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Child officer steps down
Jane Morley ends her term as the provinces Child and Youth Officer effective Jan. 1, making way for the newly appointed independent representative to take over on an acting basis.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a Saskatchewan provincial court judge, was appointed to the new role in November, with unanimous support from the B.C. Liberal and NDP MLAs. The new position was created on the recommendation of former judge Ted Hughes, who was called in to do an independent investigation of the provinces child protection system.
Hughes criticized the government for imposing budget cuts and major restructuring on the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and replacing an independent childrens commissioner with the Child and Youth Officer, who reports to the Attorney General.
Turpel-Lafond will serve in the existing office until regulations and budget for the new independent office are in place in the new year.