Kathleen Wynne has announced that her Liberals have added to the act Sept 15th 2016. It has nothing to do with the Liberals NOT enforcing the said act, they never have! So today’s announcement is about: “Health care professionals are prohibited from engaging in sexual acts, conduct, or behavior with their patients. It is professional misconduct to engage in such conduct, which is defined as “sexual abuse” in the governing legislation1.” “prevent a college from allowing a regulated health professional to continue to practice on patients of one gender after there is a finding or allegation of sexual abuse;” REALLY, REALLY, PSW’s are exempt as the Ministry refuses to have them accountable to a or any college!! We really really really need to rid ourselves of this Liberal Government ASAP! An election is coming and you will see all kinds of lies. Ontarian’s are fed up and aren’t stupid, we will show them this in the next Provincial Election!
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SHAME ON KATHLEEN WYNNE, DEB MATTHEWS AND DR. ERIC HOSKINS FOR ALLOWING THESE ATROCITIES!
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A MESSAGE TO KATHLEEN WYNNE, DR.ERIC HOSKINS, DEB MATTHEWS & OUR LIBERAL POLITICIANS: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King
The Professional Standards document provides an overall framework for nursing practice, and links with the College’s other practice standards, guidelines and competencies. Professional Standards includes seven broad standards. Accountability is one of the standards.
POSITION STATEMENT The INRC reviewed the use of social media guidance for nurses across their organizations and found that all nurse regulators draw on their professional code of conduct and standards of practice. Members of the INRC recognize that while social media is a beneficial tool, there are principles that nurses need to pay attention to in order to reduce risks to members of the public. Definition “Social media” describes the online and mobile tools that people use to share opinions, information and experiences, images and video or audio clips, and includes websites and applications used for social networking. Common sources of social media include, but are not limited to: social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn; personal, professional and anonymous blogs; WOMO, True Local and microblogs such as Twitter; content-sharing websites such as YouTube and Instagram, and discussion forums and message boards. Common expectations for nurses include: 1. Benefits and Risks Know the benefits and risks of social media. Build your competence. Know the technology and have the skills and judgment to use it appropriately and ethically. Be aware of social media’s evolving culture and changing technology. Reflect on the intent and possible consequences of your online behaviour – before you blog, post or tweet. 2. Professional Image Use the same level of professionalism in your online interactions as you do face-to-face. Keep your personal and professional lives separate. Use different accounts for personal and professional activities. 3. Confidentiality Do not share any client information on social media sites. Leaving out details when you post information or images does not protect client confidentiality. Report confidentiality breaches to the right person, immediately. 4. Privacy Set and maintain your privacy settings to limit access to your personal information. Be aware of your privacy settings and know that even if you use the highest privacy settings, others can copy and share your information without your knowledge or permission. 5. Boundaries Maintain professional boundaries. Just as with face-to-face relationships, you must set and communicate these boundaries with clients online. End your professional relationships appropriately and don’t accept client “friend” requests on your personal social media accounts. If you use social media with clients, use a professional account separate from your personal one. 6. Expectations Use caution if you identify yourself as a nurse online. If you do so, others may ask for advice, which could lead to a nurse-client relationship. Using a name that hides your identity does not release you from this expectation. Know this and practise accordingly. 7. Integrity Protect yours and the profession’s integrity. Use proper communication channels to discuss, report and resolve workplace issues – not social media. Refer to colleagues or clients online with the same level of respect as you would in the workplace. Before you blog, tweet or share information about your practice, reflect on your intentions and the Social Media Use: Common Expectations for Nurses Copyright © International Nurse Regulators Collaborative Aug 2014 possible consequences. Understand that “liking” someone’s disrespectful comments is not much different than making them yourself. 8. Employer Policies Know and follow employer policies on using social media, photography, computers and mobile devices, including personal, at work. If you communicate with clients via social media, work with your employer to develop policies. 9. Accountability Make sure you can answer for your actions. Reflect on why, how and when you use social media and help others do the same. Know that personal use of social media while working could be viewed as client abandonment. If you are unable to discuss your online behaviour with others, consider this a red flag. Use professional judgment to keep your obligations to clients, colleagues and employers front and center. Members of INRC • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) • Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) • Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) • College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) • College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) Purpose of INRC The above organizations recognize that there are potential benefits to be gained from a closer collaborative relationship to better protect the public health, safety and welfare. Therefore, they entered into a memorandum of understanding and cooperation to confirm closer links between the organizations in order to develop standards for the regulation of nurses and nursing practice and to facilitate the free exchange of professional knowledge that contributes to the development of standards. 6 ‘P’s of Social Media Use Professional — Act professionally at all times Positive — Keep posts positive Patient/Person-free — Keep posts patient or person free Protect yourself — Protect your professionalism, your reputation and yourself Privacy — Keep your personal and professional life separate; respect privacy of others Pause before you post — Consider implications; avoid posting in haste or anger
The young mother’s face brightens as she recalls the tiny son to whom she used to read goodnight stories.
