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---Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission ----------2008 Reports of mistreatment in Alberta child welfare system misleading: minister ----Alberta's minister of children and youth services said Tuesday that quarterly reports from the province's child and youth advocate don't paint a true picture of Alberta's child welfare system. "In their raw form, they are very troublesome, but, it's important to note, can also be very misleading," Janis Tarchuk said. On Monday, NDP MLA Rachel Notley released information from the quarterly reports obtained through a freedom of information request. According to the reports, children were kept in unsafe or inappropriate foster homes because there was nowhere else to place them, and alleged sexual abuse victims were left in homes with their alleged attackers. There were also examples of the use of face-down restraints, a practice that has been banned. Tarchuk insisted the reports paint an incomplete picture, because they only report complaints the advocate has received, without discussing what followup actions were taken. "Once again, there are hundreds and hundreds of complaints that have come forward that have not been substantiated in that report," she said. "They are afterwards. But they are not in that report." The NDP also noted Monday that Tarchuk tabled three years' worth of annual reports from the Child and Youth Advocate on Oct. 14, the day of the federal election, an attempt, Notley believes, to hide the information from the public.-----NDP calls for Tarchuk's resignation Notley said Tarchuk's answers weren't good enough, particularly since the quarterly reports reveal the same problems keep showing up.---NDP calls for Tarchuk's resignation Notley said Tarchuk's answers weren't good enough, particularly since the quarterly reports reveal the same problems keep showing up. She said Tarchuk needs to be more accountable. "I think the minister has to take responsibility for not fully keeping the advocate accountable, for keeping her ministry accountable, and for keeping the children of Alberta who are in the government's care safe," Notley said. Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason called for Tarchuk to step down. "It is our view that she should resign immediately from her position as children's minister, and if she doesn't resign immediately, the premier should fire her," Mason said.---"There are very few resources. There's a high turnover of front-line staff and children are coming into the system with very complex issues," she said. Notley said the child and youth advocate should report to the legislature instead of the minister.-------------------------- Julie Ali Just now · NationBuilder · Oct 21, 2008 ------NDP calls for Tarchuk's resignation Notley said Tarchuk's answers weren't good enough, particularly since the quarterly reports reveal the same problems keep showing up. She said Tarchuk needs to be more accountable. "I think the minister has to take responsibility for not fully keeping the advocate accountable, for keeping her ministry accountable, and for keeping the children of Alberta who are in the government's care safe," Notley said. Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason called for Tarchuk to step down. "It is our view that she should resign immediately from her position as children's minister, and if she doesn't resign immediately, the premier should fire her," Mason said. DECEMBER 08, 2016 --Sabir must resign, others must be questioned - including Notley - for misleading the Legislature on Serenity: Wildrose “The matter is still under active criminal investigation.” -Premier Rachel Notley 11/21/2016 But that was apparently untrue. The RCMP investigation is said to have been on hold while RCMP officials waited for the submission of a government report. Sabir’s office didn’t hand over the report until this week. “We were trying to get answers, but the NDP was showing gross mismanagement on this critical file at a time when everyone in the Legislature was demanding justice for this little girl,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “Sabir must immediately step down, and the Premier must explain to Albertans why she didn’t even pick up the phone with the RCMP or her Ministers to ensure this issue was being resolved.” “It's an issue still under active investigation, so we will work with the RCMP and all involved to make sure that we get this right.” -Irfan Sabir 11/30/2016 Sabir must be fired, others must be questioned - including Notley - for misleading the Legislature on Serenity: Wildrose On Your Side WILDROSE.CA Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry CommentShare-------




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In the past the NDP said--Off with the minister's head. In those days the Minister responsible for children and youth in care was Janis Tarchuk who followed the GOA script perfectly by acting innocent despite the kids coming forward to yap in public. In those days the Ministry was called the Child and Youth Services folks. Now it is Human Services.
She says that the Child and Youth Advocate's report is misleading. Hmmm. Even though the Child and Youth Advocate Office is supposed to represent the kids in the system and soft pedals the problems she says that the soft pedalling Child and Youth Advocate report isn't accurate. Wow.
Now we go to the future where the NDP folks now do the PC moves. Nothing changes in Alberta. It's time for us to change the tablecloth on this fixed table again.
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Over 700 kids dead and this office told us that there was no crisis in child and youth services.
Hmm. I wonder when there would be a crisis.
Could it possibly be that the Child and Youth Advocate knows that his reports go to the minister in charge and end up ignored?
Could it be that this office like the Protection for Persons in Care Office is useless?
Why not have the Child and Youth Advocate Office report to the legislature so that the opposition parties at least could hold this office accountable?
The PPIC office is under the boots of the Health minister and in my opinion is pointless. It should also report to the Legislature.
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So hypocritical that the NDPCs who once hammered the PCs and the GOA for failures in the child welfare system now stand up and bleat that they will do yet another study.
Enough.
It's time for change. Now.
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Alberta's Minister of Children and Youth Services Janis Tarchuk addresses reporters in Edmonton Tuesday. (CBC) Alberta's minister of children and youth services said Tuesday that quarterly reports from the province's child and youth advocate don't paint a true picture of Alberta's child welfare system.

"In their raw form, they are very troublesome, but, it's important to note, can also be very misleading," Janis Tarchuk said.

On Monday, NDP MLA Rachel Notley released information from the quarterly reports obtained through a freedom of information request.

According to the reports, children were kept in unsafe or inappropriate foster homes because there was nowhere else to place them, and alleged sexual abuse victims were left in homes with their alleged attackers.

There were also examples of the use of face-down restraints, a practice that has been banned.

