The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) announced on Thursday the opening of an investigation into teenage girls who had been accommodated in a hotel for lack of space in the youth centers of the Laurentians.
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“The investigation aims to verify whether the facts alleged [following media reports] are true and whether the rights of young people are respected. It also aims to ensure that measures are taken so that the situation does not happen again,” the CDPDJ said in a statement.
As with any Commission investigation, the progress of this investigation will not be public. However, recommendations will be released when the investigation is complete.
A few days ago, Radio Canada reported that due to the increase in reports and a lack of staff, the Laurentides Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) had to move young people to a overflow fitted out in a hotel in Blainville.
Last February, the Commission launched an investigation into overcrowding in the overflow units of the Department of Youth Protection (DPJ) in Mauricie Centre-du-Québec, following revelations in the media.
The investigation then revealed major shortcomings in these units, which led to the dismantling of the facilities.