A Submission

Private Member bill c41

“That, in the opinion of this house, the government of Ontario should instruct all Children’s Aid Societies to publish information electronically on their websites, where available, and in print format, readily accessible in the lobby area of each CAS office, which informs the public of their ability to attend and make presentations at the regularly scheduled board of directors’ meetings, the schedule and minutes of those meetings, and further, in the same manner as mentioned above, to inform the public of the fact that CAS memberships are available to people who reside in, or who conduct business within the jurisdiction of each CAS, to provide details on how to apply for membership, and to provide access to the society’s bylaws in the same manner.”
This motion seeks support from the members of the Ontario Legislature to have all Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario become more transparent and accountable to the public they serve by publishing on their websites and in written format in the common areas of their office, information which informs people about their monthly board meetings, how to make presentations to the board, their bylaws – which govern the administration of the agencies – and memberships.
The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa(the only agency thus far) has responded to the motion and the council’s related advocacy efforts by – for the first time in their more than 100 year history – following through on almost all of the motion’s elements through recent amendments to their website at http://www.casott.on.ca and through a flyer available to clients and visitors. Although a positive step forward in public accountability, I still have concerns in relation to public access to their board meeting minutes since the actual substance of the minutes are contained within sub-committee minutes which are only distributed to the board members, not to the public at this time.

There is no public accountability for billions of taxpayers’ dollars spent on child-welfare in Ontario alone. None.
The Foster Care Council of Canada is a non-profit organization made up mostly of former foster kids and their supporters who advocate for improved quality and accountability of child welfare services
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j Dunn
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