Watch the full-length documentary here and learn what has happened to the children in the two years since first airing.
What can we / ought we do?
The Canadian Department of Justice has produced a booklet entitled "Child Abuse is wrong: What can I do?"
We have a duty to report if we believe that a child is being abused or neglected. This document will guide you on understanding different terms and show you who to go to for help.
When news of the terrible tragedy in Sherbrooke, Quebec broke yesterday, there was outrage and there still is. There is also a deep sense of shame, guilt, horror and helplessness. People are asking scores of questions especially wondering how the neglect and abuse could have happened, went unnoticed and lasted so long.
UNICEF's "Report Card 10: Measuring Child Poverty, Canadian Companion" entitled "Poverty THE ONE LINE we want our children to cross" shows that government action is key to reducing child poverty, not just for the child's fulfillment but also for the benefit of where the child comes from. Child poverty must be a priority and policies must be set in place.
According to UNICEF's 2012 report card, Canada ranks in the middle at 13% - "18th of 35 industrialized nations ... in the size of the gap between child poverty and population poverty (13.3 percent in contrast to 11.4 percent). The lowest is 5%. Quebec is one of only two Canadian provinces where the child poverty rate is slightly lower than that of the broader provincial population – in Manitoba children fare slightly better than the general population, and Ontario comes close.
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