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July 28, 2010 permalink
Ten people participated in a rally outside the courthouse in Pembroke today. It continued through an hour-long rainstorm. On a main street with heavy traffic, a fifth of passing vehicles honked in support. Enclosed is a news article from Pembroke radio station CIMY FM 104.9 and a brief write-up of rallier Candice Villneff. Here is an audio clip of Candice Villneff (mp3) from CIMY and a high resolution rally photo. Another rally will take place tomorrow in front of Children's Aid in Pembroke.
CAS faces protesters who want accountability
Recognizing that it's a province wide problem, a small group of Pembroke Residents think something has to be done at the Childrens Aid Society. Several rallys are being held across the province in support of bill 93 which is calling for the non-governmental organization to become accountable to Ontarios Ombudsman. Rally Organizer Candice Villneff says they don't want to see CAS dissappear, just improve.
7 people attended todays (July 28) rally outside the Pembroke Courthouse and organizers will be back at it tomorrow. They plan to hold a second rally infront of the Family and Children Services Building located at 77 Mary Street in Pembroke. A release from spokesperson Neil Hasket claims that Ontario courts and enquiries have proven that children are taken from innocent parents and some are put up for addoption. It goes on to say that the request for oversight is reasonable adding that it will ensure safer, accountable and transparent Child Protection services.
Candice Villneff has five children, ages 14, 11, 6, 5 and 3 years. She has been under surveillance by CAS since 1996, shortly after the birth of her first child. In 2007 CAS took her four children while she was pregnant, and took her youngest child at birth. Last year all five became crown wards. Candice visits the four oldest children twice a month, the youngest (adoptable) child is off-limits. Candice's husband is the father of the three youngest children and stepfather of the others. The reason stated by CAS for taking the kids? The house was messy. If you find a home with four kids that is not a mess, please let us know.