Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ontario Child Welfare Critics Asked to Reintroduce Private Members Motion Regarding CAS Memberships

The Foster Care Council of Canada has submitted a request to the child welfare critics of the opposition parties in the Ontario Legislature asking them to re-introduce a private members motion (not a Bill) seeking the Ontario Government to issue a Directive to all CASs in the province requiring them to make information about their corporate memberships more transparent and accessible to the public, which can result in a more informed and involved local citizenry as a form of community oversight.

The motion previously introduced by the NDP's Andrea Horwath when she was the NDP Child Welfare Critic 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. Filed on June 2, 2008.

The child welfare critic's responses will be posted here when received.

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