Previous Laws of Ontario relating to Women and Children (1923) Next

 

86   LAWS OF ONTARIO

The Mercer Reformatory is a government institution under direct government control and management, and there is little likelihood of any abuses arising in connection with it, but with regard to the industrial refuges it is submitted that as they are places for the reception of girls, many of whom are merely wayward, and whose conduct is far too often the result of unfair or undesirable conditions in the home, a very careful system of inspection should be maintained and that due regard should be had to the education and reformation rather than to the punishment of the inmates. They are not places in which hard labour, harsh treatment or undue restraint are either necessary or desirable. Firm and wise, and at the same time sympathetic treatment, seems to be the principal requisite in dealing with the class of women and girls who are generally received in industrial refuges. The persons in charge of such places should themselves be properly trained and educated for the work they are undertaking, and the Government should insist upon the entire exclusion of the idea that the refuge is a merely punitive institution.


Previous Laws of Ontario relating to Women and Children (1923) Next