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Ottawa CAS on Trial

September 10, 2010 permalink


A trial date of December 01, 2010 has been set for the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa and it's executive director Barbara MacKinnon (the defendants) to defend themselves in court for contravening an offence creating provision of the Corporations Act they are obligated to comply with.

Private Prosecutor and former Crown Ward John Dunn will present his case against the defendants on Wed December 01, 2010 at 9:00am in Court room 101 at 100 Constellation Cres. in Ottawa. (Click here for map) large scale. small scale.

The defendants have previously lost their motion to the court which sought to have the charges against them dismissed. The Justice of the Peace instead dismissed their motion allowing the charges to proceed.

Please attend court on December 01, 2010 if you are interested in watching this case.

Source: Foster Care News, September 10, 2010, John Dunn

For more on this case, refer to other blog entries just after the source. A suggestion below to minister Laurel Broten is consistent with past practice, but unlikely to be followed when it is an insider that is the accused.



September 10, 2010

Laurel Broten
Minister of Children and Youth Services
14th Floor
56 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S3

Tel 416-212-7432
Fax 416-212-7431

Subject: Ottawa Children's Aid

sent by email and Canada Post

Honorable Minister:

A legal action is pending against the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa and its executive director Barbara MacKinnon. The event that is the subject of the action is that John Dunn, following the Corporations Act, article 307, requested a copy of the membership list of the Society, but the Society failed to give it to him. A trial has been scheduled for December 1, 2010.

The children's aid society has the mission of protecting Ontario's children. As part of carrying out its mandate it routinely removes children from the care of fathers or mothers when legal accusations of wrongdoing are pending before the courts. It is entirely reasonable to further protect children by applying the same precaution to workers of the children's aid society itself. I suggest that you use your powers under the Child and Family Services Act, articles 22 through 24, to remove the accused person, Barbara MacKinnon, from authority over children until the court has resolved the issues.

The case is filed with the Provincial Offences Court in Ottawa and has been assigned case number 094151. The title is John Dunn v Children's Aid Society of Ottawa (Ontario Corporation Number 37637) and Barbara MacKinnon.

Yours truly,


Robert T McQuaid
558 McMartin Road
Mattawa Ontario P0H 1V0

phone: 705-744-6274

Addendum: A less-than-responsive reply.



Ministry of Children and
Youth Services

Eastern Region
347 Preston Street
Ottawa ON K1S 3H8
Switchboard: 613-234-1188
Toll Free: 1-800-267-5111

Ministère des Services à I'enfance
et à la jeunesse

Région de l'Est
347, rue Preston
Ottawa (Ontario) K1S 3H8
Réception centrale : 613-234-1188
Sansfrais: 1-800-267-5111

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September 27, 2010

Mr. Robert T. McQuaid
558 McMartin Road
Mattawa, Ontario

Dear Mr. McQuaid:

Thank you for your letter of September 10, 2010, addressed to The Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth Services, regarding the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa. Your correspondence was forwarded to me for a response.

While I can appreciate your concerns, due to privacy and confidentiality considerations, I am unable to comment on any details of the situation.

Once again, thank you for sharing your concerns.


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Suzanne Gagnon
Regional Director

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