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Owen Sound Rally

August 26, 2010 permalink

A Rally for Accountability took place August 25 in Owen Sound. The local paper has a report.



CAS protesters take to streets

A small group of demonstrators gathered outside city hall in Owen Sound on Wednesday demanding more accountability and transparency from the 53 Children's Aid Societies in Ontario.

The dozen or so protesters, from a number of organizations across the province, want as a minimum for the ombudsman to have oversight over the societies, said Christine Sorko-Houle of Tillsonburg.

Sorko-Houle said she was a member of the Voices of Innocent Families in Ontario, which she described as a Facebook group. She was in Owen Sound to help support a member of her group who had recently moved to the city from Tillsonburg.

Other protesters were from as far away as Sudbury and Oakville and belonged to Canada Court Watch and a group called Stop the CAS From Taking Children From Good Parents.

One man from Huntsville was there, he said, "supporting everyone who has problems like me." He said the CAS in Muskoka had done nothing to help his children, who were being abused by his ex-wife.

Vern Beck of Oakville, a Canada Court Watch member, said he had spoken to a dozen people within minutes of arriving at the protest in Owen Sound who had complaints about the CAS as either former wards or parents.

Sorko-Houle said there have been 50 or 60 similar protests across Ontario, including three at Queen's Park, this summer.

Source: Owen Sound Sun Times