Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#SHARESHARESHARE--------A letter from Minister Larivee telling Velvet Martin to bugger off. -------------And Velvet? Don't stop writing to Ms. Larivee. Just who does she think she is? She is paid by mummies. We pay for every employee in the GOA and they need to start doing their jobs. One part of their jobs is being responsive to us. This letter was not responsive.-----------------

Velvet Martin To the Minister of Children's Services, Alberta, Danielle Larivee:

May 30, 2017

The letter issued by the Ministry is disturbing not strictly due to abrupt and seemingly adversarial response, but due to incorrect observation of Policy.

Family Supports for Children with Disabilities Policy is the responsibility of the Minister of Children's Services, Danielle Larivee, not the Ministry for Persons with Disabilities under Irfan Sabir.

The Government does not seem to be well-informed about the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act; particularly, FSCD Section 2-3, aka, “Samantha's Law”. The Minister's lack of clarity herself is all the more grounds to revisit Policy and rename it for the child whom it originates for ease of identification amongst Government employees, the Courts, and the Pubic. 

Please review CYFA Manuals:

http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/c12.pdf

http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability.../14855.html 

Secondary, I wish to share views from members of the Public regarding the matter:

Sentiments are poignant and reflect my own feelings; particularly with the birthdate of my only daughter approaching in a few days (Samantha Martin, June 4th 1993-December 3rd 2006): 

1/ "Just saw your letter from the minister. Who (where) is their critic from Wildrose/PC? (Wildrose, Jason Nixon). Have they seen this response? Because I would be sending the letter to them to ask in the legislature why this government believes it does not owe an answer and a correct and thoughtful response to the mother of a child that died in care?

That letter dripped with ego! Sickening.

As a citizen of this province I am embarassed that my government treated one of my fellow citizens with such arrogance!"

2/ "Well, if really is not her beeswax, can't she just forward it to the relevant ministerial colleague with a pleasant letter recommending it to his/her notice? Rather than go all jobsworthy and reverse-whistle about it? As you say, Velvet, not a helpful attitude to take."

I shall refrain from re-posting less favourable views, but wish to be clear: The Public is monitoring this Government's actions/inaction closely. It is frustrating to envision a Ministry which either is ignorant of its own Policy or dependent upon the Public being uniformed. 

Incidentally, this Ministry is on Notice; the decision to exclude repercussions for employees who fail to follow Policy is a grievous error which will result in continued revisiting of deaths of children in care. 

http://edmontonjournal.com/.../alberta-government-to... 

An article discussing the death of my child. While years come & go, I still miss my daughter as if she died just yesterday. In absence of Government apology and lack of remorse demonstrated by callous response to a grieving mother, loss is amplified. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF0BumRitnA&sns=tw‬

Sincerely,



Julie Ali
2 mins
#TheMatterIsNotClosed---I am always surprised how ordinary citizens elevated to high office become the oil monarchs instantaneously. Just who do they think they are? They are all ORDINARY CITIZENS. We aren't fooled by their job titles. We give them their jobs and their titles. We pay for everything. How dare they tell us to bugger off? Who does Ms. Larivee think she is using the imperial tone of "the matter is closed" to a nice activist mummy like Velvet Martin? She is asking for a simple thing. All she is asking for is that her daughter's death be enshrined in Samantha's Law and that policy be named after Samantha. Why should she bugger off for repeatedly asking the government to do this one simple thing? Why is it such a big thing? My feeling is that because Velvet Martin was brave enough to speak of the horror of Samantha's case in foster care, that can of worms was opened to the public and this one act ended the secrecy of the failures by the GOA.
The government rarely likes the folks who exposes the failures and so the government folks aren't going to be calling any legislation Samantha's Law and they are going to shut the door in the face of Velvet Martin. Well how about we open the door? How about we simply keep calling the legislation Samantha's Law? How about we go to the federal MPs and ask for Samantha's Law? How about we kick GOA rump in the next election?
http://www.cbc.ca/…/alberta-girl-13-failed-by-foster-care-i…
Alberta girl, 13, failed by foster care, inquiry finds
CBC News Posted: Oct 19, 2012 1:05 PM MT Last Updated: Oct 19, 2012 7:36 PM MT


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To the Minister of Children's Services, Alberta, Danielle Larivee:
May 30, 2017
The letter issued by the Ministry is disturbing not strictly due to abrupt and seemingly adversarial response, but due to incorrect observation of Policy.
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Julie Ali Usually what happens Velvet is that government writers (spin doctors) issue a nice letter the first couple of times. Then when the mummy or activist (or both) refuses to let go of an issue then they get terse or stop writing completely. On rare occasions folks in government lose their temper and tell you to bugger off by using the fatal words "The matter is closed" meaning the oil monarchs are now done placating the serfs and they are shutting the door in the faces of said serfs. I had a similar letter from the MLA who was in education and thought he was education king. Unfortunately, his contract did not get renewed in the last election. I sense that MLAs who are not responsive to constituents and other voters tend to get laid off eventually. I sense that this is what will happen to this Minister. Also she fails to understand mummies. We're not working for government. We're working for vulnerable children, youth and advocates. We don't get a government salary. There is no pension plan. We have no expense account.We pay for our activism with our own cash. And we get retribution. The GOA should be supporting all activists instead of telling them to bugger off. Let me go post this letter on my blog so voters can do the proper thing in the next election. And Velvet? Don't stop writing to Ms. Larivee. Just who does she think she is? She is paid by mummies. We pay for every employee in the GOA and they need to start doing their jobs. One part of their jobs is being responsive to us. This letter was not responsive.

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