And Social Justice for All

Social Justice

Thirty years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Food Bank or the need for Affordable Housing in this country. Today, there’s hardly a community anywhere throughout this great land without a Food Bank and/or a desperate need for Affordable Housing.

Where does the fault lie with respect to how Canada has shamefully dropped the ball in dealing with peoples very real, desperate, and basic needs? Some say it is with right-wing governments and the current flavour of the month by the 1%ers towards austerity measures (for us, only), cost and program cutting, and a perceived and diabolical need to victimize the needy while rewarding the greedy.

The poor and even the lower middle class have become less of a priority for the powers that be and therefore have found themselves marginalized and ignored. I could provide all sorts of statistics here to back up what I’m saying but in today’s information age most people I imagine are acutely aware of what is going on, even though at the same time they consciously try to ignore it (if it doesn’t affect me it don’t count attitude).

No matter who you blame from politicians, to corporatocracy, conservative ideologies, or the tragic decimation of liberalism as we once knew it, the bottom line is the current trend over the last three decades has been to download to different levels of government i.e. from the federal to the provincial to the municipal. Interestingly enough this last layer of government is the least able to address these national concerns (with constitutional & signed and agreed upon UN federal responsibilities that are being ignored) as they are the ones with the least means and ability to do so. Unlike the feds and the provinces, municipalities really have only one major revenue stream: property tax.

Municipal leaders today need to advocate strongly to both the feds and provinces to stop abdicating their responsibilities and take back that which belongs to them. We have several national crises on our hands from starving people, to homelessness, being only two of them. Joblessness, is another one that our community is only to well aware of.

I believe municipal leaders need to be at the forefront advocating on their local residents behave to get these issues addressed.

Establishment councils that go with the flow, ignoring in large measure issues that are both controversial and somewhat insurmountable, accomplish little to nothing for working families these days. More and more as time goes by status quo has to give in to more radical means to get the job done. We must be more proactive and vocal in demanding better while working with what we have in our own back yard to see what in our own limited way we can still get accomplished.

Such as, for example, working collaboratively with the new Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association which I’ve spoken about here on this blog before, along with the newly formed Crowsnest Opportunity Development Cooperative organization, in conjuction with Community Futures, and see what we can get done in the area of Affordable Housing.

We have the land, we have the study, we have the grass roots organizations, and both provincial and federal participation through Community Futures. The only thing lacking is the local political will, which I intend to provide.

Anyways, its Saturday, I got things to do. More on social justice for all as we move closer to the election.

 

With realization of one’s own potential and self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.

from John Prince
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7 Responses to And Social Justice for All

  1. Anonymous says:

    From the comments in John’s last post:

    Anonymous said…
    John, how exactly would you change that?

    July 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Well John, I think you gave him/her a pretty good answer. I can see now why some fear you. You challenge them to open their eyes, when they would prefer to keep them shut. A leader you are, so keep sounding the alarm, and maybe some of us will quit hitting the snooze button!

  2. John Prince says:

    Anon @3:05
    What a nice compliment. Thank you! You make my heart sing. :-)

    JP

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi John,
    “Municipal leaders today need to advocate strongly to the feds and provinces.”

    Then you talk about “Community Futures” and “the only thing lacking is political will.”

    You got that one 100% right. Where do you think the votes come from when they elect provincial or federal politicians, if not from the municipality who then mismanage the millions that come into town through Community Futures that no one is allowed to know where it goes once it gets here? Who gets the money run by a self-appointed board that the Federal Economic Board (FEB) state they must be elected every year? You try to find out how and where the money was used, they laugh at you. And you still have faith in them?

    The council, the local politicians have the oversight of Community Futures but they prefer not to tell anyone because they know it is not run with the intention it was created for in the first place.

    Stephen Owen said “Community Futures is responsible to the community they serve”.

    As soon as you get elected John do an audit on Community Futures. Some of them will bring the money back trying to cover their GREED.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “working collaboratively with the new Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association which I’ve spoken about here on this blog before, along with the newly formed Crowsnest Opportunity Development Cooperative organization, in conjuction with Community Futures”

    They had closed meetings with Community Futures and the Chamber of Commerce to review the Strategic Plan months before it was made public:
    http://transparencycnp.shawwebspace.ca/blog/post/strategic_plan/

    Nothing wrong with working with community groups or business or special interest groups, but I think it should be done in an open and transparent way.

  5. Anonymous says:

    7:58 PM
    I did some Googling on “Community Futures”
    http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/254.asp
    It seems they are Government of Canada agencies, subject to the federal Access to Information Act:

    http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/14368.asp
    (January)

    http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/13482.asp
    (October)

    I don’t think a municipal council would have any authority to audit them, but anyone can make an access request.

  6. Anonymous says:

    10:32
    Community Futures cannot get money from any government without the knowledge of the local government and specifically how and where that money will be used besides buying votes. That’s what they call criteria.

    7:58 Federal Economic Board ????? In the CONSTITUTION of all C.F.D.C. in CANADA it states the board MUST be elected every year to avoid corruption and conflict of any kind. Why do you think our past MARE was on the board of a provincial society created to manage a federal society if not to make it difficult for the average person to find out the facts?

    Education is not the problem the willingness to do GOOD is. John is an open book, you can read it any time, and you’re scared? Why are you not scared of our two last MARES where you can’t see the book?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Community Futures is also comprised of your “elite”. I do not think they are as good as made out sometimes. Beg to differ on that a bit. But other than that, right on on this article. Just as a tidbit; drove down main draig Blairmore at 4:00, and noticed the following.The pool is completely empty, which I have noticed quite a bit at all times of the day; secondly, some campers still camped and looks like they are putting in another “free” night, compliments of Gallant I guess.

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