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#CanadaDisabilityBenefit #C22 #CDBby23 - #ODSP #AISH #CPPD

1st Session of Senate Committee studying if they'll be suggesting amendments - March 22 2023

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Sen Omidvar starts by welcoming everyone and invites other committee Senators to introduce themselves.
(i'm not going to recap them announcing themselves)

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It's #HUMA Time !
"Line by line, Clause by Clause Part II"
December 13th 2022
Scheduled to start in 3 minutes from time of tweet send. Watch here:…
(may lag at points in my live tweeting, but I'll be back) (#CanadaDisabilityBenefit) 1/
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#C22 #CDBby23 #ODSP #ODSPoverty - Huma thread. description above, continues below. 2/
Two legislative / Legal clerks are expected, I'll refer to them in simple or generalized terms for the purposes of speed.

Krista Wilcox & Mausumi Banerjee are scheduled to appear as technical (gov) witnesses / aids much like how Alexis Conrad & Ms Wilcox did last meet. 3/
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@jkenney’s CoS recd. 2021 bonus of $27, 303.98 on top of >$182K salary. Pretty sweet, for someone who was seconded part of that year.😡👿 Who can defend these extravagant bonuses?? @ToewsforAlberta #UCPfail #Sunshinelist

#Ableg #Abpoli #Cdnpoli
Pam Livingston, current Chief of Staff for the premier was the beneficiary of this gross 2021 largesse. What say you @ToewsforAlberta, @jkenney, @rebeccakschulz, @BrianJeanAB???
Treasury funds being dispensed with abandon to UCPers

#Ableg #Abpoli #Cdnpoli
@BrockWHarrison recd a bonus of almost $24K, plus salary of >$181K. Brick provides nonsense tweets & not much else.Who can justify this largesse?? #UCPfail
@jkenney, @ToewsforAlberta, @rebeccakschulz, @BrianJeanAB

#Ableg #Abpoli #Cdnpoli
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@Irek_K Saw what you said regarding the Canada Disability Benefit today. Why are the Liberals being so tight-lipped regarding this benefit? You speak about its urgency, but you've yet to reveal details regarding eligibility, amounts, or even a timeline.
Disabled Canadians & Families of those with #pwd cannot afford to wait 3 years for the "consultation" you wanted to do in the 2021 Budget. Has that study even fully started, by the way? You brought up the DIAP again, is that part of the study or a separate thing?
In addition, you mention how this will help "hundreds of thousands". When you have around 40% of 6 MILLION Canadians living with a disability in poverty, hearing that this might go to so few scares me as a Disabled Canadian, despite the fact I'm currently "able" enough to work.
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Dear @jwaldag, @Shafqat_Ali_1, @AryaCanada & @JaimeBattiste

This past Friday was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is now the second which has come and gone with no tangible movement towards the promised "#CanadaDisabilityBenefit" while at the same time 1/9
It' the second year in a row that another Party has attempted to pass a Federal #Disability Benefit in which your party has rejected. If you want a short statement about my thoughts then it's simple.. "Shit or get off the pot".

If you want something more eloquent, read on.. 2/9
Now I don't know just how many Disabled people there are who depends on #CPPD, #ODSP, #AISH, #SAID, and all the others without cute 4 letter short forms but I can tell you combined they account for roughly 50% of the homeless..
(at least in Ont..) and the homelessness issue 3/9
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This is hard to write but it is true for many. What I’m about to say is a harsh reality of what people go through.

What I am about to say is also the reason why a lot of people don’t ask for help.

People do not ask for help because of the fears and stigmas that exist.

Here Is Something to think about,

What if you were a #singleparent with a #child

You work full time for $15.00/hr

You take home roughly $960.00 per paycheck (bi-weekly after taxes)

#singleparent #parenting #Blessed #grateful #calgary #calgarylife #alberta #yyc

Your bills per month:

$1,000 or more for rent
$150 or more for cable/internet
$250 or more for utilities
$150 per month for car insurance

So let’s do the math

You bring home about
$1,920.00 a month

Your bills average about $1,500(give or take)

@GrannyGTArp @BallerGearCA
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Dear @cafreeland, let me save you four years, at least a thousand lives and $12,000,000 in 6 tweets or less.

Your going to commit $12,000,000 for discussions on how to include the most people possible and what to provide in a #Canada #disability benefit. It REALLY is #simple 1/6
In fact, it's SO simple that I'm using up extra words in my promised six tweets or less to highlight JUST how easy it is.

