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Edmonton Journal 10 hrs · One of the dogs, an eight-month-old that appears to be a mixed-breed husky, suffered skull fractures and lost an eye as a result of the beating while the other dog required care for less serious injuries.---Paula Gibson Griffith It is this type of incident which should inspire us all to reach out to our municipal, Provincial and Federal Government officials to ensure the penalties for such harsh physical abuse to animals fit the abuse. If our legal system is to adequately address, and adequately deter the abuse of animals, raising our voices directly to those in a position to make the changes is the best option. Be angry, be productive, take action directed at changing our response to these incidents, by demanding adequate penalties. These crimes will not go away by wishing violence on the abusers, or simply venting. Vent to the ears who can do something about it.--------Julie Ali Since the e-mails I write to MLAs and MPs --- about harm done to seniors, handicapped citizens and children in care-- do not result in any interest, I doubt there will be any help for animals that are being abused. Like · Reply----

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http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/case-of-four-year-old-serenity-who-died-in-provincial-care-triggers-call-for-emergency-debate

Edmonton Journal article prompts debate on four-year-old Serenity's in-care death

Published on: November 22, 2016 | Last Updated: January 12, 2017 4:54 PM MST
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.
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. SUPPLIED
A report by the Alberta medical examiner into the death of a child in care wasn’t completed until nearly two years after her death, then delayed six days before being given to the RCMP, who asked that it not be released.
It wasn’t until Sept. 9, 2016, that the medical examiner’s office completed the report into the death of the four-year-old, whom the Journal learned last week was named Serenity. She died on Sept. 27, 2014, while in kinship care, being looked after by family members.
A “highly complex” case was blamed for the delay by Alberta Justice spokesman Dan Laville. The medical examiner had to consult with outside experts, who often have other requests to deal with, and worked closely with the RCMP during its investigation, he said.
Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said the government was complying with the wishes of the RCMP in not releasing the report to the public or to provincial Child and Youth Advocate Del Graff.
“They are the experts in investigations and in what they need to prove a case and what could potentially be detrimental and we are going to respect that expertise,” said Ganley.
Medical records obtained by the Journal show the severely underweight and malnourished Serenity was suffering hypothermia and had multiple bruises, including around her genitals, when she arrived at hospital. Her hymen was gone. The woman who took her to hospital said she fell off a swing.
This information was not included in a report last week by Graff because they could not be confirmed by the medical examiner, who has yet to release a cause of death, officials said.
The new details about Serenity’s death, reported Saturday in the Journal, sent a shockwave through the Alberta legislature. Several MLAs said Monday they felt physically ill when they read the story.
The Wildrose Party called for an emergency debate, which was granted. MLAs dropped other business to discuss what led to the girl’s death. Several MLAs shed tears and voices cracked with emotion.
“She was a victim of a broken system,” said Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, who at one point paused in mid-sentence to gather himself.
Premier Rachel Notley said “there is not a soul who could read that story and not be moved,” but stood by the decision not to release the medical examiner’s report.
In his report earlier this month, Graff cited the litte girl’s case and called for more thorough home assessments in kinship care, mandatory orientation training for caregivers, and better appraisals of risks to the child’s emotional and physical well-being prior to placement.
On Monday, Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir said the government accepted the recommendations.
Ganley said she’s willing to look at better safeguards for kinship care, but that it must be balanced with concerns from indigenous communities about children going to families outside of their community.

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Serenity’s death remains under police investigation.
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Julie Ali ·
The Serenity case like every other child who has died in the care of the government of Alberta will become a sad marker on a road that stretches endlessly into the future.
The government of Alberta does not care about the most vulnerable citizens because they have no power, no voice and no advocates.
It's a sad situation but this is how it is.
We have over 800 kids dead in Alberta in the child welfare system. We don't know why repeated adverse events occur despite fatality reports and recommendations.
We have no sort of accountability.
Transparency is non-existent.
We still have the Child and Youth Advocate unable to say the names of the kids who died.

Unfortunately this will all continue because when the victims are powerless and silenced, no one will hear about their issues. Only the elite, the powerful and those in government get the attention that our most vulnerable defenceless citizens cannot get; justice for them is a mirage and we have retribution for activists like Velvet Martin and Ruth Adria.

