Sunday, September 25, 2016

METIS CHILD - JUDGE RULES TOMORROW SEPT 26 - RAY FERRIS SPEAKS OUT, AGAIN!

Ray Ferris has been invested in this case as most advocated spirits are. It’s the case of the Metis child whom MCFD wants to ship from a BC Metis foster parent home to a non-aboriginal home in Ontario because there are two siblings earlier sent there. He has written another piece and sent it to me today. 

(Photo:Mike McArthur/CBC)
"The Metis foster parents spent two days in court last week in Vancouver Supreme Court. Jack Hittrich, their lawyer applied for leave to approach the Supreme Court of Canada on a Charter of Rights application protecting the aboriginal heritage. Of course the MCF director is fighting that tooth and nail and has shown the customary nasty and vindictive behaviour that we have come to expect from the office. There is a publication ban on the case, so you may see nothing in the media. The judge expects to rule tomorrow, Monday Sept 26th. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

METIS FOSTER PARENTS LOSE APPEAL - CHILD TO BE SHIPPED TO ONTARIO

Foster dad with Metis girl, photo courtesy of foster mom 
Recent news of Metis toddler - A British Columbia foster family has lost its fight in the province's highest court to keep a Metis toddler they have raised since birth. You should read this week's Times Colonist report that reveals that the B.C. foster parents will not give up. Perhaps you will share Ray Ferris' dismay which he expresses in the piece that follows. He has sent this letter to the Times Colonist. Ray is an author and advocate.

"Your Times Colonist report reminds us that the social workers want to rip this child from the only home she has known and place her with strangers in Ontario, regardless of the consequences. Not only does this fly in the face of common sense, but it ignores all knowledge of early childhood development and good social work practice. Such action also flouts the imperatives in the CF&CSA defining the best interests of children."
    
"The Act lists the following guidelines and rules.
1.Preservation of kinship ties and attachment to extended family are urged.
2.Cultural identity of aboriginal children should be protected.
3.Decisions on young children to be timely.
4. Continuity of care is important.
5. Quality of relationship with caregiver.
6. Child’s cultural, racial and religious heritage to be protected.
7. Where the child is aboriginal placement must be with extended family or in cultural community, or with another aboriginal family."

"Clearly, all these conditions are satisfied with the present Metis foster parents, who also wish to adopt. Courts have defined Metis people as aboriginal. There is a section that says that placement in the same home as siblings should be considered. The Act also states that all the best interests must be considered in context and that judgement must be used. Note that no one right is declared as paramount. However, the Ministry director continues to insist that sibling placement must supersede all other clauses. Obviously the time has long gone when this would have had any benefit and it is perverse to cling to it. The law allows him to do so without challenge."

"Children need to be stabilized in the first year of life. Otherwise they are prone to developing a range of anxiety disorders, which can scar for life. Unfortunately, the scantily trained unregistered social workers of the children's ministry seem to be blissfully ignorant of such knowledge."

From Ray Ferris 105-3900 Shelbourne St. Victoria. Phone 250 477 5723

My Previous GPS blog posts associated with this case are found at these links:
GPS: Metis Child Is In a Mess: Feb 15, 2016 ... She was not permitted to go to a Métis cultural event being held in her honour. Why would the Métis Federation hold an event to honour her?

‪GPS: METIS GIRL'S GOOD NEWS - FOR NOW: Mar 7, 2016 ... The good news is coming but first read the reprise of this situation. If you have been following the long running story of the two-year old Metis ..

GPS: Times Colonist Story about Metis Toddler: Jan 30, 2016 ... FOLLOWUP opinion by Ray Ferris, my advocacy colleague, an experienced ...


