Disabled people need higher benefit rates

Dear editor,

Comox Valley MLA Don McRae, is going around acting like he's listening to people regarding persons living with disabilities.

Dear editor,

Comox Valley MLA Don McRae, is going around acting like he’s listening to people regarding persons living with disabilities.

Over and over and over he has been told the first thing his government needs to do is raise the benefit rates for those living on disability. It has been explained to him over and over and over again that keeping the disabled in poverty, as his government has for more than a decade, is costing this province millions upon millions of dollars in health care and justice coverage.

It has been explained to him, over and over and over again, that upping the rates would actually save the province money.

These explanations have been backed up by years of study and fact collecting.

Yet the last thing Mr. McRae and his government are prepared to do, or even seriously consider, is upping the rates.

More and more disabled people are being forced over the economic brink and into the despair of living in poverty. Meanwhile, McRae’s government has spent tens of millions of dollars fortifying welfare offices and altering service delivery in such a manner that disabled people are treated disrespectfully and in a manner that is more akin to hostage taking than service delivery.

Mr. McRae’s government has plenty of money for advertising. They have plenty of money to engage in “public consultation” exercises and “white papers” that do nothing to assist the disabled.

The disabled and their community service providers have been telling the provincial government for over a decade the same thing. Raise the rates.

This is the No. 1 solution all of them are demanding. And it’s the one action McRae and his government will not take!

Will Webster,

Comox Valley

 

Just Posted

More rain may mean more leachate at landfill in Cumberland

Staff considering ways to mitigate situation of excess leachate at site

Elevate plans to do concert series in Cumberland again

Summer event aims to make the arts barrier-free for the community

SLIDESHOW: Remembrance Day in Courtenay

The annual ceremony took place in front of a large crowd under rainy skies.

CVN invites the public to learn about wolves

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture featuring author Paula Wild

Hornby Island gets ready to build Arts Centre

Construction is planned to start in the coming year

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Birthday boy: Pettersson nets 2 as Canucks beat Predators

Vancouver ends four-game winless skid with 5-3 victory over Nashville

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

One dead after fiery crash in Duncan

A man has died after a fiery motor vehicle collision Monday night,… Continue reading

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

Most Read