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Reading Children's Books: You indicated that there will be national Standards for foster care. The foster care system has been crying out for legislation at the federal level for decades and this a...

Reading Children's Books: You indicated that there will be national Standards for foster care. The foster care system has been crying out for legislation at the federal level for decades and this a... | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it

http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/2016/01/you-indicated-that-there-will-be.html

 

 

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Velvet Martin's comment, January 4, 7:04 AM
Saturday, January 2, 2016



You indicated that there will be national Standards for foster care. The foster care system has been crying out for legislation at the federal level for decades and this area has not been addressed by previous Tory governments. This is a shame. The majority of these children are aboriginal children. The provincial government doesn't do it's job in protecting these children and the federal government doesn't provide the money to ensure that they aren't neglected. It's a failure on the part of both levels of government. I hope that the hopes of citizens like myself ---will not be crushed ---as they have been in Alberta by the failures of the NDP government to address failures of care and abuses of seniors--- in the continuing care system. You have the responsibility and trust of citizens do the work we want done for the most vulnerable children in the nation. Citizens like Velvet Martin have worked so hard and long ---without any recognition by the government of Alberta and for what? We have seen no change at the provincial level. And so --I hope that the federal government will do what the NDP government has failed to do in Alberta.


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From: Julie Ali
Date: Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 7:58 PM
Subject: For the child taken. For the parent left behind. Final Truth and Reconciliation report released
To: justin trudeau <justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca>, stephen harper <stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca>, thomas mulcair <thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca>, elizabeth may <elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca>, Matt.Jeneroux@parl.gc.ca, premier@gov.ab.ca, brian.topp@gov.ab.ca, health.minister@gov.ab.ca, Health.Deputy-Minister@gov.ab.ca, Rachel Notley <edmonton.strathcona@assembly.ab.ca>, edmonton whitemud <edmonton.whitemud@assembly.ab.ca>, edmonton.riverview@assembly.ab.ca, Jessica Ernst <>, D Daunheimer >, Stewart Shields >, Samanthas Law <>, investigations@metronews.ca, newsroom@globeandmail.com, Margo Goodhand <mgoodhand@edmontonjournal.com>, edmonton@globalnews.ca, Hannah Morton <Hannah.Morton>, cypress.medicinehat@assembly.ab.ca, strathmore.brooks@assembly.ab.ca, David Swann <calgary.mountainview@assembly.ab.ca>, calgary elbow <calgary.elbow@assembly.ab.ca>, rimbey.rockymountainhouse.sundre@assembly.ab.ca, Brian.Jean@wildrose.ca, FortMcMurray.Conklin@wildrose.ca, MikeAllenMLA <fortmcmurray.woodbuffalo@assembly.ab.ca>, Tany.Yao@wildrose.ca, Jason.Nixon@wildrose.ca, jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca, Heather Klimchuk <edmonton.glenora@assembly.ab.ca>, Cheryl Whitten <cheryl.whitten>, linda.mattern


Dear Mr. Trudeau,


Yesterday night, I came upon a program about the Truth and Reconciliation Report.


http://alberta.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=772390


For the child taken.


For the parent left behind.


Final Truth and Reconciliation report released


I was surprised to see a Prime Minister of Canada-- at the presentation of the report. After so many years of being ignored by the federal government, the aboriginal peoples of Canada finally have a prime minister who seems willing to address to their issues.


Not only do you appear to be mentally prepared to deal with these problems, I note that you appear to be willing to actually respond in terms of feelings to these horrors. I noticed that you were crying along with some of the audience members. Good for you! It's about time we had some tears and sorrow expressed by non-aboriginal folks ---for the ongoing attrition among aboriginal men, women and children.


There is a lot to cry about and very little has been done by us.


