Wednesday, December 14, 2016

----Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission ------- Jay Pannu · University of Alberta Julie Ali Yes, I agree we need to know. The Opposition, as you very intelligently pointed out Julie, is to hold the government to account but this particular case is being blamed on the NDP when all parties are complicit in her starvation, serial and physical abuse and eventually this poor girl's death. Would we, as Albertans reacted differently if she has been a white girl instead of an Indigenous child? I am outraged that the systemic racism within all political parties not to act demonstrates an attitude it's okay because she is an Indian child. How sick is the Opposition to ask for the Minister's job when the entire system is broken? This death ought to be a wake up call that Indigenous children should be put in a safe environment, regardless of race. Culture is important of the Indigenous child but their safety should be paramount, regardless if it's a Native home or non-native home. Monthly medical checkups of all children in foster care should be mandatory. Like · Reply · 1 · 9 hrs Julie Ali · University of Alberta Jay Pannu The minister of a department is ultimately responsible for the work done in the department. He is accountable for failures. While the abuse/ death happened under the PC watch the follow up actions were under the NDP watch. This minister like the previous ministers in charge of the child welfare system is never responsible for the system wide failures that result in abuse, harm and death of children. A similar lack of accountability occurs at Alberta Health where abuse, harm and death in the continiuing care system is not penalized because apparently learnings are to be obtained from the repeated adverse events and fatalities. It's a farce. Citizens should speak. To stay silent in these situations is to be complicit with the harm being done. Government is failing our most vulnerable citizens. The PCs did this for decades. Now the NDP have no political will to do anything. Lets change the tablecloth of the political party on the table of the GOA.-------



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Julie Ali ·
It is clear to me that the GOA is not able to do the work of the child welfare system properly. Why was this child left without a visit for 11 months especially considering the history of complaints of abuse?

Why did the GOA not speed up the investigation of the child's death considering the horrendous nature of this child's death which appears to include sexual abuse, physical abuse, starvation and ultimately death?

Why did the GOA not provide the information to the RCMP directly considering the horrific calamity of this child's life that in my opinion is entirely due to system wide failures? Why did the GOA not provide information to the Chiild and Youth Advocate's Office so that accurate recommendations could be made to the GOA?

The Child and Youth Advocate's Office is tasked with the protection of kids in care and upholding their human rights. Instead we have a weak office due to poor legislation that governs this office and we have inadequate reports. Shameful.
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Ed Henderson ·
These problems go back decades. They have been known problems. There was a major study done about 20 years ago by a senior person in whatever human services was called back then. The report was released,,one copy went to the Edmonton public library and one copy went to the Calgary public library. Absolutely no discussion by the minister responsible. She just referred everyone to the library. I tried, never got anywhere near the Calgary libraries copy. I'll bet that copy is still not available.
The senior bureaucrat complained and next you know, he moved out of province.
Tom Cranfill
"The First Nations child welfare authority, responsible for the First Nations reserve where Serenity had been living in a kinship care guardianship arrangement, was supposed to forward the file to the RCMP for investigation.

That never happened. No one ever gave that information to the police."

