Thursday, May 28, 2009

Min. Children and Youth Services Restricting Citizen Communication

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has apparently created a protocol of some sort which attempts to prevent John Dunn from communicating with various Ministry staff in order to control what information is released. In a recent telephone conversation between Dunn and Ministry staff Mary Lou Daniels, Dunn was told that he is not to contact anyone in the Ministry except through her and her alone in order to control the information which is released from the Ministry to him.

Dunn asked for a copy of the protocol as it currently exists. Daniels informed Dunn that he could request a copy of the protocol in his next FIPPA request, however Dunn stated that he would make a separate request for it and proceeded immediately to do so.

So far, Dunn has not yet received a copy of the alleged protocol.

Dunn wrote the following letter of request for the protocol:

From: John Dunn (

Sent: May 28, 2009 11:41:44 AM


Cc: Gerard (MCYS) Frenette (; Horwath - QP, Andrea (; Julia Munro (; Irwin Elman (; Gary Dumbrill (;; Afterfostercare-exec afterfostercare-exec (

Subject: Ministry Protocol on Communication with John Dunn‏

Mary Lou Daniels,

You mentioned to me that the Ministry has a protocol established regarding communications between myself and the entire Ministry.

As per our phone conversation of today, I would like to request a copy of the written protocol you have referred to, including who issued the protocol, who has been given notice of, or a copy of this protocol, to whom the protocol pertains, who has authorized, agreed to, and signed the protocol.

I would like to clarify that I have no confidentiality concerns regarding my privacy in relation to this protocol and it is ok to e-mail a copy of it to me.

John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada

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