Niagara Centre MPP Reminds Ontario Government of its responsibility ‘to keep province’s teenagers and children safe
A Statement from Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch
Posted March 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
(Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch delivered the following statement about alleged abuses committed in Ontario’s training schools for children and teenagers, against two of his constituents and others, and about the continued pursuit of the alleged victims for justice from the Province of Ontario.
The statement was delivered this March 25th in the Ontario legislature.)
Mr. Jeff Burch: “I rise today (March 25th) to speak for my constituents John Parisee and Rick Brown, who are here with us today, and for countless others like them, who survived their time in Ontario’s training schools for children and teenagers.
“Mr. Parisee, who I’m happy to tell you is here with us today, is part of a class-action lawsuit against the province of Ontario. The suit alleges the province failed to protect children who were detained in 13 government-run training schools between 1953 and 1984.
“The allegations of physical, sexual and psychological abuse by some of the adults hired to care for them and protect them have been widely reported in the media, including in a recent report from W5.
“While the merits of the lawsuit are for the courts to decide, it is this government’s job to ensure Ontario’s children and teenagers in care are kept safe.
“Mr. Parisee was sent to a training school when he was 10 years old because he stood up to a bully. He ended up stuck there until he turned 16. When his parents learned of some of the things that happened while their son was in care, they turned their backs on him.
“We need to understand how a child could have been left in such a tragic and vulnerable situation under the province’s watch.
“We need to hear from some of the other survivors about what they experienced so that we can consider what could have been done better, especially since this government has fired the Ontario children’s advocate.
“We are a crucial juncture where we can learn from the past to create a better future for Ontario’s children and youth in care.”
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