Friday, May 23, 2008

Advocacy afoot in London, Ontario

As every good advocate knows, if you want to get your message of entitlement out, you must take to the streets, armed with poorly drafted signs and other distinguishing props. Don't worry if your numbers are small. Simply contact the London Free Press and let them know you will be there. If your group's grievance meets the social justice standard of journalistic approval, the story will be breaking news in no time.

The treehuggers protesting drive-throughs weren't the only ones pounding the pavement this week. Many angry walkers were out with their stomping feet, threatening the precarious infrastructure, protesting their taxspending ability to deal with other taxspenders. More income support specialists are needed to deal with the expanding number of claimants. It's never enough.
On and off for 19 years, she would throw up before going to work -- a stressful job.

Denise, who declined to give her last name, is an income support specialist for the Ontario Disability Support Program in London.

She's one of hundreds of Ontario case workers who say they suffer from stress and poor health, attributing it to caseloads more than twice the national average of 250.

The average Ontario worker handles 530 cases.

Workers in 40 Ontario communities, including London, protested yesterday to raise awareness of the situation.

About a dozen employees, some wearing matching blue shirts, marched quietly around the downtown for 40 minutes, starting at the program's head office at 217 York St.
What happens when the disability support workers go on disability support?


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mariposa said...

From Small Dead Animals:

NASA report: Jupiter's recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.

So will this airhead want to zip off to Jupiter next?

They should have never opened that Hummer dealership or a Tim Horton's on Jupiter - tsk, tsk.