Welfare Rates are Tough all Over: By Phoenix Winter
At a meeting in early May, some MLAs from the NDP told a group of Vancouver activists that low welfare rates are a problem only for those in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). Raise the Rates attended the session at the Legislature in Victoria, and even some of the MLAs told stories of how some of their constituents, from outside the DTES, also struggled on welfare.
They talk about the importance of community. “Many of us fall thru the cracks and no one but us will help us get up out of them, fill them with dirt and shit and grow some community.”