GPS: Emergency News of Little Metis Girl: Feb 27, 2016 ... If you have to look back a few posts that pertain to the metis child being taken from her foster parents who ...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FLASHBACK - ZABETH & PAUL BAYNE

This is a flashback to well over a decade ago when I officiated the wedding ceremony for Zabeth and Paul. Today they have four vibrant, growing, intelligent and lovely children. They could never have imagined as they knelt before me (their choice), that within a few years they would experience yet endure the gravest assault upon their family, their hearts and their reputations. In 2007, accused (but unproven) of hurting their youngest of three children then, all three children were removed from them. For four years they maintained their innocence and fought passionately through hearings and court cases. Then as a crowning insult, their newborn fourth child was removed shortly after birth in 2011. With the help of the late Doug Christie (barrister extraordinaire) and Ray Ferris (former MCFD supervisor turned critic) and through their own faith and determination and the moral support of hundreds of advocates, they received their children back in 2011, and in the five years since then, their thriving family provides the continuing evidence of a wrong diagnosis, incorrect assumptions of guilt, the risk of unfettered power among blasé bureaucrats, social workers and litigators; as well as the evidence of the diligent, honest, upright and loving parents and people that Paul and Zabeth are. They are a continuing inspiration to many troubled people. I will never forget them, Zabeth in particular with whom I maintained an almost daily contact through the years of their ordeal. Thank you God, for setting them free.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CRAIG HILL, EDITOR OF THE VALLEY VOICE NEWS NEEDS A PLACE TO LIVE NOW!

CRAIG HILL NEEDS OUR HELP - I write out of concern for Craig Hill, founder and editor of The Valley Voice News.  Craig also has a Facebook presence. As you know he is a friend and advocate to Chilliwack and the Upper Fraser Valley providing without cost, both news coverage of area events and advertisement space to local businesses.  He needs immediate help from his community ASAP. On short notice he is being forced out of an apartment in which he has lived as a model tenant for twenty years. He has exhausted appeals and not having found another affordable living space, his apartment contents will be removed to the street on Sunday July 31st, 2016 at 1:00 PM. That is days from now. This is worrying in the extreme. Craig is 60 years old, on disability following a truck accident that injured his legs but is mobile. The stress may have contributed to recent petite and grand mal seizures. This friend needs help, to find him a place to live preferably in Chilliwack area. He has appealed to friends, acquaintances and the community at large for leads to rental apartment. Can you inform Craig of a temporary lodging or a permanent living space? He is fine man and a good tenant.

You can reach Craig by EMAIL thevalleyvoice@shaw.ca or by telephone 604-392-NEWS (6397).

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Radita First Degree Murder Case is Postponed Until Fall

The first degree murder trial has been adjourned until the fall, but a specific date for this continuation will not be determined until Aug. 19.

Huffington Post has an informative series of articles on the Redita case. Alexandru died while in the custody, care and home of his parents Emil and Rodica, who have been charged with first degree murder. 

You could not imagine that Alexandru is fifteen years old (Source: Calgary Herald from photos released by the Court)

Emil (59) and Rodica (53) Radita, father & mother


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MARY ELLEN TURPEL-LAFOND’S TAKE ON THE RADITA TRIAL

In light of the murder trial of two parents in the death of their son, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.'s Child and Youth advocate criticized the failure to share information between child welfare agencies between provinces. An entire article by Andrew Russell writing in Global TV's online news can be found here.

THE TRIAL OF THE RADITAS

This news is now almost one-month-old, but it serves as a follow-up to the previous post that accents the need for interprovincial information links when cases of concern appear on two or more provinces.

Emil & Rodica Radita
ALEX DIED AT AGE 15, WEIGHING 37 POUNDS.
The defense position offered by the lawyer for Mrs. Radita was that Rodica and Emil Radita may be guilty of poor diabetes management for their son Alexandru, or even for failing to provide the necessities of life, but that is not murder. Both Radita, 53, and her 59-year-old husband, Emil, plead not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the May 7, 2013, starvation death of the 15-year-old boy. In a body that was a skeletal horror that weighed only 37 pounds, Alexandru died of a bacterial infection secondary to his malnutrition and untreated diabetes Type 1.

