The Slow Murdering of a 94 Year Old Lady

Sounds dramatic, and yet, to me, it is the truth of the matter.  It is exactly what our Government is doing to our Seniors, thanks to the Conservative mantra of ‘Business Can Do It Better Than Government’ can.

Personally, there is some ( note the word SOME ) truth in that saying, but in many instances it simply isn’t true. Least not when it comes to things like Health Care, or Education, or Social Services.  Those areas, can benefit from Business but ONLY (not that word – only ) if there is full and complete Government Oversight, with authority.

  1. Being Old, 94 years old, isn’t easy, is filled with a whole slew of complications, that can make life, at best, difficult to endure.

Unfortunately, instead of attempting to make those twilight years bearable, our society is moving towards simply abdicating its responsibility towards those who are aged.

Whether it is in Food Safety, transportation, or health care, our society no longer values the past contributions of our Seniors, but instead, is driven by the concept of  ‘what have you done for me today‘.

Truth is, being old is a burden on society, but it should be one we gladly accept, because you know, tomorrow we are the elderly of today.  So in a way, it is self-serving to put into place, systems to aid the transition from life to death, to make the twilight years bearable, because in time, we are ALL going to be in that same boat, as my 94-year-old Mother is today.

By allowing private agencies, such as Beacon Community Services to exist, to actually control the care of home support for the citizens of Vancouver Island, we are slowly murdering our elderly.

Oh it isn’t quick, by any means. No gun to the head and pulling of the trigger, no forcing a massive amount of pills down their throat, no turning on the gas, and leaving the room.  But just as deadly as those are, so too is the way we have allowed Home Support to exist today.

Sending unqualified personnel into the home, who haven’t a clue as to how to lift a patient up out of bed, how to engage them in conversation, or just how to simply maintain a simple and easy routine, is just as deadly to them.   Only worse, because unlike a gun to the head, this method makes their remaining years painful.

It puts stress on an already weakened vascular system, it puts added stress on an already fragile mind, that eventually puts them over the age. BUT, before they go over that edge, they suffer.

There are no Checks & Balances, because Business is better suited to handle them, than the Piper who is paying the shot.  VIHA will gladly take your complaint, but then passes it on for resolution, directly to the organization you are complaining about.

No different from CIFA, that knows food-producing plants are unclean, are not sanitary, but can only wait until that plant notifies them of an issue, before issuing a recall. It does nothing, because it isn’t allowed to do anything, to prevent and control the spread of disease, of bacteria, until AFTER it gets into the food chain.

One more example of how Government is joining with private enterprise, to MURDER our Seniors, and us too. You see, old people have a weakened immune system, and unlike days long gone, today you can buy expired food, at a discount.  Now when you are on a fixed income, have to pay for medications you shouldn’t have to pay for, you need to save wherever you can.

You are old, you may not realise that the discounted food is expired, or about to expire, because you grew up in a society that didn’t allow such things to happen. But, that was before Stephen Harper and his mantra of doing whatever business wants.  Today, even he, claims expired food is okay, has a longer shelf life and not a threat.

Tell that to the people who have died from Maple Leaf Foods.

It is a simple fact, that when you allow someone to do whatever they want, without any controls in place, you are simply putting a gun in their hands, to fire at will.

Oh we all hold up how much longer people are living today, thanks to our wonderful society, and all of the advances we have made.  But perhaps it is more of a testament to their strength, to their grit & determination than it is to Science and Society.

Old people need routine, need support. Instead of making them free of stress, we add more by sending in people who know nothing about caring for an old person. We acerbate their tenuous hold on reality, by altering schedules without notice, and worse, we force many of them to make choices, that no one should have to make.

Look around, at the wealth we have as a nation, at the natural resources we hold, and then look at how we make 94 year olds choose between institutional living, versus independent living, based solely on their income.

Someone said, well if they didn’t plan for it when they could, tough shit to them.

And that is how Stephen Harper and our Society works today.  Thing is, back in the 60’s and even the 50’s, our society held that no matter your wealth, your income, old age would be looked after, thanks to a caring, compassionate Government and Society. They were fed a line, that their old age would be secured, through Government support, and until the advent of the New Conservatism, it was basically true.

