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It Takes a Community to Keep Children and Youth Free from Fear, Harm and Violence

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month and children’s aid societies (CASs) across Ontario are calling on the community to help protect children and youth from fear, harm and violence and to support families in crisis.

For over 100 years, the Halton Children’s Aid Society has worked with the Halton community to help children, youth and families thrive. This month we are spreading the message that child and youth safety and family welfare depend on the involvement of the entire community. It is every Ontarian’s responsibility to protect children and youth, the most vulnerable members of our community and report any suspicion that a child or youth may be in need of protection.

The Honourable Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services said, “Our government believes that every child in Ontario deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. That is why I am joining the members of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies in urging those who may have witnessed abuse or neglect to report it. It’s the right thing to do.”

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Working Smoke Alarms Keep Families Safe

Ontario Helps Launch Fire Prevention Week 2014

Otario is helping launch Fire Prevention Week 2014 and encouraging families to test their smoke alarms to make sure they are working. The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 5 to 11, is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month". Communities and fire services across the province, as well as the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, will be hosting a number of events to help raise awareness and keep people safe.

This year's campaign features a video developed by the Burlington Fire Department called "Test Yours Today" that reminds everyone about the importance of maintaining and testing their smoke alarms monthly.

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Keeping Ontarians Safe from Carbon Monoxide--Alarms Now Mandatory in All Homes

Keeping Ontarians Safe from Carbon Monoxide--Alarms Now Mandatory in All Homes

Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes in Ontario safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.

The new regulation, which comes into effect October 15th, updates Ontario's Fire Code following the passage of Bill 77 last year. These updates are based on recommendations from a Technical Advisory Committee, which was led by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and included experts from fire services, the hotel and rental housing industries, condo owners and alarm manufacturers.

Carbon monoxide detectors will now be required near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.

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Winch Group, OPP helping First Nations youngsters

Winch Group, OPP helping First Nations youngsters

New and gently used sporting equipment and monetary donations will be accepted when a local company hold its annual community equipment drive.For the fifth straight year the Winch Group Benefits Consultants Inc. of Burlington will transport trailers filled with used sporting equipment to remote northern Ontario First Nations reserves to benefit young people. Trailers are provided by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Equipment and funds will be collected by volunteers Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mainway Arena, 4015 Mainway, near Walker’s Line in Burlington.All corporate donations and proceeds from the barbecue on the day of the drive will be directed to the Halton Children’s Aid Society to help fund sport and extra-curricular activities for local children in need.

Thousands of pieces of used sporting equipment have been donated to the cause since the program’s inception.Participation in sport and recreation at a young age builds confidence and self-esteem, studies show.

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Celebrating the Role of Foster Families in the Lives of Children and Youth in Care

Celebrating the Role of Foster Families in the Lives of Children and Youth in Care

October 19-25, 2014 is Foster Family Week and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), along with Children’s Aid Societies (CASs), are celebrating the vital role of foster families in the lives of children and youth in care.

Mary Ballantyne, Executive Director of the OACAS today said:“Foster parents provide stability to children during a difficult time in their life and a caring home that encourages growth and development. Foster Family Week reminds us of the dedication, love and commitment of foster families to the children and youth in CAS care, while serving as a reminder of the need for suitable families to come forward and foster teens and sibling groups.”

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