Tuesday, December 13, 2016

--Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission --------------Wildrose member Todd Loewen turned Notley’s verbiage around on her, using the same words she used in the house in 2008 when in opposition she called for the firing of the Progressive Conservative social services minister over problems with sexual abuse of children in government care. “You clearly have no idea what’s going on inside your ministry,” said Loewen to Sabir. “You failed your staff. You failed Albertans. You failed these children. Why won’t you resign?”


December 13

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because we are all travelling
let me stay here
and write a few words
about the journey

all the accidents consume us
as do the endings
but the parlour games are also
time consuming

we can't think
the door opens and shuts
and we are all dreaming
these factories

once in a while
I lie in bed and sleep
the stones that lie about me
rise up and dance


all the children
in their pretty clothes
fly about the room
these are not ordinary dreams


we are surrounded
by the dead
they dream themselves into music
and our poems of water and breath


I wish I had the answers
to the death marches
and why we are killing machines
but I have only this poem

I talk about the dead children
who are breathing
its not as if we don't know
but we are determined to forget these horrors

it's by forgetting
that we survive
the holocaust of innocents
I have only this poem to offer

as the children dance
the sacrament of death
if you live you will die
as a matter of course


watch the air about you
see the musical notes ascending
as the stones leave
I wish I knew the way to end the suffering

but all I have is a note
these words are given
the children are dead
but in the mouth of the poem    their voices sing


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http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/rachel-notley-defends-human-services-minister-irfan-sabir-amid-renewed-calls-for-his-resignation


Rachel Notley defends human services minister Irfan Sabir amid renewed calls for his resignation

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Published on: December 13, 2016 | Last Updated: December 13, 2016 10:24 AM MST

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks at a news conference at the legislature in Edmonton, on Nov. 9, 2016.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley ED KAISER / POSTMEDIA

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has rebuffed calls to fire her human services minister, and instead is accusing the opposition of crass grandstanding in the death of a four-year-old girl.

“(Irfan Sabir) has worked diligently,” Notley told the legislature Monday during question period.

Notley said the most productive thing for her opponents to do would be to join Sabir’s recently announced all-party panel looking to fix systemic problems with children in government care.

“We have invited members opposite to be part of that committee,” said Notley.

“(But) we are not going to create a platform on which they can score political points like they’re trying to do today.”

While eschewing opposition gamesmanship, Notley made political accusations herself.

She criticized the opposition Tories for failing to address the problems while in power for almost 44 years, for reducing the number of social workers in the 1990s, and for proposing social service budget cuts in their last budget.

Sabir has been under fire for a week over his handling of the file of four-year-old Serenity.

The girl died two years ago while in kinship care after being brought to hospital with massive brain injuries and evidence of severe physical and sexual assault.

Due to delays, roadblocks and inaction, little has been done to find out why or who is responsible. The RCMP has had to prod Sabir’s ministry since 2015 for information.

The issue became public over three weeks ago after leaked reports to the media revealed even the child and youth advocate was kept in the dark on key aspects of Serenity’s case. Problems compounded when it was revealed the RCMP couldn’t open the government electronic file for weeks until Dec. 6 due to technical issues.

As calls mounted for Sabir’s resignation last week, he announced the creation of an all-party panel to make recommendations that will be put into legislation to safeguard children in care.

Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir talks about actions to improve, Alberta's child intervention system on Thursday, December 8, 2016 in Edmonton.

Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir talks about actions to improve, Alberta’s child intervention system on Thursday, December 8, 2016 in Edmonton. GREG SOUTHAM / POSTMEDIA

Sabir also promised that no one will be held accountable for past mistakes, prompting Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark to fire back in the house Monday.

“I do lay blame … and I have no faith in this minister,” said Clark.

He noted Sabir failed to implement safeguards proposed under the former Progressive Conservative government, including giving more teeth to panels reviewing child deaths and releasing internal reports into all child deaths.

“This is on you Mr. Minister, and I expect you to implement the damn changes,” Clark shouted to Sabir.

Wildrose member Todd Loewen turned Notley’s verbiage around on her, using the same words she used in the house in 2008 when in opposition she called for the firing of the Progressive Conservative social services minister over problems with sexual abuse of children in government care.

“You clearly have no idea what’s going on inside your ministry,” said Loewen to Sabir. “You failed your staff. You failed Albertans. You failed these children. Why won’t you resign?”

Sabir told the house he won’t go.

“I have stated that we have failed these children for decades,” he said.

“The folks over there are the only ones who think it’s time to step down. I think it’s time to step up.”

But Wildrose member Angela Pitt said having a politically compromised minister like Sabir run a panel puts the entire project at risk.

“Will someone please tell me why the government wants to put the fox in charge of the hen house?” said Pitt.


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