Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Homeless humbug

London's Community & Protective Services Committee met last night and took seriously the proposition that recent delays in funding to local agencies for housing initiatives for the homeless are "catastrophic… horrible news," and "a catastrophic situation" that will have "a devastating impact" on the London Homeless Coalition as presented by its delegation to the committee… or in effect endorsing their claim that "people will die." Indeed, such purple prose is almost understated for a coalition formed specifically in response to government funding and who apparently exist more to "advise, shape, and coordinate the community's responses to homelessness" than to provide any unmentioned actual assistance in their mission statement. A political interest birthed by the indulgent promiscuity of previous governments for institutionalized cash scrambles — for "community's responses," read taxes. According to the coalition, a higher priority for your support than voluntary donations is to "[w]rite or call your MP, your MPP and your local government and tell them we need immediate action…" Well, that's alright, it's mostly other people's money…

Responding to this … mmm … professional complaint, the committee at least declined for the time being the coalition's request to discuss "financial options within the budget of the City of London" and voted instead to recommend that "council pressure Ottawa to release the funds," a much cheaper and sentimentally uncontentious motion. A nifty bit of equivocation and glad-handing of special interest groups by the committee, but its advocacy of a lobbying role for municipal government to the federal government presupposes that it has no idea whose jurisdictional responsibility is funding for homeless programs. Apparently the committee does not expect that voters will have any more clue. Given that the Constitution is silent on the matter, it might occur to the committee if it were not blinded by its own political exigencies that charity is in no official domain at all but the voluntary watch of the country's citizens. No less and at no more cost to itself than the London Homeless Coalition is the Community & Protective Services Committee appropriating common sense virtue to cover itself with tinfoil glory for political benefit. Bah humbug on them all…

1 Comment:

Honey Pot said...

I had to laugh listening to Gordo Hume on the radio today saying London has to look at the four pillar approach to the problem of drugs in London. Four pillar is the code word for safe injection site for junkies. Apparently the junkies, patrons of the busting at the seams methadone clinic, are pissing all over Sandy White's new office door on Dundas St. I have felt like doing that myself, to tell you the truth. This has upset Gordo, that his pet kitten may get pissed on, or worse. Yeppers Gordo, that should do it, clean up the Dundas strip lickety split. There is money in them there coffers that Dalton hasn't spent yet. If there is a tax dollar out there to be wasted ,those stupid fuckers at city hall will find a way to spend it.