I was born & raised in Saint John New Brunswick Canada...I could not have asked for a better dad, I wouldn't want any other dad...When I was little I remember my mom telling me that I would want to play with her ornaments & dad would let me & I guess I use to break them accidentally of course...Mom would always tell me how he let me play with them & that I broke them...Her good expensive ornaments... Well in grade one is when things went bad for mom & dad, so dad moved out & no matter what mom said she couldn't make me turn against my dad so it has been 33 years since I was born so I sagest mom stop trying to turn me against my dad because it isn't going to happen...Don't get me wrong mom wasn't all bad there were some good memories but too few... With dad my brother & I came first & with mom well after dad left she went all wired...Instead of being a good mother & just dealing with the break up, getting over it & moving on she had only one thing one her mind & that was to turn my down syndrome brother & I against my dad...This will never work with me & she hates me for that because I will not believe & go along with her lies...Even though she has kidnapped my brothers mind she can not kid nap his heart... I do wish I could have a relationship with my mom but how can I when she lies not only about my dad but about me...Just because I wouldn't go along with her lies she decided to make up some lies about me...What type of mother does that...For the life of me I can not even begin to understand how a mother or parent can do that to a child... When I was a little girl & still even now all I wanted was for my mother to just be a mother...I am sorry that dad leaving you cause you such mental disorder that you can not seem to grasp or hold on to reality...But every thing that comes out of your mouth is hurtful lies & how could you expect me to just stand there & let you do it...You could of had my help now that you going through another separation but lying & manipulating are more important to you than your own children...I can see that in your youngest son you already are brain washing him...It is not right no matter how things ended...If you ever decide to get real help maybe then I will talk to you again but if not then I guess we had our last words already...

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Saint John Dr. William F. Roberts Hospital School

This is some I found while researching information...
Some thing that my mother should read if she not to involved with her self & making up lies...
My down syndrome brother went to the Saint John Dr. William F. Roberts Hospital School...
I found the below information on the school...I have the pdf of this witch can be found here...


In December 1992, a former employee of the New Brunswick Training School at Kingsclear,

Karl Toft, was convicted of having sexually assaulted a number of former students at the school. This

brought to public attention the issue of institutional abuse in New Brunswick. A Commission of

Inquiry was subsequently held, and a compensation program established in an attempt to provide

redress to those who were victimized while under the care of the Province.

The New Brunswick Training School at Kingsclear was an institution operated by the Ministry

of the Solicitor General. It was home to minors who had committed delinquencies, as well as to

children who had committed no crimes, but who were wards of the state awaiting placement in foster


In 1985, a counsellor at the school reported an incident of sexual molestation involving Mr.

Toft and a male student. Toft was transferred as a result of the report, but no other action was taken.

A few years later, a colleague and three other male students filed further complaints of sexual assault

against Toft. The regional police and the RCMP investigated the complaints, but no charges were

laid. Toft was later rehired at the school to work at a summer camp.

Toft was finally arrested in September 1991 and charged with 27 counts of sexual assault.

Twelve additional charges were laid in 1992. He ultimately pleaded guilty to 34 counts of sexual

assault and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Two more individuals have since been convicted of abusing child residents of New Brunswick

institutions. Another was charged but not convicted. A fifth has been charged and will be tried in

the near future.

On the same date that Toft was sentenced, the New Brunswick Government set up a

Commission of Inquiry headed by the Honourable Richard L. Miller, a former Justice of the New

Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench. The Inquiry investigated allegations of physical and sexual

abuse at three provincial institutions: the New Brunswick Training School at Kingsclear, the Boy's

Industrial Home in Saint John and the Dr. William F. Roberts Hospital School.31 The Boy's Industrial Home was the predecessor institution to the School at Kingsclear. The Roberts Hospital School was a facility operated by the New Brunswick Department of Health for mentally challenged minors and other wards of the state.

Mr. Miller released his Report in February 1995. Included amongst his recommendations was

one for the creation of a compensation program. In June 1995, the Government responded to this

recommendation by establishing the Compensation for Victims of Institutional Sexual Abuse


The stated objective of the program was "to allow for the orderly, appropriate, timely

resolution of claims, made against the Province, by persons who indicate they were sexually abused,

by employees of the Province" at one of the three institutions examined during the Miller Inquiry.

