Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nixon said Thursday that the issue of keeping the province’s children in government care safe is close to everyone’s hearts, but he said panelists aren’t able to talk about details of specific cases to find out where the problems exist in the system. “We’re all moms and dads and care about the kids in our community and at the core we should be here as MLAs and panel members making sure it can’t happen again,” he said. “But if you can’t have the conversation about the details of what actually took place, how do you make sure you’ve put in steps that make sure it can’t happen again?“

I have no faith in this panel of politicians simply because there is no sort of accountability for the actions of workers who fail children. But the Minister keeps plugging on and tells us that there will be "happy solutions".  I fail to see what sort of "happy solutions" there can be when the participants of this charade are not able to talk about individual cases. This is pretty much a show for the public just like the AER did that show for the public when those families were being gassed by the industry.

In Alberta, nothing changes but the story line.
In this one we are told that this is just the beginning of the fairy tale, that Cinderella will be elevated from her lowly position of powerlessness to the highest place in the land. Yeah right. I don't believe in "happy solutions". I believe in right solutions for the problems that exist which include penalties for government and agency workers who fail to do their jobs. Why is government exempt from penalty, accountability and discipline? I guess it's because government makes the rules of the games and we're all watching one of these sad little games that we pay for. That end in unhappy solutions.

Jason Nixon is right to ask how the heck can the participants in this particular game come up with "happy solutions" if they can't talk about the particulars of these fatality cases. I guess that's the entire purpose of this panel isn't it?  To not come up with happy solutions but simply provide the solutions decided upon by the GOA. It's just the way that the GOA has operated all along. Give the public a chance to yap and then provide the decisions premade by the GOA. This is the repeat of the roundtable of spin by the PCs. And yes, there will be yet more of these fun and games in the future because this is the way a dysfunctional government works. Badly.


http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2017/03/30/opposition-frustrated-lack-specifics-child-intervention-talk.html

Alberta opposition panelists frustrated by lack of specifics in child welfare talks

Panelists said they aren't able to speak about specific cases, which makes it difficult for them to decipher what actually went wrong

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Child Services Minister Danielle Larivee said phase two of panel discussion will speak with individuals involved in the system.
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Child Services Minister Danielle Larivee said phase two of panel discussion will speak with individuals involved in the system.
By: Lucie Edwardson Metro Published on Thu Mar 30 2017
There isn’t a less partisan issue than that of childcare and keeping Alberta’s children in government care safe, according to Rimbey -Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA, Jason Nixon.
Which is why he and other members of the opposition participating in the Alberta government’s child intervention panel are frustrated.
The panel was formed after government inaction in the case of four-year-old Serenity was made public.  Serenity died more than two years ago while in government kinship care.
Nixon said Thursday that the issue of keeping the province’s children in government care safe is close to everyone’s hearts, but he said panelists aren’t able to talk about details of specific cases to find out where the problems exist in the system.
“We’re all moms and dads and care about the kids in our community and at the core we should be here as MLAs and panel members making sure it can’t happen again,” he said.
“But if you can’t have the conversation about the details of what actually took place, how do you make sure you’ve put in steps that make sure it can’t happen again?“
Nixon said his concern is that panelists will make good recommendations, but have “no way to show accountability” for their implementation.
“We may be talking about some things that are very valuable within the system thatneed to be fixed but aren’t going to be able to put forward recommendations for the specific issues that got us here today,” he said.
Danielle Larivee, Alberta minister of children’s services, said the panel is currently in phase one – and eight to 10 week review specifically focused on the child death review process.
“Really, the child death review process is quite process oriented in terms of who does the reviews, what does that process look like, how much duplication is there, who is involved in that, how does it respect the family, how does it respect the caregivers, what does it look like in terms of timing,” she said.
Larivee said phase two will be looking at the root causes of the problems in the system.

“That’s going to be much more extensive and we’re going to have to have some real engagement with some people who are involved in the system,” she said. “From one end of the system in which we have happy solutions to the tragedies like Serenity, phase two is going to look at that whole entire perspective.”

#PanelPolitics continue with panel politicians getting the most out of their time in the sun. Free advertisements for their work which is exactly what? I guess it is to tell us that they are frustrated that they can't talk about cases. Meanwhile the NDP folks are happy because guess what? They think there will be "happy solutions" to problem cases like Serenity. What the heck?
Seems like the NDP folks are in the clouds somewhere while the citizens are on the ground watching them float by.
MLA's said they aren't able to speak about specific cases, which makes it difficult for them to decipher what actually went wrong
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Julie Ali Mindboggling how the minister thinks that they are all making progress so that in phase 2 of #PanelPolitics there will be "happy solutions": Larivee said phase two will be looking at the root causes of the problems in the system.
“That’s going to be much more extensive and we’re going to have to have some real engagement with some people who are involved in the system,” she said. “From one end of the system in which we have happy solutions to the tragedies like Serenity, phase two is going to look at that whole entire perspective.”
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