Tarchuk insisted the reports paint an incomplete picture, because they only report complaints the advocate has received, without discussing what followup actions were taken.

"Once again, there are hundreds and hundreds of complaints that have come forward that have not been substantiated in that report," she said. "They are afterwards. But they are not in that report."

The NDP also noted Monday that Tarchuk tabled three years' worth of annual reports from the Child and Youth Advocate on Oct. 14, the day of the federal election, an attempt, Notley believes, to hide the information from the public.

Tarchuk said the date was chosen because it was the first day of the fall session of the Alberta legislature. There was a backlog in the annual reports, and she said she tabled them "at the first opportune moment" after receiving them in September.

Tarchuk said she spoke to the advocate, John Mould, about the backlog as soon as she became aware of the situation.

"I have asked the advocate in the past year if he could get caught up. Not only get caught up, but also ask for a commitment in the future that we have more timely submissions of the annual report," Tarchuk said. "He has given me those assurances."

Mould did not attend the Tuesday news conference because he was on vacation.

NDP calls for Tarchuk's resignation
Notley said Tarchuk's answers weren't good enough, particularly since the quarterly reports reveal the same problems keep showing up.

She said Tarchuk needs to be more accountable.

"I think the minister has to take responsibility for not fully keeping the advocate accountable, for keeping her ministry accountable, and for keeping the children of Alberta who are in the government's care safe," Notley said.

Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason called for Tarchuk to step down.

"It is our view that she should resign immediately from her position as children's minister, and if she doesn't resign immediately, the premier should fire her," Mason said.

'Very few resources,' workers say
People who work with children in care said they aren't surprised by the revelations.

"We're putting our children at risk in this province every single day. It's outrageous. It's absolutely outrageous, but it's so normal. I can't go to a courtroom a single day and not have something like this happening," said Pat Yuzwenko, a lawyer with the youth criminal defence office.

"I don't know how the public is supposed to respond anymore because … I don't understand why something hasn't been done before," she said.

Maureen Braun, a union representative for front-line social workers, said the public should not be angry at the people who are trying to help.

"There are very few resources. There's a high turnover of front-line staff and children are coming into the system with very complex issues," she said.

Notley said the child and youth advocate should report to the legislature instead of the minister.
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And so let us go back in history.
In 2008 there was the regular junk in the newspaper about the GOA incompetence with reference to vulnerable kids in care.  So the PCs were in charge of the messes.
The NDP folks were asking for change.
Rachel Notley asks for the resignation of the minister in charge.
In those days the minister was Janis Tarchuk. The ministry was called "children and youth services" -a misnomer at the very least. The ministry's name mutated as to ensure Albertans are totally confused about the history of culpability at the GOA. When things go wrong in a ministry and bad news is attached to a ministry name, the GOA simply writes over the messes with a new minister and a name change.

In this case, the minister hammered by the NDP yaps the same junk we are used to:


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Alberta's Minister of Children and Youth Services Janis Tarchuk addresses reporters in Edmonton Tuesday. (CBC)
Alberta's minister of children and youth services said Tuesday that quarterly reports from the province's child and youth advocate don't paint a true picture of Alberta's child welfare system.
"In their raw form, they are very troublesome, but, it's important to note, can also be very misleading," Janis Tarchuk said.
On Monday, NDP MLA Rachel Notley released information from the quarterly reports obtained through a freedom of information request.
According to the reports, children were kept in unsafe or inappropriate foster homes because there was nowhere else to place them, and alleged sexual abuse victims were left in homes with their alleged attackers.
There were also examples of the use of face-down restraints, a practice that has been banned.
Tarchuk insisted the reports paint an incomplete picture, because they only report complaints the advocate has received, without discussing what followup actions were taken.
"Once again, there are hundreds and hundreds of complaints that have come forward that have not been substantiated in that report," she said. "They are afterwards. But they are not in that report."
The NDP also noted Monday that Tarchuk tabled three years' worth of annual reports from the Child and Youth Advocate on Oct. 14, the day of the federal election, an attempt, Notley believes, to hide the information from the public.
Tarchuk said the date was chosen because it was the first day of the fall session of the Alberta legislature. There was a backlog in the annual reports, and she said she tabled them "at the first opportune moment" after receiving them in September.
Tarchuk said she spoke to the advocate, John Mould, about the backlog as soon as she became aware of the situation.
"I have asked the advocate in the past year if he could get caught up. Not only get caught up, but also ask for a commitment in the future that we have more timely submissions of the annual report," Tarchuk said. "He has given me those assurances."
Mould did not attend the Tuesday news conference because he was on vacation.

NDP calls for Tarchuk's resignation

Notley said Tarchuk's answers weren't good enough, particularly since the quarterly reports reveal the same problems keep showing up.
She said Tarchuk needs to be more accountable.
"I think the minister has to take responsibility for not fully keeping the advocate accountable, for keeping her ministry accountable, and for keeping the children of Alberta who are in the government's care safe," Notley said.
Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason called for Tarchuk to step down.
"It is our view that she should resign immediately from her position as children's minister, and if she doesn't resign immediately, the premier should fire her,"  Mason said.

