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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …