From Stephen Quinn's latest Saturday Globe piece, this time delivered completely snark free:
...The (latest) report (from BC's Child and Youth Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond) looks at a three-year period ending in 2014. It found 145 incidents of sexualized violence against 121 children and youth in government care. Of those victims, 61 per cent were aboriginal girls. The report says the true number of incidents is likely far higher because some victims are so traumatized they never report at all. More than 70 per cent of children had a diagnosed or suspected mental-health issue. Half had substance-abuse issues. The average number of moves a child was eight, with some kids being moved around as many as 30 times.
Following the report, B.C.’s Minister of Children and Family Development, Stephanie Cadieux, held a media conference call, offering what has become a familiar refrain following any report from Ms. Turpel-Lafond.
“It is completely unacceptable for any child to be harmed in any way in the homes where we place them and certainly when they’re in our care,” she said. “We’ve already put a number of changes in place, we’ve already strengthened our reporting system. We will continue to look at it, and we’ll look at what more we can do.”
Beyond that, the minister was unavailable for interviews, instead sending out her ministry’s Deputy Director of Child Welfare, Alex Scheiber...
I remember the Hughes Report and why we absolutely had to have it after the Centralized/pseudo-Privatized/Profitized 'CareNet' model.
And I remember how the wrath of that report from the venerable Mr. Hughes forced GordCo Inc. to reinstitute the children's watchdog that led to the hiring Ms. Turpel-Lafond.
And I also remember how both the Campbell and Clark regimes, and/or their lickspittles (and their lickspittles' lickspittles) have demonized Ms. Turpel-Lafond over and over again for doing the job she was hired to do.
And now the Minister responsible won't even speak, in person, to the latest devastating report from Ms. Turpel-Lafond and her office?
Either to the media or, of course, the legislature?
This really is an affront to all British Columbians and, especially to all those of us who need, and most certainly deserve, our help the most.