President urges adoption of Kimberly Rogers coroner's jury recommendations
20 /CNW/ - "I applaud the five ordinary Canadians on the Sudbury
coroner's jury who yesterday released their findings on the death of Kimberly
Rogers and urged the government of Ernie Eves to take another look at
social assistance rates in Ontario, and end the life-time ban on receiving
social assistance in cases of so called welfare "fraud". The jury made
other recommendations consistent with good sense," said Canadian Auto
Workers union president Buzz Hargrove.
"Here was an
honours student," said Hargrove. "Her dream was to become a social
worker. The fact that she would have had to repay the student loan with
interest made no difference to this government, the prosecutor or the
judge who sentenced her. It didn't matter to them that welfare left her
with only $70 a month for food and all other necessities after she paid
her rent of $450. Her welfare case worker "forgot" to tell her she was
entitled to $43 a month extra for a pregnancy diet supplement.
"The Eves government
should base welfare rates on real average rents and
"The jury found that Kimberly Rogers' death was a suicide. The premier and his government should take no consolation from that. When a young woman, full of promise, dies by her own hand as a result of the inhuman, heartless policies of this province, it is a wake up call to all of us," said Hargrove.
"It's time for the government of Ontario to enact real supports for people who want to go to school, better their lives and get off welfare. It's time the Eves government put the Harris legacy of poor bashing behind them. It's time for Eves to do the right thing and act on the jury's recommendations. The odious regulations that contributed to Kimberly Rogers' death must be struck down," concluded the CAW President.
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