MPP McDonell’s CAS bill to be debated

SDSG MPP Jim McDonell. (MPP Office via Newswatch Group, File)

TORONTO/QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell’s first of two private member’s bills will be debated Thursday.

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.

“Children aged 16 and 17 who need CAS care for the first time and can’t arrange for care are at a higher risk of homelessness and risky behaviours such as drug abuse and criminality,” MPP McDonell stated.

McDonell is picking up this bill where it left off before the provincial election. It was previous known as Bill 88 and had made it all the way to third reading before it died when the writ was dropped.

There is no time line on when McDonell’s other bill, to ensure all employees can vote on union certification, will be heard.

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