December 12, 2005
Dear Honourable Members of the Ontario Social Policy Committee,
On December 6th, 2005, Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin presented the your Honours with his proposal to amend Bill 210 regarding the Ombudsman's authority to investigate Children's Aid Societies. I believe it is about time that these organizations must be held accountable to the public as opposed to their Board of Directors.
It is the Provincial taxpayers that finance their salaries and it has become quite apparent that the Ontario child welfare system is corrupt, outdated and inefficient. They have unchecked power and authority to do as they please and suffer absolutely no consequences for any actions, regardless of the outcomes.
I use Jeffrey Baldwin as an example. (one of many, many children) Mr. Marin discussed the details of this case that is currently before the courts and I am sure you have read some of what happened to this child. The Catholic Children's Aid Society placed him and his three siblings with two KNOWN and CONVICTED child abusers. The CCAS did not even have to go outside of their own building to research this information; the history of Jeffrey's grandparents was in their OWN files in their OWN filing cabinet.
They never checked on these children following placement although three separate requests for the children were made. These children were taken out of the fire and put into the flame by their so called protectors.
So I pose this question to all of you; Who protects the protected from their protectors?
We are angry that we PAID for Jeffrey to be tortured and killed. The CCAS has to date not been held accountable for any of their actions. (or lack thereof) Jeffrey Baldwin's case worker is not facing criminal charges; in fact she is still actively employed! The Executive Director of the CCAS, Mary McConville should also be held responsible for the negligence of her employee's because she should have been more diligent in ensuring reports were properly filled out and children properly cared for.
Complaining about more funding is a poor excuse when the Ontario child welfare system receives a billion dollars a year.
I am asking you to please seriously consider Mr. Marin's request for the authority to investigate Children's Aid Societies. I think that should the committee deny his proposal, the public will react. I encourage all of you to visit the following blog site to read what is being said about this case, it may shed some light on just how outraged people are.
We demand a voice, we demand accountability from the people who are supposed to be protecting our future generation.
I wish you wonderful holidays with your children and family.