'Very few resources,' workers say

People who work with children in care said they aren't surprised by the revelations.
"We're putting our children at risk in this province every single day. It's outrageous. It's absolutely outrageous, but it's so normal. I can't go to a courtroom a single day and not have something like this happening," said Pat Yuzwenko, a lawyer with the youth criminal defence office.
"I don't know how the public is supposed to respond anymore because … I don't understand why something hasn't been done before," she said.
Maureen Braun, a union representative for front-line social workers, said the public should not be angry at the people who are trying to help.
"There are very few resources. There's a high turnover of front-line staff and children are coming into the system with very complex issues," she said.
Notley said the child and youth advocate should report to the legislature instead of the minister


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The NDP said -"Off with her head" and such like. The Notley even made a reasonable suggestion of making the Child and Youth Advocate accountable to the legislature. This is a good move but won't be done now that the NDP are in power.
They want to keep the messes in the ministry and not out in the arena of the opposition parties as they don't want to have the public find out even more junk.
This is why the Protection for Persons in Care Office that is useless is under the boots of the Health Minister. God knows they don't want to add to the abuse and deaths in foster care with the stories of abuse and fatalities in the continuing care system.
It is pretty neat how the PCs set up the system of no accountability and how the NDP who know exactly how to fix these messes have betrayed families by doing absolutely nothing. Way to go NDP folks! Payback is only one election away for all of  the families who voted for y'all for change and got a big fat zero in terms of the accountability and transparency for GOA failures in care.

We knew from the NDP of the lack of action by the PCs on the child welfare files and their less than competent cover ups of their failures as noted here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/reports-of-mistreatment-in-alberta-child-welfare-system-misleading-minister-1.740773

Alberta's minister of children and youth services said Tuesday that quarterly reports from the province's child and youth advocate don't paint a true picture of Alberta's child welfare system.
"In their raw form, they are very troublesome, but, it's important to note, can also be very misleading," Janis Tarchuk said.
On Monday, NDP MLA Rachel Notley released information from the quarterly reports obtained through a freedom of information request.
According to the reports, children were kept in unsafe or inappropriate foster homes because there was nowhere else to place them, and alleged sexual abuse victims were left in homes with their alleged attackers.
There were also examples of the use of face-down restraints, a practice that has been banned.
Tarchuk insisted the reports paint an incomplete picture, because they only report complaints the advocate has received, without discussing what followup actions were taken.
"Once again, there are hundreds and hundreds of complaints that have come forward that have not been substantiated in that report," she said. "They are afterwards. But they are not in that report."
The NDP also noted Monday that Tarchuk tabled three years' worth of annual reports from the Child and Youth Advocate on Oct. 14, the day of the federal election, an attempt, Notley believes, to hide the information from the public.

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We had no confidence in the PCs after we found out about the over 700 kids who died under their watch. We don't know how many abuse and adverse events kids suffered because I don't know of any statistics kept on these matters (may be it is that no paper trail-we're government business?)
As for the Child and Youth Advocate’s Office this office is present to whitewash the disasters in care in my opinion. We pay for these shell offices to cover the butt of the GOA by not providing information that is not given to them.
I have always felt that the Child and Youth Advocate's Office is a simple cover up machine for the GOA. It's like the useless Protection for Persons in Care Office which is designed to whitewash ongoing failures in the most diminished way so that the GOA can say it is doing something after it ignores abuses and complaints for years. It's all such a neat set up. I mean just look at what the advocate at the time tells us --heck don’t worry folks because it’s all good. Over 700 kids are dying in care but we’ve all got jobs, our turfs are protected and we get a pension plan payout no matter what we do or don’t do.  No accountability and everyone is indifferent.
At the time of the NDP yapping, the Child and Youth Advocate fails the kids completely because we know that there were cases of abuses for the kids were yapping now.

Child welfare system not in crisis: Alberta children's advocate

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Alberta's Child and Youth Advocate, John Mould, spoke to CBC News Friday in Edmonton. ((CBC))
Alberta's child welfare system is not in a crisis, the province's child and youth advocate John Mould said Friday, adding he now regrets not completing his most recent annual reports on time.
"First of all I'd say I don't have any intention of resigning. Secondly, I absolutely take responsibility for the fact that two annual reports are late.  Thirdly, I would say that I am very confident that the work that we do on behalf of children and youth in this province has been well served by the way in which we've utilized our resources,"  Mould told CBC News.
Mould didn't complete the annual reports on time because he was tied up with the day-to-day responsibilities of his position, he said.
"Doing individual advocacy services.  Doing the quarterly reports and making sure those are delivered to the authorities. Identification of the systemic issues and making sure those get in front of the appropriate authorities in the ministry — those are the things that I focused on, to the exclusion of writing the annual reports,"  he said.
Critics have been calling for the resignation of both Mould and Children and Youth Services Minister Janis Tarchuk since the Alberta NDP released the advocate's more detailed quarterly reports, that were previously kept secret from the public.
The reports contain examples which detail the neglect and alleged abuse of children in care, largely due to a shortage of appropriate foster care spaces in the province.
None of these incidents are contained in the annual reports, which have led to charges Mould is trying to whitewash problems in the system.
Mould's failure to complete his reports on time was revealed after Tarchuk tabled three year's worth of his annual reports on Oct. 14, the first day of the fall sitting of the Alberta legislature and the day of the federal election.
Tarchuk defended herself against charges she was trying to hide information from the public by pointing out she only received the completed reports from Mould in September.
Mould insisted every problem outlined in his reports has been dealt with.
Tarchuk made that same assurance on Friday.
"I can say they've been all … investigated or [are] current, you know depending on whether it's a couple of days before the end of the quarterly, and have all been addressed," she said on CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.



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So there you go folks.
We had the PCs for 44 years.
They set up shell offices that report to the ministry that oversees their work. These ministries are run by the current ruling party. As such the reporting to the ministry ensures that messes are minimized and covered up. We don’t hear about major failures such as the over 700 dead kids until journalists investigate because the GOA is not accountable to us. The GOA is accountable to the PCs and the NDPCs and later on to the Wildrose. It’s a self defending machine and we are irrelevant to its functioning even though we pay for everything.

