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Northumberland MPP urges action on child abuse

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Queen's Park, home of the Ontario parliament, in Toronto.

Queen's Park, home of the Ontario parliament, in Toronto.

NORTHUMBERLAND -- As the Kawartha/Haliburton, Highland Shores and Durham offices of the Children's Aid Society ask people to celebrate adoption awareness month in November, local riding MPP Lou Rinaldi has asked that October be proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario.

Rinaldi's private member's Bill (170) passed second reading late last week.

"If passed, Bill 170 would proclaim the month of October as Child Abuse Prevention Month," a release from Rinaldi's office states.

"The Province of Ontario recognizes the importance of supporting the work of child protection and child abuse prevention in helping to educate the public about child abuse, and the collective duty of Ontarians to protect children and youth.

"Ensuring the safety of children, one of the most vulnerable sectors of our community, is everyone's responsibility. Working with child and youth service agencies such as the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, Highland Shores Children's Aid Society, The Hospital for Sick Children, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and police services from across the province, the Province of Ontario is committed to supporting children to get the best start in life, so that youth are prepared for their transition to adulthood, and families can access the services and supports they need."

The Bill has been referred to committee for study.

"I was honoured to bring forward this piece of legislation, and look forward to the continued cooperation from all parties in the Legislature to observe its passage," Rinaldi states in the same release.

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