Toronto Children’s Aid Society Failure | Christopher Peloso, husband of George Smitherman, found dead – Toronto – CBC News

McGuinty 'proud' of Minister who beat drug addiction

Not only is George Smitherman an admitted Cocaine Addict.  His Wife Christopher Peloso was a Drug dependant for his own medical disturbances.

This did not stop the Toronto Children's Aid Society from adopting out 2 children to this Defunct Couple.

George Smitherman has been instrumental in protecting children of ontario with a toronto pesticide ban, but there may be no protection for the children that were placed into his care.

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Christopher Peloso, husband of George Smitherman, found dead – Toronto – CBC News.


George Smitherman’s growing family

George Smitherman is overjoyed about his soon-to-be growing family.

George Smitherman hugs his son Michael as he delivers his concession speech after losing the Toronto mayoral election on Oct. 25, 2010. Smitherman and his partner Christopher Peloso are adopting another child through the Toronto Children’s Aid Society.

 

 

 

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George Smitherman hugs his son Michael as he delivers his concession speech after losing the Toronto mayoral election on Oct. 25, 2010. Smitherman and his partner Christopher Peloso are adopting another child through the Toronto Children’s Aid Society.

By: Katie Daubs Staff Reporter, Published on Tue Oct 25 2011

George Smitherman is overjoyed about his soon-to-be growing family.

Smitherman confirmed to the Star Tuesday night that he and his partner, Christopher Peloso, are in the midst of adopting their second child, a little girl. The news comes exactly one year after Torontonians met Smitherman’s adopted son, Michael, on election night 2010.

“Michael is really excited to have a little sister,” Smitherman said.

His daughter is not with the family yet, he said, and the process is still ongoing. Although he couldn’t say a specific age, Smitherman said she is “younger.”

“The law around adoption says you can’t say very much. It’s the same as with Michael. People met him, I guess a year ago today on election night and we’d known him for months and months,” he said.

Michael will soon turn 3, he added.

Since losing to Rob Ford in last year’s mayoral election, the former deputy premier has been focusing on family and business ventures. He is an adviser for Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone, an incubator for startups, and is building own company, G and G Global Solutions, which helps local business expand into markets abroad, and helps foreign companies expand into Canada.

In February 2010, after two years of effort, Smitherman announced that he and Peloso had been “approved in principle” by the Toronto Children’s Aid Society to adopt their first child. The same agency is involved in the current adoption.

After learning he would not be mayor on election night last year, Smitherman held Michael, a week after he officially became his son, and gave a speech to the crowd of supporters.

“What’s next for me? You’ve seen what’s next for me: his name is Michael and he’s 23 months old,” he said at the time.

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McGuinty 'proud' of Minister who beat drug addiction

 

GUELPH – Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday he didn't know Ontario's Health Minister had a past that included addiction to illegal drugs, but insisted he is proud of George Smitherman's ability to beat the problem and to publicly admit to it.

 
 

 

GUELPH – Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday he didn't know Ontario's Health Minister had a past that included addiction to illegal drugs, but insisted he is proud of George Smitherman's ability to beat the problem and to publicly admit to it.

"I've always been proud of George Smitherman, whether in his capacity as a public representative or in his capacity as a minister of health and I'm even more proud of him today," Mr. McGuinty told reporters after participating in the announcement of a major investment by an auto-parts company.

"He had a heck of a challenge before him and he overcame that challenge…. I think it took a lot of courage for him to own up to that and be public about that. I hope that he will serve as an inspiration to others in Ontario and wherever else who find themselves in the grip of a drug addiction and understand that, with perseverance and professional help, this is something that you can overcome and that you can enjoy tremendous success after that."

Mr. Smitherman, 42, revealed this week that for five years in the early 1990s he fought an addiction to illegal drugs that were a part of the "Toronto party scene."

He said the drugs were not injected, but refused to identify the substances he used. Mr. Smitherman, who is Ontario's first openly gay Cabinet minister, said he was running a camera shop, doing some government relations work with then- mayor Barbara Hall and dealing with the illness and death of his father when his addiction developed.

The MPP for Toronto Centre-Rosedale said he hasn't used illegal drugs for a decade and now confines any drinking he does to the occasional glass of wine.

Mr. Smitherman was first elected in 1999 and became health minister when the Liberals won the 2003 election.

He said the realization that he was wasting his life and his desire to seek elected office made him acknowledge that he needed to deal with his addiction so he went first to his family doctor for help and then to a drug specialist psychiatrist.

Mr. Smitherman first hinted at the addiction in his past when he delivered greetings this week at the Courage to Come Back Awards put on by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

The awards are given to individuals who have overcome addiction or mental illness and use their experience to help others.

He subsequently discussed his past in more detail in a media interview. The minister was unavailable for further comment yesterday.

Last fall, 39-year-old Andre Boisclair became the youngest and the first openly gay person to take over the helm of the Parti Quebecois.

Instead of limiting his career options, his admission that he consumed cocaine eight or nine years before, while he was a minister in the PQ Cabinet, pushed him further up in the polls rather than hindering his leadership bid. Neither of the two leaders he worked under, Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry, was aware of his cocaine use.

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