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 

Monday, February 15, 2016

SS IS A METIS CHILD WHO IS IN A MESS



Hon. Stephanie Cadieux
Really? B.C.'s Children's Ministry (MCFD) says she cannot go. Who? Who is she? A  toddler only known as SS. 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? That's another story. Wow, if you think the first prohibition is an embarrassment for MCFD with respect to political or cultural correctness, then the rest of the story will strike you as an offence. I wish I could call it criminality but the Ministry is all-powerful.

I have told this before but here it is. Since birth SS has been raised by Métis foster parents who want to adopt her. MCFD doesn't have to explain itself but it does not wish to approve this application. Instead MCFD has informed the foster parents that they will remove SS from them, these culturally appropriate caregivers and ship her off to Ontario. Oh it's so stupid. You know I get weary of the Ministry's madness. But of course it can be defended by reason that she will join two siblings in the same Ontario family. The fuller story is that these are non Metis caregivers, non aboriginal. And furthermore, SS had never met nor known the two siblings. The Metis couple who desire to adopt her are the only mom and dad that SS has ever known. She has been raised with a toddler's awareness of Metis culture, sounds and practices, music and foods.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO LET A TODDLER STAY WITH FAMILY

Child can’t be identified, but this is the little girl
Three posts entries ago I wrote an article entitled, 'METI FOSTER PARENTS CONTEST THE RELOCATION OF THEIR METIS FOSTER    CHILD'.

Now I want you to consider signing a petition to help these people. This little girl should not be placed in a non-aboriginal home with strangers. I want you to speak to the rights of this child to stay with the only family the child has known and where she is loved and at peace.



At the site, you will find the story that I touched upon in my piece above, but with personal and greater detail. Then the petition button is at the bottom of the prose. Please Sign.  

The Metis Foundation is in support of this child remaining with Metis foster parents in British Columbia who have cared for her since infancy. Her two siblings are with a non aboriginal family in Ontario. The  toddler doesn’t know her siblings. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

TIMES COLONIST STORY ABOUT THE METIS TODDLER

A FOLLOWUP opinion by Ray Ferris, my advocacy colleague, an experienced former Ministry of Children social worker and author of 'The Art of Child Protection."  Contact the author to order a copy of his book, rtferris@telus.net.

The Times Colonist story of the foster parents trying to adopt a child is a classic example of conflict between the different rights of children. Children’s rights are set out in the Child Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA). Children’s best interests are paramount and include the right to continuity of care and the right to kinship contact. Priority should be given to foster placement with relatives. The Act urges timely decision making for young children. Cultural preservation is urged, especially for people of aboriginal origin.
No individual right is paramount, but some rights become more important as time passes and conflicts can occur. It is then that a balance between rights must be sought, requiring good judgement. Unfortunately, good judgement seems to be a scarce commodity in this ministry.