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The History of Samantha Martin, June 4th 1993 - December 3rd 2006

The History of Samantha Martin, June 4th 1993 - December 3rd 2006 | Eugenics | Scoop.it

Having been alerted to discussion which pertains to my child, Samantha Martin, I have joined a thread on the fb group,  John Oakly Show. I note presence of additional issues which do not relate to the case directly; so I will restrict commentary to the subject of my daughter in hopes of providing clarification. Automated publication bans are frankly and politely, a thorn in my side which I am heavily opposed to. My argument (which I will expand upon) was accepted by the Court and thus, Attila Vinczer, who knew of Samantha's case, was correct in indicating that it is acceptable both ethically as well as lawfully to publish Samantha's name. Regards to photographs, those are images that I myself took to demonstrate concerns to authorities. While these may be graphic, they are a truthful depiction of what my child endured and hiding them would be a disservice to Samantha; as if denying her history, her life, and her victory in disclosing what happens to a world of children beyond. The purpose of a publication ban under scope of law is two-fold: To protect the interests of a child and to protect the interests of the family. My position is that a child requires promotion of protection in life; where a child is failed to the point of death, anonymity becomes moot. Where surviving family indicates choice to openly examine circumstances which led to a loved one's death, being forced into silence only serves to re-victimize and exacerbate conditions. The decision to be vocal in seeking accountability and prevention was not a difficult one; with 4 sons who survive their sister, we were clear in discussing potential disturbances associated with publicity. The children strongly felt that an open forum was the best remedy to provide honor to their sister and a measure of closure for selves. I am proud to know that judicial accountability factors so strongly in these fine youth. Not only did the boys suffer the loss of their sister in death, but they were also betrayed through alienation in life. To deny opportunity for answers would be callous and wrong.  Sadly, amongst those who know the loss of life of loved ones, most do not have the ability to speak. I have stood at vigils for other children who have lost their lives at the hands of wrongdoers and watched as family members painfully struggle with inability to state their loved one's name aloud. Fear of retaliation involves much more than public critique, but also includes severe penalty of fine and imprisonment. Since stepping forward and breaking the barriers of silence, I have been approached by many families who convey their tragic circumstances in confidence. I have assisted in alleviating restrictions by teaching necessary argument to present in court; as with the case of Delonna Victoria Sullivan, a 4-month-old victim who was erroneously taken into custody and died in "care" within 6 days of apprehension. Both Provincial and Queen's Bench have ruled that it is indeed, lawful to honor these children by rightfully providing them their given names and these landmark decisions are the basis of all subsequent victories for nameless victims of the Child Welfare System. For the most part, I feel that blindness towards systematic injustice stems from lack of awareness. However, sometimes there is true ignorance and I am always a bit disheartened to witness unwillingness of citizens refusing to take time to study conditions before imposing negative judgment on issues that they are unfamiliar with. This, I feel, is largely why I knew it was vital for me to speak although public forums were not initially my forte. Stigma associated with the Child Welfare realm is rampant. Even as an individual who did not have the restrictions that so many others are bound by, I met with continuous obstacles and handled disrespectfully by those whose profession is to alleviate family stress. I was a white, middle-class, married woman, educated and a hospital spokesperson yet negatively impacted; so I can only imagine how much more difficult it must be to have any of these conditions differ. Someone had to speak and so I do; while I cannot bring my child back to life, she lives through my efforts to educate. It makes me very angry to learn of all the children who remain faceless, nameless beings because behind those empty statistics (often not accurately reflected by true, larger numbers) are parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts & uncles, teachers, and friends who loved and were loved in return, their lives irrevocably altered forever. Here I will interject because there are inadvertedly some who blindly succumb to myth and want to point fingers of blame proclaiming that a family "got what they deserve" or that "there must be more to the story than they are saying." In my experience, these are misinformed opinions. While I do not deny that some children do come to harm at the hands of natural parents, more often than not, no one will protect their child better than natural family. Regardless of whom is responsible for hurting a child, the focus must remain on the CHILD. No child deserves to come to harm so it is bitterly pointless to shift attention away from the victim. Once oblivious, like so many others, I had believed authority figures were benign, helpful outlets which served the interests of those assigned to protect. I was raised to honor and respect persons with title and blindly