Tuesday, January 17, 2017

------------Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission ----------------------Dar Dealmeida Funny how the Conservatives cut the budget - made it so every social worker in Alberta had more clients then 3 social workers could manage and now the NDP are being attacked concerning a poor little girl that died nine months before they became the governing party -? Way to use this poor child's death for partisan purposes when the NDP were not even in power - low class!---- Julie Ali · University of Alberta While it is true that Serenity died under the watch of the incompetent PCs, the delay in the autopsy report which should take days and instead took years happened under the NDP watch. In addition, if you look at the Child and Youth Advocate's report on "Marie" (apparently we still can't call Serenity by her own name but have to call her Marie)--the police reported a complaint of abuse to the system. An intake worker was assigned. No other information is provided. What happened to this complaint? Months later Serenity was dead. The lack of information happened under the NDP watch. We don't need to play right or left politics here. A child died. Both the PC and NDP led governments have questions to answer that are not being answered. We need full disclosure but as usual since there are liability issues involved, the GOA uses privacy legislation to limit inquiry. It is not acceptable. We voted NDP for change. We got no change. I guess we need to vote them out to get change. Here is the information we don't have from the report by the Child and Youth Advocate: http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/.../InvRev_4-Year-Old-Marie... 4-YEAR-OLD MARIE An Investigative Review 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 Circumstances Surrounding Marie’s Death Three months later, four-year-old Marie was taken to hospital with an extensive brain injury. Doctors noted bruising, at various stages of healing, on her body and she was significantly underweight.22 Her guardians said that Marie had fallen while playing with her siblings on a swing. The following day, Naomi and Kolby were interviewed by child intervention staff and police. They disclosed that Marie was often hit because she was bad, did not listen and stole food. Naomi and Kolby were apprehended and placed with a relative. Marie was apprehended and remained in hospital on life support for about one week before she passed away.

Because we have just passed through the holiday season we are all feeling that it's a new year with promises to be kept. We have passed through the tunnel of darkness of the death of the last baby in care of the GOA and we want to be moving forwards as the GOA likes to get families to do.

I don't want to move forwards and I don't want to be writing the next chapter in this book of negligence, incompetence and cover up by the GOA with reference to the book of the child welfare system.


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Julie Ali But don't forget to book mark the place where things went bad. These bookmarks are just as important as the places where things went good.



I want to sit in this chapter.

I want the GOA folks to sit in this chapter. A baby is dead. This is not a small thing. Babies of course and other folks at all stages of their lives die all the time. They die in the child welfare system and they die in the continuing care system. We only have to look at Ontario where the ongoing media drama over the lack of oversight there is becoming interesting--- to understand that the work of government is imperfect if even present.

In Ontario, it is not just one fatality --it is multiple which is why the continuing care system is getting some attention there. Usually seniors dying in the system isn't a sexy issue and the prevailing attitude seems to be they were going to die anyway so why bother to do fatality inquiries. Such junk. It's only now that the media is turning to the problems of the continuing care system --at least in Ontario and how long this attention will last depends on if the media folks find yet more dirt. In this case the nurse has been charged with further offences as noted here:




http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/woodstock-nurse-first-degree-murder-1.3934101

Nurse facing 8 murder charges now accused of trying to harm 6 more patients

Charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault against Elizabeth Wettlaufer announced Friday

The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 13, 2017 9:40 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017 1:56 PM ET
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A former Ontario nurse charged with first-degree murder involving eight seniors in two long-term-care homes is now accused of attempting to kill others in her care.
Ontario Provincial Police announced Friday that six more charges have been laid against 49-year-old Elizabeth Wettlaufer — four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
Wettlaufer was charged in October with eight counts of murder, involving residents at nursing homes in the Ontario cities of Woodstock and London.
News of the additional charges came about an hour before Wettlaufer appeared briefly in a packed courtroom in Woodstock, where family members of those she is accused of killing saw her in person for the first time.