Lawyers from the New Brunswick Department of Justice and those representing the victims had

established a process through which settlements could be negotiated. It was hoped that this would

provide an opportunity to address legitimate claims outside of the court system.

The program commenced on June 8, 1995. On August 29, 1996, the Department of Justice

announced that the Program would end the following day. In a press release, the Minister of Justice,

the Honourable Paul Duffie, explained the reasons for the termination:

[T]his package has been in effect for 15 months, and now I believe that it's time to bring

closure to the process ... I believe that at this point, the majority of claims have been filed and

are currently being investigated and processed.

Claims received after August 30, 1996, were initially treated as ordinary civil court actions,

but on August 19, 1999 the Government re-opened the program and extended the deadline to

November 19, 1999. This was done to accommodate claimants who had been unable to file a claim

within the initial claim period.32

By June 15, 2001, a total of 413 claims had been received. Two hundred and eighty-four of

them had been settled, resulting in a payout of $10,159,744.66.

(a) The Process

All persons who had been sexually abused by an employee of the Province at one of the three


institutions were eligible for compensation. Physical abuse was not compensable under the program.

There was no formal organization representing claimants in the process. They were

encouraged to retain the services of counsel, but they were free to proceed without one. As it turned

out, about 20 different lawyers represented all the claimants. Counsel were not permitted to charge

a fee greater than 20% of the total compensation paid to a claimant. Legal fees were paid by the


Claimants commenced an application for compensation by filling out a statement of claim

describing the actions of the alleged perpetrator. This statement was delivered to the Legal Services

Branch of the Department of Justice, where it was reviewed by lawyers employed by the Province.

Claimants were eligible for benefits when the Government was satisfied it was likely the claimant had

suffered the harm alleged.

In order to arrive at an opinion, the Government usually requested authorization to review

the contents of the claimant's medical files, psychological reports, young offender files, and the like.

A claimant was also asked to consent to the release of all information relating to him or her which

was obtained in the course of the investigation and conduct of the Miller Inquiry. None of this

information was released to the public.

The claimant was interviewed by a lawyer from the Department of Justice and asked to

recount in detail the actions that were committed against him. The Government had the right to ask

that the claimant be sworn and the testimony transcribed. The Government could also ask that the

claimant be psychologically tested, although no testing could occur without the claimant's consent.

Whenever a name was provided by the claimant, the alleged abuser was contacted by the

Government to obtain his or her side of the story. If he or she was still employed by the Province,

the relevant department was also contacted.

After reviewing all of the available information, the Government chose whether to accept or

reject the claim:

! If it appeared that the claimant did in fact not suffer sexual abuse, as claimed, while

in the care of the Province, the claim was refused. The claimant could then decide to

either withdraw the claim (and possibly sue the Government instead) or avail himself

or herself of the adjudication process described below.


33The amount of the offer was based upon an award grid developed by the Solicitor General's office in light

of past compensation awards and the nature of the abuse suffered. The grid was never made public.

34The same arbitrator was used for all cases to ensure consistency.

35R.S.N.B. 1973, c. A-10.

! If it was deemed "likely that harm was done to the claimant," a determination of the

severity of the harm was made and an offer, in keeping with the amounts offered to

other claimants who suffered similar harm, was made to counsel for the claimant.33

If it was accepted, it was processed as outlined below. If it was not accepted, the

amount could be negotiated. If an agreement could not be reached after a reasonable

effort at negotiation, the claimant was permitted to refer determination of the award

to an arbitrator. Alternatively, the claimant could decide to opt out of the program

and proceed with legal action in the normal course.

In the end, only allegations against the five employees who were charged criminally were considered

credible by the Government.

As indicated above, in cases where the Government and the claimant did not agree on the

veracity of the claim and/or the quantum of damages, the matter could be referred to an independent

arbitrator.34 The procedure for the arbitration hearing was based on the New Brunswick Arbitration

Act of 197335 (although the parties could agree to dispense with some features of the Act). It was

an informal proceeding in which the rules of evidence were relaxed. Evidence could be presented by

the Province and the claimant, but no witness could be forced to testify. Damages were proven in

the same manner as in a civil case.

