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-MLA Debbie Jabbour, the chair of the panel, also noted the 2014 effort "may have gone too far" in favouring the public's need to know over a family's privacy. "We have to look at the other side and say, 'Where do we find a better balance?'" Jabbour said. "We want to make sure that we do it right. And we want to make sure that we get input from the First Nations communities on how it impacts them and look at all the angles." --------Julie Ali 11 mins · Why do they want to hear from us when they aren't listening to us? What is the point of communicating our perspective when the system is geared to cover your butt politics? Where is the transparency that allows us to do our work as good citizens of holding our political hires accountable? As it is the privacy legislation is a fence about government that is locked to us. We can't even get audits in the continuing care system because this might impact third party business interests. The GOA and the politicians are more interested in third party interests and the failed performances of individuals and departments than in any vulnerable citizen. The #PanelPolitics is good for the politicians but not good for the children who are dying, How does more secrecy serve these children? What is the use of respect for privacy when these children are dead? Should we not know about the failures and the incompetence? Why is government and its associated bodies immune from the investigation, exposure and penalties faced by families who have such adverse events? Is this the just society model that the HQCA preaches to us day and night? Is it only a just society for the elite and not for the most powerless children, youth and seniors? Alberta child intervention panel wants to hear from families before publication ban recommendation One member of the Alberta all-party child intervention panel says the decision to lean toward public accountability over family privacy should be dialed back. CBC.CA Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry CommentShare







#PanelPolitics--The incredible secrecy about the GOA is now being enhanced by the MLAs. It's so ridiculous. We have no data of worth on the poor performance of our hires and we are told that this is to respect the families? Well what about if the families want this information out in the public realm because it's important for accountability purposes? If families yap by themselves they can get sued. But if government provides the information then they don't get sued. So why is the panel now suggesting to the public that the excessive cover your butt secrecy in government has to be increased because families want this?
Why not let families decide? If they want abuse, harm and fatality in the public realm they get to put it out through the GOA. If they don't want it out they get it kept private.
Meanwhile the Panel Politicians should simply stop the spin. We're tired of it. #GOASPIN
Secrecy is so old school politics.
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Why do they want to hear from us when they aren't listening to us? What is the point of communicating our perspective when the system is geared to cover your butt politics? Where is the transparency that allows us to do our work as good citizens of holding our political hires accountable?
As it is the privacy legislation is a fence about government that is locked to us. We can't even get audits in the continuing care system because this might impact third party business interests. The GOA and the politicians are more interested in third party interests and the failed performances of individuals and departments than in any vulnerable citizen.
The #PanelPolitics is good for the politicians but not good for the children who are dying, How does more secrecy serve these children? What is the use of respect for privacy when these children are dead? Should we not know about the failures and the incompetence? Why is government and its associated bodies immune from the investigation, exposure and penalties faced by families who have such adverse events? Is this the just society model that the HQCA preaches to us day and night? Is it only a just society for the elite and not for the most powerless children, youth and seniors?
One member of the Alberta all-party child intervention panel says the decision to lean toward public accountability over family privacy should be dialed back.
CBC.CA
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Velvet Martin Letter to the Alberta Child Welfare Review Panel:

cipanel.submissions@gov.ab.ca

There is a problematic factor which is impeding progress and that elephant in the room cannot be escaped: The wrong people are at the Child Welfare table. The Panel consists of some members which "have NO background in child care and yet are being asked to make decisions to change the parts of the System that are failing our children and families." (Direct quote from a Panelist.)

Now Publication Bans are being revisited by Panelists. Meanwhile, I have stood at far too many vigils for children murdered by their caregivers. One little child and her family particularly remain close to my heart because both of our girls were harmed in Morinville:

At the memorial for the child which took place upon the Alberta Legislature steps, a mother needed to beg camera-persons to stop recording because of the Publication Ban. 

Although another woman killed that mother's child, it was the mother herself who faced 6 months imprisonment or $10K fine for simply paying tribute to her daughter by speaking her name. It was at that moment that I vowed to challenge this inhumane, unfair, harmful practice.

I, myself, was threatened by lawsuit and those individuals even attempted to have me criminally charged to prevent me from speaking the truth about what my daughter endured.

My daughter's name is Samantha Martin. I was the first person in the Province to successfully have the Court lift the ban so that I could legally share the truth. I taught other parents and their counsel how to challenge the oppressive ban. 

