Lisa, a federal civil servant, is raising David, her 7-year-old son, on her own but with the involvement of his father and the support of family. She never had any reason to think the children’s aid society would show up at her north Toronto house.
But over the course of a school year, administrators at her son’s Toronto public school made, by Lisa’s count, five calls to the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, alleging maltreatment.
Each time, the society found no protection concerns.
Lisa has filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleging she was discriminated againstbecause she was a single black mother. Lisa claims unfounded allegations were passed to the CAS as payback for her advocacy over her son’s education plan and for questioning staff behaviour.
Last May, the school sent a 24-page cease-and-desist letter to Lisa chronicling contact between her and the school, describing her as having “unreasonable expectations,” and strongly recommending placing David in a special program usually reserved for suspended and expelled students.
Lisa, 41, alleges she was “coerced” into agreeing to place her son in the program. She also alleges the experience has caused pain and suffering and “lasting effects” on her son’s well-being. She is seeking $1 million in compensation. (more...)
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