The arbitrator decided on the veracity of the claim being presented and, if necessary, the

quantum of damages. The decision was binding and not subject to appeal. Judicial review could be

sought, however, pursuant to the normal rules of court for such matters. In total, 14 cases went to

adjudication. Ten were decided in favour of the Province and four were decided in favour of the


In cases where the Government and claimant agreed on both the veracity of the claim and the

quantum of damages, the settlement recommendation was forwarded to various other departments

of the Government for approval and verification:


! The recommendation was first sent to a policy advisor at the Department of the

Solicitor General. The advisor would examine the facts of the case and determine

whether the amount appeared to fall within the guidelines of the compensation

program and the normal parameters for claims of a similar nature. If it did, the

advisor would forward the recommendation to the Director of Policy Planning and

Public Affairs.

! The Director of Policy Planning and Public Affairs would determine whether the

recommendation was "satisfactory." If it was, the Director would order the Director

of Financial Services to prepare a cheque for the amount suggested.

! The Director of Financial Services would determine if he was "in accord." If he was,

a cheque in the appropriate amount would be prepared and sent to the Department

of Justice lawyer in charge of the case.

! The Department of Justice lawyer would examine the cheque and determine if it was

satisfactory. If it was, he or she would deliver it to counsel for the claimant.

This multifaceted approval process was not required for damage awards ordered by the

arbitrator. Instead, a cheque would simply be issued by the Director of Financial Services and given

to counsel for the claimant. In all cases, funds would only be disbursed after the claimant had

released the Province from further liability in relation to the claim.

Information received from claimants in the course of the compensation program was not

referred to the police. Claimants were told that it was their choice whether or not to go to the police.

(b) Details of the Compensation Package

A variety of financial and non-financial benefits were available under the compensation

program. In all cases, however, the total value of compensation (including non-financial benefits)

could not exceed $120,000, excluding any costs for counselling.

Validated claimants were eligible for a financial award. This award was normally given in one

lump sum payment, but in exceptional circumstances (determined by counsel for the Province) a

claimant could be provided with a small interim payment as part of his or her overall settlement.


36Some claimants who were incarcerated had their lawyers manage the money until their release.

37The onus to report income was on the recipient of social assistance benefits. However, when an award

exceeding $50,000 was made to a New Brunswick resident, the Department of Justice advised the Human Resources

Department of the amount of the award.

Claimants also had the option of receiving their compensation, in whole or in part, through a

structured settlement.36 Claimants who received awards of less than $50,000 did not have to include

the money as income for the purpose of determining eligibility for social assistance.37

Financial counselling was offered to assist successful claimants in managing the investment

of their awards. The Province established a contact person to facilitate the provision of those services

and generally assist the victims with inquiries.

Vocational training was made available through New Brunswick Community Colleges. The

Province agreed to pay the $800 fee for tuition and reimburse claimants for the cost of books and

materials. In addition, where possible, claimants were given priority for placement in programs of

their choice. The usual admission criteria for the programs still applied, but the Province agreed to

waive the $100 admission fee for academic upgrading. Claimants could also avail themselves of free

assessment and counselling to determine their academic level and to discuss career options and

community college programs that might be of interest or benefit.

Claimants were entitled to receive psychological counselling either through Community

Mental Health Clinics or private counsellors. This benefit was available to anyone who submitted a

claim; eligibility did not depend on validation of the claim. A fund of $5,000 was set up for each

claimant. When that amount was exhausted, a claimant could apply to the Director of the Mental

Health Commission for an additional year, or $5,000 worth, of counselling. Approval would only

be given if the Director received a satisfactory opinion from a private counsellor as to the progress

of the claimant which established the need for treatment and set forth an appropriate plan. There was

no limit to the number of times that a claimant could apply for additional counselling, but the

compensation program policy stated that psychological counselling should be viewed as relatively


Apologies were not originally part of the program. However, the Minister of Justice later

decided to issue apologies on behalf of the Departments of Justice and Solicitor General and the

Province of New Brunswick. According to one representative of the Solicitor General, the apologies


38Jakubec, A. and C. Loewen, Summaries of Institutional Abuse Models: New Brunswick's Compensation

Summary for Victims of Sexual Abuse (June 27, 1997), p. 4.

were extremely helpful for all victims.38

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