November is Adoption Awareness Month
Please see the attached joint editorial from the Minister of Children and Family Development and the Representative for Children and Youth celebrating B.C. families brought together by adoption.



Fragile Lives Fragmented Systems

Letter to the Editor, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Times Colonist Feb. 2011


What are the three to five key things parents and government need to do to ensure our children age 0-12 have the best start in life

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, The Province Oct. 2010.

Respecting the Rights of Children, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, November 16,2009

November 20 marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Canada is a signatory to the Convention but, to our national shame, we have not made significant progress in implementing it in our laws and policies. This anniversary is a chance for Canada to show it truly values these rights.
If there is truth in the basic principle that society is judged on how we treat our most vulnerable, B.C.'s lack of progress in reducing child poverty should provoke a lot of soul searching.
Jail Program's end hurts mothers, babies
September 24, 2008, Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Vancouver Sun

The recent cancellation of a provincial program, which used to allow mothers to form close bonds by being with their newborns, punishes both mother and baby.  As B.C.'s representative for children and youth, I strongly believe that children of imprisoned parents shouldn't be discriminated against as a result of a parent being jailed.




Standardized testing in schools
October 3, 2007, Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Vancouver Sun
Recent events are pushing standardized testing back into the public and media spotlight. As BC's Representative for Children and Youth, I strongly believe that the interests of children are not served by elministing standardized tests.

Who listens to children?
June 7, 2007, Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the Verdict, Issue 113
Having recently mothballed my judicial robes to take the appointment as Representative for Children and Youth, the practices of the courtroom still resonate for me. One matter upon which I reflect given my recent experiences is what is access to justice for children and youth in British Columbia?

Senate report on children's rights
May 7, 2007, Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Black Press
On April 2006, the Senate Committee on Human Rights released a report examining Canada's compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which our country ratified 15 years ago.