Sunday, February 28, 2016
Plus, her experience with lack assistance for basic living requirements
Myrtle Macdonald, M.Sc.A, Chilliwack
Tom Mulcair and NDP Leadership:
Across Canada and especially in
the west and east, very few farmers voted for you in the
election. Stop ignoring them please. There are millions who
need your thorough understanding and attention.
I ask you to enable
interprovincial trade of fruit and vegetables, grown on
small farms, in plans for
the future in meetings across Canada,
Please emphasize alternate energy for infrastructure and support of small family farm families.
Please develop a platform to correct all of the following injustices:
1. Because of high prices, few
people go to our local Farmers’ Market (May to Sept one day a
week). California and Mexico grown fruit and vegetables are
cheaper in our grocery stores than locally grown. Therefore
small farmers have to go into indoor agribusiness, get a second
job or grow hedging cedars/shrubs to make a living. Youth who
love farming have to get a different career.
2. Severe highway pavement damage is caused by the many massive refrigerator trucks. Therefore both highway maintenance costs and capital expenses for widening, and new bridges are excessive.
3. Beautiful scenery is hidden by
air pollution caused by refrigerator trucks on the highways.
Therefore few Canadian and USA tourists are traveling on our
highways. There is no pleasure “getting there”. The relaxed
Sunday drive is no longer enjoyed.
4. Driving is dangerous because of
crowding of highways with much traffic by trucks and commuters.
5. Wind drives air pollution up
the valley, so inland populations have more illness than those
living near the ocean. Their pleas for action fall on deaf
ears. In Chilliwack BC where I live, and on the Ottawa River in
Ontario-Quebec, nearly everyone has a continuous runny nose,
tearful eyes, cough, hearing problems and headaches with
sinusitis and laryngitis. The incidence of asthma, long lasting
pneumonia and other respiratory diseases is high and increasing.
6. Air quality monitoring lacks
enough stations inland and does not check for very small
particulates. Therefore reports of good air quality are false.
It is the smallest particulates that get into every microscopic
air sack of our lungs, inner ears and sinuses.
7. It is nonsense to import fruit
and vegetables from the USA and Mexico. Ours are far tastier.
Even with a University or college education, youth who love
farming cannot get a job. They could feed the world if our
arable land were properly used and not wasted. Federal
marketing skill is needed. The farmers themselves lack time and
know how. Provincial governments also lack those skills and
there is rivalry rather than cooperation. Farmer needs don’t
interest municipal and provincial governments. Due to lack of
frequent public transport in the city and none in the rural
areas, every little family needs two or three vehicles to get
father, mother and youth to second jobs and college.
8. Saskatchewan and much of south eastern Alberta have less air pollution than the rest of Canada, because of less traffic, so some of the above is not acute for their farmers, but they did not vote NDP either. Why? It is time to investigate and to discover their needs.
I have lived in 10 provinces so have broad perspective. I would love to go to the NDP convention, but lack funds. I am 94 years old and living in my home below the poverty line. Home Care is inappropriate and inadequate. I need help with cleaning and house maintenance, not with personal care and meals.
My disabled brother and sister
live in Assisted Living, subsidized. Most of the 1/3 of their
income that is supposed to go for recreation and clothing gets
taken back for TV, phone, hydro, foot care and tai chi. My
brother can’t walk to the laundry so pays $60 to $75 per month
to have his done. There is not enough for hair dresser, travel
to appointments, shoes and clothes or tickets for a concert.
They have to buy their own urinary incontinence supplies, so I
hunt around for sales, since the prices have risen because of
exchange rates on our low dollar. Most varieties do not fit well
or go lumpy.
They both spent nearly $4000 for hearing aids and after three years the guarantee ended for my sister. The Assisted Living LPN and staff are not familiar with maintenance of the many varieties of hearing aids. The hearing aid people won’t visit them. I don’t have a car.
My sister has lived in Assisted Living for 11 years and needs a change of her stained off-white carpet, but is repeatedly refused. No one does carpet shampooing or high dusting, so I did it myself in the past. Now I need to hire someone to do that, but lack funds.
News today that all MPs will get a
raise in salary is heart breaking. Cost of food has almost
doubled in three years. My retirement income is going down not
Could you plan to tax the top or
have the top salaries cut back to $200,000. Also find some way
to cut back on the number of rungs in the hierarchy of
administrators and the wide spread of increments in income for
experience and status, in both public and private leadership
positions. The Unions should take heed. Supervisors might at
one time have been professionals, but they are not up to date or
familiar with the grassroots.
Hire more professionals and paraprofessionals for direct service. Have them elected and rotated for a year or two for leadership roles, but keep them also part time in their profession, so that they will not get out of touch with reality.
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