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Posted: April 29, 2016

With the 173 recommendations delivered today in Katelynn Sampson’s inquest, time seems to have come full circle for me.

In my first few days after being appointed the Ontario Child Advocate, Katelynn died. I was at Ontario Place with my family in August 2008 when I received a call from a reporter asking me if they could “interview [me] about the death of little Katelynn Sampson.” It was my first ever call from the media. As they interviewed me, I suggested that there should be an inquest. The next morning, the front page above the fold in the Toronto Star declared, “Child Advocate Demands Inquest.” From that moment on, Katelynn began leading me.

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Posted: April 14, 2016

The young people seem oblivious to my visit to their classroom – they are too caught up in their work. Each one of them is accompanied by a child and youth worker or teacher. There is a calming lull you feel when you enter a safe space or a place that just feels right.

Every now and then, a burst of laughter breaks the calm. It's noticed, but it fails to break the mood. “You can be yourself here,” the space seems to reassure the young people. “It's all right, we've got you.”

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