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Education Minister Rob Fleming has promised swift action to curtail the “unacceptable” use of restraints and seclusion on special needs students in B.C. schools.

Fleming said he was disappointed as a parent and as a minister to learn about the incidents compiled by Inclusion B.C. in a report released Wednesday.

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The advocacy group, which surveyed parents across the province, concluded that little has changed since its first report in 2013. New voluntary guidelines have largely been ignored and parents continue to report troubling incidents, the group said.

“Five years later, we’re stilling talking about the same thing and the graphic nature of what’s happening to kids is still deeply disturbing,” said Faith Bodnar, Inclusion B.C.’s executive director.

The report, Stop Hurting Kids II, cited survey results in which parents said their children were kept in seclusion for hours at a time, carried or dragged, restrained with straps or cuffs, tied to a chair, or forced into a plastic tote.

“Our investigation showed too many B.C. students are still being injured and traumatized by abusive, inappropriate and outdated practices,” the report said. “Reasons include a lack of regulatory oversight, unclear standards, acceptance of aversive practices and inadequate supports and training.”

Inclusion B.C. called on Fleming to ban the use of restraints and seclusion except in limited situations, keep track of incidents, require all districts to adopt policies and procedures, and train teachers, staff and administrators in better ways to manage behaviour.

“We’re going to act on this really quickly,” Fleming told reporters at the B.C. legislature.

“I can’t speak for why the previous government did not have a lot to show for the last five years. My first reaction was the 2018 report is very similar to 2013.”

Fleming said school superintendents will be required to immediately review the report and every district will have to work with the ministry and have clear policies and guidelines by the end of this year.

He said the government will look at providing additional supports if teachers feel they are needed.

Fleming expressed particular concern about the report’s finding that some parents are never told about the use of restraints or seclusion on their children.

“If there is an incident like this that is serious, that occurs during the school day, I, as a parent, would want to know about that,” he said. “So the fact there isn’t any clear lines of reporting between the school, the district and the parent, I think, is a concern.”

Inclusion B.C., which advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, surveyed families last fall, receiving responses from 170 parents and guardians of students subjected to restraint or seclusion during the 2016-17 school year.

Most of the students were boys and almost all had a special needs designation.

The majority of the parents complained to the school and almost all said they were unhappy with the school’s response.

In nearly half the cases, parents removed their child from the school because of the incidents, the survey showed.

Inclusion B.C. said its first report prompted the government to issue guidelines for school districts to develop their own policies, but, to date, only 19 of 60 districts have done so.

The B.C. Teachers’ Federation backed calls to increase supports and in-service training for teachers, staff and principals.

Glen Hansman, the union’s president, said that when he worked in Vancouver, the school district provided non-violent crisis intervention training that was directly relevant to his work as a special education teacher working with children who had language delays and behavioural challenges.

“But, unfortunately, those opportunities don’t exist consistently nowadays, because we’re still reeling as a system from budget cuts under the previous government,” he said.

Hansman noted that substitute teachers, for instance, get thrown into difficult situations all the time. “And I can guarantee you that, 99 per cent of the time, no one from management is walking them through the safety plans for kids or providing them with the sorts of supports to defuse situations in a way that doesn’t involve restraints.

“If two kids are going after one another, or a child is self-harming or if a six-foot-five 15-year-old is throwing stuff around a room, what is there, within the district, to help a [teacher-on-call] be equipped with the skill set to defuse a situation like that?”

Hansman said he worries, too, that the teacher shortage is making the situation worse as special education teachers get moved into classrooms to cover for someone who is off sick.

“So we may be having situations where kids are acting up or not behaving in their usual way. Routines are thrown off. For a lot of these students, where violence might be a problem or where they’re anxious, consistent routine is really important.”

lkines@timescolonist.com

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TORONTO – A man accused of killing men associated with Toronto’s gay village appeared briefly in court today.

Bruce McArthur was remanded in custody until June 22 for what is expected to be another short appearance.


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Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, McArthur said little during the short appearance via video link.

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He looked downcast while his lawyer and Crown set the new date.


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The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from Toronto’s gay village in 2017.

Later that month, he was charged with the first-degree murder of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. In February, he was also charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam.


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In April police charged Mcarthur in the death of Abdulbasir Faizi, who was reported missing in 2010, and days later charged McArthur in the death of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, who came to Canada from Sri Lanka and was not reported missing.

Police have so far recovered the remains of seven men from large planters at a Toronto home where McArthur worked and stored his equipment.

Police say cadaver dogs — including some from York Region police — are sniffing out about 100 properties both inside and outside Toronto, all with ties to McArthur.

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Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is expected to make a court appearance by video on Wednesday morning.

The 66-year-old landscaper is facing eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the disappearances of a number of men, most of whom had ties to Toronto’s gay village.

McArthur was arrested and charged in January with first-degree murder in the deaths of Selim Esen, and Andrew Kinsman, both of whom went missing in 2017.

Last week, police finished an intensive search of McArthur’s Thorncliffe apartment, where they seized 1,800 exhibits and took more than 18,000 photographs. Police have found the dismembered remains of at least seven people in large planters at the home of one of McArthur’s clients.

Toronto police said earlier this month that the investigation has entered the next phase, with the use of cadaver dogs to search properties linked to McArthur.

McArthur last appeared in court on April 25.

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Bruce McArthur, the alleged serial killer charged with eight counts of first-degree murder, is set to make a court appearance by video link in Toronto on Wednesday morning.

Toronto police have said they don't plan to lay any new charges.

McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the disappearances of a number of men, many of whom were connected to Toronto's Gay Village.

He's accused of killing the following men: Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.

McArthur is accused of killing these eight men. Top row, from left to right, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. Bottom row, from left to right: Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58. (CBC/Toronto Police Service)

Police just finished a months-long, inch-by-inch search of McArthur's apartment, which they said netted more than 1,800 pieces of evidence.

Police still searching

Meanwhile, cadaver dogs are searching dozens of properties across the city where McArthur worked.

Police also plan to do more digging at a home on Mallory Crescent, near Toronto's Don Valley, where the dismembered remains of several men were found hidden in large garden planters.

Investigators said they have identified the remains of seven men, but not Kayhan's.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga, who is leading the investigation, has said police don't know how long the probe will continue.

McArthur, who was arrested on Jan. 18, remains in custody at the Toronto South Detention Centre in Etobicoke, in suburban Toronto.

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