YOU'RE going to ask around, maybe get.. 200 or 300 opinions.. 80% will be from organizations. 70% of those will kiss your ass. half of the individuals 2/6
you ask will ask an opinion from, will ask for so much because they've had so little (for SO LONG) you'll discount them anyways. Here is what you need to do and how to do it. The next three tweets are simple. it's "How to do it" and "What to give" 3/6 #PWD #ODSP #SAID #AISH #CPPD
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If I read #federalbudget of #Canada Correctly
@cafreeland committed $12M over THREE YEARS to TALKING about how to implement a disability benefit some point in the future (maybe)
(But $13M to ensure MAID happens)

So no #inclusion & #inclusive recovery for #ODSP #CPPD #SAID #AISH
At this rate, with what the provinces are doing to #PWD @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland You won't have to worry about #MAID or a #Disabilities Benefit cause the problem is going to "Solve itself"
They Can't Afford to live NOW Damn it !
3 weeks to invent #CERB
4 YEARS to maybe help PWD
How many more times are they supposed to say
"Maybe next year, people will care"
How many more decades ?
How many more wasted PWD lives because
Canada won't put the well being disabled people equal to those who are "Able" ?

How many more GENERATIONS @JustinTrudeau ?
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#JasonKenney decided to pose with a piece of paper.

#ABleg #ABpoli #cdnpoli Image
I have a feeling I’ll be using this one A LOT. #ABleg #ABpoli #cdnpoli #JasonKenney #UCPcorruption Image
For those of you with smartphone or desktop photoshop skills, here’s the blank version #JasonKenney conveniently posed with. #SignsOfJasonKenney
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Here’s another way to look at @jkenney’s pipeline debacle...

Given a minimum income of $2000 a month.

That’s $24,000 a year.

There are about 6,000 homeless in Alberta.

That ends homelessness in Alberta.

With $1.356 billion left over


#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
So let’s carry some of that over to #AISH.

There are about 70,000 Albertans reliant on AISH.

To top them up to the same level?

That’s just over $264 million a year.

We still have over a billion dollars left.


#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
Let’s see, what else does our province need?

How about training a bunch of electricians to install solar panels?

The course is $1000

Let’s put 10,000 electricians to work upgrading our electrical system.

That costs us $10 million in training.


#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
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For each #Province and #Territory in #Canada, here is the help that was offered to those living with #disabilities. This will include the #Federal help offered as well as any hoops #PWDs may have needed to jump through to get it and whether CERB was clawed back or not.
This is based on my own research, and if anyone sees anything I missed or may have gotten wrong please let me know.
Let's start with #Yukon
According to several articles, eligible families on #disability supports we're to get up to $400 to help with costs until August. Unknown what eligibility was.
#CERB was exempt from clawbacks.
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I identify as centrist. Every fed election since 18 I have voted Liberal. That option will never fly in AB even though many voters fit there. Which leader currently has highest popularity?? Fed Liberal. The central one. WTF AB. Quit attacking centrists. It is not helping.
I support a strong private economy. That often involves tax policies which support business. I support small/med business over large corporations. Tax the bigger ones more. Help the smaller ones.
I support O&G (NOT as the only resource) & definitely a move to Green Energy. /2
I support publicly funded essential services & social safety nets. Public ed & public hc. With the reality that currently not all kids fit within public education. I support the child first as we work towards a more #InclusiveEducation. This takes collaboration at all levels. /3
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I am done.
I am kind. Compassionate. Gracious. I truly believe we ALL do the best we can with what we have. When we know better, we do better, when we can.
But I do not think any UCP MLA is learning or wanting to do better. They continually do worse.
#ableg /1
I am done with UCP creating needless stress & struggles for our most vulnerable with changes to #AISH. I have heard of 2 deaths by suicide directly due to UCP cuts. There will be more. Those on #AISH matter to me. They deserve compassion, not cuts. Support, not distress. /2
I am done being told there were no cuts to Ed. Bullshit. Feb had direct cuts to both PUF & ADLC & we KNOW if you compare numbers, there are cuts. How DARE UCP cause more struggles for kids, esp those with special needs. That is beyond cruel & immoral. These cuts harm kids. /3
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***Emergency Help Needed*** ***5 AISH Clients***

We need your help. When people contact us they have already exhausted each and every possible option for assistance and they NEED HELP NOW!

I have been given permission to share some info from the AISH Clients asking us for #Help
I have had 5 calls just this afternoon/evening from AISH clients who did not receive #AISH & have been frantically get ahold of their respective workers or even get a return phone call from the intake worker on call. #Help

Here are their stories: #YYC #CalgaryCares #Alberta
Client 1: Elderly gentleman with a walker and mobility issues. Is unable to go to the foodbank or travel due to medical issues. Has special dietary needs but AISH has cut off some of his benefits. NEEDS A SMALL FOOD HAMPER

#FeedYYC #FoodSecurity #FoodHelp #Alberta #Abpoli #Ableg
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Today was a long and busy day.

