Friday, January 3, 2014
Season of Change
An open letter to Tory party president John Walsh
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chwk
eing upper middle class you probably have never suffered like the growing number of underemployed skilled and semi-skilled population of Canada. When they get only part time casual work, they suffer as follows.
1. They have to supply their own tools; these are often
stolen; they cannot carry their numerous heavy tools on public
2. They must provide their own transportation, so they
are unable to move about the city, and do not earn as much as people on
Welfare. They have frequent huge car repairs. Adequate public transport is
3. They rarely qualify for Employment Insurance.
4. They receive no benefits for dental care, housing,
sick leave or vacations.
5. They are eligible for food from the Salvation Army
only once a month.
6. Soup kitchens and second hand stores are far away.
7. Many landlords live in another city and the caretakers
of apartments show no mercy when rent can't be paid on time.
8. When evicted they have no one to move and store their
furniture and tools, so they lose most of it. They double up with "friends"
in overcrowded unlocked rooms, to avoid being homeless.
10. Income tax credit for sports equipment and music
lessons for children, is only available as a deduction from income tax a
year later. If income is low, there is no income tax to pay and therefore no
refund. A large percentage of children cannot be in sports or music so gangs
and crime escalate.
11. There are many unemployed and underemployed nurses,
agronomists, nutritionists, meteorologists, environmentalists,
oceanographers, forestry guards, park wardens, professionals and para
professionals in every ministry, and even teachers. The cry that there
aren't enough nurses is largely a false cover up of lack of funds allocated
to hire them.
12. A large percentage of educated youth cannot earn
enough to afford marriage and a home of their own. They live with or off
aging parents who themselves have a dwindling income.
13. Those professionals and paraprofessionals who have
work, have a huge work load, so they rush through their work without giving
high quality care.
14. Whistle blowing means loss of a job and/or slander
and character assassination, so there are many employees who allow
corruption and inefficiency in their ministries.
15. Maintenance and research to improve and ensure high
quality service are seriously inadequate.
16. The percentage of children growing up in poverty is
17. Home Care for the elderly and disabled seldom
provides more than one hour per week. Help with a bath and with self care
should be three times as often.
18. Help with house cleaning and dusting should be
provided for the elderly and disabled. Many of us can bathe and cook for
ourselves, but cannot do adequate house cleaning.
19. The cost of living, especially for food has at least
doubled in the past two years.
20. There is much bad nutrition in processed foods,
tinned soup and vegetables, and white bread, pasta and chips. This is the
main reason for the obesity epidemic and increase in Diabetes. We have
hidden hungers so overeat. Much synthetic glucose and fructose is added to
almost all food, and it deadens our ability to recognize when we have had
21. All buses, but especially school buses, should have a
conductor to support the driver and passengers.
22. Employees should receive shares in the business they
work for, and have a say in decisions made.
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