He previously served as Minister of the Environment from 2007 to 2010, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing from 2003 to 2007 and also as Minister Responsible for Seniors.
John guided the implementation of the province’s climate change action plan. In addition to historic investments in public transit and phasing out coal-fired electricity generation by 2014, a key component of this plan includes the development of a cap-and-trade program. Cap-and-trade legislation to allow Ontario to link to other systems in North America and abroad was passed by the Ontario Legislature in December 2009.
John also led the development of a new Water Opportunities Act. The Act would take advantage of the province’s expertise in clean-water technology, helping us to conserve and protect more water at home and spurring the development in Ontario of technologies in demand around the world.
He also introduced legislation to ban the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides province-wide and brought forward landmark legislation to protect Lake Simcoe. Under his leadership, the Toxics Reduction Act was passed to reduce the amount of toxics in our environment.
In 2009, John served as President of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. During his term as President, the Council developed a Canada-wide Action Plan for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a sustainable packaging strategy and a Canada-wide vision for water that featured a water efficiency labeling program.
In his previous role as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, John brought forward the award-winning Greenbelt Plan to permanently protect 1.8 million acres around the Greater Golden Horseshoe. He was also responsible for new, stronger planning legislation and bringing the Ontario Building Code to the most energy efficient standards in Canada.
Prior to provincial politics, John began his political career at the municipal level. He was first elected as a Kingston Alderman and following these terms as councillor, John was elected as Mayor of the City of Kingston. John served three consecutive terms and he remains the longest serving Mayor in Kingston’s history. John was also elected as the President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and served as Chair of the Ontario Housing Corporation.
He became a Partner in the firm Gerretsen and Conacher in 1980 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982. He was President of the Frontenac Law Association in 1992, served as a Small Claims Court Deputy Judge (1993-95) and as a lecturer in law at St. Lawrence College.
An active member of the Kingston community, John has also served as Chair of the Kingston Police Services Board, a founding member of Kingcole Homes, and the Rotary Club of Kingston. He has also been the Chair of the South Eastern Emergency Health Services Committee and a trustee for Queen’s University.
A graduate of Queen’s University, John has practiced law in Kingston since 1971. John lives in Kingston with his wife Assunta and they have three grown children.
More about Katelynn’s mother and the bastards that killed Katelynn.
You disgusting, incompetent, indifferent people who allowed this child to die. We will show no mercy! … Connie Brauer