At the provincial level, in Alberta there has been failures to even admit to the horrors faced by little children in the foster care system. From the time of Richard Cardinal, aboriginal children have faced their private hells alone.


https://www.nfb.ca/film/richard_cardinal/


Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child
Alanis Obomsawin,
1986,
29 min 10 s



In Alberta, the lack of transparency about child welfare cases meant that we knew nothing of the deaths of children in care or the details of their deaths until very recently and only after the sustained attention of the media. The failure to even say the names of the children would have continued in Alberta but for the work of determined activists such as Velvet Martin of Protecting Canadian Children. But why does government action in Alberta-- require sustained work by activists such as Velvet? Why doesn't the government of Alberta do the job of protection of our children and also our seniors in care?


You indicated that there will be national Standards for foster care. The foster care system has been crying out for legislation at the federal level for decades and this area has not been addressed by previous Tory governments. This is a shame. The majority of these children are aboriginal children. The provincial government doesn't do it's job in protecting these children and the federal government doesn't provide the money to ensure that they aren't neglected. It's a failure on the part of both levels of government.


I hope that the hopes of citizens like myself ---will not be crushed ---as they have been in Alberta by the failures of the NDP government to address failures of care and abuses of seniors--- in the continuing care system. You have the responsibility and trust of citizens to do the work we want done for the most vulnerable children in the nation. Citizens like Velvet Martin have worked so hard and long ---without any recognition by the government of Alberta and for what? We have seen no change at the provincial level. And so --I hope that the federal government will do what the NDP government has failed to do in Alberta.


Sincerely,


Julie Ali


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2014: Single, low-income mothers say Calgary isn’t livable

2014: Single, low-income mothers say Calgary isn’t livable | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
Reporting on the People, Issues, and Events that Shape our City - Calgary Journal Community Newspaper
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Abusive Care -W5

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http://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/w5-nursing-home-investigation-reveals-1-500-cases-of-staff-to-resident-abuse-in-one-year-1.2321287 W5 nursing home investigation reveals 1,500 cases of staff-to-resident abuse in one year Litsa Sourtzis and Steve Bandera, W5 Staff
Published Friday, April 10, 2015 3:30PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, April 12, 2015 11:25AM EDT
 
 
Over the course of a one year investigation, W5 uncovered at least 1,500 cases of staff-to-resident abuse and neglect in nursing homes across Canada in 2013. That number is likely higher due to under-reporting of incidents.
 
W5 obtained the data by filing access-to-information requests with 42 provincial, territorial and regional health authorities seeking statistical information and incident reports of staff-to-resident abuse for the 2013 calendar year.
 
Behind the sad statistics are the stories that become sadder when they’re investigated and the details become known.
Three stories are reported in detail in W5’s documentary investigation of abuse and neglect on the part of long-term care home staff.
 
Hidden cameras capture abuse and questionable care
 
There is the story of Hellen MacDonald, resident at St. Joseph’s at Fleming in Peterborough, Ont.
 
Her story gained national prominence when her son, Camille Parent, exposed staff misconduct captured by a hidden camera he installed after nobody at the home could explain his mom’s black eye and bruising.
Troubling images show one staff member wiping his nose on her sheets. In another sequence, two staff members appear to be having a romantic liaison while Helen lies in her bed. But most troubling is footage of one care worker pushing and roughly handling her and waving a cloth she had just used to clean Helen’s backside in her face.
 
Four workers were fired by the home, but three regained their jobs after their union fought for their reinstatement.
While St. Joseph declined W5’s interview request, they did say: “We have learned from our past and have implemented change through expanded education, a thorough review of policy and processes, and a fresh approach to care.
 
There is the story of Eileen Adamson, resident at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans in Edmonton, Alberta who was subjected to rough handling and humiliation at the hands of two employees – shocking behaviour that was captured by a hidden camera installed by her daughter Susan Carter.
The aides are no longer working at the home while the facility and the Alberta government conduct their investigations. Unanswered questions
 
And then there is the story of Margaret Warholm, whose family is haunted by the lingering question: How was it that their 74-year-old mother was neglected in the very place they trusted to keep her safe?
Margaret wasn’t well; she had been diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis – the narrowing of the space in our spines that houses the spinal cord and the nervous tissue inside. Margaret was moved into the Santa Maria Senior Citizen’s Home.
 
As her back condition worsened, she became completely bedridden. Staff members were warned not to move her out of bed for any reason.
 