Friday, June 10, 2016

ALEX WAS 15 YRS OLD & WEIGHED 37 LBS WHEN HE DIED

ALEX RADITA
News agencies have covered the case of Alex Radita, a teen whose death has led to a murder charge. Alex was 15 years of age and weighed 37 lbs when he died. His parents, Emil, and Rodica are charged with first-degree murder. Their faith life factors into the neglect. It's an awful story. 
You can read about it at the following sites but be warned, this story contains content some readers may find disturbing. Discretion is strongly advised.

In view of the case history, Ray Ferris, my friend, an occasional commentator here, veteran MCFD employee, advisor to and advocate for parents has written this letter to the Editor of the Times Colonist.

EMIL & RODICA
"Mr. and Mrs. Radita are not the only ones who should be in the dock over the death of their son. From early court records, it was obvious that the mother was incapable of rational thought.  She insisted her son was not ill and all they needed to do was to pray. She tried to encourage the boy to resist the doctors when they gave him insulin shots. Because they only spoke Rumanian to each other she was difficult to supervise. She repeatedly tried to sabotage his treatment. In the face of such invincible ignorance the only thing that could guarantee the boy’s survival was permanent removal from the parents. The social workers should have known that but they tap danced around the evidence and there were repeated dangerous episodes until the inevitable happened.
37 LBS @ 15TH B-DAY PARTY, TRIES TO SMILE


    This is typical of how the child protection workers fail in their mandate. When they encounter a case with compelling evidence, they cannot make up their minds until it is too late. The next day they are removing children and keeping them in care for years based only on hearsay, presumption, and unreliable so-called expert witnesses. I would also put the director in the dock, because it is the directors who authorize all the bad decisions."

Monday, March 7, 2016

METIS GIRL’S GOOD NEWS - FOR NOW

The good news is coming but first read the reprise of this situation. If you have been following the long running story of the two-year old Metis girl in her foster parents’ care since her birth and with her biological parents living nearby with cooperative access to their child. The foster parents want to adopt the child and the biological parents are okay with that. All of them have been opposed to the Ministry of Children’s plan to remove the child and transport her from Vancouver Island to Ontario and an adoptive family that already contains the girl’s two brothers. On one hand you can see some merit in connecting all three children. It vanishes quickly. The overwhelming verdict is that this was a bad decision because the girl has never met these boys. The proposed adoptive family in Ontario is non-Metis, non First-Nation with no association with Metis culture or events. After much publicity and after hearings, the foster parents have won an injunction permitting them to keep the toddler. You can read the full story in the CBC, and other news agency links below.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

EMERGENCY - NEWS - THAT LITTLE METIS GIRL - MCFD IS CONSCIENCELESS

IF YOU HAVE TO LOOK BACK A FEW POSTS THAT PERTAIN TO THE METIS CHILD BEING TAKEN FROM HER FOSTER PARENTS WHO METIS & BEING SHIPPED TO ONTARIO TO A NON-FIRST NATIONS FAMILY, THEN PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ. BUT LOOK AT THIS HORROR. This letter is written by Ray Ferris, my colleague, & sent to Times Colonist as well as some MLAs. 

Well said G.M. Jackson T.C. Saturday. With the latest news it gets even worse for the poor child. TC published my letter on the potential for conflict between the different rights of children and that no one right is paramount over the others. Now the MCF not only wants the child to move to strangers in Ontario, but they forbid the foster parents from partaking in a transition plan. They must take the child daily for visits in a temporary foster home. On Monday they must take her to the home and they will never see her again. The child will stay in the temporary home for an indefinite period until the move to Ontario. She is already upset every day when picked up. This is organised child emotional abuse. What was a feasible scheme two and a half years ago is now totally inappropriate. To pursue it shows a profound ignorance of child psychology.
    The foster parents’ plea to the supreme court was thrown out on legal points and the best interests of the child were not considered. The ministry people know perfectly well that lawyer Jack Hittrich has filed an appeal. Should the foster parents succeed, the child will be moved again. Is this a vindictive retaliation for going public?
 
 
Ray Ferris   4124 Longview Drive Victoria BC. V8N 2K7 Phone 250-477-5723