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One-sided Inquests Supported
September 10, 2006 permalink
The Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills held hearings on Ontario bill 89. It provides that when a child dies at the hands of a parent after custody is returned to him, that death must be the subject of a coroner's inquest. The committee departed from the usual dull hearing format, presenting action-drama. The first four witnesses expressed the view of aggrieved, or even terrified, mothers, none expressed a father's viewpoint. The witnesses were:
The Hatfields and the McCoys had a legendary feud. Imagine that when a Hatfield kills a McCoy, the story is reported in full, but when a McCoy kills a Hatfield, the story is suppressed. Readers will think (falsely) that the Hatfields are doing all the killing.
That is what bill 89 does. When a parent deprived of custody gets a child back and later kills it, we will get the news. But when a parent does not get a child back and CAS kills it, it will remain (as now) a secret.
While the aggrieved mothers giving testimony are deserving of sympathy, the solution is to disclose all child deaths, not just those fitting the CAS agenda.