Investigate why that never happened and you might find the missing link.
LikeReply1Dec 9, 2016 11:34am
Julie Ali ·
The GOA needs to track the follow up of their work. I believe that all information of this nature should go directly to the RCMP rather than enter the GOA maze.
It is too easy for information to get lost and thereby delay cases of fatality investigation.
The fact that the First Nations Child Welfare Authority did not give the report to the RCMP does not explain why the medical examiner's office takes two years for an autopsy report that is required by the RCMP to do any sort of follow up work.
In my opinion, there needs to be safeguards in place to ensure that an autopsy is done in a timely fashion rather than in an unacceptably delayed way for no reason I can determine: http://www.cbc.ca/.../medical-examiner-autopsy-wait-1..." "It's very uncommon. Two years, this is crazy." Dr. John Butt, past medical examiner.
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Jay Pannu ·
It is shameful that the Opposition parties are using the death of an innocent, adorable child to win political points. The picture of this child haunts me as an Albertan and I wish the media would stop publishing it. We cannot bring her back so if the Opposition wants to assist, then help draft legislation that will prevent future Indigenous children being placed in environments that could be potentially dangerous coupled with more transparent follow up visits by government social workers. Visits to a physician of these children in foster children should be mandatory bi-weekly, no exceptions.
LikeReply5Dec 9, 2016 7:56am
Steve Simonds ·
Ummm the NDP has a majority and will not be asking for any opposition help to do their job of drafting legislation. NDP is trying to cover it up but the opposition wants answers after the whistleblower upset their apple cart.
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Lorne Harvey ·
oh the govt is so loving. mother should i trust the govt. no.
LikeReply1Dec 9, 2016 5:14pm
Julie Ali ·
It is the job of the opposition to hold government accountable.
It's not shameful at all.
If you feel sad about this case, this is good.
All Albertans should feel sad about the poor performance of the GOA in this entirely avoidable case of child abuse, starvation and death.
We don't want the media to stop publishing these reports.
We want to know.
For 44 years in Alberta there was silence.
As Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry, the Chief Commissioner for the Canadian Human Rights Commission has stated--"Silence is complicit."
No more silence. ...See More
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Jay Pannu ·
Julie Ali Yes, I agree we need to know. The Opposition, as you very intelligently pointed out Julie, is to hold the government to account but this particular case is being blamed on the NDP when all parties are complicit in her starvation, serial and physical abuse and eventually this poor girl's death. Would we, as Albertans reacted differently if she has been a white girl instead of an Indigenous child? I am outraged that the systemic racism within all political parties not to act demonstrates an attitude it's okay because she is an Indian child. How sick is the Opposition to ask for the Minister's job when the entire system is broken? This death ought to be a wake up call that Indigenous children should be put in a safe environment, regardless of race. Culture is important of the Indigenous child but their safety should be paramount, regardless if it's a Native home or non-native home. Monthly medical checkups of all children in foster care should be mandatory.
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Julie Ali ·
Jay Pannu The minister of a department is ultimately responsible for the work done in the department. He is accountable for failures. While the abuse/ death happened under the PC watch the follow up actions were under the NDP watch.
This minister like the previous ministers in charge of the child welfare system is never responsible for the system wide failures that result in abuse, harm and death of children. A similar lack of accountability occurs at Alberta Health where abuse, harm and death in the continiuing care system is not penalized because apparently learnings are to be obtained from the repeated adverse events and fatalities. It's a farce.

Citizens should speak. To stay silent in these situations is to be complicit with the harm being done.

