PBS: Savings our Waters – Panel Discussion: Canadian Perspectives on Water

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Vermont PBS tackles the urgent need to protect our water, including issues facing Lake Champlain and other vital waterways in Vermont. Thought-provoking short documentaries covering steps toward keeping our waterways clean; the impacts of phosphorus and other contaminants; and using the science behind the issues to derive solutions that have positive impact on our communities.

 

 

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Land Rush – Why Poverty?

What happened in 2008? “By the end of the 20th Century world food prices were stable and world hunger was actually declining. All that changed in 2008.” Watch the video to learn more.

 

Published on Jan 6, 2013

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How do you feed the world? To find out more and get teaching resources, go to http://www.whypoverty.net 75% of Mali’s population are farmers, but rich, land-hungry nations like China and Saudi Arabia are leasing Mali’s land in order to turn large areas into agribusiness farms. Many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism. As Mali experiences a military coup, the developers are scared off – but can Mali’s farmers combat food shortages and escape poverty on their own terms? Director Hugo Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat Producer Eli Cane Produced by Normal Life Pictures Why Poverty? http://www.whypoverty.net/en/video/31/ Video URL: http://youtu.be/O_pKnP-2mOQ

French immersion a success that should be celebrated

Good article about the importance of obtaining a Double Dogwood Diploma. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full article or an excerpt below.

 

We may have “English” school boards but they are Canadian first. Canada has two official languages. Let’s embrace the annual growth rate of French immersion of 5.7 per cent as a major success story in public education. Let’s get to work making sure every student in Ontario can access French immersion and acquire the language skills to fully participate in the public and cultural life of our country.

Help for kids outside class makes Bramalea Secondary ‘a really cool school’

Excellent example of where I feel schools need to go to fill the gap and provide social programs that are sadly lacking in our communities. Students would benefit by trying different potential careers while at school, it would make school meaningful for them, they would gain an understanding of the needs of vulnerable citizens, and the experiences gained could be included in their school portfolios for future employment. Click here to read the full article.

CHILD, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ACT

This is shocking that hearsay information can be used against parents in a court of law. I have never heard of this before. Click here to read the full act or read an excerpt below.

 

Court may exclude child and decide how child’s evidence is received

67  At a hearing under this Act, the court may, having regard to the child’s best interests, do one or more of the following:

(a) exclude the child from the courtroom, despite the Provincial Court Act;

(b) admit any hearsay evidence of the child that it considers reliable;

(c) give any other direction concerning the receipt of the child’s evidence that it considers just.

Evidence of others

68  (1) Before ordering that a child be placed in or returned to the custody of a person other than a director, the court may consider the person’s past conduct toward any child who is or was in that person’s care.

(2) In a proceeding under this Act, the court may admit as evidence

(a) any hearsay evidence that the court considers reliable, or

(b) any oral or written statement or report the court considers relevant, including a transcript, exhibit or finding in an earlier civil or criminal proceeding.

Navigating Structural Violence with Indigenous Families: The Contested Terrain of Early Childhood Intervention and the Child Welfare System in Canada

Why is it always the mother’s fault? Or if I was politically correct …. the parent’s? Another good study about the Child Protection Services which is also known by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). I counter by saying the problem is no longer just an Indigenous one but could affect any parent, especially if they are struggling with a social problem. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full study or an excerpt below.

 

In B.C. and across Canada, neoliberal modes of governance, which shape contemporary child welfare policies, work to transfer responsibility from the state to individual families (Gurstein & Vilches, 2011). In this socio-political landscape, “the personal and individualized nature of child welfare work functions to separate mothering work from its context” (Swift, 1995, p. 173). Thus, locating blame and responsibility for change becomes the prerogative of individual, neglectful parents—as opposed to that of the state and its auxiliary agencies (Sinha et al., 2013).

Intersecting Challenges: Mothers and Child Protection Law in BC

This study is shocking! Imagine having your child apprehended by Child Protection Services and adopted because life has dealt a blow to a parent and the parent asks for help. Instead of blaming the parent, departments meant to protect children should advocate for changes to improve social problems to help families. “Once a CCO [continuing custody order] is granted, the [MCFD] Director becomes the sole personal guardian of the child and may consent to the child’s adoption.53” This is a repeat of the Residential School fiasco that Canada is finally coming to grips with; any similar actions like this need to stop because it is setting children, families, and Canadians up for disaster now and for generations that follow. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full article or an excerpt below.

Overall, our findings support the recommendations of others 236 that better child
protection practices and outcomes cannot be accomplished simply through legislative changes, but also require the resolution of social problems that have been named many times: addressing women’s and children’s poverty; providing necessary services for survivors of abuse and people with disabilities; dealing with Aboriginal claims for self-determination. We also urge that courts be given more power under the CFCSA to order that additional services be provided to support parents. A judge should not be permitted to order a CCO until he or she is confident that all support options have been exhausted. Recognizing the difficult decisions that must often be made in these cases, we would urge that judges do whatever remains in their power to ensure that, where possible, children remain in the care of their mothers.