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Jul 24, 2015

The provincial government announced today that it has hired an external contractor to review “matters arising from Judge Walker’s recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling.”  Because this sort of contracted review is in my experience unprecedented, and to avoid public confusion given government’s use of the term “independent”, I wish to make it clear that the contracted process announced today is not one that is contemplated either by the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCS Act) or the Representative for Children and Youth Act (RCY Act).

Jul 7, 2015

Following today's appearance by Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Vancouver City Council today adopted the following Resolution:

A. THAT Vancouver City Council call on the British Columbia Government to:

    a. Extend the option of foster care to the age of 24, and end the practice of automatic aging out of the system;

    b. Create a "Secure Care" system for vulnerable children and youth;

    c. Add more Rapid Response capacity to ensure that action happens quickly when a child or youth is at serious risk;

Jun 23, 2015

This report summarizes the discussions that took place with provincial and Aboriginal leadership at A Forum for Change: Reconciliation for Today’s First Nations, Metis & Aboriginal Children Through Custom Adoption and Lifelong Family and Tribal Connections, held in Nanaimo in April. It also looks ahead to a fall Forum and building an action plan with real steps towards permanency in the lives of First Nations, Metis and Aboriginal children in government care.