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Protecting Canadian Children

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Welcome to Protecting Canadian Children!

~Working amongst like-minded groups Nationwide~

The page is dedicated to fighting injustice against children, persons with diversity and the elderly. Protecting Canadian Children is a mission of life, death and love.

Families may find themselves targeted due circumstance, rather than true incidents requiring protective intervention. Far too many children are alienated from loved ones and tragically harmed. Stringent publication bans offer little opportunity to learn from errors, seek recourse facilitating truth or honour victims. No one should be above the law, including Government employees! We are a peaceful group. However, we have no intention of backing down from critical, controversial issues posing risk to vulnerable lives.

The System has become extremely unstable; thriving upon secrecy, lack of accountability and benefitting from others’ misfortune. Whole generations have been betrayed. We can no longer rely upon judicial outcome from authorities. This Nation has arrived at a critical point in which the people of Canada are excluded from our Government's priorities. Political leaders are unwilling to address urgent issues so it is time to demand and stabilize change ourselves.

NOTE: Families seeking advocacy have typically suffered victimization and thus, there will be zero tolerance for personal attacks, violence or bullying. This includes hateful commentary directed towards groups and individuals based upon age, race, religious belief and non-belief, gender or sexual orientation. We have a wide variety of persons amongst us comprised of natural parents, kinship, adoptive, foster carers, youth and professionals in various humanities hoping us to support improved outcomes and offer viable solutions. If an offensive post transpires and not removed quickly, it is best to report directly to Facebook as a moderator may not be available.

The goal of Protecting Canadian Children is to educate the public and better self-advocacy skills. We are volunteers striving to offer hope and direction stemming from personal experiences. We are a non-profit group without the advantage of government funding. All work that members do, time and expenses is solely out-of-pocket and from the heart.

The PCC Facebook page may be viewed strictly as a reference point where alliances can form. *Alert: Be cautious revealing sensitive information online. Social Utility networks are heavily monitored by Child Welfare, Lawyers, Police and Courts. We are not a legal authority and thus, cannot offer legal advice nor shall be held liable. Instead, we encourage the public to seek opinion from reputable, professional attorneys.

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Former Foster Parent Exposes How CPS Kidnaps Kids Away from Good Homes – Puts them on Drugs

Former Foster Parent Exposes How CPS Kidnaps Kids Away from Good Homes – Puts them on Drugs | Family-Centred Care Practice |
I became a foster parent with the intentions of putting a roof over the heads of orphaned children. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

By the time I completed the training process, I understood that the majority of the children that would be entering my home were not orphans. I was brainwashed into believing the children had come from abusive and neglectful homes. I was told the state had rescued them from horrible living environments and that I was somewhat of a hero for taking them in.

They were all lies. It took several years for me to truly see what I had become a part of.
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Aboriginals not entitled to representative jurors SCC rules

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261 public figures in UK 'abuse' inquiry: in English and in German #CSA #SexualAbuse #Survivors

261 public figures in UK 'abuse' inquiry: in English and in German #CSA #SexualAbuse #Survivors | Family-Centred Care Practice |
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The Carter decision on physician- assisted suicide: where do people with disabilities go from here

The Carter decision on physician- assisted suicide: where do people with disabilities go from here | Family-Centred Care Practice |


ARCH Disability Law Centre and The Law Society of Upper Canada present Law Society Public Education Equality Series:

The Carter decision on physician- assisted suicide: where do people with disabilities go from here?
The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter has raised serious questions about its impact on persons with disabilities — many are concerned that the decision leaves them vulnerable.
Join the ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society for a discussion about the Carter decision. The discussion will address what Carter means for persons with disabilities; explore the community’s concerns about the decision; and offer guidance on how community members can ensure that their voices are heard in any legislative process that develops, in order to guarantee that the interests of all persons with disabilities are recognized and protected.
When:June 4, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 pm – Panel Discussion
6:00 – 8:00 pm – Reception 
Where:Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto
Please enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square
Please register online, by visiting:

If you have difficulty accessing this link, do not have internet access, or have a specific question about this event, please contact the Equity Initiatives Department of the Law Society of Upper Canada at:

Telephone: 416-947-3300 ext. 3413 or 1-800-668-7380, ext. 3413
TTY: 416-644-4886
*This program is also available via simultaneous webcast.