16 Food hampers went out and were delivered! Just drained and frustrated as yet another mom was on my mind all day today.

Racism and bullying was on my mind today too. There were times when I pulled over after a delivery and just cried. ImageImage
My emotions were all over the place. I went through the gamut of feelings but most of all I was angry.

Now I understand that government agencies have mandates to work under. However they also have discretion and emergency funding to help people.
Over the last few days I’ve gotten calls at all hours of the day/night from people feeling dejected 😔 depressed and hopeless.

What spurs me on....what keeps me and my team going is helping. Helping others. Even if it is only something simple as listening.
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This is Cara's Story. **Names have been changed upon request and for protection**

Cara has gone through a lot as a child. Growing up she had difficulties in coping with traumatic experiences that she and her other family members both lived with and went through.
Ever since she was on AISH, Cara and others we have talked to all recognized that all the AISH workers that our daughter and others have had to work with have always reinforced to their clients the lifelong message that many clients were unworthy of support, care & medical care.
Cara and her sister grew up in a home that had a mother with serious mental health diagnoses as well as an alcoholic father who left when Cara was 9 and her sister was 6.
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Hey @RajanJSaw, care to explain this:

Credit: Kathleen Ganley

“The UCP is planning to change the eligibility criteria for AISH. The issues manager for the Premier tweeted that Albertans with mental or psychological disabilities aren’t “really” disabled.
... I truly believed that as a society we were past the point where we have to hide mental health problems, or listen to people people say they aren’t “real” health issues. The UCP taking us back in time again.”

@RachelNotley @MarieFrRenaud @ABdoc4patients #MentalHealthMatters
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I need to talk about #endometriosis care in #Alberta

If you don’t want to hear period talk, scroll.

I may mention transgender health, if you don’t like it, unfollow me.

This may or may not get political, if that bugs you... scroll.

#abpoli #AbLeg #AlbertaHealthCare
We need better gynaecological health care in Alberta. For both women AND men.

Here’s why.

I went 25 years undiagnosed and being told “it’s in my head.” In fact, I’ve been hospitalized for that, through so much psychotherapy and even been on drugs for that.
It didn’t help. I mean I learned to shut up about my symptoms. But they were still there. And I thought I was hysterical or something.

Meanwhile. It’s been affecting every facet of my life. Relationships, jobs, marriages. I’ve been homeless from this.
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1 - The AUMA has issued a statement because of their concerns that the @Alberta_UCP didn’t listen re: Election changes.

The @Albertadoctors are holding a non-confidence vote in @shandro.

Alberta has seen some of the largest protests in its history.

#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli Image
2 - Teachers and parents across Alberta are worried for their students and kids safety.

@jkenney “travels” the province in misleading photo ops.

Issues managers present misleading info without context daily.

#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli Image
3 - Residents of NE Calgary struggle to get the attention and supports they need following one of the largest natural disasters in Canadian History.

Addictions experts are raising the alarm on the #UCP’s march to close #scs.

#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli Image
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Shame on you @RajanJSaw! Shame on you @jkenney for having such shameful and horrid people in your government cabinet! Do you want to know how I spent my afternoon on my day off? Do You want to see my tear stained eyes? 1/?
You see I was planning on spending the day down somewhere in nature near a stream just relaxing and de-stressing.......or trying to de-stress that is. When just as I was all packed up and getting ready to leave I get a phone call from Jenn @HarvestHillsYYC 2/?
You see she got a phone call at 3:30am! She got a phone call in the middle of the night from someone who had no where else to turn and someone who was literally told by AN AISH WORKER that if they wanted their partner to get their whole AISH benefit......3/?
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From The AISH client:

“Oh my lord Hellberta I am writing this with tears running down my face. I am extremely grateful for the help of other Albertans especially at this time ive lost sleep trying to think of things I can to to raise enough to pay my rent and anything...
...think of I will end up having to tell my worker about it. For instance if I pawn something or sell something and I get money from this and I don’t inform my worker I could get in trouble. Last year we had a garage sale & my worker actually stopped in unaware it was my house...
...she didn’t say anything at the time but the next week sent me a letter that inquired about how much I made at my garage sale as it could “potentially” affect my cheque. Look at me I’m getting sidetracked back to the issue at hand...
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Hey @RajanJSaw, how convenient was it that you were not “available” for an interview? And that you had to leave your communications director to comment on the gigantic fuck you to AISH clients? #AISH #UCPcorruption
Applicants must first prove medical condition to determine eligibility. The UCP government this week made another change to an income support program for people with severe disabilities who are unable to work.
Albertans who apply for AISH will first have to prove their physical and or mental condition prevents them from working. Before the change people first had to supply info related to their income and prove they don't have $100,000 in assets.
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