“He was the best of all of us; he always did what he was asked,” she said “He was full of life and had the biggest heart, the brightest smile.”
But it didn’t take long for two-year-old Mathias “Ty” Wint’s flame to be snuffed out.
He was killed after being struck by his father, Mario Wint, the man Simcoe Children’s Aid Society workers — the agency meant to protect our province’s most vulnerable children — deemed best to care for him.
“(Ty) was not cut out for this world,” she adds, her eyes now cast downward. “He was too good for this world.”
It was on Jan. 22, 2015 when Ty was struck in the stomach so many times with such force that his liver and pancreas were split in two, resulting in his death.
Ty’s mother, Melissa, (not her real name), along with many in the community have been left deeply disturbed by the details of Ty’s story.
How Ty ended up in the care of Mario, who has a lengthy criminal history, is a question Melissa can’t answer, noting social workers delivered Ty to Mario’s house 41 days before the toddler’s death.
Given the private nature of the case, the agency, now named Simcoe Family Connexions, would not comment directly on its role in the affair.
Melissa’s story begins in Simcoe County, where she, herself, was in the care of the CAS from an early age.
She met Mario, who was born in Jamaica and grew up in Newmarket, about a decade ago in a Barrie nightclub.
Mario, now 30, was quiet, sweet, soft-spoken and a talented spoken-word musician.
“We became very close, very quickly,” she said. “We began dating and moved in together. That’s when the abuse started. You name it, he did it.”
The physical and psychological abuse and controlling behaviour, would carry on for many years.
“It was a nightmare… It became so bad I had to leave,” she said.
It didn’t take Melissa — by then in her early 20s— long before she discovered she was pregnant and Mario was nowhere to be found.
After eight months, he showed back up and said he wanted to be a dad.
This was the couple’s first child, a six-year-old whose identity is protected by the courts.
“The abuse started again almost immediately,” she said. “A week later, he threatened to leave with my baby. Three months later, he forcibly confined me.”
On Dec. 31, 2008, Wint kneed Melissa in the stomach and, about one month later, he kneed her in the rib-cage.
Melissa called the police and Mario was charged. He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm.
The next few years involved Mario leaving and then re-entering Melissa’s life, repeatedly promising things would be different.
“I loved him. I saw goodness, through all his bull****,” she added. “So I fought for what I believed in.”
Despite Mario’s promises, the abuse continued, often targeting Melissa’s stomach.
Often, his physical abuse was followed by threatening and harassing messages to her phone, leading to a criminal harassment conviction.
After having a second child, Ty, the abuse reached new heights.
One night, in 2010, after showing up at Melissa’s apartment, Mario grew enraged.
When she asked him to leave, he agreed, on one condition — he would be taking the couple’s son with him.
Melissa refused and picked up Ty.
Mario came at her with a knife, threatening, “I’m going to cut you”.
“He said if I put him in jail again, he would do whatever he could to ensure I didn’t have my kids,” Melissa said.
She called police, who in turn notified CAS.
Mario was arrested again and convicted of assault with a weapon and handed a six-month prison sentence.