Now suddenly, they are being penalized because they believed in their Government.

Be honest too, how can you afford to put aside sufficient money, if all you are earning is $10 an hour, and your partner is earning the same?

Can you manage to feed your family, to house them, and sustain them at today’s minimum wage level, and at today’s high cost of living?

Business can do what it wishes, can show high profits, and yet gets even bigger tax benefits than the average persons does, but puts back PITTENCE as compared to the average wage earner.

Now perhaps being in your 20’s or 30’s it doesn’t seem so important. You dream that one day you will be the CEO of that company you work for, even though more high paying jobs are being sent overseas. How you can realistically expect to advance your income, under those conditions, is truly the real dream.

Instead of how it was, where business used to put aside a large percentage of its profits, into infrastructure, into replacing old equipment, today that percentage goes toward new chalets on the coast of France, to new corporate jets.

Employee loyalty is a thing of the past, because our Government sides with Big Business, gives them our tax dollars, in return for cutting jobs and moving plants overseas.  Somehow, the concept of “BUYING LOCAL” is swearing, and unacceptable.

And who winds up paying for this change in direction?

Why the older members of our society. They are the ones who are given the burden of choosing between food, or medicine. We no longer cover this medicine, this medical procedure, because it isn’t cost-effective.

When did human life become so cheap, so unimportant?

The values that my Mother grew up with, instilled in me, are gone. Today it is no longer about doing what is right, but what is more profitable. Today we let the Oil Industry set how fast our economy can grow, or rush headlong into a depression.

We see how Stephen Harper’s continue to rule, not because they are the best for the job, but because they made more people afraid of the other guy, than of them.  Neat trick, that is only now starting to further destroy what few values, principles, were left from a dying generation.

Instead of nurturing those people, their standards, we systematically work to make their lives unbearable, stressful, and complicated. We make them weaker, rob them of their dignity, and eventually, we kill them off because we need to own a new car every two or three years.

We do it, because it is more important to have an iPhone, iPad, and 300 cable channels in high-definition, than it is to have a Senior live in moderate comfort.  Much more important that we have food producers who can hire untrained staff to clean their equipment, than we can put inspectors into the plants, to makes ure our food supply is free of bacteria, of disease.

This is the new society, given us by the New Conservatism, that our Country, and others, have embraced. We’d rather be scared into voting for someone, than in actually voting for someone who will do something we need. 

This is the New Conservatism of Stephen Harper, and it is slowly killing our Seniors.  This is what happens, when one votes out of fear, instead out of reason.

And it will be people like my 94-year-old Mother, who will pay for all this, with her life.

Inability to Deliver Quality

There used to be a time, when Business promoted itself as giving Quality products, for reasonable Prices.

USED to be a time.

Sure as hell isn’t anymore.  From the gas prices to even our Politics, where our Prime Minister doesn’t lose any sleep over Governing, but does over worrying about Political Surprises.

Was shopping today, at Thrifty Foods.  They used to be our go to store, for groceries, and yeah, their prices were a bit higher than the others, but the quality was there.

Least when Alex Campbell ran the show. Now it is owned by an operator out of Ontario  SOBEYS.

So much for quality.

Tonight I thought I’d get Mom a treat. They had all butter apple turnovers on sale for $3.49 for a package of six.  Sounds good and yummy, right?    WRONG!

Now the girl at the bakery made them sound super delicious. All Butter and filled with the best premium apples.  170 grams for $3.49 isn’t cheap but hell, a nice treat for Mom, or so I thought.

At the checkout, well they rang thru at $3.99 which isn’t a big deal, but hell, I am tired of being screwed over by Big Businesses.

We checked and sure enough they had screwed up, so under the Ring Thru Fair Practices or whatever it is called, we got those delectable taste treats for Free.

Sounds good right?  NOPE!

I’d have been better off to not purchase those six little darlings. I mean to begin with, the crust or pastry dough was tough. It wasn’t flakey at all, and if I didn’t know they were Apple, I’d never have been able to guess it from eating one.

