Media Release - A child advocate at work without fear of harm

    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ -

    -   Family and child lawyer Jeffery Wilson will speak to the Standing
        Committee on Justice Policy for the Province of Ontario on Thursday,
        April 26, 2007 at 10:45 a.m. on the proposed Bill 165: Provincial
        Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007.

    -   Wilson will rely upon his experiences and those of the Child Advocate
        at the youth rioting at Bluewater (Goderich) on February 29, 1996, to
        propose changes to the Bill so that the Child Advocate can do her job
        free of harassment and threats, and so that the legislation will make
        good on the government's promise for a voice for the most vulnerable
        that can not be suppressed by hostile government, labour or
        management interests. At Bluewater, there were 164 violations of
        provincial, national and international guidelines, laws and
        instruments for the protection of youth. The Child Advocate was the
        first to become involved in attempting to help the youth. But, her
        voice was buried with a lawsuit, threats and a government that
        couldn't have cared less. It's a story worth remembering to ensure it
        won't be repeated. Wilson will outline the necessary changes to the
        proposed law.

    Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 10:45 a.m.
    Committee Room 228, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park Standing
    Committee on Justice Policy
    Bill 165: Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth Act, 2007

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