The Child and Youth Advocate’s Office is stuck in the legislation that controls it as is the PPIC office. In the most recent report of this office I was appalled to discover that there was no documentation by the GOA after the second abuse complaint as noted here:
http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/InvRev_4-Year-Old-Marie_2016November.pdf
4-YEAR-OLD MARIE An Investigative Review
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Marie at 4 years old Shortly after Marie’s fourth birthday, the police received a concern that Naomi and Kolby were unsupervised in the community and appeared to be malnourished. The police met with Anne and she said the children had tapeworms when they were placed with her. Child Intervention Services was notified and the matter was assigned to an Intake worker.21
21 There is no documentation outlining further activity by Child Intervention Services.
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The lack of information is concerning.
Did the GOA do it's job?
Or were there failures that resulted in a dead kid?

The Child and Youth Advocate can't even call the kid by her name--Serenity but has to give her a fake name. I don't know how we can even call these reports investigative reports when information is missing.

What the heck is going on at the GOA?
Is there no documentation because no work was done so that a kid dies?
Or was there documentation and it was not provided to the Office? Who the heck knows? As for the autopsy report that took 2 years under the NDP watch wow.
You can't make this stuff up.
Only in Alberta.

Nothing will change with the NDP because they don’t want things to change and more bad news to turn off voters even more. They know all about the abuses, adverse events and deaths because -we-the families have told them about them. There is absolutely no excuse for the current lack of accountability by the premier.

The Wildrose folks are doing what the NDPCs did in their role of opposition. They are holding the GOA accountable. Only problem is -the NDPCs -like the PCs aren’t accountable to the people of Alberta. They are only accountable when we fire them in the next provincial election.

Sabir must resign, others must be questioned - including Notley - for misleading the Legislature on Serenity: Wildrose

DECEMBER 08, 2016 11:47 AM
Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir must resign, and other officials, including Premier Rachel Notley, must be heavily questioned, following shocking revelations the government failed to hand over crucial documents to the RCMP around the death of Serenity and then misled the Legislature, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
On Nov. 18, the story of Serenity’s tragic life and 2014 death in kinship care was outlined by the Edmonton Journal. For the next three weeks, Wildrose MLAs grilled the government on the state of kinship care and the status of the Serenity investigation. The NDP refused to provide clear answers in the Legislature, repeatedly saying the matter was under “active” RCMP investigation.
“The matter is still under active criminal investigation.”
-Premier Rachel Notley 11/21/2016
But that was apparently untrue. The RCMP investigation is said to have been on hold while RCMP officials waited for the submission of a government report. Sabir’s office didn’t hand over the report until this week.
“We were trying to get answers, but the NDP was showing gross mismanagement on this critical file at a time when everyone in the Legislature was demanding justice for this little girl,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “Sabir must immediately step down, and the Premier must explain to Albertans why she didn’t even pick up the phone with the RCMP or her Ministers to ensure this issue was being resolved.”
“It's an issue still under active investigation, so we will work with the RCMP and all involved to make sure that we get this right.”
-Irfan Sabir 11/30/2016
Wildrose Shadow Human Services Minister Angela Pitt said Sabir has been in over his head since day one.
“We thought this was a file this government could get right, but this Minister has blown it at every stage, and now we have serious ethical questions about him on top of ongoing questions into his level of competency,” Pitt said. “I look forward to Mr. Sabir’s resignation, so we can start making progress to protect our children in care.”
“The RCMP still has an ongoing investigation, and they've asked us not to release this information at this time. So we are committed to working with them in ensuring that they have the tools that they need to continue their investigation.”
-Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley 11/24/2016
Wildrose Shadow Justice Minister Scott Cyr said Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley needs to come clean about what she knew and when.   
“It’s more than troubling to know the Minister of Justice stood up and misled the Legislature around the investigation into the death of a child,” Cyr said. “This appears to be a serious breach of trust by the person responsible for the administration of justice in our province. This Minister needs to come clean about what she knew and when.”


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Oct 21, 2008 ------NDP calls for Tarchuk's resignation
Notley said Tarchuk's answers weren't good enough, particularly since the quarterly reports reveal the same problems keep showing up.
She said Tarchuk needs to be more accountable.
"I think the minister has to take responsibility for not fully keeping the advocate accountable, for keeping her ministry accountable, and for keeping the children of Alberta who are in the government's care safe," Notley said.
Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason called for Tarchuk to step down.
"It is our view that she should resign immediately from her position as children's minister, and if she doesn't resign immediately, the premier should fire her," Mason said.
DECEMBER 08, 2016 --Sabir must resign, others must be questioned - including Notley - for misleading the Legislature on Serenity: Wildrose
“The matter is still under active criminal investigation.”
-Premier Rachel Notley 11/21/2016
But that was apparently untrue. The RCMP investigation is said to have been on hold while RCMP officials waited for the submission of a government report. Sabir’s office didn’t hand over the report until this week.
“We were trying to get answers, but the NDP was showing gross mismanagement on this critical file at a time when everyone in the Legislature was demanding justice for this little girl,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “Sabir must immediately step down, and the Premier must explain to Albertans why she didn’t even pick up the phone with the RCMP or her Ministers to ensure this issue was being resolved.”
“It's an issue still under active investigation, so we will work with the RCMP and all involved to make sure that we get this right.”
-Irfan Sabir 11/30/2016
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Edmontonians who promote and protect human rights honoured

Edmontonians who champion human rights causes were honoured Sunday.
Edmontonians who champion human rights causes were honoured Sunday.
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They help some of the most vulnerable people in our society: children, the homeless and the marginalized. Edmontonians who champion human rights were honoured Sunday at a special ceremony.
For the past 10 years, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human RightsAwards have been honouring Edmontonians who go above and beyond when it comes to helping out their fellow citizens.