'I can't say anything to this individual'

Susan Horvath, the daughter of one of the alleged victims, was emotional outside the courthouse.
"I'm just picturing my father as her patient — what he went through and how he couldn't talk, how he couldn't say 'help' and how nobody cared and how he lied in that bed and had to die," she said. "I went through torture because I can't say anything to this individual and I can't do anything."
Susan Horvath
Susan Horvath, the daughter of one of the patients allegedly killed by former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, talks about her father's death outside the Woodstock courthouse Friday. (CBC)
Laura Jackson, a friend of one of the alleged victims, was one of several people to speak outside the courthouse.
"I think we just wanted to see and let her see the pain that she has created in these families," she said. "She stands before us and we want her to see how hurt and how much pain we have for our loved ones and how much pain she has created."
The latest charges relate to incidents that allegedly occurred between June 2007 and August 2016 in three locations, including the Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock where Wettlaufer spent years working as a nurse.
"This is something that happened systematically over a 10-year period in at least two nursing homes," Laura Jackson said. "Something needs to be done. Somewhere along the lines of screening, hiring practices, psychological interviews — something."
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Elizabeth Wettlaufer is escorted into the courthouse in Woodstock, Ont., on Friday. Ontario Provincial Police have laid six more charges against the 49-year-old, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)
Wettlaufer, who has been in custody at the Vanier Institute for Women in Milton, Ont., since late October, looked out silently at the public benches where friends and family of some of her alleged victims sat. Her case was put over to Feb. 15 after a Crown attorney updated the court on the new charges.
Wettlaufer is now charged with the attempted murder of Caressant Care residents Wayne Hedges, 57, between September and December 2008, and the attempted murder of Michael Priddle, 63, between January 2008 and December 2009.
She is also charged with the attempted murder of Sandra Towler, 77, a resident of Telfer Place in Brant County, Ont., in September 2015, and Beverly Bertram, 68, at a private home in Oxford County in August 2016.
The aggravated assault charges involve Caressant Care residents Clotilde Adriano, 87, and Albina Demedeiros, 90, between June and December of 2007.
Police said four of the seniors named in the new allegations — all the Caressant Care residents — have since died, but their deaths have not been attributed to Wettlaufer.
Court documents accuse Wettlaufer of injecting the six new alleged victims with insulin.
Records from the College of Nurses of Ontario show Wettlaufer was first registered as a nurse in August 1995 but resigned Sept. 30, 2016, and is no longer a registered nurse.
OPP did not provide details on the alleged incidents, saying the investigation is ongoing.
"It's a very intense investigation and obviously there's still a lot more questions than answers but it's an ongoing investigation," said Sgt. David Rektor. "We'll just follow the evidence and take it to where it leads us."
The people Wettlaufer is charged with killing include:
  • James Silcox, 84.
  • Maurice Granat, 84.
  • Gladys Millard, 87.
  • Helen Matheson, 95.
  • Mary Zurawinski, 96.
  • Helen Young, 90.
  • Maureen Pickering, 79.
  • Arpad Horvath, 75.

Anyone who might have information on the Wettlaufer case is being encouraged to contact police, said Rektor.



Of course we have chatter by the government that this is a rare event. I asked about oversight in Alberta and was assured it's fine. Really? If it is so fine why do families have to make multiple complaints to get investigation by Alberta Health? When the investigations are done and non-compliances are found why doesn't Alberta Health inform the public so that we know? It's all about deny, delay and destroy documents in Alberta. I have no idea why the GOA simply doesn't do it's job instead of fail to do it's job but citizens need to expose this junk so that the GOA is forced to do it's job. Or else folks need to be relieved of their jobs so other folks can do what the original folks can't or won't do.



This is the sort of junk bond oversight in Ontario which has more regulations and supposed random oversight of the continuing care system than Alberta has.
I imagine the problems in Alberta are even worse since we don't even have public revelations of audits other than the accomodations ones.