Until citizens speak clearly and powerfully to government there is no reason why government and our political representatives will do more than panel politics. #justiceforserenity#panelpolitics #GOASPIN
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Richard Parks
If the above mentioned Aboriginal bands want to ensure the kids stay in their community then they need to step up as well and look out for these kids!
LikeReply17Nov 21, 2016 9:02pm
Lynn Rud
"kinship" care, what a dam joke........"multiple bruises, including around her genitals" ....."her hymen was gone"....truly tragic, awful....horrific...........with "relatives"..."family"...... like that.....my god.....monsters...truly they were.......the "woman" whom brought her to the hospital, why is she not in jail?......Why was there no investigation? The goverment failed that little girl...big time..... in every ascpect.....rest her sweet soul
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Diane Peters ·
Keep at it Paula Simons! Hopefully she'll have justice and changes will be made.
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Heidi Cardinal ·
That's it? That's all that's said on this? Sad. Children services should be ashamed of themselves. The people who were in charge of this little girls wellbeing should lose their jobs and be charged. Disgusting
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Brenda Maire
It kills me that the 'professionals' involved in these cases are never charged with criminal negligence causing death. Their names are never mentioned.
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Heidi Cardinal ·
It's disgusting.
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Leslie Young ·
This Statement "Ganley said she’s willing to look at better safeguards for kinship care, but that it must be balanced with concerns from indigenous communities about children going to families outside of their community. " is what put this child in harms way in the first place. These kids welfare needs to come before their heritage.Period. I am praying the NDP will do something about this finally and show they can do better then the PC when it comes to Children in care
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Julie Ali ·
I agree with you that the child's safety must come first.
If the child's safety comes first then why was the mother's complaint about the guardians put aside?
What happened with the complaint from the community?
Why is there a dead kid for no reason that I can determine?
The responsibility for this mess resides with the government that must also explain why an autopsy report took years to complete.
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Lee Getzinger ·
Been involved with Alberta Child Welfare extensively in previous years and got our because we couldn't handle the hyporcrisy, lack of proper training and their misguided mandate. If the general public only knew half the screwups this department did, it would be abolished.We mainly worked with native children which on its own is a problem. Look at statistics for native and non native children cases in temporaty and foster care. Is it just bad math or why or the numbers so high for native. Go ahead and tell me how its societies fault for not giving them opportunities, not supporting them financially and sticking them on reserves. Look at the money given each reserve each year, then take look at the chief and band members houses (some not even on reserves). Breakdown where the money given to the natives from the Federal government and divide that by each family and see what they do with the money. Unfortunately now you will never know as Trudeau made it legal for them to hide their cash and allow them to tell us its not enough!
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Lorean Campbell Siller
Let's fix the problems that need to be fixed so this doesn't happen again
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Pam Lenihan ·
I wish they would report on how great foster homes are as well
LikeReply6Nov 21, 2016 7:25pm
Danielle Black
In Paula's original article she states that the mom said serenity did great in foster care but the mom was forced to choose between kinship care or splitting up her kids for adoption.
LikeReply1Nov 21, 2016 9:22pm
Jerrold Grande
Thanks, Paula! I know it's gut wrenching but there's momentum now,please keep up the pressure and hold the government's toes to the fire. They must change this dysfunctional system.
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Boomer Yaa
Weed and alcohol does not take your children away but say whatever to make yourself innocent.
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Lina Wie ·
Wow . So sad . Unreal😢beautiful baby girl rip
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Peter Shaw
The parents who originally screwed up are the first ones to take the blame. If they had been decent people who put their child first Child Services would never have had to get involved. Then we go to the "kin" to whom this child was given. They had the chance to nourish and support this child and they chose to be abusive pieces of garbage. They need to be held accountable for what they did. Lastly comes the child services idiots who placed this innocent child with such monsters.
I don't ever want to hear the claptrap about a child always being better off with family. This case is one of many that demonstrates such axiomatic thinking is rubbish.
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Brenda Maire
In the original article it explains the mother was forced to place them in kinship care and when she complained of her daughters poor treatment she was banned from seeing her.
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Caron Bright
Brenda Maire and why was she in care in the first place? Kids aren't split up for adoption until all other options have been exhausted. They are not even released for adoption until the mom has proven totally incapable of providing care after being given many, many chances, or she signs the kids over herself. That whole part of the story makes absolutely no sense at all.
LikeReply1Dec 5, 2016 11:28pm
Julie Ali ·
Caron Bright Sometimes folks make a mistake and lose their kids. It is important to realize that after making her mistake this mum tried to help her kids by reporting on problems. She was banned from seeing them. A complaint from the community resulted in the government of Alberta being involved but what was actually done after the intake worker was assigned is not clear. I believe the government of Alberta needs to explain to us why the complaint was not followed up on immediately. Also the government should explain why an autopsy report that normally takes days took years. It's very puzzling and this sort of poor performance does not encourage us to trust in the oversight of the government.
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One of the dogs, an eight-month-old that appears to be a mixed-breed husky, suffered skull fractures and lost an eye as a result of the beating while the other dog required care for less serious injuries.

