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Ontario Violates Law
February 11, 2008 permalink
The website of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has an article lauding the services of long-time foster parents Bernice and Rolland Desnoyers. It is one of the standard self-congratulatory promotions of the child protection industry, pretending that contractors who care for children for hire are on a par with Mother Teresa.
What they forgot was two articles of the Child and Family Services Act copied below:.
Prohibition: identifying child
45(8) No person shall publish or make public information that has the effect of identifying a child who is a witness at or a participant in a hearing or the subject of a proceeding, or the child’s parent or foster parent or a member of the child’s family.
85(3) A person who contravenes subsection 45 (8) or 76 (11) (publication of identifying information) or an order prohibiting publication made under clause 45 (7) (c) or subsection 45 (9), and a director, officer or employee of a corporation who authorizes, permits or concurs in such a contravention by the corporation, is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than three years, or to both. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.11, s. 85 (2, 3).
The Denoyers have been foster parents to 63 children, every one the subject of a proceeding. We are waiting for the police to serve the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, with 63 tickets, providing for a fine of not more than $630,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than 189 years. The offending material is copied below.
Bernice and Rolland Desnoyers
The care and compassion of Bernice and Rolland Desnoyers knows no bounds. As foster parents to 63 children over more than 45 years, this Leamington couple has provided a safe, nurturing and stable environment for the young people in their care. They have fostered children from a few weeks through to 11 years. In recent years, they have focused on boys in their mid-teens ─ some of whom continued to live with them while completing college or establishing themselves in the workplace. As one young man said “They help kids be kids and they help kids become proper adults … They’re my family.”
Source: Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
pointed out by John Dunn