trusted persons I should not have. This was perhaps, one of the more shocking elements that I struggled to overcome: Learning that not all persons of prestigious position are worthy of respect. I now try to teach my own children a balance between respect without compromising one's instincts; as these are generally correct. We develop in children the premise that if something feels wrong, it likely is and to tell and keep telling until someone listens. However, as adults we doubt ourselves because we so strongly want to believe in the goodness of others and that judgment becomes clouded. Follow your gut - always - and do not be silent - shout! As many good men & women long before us have learned, civil disobedience is sometimes the only correct approach. No one should be forced into silence; it is generally those with hidden agendas or who have wronged who promote suppression of truth.  History: Samantha was born in 1993 with an extremely rare medical condition. The hospital was at a loss as it had no experience and could provide no direction beyond a single archaic medical text-book page indicating horrible prognosis. In effort to assist in anticipated extraordinary care, staff referred to Children's Services for support. Rather than offer of help, we were given ultimatum: 'If you hope to offer your child an opportunity at life, you will need to surrender custody so that she can gain access to government supports because as the natural family, these will not be provided.' The care promised Samantha through an Agreement with the Government, did not surface; she was failed miserably. We bear the cost of trusting experts at a time when we were left devastated and led astray by social-workers who still viewed children with disability as a burden. In hindsight, I see the strategy was to hide children, like Samantha, in foster custody - much like institutions and residential schools - rather than provide support within the natural family home amongst loved ones who truly have a vested interest. I have no issue outlining details about Samantha's history because her story can and has sparked awareness. Potentially salvaging the life of another child is my gratification. Samantha was a beautiful girl, with a great deal of joy, love and personality and is gravely missed by everyone who knew her. Samantha's short life was extremely purposeful; as is her legacy. As a hospital and family-centred care spokesperson for the group, Protecting Canadian Children, I am inundated with cases shared with me. I have attended court alongside other victims and I can assure, targeting of families for benign circumstances exists and cases are rampant. Autism, for example, a developmental condition affecting approximately 1 in 54 boy may require therapies, medication and life-long treatment. These extraordinary considerations are not equal to that of a "normal, healthy" child, nor can conditions be anticipated. Neither are any of us is infallible; at any time, one of us or a loved one could fall victim to disease or accident and require services. In Alberta, a single mother (pseudonym "Marie" as dictated by publication ban and not the mother's wish) was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis; as the disease progressed she responsibly sought assistance. Instead, she was threatened with adoption of her young children and eventually fled the Province rather than lose her children to the System. Within Alberta, alone, 70% of children who comprise the Child Welfare System are those with special needs. Twenty-five percent of parents considered to have an intellectual impairment have had their child apprehended. Up until 1972, Albertans were still being sterilized! Native families have been subjected to inhumane conditions with the Residential School era and its toll continues to plague subsequent generations. In Ontario, legislation exists in which the government basis grounds for apprehension of a baby at birth - without any basis of neglect or abuse - solely with the following criteria: The parent is single, a teenager, and/or has grown up themselves in the System. The circumstances go on and on... Eugenics a vicious molester of many groups. The following is a summary of my 13-year-old daughter, Samantha Lauren Martin's circumstances as outlined within the fatality inquiry publicly available on the Ministry of Justice, Alberta website: http://justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/fatality/Documents/fatality-report-Martin.pdf My family's tragedy only differs from that of others in that I can and will speak. Breaking the confines of silence has not been a simple task. I faced numerous obstacles including threat of imprisonment; yet I would face these challenges again if so needed because it is the correct thing to do! Samantha's story has resulted in legislative amendment, which I endeavor to seek as National Policy: SAMANTHA'S LAW creates distinction between families dealing with medical and developmental diversity from those requiring intervention services for abuse or negligence. Caring families must not be coerced into out-of-home placement of a loved one with medical needs, nor compelled to relinquish guardianship in effort to secure required services. Samantha's Law has been recognized by the Mayor of Edmonton and the UN with International Women of the Year Award. Please see my recent broadcast on CTV, Alberta Primetime: http://www.albertaprimetime.com/Stories.aspx?pd=4894 To discuss further, you may reach me online at: Protecting Canadian Children http://www.protectingcanadianchildren.ca/  Sincerely, Velvet Martin       