But in August 2013, two health care aides somehow dropped her, reportedly while transferring her into a wheelchair.
 
When Margaret’s daughters asked about the incident, they were told Margaret had suffered a bump on the head.
 
Margaret told her daughters that the aides had dropped her and that she was scared they would drop her again.
 
After days of excruciating pain, Margaret was rushed to hospital where doctors learned she didn’t just have a bump on her head. Her spine was fractured in four places.
 
Hospital nurses also discovered a massive bedsore that covered most of her back. The family was aware Margaret had a bedsore but had been assured by the staff at the nursing home that it was only the size of a quarter.
 
After a few days in hospital, Margaret Warholm died. Her family believes she lost the will to live after suffering needlessly.
 
“No one should have to go through that,” said her daughter, Susan Langan, while showing W5 photos of her mother’s massive bedsore.
 
“We hope we can prevent another family from ever having to look at a picture like this. It was awful.”
 
In its internal investigation into the incident, Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home cited a “lack of critical thinking” on the part of the staff.
 
But Margaret Warholm’s family remained upset that the health care aides involved in her care and who had dropped her continue to work at the home.
 
“When somebody signs up to do that job, they have a moral obligation that they are going to do the best they possibly can to care for that, that person,” said daughter-in-law Leanna MacFarlane. “And if you can’t accept that obligation you shouldn’t be there.”
 
Santa Maria’s CEO John Kelly assured W5 “the individuals involved have acknowledged they made those mistakes and they’re remorseful.”
 
“The caregivers were disciplined according to the collective agreement,” Kelly said in an interview with Sandie Rinaldo, while confirming that the staff members continue to be employed at Santa Maria.
Kelly also told W5 said the home has adopted a new resident and family-centered model of care with a focus on improving communications with families.
 
Access to information
 
When W5 tried to find out more about incidents across Saskatchewan, and, in particular, inside Santa Maria, by filing access-to-information requests, the trail went cold.
 
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Authority would only provide statistics, telling W5 that there were nine reported incidents of staff-to-resident abuse in 2013 for the entire health authority.
No dates, names of homes or other details of those incidents were provided.
 
When it comes to disclosing information about incidents of staff-to-resident abuse and neglect in nursing homes, Saskatchewan lags far behind provinces, such as Ontario, where all incident reports are available online.
 
Some details like personal information are redacted but one can easily determine what is happening inside care homes. Only Quebec was worse, providing no information whatsoever.
 
Saskatchewan accounted for 30 of the nearly 1,500 staff-on-resident abuse incidents W5 was able to compile from our access requests to health authorities and provinces across the country.
“Certainly we would have the ability to look at what other provinces do when it comes to being more transparent, and disclosing more information to the public,” Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan told W5, when asked about his province’s secrecy.
 
Province or Territory Reported Incidents
• Newfoundland and Labrador 3
• Prince Edward Island 0
• New Brunswick 10
• Nova Scotia 36
• Ontario 1,111
• Manitoba 59
• Saskatchewan 30
• Alberta 113
• British Columbia 138
• Northwest Territories 1
• Nunavut 1
• Yukon 0
• Total 1,502
 
Under-reporting of incidents
 
When W5 shared its findings with experts in seniors’ care we were told that actual numbers are likely higher due to under-reporting.
 
Lynn McDonald of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Life Course and Aging told Sandie Rinaldo: “There is a management issue of secrecy. There’s no encouragement for anybody to report anything or do anything because they’ll just get in trouble as these people know.”
Seeking more information, W5 conducted an anonymous, national on-line survey of care workers in nursing homes over a period of four months.
 
We asked three main questions:
1. In the past year, have you witnessed staff-to-resident abuse (verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, financial) in the nursing home where you work?
2. To whom did you first report the incident?
3. Is the staff member who you witnessed abusing a resident still employed at the nursing home where you work?
 
We received 677 responses, with most coming from Ontario which seemed to confirm the experts’ opinions that many incidents go un-reported:
• 38% reported having witnessed one of their colleagues abusing a resident
• Only 51% said they reported abuse they had witnessed to a manager or administrator
• More than 80% said that the staff member they had seen abusing a resident was still employed at the facility
 
In Regina, Margaret Warholm’s family were not satisfied by the responses they received from Santa Maria, the care home where she died.
 