For additional information, visit:

To provide the optimal level of accessibility for participants, please let us know in advance of any accommodation requirements. Please do not wear fragrances and colognes.
Photographs taken at this public event will be used in Law Society and partner organization print and online publications.
To review the Carter Decision on assisted suicide, visit

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'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in crash - BBC News

'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in crash - BBC News | Family-Centred Care Practice |
Renowned mathematician John Nash, subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, dies in a New Jersey taxi crash with his wife.
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Alberta child protecting & organ harvesting

Alberta child protecting & organ harvesting | Family-Centred Care Practice |
organ harvesting; child abuse; child removal; Alberta child protection; CPS; MCFD;
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States Are Jailing Mothers for Drug Addiction and Taking Their Children Away

States Are Jailing Mothers for Drug Addiction and Taking Their Children Away | Family-Centred Care Practice |
Addiction is widely recognized as a brain disease. So why are some states putting moms behind bars for having it?
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Meet your new cabinet: Premier Notley names her team of ministers

Meet your new cabinet: Premier Notley names her team of ministers | Family-Centred Care Practice |
Premier Rachel Notley, 51 Edmonton-Strathcona
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Premier Rachel Notley, 51

Premier, Intergovernmental Affairs


As premier, Notley will serve as the guiding hand of her team of ministers, ensuring the group of rookie ministers find their footing in the early days of her government. As Alberta’s representative on the world stage, Notley will herself manage international and intergovernmental relations, which carries a focus on Alberta’s energy exports.
Brian Mason, 61

Government house leader, Infrastructure, Transportation


As the longest-serving MLA in the legislature, Mason was an early favourite for energy or finance. Instead, Notley appointed the former bus driver to be minister of infrastructure and transportation. Together, the portfolios include major issues the new government will have to address quickly, including new school construction, highway improvements and a new cancer centre for Calgary.
David Eggen, 52

Education, Culture and Tourism


He was a ferocious health critic in opposition, but Notley has tapped Eggen as her new education minister and minister of culture and tourism. Eggen’s past life was a public school teacher in Edmonton, experience he will likely draw on as he navigates his new portfolio. Eggen will have the challenge of ensuring funding for the 12,000 new students expected to enter the province’s schools this fall, an NDP election pledge.
Sarah Hoffman, 34

Health and Seniors


The well-known former chair of the Edmonton public school board, Hoffman was an early favourite to manage the education portfolio. Instead she was named health minister, a massive department that swallows nearly half of the provincial budget. Hoffman will also serve as minister of seniors and between the two portfolios must address the challenges facing emergency room wait times and the lack of long-term beds across the province.
Deron Bilous, 39

Municipal Affairs, Service Alberta


Bilous taught for five years before becoming a New Democrat MLA in 2012, going on to serve as the party’s education critic. He will oversee municipal affairs as well as Service Alberta. His first order of business will likely be to sit down with the province’s big city mayors, Don Iveson and Naheed Nenshi, who have been clamouring for a big city charter since Alison Redford was premier.
Marg McCuaig-Boyd, 62


Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley

Hailing from Notley’s hometown of Fairview, McCuaig-Boyd helps ensure rural representation at the cabinet table. A teacher for two decades and vice-president of the Grande Prairie Regional College Fairview campus, McCuaig-Boyd said her family were oil industry pioneers. Her first order of business will be to reach out to anxious oil and gas executives, but said a royalty review remains a top priority.
Shannon Phillips, 39

Environment, Parks, Status of Women


Phillips has experience as a journalist, consultant and most recently as an economic policy analyst for the Alberta Federation of Labour. She will be the minister of environment and parks, as well as the minister for the newly created portfolio responsible for the status of women.
Joe Ceci, 53

Treasury Board, Finance


The five-term alderman is the NDP’s star in Calgary and among the few incoming MLAs to boast actual experience in government. Notley said his years on Calgary council gave Ceci experience in budgeting, which is the first major task facing this rookie minister as cabinet begins to draft a new provincial budget for the fall.
Kathleen Ganley, 36

Justice, Solicitor General, Aboriginal Affairs


A labour and employment lawyer who also has a philosophy degree, Ganley quickly became a favourite to oversee the justice department and become the new Solicitor General.

She will also handle the aboriginal affairs portfolio and is one of three ministers from Calgary.
Irfan Sabir, 37

Human Services


The Pakistani-born immigrant has a degree in social work law and has practised aboriginal, business and resource law with a Calgary firm for the last three years. As the new minister for human services — a super ministry that brings together crucial files affecting some of the province’s most vulnerable — this rookie to both the legislature and cabinet will have his work cut out for him.
Lori Sigurdson, 54

Innovation, Advanced Education, Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour


Sigurdson’s experience as a social worker for two decades and the public affairs manager for the Alberta College of Social Workers makes her familiar with dealing with people and communicating with the public — both crucial roles for a minister. She has also served as a university instructor, experience that will help in her new role as minister of advanced education and minister of jobs, skills, training and labour.
Oneil Carlier, 52

Agriculture, Forestry

Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

The new minister of agriculture, forestry and rural development, Carlier worked for Agriculture Canada for two decades as a geotechnical technician. During his time with the federal government, he worked on several large projects, including the Bassano Dam rehabilitation. His ministry comes with a host of issues, including country-of-origin labelling rules for beef exports and grain transportation backlogs.

