Sheenagh Morrison will get her first raise in nearly a decade Thursday and the B.C. government will take most of it back the same day.
After nine years of living on $906 a month, the 35-year-old Victoria woman will see her monthly disability cheque increase by $77.
The same day, however, the B.C. government will start charging her $52 a month for a bus pass that used to cost $45 a year.
Once the government finishes adding and subtracting, Morrison, who has a... Read the full article
TAPS Asks for Energy Justice in Super Unequal BC
I am back at my desk this week after a trip to the big city across the pond. I found myself there as part of TAPS’ struggle to change years of needless energy poverty for low income BC Hydro ratepayers across this province.
The purpose of my trip was to witness, as a representative of TAPS, the process that BC Hydro goes through to review its rate structures —that is, the way it charges its roughly 1.9... Read the full article
From the Time Colonist - Lindsay Kines
A coalition of seniors’ groups and anti-poverty advocates is turning up the heat on B.C. Hydro over rising electricity rates.
The groups, led by the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, will appear before the B.C. Utilities Commission beginning today to seek relief for low-income customers — including seniors on fixed incomes and people on income or disability assistance.
Sarah Khan, a staff lawyer, said the advocacy centre has... Read the full article
A court order forcing dozens of homeless to pack up and dismantle Victoria’s tent city on Monday hasn’t diminished the attention the controversial site has drawn to the growing problem of homelessness in Canada, an anti-poverty advocate says. The hodge-podge of tents, hording and tarps on the lawn just outside the court house in British Columbia’s capital drew national attention to the number of people sleeping on the streets. “We’ve had people sleeping in the parks in Victoria, in doorways... Read the full article
Please note: TAPS Income Tax Volunteers are taking a well-deserved break for the month of August and will return on Thursday, September 08th.Read the full article
Although Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson has ruled that Super Intent City must be dismantled, there can be no doubt that its existence led to a historic victory in the struggle to provide homes to the homeless across our region — a victory fought for and won by the homeless themselves, with help from compassionate supporters.
A conservative estimate for the total investment in housing solutions, directly and indirectly attributable to the existence of the tent city, is $86 million,... Read the full article