If you think that there is freedom of expression and transparent government in Canada, think twice. Absolute oppressive power has rendered our Constitution completely meaningless.
The e-mail below ordered us to remove all identifiable information of the family involved in this case, alleging publicly disclosure of such information is an offence of various Acts. This is classic cowardice often found in the child protection industry. While many service providers (most notably child protection workers and foster parents) hypocritically pretend that they are protecting children, they abuse parents whom they call clients and their supporters. They retaliate and hide behind the rule of law. The police is often used to intimidate parents and those who disagree with the Ministry. Laws are so lopsided and contain provisions that unreasonably protect the industry under the pretext of privacy and best interests of children. It is very easy for critics of state-sponsored child removal to fall into legal traps. False, misconstrued and exaggerated allegations are often made to fabricate complaints that initiate police investigation. This case confirms the foregoing. Once again, this proves beyond doubt that secrecy and fear are essential to maintain public ignorance of the true nature of modern "child protection" and are instrumental to the success of the child protection industry.
We do not believe that we have broken any laws in British Columbia. We are not of the opinion that Sgt. Carlos Tettolowski's allegations below would stand in court. We totally disagree with any interference from the authorities to obstruct freedom of expression, which often occurs in totalitarian states. However, we respectfully complied with Sgt. Tettolowski's polite order as a gesture of a good corporate citizen. We would like to share the video on the right with Sgt. Tettolowski and all police officers. Police officers enjoy no immunity of persecution. Listen to what a single mother RCMP member said on her experience when her son was removed by the industry.
Errors do not cease to be errors simply because they are ratified into law. A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It is self-defense. It is patriotism. We ask law enforcement officers and those with a clear conscience to build a safer future for our children and join us to take down racketeering that opens government to corruption. Lastly, we must thank Sgt. Tettolowski for sending the e-mail below. This provides an opportunity to educate the public how the police is often used by service providers in the child protection industry to intimidate and to protect the best interests of the industry.
Starr-Ella Brunelle, a pro bono advocate, has been actively helping Ms. Alena (Ms. A) Asbjornhus and her partner KN of Salmon Arm, whom the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has put undue distress since intervention.
Ms. Alena and Kevin met in Calgary, Alberta. She had a child from her previous relationship and had lost custody of her child to her ex spouse. Alberta Children and Youth Services (MCFD's counterpart in Alberta) had been involved due to an allegation of a mental problem called Schizophrenia. The details of her situation are documented in her affidavit dated 2 November 2009 . In 2006, Dr. L. A. Marcus (a psychiatrist in Calgary, Alberta) diagnosed that she is not psychotic and does not have severe mental health problem (see his below). Dr. Gary W. Lea (a clinical psychologist in Kelowna, British Columbia) recommended returning her first removed child Paul under 9 conditions .
When the couple moved to Vernon, British Columbia, Kevin's mother Barbara was concerned why Ms. A lost custody of her child. On June 3, 2009, she called MCFD to seek support after Ms. A was pregnant with her first child with Kevin. On 10 June 2009, Ms. A was required to met a "child protection" worker for the first time. Knowing she was pregnant, the Ministry put a province-wide obliging hospitals to inform the Ministry when Ms. A seeks medical assistance. The alert also prohibited contact between Ms. A and her newborn, not even a chance to hold her baby after birth, and to effect immediate removal. The hospital alert and "child protection" worker outlining the Ministry's concerns are linked for reference.
Like most Canadians who trust their government, the family believed that the Ministry will help at the onset. Ms. A gave consent to the Ministry to obtain information from her file with the Alberta Child Services. She expects her confidentiality will be respected. However, her social worker breached her trust and confidentiality and divulged cherry picked negative information to Barbara and Kevin. This misled Kevin and his parents to agree with the Ministry based on the information provided. Divide and conquer tactic is often used on parents and was initially successful in this case. Ms. A became alienated and was not provided any services other than being torn apart. The MCFD was aware that this family was in need of support. However, instead of offering service, MCFD began to look for a permanent adoptive home for the unborn child without informing the mother. The social worker in charge of their file considers this a groundbreaking precedent to arrange an adoptive home for a unborn child.
Ms. A is a Polish immigrant who came to Canada in January 1989. Despite she lives in Canada over 20 years, she still has language difficulty. The MCFD did not provide her with sufficient translation service during their interaction even though they are aware of this need to ensure accurate communication with her.
After the birth of her child in November 2009, Ms. A was put in a psych ward and drugged on the highest dose of 20 mg Olanzapine (a psychotic drug) when she insisted that she is not insane and will fight for the custody of her child. Administration of this drug is against her will. The drugging began two days after her child was removed at birth, which ensured that she was unable to attend court. In her drugged condition, the medical staff would not allow her out. Therefore, the hearings proceeded ex parte. Ms. A did not have the chance to dispute the Ministry's custody application, let alone giving her testimony. The drug had effectively prevented Ms. A to attend hearings. Inadvertently or not, it deprived her fundamental right of defending herself in a court of law, which is an important element in natural justice.
