Tuesday, January 17, 2017

-----------Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission ----------------------I ask the politicians this ----Deaths of children in care has long been an issue in Alberta, under the former PC administration and the current NDP. This panel, the most recent attempt in a string of reviews to improve the system, was formed after the case of Serenity, a four-year-old girl who died of a traumatic head injury after being in government care, was uncovered.------When she arrived in hospital, she was suffering from serious hypothermia, catastrophic malnutrition, anal and genital bruising, and weighed just 18 pounds, the typical weight of a nine-month-old baby. The case took two years to get to police.-----------Cheri L Bass · Alberta Vocational College, This guy should have been fired! And still should.---------Julie Ali · University of Alberta If Ms. Notley won't do it --don't worry we will do this job for her at the next provincial election. If the leader is not able to lead, let the people of Alberta lead for her.---

Velvet Martin-------

-------Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission ----------

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and I told the story
of Serenity
so that it would be known
that no one cares
until the truth comes out
this child was ignored and neglected
and the GOA is complicit
in these failures
why else is the autopsy report delayed?

and I told the story
of Serenity
there is no information
provided of the steps taken by the GOA
after the second abuse complaint to police
we are told the intake worker was informed
but nothing else
what happened to prevent action from being taken?
why did no one do anything so that months later the child died?

and I told the story
of Serenity
while reading the comments
of the left and the right
this isn't a political blame game
we are playing here
but instead one of risk and the lives of children
if this child had been one of your own
would this game have been different?   I ask the politicians this 

and I told the story
of Serenity
as the GOA gets bogged down in paper again
as it tries to figure out it's left hand from it's right hand
as the GOA tries to decide the strategy it will employ
to win this battle
one of many in a war that cannot be won
I ask the politicians this     if this child had been one of your own
would this game have been different?

and I told the story
of Serenity
to all levels of government
and I asked for change
surely I thought this child with the constellation
of events of neglect   abuse  famine and final fatality
would arouse something in the hired help other than media events
surely they would be able to see that these children have no one else
surely they would go beyond politics and the delay deny and destroy path of the GOA 




http://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/paula-simons-her-name-was-serenity-never-forget-it
Serenity as a thriving baby. When she died in 2014, she was four years old, and weighed just 18 pounds, roughly the weight of a nine-month-old.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/paula-simons-her-name-was-serenity-never-forget-it

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/serenity-child-welfare-kinship-care-alberta-1.3860815

Serenity was 4 years old when she died of severe head trauma in an Edmonton hospital.
Serenity was 4 years old when she died of severe head trauma in an Edmonton hospital. (Supplied)

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/paula-simons-her-name-was-serenity-never-forget-it

Serenity, in a photo taken in February 2014, seven months before her death. By then, her arms were already skeletal, and she had cuts and bruises on her face.






http://www.calgaryherald.com/News/12709480/story.html

Alberta government drags heels on child intervention panel

EMMA GRANEY, EDMONTON JOURNAL  01.15.2017
Alberta government drags heels on child intervention panel
Serenity, in a photo taken in February 2014, seven months before her death. By then, her arms were already skeletal, and she had cuts and bruises on her face.
/ EDMONTON JOURNAL
One month after the government promised an all-party child intervention review panel, it has yet to hold its first meeting.
Membership hasn’t been nailed down either while the government figures out which NDP MLAs and experts will sit on the panel.
Nobody from government was available to comment Friday, but earlier in the week, Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir said work had started.
According to his ministry, it’s in the preparation stages — working out a date, place and time for a first meeting, figuring out a work plan and compiling background information, exploring how to best make decisions and co-ordinating the public aspects of the panel’s work, including its presence online and opportunities for public input.
The government is also working with legal counsel to determine what impact the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act publication ban will have on the panel’s work.
The opposition parties have their delegates ready to go — Progressive Conservative interim leader Ric McIver, who first suggested a committee, Wildrose Human Services critic Jason Nixon, Liberal Leader David Swann and Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark.
When Sabir came to the table with a ministerial panel — not a committee, as requested — the opposition parties banded together, demanding a different terms of reference and a public role for the review.
It caused a slight stumbling block until they reached a compromise, but now Nixon is itching for work to get underway.
He said he prepared staff to get going the week of Jan. 9.
That didn’t happen, and on Friday he said he was hopeful a first meeting will take place this week.
The panel has its work cut out — its first review and recommendations to improve the death review process are due in the next few weeks, and a larger report recommending changes to the child intervention system are due within six months.
Deaths of children in care has long been an issue in Alberta, under the former PC administration and the current NDP.
This panel, the most recent attempt in a string of reviews to improve the system, was formed after the case of Serenity, a four-year-old girl who died of a traumatic head injury after being in government care, was uncovered.
When she arrived in hospital, she was suffering from serious hypothermia, catastrophic malnutrition, anal and genital bruising, and weighed just 18 pounds, the typical weight of a nine-month-old baby.
The case took two years to get to police.
The RCMP is still investigating. No charges have been laid in relation to her death.
egraney@postmedia.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjJXD4XNrPk&list=RDSJbzlPRjC-0&index=8

Scattered and Small


Jason Nixon is a good choice for this panel if it ever begins it's work.