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“This is a day that we do every year to commemorate the International Human Rights Day and to recognize the people that work endlessly in our community and now across the province to advance human rights,” Organizer Renee Vaugeois said.
The event coincided with International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, and also acted as a platform to discuss the work that still needs to be done.
“I know from experience that it’s a very thankless job in many respects,” Vaugeois said. “I know there’s been times in my life I wanted to give up. I’ve had awards given to me and that gave me that strength and resolve to keep going and to know that people are paying attention.”
Vaugeois is the President of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee as well as the founder of Ainembabazi Children’s Project, an organization committed to strengthening children’s rights in East Africa.
“I feel that people who defend human rights, often do it at a cost,” she said. “A lot of the champions that were here today do it on their own time, free time, volunteer — so it’s really critical that they have that opportunity to be recognized and acknowledged.”
Robert Lee, a children’s advocate was honoured with the Gerald L. Gall AwardSunday for his work across the province.
“The more I did, the more problems that I saw,” Lee said.
The lawyer has represented victims of sexual abuse who he felt were not being treated fairly by the legal system.
“Right now, there’s a little more failure than success in the work that I do. Because it is so challenging, in a way I feel that I’m not worthy of it yet. I hope to help the people that I’m representing- and I’m not there yet,” he added.
Paula Kirman, recipient of the Human Rights Champion Award, said she was proud to be recognized.
“For my work to be recognized in this way, I feel that its given the last 11 years legitimacy, and it makes me look forward to doing even more in the future.”
Organizers said there are still many issues to overcome.
“The fact that we’re still not building homes and buildings to be accessible for people with disabilities; that we’re having hate propaganda across the province and across the country,” Vaugeois said.
“In relation to Islamophobia and the culture of fear that we’re living in now. Our Indigenous communities, our Indigenous children which are a huge representation in care and in the justice system and the barriers that they face as well as other minorities face in terms of accessing real justice,” Vaugeois went on to say.
“There’s so many issues in our country — things that people think are ‘over there’ problems.”
Vaugeois said there are ways everyone can be a champion for human rights.
“For the average person, the power of being a witness to human rights issues can be a huge step,” she said.
“We find, for example, people who maybe don’t have somebody to go to the doctor’s office with them, be a witness in the that process, somebody to go through a police complaint process. A lot of people are too afraid to go through processes, but if they have somebody walk along side them — it gives it all the more power — so to engage in human rights can be as simple as that.”
“It’s also about just being free and open to having conversations, being willing to challenge your ideas. I think the political discourse around humans rights needs to increase.”
Other recipients of the 2016 Human Rights Champion include: Kristina De Guzman, Roy Pogorzelski and Ruth Adria.


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Abuse of Laura Finlay

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society March 18, 2015 Via Facsimile (780) 415 8611 To the Protection For Persons In Care Act abuse line: Complaint against: Patrick McManus, Public Guardian Representative Office of the Public Guardian Reference: Client – Laura Guna Finlay- DOB February 23, 1922 Good Samaritan Wedman House, 10525 19 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB […]

Anne Fedorio dies in explosion at seniors’ home

Bethany Senior Citizens Home at 9920 83 Avenue.- 63 Unit Senior’s Housing Anna Fedorio, 83, died during an explosion and resulting fire on August 2nd, 2011. She is photographed below. The icon of the Blessed Mother with the white flowers was the only item that remained after the horrific bomb blast and fire. The fire […]

David Silver, 78 dies after discharge from hospital

A Winnipeg senior who died on his front walk after being discharged from the Grace Hospital, Winnipeg emergency room in minus 40 weather, wearing slippers, pyjama bottoms and a coat. David Silver, 78, died Dec. 31 after being dropped off by a cab at about 1:30 a.m. He’d just been discharged from the ER, diagnosed […]

Malfunctioning elevators at Covenant Health Edmonton

Covenant Health General Hospital Continuing Care Centre 11111 Jasper Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5K 0L4 (780) 342-8000 S.U.F.F.E.R. STANDING UP FOR FAIRNESS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY News Release: October 31, 2012 Malfunctioning, nonfunctioning elevators. Elevators at the Covenant Health Edmonton General Long Term Care Centre appear to be in general disrepair. Individuals have been trapped in malfunctioning […]

Abuse & Neglect at Covenant Health, Villa Caritas Geriatric Centre

The client has suffered total neglect and malpractice by professional staff. She is kept in a state of perpetual fear, fear of being disciplined, fear of being subjected to takedowns and fear of being subjected to forced (psychotropic) injections…

Lisa Goltman dies of injuries

Lisa Goltman dies of injuries sustained at Alberta Hospital Edmonton. To date, no criminal charges have been laid by Edmonton City Police. On March 27, 2013 this Edmonton woman was so severely injured at Alberta Hospital that she had to be sent to the emergency room of the University Hospital. The injuries were allegedly sustained […]

Takedowns at Covenant Health Villa Caritas

August 30, 2011 Minister of Health & Wellness, the Honorable Gene Zwozdesky Legislature Building, Edmonton, AB. Complaints Manager, College of Physicians and Surgeons 2700 Telus Plaza South, 10020 100th Street Edmonton, AB. T5J 0N3 Solicitor General & Minister of Public Security, the Honourable Mr, Frank Oberle Legislature Building, Edmonton, AB. Complaint re. Dr. K.L , […]

