OCYA’s report shows change desperately needed in child intervention process

MLA David Swann and Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan are calling the government to act on the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate’s latest report into the tragic deaths of three young children of Indigenous heritage.

David Swann points specifically to the role and support for Delegated First Nations Agencies (DFNAs) as a key part of the issue. “A successful transition of a child from government care back to their families relies on the DFNA,” he says. “However, funding for these agencies is inadequate, particularly for band designates who act as the link between the band and Children’s Services. The lack of support for the DFNAs at both the provincial and federal levels is a recurring and longstanding issue. They simply do not have the resources or time to effectively collaborate with the individuals and organizations involved.”

“Once again this report highlights the serious changes that still need to be made to the child intervention system,” adds Khan, whose legal career specializes in Indigenous Law. “In addition to his recommendations from the three cases he investigated, the Advocate repeated a call from eight months ago to enhance policies and procedures around family unification. We need to start seeing real change in how this system is run.”

“The deaths of Sarah, Anthony, and Mikwan are unspeakably tragic and our thoughts and prayers go out to their families,” Khan concludes. “We can only hope that we can learn from the circumstances surrounding their deaths and improve our systems so it does not happen again.”

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan calls out NDP mismanagement of PPAs in wake of Sundance Cancellations.

The Balancing Pool’s recent notice that it intends to terminate several Power Purchase Arrangements (PPAs) is the latest consequence of the NDP government’s mismanagement of the Climate Leadership Plan, says Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan.

“The NDP’s failure to conduct due diligence before changing the law ended up saddling the Balancing Pool – and therefore Albertans – with hundreds of millions of dollars of debt,” says Khan. “We are paying through the nose for their impulse to leap before they look, and can expect to continue doing so for years to come.”


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Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan calls for a sweeping overhaul of the Alberta Human Rights Act and Condemns Practice of Police “Carding”

Calgary (July 4th, 2017)

Last week in a letter to Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan called for a sweeping overhaul of the Alberta Human Rights Act, noting that major revisions have not been made to the act since 1996.

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