Citizens, organizations, and parents from across British Columbia have had enough, demanding the resignation of Premier Christy Clark’s child protection minister, Stephanie Cadieux. Several outraged citizens contacted the Examiner last night that resulted in an exclusive interview with a veteran, ex-government employee.
Paula Ciardullo, who worked for the ministry speaks out against the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Ciardullo has experienced firsthand how cruel the MCFD can be. Frustrated and heartbroken, she alleges that the Ministry is corrupt, negligent and manipulative with little or no accountability to any independent organization. She began working for the BC government in 1996 when child protection was formerly governed by B.C.’s Ministry of Social Services.
Ciardullo served as the executive secretary to the Regional Director of Social Services in Kamloops for nearly two decades, then Executive Secretary to the Director of Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) for approximately one year. Now she insists that the child protection minister must step down before another child dies in care.
The story of her grandson being in ‘continuing ministry care’ reveals a common thread of social worker negligence and reckless abuse of power. Countless other parents and family members that had the MCFD remove young children – placing them in foster care for months that often stretch into years, say they are angry, demanding minister, Stephanie Cadieux resign immediately.
In a Kamloops Daily News story, “Ciardullo said she’s taken to recording all interactions with case workers and ministry employees after hearing so many denials and back tracking of previous statements.” Many other MCFD victims are following suit and recording all conversations with social workers.
“An honorable person would step down after having, four times, been called for her resignation. If she cares so much for the kids, she would listen to those who are challenging her care of these children and step down. Whether minister, Stephanie Cadieux resigns or not, I want to see this minister served with a subpoena to appear at an independent inquiry or court hearing.”
Now, B.C.’s premier, Christy Clark and her Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is once again under scrutiny following the death of yet another teenager recently. RCMP found Patricia Evoy, also known as ‘Indigo’, dead from a drug overdose in a high-rise near Metrotown.
In several wrongful death cases in the United States, one renowned attorney stated: “One death is an incident, two, a coincidence, but three or more suggest a trend or pattern.” However, minister, Stephanie Cadieux disagrees, stating in a CBC News story: “So a series of reviews or investigations have begun and are underway,” she added while denying there is a developing trend of youth dying in care. There are no trends that are discernible that anything is different today,” said Cadieux.
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation made up of 41,000 teachers from across the province, is calling for the resignation of MCFD minister, Stephanie Cadieux following another teen death death, reported by The Globe and Mail, March 16, 2016: “B.C. teachers’ union urges children’s minister to resign after teen’s death – Jim Iker, outgoing president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, said the union is “heartbroken and fed up” with the inaction of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, led by Stephanie Cadieux, which he says has put vulnerable youth and young adults at risk.”
Attacked on several fronts, Yahoo News published March 15, 2016: “B.C. NDP slams provincial government for Patricia Evoy’s death – The B.C. NDP says the death of a 19-year-old girl could have been prevented if the province had implemented all the recommendations from a recent report.”
Patricia Evo’s boyfriend, Zach Plaxco, commented to the Examiner last evening: “Indigo would go out of her way to make sure everyone was having a good time – that was just who she was. If that meant forgiving a friend she hadn’t spoken to in months to make a social gathering more comfortable. That is what she did. If it meant cancelling plans to comfort a loved one’s that’s what she did. She was full of life and empathy and she was a positive force in this world.”
The Ministry of Children and Family Development is still facing allegations filed with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal for discrimination against a person with a disability and discrimination against religious beliefs, as reported to the Examiner, Feb. 9, 2016.