Thursday February 23 2012 1:46PM Chris Carter has been released into the body of the courts, he looks to the audience that has gathered to observe and shouts “You see what they are doing!?” What they, the courts are doing to Chris Carter is a shame, misuse and waste of the justice system. To understand and appreciate this story you really need to get to know Chris Carter, he is a passionate, loving, and heartbroken father.
I caught up with Chris after the court proceedings and sat down for a cup of coffee with him and one of his Canada Court Watch “family members” as they like to call each other. He opened up to me about the horror story he has gone through with CAS and the Canadian Courts, at some parts he and myself needed a moment to collect our emotions. The injustice that he is fighting is unbelievable and it’s a story everyone needs to hear.
Chris and his Japanese wife Nobuyo decided to move their family to Chris’ home; Canada, the tension of a new home and new cultures put strain on the loving couple and their relationship soon fell apart, but the love for his children was unchanged. During this tense period the mother of his children began disciplining the kids in an overly physical manner, causing one of the kids to make a complaint about the abuse. While Chris was taking care of his kids CAS removed his children from his loving home. The next five days the kids were kept in foster care, during this time Chris was not allowed to see his kids, strangely his wife, the one who the child had complained about was allowed to visit them.
When Chris was finally offered the unbelievable ultimatum of give his kids to a foster family or give his kids to his wife, he lamented and gave up the kids to his wife who he believed to be a good mother aside from the recent trouble. The court demanded that he produce the children’s citizenship and turn it over to the court. During this period Chris’s life was upside down his belongings were in boxes between multiple places and one of the three citizenship cards was lost in the shuffle. The court put him in jail for 15 days and charged him with contempt of court.
During the CAS hearing Chris had 16 witnesses that he was to bring before the court, by the 9th witness (Peter Ringrose, a CAS executive) the Honorable Justice Hardman stopped the trial with no explanation.
Chris Carter decided it was time to get loud, he started protesting infront of the local Children’s Aid and Police Headquarters. The response was mostly positive but there were people who desperately wanted him gone. Some one wanted him gone so badly that when Kim Putman and Virginia Torrance (CAS lawyers) walked by him the police arrested him for 2 counts of assault, Chris didn’t come within 6m of the women.
Chris and other parents who have dealt with CAS can be quoted as saying ”It was like they were trying to drive me insane.” When he would go to the CAS building for scheduled visits with his kids he would sometimes be greeted by a grinning worker who would sarcastically say “Sorry Chris I forgot to call you, we had to cancel this week, maaaaybe next week!” It’s experiences like this that can drive people over the edge, imagine you wait all week to see your kids, your only joy in the world, and some grinning jerk tells you that you have to wait another week to see your kids for just one measly hour. Then there was the heat, the kids liked to be active, so in that little time they had with their father they would play floor hockey, judo, and other intense activities that warm a room up fast. One day Chris opened the door to the hall to let some air in, the CAS workers demanded he close the door, so he asked that next week they move him to the room at the end of the hall so they could leave the door open and nobody would walk by it. The next week they arrived to a room that was noticeably hot before they even started playing, so he opened the door and began to play with his kids, again the CAS workers demanded he close the door, enough was enough and this father wasn’t going to have it, Chris refused to close the door and soon enough a group of police officers showed up to drag him away infront of his crying children.
These are events have made Chris become the devoted activist that he is, and his troubles with the justice system aren’t even close to coming to an end. The more he fights the more unbelievable the charges get.
Tuesday February 21st 2012 Chris was arrested in Chatham under charges of obstruction of justice, later changed to personation. The charges were filed because Chris gave a false name while accompanying an individual to a CAS meeting. Wednesday 22nd the crown offered to release him under the following conditions:
- No communication with CKCS employees direct or indirect except through legal council and such communication will be in writing, email, or during review court proceedings.
-Not to attend or be within 100m of CKCAS with the exception for court proceedings.
-To reside at his current address.
Chris refused the conditions and returned to court the next day, this time the crown offered a slightly different set of conditions, the only change being that he may not verbally be in contact at all which effectively removes him from any CAS review court proceedings. In disgust, and frustration Chris accepted these harsher terms.
