Filtered By - Children's Aid Societies

  • National Post Children’s aid societies gone rogue Wednesday April 16th, 2014
    It was called “the trial that never ends.” A custody battle, in which the London-Middlesex Children’s Aid Society (CAS) became the cynosure of a London court’s ire, took place over 154 days, causing a huge backlog in other cases. It’s a tawdry tale, but it speaks to an untreated cancer in the child-services domain that cries out for chemotherapy. The s...
  • National Post Children's aid societies gone rogue Wednesday April 16th, 2014
    It was called “the trial that never ends.” A custody battle, in which the London-Middlesex Children’s Aid Society (CAS) became the cynosure of a London court’s ire, took place over 154 days, causing a huge backlog in other cases. It’s a tawdry tale, but it speaks to an untreated cancer in the child-services domain that cries out for chemotherapy. The s...
  • National Post No justice for Jeffrey Wednesday September 25th, 2013
    When he was alive, little Jeffrey Baldwin was surrounded by adults. If a single one of them had demonstrated that they cared even a little bit about him, his life could have been saved. To the bitter end, Richard Baldwin was the modern man, so aggressively passive he was almost magnificent. Jill Witkin, counsel to Ontario coroner Dr. Peter Clark, was wrapping up a brief ...
  • National Post Attacking the root of children’s aid societies’ rot Wednesday April 24th, 2013
    On April 11, Progressive Conservatives and NDP members of the Ontario Legislature joined forces (with one Liberal) to pass the second reading of Bill 42, an act that would allow the province’s ombudsman “to investigate any decision or recommendation made or any act done or omitted in the course of the administration of a children’s aid society” (CAS). CAS ov...
  • National Post Seeking an alternative to Children’s Aid Societies Wednesday March 6th, 2013
    There is no more ignominious epitaph on a public policy’s tombstone than “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” When residential schools were first mooted, they probably made eminent political sense as a means for “civilizing” native children. Unfortunately, “at the time,” nobody took human nature into account. The schools’ travesty taug...
  • National Post The problem with Children’s Aid Societies Wednesday February 27th, 2013
    A young friend of mine took her bruised toddler to the hospital as a precaution after a fall down some stairs. All was well, but she nervously joked, “I was afraid the doctor might call the CAS (Children’s Aid Society).” This shocked me. Decades ago, I took my kids to the hospital on more than one similar occasion, but I never entertained such a misgiving. My friend&rsq...
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