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Velvet Martin's comment, May 3, 2013 8:13 PM
Attila Vinczer, who I have met in person and knew of my child's case, was correct in indicating that it is acceptable both ethically as well as lawfully to publish her name, Samantha Martin. In fact, a Law was established in reaction to circumstances and is known as SAMANTHA'S LAW. Regards to photographs: These are images that I took to establish credible history and demonstrate concerns for my child to authorities. While these may be graphic, they are a truthful depiction of what my child endured and hiding them would be a disservice to Samantha; as if denying the challenges she faced, the importance of her life, her strength and her victory in disclosing what tragically happens to a world of children beyond my daughter. http://www.albertaprimetime.com/Stories.aspx?pd=4894&nbsp
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Eugenics is currently defined as the “applied science or the bio-social movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population.
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Netherlands 2013 euthanasia report – 15% increase, euthanasia for psychiatric problems and dementia | NRL News Today

Netherlands 2013 euthanasia report – 15% increase, euthanasia for psychiatric problems and dementia | NRL News Today | Eugenics | Scoop.it

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AIDS Drugs Tested On Foster Kids

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Researchers Tested Drugs On Kids Without Advocate Protection

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Hydroxyurea is not a cure for sickle cell disease - The Observer (blog)

Hydroxyurea is not a cure for sickle cell disease - The Observer (blog) | Eugenics | Scoop.it
Hydroxyurea is not a cure for sickle cell disease
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Recently, a Ugandan daily newspaper carried a headline that a cure for sickle cell disease had been found.
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Israel’s very own history of eugenics

Israel’s very own history of eugenics | Eugenics | Scoop.it
Jonathan Cook writes: This hour-long documentary, the Ringworm Children, raises so many disturbing questions about Israel and its relationship with the US that one hardly knows where to begin. In t...
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The brain and child development policies: the beauty and the beast? - First Steps

The brain and child development policies: the beauty and the beast? - First Steps | Eugenics | Scoop.it
What child development policies can do for the brain since the debate about nature versus nurture is over.
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Nasal spray flu vaccine recommended for children - Stevenspointjournal

Nasal spray flu vaccine recommended for children - Stevenspointjournal | Eugenics | Scoop.it
Stevenspointjournal Nasal spray flu vaccine recommended for children Stevenspointjournal The recommendation comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and is based on clinical trials indicating children have a stronger...
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A Father's Tale---Forced drugging of his child! - YouTube

This is the real-life story of one father who has done all he can do to protect his son from the FDA listed side effects, such as hallucinations, delusions, mania, suicidal thoughts and more. His story is one that will surprise you and will open your eyes to our current day world of mental health.

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Undercover Social Worker The Wrongful Acts In Social Work Malpractice

Undercover Social Worker The Wrongful Acts In Social Work Malpractice | Eugenics | Scoop.it
Undercover Social Worker The Wrongful Acts In Social Work Malpractice Social workers have immense powers and terrible responsibilities.   If they make a wrong decision, the consequences can be cata...
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Richard Dawkins: 'immoral' to allow Down's syndrome babies to be born - Telegraph.co.uk

Richard Dawkins: 'immoral' to allow Down's syndrome babies to be born - Telegraph.co.uk | Eugenics | Scoop.it
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Richard Dawkins: 'immoral' to allow Down's syndrome babies to be born.
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Low power laser treatment could help grow your teeth back - light stimulates dentin to form

Low power laser treatment could help grow your teeth back - light stimulates dentin to form | Eugenics | Scoop.it

No more fillings! Scientists have figured out how to regenerate dentin, the material inside our teeth.

 

The new study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that a low-power laser can trigger stem cells in your tooth to form dentin.

 

As Sarah Zhang reports for Gizmodo, currently dentists can only replace damaged dentin with synthetic material, for example, when you get a filling or root canal.

 

But using this new technique, dentists may soon be able to actually regrow your tooth.


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It's about time for medicine - dentistry in this case - to work with the natural healing ability of the body...

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Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry

Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry | Eugenics | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in the UK is contaminated with campylobacter, a nasty bug that affects about 280,000 people a year. We investigate why

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This story has taken 14 years to come out!

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Tokyo in danger from Fukushima radiation, says Japanese doctor

Tokyo in danger from Fukushima radiation, says Japanese doctor | Eugenics | Scoop.it

Japan Doctor: “Tokyo should no longer be inhabited” — Everyone here is a victim of Fukushima — People truly suffering — Bleeding under skin, urinary hemorrhaging — Children’s blood tests started changing last year — Time running short… up to physicians to save our citizens and future 

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NewsNow: AIDS/HIV News | Breaking News & Search 24/7

Track breaking AIDS/HIV headlines on NewsNow: the one-stop shop for AIDS/HIV news
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Grindr Warns Egyptian Users As Six Accused Of Homosexuality Are Convicted Over Facebook Post

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Six men were sentenced by an Egyptian court on Thursday to two years in prison with labor for allegedly advertising their apartment on Facebook for men to have sex with each other for a fee of $200 per night, reports the state-owned Egyptian news site Ahram Online based on information from “a judicial source.”