What does this sort of poor oversight, lack of penalties and no change by the government all  over Canada-- mean to us as citizens?
In Alberta we've had poor oversight of continuing care and the child welfare system since the PC error and it is continuing in the NDP error. We have no interest by the GOA to do it's job and be responsible for the most vulnerable citizens under its care.
If work done by the GOA is frankly absent, poor or negligent what should we do as citizens? I think we should evaluate, make public our dissent and fire.

This is what is done to us when we do badly at jobs so why isn't the public service folks held to this same requirement?

With reference to Serenity we have had the usual publicity and chatter by the politicians but nothing done.

We got the issue handed to us like a dead fish on a plate and we found this meal unpalatable.

The media did it's job which is a miracle and we did our job and yapped to the GOA.
The GOA did it's usual spin story generation.
We all waited for action.
Nothing happened other than the usual hypocrisy.
It's tiresome.
Do we have to wait until the term of this incompetent group is over to fire folks?
Sure seems like it.
We got the PCs out of office and we are never going to vote for them again.  More than 700 kids died under their watch and we had to listen to them use privacy legislation to cover the exposed butt of the GOA.
Now we have to watch the NDP do the same dance of deny, delay and destroy documents (remember Shauna McHarg?) to see the essential truth--government does not serve us at all. Most of all it does not serve the most vulnerable citizens who have no voice in our society. Without ongoing dissent, activism and firing by the citizens of Alberta we are stuck with no deliverables for our tax dollars and democracy is a farce.

Why should we put up with this junk?
I am telling you that we should not put up with it.
Mothers manage their families and extended families. We need to unite and kick GOA rump.
We need to work together in umbrella groups of organizations to force out the NDP.
We need to change the tablecloth on the fixed table of government to see if a new political party will do the work that is not being done by the NDP.
We voted NDP for change.
We didn't vote for them for the same hypocrisy.




Premier Notley denies hypocrisy over child welfare conflicts

Published on: December 14, 2016 | Last Updated: January 12, 2017 5:21 PM MST
Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir  talks about actions to improve, Alberta's child intervention system on Dec. 8, 2016  in Edmonton.
Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir talks about actions to improve, Alberta's child intervention system on Dec. 8, 2016 in Edmonton.GREG SOUTHAM / POSTMEDIA
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.
Notley’s decision was twice called into questioning the house this week by Progressive Conservative interim Leader Ric McIver and Wildrose MLA Todd Loewen, but the premier denied Wednesday she took a hypocritical stance by backing Sabir.
In response to McIver’s questions, she said her minister had “worked diligently” to support the work of Human Services and child intervention, reversing potential cuts and increasing funding by $37 million.
When asked Wednesday about her support for Sabir, she said the incident in 2008 and 2016 were “two very different sets of facts, two very different situations.”   
In 2008, there was no public reporting of children who died in care — not the numbers, not the circumstances — and the children’s advocate was buried inside a ministry.
“Back at that time, it was an opposition member who had to inform the government that a death had occurred,” Notley said.
“It was a very, very different situation.”
egraney@postmedia.com

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Dar Dealmeida
Funny how the Conservatives cut the budget - made it so every social worker in Alberta had more clients then 3 social workers could manage and now the NDP are being attacked concerning a poor little girl that died nine months before they became the governing party -? Way to use this poor child's death for partisan purposes when the NDP were not even in power - low class!
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Morag Mackenzie ·
Not only were the Conservatives the governmentbut theWild Rose were the official opposition. So the system built by the Conservatives held to account by the Wild Rose failed and they want an ND minister to resign for their failure. Typical of the right wing that their first thoughts are for political gain and not to those who loved a little girl that had to endure a sad life.
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Devin Artzen ·
Lol accountability for the PC party is needed but not the NDP when in power. Kinda hypocritical don't ya think.
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Kendyl Hudson
No one denied there was an issue. Think of it this way. You're the foreman on a work crew where an employee was killed before you got the position. (Might have even been one of the reasons the previous foreman was fired.) Are you responsible? Maybe you knew of the incident before you got the job, but figured it had already been dealt with. Why should that responsibility rest on your shoulders?
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Julie Ali ·
While it is true that Serenity died under the watch of the incompetent PCs, the delay in the autopsy report which should take days and instead took years happened under the NDP watch. In addition, if you look at the Child and Youth Advocate's report on "Marie" (apparently we still can't call Serenity by her own name but have to call her Marie)--the police reported a complaint of abuse to the system. An intake worker was assigned. No other information is provided. What happened to this complaint? Months later Serenity was dead. The lack of information happened under the NDP watch.