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Into the Body of Another - The Atlantic

The Atlantic
Into the Body of Another
The Atlantic
Bishop, whom the county district attorney describes as “very passionate about the protection of children,” researched Smith's history and requested a warrant for her arrest.
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UP residents are nominated for 2015 Governor's Service Awards -

UP residents are nominated for 2015 Governor's Service Awards - | Family-Centred Care Practice |
Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the 40 finalists for the 2015 Governor's Service Awards.
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Red lights, Common Core and 'conversion therapy': This week in new Oregon laws -

Kate Brown signs bills banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth, extending mercy to cyclists stuck at stale stoplights, delaying the high stakes in high-stakes Common Core testing and pushing off the state's "benefits cliff" for low-income renters.
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Findlaw Canada | University gives 95-year-old practising lawyer honorary doctorate

Findlaw Canada | University gives 95-year-old practising lawyer honorary doctorate | Family-Centred Care Practice |
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Findlaw Canada | Supreme Court orders new trial in case of runaway teens in porn video

Findlaw Canada | Supreme Court orders new trial in case of runaway teens in porn video | Family-Centred Care Practice |
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Canadian Foster Family Association 2015 Conference Info Registration

Canadian Foster Family Association 2015 Conference Info Registration | Family-Centred Care Practice |
Registration forms are now available for the 2015 CFFA Conference to be held in Niagara Falls in September. Download a PDF of the form here.
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What Precedes the Onset of Alzheimer Disease?

What Precedes the Onset of Alzheimer Disease?

Alan R. Jacobs, MD

Disclosures May 05, 2015


This is the Medscape Neurology Minute. I am Dr Alan Jacobs. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have published a case series studying behavioral changes that precede the onset of memory loss in early Alzheimer disease.[1] They analyzed data from 2416 people aged 50 years or older who underwent regular evaluations of cognitive functions and mental health over 7 years. All participants were cognitively normal at the start. Over the course of the study, 1218 people developed dementia. Four years into the study, 30% of these patients had developed depression. Only 15% of the patents who did not develop dementia within 4 years developed depression. The individuals who went on to develop dementia were 12 times more likely to have delusions in the first 4 years. The researchers caution that a better understanding of how these mood and behavioral changes are connected to Alzheimer disease will be needed before we can use these changes as pre-dementia markers. This has been the Medscape Neurology Minute. I'm Dr Alan Jacobs.

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Child Protective Services Kids Found in Human Trafficking - YouTube

Child Protective Services agencies are intended to take care of children with nowhere else to go, but corruption has infiltrated the government custodial sys...
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Reading Children's Books

Reading Children's Books | Family-Centred Care Practice |
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

the forest stomps about in poplar boots

here is the new day that is running into place
I watch the sun ripping off the night's face
the geese have already announced the daily news of the marsh
the cattails point their bayonets
and go to war with the grasses
the ducks seek guidance among their children
while the muskrat weaves an invisible net
the frogs groan at the spears of the herons
that are directed at their shadows

all about the land the dandelions roar
the slipper of the past falls off the foot of the present
and the hollow feelings of defeat pass
the shame of revelations are done with
there is a corridor that I have entered
that is all about hope and optimism
the family withers in its pod of age
and we lose our memories as we go blind
but we are here for a little more time

the forest stomps about in poplar boots
the arms of aspens bulk up
the feelings of the Fireweed are pink
and the delivery plans of the chickweed
are all timely there is a message from a robin
posted on the fence and the last notes of his lecture
is audible in the room meanwhile in the compost heap
the peonies push out fists of resistance
there is a labour movement among the discards of the garden society

but where are you?
do you sit in the shadow of the bluing lilac
that has made a city of blossoms?
do you walk among the onion starts in their
cascades of green guns?
do you river in the pollen that falls from the May trees?
do you lay down by the river of darkness where the beaver sits?
do you watch the parade of life and take pleasure in the grasses
that split their ends? do you raise the trumpet of the silver birch

to make the shudder of the leaves? the garden wakes to your commands
the silent village fills with the ones who were once asleep
the self seeded delphiniums make their tall towers of persistence
and the battles continue in the front bed the Ohio Buckeye tree
remembers his past life as a stranger among the natives here
the Ginkgo tree is stub and payment cancelled
while in the back yard the Catalpa tree waits for a signal
that never seems to come but perhaps you will arrow the message
to her the world is built anew and the solitude that was winter is through

