Media Advisory – Minister Carolyn Bennett and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations to Sign Letter of Accord in Regina

Media Advisory – Minister Carolyn Bennett and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations to Sign Letter of Accord in Regina

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REGINA, July 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Please be advised that the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and the Federation of Sovereign Nations will sign a Letter of Accord to strengthen the governance of Child and Family Services for First Nations in Saskatchewan.

Date:
Monday, July 24, 2017

Time:
12:15 p.m. (CDT)

Media availability:
12:45 p.m. (CDT)

Where:   
Wascana Room
Hotel Saskatchewan
2125 Victoria Ave
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 0S3

 

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Sunwing extends summer with exclusive savings on vacation packages

Sunwing extends summer with exclusive savings on vacation packages

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TORONTO, July 21, 2017 /CNW/ – For many Canadians, summer often feels like it slips away before they get the chance to enjoy it. As the #1 for family, adult and luxury vacations, Sunwing is helping avid beachgoers enjoy the best of summer long after Labour Day with its Extend Your Summer Sale.  Featuring exclusive deals at top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America including some of our newest and most luxurious properties, the promotion offers a wide variety of vacation packages, where families can enjoy exclusive perks where Kids Stay, Play, and Eat FREE, and couples seeking a romantic getaway can enjoy savings of up to $1000* at select properties. However Canadians in search of a longer-lasting glow of summer will have hurry as the deals are only available until July 28th.

Royalton Negril Resort and Spa (CNW Group/Sunwing Vacations Inc.)

Included in this time limited promotion is Riu Dunamar, the latest addition to Playa Mujeres’ line-up of luxury resorts. Vacationers that take advantage of this promotion could be among the first to experience its five freshwater swimming pools, array of land and water activities such as kayaking and snorkelling, and gourmet à la carte dining including Asian and Italian fare. Plus, guests will enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, direct non-stop transfers to and from the airport; and for a limited time guests that book this resort will receive a complimentary Contoy Island Express excursion, where they can sail through the Caribbean waters, explore the island’s shores, and snorkel in the second largest reef in the world.

Offering modernized and renovated facilities is the family-friendly Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina in Roatan. This PADI 5-star dive resort and centre (with dive packages available), offers dive access to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Non-divers will appreciate incredible snorkelling opportunities, the secluded beach, mini zoo for younger guests, and inviting pools.

Couples seeking a romantic getaway can also opt for the newly-opened Royalton Negril Resort and Spa  in Jamaica, that offers 5-star luxury accommodations, along with an incomparable beach setting, complimentary kids and teens club, indulgent spa, varied land and water sports and reservation-free dining at delicious à la carte restaurants.

All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.

To book your next vacation, visit www.sunwing.ca  or contact your travel agent.

*Savings of up to $1000 are per couple. Prices based on double occupancy.

About Sunwing

As #1 to the sun and North America’s largest vertically integrated travel company, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from over 34 airports across Canada to over 50 popular sun destinations. This scale enables Sunwing to negotiate the best deals and exclusive offers at all of the top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Renowned for its award-winning service, Sunwing is consistently voted the #1 leisure airline by travel agents and is the perennial winner of the Consumer Choice Award. Customers can look forward to starting their vacation off in style with award-winning inflight service, which features a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, tea and coffee and non-alcoholic beverage service; together with a buy on board menu of light meals and snacks (including kids’ choices) inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Sunwing customers also benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey.

Sunwing Vacations (CNW Group/Sunwing Vacations Inc.)

SOURCE Sunwing Vacations Inc.

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The Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care Statement on Safe and Caring Places for Children and Youth: Ontario’s Blueprint for Building a New System of Licensed Residential Services

The Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care Statement on Safe and Caring Places for Children and Youth: Ontario’s Blueprint for Building a New System of Licensed Residential Services

Canada NewsWire

TORONTO, July 21, 2017 /CNW/ – The Blueprint for residential care services in Ontario was released on July 19, 2017.

The OACYC recognizes the work that the Ministry of Children and Youth Services has done to ensure youth involvement in the development of the blueprint.  It is time that young people have a voice in the care they are receiving and the decisions that affect their lives.  The commitment to unscheduled inspections is one that the young people have requested to improve their safety.  We are encouraged that the Ministry is making a commitment to safety and to improving the standards of care across the Province.

While many elements of the Blueprint are encouraging, serious concerns remain.  The blueprint makes no time commitments nor does it mention any increase in funding.  The OACYC remains concerned by the lack of standards in place, the lack of immediate efforts to improve residential care for young people who are living in these spaces right now, and the lack of investment in the workforce. 

It is the position of the OACYC that investment in the workforce would result in immediate and substantial improvements in the quality of care.  While inspections are carried out to ensure standards are being met, the government should also ensure that only qualified professionals are hired to work in residential care facilities. Our College and University Child and Youth Care Programs graduate over 1000 qualified practitioners each year.  Ontario has the qualified workforce, the workforce that was developed specifically to work in these environments; we now need an immediate standard, and the appropriate financial investment, to ensure that every provider is mandated to hire only qualified practitioners and is able to provide adequate support to their Child and Youth Care teams. 

While the Ministry of Children and Youth Services has made a commitment to regulate ABA practitioners to ensure safe autism services to families in Ontario, they have not made any similar commitments to provide the same level of safeguarding, accountability and consistent high quality services to children and youth in care; vulnerable children and youth, who must rely on the government to provide for them and ensure their safety.  As the legal guardian and care providers of these young people, entrusted with children and youth from our communities whose parents may be unable to care and advocate for them, the government has an even greater responsibility to act to ensure their care is the very best possible.  The Government, with the mandate and resources to provide care, safety and support, like any parent, should be demanding and facilitating this.

The OACYC continues to advocate for regulation of Child and Youth Care Practice to ensure that all those hired as Child and Youth Care Practitioners across sectors, including residential care, are trained professionals who are accountable to a professional college, committed to a code of ethics and responsible to work within their scope of practice.  Young people requested the governments support for regulation of Child and Youth Care Practice in the report Searching For Home: Reimagining Residential Care (Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, 2016).  With regulation in place, the public could be assured that all those working in this capacity with young people would have pre-service qualifications and ongoing responsibility to meet standards of care.  We also call on the government to invest to ensure there is ongoing professional development and supervision, improving retention of the workforce to provide greater stability, longer lasting relationships and high quality care.

This government has been willing to regulate those who provide counseling in an office for 50 minutes at a time and those who provide early childhood education and care.  It is time now to ensure that those who are; caring and advocating day-to-day for some of our most vulnerable children and youth in the care of our government, intervening in crisis and high risk situations daily, responding to the complex needs of young people who have experienced trauma to facilitate their optimal development, have their expertise realized while being held accountable to be caring, skilled, educated and responsible professionals. This standard can only reduce risk and increase the quality of care being provided.

Our young people deserve nothing less.

Please read our report Safeguarding the Other 23 Hours: Legislation of Child and Youth Care Practice in Ontario.  http://oacyc.org/attachments/article/65/Safeguarding_FINAL_WEB_VERSION.pdf

About the OACYC The Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC) represents Child and Youth Care Practitioners across Ontario.  Our members are educated professionals, committed to a code of ethics and providing quality Child and Youth Care services to young people and their families.  For more information visit: http://oacyc.org.

SOURCE Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care

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