McDonell hopes to change CAS access rules for teens

SDSG MPP Jim McDonell. (MPP Office/File)

TORONTO/QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell is hoping to address issues with children’s services and labour relations with two private member’s bills.

One, Bill 54, would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to ask the Children’s Aid Society to help them find temporary care if their family is proven to not be able to care for them.

“Under the current system, the CAS can provide services to 16- and 17-year-olds that were already in its care, but has to turn away the same children if they approach them for the first time,” said McDonell.

The bill is getting support from the Cornwall and SD&G Children’s Aid Society.

The other, Bill 62, would ensure all employees can vote on whether they want to be certified with a labour union, including the construction industry.

McDonell says the current card-check system is misused by certifying an entire business based on attendance, which is sometimes done for a small number of workers during a quiet overnight shift.

McDonell’s CAS care bill will be the first to be debated on March 5, 2015.

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