B.C. Children's Ministry report reveals 'chaos,' NDP says
Canadian Press. CBC News. February 24, 2009.
Les Leyne, Times Colonist.
More than a dozen former patients and staff of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre allege the residential program manipulated people into treatment, held them against their will and administered abusive therapy.
Other allegations against the centre include one patient who was treated but claimed she was not an addict at all. One patient alleged she was sexually assaulted by a fellow patient, while another said she was attacked in a closet at the centre.
Patients alleged that when they reported abuse to the centre, they were either told they were liars or it was their own fault...
Another former patient, Bodana Kibble, alleged that Dean Vause, the centre’s executive director, is “a power-hungry monster.”
After six months of Vause declining to be interviewed for the story, The Fifth Estate’s Gillian Findlay went to the centre with a hidden camera to confront him.
He denied the allegations, calling the former patients “liars,” and insisted no abuse has ever been reported to him.
“But I would just say to you Gillian, be careful because I’m telling you I’ve worked in this field for 25 years. They’re the best cons in the world …,” said Vause.
“But I think that’s part of the pathology, the difficulty of working in addictions. It’s tough because you’re going to have people turn on you because you confront them."
Feb. 3, 2009
B.C.’S MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS TELL CAMPBELL TO DO THE RIGHT THING
VANCOUVER – The Campbell government's failure to invest in supports for B.C.’s most vulnerable citizens has left families across the province in crisis, says Jenn McGinn, New Democrat critic for Community Living B.C.
McGinn says that families of children and adults with special needs across B.C. are outraged over the endless waitlists for community living supports and have taken their fight online with the launch of The Campaign To End Waitlists aimed at Gordon Campbell, "People in every corner of the province are waiting for you to act. We're waiting for you to show you care. Waiting for you to do the right thing."
"More than two thousand adults and thousands of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities are waiting for vital community living supports," said McGinn, the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview. "From infancy to adulthood, the developmentally disabled continue to miss out on opportunities for optimal growth and development.”
McGinn says special needs families across the province are facing a severe shortage of early intervention therapy services, supports for independence and respite services.
“Gordon Campbell can find millions to squander on pet projects like a retractable roof for B.C. Place, yet he continues to neglect the needs of B.C. families who are desperate for help," said McGinn.
“It’s clear that under Gordon Campbell, B.C.’s most vulnerable citizens are not a priority.”
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