and take every failure
and make a victory of each of them
for we're never winning
we're here for this purpose only
to shatter illusions the real is merely
the statements we decide
the solitude is what makes us true
and in the hunger we endure
to reach the destination we have proof
let us not lose sight of ourselves
the separation between the real and the divine
we choose who we are to be
in the world of platitudes
by what we believe
and so take up your illusions
and set them on fire
so that the real is made clear to you
and let the dust fly
carry your small stack of earnings
to the place where we all go
and lightly on reaching that door
leave the wages of your labour and go satisfied
the other side is silence
where the darkness creeps
on four legs to the solitude
of a tunnel where the angels weep
and you must leave it all behind
take up your earnings that you have worked for
and place them before you like a child's blocks
what do they represent?
the power you use
like whips and chain
how will they serve you
as the door opens for you?
here is the moment that matters
and what you do to help and be who you are
is all that counts
the silence beyond that door
will wreck your illusions if seen now
take your soul
like a basket and fill it with only stones
I carry pebbles and I put them down
to build my empire of nothingness
these pebbles are here so you will realise
we're not going to be here forever
we're going even now
the soul is all you will carry to the last door
as you leave it all behind
Media has Serenity foster home facts wrong, but minister won't correct record
Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee says privacy laws limit what she can say
By Michelle Bellefontaine, CBC News Posted: May 10, 2017 6:56 PM MT Last Updated: May 11, 2017 1:28 PM MT
Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee says she wants to provide more information but she's restricted by legislation. (CBC)
Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee says the media is reporting outdated facts about the number and ages of children living with the former foster parents of Serenity, a little girl whose 2014 death shocked people across the province.
But Larivee told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that privacy laws prohibit her from giving out more up-to-date information.
CBC News first reported this week that six children — two infants, two school-aged children and two teenagers under 18 — are living in the home of Serenity's former foster parents, according to residents on the reserve where the family lives.
An active RCMP investigation continues into the little girl's death in September 2014.
Prior to publishing the stories, CBC asked the government for comment but was told that no one would discuss details of the case.
On Wednesday, Larivee called a news conference but offered no new details.
"That information is years old at this point," she said. "Not reflective of the current situation. I know it's difficult but the laws around this are pretty difficult to manage."
Serenity was four years old when she died of acute head trauma. She weighed only 18 pounds. Her skull was fractured and her body was covered in lacerations and purple contusions. Her body also showed signs of sexual assault.
Prior to her death, the little girl was living in the home under a foster arrangement known as kinship care.
No evidence of abuse
Larivee said workers with the designated First Nations agency were in contact with the family Wednesday. She repeated her statement that the well-being of the children who remain in the home is regularly monitored but said privacy legislation prevents her from saying how often.
Serenity was four years old when she died of severe head trauma in an Edmonton hospital. (Supplied)
The minister said children cannot be removed from homes simply because a criminal investigation is underway. There must first be evidence of abuse.
"We have been in contact with the family," the minister said. "There has not been any evidence of abuse of a child in that house.
"To reiterate once again that, absolutely, if we had specific evidence of abuse of a child that child would be apprehended."
Earlier in the day, Larivee told opposition MLAs during question period not to spread misinformation with their questions about the case. She promised she would have more to say later in the afternoon.
Danielle Larivee says media has 'misinformation' about Serenity case
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Calgary-Hays MLA Ric McIver, leader of the Progressive Conservatives in the legislature, said he was baffled about why Larivee called a news conference only to deliver so little information.
"Why did the minister not choose to say those very same words in the house that she said here, other to avoid accountability on the official record," he said.Larivee said her ministry's legal team is trying to determine what information can be released under the law. She said she wants to share more information and understands why the media and public are frustrated.
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