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Chazz Petrella, by all accounts, was an engaging young boy to many who knew him. At his funeral, “Chazz,” I heard, “was Cobourg.” At the time of his death, five different sectors were involved in his and his family’s life – health, child protection, education, children’s mental health and emergency services and at least nine organizations were said to be offering Chazz and his family some type of service. The night before he died, he was at the emergency ward of the local hospital – him and his parents desperate for help – but he was later discharged. The next morning, Chazz was found dead in the backyard of his home after committing suicide and hanging himself from a tree.

How does this happen in Ontario?

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From the late 1990s to 2015, the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory (Motherisk) at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) carried out drug and alcohol testing in parents based on faulty science. Motherisk provided those faulty test results upon request to children’s aid societies (CAS), who used them in child protection proceedings.

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