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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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Posted: November 16, 2015

Hi everyone, I am writing my next blog “on the road” as I travel across the province to meet with young people during our annual listening tour.

I love the listening tour. The idea came to me from the Children’s Commissioner of the UK at the time. He told me about his listening tours and while I thought that I listen to young people each and every day, the idea of listening in a more intensive way and brainstorming with them for a week was intriguing.


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