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Old 06-26-2008, 10:26 AM
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Angry Hamilton MPP introduces Ombudsman oversight bill to make CAS more accountable!

Hamilton MPP introduces Ombudsman oversight bill to make CAS more accountable!

From the Canada Court Watch Site:

)June 18, 2008) Hamilton NDP MPP Andrea Horwath MPP has re-introduced the CAS Ombudsman Oversight Bill, which, if passed, will grant the Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin, the right to finally have the power to investigate the actions of Children's Aid Societies within the province of Ontario. Officially, that Bill is known as Bill 93, Ombudsman Amendment Act (Children's Aid Societies), 2008. Most of those in Ontario will recall the Auditor General Report of 2006 in which it was reported that the four Children's Aid Societies that were investigated had misspent money that should have gone towards protecting our children. The Auditor General found that that all four CAS agencies involved in the investigation were paying for personal vacations and luxury vehicles, etc. with our tax dollars. That was plain wrong. The report also found that the CAS agencies were either unwilling or unable - whichever the case may be - to adhere to child welfare policies, as stated in the Child & Family Services Act, which policies have been made in order to protect the province's children. Children were dying because of the CAS' failures in this regard. At the same time, numerous other parents were losing their children unnecessarily to the Crown because of poor record keeping, or sometimes, because of incompetent or vindictive social workers whose management was also either unable or unwilling to prevent these "mistakes".

The Child & Family Services Review Board was introduced to the general public as what was supposed to be the independent investigative body that would ensure that children were protected from this point on, and that, on the rare occasion when mistakes were made, the CFSRB would be there to "fix" what went wrong. The CFSRB's role, however, became so watered down during its establishment that the Board really does not now have any investigative powers whatsoever. The only power that the CFSRB actually has - as admitted to by the CFSRB itself - is to compel the complained-about CAS agency to put in writing the reason for their decision on a given matter. There is absolutely no oversight over CAS agencies at all - even with the CFSRB in place - despite Minister of Children & Youth Services Deb Matthews' false allegations to the contrary. The offending CAS agency can still rob parents of their children - and children of their parents - inappropriately and illegally. The CAS agencies can still destroy lives and lie in affidavits, which they do repeatedly without penalty.

Parents are urged to contact their MPP's and to request that support Andrea Horwath's Bill. Parents can also help by obtaining a copy of a petition form from Andrea and collect signatures. We can no longer allow CAS agencies to continue to be unaccountable any longer. All of our children are counting on it."

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