Monday, October 19, 2009

Ontario Government Bill Proposes to Protect Animals More Than Children

The Ontario Government has introduced a Bill ( Bill 204, Animal Health Act, 2009 ) which will protect animals and oversee those who work with them.

The Bill includes proposed administrative penalties from $1,000 - $10,000 dollars which can be enforced against those who do not comply with the Animal Health Act, in stark contrast to Ontario's child protection legislation (Child and Family Services Act) which does not include any administrative penalties against those child protection authorities who do not comply with their governing legislation.

The Council will also ask Ontarians to observe how much attention the government is willing to put into this legislation and its enforcement compared to child welfare legislation in the pending 2010 review of the Child and Family Services Act.

The Council and many other advocates has long wished for administrative penalties to be enacted in the Child and Family Services Act which would enable people to hold child protection authorities accountable when they do not comply with their governing legislation.

The Council will be creating a press release for the media which will compare the penalties in the proposed Animal Health Act, 2009 and the Child and Family Services Act

You can see the Bill and its penalties at the following link:

Bill 204

1 comment:

  1. The hideousness of the present failure to comply with CFSA. is not only abusive in the short term but has devastating long term impacts. foremost such actions are contradictory to the, best interest of the child". Said failures to comply derail a child's ability to receive consistent treatment while in care. The present inconsistencies of enforcement derails a child's ability to some reasonable sense of expectations. The erratic compliance also contributes to the alienation of children from their families. Whereas a consistent enforcement of the CFSA would facilitate greater transparency for the child, parents, and agencies involved.

    There is little doubt that there are many issues that need to be addressed within the CFSA. but the facts remain unless enforcement and consistency are a priority any and all other issues are elusive. Consequently it is imperative that administrative penalties be ascribed to the CFSA. for agencies for failing to comply with protecting our most vulnerable, our children.