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Poor Stuck in the Middle of an Ideological Fight


Poor stuck in the middle of an ideological fight

By Kate Heartfield, Ottawa Citizen January 10, 2011

The long bureaucratic nightmare that is Ontario’s Special Diet Allowance for welfare recipients isn’t over yet, but there’s reason to hope.

The allowance is supposed to help people who receive social assistance and are coping with medical conditions that require them to buy more expensive food.

Just getting a sense of how the allowance works now, and what the problems with it are, requires reading several incredibly boring and confusing reports.

There’s a convoluted Ontario Human Rights Tribunal judgment. The provincial auditor weighed in last year. There’s a report from the Special Diets Expert Review Committee, which waxes on for 79 pages about such matters as the precise difference in cost per serving between gluten-free and non-gluten-free pasta.

All of that detail has been necessary to get the provincial government closer to a rational, fair system — but man oh man, this is one opaque area of public policy.

So imagine what it’s like to know that your ability to eat next week depends on this Byzantine system that seems to be constantly either changing or under threat of change. Imagine what it’s like to know that there are now new changes, and that every person who qualifies for the program now will have to reapply in 2011 — and that there might be further changes after that. “The changes to the special diet allowance have been disastrous from the beginning,” sighs Wendy Muckle, executive director of Ottawa Inner City Health.

The good news is that eventually, we might be able to have confidence that people who need extra money because of medical conditions are getting the amounts they really need. That won’t happen until at least June 2012, when Munir Sheikh — late of Statistics Canada — and Frances Lankin are supposed to complete their review of all social assistance programs in the province.

But to respond to the Human Rights Tribunal decision and the auditor’s concerns, the province had to act on the special-diet allowance before that review begins. It recently announced changes that will increase the amounts for certain conditions, and eliminate others from the eligibility list.

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Zeitgeist


I watched the movie.

I strongly recommend it.  I got goosebumps.  Wow… and I’m going to watch it again.

Here’s an overall summary I wrote up as I watched it.   lol  Don’t read if you are going to watch the movie..

***SPOILER ALERT***
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American movie, topics, themes, events.

All dramatic music at the beginning.

Starts off with blasts, explosions.
Goes to the skies, and such… earth, planets..
then cells replicating (evolution)… and the big bang theory.

Then Hitler, and wars…. Destruction.
Then faces of people hurt / crying… jumping off buildings, body dumps…. basically the horror that humanity has become.

Then the title *zeitgeist*

The more you begin to investigate, what we think we understand, where we came from, what we think we are doing, the more you begin to see we’ve been lied to.  We’ve been lied to by every institution – what makes you think for one minute that the religious institution is the only one that’s never been touched.  The religious institutions of this world are at the bottom of this world.  The religious institutions in this world are put there by the same people who gave you your government your corrupt education, who set up your international banking cartels, because our masters don’t give a damn about you or your family.  All they care about is what they have always cared about and that’s controlling the whole damn world.  We have been misled away from the true and divine presence of the universe that men have called god.  I don’t know what god is, but I know what he isn’t.  And unless and until you are prepared to look at the whole truth and wherever it may go, whoever it may lead to, if you want to look the other way or if you want to play favourites, then somewhere along the line you are going to find out you are messing with divine justice.  The more you educate yourself, the more you understand where things come from, the more obvious things become and you begin to see lies everywhere.  You have to know the truth and seek the truth and the truth will set you free.

You can see I wasn’t too impressed as of yet… but it got better!

Part I
More lovely pictures and then a speaker….
Talking about religion being total b*s*.
Makes jokes about an invisible man in the sky watching you, and makes an invisible list of ten things you aren’t allowed to do.
And if you do them, there is a special invisible place you go to suffer for all time.
But he loves you!
He loves you! He loves you! He loves you!  But he needs money!

Goes into mythology and zodiac….pretty interesting actually.
Egyptians, earth wobble, 12 zodiac signs…. create ages…
precession of thee equinoxes.
26000 year cycle is an age.  Each age is a zodiac sign.
2150 is the next new age, age of Aquarius.
Compares all mythical figures that are similar and earlier than Jesus.

