Industry more important than our children?

Dear editor,

For the past year we have heard four children died while in care of the Ministry. One child had been living on his own in a hotel for over 40 days. If a parent did this, they’d probably be charged with child neglect and endangerment.

Now we hear approximately 112 children, in care, were living in hotels.  Then we watch the evening news and are informed there is a 16-year-old female child living in the homeless tent city in Victoria. She was interviewed and explained she had spent a goodly portion of her life “in care” and found living in the tent city preferable to living in a group home. How a 16-year-old girl goes from being in a foster home to a group home to tent city is beyond me.  I think it’s also beyond the B.C. Liberal government, the minister responsible and the premier.

The response from the minister responsible, is the ministry can’t force any child to live anywhere. What some of us taxpaying citizens would like to know is how did this happen. Really, the minister, the premier, the cabinet are responsible for this child, but no one can explain how this child wound up living in a homeless camp.

The same newscast informed me that last year Christy Clark, the minister responsible, and the cabinet gave $600 million to the film industry. These film corporations are mostly American based. On Monday, we saw the premier, at a photo op “giving” $100 million of our tax dollars away to “tech. companies.”

Welfare for these corporations has to end and the business of looking after the children of this province has to become a priority.

E. A. Foster

Nanaimo

 

Just Posted

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Motor vehicle incident on Mount Washington road involving a motorcycle

Emergency personnel were called out to the scene of a motor vehicle… Continue reading

Bylaw rescinded after vacation rental owners express concerns

Concerns included a lack of consultation

Get ready for a week of sunshine across Vancouver Island

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high teens all this week

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Vancouver Island designated as foreign trade zone

Designation simplifies importing and exporting and provides duty relief

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

Most Read