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It is a question that needs to be asked within the confines of the 10 year plan to end homelessness. I have contacted MLA’s to no avail in discovering the answer to a serious question:

What is the recidivism rate for those exiting homelessness?

There seems to be an ignorance within agencies of the PTSD an individual suffers from when exiting this barbaric form of institutional life that is the wearhouse style shelter system in Calgary. A system that many participants (staff or clients) akin to a jail system for the poorest of the poor.

We in Alberta have a Ten Year Plan read here.

The City of Calgary has amassed some decent research to be read here.

And information from the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness can be read here.

Much like PDD funding for the differently abled, funds for ending homelessness are directed to one funding stream, The Calgary Homeless Foundation .

The smoke and mirrors is that by all accounts from the Governmental end the “Plan” is on track, and as such shelters should begin closing shortly. Yet then we hear this in the media http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/12/23/calgary-homeless-shelter-full.html?cmp=rss, that this winter shelters are once more nearing capacity and that this is normal for this time of year.

What is not reported, which has been confirmed by anonymous sources is that the capacity almost reached is not what the building is zoned (funded) for. The capacity is the second capacity number issued as the true capacity of the building is to be filled to when a “state of emergency” is declared by the province. No such decree has come out this winter, as the state of emergency is declared when there is an eminent risk to human life.

Yet these same sources have revealed to Musings, that this capacity quandries the shelters have been experiencing since late spring/early summer. A traditional time when shelters are running drastically under capacity.

So the question is, what is actually happening with this Ten Year Plan?

There is quite a bit of political shell gaming going on, millions of dollars being invested to turn service providers into landlords, year or more of financial support being given to individuals with case workers to support housing, but once supports are gone people are once again entering the poverty cycle.

What are the stats on re-lost homes to be re-housed?

What is the field doing to make shelters less traumatic for individuals and more healthy communities? This will aid the individual in then seeking healthy community (essentially how are shelters becoming places for healing instead of abuse).

Seriously, ending homelessness is a great theory. The theory though has challenges upon implementation when our leadership is a sound bite culture that just wants to throw money at the symptoms of the issue, instead of investing in true societial change that elements the cancer we know as homelessness and poverty.

The question that needs to be answered at first, is the question I would pose when I taught at Mount Royal University: In the wealthiest province in Canada, what level should our poor be expected to live at?

Write your MLA (Find MLA here), demand answers. Demand accountability. Demand an Alberta where all citizens are housed and cared for and where OUR OIL MONEY is spent ON US!

Let’s shatter the mirrors, and blow the smoke away. Let Premier Redford, Opposition Leaders Danielle Smith; Raj Sherman, and Brian Mason and all their caucuses’ know that as Albertans we demand more than soundbites…we demand an end to the cancer of poverty within this province.

For a society is judged not upon how the healthiest and wealthiest live, but rather on how we as a society care for the elderly, the poor and the sick. Looking at our province currently, we as a society are ill and dysfunctional. Let us rise up and change that.

Let us demand the government of vision to continue building Alberta as the best place in Canada to live.

One Person, one vote, one letter. Writer today (MLA INFO HERE)

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Glenn’s debate wrap-up video released – watch it now

Posted by Brian Thiessen 103pc on April 13, 2012 · Flag

Glenn_jeans_2.pngWatch Glenn share the Alberta Party‘s perspective on all of the debate questions.

During the televised leaders debate over 1700 Albertans followed Glenn’s live blog (read the transcript).  We’ve received tremendous feedback on our innovative and positive approach to participating in tonight’s debate – despite not being invited.

Immediately after the debate, Glenn and I filmed the Debate Wrap Up Video, where Glenn provides the Alberta Party’s responses to all of the questions raised in the debate.

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Sherman will return controversial payments.

Await not only the total of monies owed back to us citizens, but seeing the check made out to the government and then cashed… Thank you Raj for having the guts to begin rectifying mismanagement. Next step: stopping this lunacy before it happens again.


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In a province where the Right Wing has decimated social programs and created a homelessness epidemic, it is astounding to watch the collapse of the official opposition (which doesn’t even have a seat count in the double digits) and that this collapse is benefiting firstly the party in power as noted by the CBC Poll:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/02/01/calgary-alberta-election-poll-cbc.html

The surge of the Wildrose Alliance has taken the Social Conservatives out of the Progressive Conservative Party and with many older hard liners retiring and being replaced with Red Tories, the party has seized the centre for the province with the NDP growing to a stronger 3rd party in Province.

So why the Liberal collapse? To be bluntly honest, with a leader that stepped down recently David Swann, that was dogged with rumours of no party loyalty (every party spoke of him being their member when he announced the run for the Alberta Liberals) to be succeeded not by one of the many strong pluggers that have maintained the party, worked hard for Albertans, was it one of these members that ascended to the leadership…Nope.. it was a defector from the ruling PC Party in Raj Sherman a great advocate for health care, but by him rapidly leaving one party benches to become leader of another it simply proved that there was no difference in the newly Red Tory dominated PC Party, and the Alberta Liberals, effectively cutting the first ruling party of Alberta off at the knees for a slow bleed of a death, that if they are smart before the writ is dropped they will approach the Redford Tories for a merger and allow for their current MLA’s who have served Albertans well, to maintain and continue their service and not been swept away in the spring election, how do we know this prediction will happen??? The Communist Party of Alberta is having an easier time finding candidates than the Alberta Liberals currently are.

So, Grits, you have shown your true Grit over past 104 years, but now it is time to show some real GRITful determination, and admit that your ideology is not longer valid in the new political landscape of Alberta that is forming, make the choice that is best for the service of Albertans and strengthen the centrist-progressive voice within the ruling party through a merger.

Thank you.


http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111121/edm_crossing_111121/20111121/?hub=CalgaryHome

So a disaffected PC became leader of the Alberta Liberals, and now a Liberal has become a PC…and how many PC’s became Wildrose? And one Liberal became Alberta Party…quite a quagmire or similair ideologies that perhaps it is time for a political family reunion under one tent to clean up the landscape a little?

or more simply;

Many of these are like the other…


The leadership race to replace Swann is on: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Party+future+stake+Alberta+Liberal+leadership+race/5353346/story.html?cid=dlvr.it-twitter-edmontonjournal but are the Alberta Liberals a true progressive party, or just a party that will do anything to seek power as they vote to reidentify themselves in the Centre-Right world of PC/Wildrose?

This is a leadership race that votes on Saturday to decide the heart and soul of the first governing party of Alberta, but perhaps what needs to be decided in a landscape where the Alberta Party exists, the Communist, NDP, Wildrose and PC’s just what is the relevance of the provincial Grits?