The case for electroshocking Mia

Most people imagine that electrically shocking people’s brains was long ago relegated to the dustbins of psychiatric history…

Repeatedly cold rooms at Villa Caritas

Again the heat in Room 2117, has been turned down. The resident determined that some other rooms had appropriate heat…

Willi Kneisler threatened, refused visiting access

We have been informed that you attended at the home of Mr. Willi Kneisler, 7803 15 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 @ 10:00 AM. The visit was not solicited by Mr. Kneisler…

Anne Dupuis: Stripped of rights, prescribed dangerous medication

Letter to Minister of Human Services Hand Delivered May 22, 2012 The Honourable Mr. Dave Hancock QC, Minister of Human Services, 224 Legislature Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2B6 Dear Mr. Minister: Without Notice, Mr. Dennis Dupuis of St. Paul, has been arbitrarily stripped of the guardianship of his 100 year old mother, Anne Dupuis. The […]

Shirley Hamilton: Office of Public Guardian confines Ontario Resident

Last month, Ms. Hamilton, on her own volition, called our office, appealing for help. She informed us, that she had first called a media outlet who referred her to us…

Scalding incident imprisonment sets precedent

A man is sentenced to four years for scalding an infant, setting a precedent for scaldings in seniors’ care homes.


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Senior evicted from Mountain View Seniors Housing

We ask your Office to investigate the cited eviction Order concerning the above named senior Albertan Ms. MJP…

Senior denied rights at Grey Nuns

Why did the evening nurse, who said she was an RN, inform me that Mr. Thomas had been admitted by EPS [Edmonton Police Service] because of a fall…

Willy Otto Kneisler disallowed visitors

I am disallowed to visit my son Willy Otto Kneisler at the Zetter Long Term Care Center. I allege this to be abuse…

Edmonton family outraged over neglect at General Hospital

An investigation has been launched by Covenant Health after the alleged neglect of a patient under the care of the Edmonton General Hospital…

Charges laid against Sharon Home over resident’s death

Private criminal charges have been laid against the Sharon Home in connection with the death of a resident last year. The Sharon Home has been accused of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the death of 93-year-old Lilyan Peck on Oct. 19. Lawyer Harvey Berkal, whose father Rabbi Louis Berkal […]

Visitation, recreation refused at Villa Caritas

Please be advised that your staff have been isolating Ms. P, disallowing her to attend recreation activities.

Cold Rooms at Villa Caritas

On October 28, 2011, after we had made a number of complaints, the temperature was turned up to reasonable heat. Said Resident finally felt that she could take a shower which she did.

Unlawful Apprehension and Detainment

The following is an account of a senior’s terrifying ordeal at the hands of society’s advocates/ protectors/ professionals. It was physicians / psychiatrists, nurses, police, security staff, senior management staff who deliberately and with intent suspended the rights of N. S. and arbitrarily detained him.

Gloria Pickles: Human Rights Complaint at Villa Caritas

Alleging that since November 2009, until the present, these persons have totally and egregiously contravened the rights of Gloria Pickles…

Pair trying to stay together

A 93-year-old Edmonton Senior is begging Capital Care not to ship her dying husband across the city…

Unprovoked banning of visitor at Caritas Hospitals

I was sitting quietly with a dying man, Konstanty (Ken) Stankiewicz on the evening of the 24th of October (He died on the 26th). His 93 year old wife went home to sleep, she was exhausted…

Nursing Cuts at the Youville Nursing Home, St. Albert

Convenant Health is almost completely eliminating professional registered nurses from direct care positions at the Youville Nursing Home, St. Albert…

Trespass Notices & Restriction of Visitors

When Irene S. guardian and trustee of her mother, attended at the nursing home to visit her mother, the police were called. Two policemen arrived and asked her to leave. She had previously complained about the care her mother was receiving and was not aware that a “trespass notice” had been sent to her. Her […]

Mental Health Act apprehension

A Canadian citizen was apprehended by police on the behest of a family member and detained at the Royal Alexandra, only to be released after intervention from a lawyer. The senior was not served the apprehension document, in breach of the Mental Health Act. Only until he attended at the courthouse was he able to […]

Neglect at the Youville Home, St. Albert

My parents were residents at Youville Home St. Albert Alberta, commencing with B. in June 2001 followed by G. in May 2002. B. passed in October 2004 followed by G. in July 2007…


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Death of Betty Boyes

On Monday, June 15, 2009, we went to visit this lady at the Bethany Care Center @ 3:30 PM.
We were shocked to be told that she had deceased two days before, Saturday, June 13, 2009, three weeks after the photograph….Contains graphic images

Bed sores in nursing home patient lead to manslaughter conviction

In a case with major implications for U.S. nursing homes, the State of Hawaii recently convicted a nursing home operator of manslaughter after an elderly resident died of a massive infection caused by pressure sores. (Am. J. of Forensic Medicine and Pathology)…

Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre complaint

Disabled Elderly Denied Access to Mobility Aid

We have been informed that Ms. Weber was sent a letter (attached) stating that she was no longer able to park her scooter inside the building. Ms. Weber is disabled (since 1974, after a horse accident) and relies on the use of her scooter every day to get lunch, groceries, mail and socialize…

Attempted Eviction of Konstanty Stankiewicz

Konstanty (Ken) and Josephine Stankiewicz are upright, honorable persons who have done their best to be good Alberta citizens. He is now eighty seven years of age and she is ninety three years of age…

The Death of my Mother

My mom was 61 yrs old and had a rare form of dementia which affected her ability to do tasks. Her memory was great and she could carry on a conversation well…

