It’s been more than a month since B.C.’s children’s watchdog released her damning report into the life and death of Paige, a young aboriginal woman, and the government has still not accepted her recommendations.
“That report is there without any clear response,” Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said. The report details how Paige was neglected and abused through indifference and inaction with the government care system, and died of a drug overdose in the Downtown Eastside in 2013.
The government has told CKNW Turpel-Lafond should have included the ministry in her process, and that the timelines she asked for to bring in her six recommendations are unrealistic.
She says she doesn’t understand how.
“From my perspective, the ministry’s explanations do not add up and they are not adequate response to the magnitude of issues that are raised in this report.”
She says she had expected the government to by now have reviewed the cases of 150 kids currently at risk of the same fate as Paige on the Downtown Eastside, and not just promise a rapid response team to start working in the neighbourhood in September.