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Horwath Helps Dunn
June 4, 2008 permalink
Over the last year John Dunn has encountered nothing but stonewalling from the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa in his efforts to get membership for himself, and get a list of members as provided in the Corporations Act. His patience in exhausting his remedies has now led Hamilton East MPP Andrea Horwath to bring the matter before the provincial legislature.
Ontario MPP Andrea Horwath filed with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario a Private Member's motion which would see Children's Aid Societies in Ontario make it known to the public that they hold monthly Board meetings which are open to the public, something that is not widely known about.
The Foster Care Council of Canada, an organization made up of former foster children and child welfare clients, advocated for this motion with the Child and Youth Services Critic who filed the motion on the 2nd of June, 2008 which reads as follows:
Motion Number 41: Ms. Horwath
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should instruct all Children's Aid Societies to publish information electronically on their websites, where available, and in print format, readily accessible in the lobby area of each CAS office, which informs the public of their ability to attend and make presentations at the regularly scheduled Board of Director's meetings, the schedule and Minutes of those meetings, and further, in the same manner as mentioned above, to inform the public of the fact that CAS memberships are available to people who reside in, or who conduct business within the jurisdiction of each CAS, to provide details on how to apply for membership, and to provide access to the Society's By-Laws in the same manner. Filed on June 2, 2008.
Source: Blog by John Dunn