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but of course nothing happened / the blah blah blah continued

when I arrived here
I stopped for a moment
to see the world
as it really is
and not as I imagined it
I turned away from the fantasy of life
and began again
I saw the people
like ants
following the imperatives of the colony
I saw the queen bee
sitting in her place
making the future civilization
I saw the world outside the ant hill
and I wondered
what if we could be something other than ants

when I arrived here
to look at the future
when I assumed the role of god
and became a poet
I said the thoughts that were within me
and I forgot the distinctions
between CEO and serf
I said the truth
to the bigwigs
who populate the nest
I began again with bare lines
and the facts of the events that happened
but of course nothing happened
the blah blah blah continued
until it felt that the work that the bigwigs do
is all about ensuring that the problems continue

when I arrived here
I decided to simply document what I had experienced
in advocating for a severely handicapped woman
the incompetence is complete
the system is broken
families must be the guards for the residents
and the CEO of the organization
evicts based on his feelings
that he is being insulted
the board of the Good Samaritan
pretend to their roles and they support his stance
which is all about the power position
and nothing about working in the best interests
of the residents
the continuing care system is corrupted
and yet we pay for all of them in salaries from taxpayer dollars

but of course nothing happened
the blah blah blah continued

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

and now I am on my knees

I said a few words
at the moon
that had gone to sleep
I asked the stars
for guidance
but they ignored me
the night in his winged gown
of darkness
faded away
when I appeared
and it all became a game
of hide and seek
for answers

I said a few words
to the messenger who arrived
at the door
with the information I had requested of him
I wondered why I am here
in the place with the void
I sit in the room
without hours
I watch the day break into crumbs
as the beak of the night eats the hours
what was once
is not present
and now I am on my knees

I said a few words
to the traveller who goes far
and the stones I carried
I laid by the side of the lake
where the muskrat seeks the undergrowth
I walked with the thistles
and the dandelions to the end of the route
that was given
I wondered at the emptiness of the path
and the strangers I met
who would have thought there would be so many
who are as lost as I?
and now I am on my knees

Red Deer Advocate - News


Woman evicted from care home without family consent: Public Interest Alberta


By The Canadian Press - Red Deer Advocate
Published: March 24, 2015 12:57 PM

EDMONTON — An advocacy group is accusing an Edmonton care home of transferring a woman to a hospital without her family’s consent.

Public Interest Alberta says the Good Samaritan Millwoods Care Centre left a voice mail for the woman’s sister and banned another family member from the facility for complaining about the quality of care.

Bill Moore-Kilgannon, a spokesman for Public Interest Alberta, says institutions should not be allowed to arbitrarily evict patients and ban relatives.

He wants Alberta Health Services to make sure the woman is allowed to return to the Millwoods care centre, where she has lived for five years.

Alberta Health Services says it will work with the family to determine what’s best for the woman, other residents and staff.

The health agency says there are rules at care homes that everyone must follow.

“This is an unusual situation; however, we believe we have found an alternative placement for this resident,” AHS spokesman Kerry Williamson said Tuesday.

“We will continue to work with her and her family to find a suitable resolution for all involved.”

Moore-Kilgannon said families with concerns about the quality of care in a facility will be afraid to speak up for their loved ones.

He said similar evictions have happened before.

“The government needs to step in and make sure that there is a proper independent process that allows patients and their families to stand up to this abuse of power.”

Shannon Girard · Top Commenter

Most people have no idea that this is actually how it works. There are alot of cases of like this, they are just not publicized. Its really very scary

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Laura Watt · Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Who is working for who here? The thinking is backward,,the client is in charge and the only reason why the facility is there and you all have a job!

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but to stay silent is not possible----------------------Paul Wayne Zuck As a special care aide for nearly 15 years in Saskatchewan I find this appalling. Family members who ask general questions about their loved one's care get answers from me that fall within the scope of my duties. If the questions involve treatments or medications I am only too happy to direct them to the registered/licensed nurse on duty. One must wonder why there is a veil of secrecy surrounding the care given and the desire to ban family members. OOH wait the nursing I work for is a PUBLIC FACILITY owned by the Kelsey Trail Regional Health Authority maybe that explains the difference. February 21, 2014 at 5:51am · 1

I took my time
and witnessed
the events
of my handicapped sister's life
in the continuing care system
I took my time
and contacted all the people
in a systematic fashion
I went through the proper channels
for resolution of the problems
that maze
I followed the rules
and said the truth
but they ignored
the problems she encountered
they told me to move forward
and I did
but then the adverse events repeated
and I asked myself
how many times do I ignore the failures?
how many times before she dies with this sort of care?
how do I bet on my sister's life?
and what if I lose?

