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Posted: December 01, 2015

Approximately two weeks after I became Ontario's Child Advocate, I received a phone call from a reporter. It was a Sunday of the long weekend and I was spending the day with my family at Ontario Place.

I answered my cell and the reporter asked, "Do you know about the death of a little girl named Katelynn? Do you have a comment?" I told the reporter that I thought there should be an inquest and that our points of protection seemed to have failed her. Seven years later, that inquest is now underway in a courtroom in Toronto.

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Posted: November 23, 2015

This was a comment made by an 11-year-old boy during my recent visit at a children’s mental health institution as part of my Office’s annual Listening Tour across the province. A group of 15 youth from this institution nodded in unison. Another young man spoke up and told me, “This place robbed me of my childhood.” Once again, everyone nodded in agreement. It was a heartbreaking moment on the road as I listened to children and youth within the mandate of my Office during the Listening Tour that marked “National Children’s Day” on November 20th.

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