Monthly Archives: December 2015

Hydro Rates Punish the Poor

A letter I wrote to the Cowichan Citizen sparked an article on BC Hydro rates www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/news/362865931 and

From the Tyee, find the article at: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/07/09/BC-Hydro-Rate-Hikes/
From the Tyee, find the article at: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/07/09/BC-Hydro-Rate-Hikes/

their effects on the poor. It was a great article, but necessarily left some of the letter out. Here it is, as originally written:

Dear Editor

I am writing to draw your attention to the increasing numbers of people being made powerless by BC Hydro, and, therefore, all of us. I work at Duncan United Church where many people are sent by our provincial government to seek relief from the circumstances thrust upon them by our provincial government.

People come to our church daily seeking food, clothing, shelter and help with their rent and utility bills. The rates of pay, pension and social assistance that we think are acceptable are the direct cause of their plight, but the indirect suffering caused by a steady increase in fees for almost every kind of public service has exacerbated the situation. The most onerous of these has to be the increase in BC Hydro Rates and the punitive collection practices employed by BC Hydro. Over half of our requests for financial assistance come from folk who are under a disconnect notice from BC Hydro. Continue reading Hydro Rates Punish the Poor

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Why I Left the NDP

Although really, it’s more like the NDP left me.Leaving

I guess I should start at the beginning. I was a leaflet weight for a CCF campaign in Kitimat, placed there by my leaflet-dropping 18 year old mother. Since then I’ve canvassed, run election campaigns, worked as an assistant to Cabinet Ministers, and served many Constituency and Riding Executives.

I’ve never been what you’d call a ‘standout’ volunteer, or a brilliant strategist, or a gifted anything. I’ve shown up, done the work, given heart, mind, body and soul to the movement that stood for and with people like me. I loved building an image of a better world together, frustrating as that could be in a movement made up of feminists, environmentalists, trade unionists, anti-poverty activists and radical reformists. Sometimes we left more blood on the floor of policy sessions than in the ground of election campaigns. Continue reading Why I Left the NDP

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