Political establishment, needing control…Roman creation of christian doctrines.
Vatican – maintained stranglehold over Europe.

Religion used to control, manipulate.  Let you get away with crimes…

This section I really loved.  I’ve taken courses on Mythology – heavily taught by Joseph Campbell, so my thinking was already along these lines… very impressed!

Part II
Starts with 9/11 pictures.
All the incompatible theories on the buildings collapsing – from many sources.
This gave me goosebumps…I think my jaw was even hanging open. lol  Good thing I was here alone watching it.

PART III

Don’t mind the men behind the curtain.
Starts with King George III of England who outlawed the interest free independent currency that the colonies were producing and using for themselves, in turn forcing them to borrow money from the central bank of England, at interest, immediately putting the colonies into dept.
All about *central bank*… regulation of currency, loans, interest.  Only produce debt in the long run.

Money making schemes.

Taxes, are not a law.
Wars.
Control of education, topics, material.
Mass media – Television – manipulation – keep people entertained so they don’t think.  They believe what they see is the truth, all they know is the box and what they see… they don’t read, They dress, eat and think like the tube!  People are the real thing, the people on the tube are the illusion.

North American Union – why haven’t we heard of this?  Open borders between Canada, States and Mexico.
Complete removal of soveriegnity… new currency.  Amero.
Already signed and no one has heard of it..but higher ups.
American constitution will be obsolete.
People behind main stream media know of it.
Plan since 60 years.  Four communities…North American, Asian, African and Europian..soon to be one full community…one rule.
One bank, one army, one centre of power… “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Fighting Terror…. which doesn’t exist…use the media to convince people.. to control them.

RFID (radio frequency ID) chips for all people – if they voilate, we turn off their chip.  These chips are already in passports.  In Florida, people are already volunteering to have the chip installed in them.

People will demand this, not be forced because of all the fear, etc, that has been pushed on them…controlling the population, making them feel powerless, maleable.

The men behind the curtain also know that if people finally realize they are beautiful and powerful, they are in trouble.

We’ve been taught to see differences in other people.. to put them in categories.  Shorter, taller, smarter, etc… so we see each person as separate from ourselves…instead of seeing that we are all the same, we are all one.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace, Jimi Hendrix.

http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/

Senior Health Care Solution


LOL  Got this email today!  lol

Worried your pension will run short ?

Senior health care solution –

So you’re a sick senior citizen and the government says there is no nursing home available for you – what do you do?

Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot 2 MPs!

Of course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating, air conditioning and all the health care you need!  New teeth – no problem.  Need glasses, great.  New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart?  All covered.   (And your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now.)

And who will be paying for all of this?  The same government that just told you that you they cannot afford for you to go into a home.

Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income taxes anymore.

IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT?

RNAO strongly urges the McGuinty government to end…


Urgent Action Alert to Premier McGuinty: Improve the Special Diet Allowance Program Instead of Cutting It

March 19, 2010

Background

In anticipation of next Thursday’s provincial budget, the media is reporting that the Special Diet Allowance (SDA) program is at risk of being cut. RNAO strongly urges the McGuinty government to end these rumours as cutting the program would be catastrophic. Act today – tell Premier McGuinty to improve the Special Diet Allowance, don’t cut it.

Access to nutritious food is essential for good health, especially for those facing the everyday challenge of living with chronic health problems with limited resources. The Special Diet Allowance is a vital part of the basic benefit structure for people receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW) benefits. This program provides crucial financial support to people who have additional food costs as the result of a health condition. In order to qualify, people on ODSP or OW must have the need for a therapeutic diet prescribed by a midwife, nurse practitioner, nutritionist, or physician within the parameters of the Special Diet Schedule.

