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This is the Trevor Zink We Have Always Known
Zinck Helped Family with High Medical Costs
I was skeptical. I painted all with the one brush. Not so anymore.
This past summer, when my husband’s son was faced with the huge cost of medication which could potentially save his life (treatment not covered by MSI nor his particular health care plan), we stepped in with our retirement savings and line of credit. A friend had suggested that we contact our MLA to see if there was any help for our situation. Trevor Zinck immediately provided forms, made phone calls, came to the initial medical appointment that started the treatment and set into motion a plan that would help to keep us out of tremendous financial debt.
We came to see our MLA as a person who cares about his constituents and community. We especially appreciate the time, interest and energy he has put into “our" situation.
Thank you, Trevor Zinck. You are a wonderful human being. We all make mistakes. You deserve to keep your chin up and be proud of who you are. I hope everyone in Nova Scotia has a Trevor Zinck as his or her MLA.
Lynda Scott Lunn, Dartmouth
Linda Youngson and Marilyn Dey have been advocating for a clean-up of the Children Services department for many years. They are both well educated with several university degrees between them. They have studied the Children and Family Services Act of Nova Scotia and have set in on many court proceedings in the Nova Scotia Family Court System. Over the years they have raised serious concerns about the department directly as well as the many government offices and NGO connected with Child Services.
I recall listening to a Nova Scotia radio talk show where a person who called in was informing the audience that Children Services was taking new-born babies away at birth from the hospitals in Nova Scotia.
The reaction? People did not believe it.
Well let us tell you, this is true. We have been witness to this ourselves - as was Trevor Zink.
For shame Nova Scotia politicians for running off the best we ever had. Your day will come. What you do in secret will eventually find you out and some day, 5, 10, 20 or more years may go by but some day YOU and YOUR SHAME will be exposed.
Dartmouth – NDP Community Services Critic Trevor Zinck is calling on the Minister of Community Services to fill vacancies on the Children and Family Services Committee. The committee has four long-standing vacancies that must be filled by parents, members of minority groups and the public. The committee should have a total of ten members.
“Through this committee, parents can give the government valuable feedback about its child protection and adoption systems: both the good and the bad,” says Zinck. “Because the full committee hasn’t met for a long time, it hasn’t been able to make decisions involving some of the province’s most vulnerable children.”
The committee is now made up of one parent, one legal aid lawyer and four members of the Community Services Minister’s staff. Although the purpose of the committee is to hear presentations from parents and the public, it hasn’t done so since May 2007.
“The Minister shall establish an advisory committee whose function is to review annually [The word "shall" is a legal term that means this is NOT an option, that the direction is mandatory. This current committee has existed now for almost 2 1/2 years and has not put together any report ! ] the provisions of this Act and the services relating thereto and to report annually to the Minister concerning the operation of the Act and whether the principles and purpose of the Act are being achieved.The advisory committee shall be appointed by the Minister, after consultation with the relevant groups and individuals, and shall include(a) 2 persons whose children have been, are OR may be in need of protective services;(b) a representative from an agency;(c) a representative of the Minister;(d) a legal aid lawyer(e) 2 persons drawn from the cultural, racial or linguistic minority communities; AND(f) such other persons, not exceeding 3, as the Minister may determine.]
“Parents either don’t know about this committee, or don’t feel welcome. Anyone who might be critical of the child protection system is poorly-represented on the committee,” says Zinck. “Instead it’s made up of representatives hand-picked by the Minister.”
In 2005, after NDP MLA Graham Steele [as a private lawyer] represented a parents’ group [No ! 2 independent advocates : Linda Youngson and Marilyn Dey] , the courts ruled this committee must be fully reinstated. Two years later, the government still has not acted on that ruling.