September 28, 2009
Globe & Mail

Last week, the province’s representative for Children and Youth released a report on the death of six-year-old Christian Lee who was murdered, along with his mother and grandparents, by his father in September, 2007. Lee had been under a restraining order and his estranged wife, Sunny Park had told lawyers, police and social workers of her fears that he would kill her or harm her son. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who serves as the provinces watchdog for children and families, concluded in her report the province failed to protect the little boy because of a fractured and incoherent system of support....Ms. Turpel-Lafond said in an interview the latest cuts run contrary to the changes her report says are desperately needed.

“The Langley pilot project is exactly what I’ve recommended,” she said. “It is essential and it is needed, it must be province-wide.” The project gave police training in investigating and assessing risk in domestic-violence cases. It was led by Jocelyn Coupal, a respected Crown prosecutor who has served since 2007 as the province’s Domestic Violence Resource Counsel. “This is the type of expertise we need to develop across British Columbia,” Ms. Turpel-Lafond said.