The system failed them

Some of the testimony at the inquest into the deaths of Robert and Angie Robinson was tough to listen to.

Sitting in the court room last week, some of the testimony at the inquest into the deaths of Robert and Angie Robinson was tough to listen to.

Obviously, hearing about the discovery of the bodies was uneasy for all, as evidenced by the crying family members in the front row and choked up tone of Const. Guillame Belanger as he recounted coming across the mother and son in their home on the evening of April 3, 2014.

While not as emotionally draining as the testimony of the responding officers, the remainder of the week painted the picture of a woman who had many challenges in her life, challenges that seemed to continue piling up until it became too much to bear. And it painted a picture of a woman who needed help — help that was not to be found here in Prince Rupert. But it also painted a picture of a social service network in which every person and organization was trying to do the best they could, but was doing so largely in isolation of each other.

The child protection worker testified that she did not receive any information about Angie’s mental health struggles when she first received a referral in 2013, nor did she receive a history of contact with the RCMP. The RCMP, meanwhile, did not include handling children with disabilities as part of their domestic violence response policy.

The Children and Youth with Special Needs Social Worker testified that while respite was a critical component of helping Angie cope with raising Robbie, there were many times when she couldn’t make it to the respite home because it was 90 minutes away in Terrace and road conditions were often treacherous. When respite was suspended, there were no options presented.

It was also revealed that Angie was admitted to the hospital in 2011 after an attempted suicide, but was on the road shortly after that to pick up her son in Terrace.

In the case of Angie and Robert Robinson, perhaps it is best that the jury in the inquest cannot assign blame. It would be very difficult to point the finger at any one organization as it seems like the entire system failed both the loving mother and her son in need.

Just Posted

PRMSA wins association of the year honours

The Prince Rupert Minor Softball Association was honoured in Kamploops on Oct. 20

Incumbents and acclaimed mayors win elections all across B.C.’s north

Fraser Lake saw their first female mayor elected

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Hop, hop and a fourth win for Rupert Rampage

Prince Rupert scored four goals in the first period of its 9-2 victory over Quesnel Kangaroos

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

This Week Pocast – Episode 107

Rainbow Nation’s host Russel Adams joins the show to talk about elections, cannabis and Halloween

Delivering the paper as a family

The Northern View is looking for newspaper carriers in Prince Rupert, join our team today

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

Voting set to start in B.C. proportional representation referendum

Two-part ballots now being mailed to all registered voters

B.C. oncologist changing the face of breast cancer treatment

Dr. Juanita Crook, a Kelowna oncologist, has seen 100 per cent success using brachytherapy to treat breast cancer in some patients.

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

Most Read