To learn more about his struggle or if you are in need of advice visit FixCAS.com and CanadaCourtWatch.com
Chris Carter who is a local CAS activist was arrested at Chatham Kent Child Aid Services on Grand Avenue West and charged with Obstruction of Justice, later the charge was changed to Personation. Chris has been trying to contact Mike Stephens Executive Director of CKCAS, Mr. Stephens communicated to his employees that if Chris Carter attempts to speak with anyone to direct Mr. Carter to Mr. Stephens. A local family requested Chris accompany them to a meeting with CAS, Chris not wanting to be thrown out of the CAS building just for being an activist gave a false name. Upon leaving the building due to not being able to prove his false identity CKPS arrested Mr. Carter. Today in court The Crown offered to release Mr. Carter under conditions of:
- No communication with CKCAS employees direct or indirect except through legal council and such communication will be in writing, email, or during review court proceedings.
-Not to attend or be within 100m of CKCAS with the exception for court proceedings.
Mr. Carter profoundly refused the conditions and demanded to be read the line from the criminal code that defines the law he broke. The court repeated the accused charges and did not read the criminal code definition.
Court proceedings begin at 1030am stay tuned for more information. @danage420
A group of concerned citizens have been demonstrating in front of the Chatham court house this past week. The rain continues to beat down on them, the honks of car horns that belong to parents that have suffered through battles with CAS motivate these activists. Yesterday nearby at the court house one gentleman was arrested on what appears to be unrelated matters, Danage.com has attempted to contact the individual for comment but due to a publication ban there is no further information available. We will be covering this closely and returning to the court house today for more information. Stay tuned to @danage420 and USTREAM for live updates.
Monday evening local Chatham Kent residents gathered on the corner of St. Clair and Grand Avenue to hold a vigil in memory of the families ripped apart by Children’s Aid Services. In Canada most provinces have a government run Children’s Aid Service, in Ontario that’s not the case. CAS is a private industry and Chris Carter of Canada Court Watch claims it’s one shrouded in secrecy, backroom deals and executives raking in the cash. In a documentary soon to be released through Canada Court Watch a former CAS employee exposes startling issues withing the OACAS, and even claims that babies are being auctioned off to high profile bidders.
There is a serious problem and it begins with accountability. When a CAS worker believes that there is “risk of imminent harm” (physical, mental, social, sexual) they may with cooperation of local police remove the child from the home and place them into CAScare. There is no warrant needed for the police to enter and there are no records kept of unwarranted removals.
The next area of unaccountability involves deaths of children in CAS care. There are no statistics on the number of deaths or the number of deaths caused by CAS workers themselves. There are some parents who believe that CAS has gone as far as to murder their child. Why would CAS want to murder children? CAS is accused of taking out life insurance policies on government wards, (children in CAS care). When accused the reply from CAS was that if it is happening they are unaware if it.
There is also a factor of the cost, it costs approximately $10k per assessment and the number of assessments in specific communities is private information. The information provided from OACAS is convoluted and offers no explanation as to why they keep no statistics on specifics like these.
The funding model currently in place allows for funds to be directed to CAS only when they determine a child must be taken into custody. This system creates what some call a bounty on our children. Similar to how pharmaceutical companies need sick people, CAS needs the pain and suffering of children in order to operate. There is room for organizations like CAS to do good things in our community, and they certainly do. there are obviously children who need parents, and there needs to be a system to accomplish parental accountability, as well as CAS accountability. The Obudsman (an independent provincial government watchdog) could be granted jurisdiction over CAS and there would be a level of accountability that does not currently exist.
Chris Carter left multiple voice mail messages for Mike Stephens the Executive Director of Chatham-Kent Children’s Aid Services requesting a copy of the polices and procedures, as well as bylaws and the process for attending CAS meetings. His calls have not been returned.
Danage.com attempted to contact Mike Stephens but his voicemail states that he is gone for the week attending various meetings in Toronto and London. I look forward to a call from Mr Stephens so he can clear the air and let the public know his opinion on these problems. We would like to give Mr Stephen’s the benefit of the doubt and consider it a coincidence that he is out of town the week that a CAS protest appears. Additional rallies are being held this week and more information is available through CanadaCourtWatch.com and FixCAS.com