Like excuse me, but having a turnover, usually implies that inside is some sort of filling.   NOT AT THRIFTY FOODS!

Hell even when we stopped at Macdonald’s for a McFlurry, they couldn’t get that right either.  I mean come on, you charge $3 for a full size item, at least fill it to the brim with ice cream, not 3/4 of the way. And don’t go leaving a huge gap in the center that you could put your fist into.

So what is up with business today? 

What happened to actually delivering the product, as promised?

Why aren’t they doing it?

David I think has the answer. He says it is because we simply accept it, and don’t complain enough about the crap we are paying good money for.  He is right, I mean okay we complained about the wrong price, and I will complain about the quality next time I go to that store, but it is true.  We accept this kind of bogus business, when the truth is, we shouldn’t.

Guess that is why we get people like Stephen Harper in charge of Government, and why we get grocery stores like Thrifty Foods.  

WE SIMPLY DON’T EXPECT BETTER ANYMORE.

It Ain ‘t Worth the Money

Which could actually apply to just about any service we subscribe to these days.  Honestly, the value for the hard earned dollar isn’t like gas prices…

It doesn’t keep Going Up.

Got my Cable bill in the email, which surprised me, because you see, I don’t want it by email. I still want the paper version, for a few simple reasons.

  • It is more complete
  • Delivery is assured
  • Not subject to being Altered or Tampered with
  • Evidence for disputes.

For example, as convoluted as the Shaw Cable Bill is, at least everything is listed.  In the email version, you get a figure, and that is basically about it.

You try to figure out what discounts were applied, credits, etc.  Not gonna happen.

Course they do manage to add some advertising of new services, but try to figure out what you are paying for basic cable, or even what kind of cable you are being charged for, from the email version, and well, GOOD LUCK JOE.

Frankly, ever since Shaw purchased some television stations from the bankrupt Global stable, things have gone downhill.  Not like they were peachy fine before, but it just seems that they have become way too bid.

Their television stations ( the one’s they took over ) are even worse, than when Global had them. I mean it is one thing to rerun six hours of programming four times, but at least the episodes were strung out.

By that I mean, after two weeks they didn’t start them all over again.  Which is what SHAW is doing. But hell, it seems they all are, which includes the one’s Bell took over.

But back to the cable bill.

We’ve decided that as we simply don’t watch all the channels that we get. Even when we have the time, there simply isn’t anything worth watching. If there is, we sure as hell can’t find it.

I want to keep the basics, which it seems aren’t all that much, but then exactly what is the price difference between the basic cable, classic cable (whatever the hell that is) and basic digital.

SHAW keeps harping on how we should use their website, their online help features, to answer our more common questions. Uh huh, like that worked real good.

Take their ‘Ask Amy’ which is an automated bot, that couldn’t answer a simple question like how much does basic cable cost per month.  Instead of an answer, I got told to check out a bunch of pages, that simply didn’t have the answer.  Oh, and I got a message to really check out their digital packages instead.

On to the Live Assistant.  Oh that went real good. No one bothered to answer, after a good 40 minutes of watching a stupid flash icon swirl and disappear then come back.  It was worse than when you phone them.

Least then, you can arrange for a call back, but as for the Live Assistance, well forget it.  You just hang around while they do whatever they are doing, instead of answering customers.

This is the new age of Conservatism. Business gets all the breaks, gets to raise rates at will, and even gets Government support for further ripping off the consumer, all in the name of Business.

There is zip reason for a price hike of over $10 next month, other than they may need the money to pay for those damn television channels they purchased. Or maybe the Upper Execs need a new Executive Jet or Washroom.  Sure isn’t because of increased service to the customer.

I am tired of the tricks, used to scam me out of my money. I work hard for every nickel, so does the wife, and you know, enough is enough.

Like we signed up for their phone service, told it would be $22 a month, after the introductory offer. Now on the bill it shows the charge as $31.  They explain that the loyalty discount covers the difference.

Why not simply show the actual price they said it would be?

What is with hiding the price, then using a so called discount for having all three services ( cable, internet, phone ) to explain how we aren’t being screwed.

