Children's Rights Rally in Toronto, 2005 02 16
This is a public service announcement for:
A Children's Rights Rally
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Press conference at 11:30 am 12: 30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Provincial Parliament Building of Ontario
7 Queens Park Cres. E
Toronto, ON M7A 1Y7, CA
Canada Court Watch
National Association For Public and Private
Family Aid Society
Citizens for Social Morality
Delhi-Brant Parents Assistance Group
The Child Predator Intolerance Division of Canada
The Foster Care Council of Canada
The Committee ( People 4 People)
The Children's Voice
Organizer: Advisory Committee for Child and
A "union" of families and advocacy groups joining
together in one voice to bring reform to Child and Youth Services and
preserve the family structure
This political advocacy group is trying to bring public awareness to the
legal issues affecting families in the Child and Family Services Act.
As parents, we want input into social, health, and educational
polices which affect our children. Government cannot implement programs without
consulting parents. With this template, we want parents to influence public
policy across Canada.
We welcome your organizations participation in this rally under
the banner of Advisory Committee for Child and Youth Services.
Through this joint effort, we hope to improve the lives of the
parents and children in Ontario.
...Right now theyre funded because of the former
governments funding formula. Theyre funded only on how many kids they can take
CFMU FM (Hamilton), March 16, 2004
The Child and Family Services Act is due for its 5-year review. As
representatives of the various parent groups through the Province, we are
calling for public input into its revision. We demand that a level legal
playing field be created wherein the rights of the child and the parent are
The rights of child and parent must remain intimately intertwined and balanced
under the law. Justice must be served. The best interests of the child demands
that genuine effort be made to preserve family structure. Government must
help parents to provide the social, educational and medical services required to
help Ontario families be successful.
Canada must recognize that parents are the best providers of care for their own
children limiting intervention only to families unable to care for themselves.
This present Act targets families in poverty, single parents, immigrants,
children and parents with disabilities and religious and racial minorities. Its
vagueness allows almost anything to be defined as neglect. The lack of family
supports justifies the indiscriminate apprehension of children.
The Ontario funding formula provides a monetary incentive for opening files,
keeping them open and labelling them as high risk. It rewards the identification
of children as having special needs.
This Act has created a child welfare industry wherein careers and jobs revolve
around the destruction of innocent families.
Canada in 1990 signed the U.N. Convention of the Child. It agreed to act in the
best Interests of the child.
Since that time, Canada has seen fit to only selectively implement the
Convention. It is time that Canada fulfills its commitment to the Convention.
Canada must provide every child with quality daycare, food clothing, education
and medical care regardless of parental status.
Total net expenditures for CAS during 2003 - 2004 are $1.085 billion. CAS
funding has as a result increased by 100% since 1998-19
This Act has created an environment where every professional person and citizen
must report any problem involving children.
Professionals are told to report and not to think. Children are taught to call
911 on their parents. The Act undermines the ability of parents to parent
their child. It makes people afraid to seek professional help.
Mothers are afraid to take their children to the emergency room of their local
hospital. Social workers are forced into police roles that they are not
trained for. As a result, the average career of a child protection worker is
less than 2 years. Social workers once again need to make "social work" a
helping profession. Join us as we endeavour to mobilize parents to become a
powerful advocacy group for their children.
Print out a brochure with
the preceding information and additional details, including a map of how to get
to the rally. Print a few copies, one for each of your relatives and
friends and ask them to be there on Wednesday.
A society that puts equalityin the sense
of equality of outcomeahead of freedom will end up with neither equality
nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom,
and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of
people who use it to promote their own interests.
Milton and Rose Friedman
in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
(Milton Friedman won the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economics)
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