Neglect at the Edith Cavell Care Centre

Enclosed you will find copies of the forms confirming incapacity and my subsequent guardianship of my parents, George and Anne Campbell. I am requesting copies of both their charts in their entirety…

Complaint to Protections for Persons In Care Rejected

Josephine Stankiewicz has been seriously dehydrated, had to be hospitalized, neglected, improper care, has not been bathed for some weeks…

Province Taking Knife to Long-term Care

A few nights ago, I discovered my 75-year-old father trying to eat his soup with a knife…

Institute for the Feeble Minded

I took my first drive down the meandering lanes of Alberta Hospital Edmonton on the dawn of a beautiful autumn day. The mighty specimen trees were in full leaf and just beginning to turn a rich confusion of colour…

Dangerous Drugs Continue to be Prescribed to Seniors: CBC report

Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa & Clozaril Doctors are continuing to prescribe drugs dangerous to seniors in spite of government warnings, a CBC News investigation reveals. More than two years ago, CBC News first reported that more than a million seniors were prescribed atypical antipsychotics. Atypical antipsychotics are specific kinds of antipsychotic drugs. They are considered by […]

Sustained Elder Abuse Unidentified Violence and Neglect

Disturbing incidents and events that occurred during Mom’s stay at the Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre that were not addressed or dealt with in a fitting manner when family requested an explanation…Note: contains some graphic images

Neglect At the Wetaskiwin Long Term Care Center

I am writing to provide you with some information based on the sad experience I had with my father in long term care…

Behavior Management Agreement

The named resident of the Dr. James W. Hemstock Assisted Living Residence, Elaine English lives on the second floor and wandered into the first floor room of Mr. Frank Klein…

Injuries at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital

This lady is under the care of the Office of the Public Trustee and Public Guardian… Note: Contains some graphic images




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Sustained Elder Abuse Unidentified Violence and Neglect

Disturbing incidents and events that occurred during Mom’s stay at the Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre that were not addressed or dealt with in a fitting manner when family requested an explanation…Note: contains some graphic images

Neglect At the Wetaskiwin Long Term Care Center

I am writing to provide you with some information based on the sad experience I had with my father in long term care…

Behavior Management Agreement

The named resident of the Dr. James W. Hemstock Assisted Living Residence, Elaine English lives on the second floor and wandered into the first floor room of Mr. Frank Klein…

Injuries at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital

This lady is under the care of the Office of the Public Trustee and Public Guardian… Note: Contains some graphic images

Deadly Scalding in Long Term Care Centre

It’s not easy to imagine Dianne Poff’s life. But the Saskatchewan woman’s death was especially unimaginable. In 1955, when she was nine months old, Ms. Poff contracted meningitis. She was never able to speak or move her limbs…

Kipnes (Veteran Center)

Family not informed of virulent MRSA – diagnosed Febrary, 2006… Note: Contains some graphic images

Failure to Provide Protective Legislation

For over thirty five years, your government has failed to provide protection to Alberta’s senior citizens…

Neglect At the Grandview Care Center

He entered the care facility on October 26/2005 after much agonizing on my mother’s part. He was a walking, talking (not always making sense, but making words), self-feeding for the most part, happy individual…

Inadequate Care and Untrained Staff

There were countless incidents at the Devonshire Care Centre, where I believe the “medical care” provided to my friend Rita Vallentien’s…

Abuse & Neglect Identified as Manslaughter

It is believed to be the first time in Canada that elder abuse has been declared an indirect cause of manslaughter…

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Judge raises questions about Alberta girl's death in fatality inquiry



BY JACKIE L. LARSON, EDMONTON SUN
FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2012 06:43 PM CDT | UPDATED: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2012 06:53 AM CDT
Samantha MartinVelvet Martin holds a photo of her daughter Samantha Martin outside the Courthouse in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, January 17 2011. She has finally gotten an inquiry into the death of Samantha who died after being in foster care on December 3 2006. The Martins say the photo shows bruising on Samantha's face after she was returned to them from foster care.
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When 13-year-old Samantha Martin died, there were more questions than answers.
But a new report that says she died from natural causes brings recommendations from a judge to make sure tragedy isn’t repeated in Alberta.
A rare genetic disorder called Tetrasomy 18p left Samantha mentally and physically disabled, but her death after a life spent at a foster home touted as the answer for her grieving parents raised questions about deficiencies in the Children’s Services system. That’s according to Judge Marilena Carminati, the provincial court judge conducting the public fatality inquiry for Justice Minister Jonathan Denis.
Carminati found that while there was no link between numerous fractures, bruises and low growth and weight Samantha suffered, there wasn’t any link to her genetic condition either. Carminati said she didn’t find expert evidence that Samantha’s genetic condition caused her death.
But the judge also found Children’s Services didn’t connect the dots on Samantha’s health issues, even though complaints had been lodged by school officials. A social worker appeared to be “ill-informed” about the girl’s needs, she said.
There was a three-year gap between doctors visits in the girl’s medical history, and medical procedures recommended by a physician – including an EEG to check for seizures – were not followed up, Carminati said.
Her worker testified that although she was required to visit the girl every three months, over a two-year stretch she saw Samantha just three times.
Carminati’s report urges changes at Children’s Services.
The agency should ensure caseworkers who work with a foster child have accurate and up to date information from a reliable medical source about the child’s disability and the impact of that disability on the health, weight and fragility of the child.
“This needs to be well understood in order for the worker to make informed assessments about how the child is doing in care, especially in the case of a nonverbal child who cannot communicate concerns with the child’s worker,” Carminati wrote.
The agency’s policies should be enhanced to ensure children are actually receiving their annual medical checkups, including a diary system so the issue isn’t overlooked.
Once a recommendation is made from a school or some other reliable assessor, a doctor should examine the child and follow-up should by done by the agency, “including required entry by the Children’s Services child care worker or other support staff … into a diary system,” she wrote.
Caseworkers should have a “reasonable” case load so they have time to document and follow up on the child’s medical needs, Carminati found.
Human Services Minister Dave Hancock said lessons learned from the brief life of Samantha Martin have included a much stronger provincial support system for families with children with disabilities.
A quality review council and new structures in place for children with disabilities focus on communication where there may have once been failures to connect the dots, he said.
Hancock said he’s confident many problems with the system have been righted since Samantha’s death.


