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Creative Lying 101

December 9, 2006 permalink

During the trial of Jeffrey Baldwin's killers, Toronto CCAS stonewalled the prosecutor, refusing to provide documents or allow social workers to testify in court, especially Margarita Quintana. They also refused to allow a retired police investigator, Mike Davis, to see documents or interview social workers. Below responding to an opinion by Rosie DiManno, Mary McConville, executive director of CCAS, claims that her society co-operated fully with all requests for information from both the police and Crown. Here are links to four earlier stories reporting the intransigence of CCAS: Christie Blatchford October 2005 and November 2005 and Peter Brieger and Pulse24 news June 2006. As for "accepting responsibility", they sent two of their contractors to jail, but none of the social workers responsible for Jeffrey's welfare have received even a reprimand.



CCAS accepted responsibility

Minding the minders
Column, Dec. 6.

Children's aid societies welcome any improvements that will ensure the protection and well-being of children in Ontario and we will work closely with the government and with the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies to respond to the Auditor General's findings.

In its call to have CASs accountable to the public they serve, the paper refers to the tragic death of Jeffrey Baldwin, asserting that for the Catholic Children's Aid Society, "there was no reckoning."

The Catholic Children's Aid Society has publicly accepted responsibility and regret for its role in Jeffrey's death, taking swift action to improve its protection practices — practices that have now been replicated by all Ontario CASs. The society has also stated that it will co-operate fully with the coroner in the inquest into Jeffrey's tragic death. The society co-operated fully with all requests for information from both the police and Crown. So much so, that the society took the unusual step of appearing before Justice David Watt in order to demonstrate that every request made was complied with in a thorough and timely manner.

Children's aid societies will continue to improve their capacity to protect children and to deliver services effectively, efficiently and responsibly

Mary A. McConville, Executive Director, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto

Source: Toronto Star