I don’t buy it, do you?

It is like they actually believe we are that stupid. I mean come on, if you are giving a discount for having all three services, then why try to claim that is also accounting for the lower price of the phone service?

And just exactly what is the other half of that piddly $20 discount for?  Does it apply to the Internet, to some channels we get packaged together?

Even the paper bill doesn’t explain it, but at least it is all there, in black and white, unlike the email version.

I like to save trees, but I also don’t want to be screwed without any lube either, which is exactly what SHAW cable is doing.  And they will get away with it, and more of it, as they force people to use email to receive their bills.

She Says She Can Win, but

isn’t going to call a fall election but will wait till 2013.  Uh huh, like Christy my dear, why do I think you will call one much sooner, if the mood is right and you think you can really win, not just say you can.

Everyone was gearing up for a Provincial election this fall, but someone threw a monkey wrench into that grand plan.

It was the Voters, of which 55% of 1.6 million cast a vote to REJECT the Harper Stealing Tax. ( the HST )

I guess when that many are upset, it is wise to not tempt the fates. After all, no way you can predict if that anger will be directed at you, or not.  Course, the fact that you supported that unfair tax might be a clue as to why no fall election.

Now on the other hand, if Christy Clark can con that thief Stephen Harper to not take back our 1.6 Billion dollars, that he used to bribe us with, then perhaps that would be a good time to have an election.

But we all know, that Stephen Harper is not going to do that. After all, what would his bosses in the Corporate World say, about not ripping off the poor and middle class, when you can?

As it stands, it makes more sense to wait till sometime in the future, to take a chance at re-election. After all, look at who she has to face… Adrian Dix and the NDP.

Anyone heard a peep from his nibs, by the way?

It is almost as if the NDP and Mr. Dix have gone on summer vacation. You heard nothing about them, anymore. Not even after the results from the referendum.

One more good reason on why we need more than one choice in our political system. If any Province is close to resembling the mixed up United States system, it is this either or province.

Not Before March 2013

Like just who the hell are you kidding Mr. Falcon, Premier Clarke? 

Putting aside that your Party caved into the bullying tactics of Stephen Harper, and sold us out to bring in the Harper Stealing Tax, I can’t see myself, or others, willing to vote for you, based on sheer ineptitude.

You can dismantle the PST within weeks, even hold negotiations and come to an agreement on implementing the Harper Stealing Tax, within weeks, but you can’t put it back without it taking a year and a half?

Really, are you people for real, or do you just assume that the 55% of 1.6 million British Columbians are plain stupid?

According to the newspaper report on this travesty of trying to ignore the wishes of the People, your finance Minister also says it is going to cost the province $3 Billion  to reinstate the PST.

Okay, let’s ASSUME that includes the repayment of the bribe from Herr Harper to Tipsy Gordon, that still leaves $1.4 Billion Plus to account for.

Explain please Premier Clarke, Finance Minister Falcon, how in blazes you came up with that figure?  What, you are buying new buildings and equipment?  Even then, how the hell does it add up to that lovely sum?

Oh, and while at it, if the PST cost us $1.4 Billion to manage, why wasn’t that mentioned way back when you brought in the Harper Stealing Tax?  Did it slip your minds?

By the way, Mr. Adrian Dix, where the hell are you?  I mean come on, the people made a statement, where in hell is you and your party on this?  Awfully silent about this victory by the People, you know, the one’s you hope will vote for you in the next Provincial Election?

A victory that was won without any help by you, your predecessor, or your party.

But back to this March 2013 bullshit.  Just explain how something you managed to come up with, and implement in just a short few weeks, can take so long to reverse?

First you stalled the referendum, and now you are stalling in implementing the will of the people. Do you really think that is going to get you a return ticket to power?

Perhaps you aren’t old enough to recall, but when Brown Paper Bag Brian Mulroney implemented the GST, it didn’t take him 18 months to put in place. It happened pretty damn fast, once he forced it down the nation’s throat.  So even if that For Hire Prime Minister could do it in less time, and across an entire nation, just how can you folks justify taking so long to bring back the PST?

Are you really that incompetent Premier Clarke?