They took their concerns to the Saskatchewan legislature, holding a news conference to complain that a lack of care was a factor in her death.
Soon, their complaints had ballooned into a political crisis for the government and Duncan was forced to ask the provincial ombudsman to initiate an investigation into care homes.
 
The investigation was later expanded to include all long-term care across Saskatchewan. It is still underway but to date the Ombudsman has received 79 complaints.
 
Documents obtained by W5 are posted online
 
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Head of Motherisk probe had ties to Sick Kids | Toronto Star

Head of Motherisk probe had ties to Sick Kids | Toronto Star | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
Province sees no conflict, but retired judge did work for hospital’s controversial abuse team.
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How can this relationship possibly be considered legally ethical? http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/02/12/head-of-motherisk-probe-had-ties-to-sick-kids.html
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Medically Kidnapped Teen and Family Escape Canada: Speak Out on Abuses

Medically Kidnapped Teen and Family Escape Canada: Speak Out on Abuses | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
It was a day that they were terrified would never come. The Herrmann family has escaped from Canada and has been reunited in Germany! Teenager Marc Herrmann was
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Girl Seized from Family in Medical Dispute In Grave Danger

Girl Seized from Family in Medical Dispute In Grave Danger | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
In a medical kidnapping case in Arizona of two sisters that we reported on last Thursday, one of the girls, 12 year old Kayla Diegel, is reportedly in grave
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Arizona Mom Loses Battle to Regain Daughters Medically Kidnapped - Pleads for Someone to Adopt Them

Arizona Mom Loses Battle to Regain Daughters Medically Kidnapped - Pleads for Someone to Adopt Them | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
An Arizona court has ruled that the Diegel sisters are now eligible for adoption, and have terminated all of Melissa Diegel's rights to her children. In a recently released video, this mother displays an incredible act of love for the children that CPS wi...
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Family 'more than outraged' after police officer involved in 2 fatal shootings within year

Family 'more than outraged' after police officer involved in 2 fatal shootings within year | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
The Calgary police officer who shot and killed Anthony Heffernan in a motel room last year — and has not yet been cleared of wrongdoing — was also involved in the shooting death of another man, according to CBC sources.
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Judge arrested in hot car death of son

Judge arrested in hot car death of son | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. KATV - An arrest warrant was issued Thursday morning for Judge Wade Naramore in connection with the heat-related death of his toddler son, Thomas, who died after he was left in a vehicle in July 2015.KATV has confirmed Naramore turned himSourced through Scoop.it from: katv.comNaramore is scheduled to appear in court February…
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Child profiles | Adoptive Families Association of BC

Child profiles | Adoptive Families Association of BC | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it

Meet BC's waiting children There are more than 900 children and youth in British Columbia waiting to be adopted.

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Daughter's Hidden Camera Catches The Brutal Beating Of 94 Year Old Grandma | Doze4Fun

Daughter's Hidden Camera Catches The Brutal Beating Of 94 Year Old Grandma | Doze4Fun | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
When people think they aren't being watched they can be aw
Fun with AndeKaFundaa.com Via: Likes.com
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Families Ripped Apart By False Accusations of Child Abuse – Vaccine Injuries Often to Blame

Families Ripped Apart By False Accusations of Child Abuse – Vaccine Injuries Often to Blame | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
There are a growing number of parents who have been falsely accused of child abuse. Many of these cases only occur after parents mention that their child first
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High profile cases of children in Saskatchewan's foster care system

High profile cases of children in Saskatchewan's foster care system | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
The high profile court case of Kevin and Tammy Goforth, where a jury found the two guilty in the death of a four-year-old girl and of causing bodily harm to her younger sister, was not the first case to negatively reflect the province's social services system.
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Calgary family with mobility challenges needs help to replace old clunker

Calgary family with mobility challenges needs help to replace old clunker | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
The mother of two children with spinal muscular atrophy is hoping a fundraising campaign can help her to replace the family's aging vehicle so they can continue to lead an active lifestyle.
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This Is The Best And Perfect Road Trip Route According To Science!