This case may be the first case in which Egyptians have been caught on social media for charges of homosexuality, something human rights activists have warned could become widespread as the Egyptian government widens its crackdown on LGBT rights. Since October, around 80 people are known to have been arrested on allegations of homosexuality, including eight men who are due in court on Saturday for appearing in a video that shows a couple of men exchanging rings that made headlines throughout the Arabic press as a “gay wedding.”


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Ebola clinics fill up as death toll hits 3000 - Fox News

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Doctors are in short supply and countries are scrambling to find more resources for the Ebola outbreak, as the death toll from the virus hit 3,000.
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Hudhaifa Hassen Karolia: ‘Mowing the Grass’: The Ugly Truth About Israeli Eugenics

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@BenJacob_1 @InCapitol24 @maiwaby @shamznoor Israeli Eugenics: http://t.co/AzIOtikLNW
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Review of Facing Eugenics by Erika Dyck | Rinaldi | Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

Review of Facing Eugenics by Erika Dyck (RT @TheCJDS: Jen Rinaldi's review of Facing Eugenics by Erika Dyck: http://t.co/rF7DkwDRSX #disabilitystudies)...
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For sick children, help with all of life's complexities - Boston Globe

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Certainly a family's struggles can affect the children's health. And when a child is already sick and vulnerable, that effect is magnified.
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He's NOT the father - Jamaica Observer

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He's NOT the father Jamaica Observer In law, under the Status of Children Act, all the children of a married woman are presumed to be the children of her husband, so of course he would be on the birth certificates of the children his wife bore...
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Dear Mrs Macaulay,

 

My partner has just separated from his wife. They have three kids who bear his last name. However, he recently found out that the youngest one isn't his. His name is on the birth certificate. What can he do? Can he get her charged or fined?

 

Before I deal with the contents of your letter, I must clarify one point. You have described the just separated married man as 'my partner'. Well, he cannot be nor is he yet in any way 'your partner'. He is a married man and so he cannot be anyone's 'partner' until he becomes an unmarried man, in other words 'single'. You may have been his paramour if you and he had your relationship before he separated from his wife, and now you are his lover or companion or friend.

 

I have dealt with this so that you understand that despite the length of time you and he remain in your relationship, which you choose to describe as a partnership, you cannot and will not qualify as a 'spouse' in a common-law relationship, which, I am sure you know, is recognised in law. A relationship as a common-law spouse would entitle you to the rights of one, but as long as he remains a married man, though separated, you have no rights as a spouse.

 

You have not said how he found out the child wasn't his. Was it by rumour, in that someone told him so? Was it as a result of a DNA test? Was it a legally ordered test? Was it a test done with the agreement of his wife? Did his wife say so in the midst of a quarrel? Is it really a fact?

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Cancer doctor admits scam, giving patients unneeded chemo

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The government says Farid Fata used a Hotmail account to execute his alleged crimes.
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UNTHINKABLY AWFUL: This doctor pleaded guilty to intentionally misdiagnosing healthy people with cancer and pumping dying patients with chemo to make money.

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Divorce Lawyer And Family Law Attorney Misconduct And Ethics In California

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Divorce Lawyer And Family Law Attorney Misconduct And Ethics In California "Attorneys frequently select out-of-context material in order to enhance their positions in courts of law." "[The attorney...
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New technology connects NICU babies to families - Joplin Globe

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New technology connects NICU babies to families
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Called Angel Eye, it's a secure, Web-based camera system that will allow parents and up to 20 loved ones to remotely see the baby via a live feed.
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Simplify Your Life: 40 Ideas to Simplify Your Life With Some Extras Thrown In

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Chinese Researchers Create Disease-Resistant Wheat by Deleting Genes - Mashable

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International Business Times UK Chinese Researchers Create Disease-Resistant Wheat by Deleting Genes Mashable The gene-deletion trick is particularly tough to do in wheat because the plant has three genomes — with largely similar copies of the same...

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HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure

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Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus.
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