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  • Political Watcher
    December 04, 2013 - 18:24

    There are two tragedies here: the child who was forgotten and Paul Davis as Minister for children. He couldn't even manage restaurant inspections now he is head over the child protection office. Listening to him try toanswer questions today was sickening. Sure, when he was with the RNC he had all dalto prepare his settlements butnow that he has to think on his feet he is a duck out of water. No wonder this Gov't is sinking faster than a beachrock.

  • This is a Shocking case of Child Neglect brought on by the gutting of the Social System in NL!
    December 04, 2013 - 10:24

    This is a terrible case of child abuse that will not only impact on this young man for the rest of his life and his family, but also the family of man who died in the fire. The past 10 years of governance in Newfoundland and Labrador have seen nothing but the gutting of the social programs in favor of using the resulting monies to develop the people's natural resources so that the already ultra rich can prosper while the electorate of the province will have to exorbitantly pay off the debts. The Muskrat Falls Project has sucked every cent out of the social programs and it will suck every cent out of the hydro consumers and tax payers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Those would-be saviors who orchestrated this mess certainly sucked us into an economic situation that will make us all paupers.

  • This is a Shocking case of Child Neglect brought on by the gutting of the Social System in NL!
    December 04, 2013 - 10:02

    This is a terrible case of child abuse that will not only impact on this young man for the rest of his life and his family, but also the family of man who died in the fire. The past 10 years of governance in Newfoundland and Labrador have seen nothing but the gutting of the social programs in favor of using the resulting monies to develop the people's natural resources so that the already ultra rich can prosper while the electorate of the province will have to exorbitantly pay off the debts. The Muskrat Falls Project has sucked every cent out of the social programs and it will suck every cent out of the hydro consumers and tax payers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Those would-be saviors who orchestrated this mess certainly sucked us into an economic situation that will make us all paupers.

  • This is a Shocking case of Child Neglect brought on by the gutting of the Social System in NL!
    December 04, 2013 - 09:59

    This is a terrible case of child abuse that will not only impact on this young man for the rest of his life and his family, but also the family of man who died in the fire. The past 10 years of governance in Newfoundland and Labrador have seen nothing but the gutting of the social programs in favor of using the resulting monies to develop the people's natural resources so that the already ultra rich can prosper while the electorate of the province will have to exorbitantly pay off the debts. The Muskrat Falls Project has sucked every cent out of the social programs and it will suck every cent out of the hydro consumers and tax payers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Those would-be saviors who orchestrated this mess certainly sucked us into an economic situation that will make us all paupers.

  • original townie
    December 04, 2013 - 08:02

    @ Geri...isn't it time we were responsible for our own actions? Do you not think we should look to the parent (s) and their responsibility in raising children, the environment a child grows up in. Did the parent(s) look for help when he was in their care? A lot of questions here unanswered. Blaming the government, I don't think so.

    • Douglas
      December 04, 2013 - 09:23

      So, if people are responsible for their own actions, why blame the parents? Are you suggesting that there are extenuating circumstances in determining one's behaviour or not? Are you responsible for your own simplistic thinking, or is it the fault of the school system?

    • Darlene
      December 04, 2013 - 09:45

      original townie...its obvious you didn't read the report. Learn to read and then comment please!

    • Darlene
      December 04, 2013 - 09:46

      original townie...its obvious you didn't read the report. Learn to read and then comment please!

    • Darlene
      December 04, 2013 - 09:47

      original townie...its obvious you didn't read the report. Learn to read and then comment please!

    • Geri
      December 04, 2013 - 10:49

      reply to original townie: absolutely...people who are somewhat healthy in their mind usually do take responsibility for their actions. What about those that aren't? who's fault is that? Do you have any idea how many people there are in our society who need help? How many families who are in our social welfare system through no fault of their own but because of a family history of mental illness, abuse, self-abuse and lack of education. I am not making a blanket statement that the government is responsible for 'parenting', but they are responsible for those in their care. Obviously in a situation where mental health is not the issue society expects parents to be responsible enough to raise responsible adults, however, no one is perfect in this area either. Many kids who are raised in so called 'normal' home environments will also commit offenses for which there must be consequences, this is 'teaching' a child and under normal circumstances that child will not repeat the behavious. Sadly this deserved more help that he was given. We are paying good tax dollars to our government to provide these services to those who cannot help themselves, due to mental health issues. Count yourself darn lucky if you have none such these issues in your family, but don't be so quick to judge others.

  • Geri
    December 04, 2013 - 07:08

    The responibility for this terrible, sad, event lies squarely on the shoulders of our government. There is a severe lack of resources in NL to deal with these issues, and there are so..so...many young people and families who are in trouble and need help and guidance from professionals in order to be mentally healthy so they can deal with the basic challenges of life and living. There are many issues and challenges that our government face everyday, however, sufficient resources to deal with physical and mental health should be more of a priority if we want to have less crime, suicides, abuse of women and children, etc.. Most of all we need to focus on helping children as they will be the adults of the future..

    • John Smith
      December 04, 2013 - 08:01

      ....err I think it was this 16 year old who was committing crimes....not the government. Young people can drive when they are 16, have babies, they can make decisions, and they are ultimately responsible...this is not a 4 year old we are talking about here....time for the person responsible to take some responsibility....