I took my time
and followed the rules of complaints
I went to the LPN and the RN
then to the care manager of the Good Samaritan Society
I talked to the site administrator
and then to the CEO
I reported the adverse events and the failures to communicate
to the board who ignored me
I spoke to successive official administrators of AHS
and the ministers of health
I went to Patient Relations which is a place
where they try to ensure that the news never gets out
(it is all about elimination of bad publicity for AHS)
and then I arrived at the door of the health advocate
who told me that they are overwhelmed
with complaints about evictions and banning
I then realized that I could not depend on anyone
except myself
I spoke up and asked for change in a public way
and I was banned for my advocacy work
I ignored the scarlet letter that was given
and kept speaking
I create more blogs to ensure that my sister's life is recorded in detail

I took my time
and over years made her history
so that what was done by the continuing care provider
is known to all
and the failures of AHS and Alberta Health are also clear
these are government employees
who are indifferent to the problems of citizens
they operate by different rules
than the rest of us
when harm is done to the residents
they talk about the danger to the staff
as if the advocates were to blame
for the problems caused by the staff themselves
where negligence is clear
they tell us that the banned advocates must follow the rules
but what rules are these?
are they the rules of silence and complicity with failures
to meet the standards of care?
is that what we are engaged in?
she cannot speak for herself but I have made the records
I am not sure if anything will result from my efforts
but to stay silent is not possible
we ignore the least among us at our own moral peril
Province of Alberta
The 28th Legislature
Second Session

Alberta Hansard
Wednesday afternoon, May 7, 2014

Issue 26a

The Honourable Gene Zwozdesky, Speaker

The Speaker: Thank you.
Let’s move on to Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, followed by Fort
Care Facility Restrictions on Family Member Visits
Mrs. Towle: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The decision to seek
placement for a loved one is often one of the most difficult times
for a family. Knowing that your loved one can no longer manage
day-to-day tasks like getting dressed, cleaning, or making dinner
is painful. I know this personally. You hope the help they need is
available in a care facility. Families are comforted knowing that
they can see and visit family even though they’ve found a new
home, yet the stories of Shauna McHarg and Huguette Hébert are
troubling. After questioning the care of their loved ones, both have
been banned from visiting their families in care facilities, and
they’re not the only ones. To the Associate Minister – Seniors:
why are facilities allowed to punish and ban family members who
question care without any explanation?
Mr. Quest: Mr. Speaker, the most important consideration in
these matters is the safety and the well-being of the residents in
these facilities and their staff, who work with them, and this
includes ensuring that they’re protected from any aggressive or
inappropriate behaviour. I’m not that familiar with this case, but
we do need to make sure that the well-being of the residents and
the staff is paramount.
Mrs. Towle: It’s surprising that he’s not that familiar. It’s been in
the media for the last two years.
Given that it has now been two years since Shauna McHarg has
seen her father and that the restrictions on visiting her mother are
now in place, all with no explanation from Covenant Health – she
filed a FOIP; she went to the Privacy Commissioner to find out
and even the Ombudsman, and all agreed she was treated unfairly
and should know – and given that Shauna has also reached out to
the Seniors’ Advocate, who replied to her last week, saying,
“Sorry; I have no mandate to assist you with this situation,” will
the Associate Minister – Seniors step in and order Covenant
Health to allow Shauna permanent . . .
The Speaker: Thank you.
Mr. Quest: Well, again, Mr. Speaker, I think the member’s guest
may have been better served if I had known that the guests were
actually going to be here today. This is the first that I’ve heard of
it. I certainly would be willing to try and take the opportunity to
have a short discussion about the matter and become more
familiar with it.
I do want to make the point that these cases are extremely rare,
and there are a number of different options that families have with
respect to signing behaviour agreements and so on. They can also,
again, take the appropriate channels.
Mrs. Towle: She’s actually asked your ministry, the Minister of
Health. She asked the Seniors’ Advocate to arrange the meeting.
The hon. member from the Liberals actually introduced her.
Given that Shauna has done everything right – she appealed the
ban internally; no response. She did a FOIP to find out why she
was banned; no response. She went to the Privacy Commissioner,
who ordered Covenant Health to tell her why she was banned; still
nothing. Given that she even went to the Ombudsman, who told
her that she was being treated unfairly, when are you going to do
something and help a family who’s advocating for their loved

Mr. Horne: Mr. Speaker, as the hon. Associate Minister – Seniors

said, we certainly have empathy for any family that is in this

situation. We cannot pretend to know all of the detailed circum-
stances of this particular case or others. In fact, I understand that
although these cases are very rare, at least one of them is currently
before the courts, and I don’t know if this particular case is in fact
before the courts.
What I will undertake to do, Mr. Speaker, is to go back again
and look at the findings that were referenced by the hon. member.
I certainly support the notion that anyone who is going to face
such restrictions should know the reasons why, and those should
be provided by..
The Speaker: Thank you.
The hon. Member for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, followed
by Edmonton-Centre.

Albertans banned from visiting loved ones in long-term care take concerns to Legislature

MAY 07, 2014 11:35 AM

EDMONTON, AB (May 7, 2014): Family members of long-term care patients who have been banned from visiting their loved ones in care are at the Legislature today to have their voices heard and press for answers from the PC government.

Many Albertans have expressed frustration at arbitrary decisions of lodges and hospitals to ban family members from visiting their loved ones in care after raising legitimate concerns over the quality of care. Health Minister Fred Horne must intervene to ensure family members have free and easy access to their loved ones in long-term care, Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle said.

“There simply has not been due process in these cases,” Towle said. “In fact it appears as if there is no process at all, and that family members are being punitively singled out and banned for raising legitimate care concerns.”

The government has tried to deflect criticism by deferring complaints to the new health advocate, but the advocate is deprived of enforcement capacity and is not an independent authority but rather an employee of the Health ministry, Towle said.

“It’s time the Minister took the denial of access to family members seriously and intervened to find out why these problems continue,” she said.

Both Huguette Hebert and Shauna McHarg were banned from a Covenant Health facility. Hebert says she was banned because she objected to being asked to leave while her husband was being changed. McHarg hasn’t seen her father for two years and has restricted visiting time with her mother.

“I definitely felt abused when my husband was alive. When one person makes a decision, it cascades down the chain of command and taints other decisions. These arbitrary decisions are often made in an instant but can last and last,” Huguette said.

“I have been through a lengthy four-year appeals process and I have gotten nowhere. The Ombudsman tells me this ruling is unfair, but has no power. What’ the point of having an Ombudsman if the Ombudsman has no teeth or authority to correct these abuses of power?” McHarg said. “The bottom line is that I will not be able to see my Mom on Mother’s Day and it’s breaking her heart. My Dad who lives in the same facility is equally devastated.”

Edmonton Journal

February 20, 2014 ·

“When you’re in that situation, many families are fearful that if they say too much, their loved ones ... will suffer the consequences.”

Visitors banned from long-term care facilities have little recourse

Shauna McHarg hasn’t seen her father in nearly two years because she is banned from his floor at the continuing care home where he lives. She is only allowed to...


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Divana McKoen My mother was at the Edmonton General. I could tell you horror stories. We got her out of there as fast as we could!

February 20, 2014 at 8:07am · Edited · 5

Wayne Jason My dad spent one night at the General. And only one night. My mom brought in a hospital bed and hired private caregivers at a comparable cost to care for him, very thankful he didn't spend his final months in there.

February 20, 2014 at 8:10am · 5

Deanna Johnston-Chou I understand the facilities wanting to protect their employees from unreasonable attacks but it seems some are using the policy as protection from accountability. Some patients have no one to advocate for them and facilities shouldn't be allowed to summarily ban family members looking out for loved ones. So much for open and accountable.

February 20, 2014 at 8:20am · 14

Marian Bell Young This is terrible...I never want to be in one of these facilities!

February 20, 2014 at 8:22am · 1

Donna Stephenson This is just wrong, families can't and shouldn't be banned from their loved ones unless a court agrees that they will harm their own family member. Other then that Hospital administrators need to do their jobs and de-escalate situations between families and medical care givers.

February 20, 2014 at 8:22am · 13

Kim McFadyen Because keeping family away is sooo healthy for long term patients.

February 20, 2014 at 8:25am · 4

Wendy Woolridge I also never want to be in care. My family will help me out as long as they can. My heart goes out to the families. I am going to reports this. .

February 20, 2014 at 8:45am · 3

Jake Stahl I'd rather take my family to a veterinarian clinic

February 20, 2014 at 8:49am · 2

Jan Lett
We all have our horror stories... all these facilities are deplorable. The staff is underpaid, and some are less than mentally stable. So.. the answer to this, is for US to make mental note that our parents will need our care in their decline, and it SHOULD be up to us how that care is handled. I plan on taking care of my mom, in her home, or mine, she will not ever waste away like so many others. That way, I will be in charge of her care and who comes and goes. I have seen the most HORRIBLE diaper rashes on elderly patients.. and I highly suspect THAT is what was going on here.. Their motto is keep them sedated, and under control, that way they dont care about how often they are bathed, changed, and fed. Prepare for your parents to be with you for a few years, make that inlaw suite, plan for that when buying your next home. Keep your loved ones close.

February 20, 2014 at 8:52am · 6

Denise Leclair I am in shock reading this. I can't imagine being banned from the place where my mom is cared for. There are 2 sides to every story but to not have resolution is cruel and unjust. Alberta Health Services gets yet another black mark.

