Education News

MOMS: Province, BCTF not putting students first in contract dispute

For over a decade, MOMS has led advocacy efforts for increased provincial funding to address growing gaps in public education, and especially in special education.  We have advocated for respectful, collaborative partnerships that bring all education partners together to address funding and other challenges and to develop effective solutions that put students first. Our silence in recent weeks …

Education News

Education Minister: Class composition limits discriminate against special needs

Finally, an Education Minister who’s making some sense! George Abbott has publicly endorsed the position taken recently by Victoria parents and the Victoria Board of Education, opposing discriminatory class composition caps introduced under Bill 33 by former Education Minister Shirley Bond. Read the Vancouver Sun report. MOMS and other parent advocacy groups, along with trustees and …

Advocacy News

Overcoming the fear factor – Contractor goes public

A common question in the CLBC crisis is why CLBC contractors and agencies that directly support adults have been so reluctant to publicly voice the concerns they share with us privately. Many contractors and agency directors claim it’s a matter of survival. They tell us CLBC makes it very clear that if they don’t cooperate in reducing services, or if they complain publicly about risks to their clients, …

Advocacy News

Starting a Discussion: How do we guide change in community living?

The Vancouver Sun has published my letter to the editor responding to Vaughn Palmer’s column on the new Queenswood report . Since they cut out some important parts, I’ve also linked to the original letter below. This letter and our recent summaries reflect just one of what I’m sure are many perspectives, which continue to evolve as we pick up …

Adults/Young Adults

The real CLBC vision, startling new directions revealed in secret report

The BC government secretly initiated its own review of CLBC last August, before Minister Bloy’s replacement, and months before Minister Cadieux announced the launch of two other internal reviews, the result of which were released last week (see previous post). Unlike the other reports, the new Queenswood Consulting report is only available on request (but you can download …

Adults/Young Adults Advocacy News

One Mom’s Letter to the Minister

We continue to receive the most amazing, heartbreaking and disturbing letters from families, caregivers and concerned citizens around the province sharing their experiences about BC’s community living crisis. I wish we could share them all, but most people are simply too afraid of retaliation if they speak out, or are quite understandably reluctant to sacrifice their family’s privacy. …

Adults/Young Adults Advocacy News

MOMS Challenges minister’s efforts to downplay community living complaints

The Minister responsible for Community Living, Stephanie Cadieux, suggested in media reports today that families and other community living advocates have been exaggerating the crisis in BC’s community living sector because only 63 complaints have been filed to date with a new client support team. Read the Minister’s comments in today’s Victoria Times Colonist and Vancouver Sun The minister …