More than just gov­ern­ment to blame in deaths of chil­dren

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

It is as­tound­ing to me how the death of 35 chil­dren in foster care homes could take place un-no­ticed or un-re­ported.

A re­cent search of child deaths by the provin­cial gov­ern­ment turned up seven deaths not pre­vi­ously in­cluded in the orig­i­nal search.The lat­est dis­cov­ery was of the sud­den death of a child in Con­cep­tion Bay North.

Only one per­son was over the age of 18, four died of med­i­cal rea­sons and two of the deaths were ac­ci­den­tal. It is not just the provin­cial gov­ern­ment’s Child and Youth Ad­vo­cacy who is re­spon­si­ble in my view, it is the many peo­ple of the gen­eral pub­lic who knew, es­pe­cially neigh­bors, rel­a­tives and friends and I would go so far as to say the clergy of the var­i­ous ar­eas where th­ese disturbing ter­ri­ble deaths took place.

Min­is­ter Sandy Collins said this week that none of the re­cently re­ported seven chil­dren who died were un­der the care of the gov­ern­ment but he said they were re­ceiv­ing gov­ern­ment ser­vices.

Does that mean the cheque is in the mail but no need to bother with how it is spent?

Or what the money is ac­com­plish­ing in foster care around the prov­ince?

Looks like it to me. This is both disturbing news and dis­gust­ing.

No­body should die with a dream in his/her soul. In th­ese 35 cases of th­ese spe­cial chil­dren’s un­re­ported and some sud­den death, dreams of any type have been de­nied.

God rest their souls.

— Bill West­cott writes from Clarke’s Beach

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