In all, he has 12 convictions, five of which involve domestic abuse.
Soon after his incarceration at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Mario called CAS to complain about Melissa, she said.
“He made the most unthinkable, outlandish allegations,” she added.
Her file was soon closed, Melissa said, after the social worker found no truth in the allegations.
However, the case was re-opened when Melissa’s father-in-law was murdered in Barrie.
She continues to maintain it was her own upbringing with the CAS and this murder that acted as the catalyst for the children’s removal from her home.
In November 2013, Ty, his older brother and a child from a former relationship were all taken from Melissa and given to foster parents.
When Mario was released from prison, he began weekly supervised visits with the boys, which eventually grew into unsupervised visits and then overnights once a week.
Meanwhile, Melissa was still restricted to supervised visits.
“The (CAS) deemed him fit to be alone with those children even with his huge violent domestic abuse record,” Melissa said.
Mario then sought custody of the boys, landing a job at a factory and completing a number of courses to show his worth to the CAS and the courts, Melissa said.
“I fought for a year for those boys,” she added. “He’s a smooth talker and comes off as caring.”
On Dec. 14, 2014, Mario was granted temporary custody of the boys in Barrie by Justice John McCarthy to live at his basement apartment at 136 Longford Dr., in Newmarket.
Soon after this legal victory, Mario quit his job and went back on welfare, Melissa said.
Despite being required to check on the boys’ welfare, Melissa insists that CAS did not conduct a required check after 30 days. The CAS could not comment, by law, on the allegation.
Nonetheless, Mario was on his very best behaviour, Melissa said.
During this time, she was secretly checking for bruises, but found nothing on the boys.
“I didn’t notice any problems, not one,” she said.
By January 2015, Mario was having money troubles, so his mother, Valerie, was helping him out financially and Melissa was buying diapers for Ty.
The specifics of what happened between Mario and Ty on Jan. 22 remain unknown.
Mario pleaded guilty to striking Ty “more than once with significant force”, breaking the toddler’s back, while in a rage, according to court documents.
“He hit with significant force. I have been hit by Mario with force. I was in bed for one month,” Melissa said. “No child could survive that.”
Melissa still blames herself for Ty’s death, in part because she said she refused to see Mario after he texted her the day Ty died, begging her to visit him.
She continues to believe that it was Mario’s anger over her relationship with another man that led to Ty’s death.
“I wonder, if I had of gone (to visit him), would he still be here?” she said.
To this day, it remains an open question whether Ty was even alive as Mario walked around town with him in a stroller, running errands.
In one surveillance image, Ty’s 23-pound frame was seen to be lying motionless in the buggy, arms extended outward.
Valerie, a nurse by training, told Mario to take the boy to the medical clinic when she saw him, but he ignored the advice, too scared of the consequences.
He not only lied to her about what had happened to the boy, but he also lied to the 911 operator, paramedics, police and friends who supported him.
When Melissa got to the hospital, she felt her boy’s body and he was cold, signifying to her that he’d been dead for hours.
When Mario walked in, she said he tried to talk to Ty, before falling to his knees and crying.
He told Melissa that Ty was sick, wouldn’t eat or drink and just died.
“He could have got help for my boy. He did nothing. He hid,” Melissa said, referring to Mario’s failure to call 911 for hours. “He’s a wolf in sheep clothing.”
Weeks later, as Melissa continued to mourn the loss of her son, she felt another blow to her gut.
She believes the CAS wanted to adopt out the two remaining boys.
“You’re not my mommy; I’m getting a new mommy,” Melissa said one of her boys told her.
About a month ago, Melissa lost all her sons, after they were adopted by another family.
Although covered by a publication ban, a victim impact statement read in court showed the two boys, who lost their baby brother, experienced severe psychological anguish.
After pleading guilty to manslaughter, Mario was handed a 10-year sentence by Justice Nathan Dwyer on Tuesday, minus time served. If he achieves parole at the earliest opportunity, Mario will be out in 32 months.
Melissa wants a coroner’s inquest into Ty’s death and plans to sue the Simcoe CAS.
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