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Ombudsman Amendment Act
(Children's Aid Societies)
June 12, 2012 permalink
Tabatha Haskett While surrounded with advocates today after introducing PM bill110, Monique Taylor assures that the second reading will happen this October. So, now it is up to us advocates to communicate with the last remaining MPP's to get them on board. We can do it! Lets hit the ground and finish this bill once and for all! :)
Source: Facebook, Stop the CAS ...
Eleven supporters of ombudsman oversight (and three children) were in the galleries while the bill went through first reading. Photo link. The Ontario Coalition for Accountability is keeping track of the MPPs position on this legislation.
The text of the bill is enclosed.
Bill 110, Ombudsman Amendment Act (Children's Aid Societies), 2012
Bill 110 2012
An Act to amend the Ombudsman Act with respect to children's aid societies
Note: This Act amends the Ombudsman Act. For the legislative history of the Act, see the Table of Consolidated Public Statutes – Detailed Legislative History at www.e-Laws.gov.on.ca.
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1. The Ombudsman Act is amended by adding the following section:
Ombudsman may investigate children’s aid societies
14.1 (1) Anything that the Ombudsman may do under this Act in respect of a governmental organization, the Ombudsman may do in respect of a society as defined in subsection 3 (1) of the Child and Family Services Act.
(2) If the Ombudsman does or proposes to do anything in respect of a society as defined in subsection 3 (1) of the Child and Family Services Act, any reference in this Act to a governmental organization is deemed to be a reference to the society.
2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
3. The short title of this Act is the Ombudsman Amendment Act (Children's Aid Societies), 2012.
The Bill amends the Ombudsman Actto allow the Ombudsman to investigate any decision or recommendation made or any act done or omitted in the course of the administration of a children’s aid society.
Source: Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas introduced Neil and Tabatha Haskett in the legislature (video mp4). There is a video of the supporters. No cameras were permitted inside the legislature. Local copy (mp4).
Advocates attend the 1st Reading of Bill 110
Advocates Neil Haskett, Tabatha Haskett, Vernon Beck, Curtis Kingston, Bobbie Gellner, Chris York, Lilliane Lalonde, Pat Niagara Kelly Mackin and Maureen Fennelly at Legislative Assembly of Ontario. attended the 1st reading at Queens Park in Toronto on June 12, 2012.
Addendum: The next day Monique Taylor questioned the provincial premier on granting ombudsman oversight over children's aid societies. Eric Hoskins, answering for premier McGuinty, repeated the claim that oversight is already adequate. Here is the video of Monique Taylor and Eric Hoskins (mp4).