ONTARIO'S MINISTER OF COMMUNTY AND SOCIAL SERVICES, HELENA JACZEK.IT IS TIME FOR THIS MINSTER TO GO!
In Ontario, the lives of the poor on government assistance, has not improved, while she has been in office. On the contrary, it has gotten worse. This Minister has done nothing, to ensure that poor people on government assistance, are treated equally and fairly. And that they also have access to better services. She has a 'hands of' approach', when dealing with the local offices. They operate completely autonomously and this means that the management at those welfare offices, are also not held accountable by her, for their actions. No one gets fired, but if you publicly shame them, they may resign.
It would even appear, that the Deputy Minister and his staff, has more of a direct approach, when dealing with complaints coming from the public, than the Minister directly. And as for the promise of a welfare reform?. What reform? It is actually worse now for people on government assistance, than ever before. The majority of whom also relies on food banks every month, because their benefits do not allow them to even have some of the basic necessities, such as food and shelter. Sadly, their welfare checks do not cover for both. Once the rent is paid there is hardly any money left for food, let alone other necessities, such as transportation and medical expenses, that are not covered under the Drug Card. Food banks are used to supplement their meager food allowance. The Ontario government and this Minister, actually expects the poor on social assistance, to use the food banks, to supplement their welfare benefits. The Minister knows that a single person on government assistance, with a monthly benefit of $650.00 cannot pay for food, housing and other necessities. And families with children on welfare, can also hardly survive on welfare each month.
So again, what welfare reform?. The Minister, has this unrealistic goal set for 2018, in which she "hopes to begin implementing" those welfare reforms, she has been talking about. But in the meantime, the poor on government assistance are left to manage on their own. Almost one million people are on government assistance, in Ontario. With 453,000 people living on Ontario Works benefits and another 543,000, relying on the Ontario Disability Support Program, or ODSP. According to the Public Sector Salary Disclosure, Helena Jaczek as the Minister of community and Social Services salary was $165, 851, in 2015 and not too far below that is the salary of Peter Jagt, Manager at the Lawrence Square Social Services Office, who makes nearly $130,000.00 annually. Who himself, as the Manager at that office, was also not bothered in the least bit, to deny a poor welfare recipient, access to a Metropass to attend to her medical appointment, by allowing his staff to refuse to grant her the Transportation Allowance, to attend to those appointments. And after she also provided them with the documented proofs, from her doctor, which was also required under the guidelines, for getting such benefit. Empathy for the poor is not in their vocabulary. When you have a six figure salary, like the Minister Helena Jaczek and all of the other management, at those welfare offices, it is hard to imagine what a few extra dollars, in getting the transportation allowance, to attend to your medical appointments, or in relying on food banks every month, because your welfare checks will not stretch far enough, to allow you to live otherwise. Those are issues those in the upper income bracket cannot understand, or relate to. What they do understand is the power that comes with their position and how to abuse it. And do they get fired when they act inappropriate? No. It is left up to shaming them publicly, for them to realized that it is not all about them. That Managers like Peter Jagt, need to be fired. And that the Minister herself, Helena Jaczek, since she cannot deliver on her promises for welfare reforms sooner, than her unrealistic goal for 2018, should also follow right behind, those in that Ministry, who also could not deliver, or who performed their duties, with such an incompetence that they should not be allowed to continue in their positions.
PETER JAGT, IS THE MANAGER, AT THE LAWRENCE SQUARE, WELFARE OFFICE.
JAGT HAS RECENTLY SIDED WITH TWO OF HIS STAFF, MARISSA DA SILVA, AND MARCELLA FALCONI, A SUPERVISOR, AT THE LAWRENCE SQUARE, EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICE IN TORONTO, IN DENYING, A SERIOUSLY ILL WELFARE RECIPIENT, TO ANY OF THE TRANSPORTATION ALLOWANCE BENEFIT, THAT SHE IS ENTITLED TO, TO GET THE TESTS DONE FOR HER HEART AILMENT.
PETER JAGT's salary is about $130.000. per year. And this may also be the case, where the actions of these corrupt Toronto city employees, could also result in legal actions taken against them for tort. Do city employees has the right, to refuse to provide financial assistance, for medical treatment to the poor?
And why does the Minister of Social Services, Helen Jaczek, also allow this kind of abuse, of the rights of welfare recipients to be allowed to continue?
|The Lawrence Square Social Service Office. Located in this mall|
on the 3rd floor. Suite # 330.
How the poor fare under the current welfare system.Why there needs to be an overhaul, as far as the workers and management, who care very little about the welfare of the clients.
Uncaring staff and overpaid management, abuse clients rights to access to benefits that they are supposed to be entitled to. At last count, Peter Jagt salary was about $130, 000. per year. And the average single welfare recipient, gets less that a tenth of that per year. About $10,000.00 per year.
How one welfare recipient in Toronto was denied access to medical treatment for a heart condition, after the Peter Jagt and two of his staff at the Lawrence square social services office, refuses to issue the transportation allowance, so that she could attend treatments. The woman also saw her benefit for a Metropass, cut in half, from the $142.00 that she is entitled to have, to about $ 78.00, (which she was also told, was to extend from August to September, or for six weeks in total. That is, she was given only $78.00 for the two months, she was to attend the physiotherapy), while she also attends physiotherapy three times a week, for another set of medical issues. When she appealed the decision by the worker, Marissa Dasilva, not to issue the full transportation benefit, she was told that if she brought in further documentation from a doctor, regarding her current medical condition, she would also get the balance owing. When the woman dropped off the document from her doctor, detailing the number of tests to be done, regarding her heart condition and other issues relating to it, she was promptly denied the rest of the transportation benefit, for the Metropass. She was flatly denied both the money and also any tokens, to attend to the medical treatment, for her current medical issues. When she dropped the document off at the office, she was given six tokens, by another worker and was also told that was to cover for her previous visit to the E.R. and for her doctor's appointment the next day, in order to obtain the documents, to give to the welfare workers, Marissa Dasilva and Marcella Falconi) and that the two remaining tokens were also to be sufficient, for any other medical appointments, that she needed to have relating to her heart condition. She was left without any assistance whatsoever, to take care of her chronic medical condition. And the two welfare workers and also Peter Jagt, who is the Manager at that office, did not give a damn, how she goes about it. They were not going to help her, with obtaining the funds needed, to address her medical issues.The client was in need of the benefit, which would pay for a Metropass, so that she could attend to more than one medical treatments, including physiotherapy treatment and a more recently diagnosed treatment for a heart condition. The woman who was in the hospital for the same condition, was later discharged and was told to follow up with her doctor and to have the necessary tests done, such as an ecg and blood test, to see if there were any further damages to her already preexisting heart condition, was then denied the money to attend for treatments, by Peter Jagt, Manager at that office and two of his staff, Merissa Desilva, worker 607 and Marcella Fortinini, a Supervisior at the Lawrence square office.