In November 2005 hundreds of people were left struggling to afford the diets they relied on to manage their health challenges when the government changed the SDA rules to significantly decrease access to the program as a cost saving measure. Hundreds of complaints have been filed based on discrimination due to the arbitrary nature of the Schedule. On February 17, 2010 the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal found that the SDA program violated the Human Rights Code in the way it provides benefits to three individuals. The Ministry of Community and Social Service’s troubling response was an internal memo that suggests it is considering scrapping the program entirely.

Ending the Special Diet Allowance in Thursday’s provincial budget would be a terrible mistake. Instead of seeking cost savings at the expense of the most vulnerable people in our society, RNAO calls for an evidence-based, preventative public health approach that would strengthen this program rather eliminate it.

Please Act Now!  With the final touches being put right now on Thursday’s budget, TODAY is the day to tell politicians what you think. Please don’t delay.

1.    Email the letter below to Premier Dalton McGuinty. Copies will also automatically be sent to Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services, Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance, and Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth, who is leading Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.
2.    Please share this action alert with your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to write as well.

To send an action alert and to view it electronically, please go to this link:
http://www.rnao.org/Page.asp?PageID=122&ContentID=3191&SiteNodeID=403&BL_ExpandID=

What Has RNAO done?

RNAO joins Health Providers Against Poverty in an Open Letter to Minister Meilleur on the need to maintain the Special Diet Allowance, which may found here:
http://www.healthprovidersagainstpoverty.ca/system/files/Maintain%20SD%20Allowance%20letter.pdf

The Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario have written a joint letter to Minister Meilleur urging the withdrawal of a SDA directive that enables administrators from non-health care backgrounds to overturn the clinical judgment of regulated health care professionals. This letter may be found here:
http://www.rnao.org/Page.asp?PageID=122&ContentID=3189&SiteNodeID=390&BL_ExpandID=

Resources:

Toronto Star  Welfare special diet allowance at risk  March 13, 2010
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/779481–welfare-special-diet-allowance-at-risk

Toronto Star   Editorial  Don’t cut costs on backs of sick  March 16, 2010
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/780277–editorial-don-t-cut-costs-on-backs-of-sick

Toronto Star    Ontario deficit to last until 2017  March 16, 2010
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontariobudget/article/780562–ontario-deficit-to-last-into-2017

Income Security Advocacy Centre   Backgrounder on Special Diet  March 2010
http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/SpecialDietRelease-Backgrounder-2March.pdf

Creating Vibrant Communities: RNAO’s Challenge to Ontario’s Political Parties
Technical Backgrounder  January 2010
http://www.rnao.org/Page.asp?PageID=122&ContentID=3176&SiteNodeID=390&BL_ExpandID=

To send an action alert and to view it electronically, please go to this link:
http://www.rnao.org/Page.asp?PageID=122&ContentID=3191&SiteNodeID=403&BL_ExpandID=

Sent from RNAO Home Office, 158 Pearl St. Toronto ON M5H 1L3.   Add us to your address book by visiting http://www.rnao.org/RNAOvcard.vcf

If you have any questions regarding the authenticity of e-mail you have received from Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) please do not hesitate to contact us at 1 800 268 7199 or 416 599 1925. Please visit us at our website at http://www.rnao.org/privacy for our privacy policy.

This information was forwarded to my by Susan from the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.  Thanks Susan!!

Ont. tax collectors looking at $45,000 severance but won’t lose jobs


By Romina Maurino (CP) – 3 days ago

TORONTO — More than 1,250 Ontario tax collectors will get a severance package worth up to $45,000 each despite the fact they won’t be losing their jobs.

The move, part of the province’s plan to harmonize sales taxes with Ottawa, will see the provincial collectors become federal employees, triggering a payout critics said amounted to tens of thousands of dollars to change business cards.

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Thanks Dad!

Ontario Tax Collectors Will Get A $45K Severance – And Keep Their Jobs


The harmonized sales tax has raised the rancour of many in the province, but there’s at least one group that’s not complaining.

Ontario tax collectors, who will report to the federal government once the HST comes into effect, stand to receive as much as $45,000 in severance when they stop working for Queen’s Park.

Read more…click here….

Thanks Dad.

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