Government is failing our most vulnerable citizens. The PCs did this for decades. Now the NDP have no political will to do anything. Lets change the tablecloth of the political party on the table of the GOA.
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Cheri L Bass ·
It's funny how sicking WCB on family farms, revamping payday loans, going after mechanics, banning furnace salesman and settling a score with Saskatchewan and Enron is more important than the death of a four year old girl who was abused in many awful ways. Shameful neglect orstonewalling from a Premier who promised better.
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David Cauley ·
Those were all very important issues and needed addressing and that's the reason why governmnets have departments. They don't just focus on one thing at a time, they are able to multi-task. Safety on farms was an issue that needed addressing after 3 children died and many workers were injured without any follow up. Payday loans were causing massive problems for a lot of families.
Your attempt to use the case of this poor unfortunate child as a political pawn, speaks volumes especially when you forget the state of social services on reservations and who was responsible for their atrophy.
LikeReply4Dec 9, 2016 7:13am
Laura MacRae ·
David Cauley 71 children in government custody have died since 2014. Clearly the government is not able to multitask and equally clearly this must be the top priority for all government MLA's and all Albertans. These children are in our collective custody and what has, and continues to happen, shows gross incompetence. There have been 8 studies. It's time for implementing far better policies and continuing to just study the issue is not acceptable. This case highlights the total incompetence. 2 years for an autopsy? Failure to provide info to the RCMP even after an emergency debate? Blame does need to be assigned because justice demands it.
UnlikeReply9Dec 9, 2016 7:42am
Cheri L Bass ·
David Cauley; making excuses for their incompetence, lies and stonewalling speaks volumes.
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Valerie Martel
Cheri L Bass: You're right Cheri...after 43 years, their incompetence finally caught up with them and we no longer have to put up with the lying Conservatives. If they had any conscience at all, the Conservative governments would have done something about this. Now they're squalking about the criminality of the case... where were they three or four years ago when the poor child was being tortured?
LikeReplyDec 9, 2016 10:04am
Cheri L Bass ·
Valerie Martel ; more excuses. 18 months Val.
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David Cauley ·
Laura MacRae Of course it can multi task. What it has to do is deal with a system set up and neglected well before they came into the job. Promises were made repeatedly since 2008 regarding an overhauling of the process that governs the reporting and looking after kids in care. The deaths of 89 kids in 2013 went unreported and the PCs promised action then. The Herald and Journal did a great expose of what the state of affairs was then and looked back as far as 1999. http://www.calgaryherald.com/.../children-in-care/index.html
This does need addressing, but to excuse decades of neglect and allow McIver to get up and say what he did without taking any responsibility for his own party's lack of work on this is pathetic. And remember for most of that period the Wild Rose were PCs too.
LikeReplyDec 9, 2016 11:15am
David Cauley ·
Cheri L Bass I didn't.
I pointed out that you were happy to make "excuses for their incompetence, lies and stonewalling" when it allowed you to make a political point. Where were you when the PC/WRP were cutting services and stonewalling for decades on this topic?
LikeReply1Dec 9, 2016 11:17am
Steve Simonds ·
David Cauley Non-sequitur. WR never held office and was obviously (to all but you of course) powerless to make changes.
LikeReply2Dec 9, 2016 12:19pm
Cheri L Bass ·
David Cauley I made excuses for their incompetence? I was never PC, ever. The only point I am making is as an angry mother! Enough of the excuses David. 2 years and no-one has investigated or laid charges. God forbid these people get theopportunity to abuse another child.
UnlikeReply2Dec 9, 2016 1:28pm
Laura MacRae ·
This government has had 18 months to deal with this particular case. They have bungled it, mislead the legislature and public and continue to obfuscate and deny. This isn't about politics for me. This is about taking the highest responsibility a govt, regardless of political party, has. When the government removes children from their parents, then that government assumes the highest legal duty to protect that child. That clearly has not happened in this case. It may not have happened in the other 70 child in custody deaths in the last two years. The entire system must do vastly better and right now. Period.
UnlikeReply2Dec 9, 2016 4:00pm
Julie Ali ·
Laura MacRae The GOA needs to be held accountable by all citizens. System wide failures occur and the public does not know because of the culture of silence in the GOA.
The silencing of advocates who advocate for their loved ones in the continuing care system for example includes the use of the Trespass to Premises legislation drafted by the Tories without an appeal process. The legislation is used to ban advocates and separate them from family members in care. There are legal threats and lawsuits. You would not believe the junk that goes on until you encounter it yourself. The maze that the GOA got Shauna McHarg to run is mind boggling and she still can't see her dad. http://elderadvocates.ca/shauna-mcharg-ban-continues/
Shauna McHarg, ban continues.

