Wednesday, May 06, 2009

MPP Jim Watson Disregards Children and Youth in Government Care

In January of 2009, the Foster Care Council of Canada wrote a letter to Liberal MPP Jim Watson of Ottawa-West Nepean seeking a response from him indicating his support for Private Members Motion #41 which seeks to have all Children's Aid Societies in Ontario become more transparent and accountable to the provinces tax-payers.

To date, Watson has refused to respond to the request demonstrating what appears to be a callous lack of concern for the well-being of Ontario's most vulnerable children and youth who have been apprehended from their natural families for various reasons and placed in government custody.

The Motion reads as follows:

41. Ms. Horwath - That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should instruct all Children's Aid Societies to publish information electronically on their websites, where available, and in print format, readily accessible in the lobby area of each CAS office, which informs the public of their ability to attend and make presentations at the regularly scheduled Board of Director's meetings, the schedule and Minutes of those meetings, and further, in the same manner as mentioned above, to inform the public of the fact that CAS memberships are available to people who reside in, or who conduct business within the jurisdiction of each CAS, to provide details on how to apply for membership, and to provide access to the Society's By-Laws in the same manner.

A previous post, including the letter to Watson can be found by following the link below.

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