“We’re working more collaboratively than we did in the past, so the child is not on their own,” he said.


'More children are going to get hurt,' province warned on eve of review

Head of most recent child-in-care review says province needs to act rather than begin another study

Ann Sullivan · CBC NewsDecember 9, 2016
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The death of four-year-old Serenty has sparked another review of Alberta's child intervention system. (supplied)
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The man who led Alberta's last task force on children who die in provincial care says more kids are going to get hurt while the government conducts yet another review of the children-in-care system.
"It's pretty frustrating to hear that this is the exact same process that the previous Conservative government went through about two years ago," said Tim Richter who chaired the Alberta Child Implementation Oversight Committee in 2014.
"It's really about implementing the recommendations that have been made.
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Tim Richter led the most recent review of the children-in-care system in Alberta. (CBC)
"I'm just frustrated with the delay. More children are going to get hurt before the government takes the action necessary to keep them safe."
On Thursday, Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir, amid calls for his resignation, gave more details about an all-party panel that will review the child intervention system.
The panel has short term and longer term deadlines to report back with recommendations on how to improve the system, culminating in a report to be tabled in the legislature by the minister in the spring.
It will be the seventh review involving childrens' services in eight years.
The last six covered foster care, kinship care and a review of investigations and reporting of deaths and serious injuries.

Preventing similar incidents

Sabir announced the panel in the legislature while answering questions from Wildrose Leader Brian Jean about Serenity, a four-year-old Indigenous girl who died in kinship care two years ago.
"The premier has asked me to establish a committee that will include members from across the aisle that will look into this issue and will make sure there are enough safeguards in place that we can prevent similar incidents from happening," Sabir said.
Serenity was emaciated and badly bruised when she died from a brain injury. Medical records documented injuries that suggested the young girl had been sexually assaulted.
She died in 2014.
That same year then Conservative Human Services Minister, Manmeet Bhullar, asked Richter, to lead the deaths-in-care committee.
It came up with dozens of recommendations. Richter said the NDP, who were then in opposition, felt the committee hadn't gone far enough.
"Now we've had a controversy erupt and the [NDP] minister, the government, seems to be kicking the can down the road," he said.
Richter says rather than another panel, the government should implement recommendations made in previous reviews.
"We don't need to be going over this ground again" he said. "It's highly unlikely that a new panel is going to come up with anything that a dozen previous panels, or reviews or sets of recommendations haven't already come up with."
Richter says the first change the province should make is to have the office of the medical examiner review the death of every child who dies in care.

Seven reviews in eight years



  • Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention 2016
  • Implementation Oversight Committee 2014
  • Ministerial Roundtable: Investigations and Reporting of Deaths and Serious Injuries  2014
  • External Expert Panel following death of a child 2011
  • Child Intervention System Review  2010
  • Kinship Care Review  2009
  • Foster Care Review 2008


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10TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS: AN EVENT THAT RECOGNIZES LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS HEROES

December 5, 2016
Edmonton, December 1, 2016 − The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights invites the media to join them for their 10th Annual Human Rights Awards and the launch of Ignite Change 2017: A Global Gathering for Human Rights on December 11th, 2016, from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the ATB Financial Arts Barn (10330 84 Ave NW).
Held in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, these awards are meant to recognize those in our community who are actively promoting, fulfilling, protecting or educating on human rights, and making our communities a place where all belong, are included and able to participate. Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E. will be the event’s guest and keynote speaker.
Every year awards are given out to recipients, who are local human rights champions who are building Edmonton as a human rights city. This year however we will be awarding our first winner from outside of Edmonton in our efforts to recognize Albertans making an impact. This is followed by the Gerald L. Gall Award for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and has demonstrated excellence in the protection and promotion of human rights in Canada.
Renée Laporte, a Human Rights Champion recipient in 2015, explains what the award means to her,  “When you are an advocate, you face stigma and discrimination. You feel the hate marginalized communities face, and that drives you to work harder to see them have their rights upheld.” She was recognised for her work of over a decade as an educational assistant, inclusion innovator and pioneer in fostering high risk young women.
This year’s awards recipients are
Robert P. Lee
          Gerald L. Gall Award 2016
Paula Kirman
          Human Rights Champion 2016
Ruth Adria
          Human Rights Champion 2016
Kristina De Guzman
          Human Rights Champion 2016
Roy Pogorzelski
          Human Rights Champion 2016
The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights envisions a world that manifests a culture of peace and human rights in which the dignity of every person is respected, valued and celebrated.  We work to advance a culture of peace and human rights through educational programs and activities, community collaboration and relationship building guided by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Why doesn't the GOA stand up for the human rights of kids in care? Robert Lee's speech on acceptance of the Gerald L. Gall award raises this pertinent question.
Another question I have for the GOA is why is it participating and initiating anti-democratic acts such as blackballing lawyers who defend kids' rights and threatening funded organizations with loss of funds for asking such lawyers to speak. Who the heck does the GOA think it is? GOD?


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