It is beyond the silencing of the lambs. It is anti-democratic. Citizens need to revamp the government starting with the change in political parties at every election. It's the only way that there will be change at the GOA.
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Tabby Sabo ·
The deaths of 685 kids deaths were hide. From the public for 10 years , then the PC government took away the funding as to why these kids died ...answer this why would a government do this , why would Alberta justice fight to keep this news away from the public?
I want to stress what CFSA does to parents who are whistle blowers . They want to discredit them anyway they can , they do this by removing guardianship by here say courts . They get away with pergery and lies .
A mother whose child was taken illegally when she spoke up against the system . Some may know this mom who was on CTV news and global news August of 2016 . She asked the hunterhorn office to not put her child with someone her child had made accusations against . But they did anyways. A number of weeks ago this special needs kid was assaulted ybthis kinshipworker. Choked, punched , head repeatedly banged against floor. When Kathy McGraw team lead was asked if this special needs child was taken to a doctor .No
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Julie Ali ·
Ordinary citizens have no power when contesting decisions by the GOA. You only have to look at the Shauna McHarg case to see that the matter of justice is not for us but for the covering up of system wide failures, poor performance by the GOA and other embarassments.
This poor culture will not change.
It is fixed.
All we can hope for as citizens is to simply rotate the problem between different political parties at each election.
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Barry Mclean
Tabby. If Martineau had received the proper treatment and had been placed in a facility where he could get the help he needed, the murder never would have happened.
LikeReply1Dec 8, 2016 10:00pm
Barry Mclean
The PC's and Alberta Justice, as well as Martineau's Probation Officer , never mentioned that Roderick Martineau was in foster care, had a drug and alcohol problem, was in a group home, had a Criminal File, one incident was a stabbing, for that the Judge placed him on probation, but the Judge also knew Martineau did not follow probation orders. He was released from YAC in Grande Prairie on Feb/06/1985 taken to Valleyview by two Alberta Justice employees and hours later two people were brutally murdered. The Pc's nor the NDP will admit or deny he was a ward of the province. He was convicted as an Adult in Adult Court, his files are not protected.
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Tabby Sabo ·
So why is this important Barry ? Perhaps it should be looked at what kind of life this child had to lead in the foster care system.. multiple homes and a system that protects those sbusung the child , rather than the kid himself . They often with hold Therapy
So that the abuse that happened in their care does not get recorded.
So where do the kids put their anger ,sadness and rage if they have no one to protect them ...if they have no one to talk to about their feelings, if they are discarded like garbage and moved from home to home . If they have no family to love them ....if a child ends up angry and a so called menace to society. Who is to blame . I blame the politicians and the people who remain silent to how kids are dying and being abused .
LikeReplyDec 8, 2016 9:46pm
Sandra Laushway ·
Tabby Sabo - that's what Barry McLean is doing - he is saying the governments - past and present are to blame for what happens to children placed in their care, in this case the youth Barry is talking about was 15 years old when he was involved in the murders - his case worker said that they did not have any place for him in their programs - they let him fall through the cracks to lead a life of crime. Had the government - namely children and family services got him the help he needed the murders probably wouldn't have happened. The government - both past and present have refused to answer one simple question that Barry already knows the answer to from court documents obtained - the government - past and present will neither confirm nor deny this 15 year old was a ward of the province. It is important to us because it was our parents who were murdered 31 years ago and we still haven't got all the answers that should have been told us immediately after it happened.
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Lorne Harvey ·
pc ndp same old same old. meet the new boss same as the old boss.
UnlikeReply2Dec 8, 2016 7:46pm
David Cauley ·
The Wild Rose were part of the PCs who continuously swept this under the carpet, so don't go playing that game.
This is a failure of all governmnets in Alberta and one that the NDP will have to sort out on behalf of all Conservative governments of the last 40 odd years.
LikeReplyDec 9, 2016 7:16am
Cheri L Bass ·
David Cauley , no it's a failure of the two Governments in power and those in the departmant. Quit making excuses for the lies and incompetence.
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Lorne Harvey ·
David Cauley ndp ab support at 14% wow...only govt workers with no layoffs and no paycuts and huge pay and pension. why doesnt rachel fire the minister.
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Julie Ali ·
The NDP are now the new PCs. They are the NDPCs. And golly, it's all oil monarchs all over again.
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Lorne Harvey ·
Julie Ali yeah i dont think so. ndp are hard core left wing ideological radicals. same reason is im glad justin was voted in over mulcair. justin isnt ideological,
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Julie Ali ·
Lorne Harvey In terms of cover up and failures to do their job, the NDPCs are the same as the PCs. The ideology changes but the incompetence remains the same.
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Sandra Laushway ·
This secrecy has been going on for years. Nothing new. 31 yrs ago a 15 yr old under the care of CFS, in and out of Foster homes, helped in the murder of my parents, court documents obtained from Court of Queens Bench showed his case worker said there wasn't anyplace for him in their programs and that's where they left it at, they let him fall through the cracks to lead a life of crime starting at the age of 7. We have since asked the governments, past and present to either confirm or deny if this 15 year old youth was a ward of the province at the time of the murders, they have refused to confirm either/or. The Justice Ministers past and present governments actually said they could not help us and that they would not be replying to any further correspondence from us in the matter. CFS said they could not confirm nor deny he was a ward of the province. If these Gov't departments had done their job properly chances are the murder wouldn't have happened.
LikeReply2Dec 8, 2016 7:36pm
Ailina Coraline
Maybe a Scoop would have saved this child's life, although it isn't politically correct to say so. I bet the fact that the social workers work for a First Nation social agency and the foster parents were First Nations has a lot to do with this case.
LikeReply1Dec 8, 2016 7:11pm
Lorne Harvey ·
more like incompetent govt workers.
UnlikeReply3Dec 8, 2016 7:47pm
Ailina Coraline
Lorne Harvey The First Nations child welfare authority, responsible for the First Nations reserve where Serenity had been living in a kinship care guardianship arrangement, was supposed to forward the file to the RCMP for investigation.

