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Editorial: Youth in care died needlessly – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on February 9, 201794 Views

February 9, 2017

The suicide of a youth in government care in 2015 seemed tragic at the time. In fact, the full story is much worse, and it is spelled out in a new report by the province’s child watchdog.

Alex Gervais died at 18 when he threw himself from the window of a hotel room, in despair over a future that promised only more of the misery he had endured throughout his short life. He was about to turn 19, when he would “age out” of care, with no hope of making his way in the world.

“This is a heartbreaking story,” said Bernard Richard, acting representative for children and youth. “Alex was looking for what every child needs and has a right to — the security and permanence of a home and a lasting connection to family.”

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