Toronto Star: Thursday May 15, 2004 Quebec human rights commission looking at what went wrong in Lev Tahor case
Quebec’s human rights commission will try to find out how the Jewish group Lev Tahor slipped through the fingers of its child welfare agency, police and courts Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo Quebec’s human rights commission will try to find out how the Jewish group Lev Tahor slipped through the fingers of its child welfare agency, police and courts.
By: Allan Woods Quebec Bureau, Published on Wed May 14 2014 MONTREAL— How did the Jewish group Lev Tahor slip through the fingers of Quebec’s child welfare agency, police and its courts to seek refuge in Ontario? The province’s human rights commission will try to answer that question in a major study looking at whether the agencies that could have, or should have, intervened in the high-profile case had the necessary tools and collaborated sufficiently. An aggressive child-protection investigation, which began last summer and turned up suspicions of sexual, psychological and physical abuse as well as children with health problems, prompted some 200 members of Lev Tahor to flee last November to their community in Chatham-Kent, Ont. “It’s a study that poses two questions: what tools were used by the intervenors, and are those tools well adapted to complex cases like Lev Tahor,” said Camil Picard, vice-president responsible for youth with the Quebec human rights commission. “So we take the example of Lev Tahor and we analyze the interventions in Quebec to see if they were well handled.” By way of example, Picard said there is an interagency agreement that allows children’s aid, the police and other provincial agencies to work closely together on sensitive cases that will be examined.
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