We don't need to play right or left politics here.
A child died.
Both the PC and NDP led governments have questions to answer that are not being answered. We need full disclosure but as usual since there are liability issues involved, the GOA uses privacy legislation to limit inquiry. It is not acceptable.

We voted NDP for change. We got no change.
I guess we need to vote them out to get change.

Here is the information we don't have from the report by the Child and Youth Advocate:
http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/.../InvRev_4-Year-Old-Marie...
4-YEAR-OLD MARIE
An Investigative Review

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

Circumstances Surrounding Marie’s Death
Three months later, four-year-old Marie was taken to hospital with an extensive brain
injury. Doctors noted bruising, at various stages of healing, on her body and she was
significantly underweight.22 Her guardians said that Marie had fallen while playing with her siblings on a swing.
The following day, Naomi and Kolby were interviewed by child intervention staff and police. They disclosed that Marie was often hit because she was bad, did not listen and stole food. Naomi and Kolby were apprehended and placed with a relative. Marie was apprehended and remained in hospital on life support for about one week before she passed away.
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Dar Dealmeida
I am confused yesterday that said Serenity died in Sept of 2014! Seels like this is selective reporting!
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Edmonton Journal
Dar Dealmeida, the reference to an "incident in 2008" is not referring to Sernity's death but an incident in which Rachel Notley scolded the then PC gov't over problems in the child intervention system. Hope that clears any confusion.
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Donald Wiwad ·
Edmonton Journal ; So why was no solution to these problems developed by the Cons from 2008 and 2015. Seven years, the Cons had an did nothing. Now these Same Cons and Wild Ones want the ND to move mountains in 18 months. What a farce, Jean and McIver!
LikeReply1Dec 15, 2016 1:02pm
Julie Ali ·
Donald Wiwad The political wrangling of both the right and the left is reprehensible but I guess everyone wants to receive media attention instead of solve the problems in the child welfare system. The PCs had no interest in child welfare deaths; over 700 kids died under their watch. Similarly the NDP folks have no interest in child welfare deaths; we now have almost 800 kids dead.

The politicians from both parties talk pretty but nothing is done. Why? I guess you have to actually put in penalties for failures and no one wants to do this. Penalties for failures means liability issues and the GOA has successfully used delay, deny and destroy documents (see Shauna McHarg case) to limit information disclosure as well as their liability.

This lack of performance by the GOA is troubling. It does not feel that we will get change through changes in political parties. Change has to come from citizens who activate themselves to work together to ensure exposure of failures. Once enough of this junk is exposed, I hope that right or left leaning citizens will speak for the kids rather than defend incompetence in both the right and left parties.
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Dina Flathers ·
They are all responsible and at fault for not protecting an innocent child within the very agency Govt built. Anyone that tries to make this political including those defending the current Govt are ALL part of the problem!!!!
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Louis Tiedemann
I guarantee you this; if she was under my roof, she wouldn't have died from mal-nutrition or abuse.
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Julie Ali ·
Thank you. It's nice to have folks not blame the right or the left but see this as an issue of poor performance by all the political parties we have hired.

