Premier funds her friends’ 20$ M centre, while families, kids denied autism services

The provincial government today announced a $20 million government grant to help cover construction costs for a proposed private facilty in East Vancouver that will house autism service providers. Today’s announcement confirms a personal commitment that former Premier Gordon Campbell made in a private meeting with hotelier Sergia Cocchia shortly before the February 2008 Throne …

MOMS want your feedback: Is the CLBC action plan working for you?

It’s been 6 months since the Minister launched a series of internal reviews of CLBC and more than 3 months since the Premier announced $40 million in new funding and an action plan to resolve the crisis in community living. The announcement followed a 2-year campaign by MOMS and other community partners to draw attention …

Times Colonist named for prestigious national award for CLBC Reporting

The Victoria Times Colonist is one of six national finalists for this year’s prestigious Governor General’s Michener Award for Community Service Journalism.  The nomination, announced today, was for the newspaper’s coverage of the crisis in BC’s community living sector, which was first exposed by Times Colonist reporter Lindsay Kines almost two years ago. Here’s how the Michener Awards Foundation …

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 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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …