Saturday, April 15, 2017

Change is a verb not a sit on your butt noun.

#justiceforserenity, --No change at all but sure a lot of photo opportunities for MLAs who aren't doing much to change the problems in the system for children.
We've seen this trick with the Tories and we are unimpressed.
Get going NDP folks.
We're only giving y'all until the end of this term and then it's going to be a new team we try out in the GOA.

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Child intervention panel approves draft recommendations

Published on: April 14, 2017 | Last Updated: April 14, 2017 6:19 PM MDT
News coverage of the death of Serenity, shown as a happy toddler riding her trike, prompted the creation of the  Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention.
A panel tasked with improving the province’s child intervention services has approved a draft set of recommendations aimed at making reviews of in-care deaths more accountable and timely.  
The Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention met Thursday to finalize suggested changes to be forwarded to Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee for review.
The recommendations call for increased authority for the office of the province’s child and youth advocate, greater accountability for preventable deaths, timely completion of reviews, better supports for families, greater cultural sensitivity, and improved information sharing.
Discussion about balancing public information with privacy interests during death reviews was deferred until the panel can get more information.
Larivee said she’s pleased with the all-party panel’s “unprecedented” collaboration in its conversations.
“I look forward to examining these recommendations to streamline and strengthen the child death review process and bringing forward legislation to improve the system in the near future,” Larivee said in an emailed statement Friday.
Wildrose caucus whip Jason Nixon sits on the panel and said that he’s pleased with what the panel was able to come up with.
“If the minister takes those recommendations seriously, I think we’ll see some good changes to the death review itself,” he said.
Nixon added that he continues to be troubled that the panel isn’t allowed to interview staff about concerns they have with the system, and also that they haven’t been able to discuss specific cases, including the case of Serenity, a four-year-old indigenous girl who died in care.
The panel was set up after Serenity’s death and has been tasked with identifying systemic problems in the child intervention system.
The panel’s recommendations mark the end of the first phase of the panel’s work. At its next meeting, it’ll begin a broad overview of the child welfare system.  
Alberta Party leader and panel member Greg Clark said the panel members did a good job of transcending partisan lines to create child death review recommendations, but he wonders if that will be harder to achieve in the second phase.
“Working in a consensus model could be challenging. I’m hopeful we’ll be able to make some good recommendations that we’ll be able to agree on, but it’s certainly a bigger mandate.”
Clark hopes to prioritize issues of preventing children from ending up in care, as well as addressing the over-representation of indigenous children in the system
More than 10,000 children and youth across Alberta receive intervention services.
The panel is next scheduled to meet on April 19.

Not much is being done here except spin. #GOASPIN. We have enough reports, round panel information, reviews, fatality report recommendations. What we do not have in Alberta are politicians with courage and the political will to transform an entitled bureaucracy and political group into real representatives for the most vulnerable children in Alberta. There is plenty of talk, baloney and media presentations for the benefit of the politicians but nothing for the kids. It's sad but there you go. Government is all about surface and not deliverables.
There just came out with an all party panel of recomendations. Wait and if not implemented then get mad.
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Mark Pearson We've seen this trick many times before. In the continuing care system for example, Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society showed me two long tables covered in paper produced by the supremely useless PCs. Now we have the same government under the NDP folks doing the same deny, delay and deflect business of the Tories. Nice to see the culture of entitlement of the past oil monarchs continues with the current ones.

We have enough paper. We have enough recommendations. What we need is action by stale bureaucrats who are kicked in the rump by their ministers. We want change and if government won't do the change through the NDP, let us change the party in power as we did with the PCs. Change is a verb not a sit on your butt noun.
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Good. After years of the previous government doing nothing about this, something is being done.
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What is being done exactly? Spin. #GOASPIN. The culture of secrecy and silencing continues. You only have to see the failures in the continuing care system to understand that government itself is complicit in the cover up of the abuse and deaths of vulnerable citizens in both the child welfare system and the continuing care system.
In the continuing care system we have a whole pile of chatter and legislation but when families yap about care issues there is retribution--evictions, banning and lawsuits.
Oddly enough the advocates who are designed to help us-the health advocates, the seniors advocate, the mental health advocate, the Ombudsman, the Protection for Persons in Care folks --are not independent entities but are under the boots of the Health Ministry. What this means is watered down investigations by the PPIC folks, no help of any value from the advocates or Ombudsmans Office and a whole pile of money spent on advocates that would be better spent on increasing staff: resident ratios and training of staff at the continuing care facilities.

The Tories built this edifice and its up to families to show how useless it is. The Tories introduced the Trespass to Premises legislation to be used against families; no appeal process is present. The miracle of all this legislation is that we are supposed to believe that all these public bodies serve us but in reality we pay for these bodies to move families forward, mitigate the risks of emerging issues for the government (apparently families yapping to media makes government look bad and thus constitute "emerging issues") and finally perserve the facade of good performance. The reality is that some of the work done by government is good and yet there is some work that is not good. Why can't we see the work that is bad and hold government to account? For example why have I not been given audits that I requested from Alberta Health and AHS? What are they afraid of? Public scrutiny?

This NDP government is just like the PC government and perhaps only the spin is better.
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