Most of the recommendations from a public inquiry three years ago into the death of a five-year-old Manitoba girl in government care have not been implemented, the province's children's advocate said Thursday.
Manitoba is promising more support for families in danger of losing their children to government care, but the province is backing away from key recommendations in a $14-million inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair.
An inquiry judge has found Manitoba child welfare fundamentally misunderstood its mandate to protect children, leaving a murdered five-year-old girl "defenceless against her mother's cruelty" and the "sadistic violence" of the woman's boyfriend.
The Manitoba government is coming under fire for waiting until two byelections are held before releasing a final report into how social services failed a five-year-old girl who was murdered by her mother and stepfather.
One of Manitoba's largest child-welfare authorities says changes in the eight years since the torturous abuse and murder of a five-year-old girl have made the province's protection system one of the best in Canada.