Wednesday, April 26, 2017

and we make a new world for our children------------------But, if the goal of the panel is to assess how we can improve the system in the wake of Serenity's tragic death, shouldn't we be asking ourselves some hard questions about how this particular case was handled and why it has taken so long for her family to receive justice? ---------We are growing increasingly uneasy that we are being led by the Department towards recommendations or results they have planned for us from the start.-----------

and I put down the words
and I waited
for change to happen
but the world stayed rock hard
and so
I left the politicians
and simply wrote
the words of change  change  change
as if these words would
make change happen

instead a great apathy fell
like a hawk upon the mouse
and the silence was overwhelming
perhaps this is because
the storehouses are full
and the elite eat well
and can't be bothered with the people
who wait for change
for 44 years and more in Alberta
how much longer will they wait?

I am not sure
but I believe
that government is not where change happens
it happens instead in us
we change ourselves
and our families
we change the political parties
at every election
and we free ourselves with our own work
we make businesses so that we are independent of this junk

we take our minds like small weapons
and we destroy the falsities of the society
we tell the powerful in government
we are no longer fools
we are independent thinkers
who don't depend on their junk
we expose the lies of this poor society
and we make a new world for our children
we work for our families because we know
the elite works only for themselves in government




#PanelPolitics
So here's the thing. For 44 years under the PC oil monarchs we had public consultations of the fake sort where we were consulted but the end results of the consultation were pre-decided by the government of Alberta and their political masters.
Now the NDP folks are in government. They have had 44 years of training in opposition of the false consultation process and so have no qualms of employing these strategies to defuse the calamity of the Serenity case with the same false consultation albeit this time using MLAs and so called "experts".
We're supposed to believe that the MLAs and experts are independent thinkers and will not be swayed into providing us canned goods that they are opening from the pantry of the government of Alberta.
We're supposed to believe the protestations of the can openers of the Wildrose and PC MLAs that they don't want to be can openers- they want to get at the TRUTH of the problems in the Serenity case but the big bad NDP folks aren't letting them get to the truth but are simply providing them the cans for them to open.
Well golly gee--do y'all think we are that dumb?
We know this is all canned goods.
We know that the MLAs and experts are simply opening the cans decided upon by the GOA.
We've known that the so called public consultations where citizens rather than MLAs and experts were used as can openers was also fake consultation to open the same fixed cans of the GOA.
Really -again-do y'all think we are that dumb?
Hmm.. maybe the government of Alberta does think we are that dumb.
This all about the strategy, the campaign and the canned end results.
We know this.
And we know what is the truth.
No one is interested in fixing the messes in the child welfare system because that would require courage, determination and moral vision which isn't present.
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Amusing to read that the panel participants are only now finding out that the whole purpose of the panel was to do the work of the GOA SPIN MACHINE.

I mean you would expect that Ric McIver would know all about the usual strategy of the GOA of having the public consultation done AFTER the GOA has figured out what the results of any particular consultation would be so to pretend to us that the politicians did not know of such GOA strategy for the panel seems a tad unbelievable.
The entire purpose of this panel is to smooth over the hiccup of the death of Serenity and the only role of the political participants is free publicity for themselves while doing the work of smoothing over for the GOA.

But we're supposed to believe not one of these canny politicians knew their roles in this theatre that is ongoing in Alberta for the past 46 years?  Surely you jest?


http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/03/27/children-in-care-panel-must-be-allowed-to-ask-hard-questions

OPINION

Children in care panel must be allowed to ask hard questions



JASON NIXON AND RIC MCIVER
FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017 03:00 AM MDT | UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017 12:38 PM MDT
Serenity, a four-year-old First Nations child from central Alberta, taken seven months before her death in 2014.A photo of Serenity, a four-year-old First Nations child from central Alberta, taken seven months before her death in 2014.
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When news first broke of little Serenity and the tragic end to her life, we were heartbroken along with each and every Albertan. No child should have to live, or die, the way that she did. And when public outrage naturally grew over Serenity's death, Opposition parties requested an all-party committee to take an in-depth look at the child intervention system in Alberta in an effort to find out how something like this could happen to a child in our care.


When the NDP government created a Ministerial Panel that would meet in private, perpetuating the culture of secrecy within the bureaucracy, all opposition parties banded together to demand better for Serenity and for all children in care. While this show of solidarity achieved several of our goals, it did not result in the reversal of the NDP decision to ban any and all questions specifically related to Serenity's case. We are not allowed to ask child intervention experts what went wrong or how the system failed. But, if the goal of the panel is to assess how we can improve the system in the wake of Serenity's tragic death, shouldn't we be asking ourselves some hard questions about how this particular case was handled and why it has taken so long for her family to receive justice?


Despite this, in a spirit of cooperation and desire for change, we still agreed to participate on the panel. But we were soon disappointed to discover that panel members have no input in the meeting agendas, and many of the presentations we are hearing do not relate to phase one of the panel, which is supposed to focus on the child death review process. We are two months in and still not discussing tangible proposals or potential recommendations, and we have yet to see any of the submissions solicited from the public. This is frightening, given that we are expected to make meaningful recommendations within the next three weeks. We are growing increasingly uneasy that we are being led by the Department towards recommendations or results they have planned for us from the start.


The heart wrenching photos of Serenity's injuries released this week are a poignant reminder for us not to become complacent. From her death we learn that not only are there flawed processes and protocols within the child intervention system, but that errors of judgement also occur, which can result in death in the most extreme of circumstances. We absolutely must learn how to not let little boys and girls like Serenity slip through the cracks again. We certainly do not want a witch hunt, nor do we want to punish the case workers involved, but we need to examine the front line decision-making processes that ultimately led to Serenity's death. If we are not able to pinpoint exactly where and how the system failed, these mistakes are doomed to repeat themselves. If we do not look specifically at the details of this case, we will never achieve our goal of a stronger child intervention system. If we refuse to learn the lessons that Serenity is trying to teach us now, we will fail her all over again.


Wildrose MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre Jason Nixon and PC MLA for Calgary-Hays Ric McIver both sit on the Children in Care Ministerial Panel as representatives of their respective caucuses.



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