Last week's Hack-Lie from Christy Clark and her digital influencers has now been fully exposed for what it was, on its face.
And, unless I've missed something, it would appear that the former shock-jock Drex is the only local proMedia member who has connected the dots and stated emphatically that the lie was very likely designed to deflect said media towards a shiny new bauble and away from the latest tragic story of yet another kid dying needlessly in care.
However, that tragic story may have just been the front end of the thing that Ms. Clark was trying to distract us from.
Why would I suggest such a thing?
Well, it appears that Wendy Stueck, writing in the Globe the day before the legislature finally opens for business again, may have the back end:
Dozens of family care homes that provide services for children in government care were found last year to be in “zero” compliance with provincial standards for monitoring a child’s safety and well-being, government records show.
Those findings – included in “service delivery area practice audits” conducted by B.C.’s Ministry for Children and Family Development – focus on foster homes run by individuals. They cover five regions and in three, significant deficiencies were found...
The thing to realize here is that this malfeasance has been going on for years and years and years under the BC Liberal government.
Heckfire, if truth be told, it is one of the things that upset me enough to start this poli-blogging thing in the first (and second and third and fourth and fifth and sixth and on to infinity) place.
Recently, Paul Willcocks, writing in the Tyee, laid out out how we are failing the kids in our midst that need our help most:
If governments’ repeated failures in helping the province’s most vulnerable children and youth aren’t an election issue, we’ve lost our way as citizens.
Morally, of course. When we take children into government care, we assume responsibility. We have an obligation to offer the same support and opportunities we strive to give our own children. We haven’t come close to doing that for at least 25 years in this province.
And, pragmatically, failing to fix the system’s problems now creates huge future costs in health care, the criminal justice system, income assistance and underemployment or joblessness.
A 2015 report by the Representative for Children and Youth found 88.3 per cent of students who started Grade 8 in 2007 graduated four years later. Only 41.5 per cent of their classmates who were children in care graduated along with them. A 2009 study found children and youth who had been in care were more likely to have been involved with the justice system than to have finished high school. And the government’s cruel policies on aging out — basically cutting youth in care adrift at 19 — condemns many to welfare, poverty and homelessness...
That is the real story.
And it must end.
Clearly, based on the performance of the current government over the last fifteen years, the only way that can happen is through change at the ballot box.