A man has been charged after two dogs chained to a porch in northern Alberta were beaten with a weapon, one of them sustaining multiple skull...
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Julie Ali http://edmontonjournal.com/.../case-of-four-year-old... How about we all think about the Serenity case and ask for change with the care of kids in the child welfare system? #justiceforserenity
Julie Ali It is interesting that more folks are concerned about animals suffering abuse than about human beings suffering abuse and death in the child welfare system or the continuing care system in Alberta. While harming animals is horrendous, it's even more horrendous when human beings are being harmed. So why is there no public interest in the poor vulnerable folks being harmed in the care of the government of Alberta? No one bothers to ask the GOA what it is doing to provide oversight that we can see in the forms of audits that indicate to us what abuse / harm was done and what are the non-compliances in care. I doubt we can get more than this from the government since it is not interested in penalties for harm done.
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Colleen Rowe This is the second story of an animal beating in a northern community. Has to stop. These monsters deserve to be in cages for what they have done.
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Paula Gibson Griffith It is this type of incident which should inspire us all to reach out to our municipal, Provincial and Federal Government officials to ensure the penalties for such harsh physical abuse to animals fit the abuse. 
If our legal system is to adequately add
ress, and adequately deter the abuse of animals, raising our voices directly to those in a position to make the changes is the best option.
Be angry, be productive, take action directed at changing our response to these incidents, by demanding adequate penalties.
These crimes will not go away by wishing violence on the abusers, or simply venting. Vent to the ears who can do something about it.
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Julie Ali Since the e-mails I write to MLAs and MPs --- about harm done to seniors, handicapped citizens and children in care-- do not result in any interest, I doubt there will be any help for animals that are being abused.
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Afsana Alam That is insane! This devil deserves exemplary punishment so that no one ever think of hurting an innocent animal. So sadden for the dogs 😢Hope they recover well and find a loving and caring family to enjoy the rest of their lives ❤️
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Lorena Smith lets see what he gets as punishment i know what should be done to hime let the punishment fit the crime that is a joke for sure until animals have rights this will continue its time for law enforcement to start giving those idiots what they deserve.
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Allan Levin Disgusting A%#hole should pay severely for this inhumane act and be forbid from having any animals or livestock for life.
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Linda Hutton Time to set an example. Show scum like this that our society will no longer stand for abuse like this. Period. Karma gets monsters like this.
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Valerie Stork Wandinger for f sake-- ! he needs time serial killers start with animals !
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Angelina Charpentier We need strict laws put in place 25/30years jail, not just fines. The life expectancy of a animal.
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Carmelo Porter Much respect for the new owner thats gonna help rehabilitate the dog!
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Louise Dixon Punished him to the max of the law. Preasure these places for education re how to,treat animals. Cut off thier government funding do what ever the hell it takes SHAME wonder if he beats women too SHAME
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Aimee Olexan Sadly, the max law is basically a slap on the wrist in this country. Cases like these must be used to make punishments harsher. At least, one would hope.
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Shannon Burge What kind of loser beats an animal?
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Carole Conway Thom No current punishments are sufficient. Locking up people like this isn't enough.....they need to suffer!!
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Lisa Morse This is absolutely terrible to read. How can a person be so terrible!! Awful. I'm at a complete loss for words!
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