Lack of oversight of the most vulnerable citizens is an ongoing problem that is not of interest to the GOA. No interest--no oversight--no autopsies and a ton of regulations is how government manages to keep the image of good performance intact when the reality is that there are cases of abuse, neglect, harm and fatality present. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco in Ontario to see failures of oversight in the continuing care system there to understand that we have no oversight of worth present anywhere in Canada.

What is present is a mirage and citizens are to be the boots on the floor providing oversight. In this case, the mother tried but could not get the help she needed. Folks in the community complained but there is no information on what the GOA did after the intake worker was assigned. It's troubling. It makes me wonder if the child welfare system simply can't be fixed.
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J.E. Molnar
Cuts and underfunding to Child and Families Services and the Office of the Child Advocate is a Tory legacy. Ric McIver's party wears this. It's a bit rich for the PCs to be condemning the NDP and calling for resignations willy-nilly. That's the real hypocrisy Emma Graney. McIver and company need to own it and stop NDP bashing and looking for scapegoats.
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Tony B Cyr ·
The NDP has been in power long enough to fix this problem, yet they dropped the ball again, trying to blame the previous government, why doesnt this government take responsibility for its own action,s easily the most incompetent, selfserving, dictating government alberta has had, on a one sided mission to force her so called climate ajenda thats doing nothing but cost jobs, more taxes,less investment in the province, the list goes on, notleys the one that should resign, no question...
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J.E. Molnar
Tony B Cyr your total ignorance is on full display. But it is your right to be a total butthole. Finally, something you really excel at. Go rant over at one of your alt-right sites where somebody actually cares.
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Julie Ali ·
While the PCs are responsible for the messes up to this point in time, the NDP are now working on both legacy projects and new fatalities. Over 700 kids died under the PC watch. Now we have almost 800 kids dead. Instead of blaming each other and trying to score points in the media--why not do the work required?
It's troubling that the NDP have failed to be responsive in this case and have used the PC trademark strategies of deny, delay and destroy documents (as per the Shauna McHarg case) to reinforce to citizens that they are not the change we voted for.
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David Hospers ·
Bull
Julie Ali ·
I agree with you.It's manure of the PC sort.
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Kendyl Hudson
So where were the Conservatives during all this?
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Julie Ali ·
And where are the NDP? The delay in the autopsy report and the lack of information on the intake worker happened under the NDP watch.
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Jim Bean
Notley's right. This time it's worse as her government got in the way of a police investigation. She's a hypocrite!
Terrance Truchan
Edmonton Journal, please explain to me how the child's unfortunate death in 2014 is the responsibility of the government and minister that were elected in 2015??

I find your headline inflammatory and perhaps instead of injecting your opinion on the matter, you should just stick with presenting the facts.
Julie Ali ·
Actually I do not find any of this inflammatory. Maybe you find it inflammatory because the NDP are being blamed rather than the PCs.
Both parties deserve blame and if this is problematic for you then you don't understand the role of the media. The work of the media is to reveal the incompetence of the GOA to us so we can fire the hires at the next election.
If you want the facts here are some of them.
1) Almost 700 kids died during the PC error.
2) The 700 kids who died are almost 800 kids under the NDP error.
3) This case began under the PCs and is now ongoing under the NDP who are using the same GOA tactics in dealing with this media calamity. The recommendations from previous fatalities are everywhere and yet the NDP folks are generating more paper to bury this issue for no change in the system.
4) We are not to blame anyone in the GOA and associated agencies for failures in care, oversight and fatalities. Why not? If this case had occurred in a family the outcome would involve charges and penalties. So far it has been two years or more and no charges.
5) The facts are that the GOA folks never get held accountable and certainly this issue will be forgotten if citizens let it get forgotten.
6) This is a problem of performance and the lack of consequences for poor performance. All citizens can do is dissent, fire the MLAs in the next election but the fixed table fo the GOA stays the same.

It's a problem. But let us keep working on the problem.
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