Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Julie Ali · University of Alberta Congratulations to Paula Simons for reporting on a troubling issue which is the failure of the government of Alberta to actually do anything about the over 800 dead kids in the child welfare system. While the facts of this ongoing failure is reported to the public, while the citizens then respond by asking for action to be taken what has the GOA actually done? Not much. I mean there is again the public roundtable business of the Tories---but this time-- in the form of a panelby the NDP folks---but we don't believe the #PanelPolitics any more than we believed the #RoundtablePolitics. We are tired of paper being generated using taxpayer cash. We are tired frankly of the inability of the GOA to go beyond the generation of paper and spin. We are tired of hearing the folks in government go beyond generation of spin to fake consultations. They are now asking us for our opinions. Why do the folks in government even pretend they want our opinions? They don't bother to listen these opinions do they? The decisions are premade and we're just to provide validation for these premade decisions. This sort of junk was typical of the Tories and to find the NDP folks follow the same script indicates to me at least that there is no imagination even in spin generation at the GOA. Its all stale and fake responses of a tired, worn out bureaucracy that needs to be cleaned out by the Wildrose folks if they have the guts to do this business. So while it is good that Paula Simons is getting recognized for the work she has done to reveal the incompetence of the GOA folks plus the rest of the system, all of this exposure has not resulted in change because the GOA is not interested in change. It's interested only in paper generation, maintaining the status quo, spinning deaths of kids in the child welfare system. and cover your butt strategies of the #PanelPolitics sort. Paula's work revealed the sad state of functioning of the GOA to us all. Serenity died for no damn reason that I can determine. There was even more incompetence after she died. And even to this very day the cover up, spin and paper generation continues. Very sad. Like · Reply · Just now

No matter who we hire to the government we get the same spin and responses with reference to the deaths of children in care. We get the cover your butt responses that are designed to deflect blame and scrutiny. We get the public chatter first in the panel and then in the fake consultation with the public. Why do we have this same stagnant story? I guess because government as a machine isn't working very well and may have to be replaced with a better machine. One that actually works for us rather than for the elite and the political hires.
A well deserved award for showing us the government of Alberta has failed our most vulnerable children in the child welfare system and continues to do this business without any sort of shame. The failures of the PCs are continued by the NDP folks who are just better at the spin generation than the arrogant PCs. In other words, the roundtable spin has been replaced by the panel politics spin but it is spin nevertheless.
We're frankly tired of the entire cover your butt routines of the GOA no matter who is in charge.
We want action taken.
We want the dying of little children to stop.
There needs to be consequences and penalties for the failures in performance and we should have the oversight that is currently not present.
Instead of #PanelPolitics, fake consultations and the generation of paper why not provide accurate oversight with penalties for failing to do the job? Why don't government workers get the same consequences that families do who have failed their kids? Or is government exempt from consequences?


Journal columnist Paula Simons' work exposing critical gaps in Alberta's child welfare system has been recognized by the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom.
EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM

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Journal columnist Paula Simons recognized for child welfare reporting

Published on: May 2, 2017 | Last Updated: May 2, 2017 4:52 PM MDT
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. A ministerial panel on child intervention has been meeting to find ways to prevent similar deaths.
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. A ministerial panel on child intervention has been meeting to find ways to prevent similar deaths. SUPPLIED
Work by Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons exposing critical gaps in Alberta’s child welfare system has been recognized by the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom.
Simons received an honorary mention Tuesday for her reporting and policy analysis surrounding the death of Serenity, a four-year-old First Nations foster child. The work prompted the provincial government to launch a ministerial panel on child intervention.
Starting with the column on Nov. 18, 2016, titled Her name was Serenity. Never forget it, Simons pushed government officials, RCMP and health-care workers for answers on why it took so long for Alberta’s medical examiner to release Serenity’s cause of death and why the child and youth advocate was denied a copy of the autopsy report.
The province’s ministerial panel is now reviewing the child death review process and child-welfare system.
“Paula’s courageous and dogged reporting on the troubling death of Serenity is just the latest important work she has done during her 21 years with the Journal to hold Alberta’s child-welfare system to account,” Journal editor Mark Iype said.
“She is one of Canada’s most indomitable champions of free speech and a free press.”
Geoff Leo and Paul Dornstauder of CBC Saskatchewan and Patrick Lagacé and his newspaper La Presse were co-winners of this year’s Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom Award.


Julie Ali ·
Congratulations to Paula Simons for reporting on a troubling issue which is the failure of the government of Alberta to actually do anything about the over 800 dead kids in the child welfare system. While the facts of this ongoing failure is reported to the public, while the citizens then respond by asking for action to be taken what has the GOA actually done? Not much.

I mean there is again the public roundtable business of the Tories---but this time-- in the form of a panelby the NDP folks---but we don't believe the #PanelPolitics any more than we believed the #RoundtablePolitics. We are tired of paper being generated using taxpayer cash. We are tired frankly of the inability of the GOA to go beyond the generation of paper and spin. We are tired of hearing the folks in government go beyond generation of spin to fake consultations. They are now asking us for our opinions. Why do the folks in government even pretend they want our opinions? They don't bother to listen these opinions do they? The decisions are premade and we're just to provide validation for these premade decisions. This sort of junk was typical of the Tories and to find the NDP folks follow the same script indicates to me at least that there is no imagination even in spin generation at the GOA. Its all stale and fake responses of a tired, worn out bureaucracy that needs to be cleaned out by the Wildrose folks if they have the guts to do this business.

So while it is good that Paula Simons is getting recognized for the work she has done to reveal the incompetence of the GOA folks plus the rest of the system, all of this exposure has not resulted in change because the GOA is not interested in change. It's interested only in paper generation, maintaining the status quo, spinning deaths of kids in the child welfare system. and cover your butt strategies of the #PanelPolitics sort.

Paula's work revealed the sad state of functioning of the GOA to us all. Serenity died for no damn reason that I can determine. There was even more incompetence after she died. And even to this very day the cover up, spin and paper generation continues. Very sad.
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