February 20, 2014 at 8:54am · 4

Denise Leclair I would like to add that the current care my
Mom gets at her care facility is good . It feels like a game of chance what kindof facility your loved one ends up in though. She is not doped. Staff have been pretty good. She is bathed and checked for diaper rash . I am quite happy with her care .

February 20, 2014 at 8:58am · 5

Lynn Hoffman
Took care of my father in our home for 9 months...he had brain cancer,was a time in my life that was more rewarding then you will ever know....we only spent 9 days in the hospital at the end.....all the care equipment we need was readily available,turned our dinning,living room into the best palliative care space ever..even put in an elevator as we lived in a bi level...I know that not everyone emotionally is able to provide this element of care to a loved one...but if you can the experience is is a wonderful one...and the care is beyond comparable....

February 20, 2014 at 9:05am · 7

Kurt Decker I really like the staff at the facility my mom is at. I do feel more plants cozy nooks for visitors fish even a few budgies would take it from a institution feel

February 20, 2014 at 9:05am · 3

Louise Consterdine
I'm outraged. I can't imagine a situation where a normal, loving daughter would be banned from visiting her father. Or restricted to the length of time she spends with her mother. I know there are "two sides to every story" but unless this woman is dangerous - and they should have to prove that she is - she should be allowed back to see her father double quick. Two years is an eternity at this time in his life. If my family couldn't visit me in hospital or long-term care home I wouldn't much care whether I lived or died.

February 20, 2014 at 9:10am · 4

Fay Mul Hmmm, I would really like to know the other side of the story. On the face of it it seems outrageous that a facility can do this. However, I also know that family members can sometimes become more than just a stand-in-the-way or downright harmful to people in care either through arrogance or naïve ignorance.

February 20, 2014 at 9:12am · 8

Lynn Hoffman
My daughter has worked with the elderly for 15 years...takes a person with steadfast compassion...only 1 in 10 have this gift..she is one of them...would stay late to be sure a patient got that need bath,or come in early to make sure that the less compliment client was not left until last to be given care after a long nite....but she to is getting tired of the system and it's cut backs and lack of care schooling before attending these patients....many errors are made...and only the family can advocate for their loved ones....seems a shame that you could be banned from seeing your family,because you care....about their care....

February 20, 2014 at 9:12am · 5

Chris Donahue Shocking! This should not be happening to families!

February 20, 2014 at 9:28am · 1

Rhonda Ferguson David I'd like to know the other side of this story. She must have done something really bad to be banned.

February 20, 2014 at 9:41am · 3

Maureen Hill-Tulloch
My Mom had a similar experience at the Rehabilitation hospital north of the Royal Alex, beside the Glenrose. The hospital manager and a few other people went into her room and started harassing her as to why there was a complaint. Mom became upset. We ended getting an advocate and had my Mom removed from there. It was scary and we had to stay with her daily until bedtime to address her needs and we felt to protect her.

February 20, 2014 at 9:53am · 4

Bernadette Parent Davis This is absolutely horrendous! Who other than family can advocate for these residents?! What is going on that the staff have to hide?

February 20, 2014 at 10:17am · 1

Carol Walker
There has to be more to this story because I can't believe they would ban a family member from visiting and especially missing a big anniversary! Normally they want you to visit to help with their needs. I was allowed to stay overnight of which I did many nights.... I know that there are horror stories on both sides and I have compassion for the caregivers but I have compassion for the quality of life for our elders.

February 20, 2014 at 10:24am · 2

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February 20, 2014 at 10:35am

Sarah Anna Newman This is sick. I mean so many people put their family in care and never visit. It's like they're forgotten about then you have the few people who are actually concerned and this is what happens.

February 20, 2014 at 10:36am · 1

Shawna Zylenko
I have no doubt in my mind that there is more to this story - I worked as a manager and RN for years with Covenant Health, and believe me, it is very very very difficult to have visitors restricted. It has to go to top levels and be documented to the n...See More

February 20, 2014 at 9:51pm · Edited · 12

Gary Haynes The system needs to change it's currently unjust, it's like they are hiding things - more transparency not less

February 20, 2014 at 11:19am · 1

Barbara Bold-Stiebritz
I too have been a nurse (LPN) with Covenant Health for many years. Shawna Zylenko, your statement is 100% true. I also have no doubt in my mind that there is more to this story. That being said, the state of Continuing Care has become disgraceful, and is getting worse. We really need more people and Advocacy Groups to do a lot more investigations into facilities. Front line workers and Managers (in my facility) are continually trying to advocate (almost begging and pleading) for the Residents to no avail. Cut backs and negative changes continue daily from an upper management (administrative) level.