That never happened. No one ever gave that information to the police.
LikeReply2Dec 8, 2016 7:50pm
Tabby Sabo ·
You are dead wrong !!!!! https://youtu.be/DqafFSA1s08 the you tube is about Samantha Martin whose hair colour was different in her autopsy report and part of her brain missing I Am a advocate for those oppressed by children's services .I have been on the news and I am very knowledgable of what is happening in Alberta with CFSA .
The PC government no Alberta justice covered up the deaths of 685 kids in gov care for ten years ...then the PC government took away the funding for the investas to why these kids were ended up dead.
The former chief medical examiner quit because she said people in power were to trying to influence her autopsies.
As far as I know the PC government and Alberta justice are not made up of indigenous people.
The reasons why these kids are dead is straight up cover up, I also blame the people , the complacency of the people in Alberta and many other places is pathetic .
Alberta youth voice radio on FB
LikeReplyDec 8, 2016 10:05pm
Sandra Laushway ·
Tabby Sabo - why do you blame the people? Why are you saying the people of Alberta are complacent in this matter -- when something like this is kept quiet and it takes an investigative journalist to bring the case to light 2 years later what is it you would expect the people to do when they don't know about it? If any blame is to be laid it's with the governments - both past and present, not the people of Alberta - the people do not have any control over what happens with these children when placed in the care of Children and Family Services, the majority of the time the people don't even know when one child is taken from their home by the government, it's not like it's public knowledge.
UnlikeReply1Dec 8, 2016 11:21pm
Julie Ali ·
Sandra Laushway We did not know of the over 700 kids who died in the care of the GOA. Why not? I guess it's a bit of a problem for the GOA to explain so many dead kids.
Why aren't the fatality reports kept up on the Alberta Justice site? Could it be that the GOA doesn't want us to see the cumulative data for their lack of performance?
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Derek Coke-Kerr ·
I am deeply offended by the total failure of this govt to accept responsibility for its failure to provide even basic justice for this child. Covering up their incompetnece, and the incompetence and cold career saving acitions of their beurocrats has shattered whatever hope I had that this government would be "different". They are the same as all other butt covering politicians and their staffs. "We know best". "The public is too stupid to understand the "nuances"".I'm sickened.
UnlikeReply7Dec 8, 2016 7:06pm
Harvey Bishop
Derek Coke-Kerr The problems with this lie with the Alberta PCs. They did absolutely nothing about the numerous deaths of children in foster care in Alberta. Iris Evans, Heather Forsythe and Yvonne Fritz didn't care. Heather Forsythe deflected from the Alberta PCs to the Wildrose to avoid being held responsible for her incompetence and neglect. It won't be easy for the new government to fix things. It has to happen, but can't happen very quickly.
LikeReply1Dec 8, 2016 7:53pm
Julie Ali ·
Harvey Bishop Sorry. The NDP knew about these problems for years. The moment they got to government they changed legislation that benefited them. They abolished corporate and union donations thereby crippling the PCs. Why don't they have the political balls to change the child welfare and continuing care systems?
I guess the most vulnerable folks in Alberta aren't important enough as the matter of shoring up their chances of winning the next provincial election.
I voted NDP for change. There is no change. There is a massive failure to live their values. I believe they are worse than the PCs because at least with the PCs we knew it was all fake representation. With the NDP we had hopes. These hopes are gone.
The death of Serenity and the bungling of her case is entirely due to the GOA. Doesn't matter to me if the NDP are the new kids on the block. It's also their fault.

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