The performance of the NDPCs is similar to that of the PCs which seems to be the adherence to the three D's of the GOA--deny, delay and destroy information. I guess this is only prudent because these fatalities represent in my opinion clear cases of liability for the public guardian of these children which should result in payouts to families for the failures in care.

Instead of change by the GOA through the integration of "learnings" from repeated similar adverse events and deaths we have the same prattle and turning of the wheels of the machinery as per the PC government of the past. There will be more paper generated by yet another panel to provide the recommendations we already have that are not implemented because government does not want to implement these learnings.

When this panel presents its results like a previous panel did I am sure the citizens of Alberta will feel there is closure.
But what closure is there for the families of the almost 800 children who have died in Alberta? There is no closure. But sure as cats make kittens the GOA will be off the hook until the next child fatality and the next panel.

This sort of junk bond governance and lack of action should not be tolerated by citizens who not only are witnessing heartbreaking stories of abuse, harm and fatality for no damn reason that I can determine but are also going to be on the hook for the liability such failures represent.

There have been too many deaths in the child welfare system. Some of these deaths are predictable due to the complex health care problems of some of these kids but the rest of these deaths seem rather unnecessary and numerous. Imagine these large numbers of dead kids folks-- in a clear way. Grandview Heights School in Edmonton where my sons went to school--has currently 324 students. Imagine if you will one entire school body vanished off the face of the Earth. Now imagine the second school body gone. Then imagine half of the third school body gone.

Now if this sort of disappearance had happened at Grandview Heights School I would imagine the middle class and affluent families of these kids raising hell at the GOA. There would be change pretty damn quick. But because the kids in the child welfare system do not have such economically privileged families who know how to raise public awareness we have had this ongoing silence and shame for 45 years in Alberta.

It was only the work of Velvet Martin and other activists who got the word out to the public that almost 800 kids have died in Alberta. Families were not able to say the names of their children and we still have the GOA / Child and Youth Advocate use pseudonyms such as Marie to talk about Serenity's fatality case.

It is poor performance by both the PCs and the NDPCs. We are simply tired of it. Ms. Notley needs to show leadership immediately. Why isn't she doing what is required? Remember when she was in the opposition? She was sure quick to ask for change but now she is in the GOA she is slow to do the change business. The hypocrisy is astonishing. And as usual it is business as usual at the GOA while more kids die.


In October 2008, as an opposition MLA, Rachel Notley demanded the resignation of then-human services minister Janis Tarchuk over problems in the child intervention system.

Notley charged that Tarchuk’s ministry had bungled the screening process for would-be government care homes.

“You clearly have no idea what’s going on inside your ministry,” Notley told Tarchuk during question period.

“You failed your staff. You failed Albertans. You failed these children. Why won’t you resign?”

Tarchuk responded that “actions have taken place” and issues “have been addressed,” but Notley said Albertans had no reason to have any faith in the minister’s assurances.

“You’ve lost all credibility,” Notley said. “Why won’t you resign?”

Then-premier Ed Stelmach stood by Tarchuk, just as Notley stood by current Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir last week as the opposition called for his resignation.
Sabir has had long enough, he can't even name a panel after one month? Actually the Herald printed the initial articles December 8th or earlier. My math (and I don't find math hard or even mildly difficult Nenshi) makes that more than one month and the government hasn't even stepped into the starting blocks with their panel. None of these children saw Christmas so don't use that excuse. Fire him. Serenity and these children still wait for justice, while poorly thought out privacy laws protect the guilty instead of the innocent. Have any members of law enforcement or child protection even taken steps to prevent suspects in her murder caring for another vulnerable child? I know in my profession a dog or any animal would be treated better and faster.
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How many kids will die while these people discide on how to even talk about it? This should be a rush nonpartisan job.
This guy should have been fired! And still should.
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If Ms. Notley won't do it --don't worry we will do this job for her at the next provincial election. If the leader is not able to lead, let the people of Alberta lead for her.
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More like dragging their "high heels".
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