British Columbia's child protection watchdog said today the ministry of children and family development has stopped directly responding to the recommendations in her reports. Instead, the ministry will only respond to those recommendations through a committee of MLAs responsible for children and youth issues. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond made the revelation while speaking to that committee, later telling reporters the government hasn't given her any rationalization for that decision. "Perhaps it's an evolutionary thing?" she speculated. "But an agency like mine - where we really look at these sensitive issues in the child welfare system - we have to have engagement. If the response is, we rejected the recommendation that's been made that's fine. They're entitled to have a response. It's just I need a response of some kind from them so I can move forward..."
January 27, 2010