Ms. A's prenatal doctor disagreed with the Ministry's position and the mental health worker does not believe that she has a mental disorder.
Starr-Ella witnessed continual resistance from the MCFD in uniting this family. She has been put down and told to take care of her own family since her involvement in this case. MCFD considered her a crusader and a dangerous liar. Some time last summer, a social worker paid a home visit after Ms. A was living with Starr-Ella's family. The social worker warned that Ms. A is not allowed to be alone with their children, otherwise they would have to become "more involved" with Starr-Ella's own family. Starr-Ella told this worker that her family does not believe that Ms. A was a danger to their children. If they do, they would not have welcomed her into their home.
When Kevin saw all the evidence of abuse, he was shocked at what the MCFD had done. He changed his position and began to work with Starr-Ella and Ms. A. Kevin had been allowed access of his child until the MCFD became aware that he has changed side. His access was cut off. In the first six months after the removal, Ms. A was allowed only one 30-minute supervised visit every two weeks. She requested more time but the MCFD refused until a judge made an order allowing her one hour per week.
Ms. A was not allowed any support person or advocate and only provided with an interpreter twice during supervised visits. This gave the MCFD a chance to fabricate false information. They also took advantage of Ms. A's deficiency in English. Since third party is seldom allowed during supervised visits, there is no witness to refute fabricated information in court. The phone conversation with their "child protection" worker recorded in the video below show how aggressive she was in prohibiting Starr-Ella to attend supervised visits under the pretext of child safety.
Kevin's mother, Barbara, was the whistle blower who wanted to help with a good intent. Like most Canadians, she trusted that social workers will help. She was dismayed to learn that the only "service" offered, namely removal of her grandchild, harms more than helps. She deeply regrets seeking help from the Ministry. Her testimony on the foregoing is in the video embedded on the top left hand corner of this page.
Using visitation as pawn, Ms. A and Kevin were pressured to consent (dated 2 February 2011) followed by a six-month supervision order. The parents complied to all the terms set forth in the TCO and yet the Ministry refused to return the child. On May 2, 2011, the day that the TCO expired and the child was supposed to be returned to the parents to commence the six-month supervision order (point 2 of the Order), he was re apprehended 25 minutes upon his arrival in the parent's home.
The Ministry advised in no uncertain term that their second unborn child will be removed shortly after birth. This creates tremendous pressure and distress on Ms. A and her family.
When Starr-Ella became involved at the beginning, she truly believed that all the resources would be made available to help Ms. A and MCFD's intervention would have come to an end months ago. She was wrong. In fact, the exact opposite is true. To rectify what the Ministry did to Ms. A, the family has difficulties getting assistance from the Ministry, the MLA, the Premier, the Ombudsman, or the Prime Minister.
It is eye opening to see how abusive some "child protection" workers are when they deal with their "clients". They are totally different from the charming and helpful image they portray in front of the public and judges. The video on the right contains segments of a 9-minute phone recording with their worker on 24 February 2011 in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. This phone conversation addressed the issue of who are allowed to attend supervised visits. Using access as pawn, their worker plays god. Only "child protection" workers can treat their "clients" like this and still remain in business.
Despite there is a court order allowing Starr-Ella to be a support person, this worker protested her presence during supervised visits. She argued that she has the exclusive authority to determine who may attend. Any person who disagrees with the Ministry's position will face more resistance and scrutiny and have to jump hoops such as criminal check, prior approval, body search, prohibited to speak in their mother tongue ... etc. This is classic retaliatory measure from bureaucrats who repeatedly emphasize that they are protecting your children. Of course, parents are being watched like hawks by visitation workers who take notes and report back to "child protection" workers.
The family came to Vancouver to await the arrival of their new born and the arrival of unsparing "child protection" worker escorted by the police to execute the removal shortly after.
In the afternoon of 5 June 2011 (Sunday), Ms. A was admitted to the Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster. Unlike most deliveries, the hospital did not allow any family members in the delivery room. In the absence of family support, Ms. A gave birth to her second child Sabina by way of a C-section. At about 6 p.m., after-hour social worker assisted by the New Westminster police seized the baby right after birth. None of the family member, including the father and the grandparents, who were waiting outside the delivery room was allowed to see the baby. The only memory left to the family is a photo taken by a nurse with Kevin's cell phone.
As expected, the Ministry had instructed the hospital to follow strict procedures set forth to ensure smooth removal. Subsequent to a document disclosure request, the hospital provided the Ministry's Vernon Office alert and patient record (see attachment below). The following are noteworthy:
After suffering this ministry-created trauma, the family has to fight a lengthy uphill legal battle to regain custody of their children. In view of the fact that the family has gone public, full scale retaliation is expected. This inhumane oppression and atrocity happened on the best place to live on earth: British Columbia.
On 21 June 2011, the parents received a letter from David Ross, MCFD lawyer. This letter addressed the following issues:
Supporting documents of this case were removed per e-mail order from Sgt. Carlos Tettolowski of the Salmon Arm RCMP Detachment sent on 8 November 2011.
This case suggests the following:
[This page was added on 4 June 2011, last revised on 31 March 2015.]