I did some checking to see what the status quo is for government-assistance as it regards society's children. It's a dark, deep, and dank matted tangle of program acronyms and eligiblility criteria, to be sure. Not only does the top level of government provide assistance to the hapless family feeling their needs unmet through conventional means, but the two levels below, provincial and municipal, are also heavily devolved into providing services to the increasingly socialist defined society.
Service providers existing outside of the auspices of our Big Daddy government are scarce as hen's teeth. To continue this nonsense, as we will be bound to do, is an absolute abrogation of duty. Nonetheless, it's the Canadian brand of capitalism/socialism that must be preserved at all costs. We don't want to fight the NDP in the trenches now do we? Hasn't every government since Trudeau had the socialist driven agenda forced down its throat? "For the good of the people," they say.
Our other model of society seems to be the US. Their brand is so class distinct they need moats, gated communities, and continued slavery (immigrants). Further examples of government services must be inspected more rigourously in future. As it is, without further ado, here are a number of services provided by our Big Daddy government. The problem we face is the interwoven service levels become a complicated network of bureaucratic nonsense. Hence, our system will eventually become unmanageable, if it isn't already.
Just like you have to be an accountant to adapt to the government's CASE program for farmers, you have to have a government funded advocate to help the client with the bureaucratic red tape for any program that you feel you may be deserving of. Anyone not taking these programs into consideration should invest the time to determine whether they are relevant to their present situation. God forbid they have a child without availing themselves of the programs out there.
Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18. [Application administered through Canadian Revenue Agency.]
Included in the CCTB is the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS), a monthly benefit for low-income families with children. The NCBS is the Government of Canada's contribution to the National Child Benefit (NCB), a joint initiative of federal, provincial, territorial, [and aboriginal] governments.
- $102.33 per month for each child under the age of 18;
- an additional $7.16 per month for your third and each additional child; and
- an additional $20.25 per month for each child under the age of seven. This amount is reduced by 25% of any amount you or your spouse or common-law partner claimed for child care expenses for 2004.
Okay, so there's another level of government now, aboriginal, that makes four. That's a special situation not widely accessible, but still, another example of the welfare state we have come to love. Suffice it to say, the programs available are many and wide. What I find disturbing is this report found buried in the voluminous documents residing on the Ottawa City website. It says:
The Community Funding Division provides $25,000 in sustaining funding and $10,000 from the National Child Benefit (NCB) for the coordination of the Community Garden Network. This funding is part of the total City funding allocation to the Sandy Hill Community Health and Resource Centre.
So, the "Community Garden Network", a bunch of leftist pukes sitting around in their Birkenstocks, supping their lattes figured out another way to suck the government out of its money to have dirt plots made available to the indigent communities they leech off. These "community" gardens are never used but the adminstrators drive around in their Volvos turning the compost regularly. How this group cleverly diverts funds from the NCB into their "green" program is a function of just how asleep the community is in regards to available government funding. These socialist elites are highly educated, and extremely predatory when it comes to government programs they can exploit. Wide open abuse of the system's programs, at least in our socialistic Ottawa, is rampant.
The Ontario Child Care Supplement (OCCS) for Working Families is a tax-free monthly payment to help with the costs of raising children under the age of seven. The program benefits low-to-middle income single or two-parent families, families with one stay-at-home parent, or families with one or both parents studying or in training.
The program started in 1998 and is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Finance’s Income Tax Related Programs Branch. The supplement is tax-free. It does not affect the federal Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payments or the amount of the child care subsidy provided by a municipality.
For each child under age seven, qualifying two-parent families can receive a monthly payment of up to $91.67 ($1,100 annually) and qualifying single-parent families can receive a monthly payment of up to $109.17 ($1,310 annually).
Below the Ontario government's response to its social elite's requirements to be aided in their inability to provide adequate funding for their lifestyle, at least for my home town, is Ottawa's assistance
Limited financial assistance, called a child care subsidy, is available to families living in Ottawa where the parents are working, looking for work, or going to school and also meet certain financial requirements. Child care subsidies are available in licensed child care programs for children aged 0 to 9 years (10 to 13 years in special circumstances). The majority of parents who qualify for a child care subsidy are either working or studying and have an average annual family income under $25,000.
These subsidies are to be used for privately funded day care expenses. Here's where the newest drive for state owned programs comes into play. These privately owned and operated day care centres are capable of surviving the economic factors of a fair market system, otherwise they wouldn't be there trying to meet their needs while serving their clients. The Ontario's Ministry of Children's and Youth Services licenses and annually inspect child care centres under the Day Nurseries Act
. The bleeting, moaning socialists see an opportunity to divest another sector of private enterprise of its service.
And now that the Conservative government won't play along, well, you can see the muskets getting loaded in the NDP's war rooms. They won't rest until Canada is owned and adminstered by their kind. The struggle to maintain adequate facilities for the growing number of people finding it impossible to get by in a society that greedily requires everyone pay for services only a few will use has been strenuous. The Liberal government's last minute attempts to implement their promised conversion to the socialist's way was just another way for them to steal votes from the NDP. Their tactics gave ammunition to the socialists, who just won't let go their new pound of flesh their policies continue to demand. We're in for a fight.
Don't let go of capitalist ideals. The NDP can never be appeased.