Friday, October 16, 2009

Council Letter to Legislative Committees on OACAS and Funding

The following letter (unsolicited) was sent to the members of the Public Accounts, Finance and Economic Affairs, and Estimates Committees, to the Ombudsman, Chief Child Advocate, Ministry of Children and Youth Services Staff, and Auditors Office regarding OACAS's and CAS's making presentations and appeals for funding.


From: John Dunn (johndunn@afterfostercare.ca)

Sent: October 16, 2009 8:26:28 AM

I have contacted members of the following committees, Public Accounts, Finance and Economic Affairs, and Estimates to let them know when considering submissions made to the committee by the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies or by individual Societies regarding their need for more funding, that the committee members should ask the OACAS and Societies about such issues as the following:


1. Two Million Dollars in Ministry Allocated Transfer Payments Misappropriated
The office of Ontario's Auditor General has been informed of the fact that over $2 Million dollars of Ministry allocated transfer payment funds have been wasted on membership fees within the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, an Advocacy and Research group which acts on behalf of it's members, the Children's Aid Societies in Ontario.

2. OACAS and CAS's Misappropriating Ministry Transfer Payments on Unnecessary Legal Expenses
The OACAS, the Ottawa Children's Aid Society, the Sudbury Children's Aid Society, and the Toronto Catholic Children's Aid Society and the Waterloo Children's Aid Society at least, have all used lawyers for unnecessary, non-child welfare related, and wasteful purposes against the annual service contracts agreed upon between them and the Ministry for how they are to spend their finances.

3. OACAS Threatens Legal Actions
OACAS uses Toronto law firm (Swadron Associates) to threaten citizen for creating yahoo group intended to unite members of Children's Aid Societies to assist them in learning how to appropriately use their memberships to advocate for improved transparency and accountability in child welfare.

4. Toronto Catholic CAS Commits Offence and Uses Bay Street Law Firm to Assist

Toronto Catholic Children's Aid Society uses Toronto Bay Street Law firm to assist them to commit the offence of contravening section 307 (5) of the Corporations Act, R.S.O. 1990 C. c-38

5. Sudbury CAS uses lawyers to fight citizen in court after committing 307 (5) Corporations Act Offence
Sudbury Children's Aid Society fights citizen in court after violating section 307 (5) of the Corporations Act, R.S.O. 1990, C. c-38

6. Ottawa Children's Aid uses law firm twice to Assist them to Commit Offence
Ottawa Children's Aid Society fights citizen (twice) after violating section 307 (5) of the Corporations Act, R.S.O. 1990, C. c-38 using Burke-Robertson Barristers and Solicitors in Ottawa

7. Waterloo Children's Aid Society Takes Citizen to Court for speaking out
Waterloo Children's Aid Society takes citizen to court for publications on web site seeking damages of $500,000 (fixcas.com)

8. OACAS wasting over 2 Million in Child Protection Funds
OACAS wasting over 2 Million dollars in Ministry Allocated Transfer Payments to Societies on OACAS membership fees (as per their annual reports) 3 Million went toward the OACAS's Salaries. (how many staff at how much in a year?) This is money meant for child protection services not membership fees. The Ontario Lobbyist list shows more money wasted on lobbying efforts if you search the database for OACAS

9. Sudbury CAS hires lawyer to defend them after committing Offence
Sudbury CAS hires lawyer to assist them in keeping Board meetings secret from the public

and many more instances.

Read further details at the following links

OACAS and Membership Fees

Legal Actions by CAS's and OACAS

OACAS Related Evidence

Dufferin Voices of Children Alliance

Roots Media (Video's and Speeches on Child Welfare in Ontario including Ministry staff interviews

You can also contact me directly for evidence below:

Sincerely
John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada
613-220-1039
http://www.afterfostercare.ca

Foster Care News Blog
http://www.fostercarenews.blogspot.com

Also read about the Ride for Accountability in 2010
http://afterfostercare.wetpaint.com/page/RACAS

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