Shake Up and Protest at Brant’s Family and Children’s Services

Shake Up and Protest at Brant’s Family and Children’s Services

The Executive Director of Brant’s Family and Children’s Services Board has been let go, ahead of this afternoon’s demonstration by child protection workers with Family and Children’s Services (FACS). The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services had received a letter from the board of directors, they would resign together on Friday. At issue, the level of financial support provided by the Ministry.

Friday’s demonstration took place at FACS Chatham Street office, followed by a march to Brantford-Brant MPP, Will Bouma’s office.

The rally was to show support for it’s board of directors. “We’ve been introduced to a temporary Executive Director and the board has now resigned, effective today” says President of Cupe Local 181, Jennifer Kirby.

The President of CUPE Ontario, Fred Hahn, says this is incredibly sad news and unnecessary. “The government could just step in and provide the funding that’s necessary for this community, for this service to actually be successful. It’s impossible to be business as usual” says Hahn.

Brantford-Brant MPP, Will Bouma says he wasn’t aware the workers were planning the protest, and unfortunately, he would not be at his office to meet with them. “A contingency plan is in place, and the Ministry has the power to step in to take over operations of the agency, to ensure no child is left behind or put in danger” says Bouma. Bouma also says the Ministry is disappointed by the board’s approach, and its top priority is to ensure the necessary steps to avoid any disruption of services, not to concede to the funding request.