This Is The Best And Perfect Road Trip Route According To Science! | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
The ultimate American road trip revealed: Data scientist uses algorithms to plot the best route across the United States.
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Did Protesting Swedes Really Call in Sick in 1979, Claiming They “Felt Gay”?

Did Protesting Swedes Really Call in Sick in 1979, Claiming They “Felt Gay”? | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
If a factoid seems too good to be true, chances are it’s a false-oid. That turned out to be the case for a tweet that has circulated from various accou ...
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AustLII's iPhone app

AustLII's iPhone app | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it

AustLII's iPhone app The AustLII app for iOS has been developed for optimal viewing using an iPhone or an iPod touch. It can be downloaded from Apple's App store as a free app.

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Austrailian phone app for legal self-representation: http://www.austlii.edu.au/austlii/apps/ios/
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Medical Kidnapping in Maine: Child with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Sister Seized – Grandfather Commits Suicide

Medical Kidnapping in Maine: Child with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Sister Seized – Grandfather Commits Suicide | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
Brandon and Cynthia Ross became concerned after noticing their baby’s leg was swollen. Even though Ryder was not crying excessively, had no bruises, red marks,
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Arizona Mother of Two Girls Medically Kidnapped Breaks Gag Order and Speaks Out

Arizona Mother of Two Girls Medically Kidnapped Breaks Gag Order and Speaks Out | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
A mother of two young girls in Arizona breaks a gag order issued by the court, in the hope that people will come forward and help her and her two daughters,
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Alabama Autistic Boys Kidnapped from Native American Ambassador Mother and Abused in Foster Care

Alabama Autistic Boys Kidnapped from Native American Ambassador Mother and Abused in Foster Care | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
Just three hours after a Native American mother got home from the hospital after a suspected heart attack, Child Protective Services (known in Alabama as DHR,
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Click here to support Alexander Khoroshun AVASTIN FUND by Alexander Khoroshun

Click here to support Alexander Khoroshun AVASTIN FUND by Alexander Khoroshun | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
Alexander Khoroshun AVASTIN FUND by Alexander Khoroshun - That's my story from my oncologist. He also sent this letter to the Alberta Minister of Health, asking here to finance my AVASTIN treatment on exceptional basis: I am a medical oncologist at the Torn Baker Cancer Centre caring for Mr Alexander Khoroshun, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive...
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Man suing Holdeman Mennonite Church over sex abuse claims

Man suing Holdeman Mennonite Church over sex abuse claims | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
A man is suing his church for allegedly allowing him to continuously be sexually abused as a child.
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Lisa Robin Kelly's Cause of Death Revealed 2013

Lisa Robin Kelly's Cause of Death Revealed 2013 | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
The That '70s Show actress passed away in August
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Snoop Dogg strikes deal with Ontario marijuana producer

Snoop Dogg strikes deal with Ontario marijuana producer | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
An eastern Ontario medical marijuana producer is pairing up with weed lover Snoop Dogg in a deal that will grant them exclusive rights to use certain content and brands owned by the rapper's company.
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Public Records (or are they?) – funny story | INVISIBLE CHILDREN

Public Records (or are they?) – funny story | INVISIBLE CHILDREN | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
My story is triggered by a graphic demonstration of malfeasance by a public servant (Harper's Magazine article below) and my response to conversations with
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" conversations with Brandon Stahl at the Star Tribune and a former administrator at Hennepin County.  Both told me how inaccessible important child protection public records become when someone decides for no good reason to not share public records."

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Shaken Baby Syndrome Questioned in Court Cases

Shaken Baby Syndrome Questioned in Court Cases | Family-Centred Care Practice | Scoop.it
Medical advances cast new doubt on many diagnoses and criminal convictions
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Velvet Martin's comment, February 12, 3:41 PM
As with the Motherisk drug-testing fiasco, junk science has resulted in many innocent families falsely accused and convicted of SBS: http://www.medpagetoday.com/EmergencyMedicine/DomesticViolence/56114