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We’ve read about the Hughes report into the death of Phoenix Sinclair. Now here’s our readers’ report.

"Deficiencies in the delivery of services to Phoenix did not result from a lack of understanding of policies, procedures and provincial standards, or from confusion about which standards applied. Rather, they resulted from a lack of compliance with existing policies and best practice."

Maybe they’ll make policies and procedures to ensure that policies and procedures are followed?

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— JustWondering

Further proof that dismantling the CFS system, and handing responsibility back to particular cultural groups isn’t working.

— batfinkw

Context matters. There’s a context, an environment and a culture that breeds inadequate parents (a modifiable condition, most times). There’s a context, an environment and a culture that breeds inadequate responses (also a modifiable condition, given adequate resources and sustained efforts). We can put the same people in a better environment and get better outcomes. We are responsible for creating that improved environment.

— kachina

There are too many people who shirk their responsibilities when it comes to giving their children the basic necessities of life. There should be criminal charges for those who do not feed, clothe and shelter their dependent, defenceless children properly. Some would say a parent that is incarcerated is of no value to the child. I sometimes think that some children would be better off if an incompetent parent is not around. There would be no more verbal, physical or sexual abuse. Money would not be spent on booze, drugs or cigarettes. It would be spent on the children.

— beetle

 What’s broken here is nine years to figure this out.

— Criminy Cricket

 You can’t fix a Band-Aid system that was dysfunctional from its conception. CFS should be dismantled and replaced with a residential school system operated by the province and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

Children will learn from and follow positive role models with whom they can identify. Caregivers from CFS who haven’t been fired (and many should be) and are not part of this new system can be reassigned to different departments or laid off.

Today’s NDP: Time to admit failure and make things right, or else you’ll all be out of a job.

— Ashkenazi

Phoenix’s problems began the moment the province, in its infinite wisdom, decided blood is always better than water, no matter how polluted the blood may be.

Any time you have a system so rigid that parents who seek it are granted custody no matter how ill-equipped they may be, you’re going to have kids like Phoenix. That was the start, then the child-welfare workers who overlooked clear signs of problems exacerbated the issue. That they were overworked is most likely little more than a cop-out.

— Family Guy

"We need more accountability. We hear that loud and clear," Irvin-Ross said.

Talk is cheap, Irvin-Ross. Are you going to hold those in your employ who did not do their job that resulted in this death accountable? Will they be reprimanded or disciplined? I won’t wait for a reply because we all know the answer is no. Their failure to do their job resulted in a death, yet they walk away scot-free. Shame on them and shame on you and the NDP party for talking the talk of accountability but NOT walking the walk. After 14 years of slipshod management of Family Services, it took a $14-million inquiry for this government to be told "We need more accountability." How many more infrastructure announcements in the media could you have made with $14 million, Mr. Premier? Shameful, Selinger. Shameful.

— moedip

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