O T - Good Intentions Off The Rails?


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You don't have to be in Ontario to have heard about this - it's news in the rest of Canada and various newspapers and websites around the world. I've had this discussion with several people - now that the child has died over $144,000 becomes donated but when he was alive there was no money. I don't know what his family situation was but no doubt that a few well-placed dollars when he was alive would have lowered the chance of this happening.

I think the well-intentioned person who started the crowdfunding made a mistake to say that all money would be donated to this specific family. As Kip says, a much better idea would have been to say that all money would be donated to a certain organization (like the Red Cross for example) who would assist the family and then use the remaining money for other families in need. I'm afraid that this family will be handed a cheque for 200 grand and the vast majority of the money will be wasted.

This is not the first time something like this has happened. Remember the guy who started the crowdfunding for the bullied bus monitor? http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/135081-703000-raised-for-bullied-bus-monitor. He wanted to raise enough money to give her a vacation but eventually the donations reached $703,000! He gave it all to her. A huge waste of people's generousity.

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Mother charged after child found wandering naked in Etobicoke

Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/mother-charged-after-child-found-wandering-naked-in-etobicoke-1.2245879#ixzz3SOTfwC7g

this was just yesterday, better outcome than the little innocent who died but whatever happened to basic parenting? The first thing we did was to childproof our home once our firstborn was able to crawl / walk. Simple to do and very little cost involved.

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How about the New Zealand father who is now $500,000 richer after his story went viral? His Armenian wife gave birth to a Downs baby, and wanted to put the baby up for adoption, so he filed for divorce and planned to take the baby back to New Zealand. Now it turns out he already had 4 children back in New Zealand from a previous litigation he hasn't seen in years, and was charged with assaulting his father in law before he moved to Armenia.

And, he still hasn't left Armenia. I wonder if he reconciles with the baby's mother and stays in Armenia, what happens to that money? And even if he moves back to NZ and raises the child on his own, does that really cost $500,000?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2962603/He-legal-access-choice-not-wife-man-accused-second-partner-abandoning-syndrome-baby-says-chose-leave-four-kids-revealed-assaulted-dad.html

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For the most part, they're not registered charities, I don't know if there is even a legal requirement to provide an accounting of how the money was spent, and yet people seem to be willing to give money away without even knowing if the recipient is being up front about the circumstances. There's a sucker born every minute.

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Does, or will offers of charity motivate others 'to do things' to their children to get ahead themselves? I've been told third world kids are often maimed for life, blinded purposely for instance, to confer an advantage to them when they take up begging.

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I've been told third world kids are often maimed for life, blinded purposely for instance, to confer an advantage to them when they take up begging.

Straight out of Slumdog Millionaire.

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