Taking this right away again would be detrimental to justice and the most disrespectful move backwards one could impose upon a deceased child; to steal their identity along with life!

It took great efforts to move forward towards transparency. Silence is never a friend to the victim. NO MORE SILENCE!

Sincerely,

Velvet Martin,
Spokesperson for Protecting Canadian Children
Founder of Samantha's Law
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Alberta child intervention panel wants to hear from families before publication ban recommendation

'We have to look at the other side and say, 'Where do we find a better balance?'

Roberta Bell · CBC NewsApril 20, 2017
David Swann
Liberal Leader David Swann, also a participant in the 2014 roundtable discussion on improving the child intervention system, says the group aired too much toward public accountability back then.
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One member of the Alberta all-party child intervention panel who was part of a previous roundtable on the matter says the decision to lean toward public accountability over family privacy should be dialed back.
Following Wednesday night's meeting of the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention, Liberal Leader David Swann, who was also a participant in the 2014 roundtable on improving the child intervention system, said the focus then seemed to be on dispelling the myth that the government was trying to hide in-care deaths.
'All of us are hearing that it's inappropriate and unacceptable to force, especially grieving families [to decide]... about stopping that or enabling that publication ban.'- David Swann
"The focus was entirely on making it more transparent," Swann said after the meeting. "Now I'm hearing, and all of us are hearing, that it's inappropriate and unacceptable to force, especially grieving families, whether First Nations or not, about stopping that or enabling that publication ban."
The panel has already drafted seven preliminary recommendations to improve accountability, timeliness of the review process, cultural sensitivity and compassion toward families involved.
Another proposal was up for debate Wednesday, relating to publication bans around sharing information about a child in care, which can be lifted if the child dies.
To prevent the ban being lifted, parents have the right to go to court within four days to put a publication ban back in place. The panel is deliberating whether that's enough time.

Panel wants more information

The 11 MLAs and three social work experts on the panel all expressed interest in hearing more from affected families before drafting even a preliminary recommendation. The Ministry of Children's Services is reporting back to the panel with more information before it makes any decisions.
Debbie Jabbour
MLA Debbie Jabbour chairs Alberta's Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention. (CBC)
MLA Debbie Jabbour, the chair of the panel, also noted the 2014 effort "may have gone too far" in favouring the public's need to know over a family's privacy.
"We have to look at the other side and say, 'Where do we find a better balance?'" Jabbour said. "We want to make sure that we do it right. And we want to make sure that we get input from the First Nations communities on how it impacts them and look at all the angles."  
Over the coming months, the panel will be hearing from families and children involved with or who have been involved with the child intervention system, including those on reserves.
The panel was formed in December 2016 after gruesome details emerged surrounding the 2014 death of a four-year-old Indigenous girl named Serenity in kinship care.
serenity
Serenity was four years old when she died of severe head trauma in an Edmonton hospital. (supplied)
Emaciated and badly bruised, Serenity died after she was admitted to a central Alberta hospital with a suspected head injury while being cared for by relatives. She died from brain damage. Genital trauma also suggested sexual abuse.
Between April 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2016, 73 people under the age of 25 died while receiving government services; more than half of them were Indigenous.
This child intervention panel is the seventh in eight years to review Alberta's child intervention system.
roberta.bell@cbc.ca
@roberta__bell

Why do they want to hear from us when they aren't listening to us? What is the point of communicating our perspective when the system is geared to cover your butt politics? Where is the transparency that allows us to do our work as good citizens of holding our political hires accountable?
As it is the privacy legislation is a fence about government that is locked to us. We can't even get audits in the continuing care system because this might impact third party business interests. The GOA and the politicians are more interested in third party interests and the failed performances of individuals and departments than in any vulnerable citizen.
The #PanelPolitics is good for the politicians but not good for the children who are dying, How does more secrecy serve these children? What is the use of respect for privacy when these children are dead? Should we not know about the failures and the incompetence? Why is government and its associated bodies immune from the investigation, exposure and penalties faced by families who have such adverse events? Is this the just society model that the HQCA preaches to us day and night? Is it only a just society for the elite and not for the most powerless children, youth and seniors?


One member of the Alberta all-party child intervention panel says the decision to lean toward public accountability over family privacy should be dialed back.
CBC.CA

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