According to me…..

Many people coping with disabilities depend on endangered program to buy healthy food.

Published On Sat Aug 07 2010

The Toronto Star

Melissa Addison-Webster

I am a woman with quadriplegia.

As a social assistance recipient, the special diet allowance has helped me tremendously.

It provides financial assistance to me and more than 136,000 people with serious health issues so that we may buy healthy food. Sadly, the provincial Liberal government is eliminating this program.

Growing up in Ontario, I always thought Canada was a fair and compassionate country. I thought wealth, social programs and resources were distributed in an equal manner.

I have since learned in a very personal way that Canada’s social safety net has been torn asunder by lack of funding.

In 2000, I sustained a spinal cord injury and became a wheelchair user as a result of a car accident.

I began receiving a pension through the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). When my insurance company was no longer supplementing my income, I began receiving the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). I was thankful for the assistance, but struggled to survive on the limited amount of $930 a month.

In the 2003 election, Dalton McGuinty came to power….


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