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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Double Standard & Inaccurate Reporting Surrounding The Death Of Georgia Walsh In Toronto?

I would like to start off this post by offering my condolences to the 

family, loved ones, and anyone else effected by the passing of 

Georgia Walsh. If you are not familiar with the story here is a link 

This post is not to lay blame or point fingers 

but simply point out some things that need to be addressed 

regarding this tragedy and the coverage of it by Some In Media.

I believe, that seems this story has gone National - it is now in the 

public interest, where there are many concerns in the general 

public that should be addressed.  I have put the concerns in point 

form and hope that they can be answered if anything something 

can/must  be learned from this tragedy and next time with hope a 

child's death can be prevented.

#1 How old was Georgia? Not really important her age but if Media can't even get her age correct what else is not correct about her story. I have provided screen shots below.

#2 Was the girl alone? What was happening at the time? Was she crossing the street or standing on the corner at the time she was hit by a van? I have read very articles in mainstream media and not much was really said about the circumstances. 

#3 Was Georgia Walsh alone? We need to know more about the circumstances of if she was alone or with someone. 

#4 Why was the title/position of her father John Walsh in the headlines? This is hardly done, only with celebrities and sport entertainers and so on and when it comes to politics only with elected officials.

#5 If such an event happened in Jane/Finch, Moss Park, or another poverty neighbourhood and it appears that the parents are some regular Joe from the streets - Would there not be a outcry happening about the fact the child was travelling alone?

#6 This point is a question to the higher ups, in government or child welfare. What is the legal age that a child can be left alone at home or in the community to travel by him/her self? What about if you are travelling with a child, especially at child of a young age and not so much attention is being given? A grey area of law I find as i researched on the internet. I have a couple of answers provided and the Government of Canada and especially Ontario need real reforms and provide some real clarity on the issue.

Dave Fleming, Assistant Director of Intake at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, explains, “The law is purposefully vague when it comes to choosing a specific age, because there are many variables to take into consideration

 The Child and Family Services Act states that a person who has charge of a child less than 16 years of age cannot leave the child without making provision for his/her care or supervision that is reasonable under the circumstances. Anyone who contravenes this provision is guilty of a provincial offence and if convicted is liable to a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of up to a year.
In addition, the Criminal Code of Canada includes the offence of abandoning a child. Anyone who unlawfully abandons or exposes a child who is under 10 years of age, so that his/her life is or is likely to be endangered, or his/her health is or is likely to be permanently injured is guilty of an offence that carries a penalty of imprisonment of not more than two years. 
 I just wish the media would have done a better job reporting on this or the police could provide better information, on what has become a public interest case.

This post was mostly pointing out the facts and giving people something to think about. It shows the media really needs to get all the facts for a story because if they did I would not be posting this post. If anything you can not let your eyes off your kids - even for a split second. The Government really needs to clean up the act regarding children or let the most important information be known with clarity. When crossing the road always hold your child's hand. 

Here I have highlighted some of the many comments out there regarding this tragedy.

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  1. Gary K - TorontoJuly 31, 2014

    Georgia was apparently bounding towards a friend on the other side of the road, being 7 years old, the child should have been under close supervision holding someone's hand, no?


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