Friday, October 23, 2009

Legislative Assembly Votes to Establish Poet Laureate Instead of CAS Oversight

It all started with a motion proposed by by MPP Monte Kwinter when he said on Thursday October 22nd, 2009, "I move that, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario should establish the position of Ontario Poet Laureate to promote art and literacy in Ontario".

Several other MPPs then stood up to proudly speak in favour of this motion including MPP Elizabeth Witmer (PC), MPP Peter Tabuns (NDP), MPP Liz Sandals (Lib), MPP Laura Albanese (Lib).

The motion was won, and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will now establish a position of "Poet Laureate" to promote art and literacy in Ontario. Congratulations is extended to the arts and literacy community in the province. That's all it took.

The Foster Care Council of Canada would like to appeal to the arts and literacy community in the province, and to all citizens in Ontario, to write letters to Andrea Horwath, leader of the NDP party, to request that she put forward her private members motion number 41 forthwith on an opposition day (a Thursday) to ensure that children and youth in foster care are better protected by Children's Aid Societies in Ontario becoming more transparent and accountable to their communities by letting the people in their communities be aware of the fact that CAS's offer memberships to members of their community.

Please, if you care about children in the province who are living under the authority of a Children's Aid Society, contact Andrea Horwath by e-mailing her at and tell her that you would really like to see her put forward her private members motion #41 to ensure children in foster care have at least some oversight by their local community.

Please distribute this to other members of the arts and literature community.

You can also call her at 416-325-2777. If you do let us know by calling 613-220-1039 so we can track the calls.

Thank-you very much

Also, the following letter has been sent, and will be sent to MPP's in the legislative Assembly of Ontario

(MPP) Monte Kwinter,

I am happy to hear that your motion yesterday to have the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Establish a position of Poet Laureate was successful as I am sure it is important to the arts and literature community to do so.

Having said that, I would like to ask if you could rate the importance of private members motion #41 in comparison to the importance of your motion to establish the position of Poet Laureate.

Private Members Motion #41
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.

For example:
If you think that private members motion #41 is as important as your motion to establish a position of poet laureate in Ontario, you would respond with a " 100%"

The Question:
What percentage would you rate private members motion #41 in comparison to your motion if your motion is 100%.

This question will be asked of other MPPs in the house as well.

John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada

Foster Care News Blog

Also read about the Ride for Accountability in 2010

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