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...WOW, is all I can say...
In a recent missive to a Vancouver father, representatives of the department basically told him he could not let his kids do anything, alone or with other kids the same age, without supervision. More at: beta.theglobeandmail.com
Things like walking to school. Or riding a bicycle. Or playing in a park, or even staying home with siblings or friends – well, unless one of them is older than 12 and thus legally allowed to have younger children in their care.
The bureaucrats may be well meaning, but they have entirely lost the plot.
The case that resulted in this absurd outcome is that of Adrian Crook, a Vancouver dad who for several months has allowed his four oldest children – aged 7, 8, 9 and 11 – to ride a public bus to and from school together.
An anonymous somebody decided to raise the alarm with child welfare authorities. Those authorities, presented with a complaint, could not resist poking their noses into the matter.
And despite the fact that there appears to be no evidence of abuse, wrongdoing or even danger, B.C. child welfare came to the conclusion that something had to be done. It decided that no child under 10 shall be left unsupervised by an adult "in the community, at home, or on transit."