February 20, 2014 at 2:17pm · Edited · 6

Jeanne Hughes Hillis
I always felt free to bring concerns to the staff at the nursing home where my mom lived (in Washington state). There were some issues where comments were made about her memory loss that I felt very comfortable going to the social worker and the issues were dealt with. I never suffered any repercussions and her care was never compromised. My heart is in my throat as I read this. I hope these issues are resolved. It is hard enough for family to be separated from loved ones and then not to see them due to issues as these is a disgrace to all.

February 20, 2014 at 12:15pm · 5

Joan Oliver barring family from visiting, is not only difficult for the family, but must be far more difficult for the patient, thinking that their family has abandoned them.this is not right, and MUST be rectified now

February 20, 2014 at 12:39pm · 6

Barbara Bold-Stiebritz I would also like to add that there are also times when a Patient/Resident does not want certain family members to visit and the Facility is protecting that person and will take any backlash to protect said person.

February 20, 2014 at 1:38pm · 5

Barbara Bold-Stiebritz Every situation is different and must be handled so.

February 20, 2014 at 1:40pm · 4

Gwendolen Sawchuk Shawna Zylenko - Well said!

February 20, 2014 at 2:08pm · 3

Anita Rudichuk
I am so pleased that this issue in the health care system is getting media exposure and that more people are becoming more aware. I am the daughter of Huguette Hebert and Jack Rudichuk who contributed to this story. I have first handedly seen the difference of two very different philosophies in two publicly funded health institutions. From our experience, one truly welcomes families in their treatment and care model as a valuable team member for the best interest of patient/resident. The other philosophy seems to say it welcomes families but the more we advocated, the more it became a power struggle with the institution. Unfortunately at this point, we believe the best interest of my father was not protected and we were intimidated and bullied. It is quite unfortunate that it is my father who suffered the most as a vulnerable senior and patient.

It is only when we brought our story to Public Interest Alberta and then to the media ( that change did occur. We are so grateful to CapitalCare Lynnwood where we saw how the facility, the staff and family could truly work together for the best of a resident.

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February 20, 2014 at 2:11pm · 3

Colleen Huska There are 3 sides to every story yours theirs and the truth

February 20, 2014 at 2:14pm · 2

Anita Rudichuk I acknowledge that there are great experiences as well as horrible ones out there in the health care system. If we can do our part in order for all institutions to be excellent in this province, we will. All Albertans deserve quality health care! Thank you to Shauna who has chosen to speak up! Too many choose not to speak up in fear of retribution to them or their loved ones.

I think we can all agree that such situations do not need to happen. May the result be an INDEPENDENT advocacy group where families can turn to, as brought forward by Public Interest Alberta; this currently does not exist within the Alberta Health Care System. May all parties involved in the treatment and care of patients/residents been seen as essential and powerful voices in improving the health care system for all.

And thank you angels, the medical, nursing staff and administrators who work and keep the patients/residents their #1 priority, in spite of the very difficult conditions they face on a daily basis. We recognize you and thank you for sharing your gift of service with the ones in need!

February 20, 2014 at 3:30pm · Edited · 3

Maureen Bible Anderson Why are we punishing the seniors and their families? Prisoners in jail have more rights! This is horrible.

February 20, 2014 at 6:16pm · 1

Lesley McMillan WHAT?? This makes no sense whatsoever! We must demand change - in practices and/or in government.

February 20, 2014 at 6:57pm · 1

Paul Wayne Zuck
As a special care aide for nearly 15 years in Saskatchewan I find this appalling. Family members who ask general questions about their loved one's care get answers from me that fall within the scope of my duties. If the questions involve treatments or medications I am only too happy to direct them to the registered/licensed nurse on duty. One must wonder why there is a veil of secrecy surrounding the care given and the desire to ban family members. OOH wait the nursing I work for is a PUBLIC FACILITY owned by the Kelsey Trail Regional Health Authority maybe that explains the difference.

February 21, 2014 at 5:51am · 1

Teresa B. Graham Who is an advocate for those who do not have family?

February 21, 2014 at 7:05am · 1

Teresa B. Graham
Google court documents. An elderly man who resisted a diaper change and pushed his caregiver (he had dementia) was immediately deemed violent, shipped to Alberta Hospital without knowledge of the family. Took two weeks for family to be able to see him in Alberta Hospital. When they did, they were was unable to speak, was strapped to a wheelchair by his arms and legs......the family took it to court..

February 21, 2014 at 7:14am · Edited · 2

Rosa Taylor Having gone through the system with two elderly parents, I can tell you horror stories and stories about caring people who tried to help. By the time my parents died our family was burned out and our health was compromised. I fear the day my turn comes to go into the system.

February 22, 2014 at 8:31am · 1

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