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North Bay Rally.
July 9, 2010 permalink
About 20 people participated in a rally outside the North Bay courthouse and Children's Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound. This region has generated few complaints in the past, but several angry locals shared their bad experiences with North Bay CAS. A reporter from Bay Today interviewed a few participants. (The homepage of Bay Today has a large banner ad "I Am Your Children's Aid"). Here are pictures of the rally.
One mother, Jamie, a former crown ward herself, shared her story of CAS attempts to separate her from her daughter. She refused pain medication during delivery to protect her baby, even pushing away a nurse with a needle. Twenty hours after giving birth several CAS workers entered the delivery room. Her refusal of medication was held against her. Jamie knew from experience their real purpose was to take her baby, so refused an apparently innocent request to take the baby briefly into the next room. Instead she called her sister to the hospital, along with other family members and friends including a clergyman and his wife. CAS was ashamed to used force in the company of the clergy, allowing Jamie to get baby Tessa home. She remained under constant surveillance. How did CAS ultimately get the baby? One day Jamie pulled her car to the side of the road to breastfeed. A policeman, apparently with knowledge of the CAS surveillance, approached her and sent mother and baby to a hospital by ambulance on a mental health pretext. There a nurse forcibly injected the mother with a sedative while CAS took the baby. At age five, Tessa is back with Jamie.