CFN – So you have a crisis occur in your organization. Most times you can never avoid taking a hit of some sort; but as they say; “The Difference between Winners and Losers is how you deal with adversity.”
Elaine MacDonald radio quote.
Now this quote if you listen really carefully you just might here Councilor MacDonald’s nose growing as she spouts off the most incredulous pile of hamster poo ever uttered by a politician.
Honey chile here’s how you do it. You find out there’s an issue not only at Glen Stor Dun Lodge, but that there may be an issue between the very manager and your CAO.
You take a timeout. Get some info, maybe bring in an independent investigator. Maybe ask both Donna and Fitzy to take some paid leave; make a public announcement that gets ahead of the crisis as embarrassing at was and also gives city staff and those with info the ability to step forward in a timely manner.
That’s good governing. That’s being accountable and transparent. That’s putting the PUBLIC’s interest first which is exactly what you signed in your oath of office.
Sadly that wasn’t done. In fact the exact opposite was done. And once you start covering up dirt you dig your own grave. And what Ms MacDonald and her team have done is exactly what she claims they aren’t doing which is throwing millions of tax dollars hoping to cover up one scandal upon the next all because the Kilger regime not only failed the taxpayers and didn’t do the right thing; but did the wrong and is too far in to admit it.
Moving to The Heart of the Family daycare scandal it’s boggling what to think. The Ministry shuts down the school for a litany of alleged violations going to the length to state that director Christina Stephenson can’t be on the property while children are present.
The school stays mum. No statements, nada. There are police, CAS, and Ministry investigations; allegations that all it is are complaints from disgruntled former staff.
How is the public to know tails from mouths in a school that charges up to $200 per week for care, much of which is subsidized by public dollars including a sizable contribution from the city for their start up?
Don’t the public have some rights and interests to be protected especially by authorities?
The list of conditions to be met for opening posted was extensive yet the Daycare was open in less than two weeks.
When CFN asked the police for info we were stonewalled with a media cop telling us that the investigation was still ongoing. However current employees stated to CFN that lists of staff provided to police were incomplete and that some staff were minding children privately while the school was closed. Again, surely the police should have an honus to work with media to some degree?
CAS? When we queried them they sent an email response which they fed to all media at the same time.
The Children’s Aid Society of SDG completed an investigation of the allegations against the Heart of the Family day care. We provided our report to the concerned parties including the Ministry of Education. The Children’s Aid Society does not make the decision to suspend or reopen a day care centre. Under the Day Nurseries Act, the Ministry of Education can suspend a child care centre’s licence if there is a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the children, until the daycare addresses those concerns. It is the decision of the Ministry of Education to re-open a child care centre when it determines that its concerns have been addressed. The Children’s Aid Society of SDG remains committed to supporting and strengthening the well-being of the children and families of our community.
Um, that’s kind of a non answer and tossing the buck to the Ministry so we went there next.
Hi Jamie, as discussed, you’re looking for information about the Heart of the Family daycare. I can tell you that the suspension has been lifted. The daycare can let people know when they will be accepting children again.
The ministry suspended the daycare licence of the Heart of the Family Childcare Centre on May 31, as concerns were raised about the health and safety of the children at the daycare. Under the Day Nurseries Act, the ministry can suspend a child care centre’s licence if there is a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the children, until the daycare addresses those concerns.
The ministry has been working with the centre to resolve the concerns. Actions have included training for all staff by qualified professionals, and revisions to the centre’s policies and practices. The ministry removed the suspension of the Heart of the Family Child Care Centre license on the evening of June 12th. The ministry will conduct ongoing monitoring.
Ministry of Education
I responded with some very basic questions;
Hi Gary,Is Chris Stephenson still the director? According to the notice on the door she was not to be there while children were present?Has the Ministry finished its investigation? Have there been any penalties? Is your investigation closed?Are any HOTF staff that were working there prior to May 31 not returning based on Ministry standards or requirements?Has HOTF been fined or penalized?Does HOTF have to abide by any special license or conditions at the moment. IE were the cleared of all issues?Were any issues noted on the door on May 31st substantiated and if so which?Thanks,Jamie
Hi Jamie, the ministry’s responses to your questions are below.
Q: Are any HOTF staff that were working there prior to May 31 not returning based on Ministry standards or requirements?
Q: Is Chris Stephenson still the director? According to the notice on the door she was not to be there while children were present?
Staffing inquiries should be referred to the employer, the Heart of the Family.
Q: Has the Ministry finished its investigation? Have there been any penalties? Is your investigation closed?
The ministry continues to monitor compliance with licensing requirements at the Heart of the Family.
Q: Has HOTF been fined or penalized?
No. The ministry’s objective is to bring about compliance with legislative and policy requirements.
Q: Does HOTF have to abide by any special license or conditions at the moment. IE were the cleared of all issues?
Were any issues noted on the door on May 31st substantiated and if so which?
The directions included in the Notice posted on the door, which address the safety and welfare of the children were complied with by the Heart of the Family. This included training for all staff by qualified professionals, and revisions to the centre’s policies and practices. The ministry removed the suspension of the Heart of the Family Child Care Centre licence on the evening of June 12th.
Again these are tax paid services that are there to protect….the public. There are a metric ton of questions that have not been answered.
Was Heart of the Family shut down on May 31 over unsubstantiated claims and an innocent victim? Were they wronged by a few disgruntled employees like the mysterious Chelsea Raso who refused to return calls to CFN?
If that was the case was that why the school was reopened so quickly with a few quick CPR type courses and a paint job?
Why have an undercover drug cop in charge of an investigation? Why not? Why would the facility be able to reopen before a police investigation was done? Why not bring in the OPP or other outside agency to investigate as they are connections between individuals at the Cornwall Police force and the school and affiliated church?
If Heart of the Family has been wronged they should be fully vindicated. If they’ve done something wrong they should be equally convicted.
The odd decision is the “Cone of Silence” around the whole environment and the strange and odd behavior of many staff and supporters of the school. The profanity filled circling of the wagons in relation to media inquiries surely only trigger more questions and suspicions by professional media? IE, those not just whitewashing with press releases and actually asking questions?
There does seem to be a cultural lack of understanding in how to deal with contentious community issues going back to Project Truth that surely have taught the community that handling things properly is far less expensive than simply burning money?
Or maybe the lesson was that burning money is far better to facing the truth.
Are these the lessons we want to teach our children?
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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