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Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Friday she could not comment on the investigation other than to say “the case is with the Crown.” Ganley said she has seen the pictures of Serenity. “Those photos are incredibly troubling. I think they’re troubling to all Albertans.”---------------------------


#justiceforserenity---What is really troubling is the failure of government do anything in the Serenity case. It doesn't take much effort to make changes in the system but of course if you don't want to make the changes to hold workers accountable for failures then this will mean these sad events will repeat.
When will government do its job?
I don't believe it will.
We will have the government workers spin the stories and there will be placebo remedy in these public events like #PanelPolitics. This sort of stuff gives the government the illusion of doing something --anything-but the reality is the recommendations are ignored and we start from ground zero again.
Samantha Martin.
Serenity.
More than 800 dead kids.
No one is held accountable.
Sure maybe a lawsuit results that the government quietly pays out.
But no one is held accountable.
Let us hold the government accountable.
Let us fire the sorry crew we just hired.
 Let us keep doing this until we have performance that doesn't result in over 800 dead kids in the care of the government of Alberta.

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Rodney Crowell - "It Ain't Over Yet (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)" [Official Video



and I took my words
and the time of my life

to speak for them
I said what happened

and I asked for change
in Alberta

I told the stories
of Samantha Martin and others 

but nothing happened
the deaths repeated

and now Serenity
joins the chorus

of laments
who will say what is needed in Alberta?

I guess I have to do this work
so here's my feelings on this matter of non-performance

it's time for a change in the culture of government 
and there is a requirement

for consequences
for failed service delivery and negligence 



we're not asking for much here
we are asking for government and agency workers

to do their jobs
and if they can't do this

then they should get out of the business
of taking care of the most vulnerable citizens

the line in the sand is being written
by the families

who won't stay silent
we are telling the stories

that cry out for justice
when will the so called peoples' party

actually work for the people who are powerless?
being on their belly before big oil

isn't what I expected of Ms. Notley
who is the cheerleader  of this sorry crew

of failed representatives
when will there be action on this file Ms. Notley?


or will the mummies have to yap
for years

as we did in the case
of Samantha Martin?

Samantha Martin, 13, died of a heart attack in December 2006, five months after being removed from foster care.




The death of Serenity, here a happy toddler riding her trike, has prompted MLAs to form an all-party committee to look into the child welfare system in Alberta.








http://globalnews.ca/news/3331526/mother-of-young-alberta-girl-who-died-in-care-shares-photos-of-her-final-days/

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http://globalnews.ca/news/3331526/mother-of-young-alberta-girl-who-died-in-care-shares-photos-of-her-final-days/

March 23, 2017 6:38 pm
Updated: March 24, 2017 2:20 pm

Mother of young Alberta girl who died in care shares photos of her final days




Serenity died in kinship care in 2014 when she was four years old.
Serenity died in kinship care in 2014 when she was four years old.
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WARNING: The photos in this story are graphic.

The mother of a four-year-old girl who died in kinship care in Alberta is sharing newly recovered pictures of the girl with the public and police.



Serenity died in Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital in September 2014. Her mother, whose name will not be published, took pictures of her daughter on a cellphone camera about four days before she died. She weighed just 18 pounds.
“It shows my four-and-a-half-year-old in a coma,” Serenity’s mother told Global News on Thursday.
Serenity’s mother said her cellphone suffered water damage and she’s been carrying it around with her for more than two years in hopes she would find someone who could recover the pictures. She was finally able to retrieve them this month.
Serenity’s mom said she was grateful she was able to recover the photos, but added it was an emotional moment.
“I was pretty sad. It just brought me back to one of the worst times in my life. But at the same time I was grateful because if I wouldn’t have recovered them I wouldn’t be able to give them to you guys or the RCMP.”
Serenity’s mother told Global News in December the girl and her two older siblings were taken away from her after she was assaulted by Serenity’s father. After briefly being in the foster system, the children were left in the care of family members under the kinship care program.
News of Serenity’s death emerged in late 2016 when Alberta’s Child and Youth Advocate called for better safeguards in kinship placements.
A report found her to be malnourished, bruised and severely underweight at the time of her death. An Edmonton Journal report said detailed medical records that were denied to the Child and Youth Advocate found Serenity’s body also showed signs of physical and sexual abuse and that she had suffered a massive brain injury.
Serenity’s death raised serious questions about how Alberta manages the treatment of children in government care. An all-party committee has since been formed to explore the circumstances around Serenity’s death.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Serenity’s mother said of the panel. “I think they really need to take a really good look into it. They need to take a look at social workers, everything. The whole nine yards. They need to take things more serious.
“I’m thankful that something’s being done about it I just kind of wish that it didn’t take my daughter in order to do it. But it’s going to save a bunch of lives I think.”
A criminal investigation into the girl’s death was launched and her mother said Thursday she was told by the RCMP that the investigation is ongoing. She has provided the recovered photos to investigators.
“I’m just hoping that out of everything the children who need the care get proper care that they need,” she said.
“I’m grateful. I think Serenity has changed a lot and I’m really thankful for that.”
Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Friday she could not comment on the investigation other than to say “the case is with the Crown.”
Ganley said she has seen the pictures of Serenity.
“Those photos are incredibly troubling. I think they’re troubling to all Albertans.”










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