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CTV Investigators, June 2, 2011
(Click on the link "correspondents on services for the disabled" to watch full details of the two stories that appeared on tonight's news)

Desperate families feel options for disabled children closing Times Colonist, June 1, 2011

Special needs youths waitlisted as funding lags - CTV News, May 31, 2011

Support Chopped for Vulnerable Adults - Victoria Times Colonist May 29, 2011

No place to go: Caring for the mentally disabled - Metro Vancouver News (Canadian Press video) 25 May 2011

Parents financially burdened as disabled become adults - Vancouver Sun letter from Alex Yates May 26, 2011

Disabled youth left high and dry by CLBC: MLA Corrigan - Burnaby Now May 24 

'What happens if I'm not around?' mother of autistic teenager asks - By Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press, May 24, 2011

QuickList of waiting times for services for those with intellectual disabilities - Canadian Press - May 23, 2011

QuickFacts for story on care of those with intellectual disabilities - The Canadian Press – May 22, 2011

Funding agency for disabled attacked for cuts to programs - Vancouver Sun May 19, 2011

Global News May 18, Report on CLBC Funding Crisis (Near beginning)

Burnaby MLAs spar over disabled constituent's future - Burnaby Now May 18, 2011

Families first must include disabled - Times Colonist May 15, 2011

Opinion: B.C. Liberals sorely lacking accountability - Vancouver Sun May 13, 2011

Disabled sister refused funding in B.C. - 24 Hours April 28, 2011

The message below is from Moms on the Move (MOMS) regarding Premier Christy Clark's promise to CTV investigators to make sure the families who were featured in tonight's newscast would receive the supports they need.

BCACL joins MOMS in urging all families who are not receiving the supports they need to email the Premier immediately and ask that she intervene on their behalf. premier@gov.bc.ca
*Please cc BCACL (info@bcacl.org) so we can help make sure you receive a prompt response.

Message from MOMS:

Premier promises to act after families go public via CTV's Investigators on CLBC cuts, waitlists

After weeks of pressure from families, advocacy groups and opposition MLAs, CTV's "Investigators" confronted Premier Christy Clark today with more undeniable evidence, forcing her to finally admit that the crisis facing families and adults who rely on CLBC-funded supports is not acceptable.
In a story that led the 6 o'clock news tonight, CTV's Mi-Jung Lee and Jim Beatty reported that Clark today promised to take action to respond to the concerns raised by two families via CTV in the past week, one of whom has waited eight years to access services:

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110602/bc_disability_funding_110602/20110602/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome
(Click on the link "correspondents on services for the disabled" to watch full details of the two stories that appeared on tonight's news)

The reporters suggested that negative media publicity and a possible upcoming election may have been a key consideration in the Premier's decision to back down from her insistence just yesterday in the Legislature that a focus on growing the economy was the better way to help families.

The premier did not say whether other families facing waitlists or cuts will also see similar relief.

MOMS is therefore urging other families who are waitlisted, who have been denied CLBC services or who have had their services cut to immediately contact the Premier to request that she intervene similarly on their behalf.

Email Premier Christy Clark: premier@gov.bc.ca

To encourage a prompt response, please feel free to copy your request to any or all of the following:

MOMS: momsonthemove@telus.net
BC CLAG: communitylivingaction@gmail.com
Opposition Critic for CLBC Nicholas Simons: Nicholas.Simons.MLA@leg.bc.ca

If you don't get an appropriate response and wish to contact CTV's Investigators, email investigate@ctv.ca or call 604-609-6333

Dawn & Cyndi, MOMS
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