Locked-out children’s aid staff picket in Burk’s Falls

BURK’S FALLS — Workers locked out of their jobs by the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound marched down Ontario Street in Burk’s Falls on Friday morning.

Staff from the North Bay, Parry Sound and Burk’s Falls offices picketed along Ontario Street before stopping in front of the children’s aid office on Huston Street.

“We thought it was very important to be in East Parry Sound and have a presence here,” said Debbie Hill, president of Local 2049 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “We want residents in the district of East Parry Sound to know that we are defending their right to the best-quality child protection services.”

In 2015, the children’s aid society closed its office in Burk’s Falls and relocated staff to North Bay and Parry Sound. The office was reopened in 2016 after pressure from sources, including CUPE, who were concerned about the level of service in Almaguin.

“We still service this area,” said Hill. “We thought it was very important to make sure that the people of Burk’s Falls and this area know that we’ve not forgotten them. They are just as important as Parry Sound and North Bay.”

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