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BC disability benefits still leaving people below poverty line: advocate

News 1130 | December 3, 2016, Written by Kurtis Doering

Marking the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a disability rights group here in Vancouver is sounding an alarm.

They say despite a recent increase in disability benefits, people across BC are still being left below the poverty line.

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Parents of disabled children face daunting financial preparation

Globe and Mail | October 13, 2016, Written by Gail Johnson

As a mother of three children, including one with a severe developmental disability, Laurie Geschke admits that looking into the future was not something she did before her children became adults. It was only then that she and her husband began seriously contemplating their wills.

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Social assistance deduction discriminates against disabled

Vancouver Sun, September 20, 2016, Written by Stephen Hume

Jason Anson is a former sports technologist from the village of Youbou on Vancouver Island. He suffers from a permanent and irreversible mental disability.

Anson says provincial social assistance policy for the disabled here discriminates against him solely on the basis of his disability. He has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal arguing that provincial clawbacks of federal benefits mean he is not treated equally with non-disabled citizens in B.C., nor does he have equality with disabled people in provinces that do not claw back federal income assistance.

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Jason Anson is a former sports technologist from the village of Youbou on Vancouver Island. He suffers from a permanent and irreversible mental disability. For Stephen Hume column. Handout [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Esquimalt woman disabled, but denied federal assistance

Times Colonist | July 26, 2016, Written by Adrian Chamberlain

Although she’s encased in braces from head to toe and suffers chronic pain, an Esquimalt woman cannot persuade the federal government to provide her with disability payments.

Anna Werrun, 30, has twice appealed the Ministry of Employment and Social Development’s decision to deny her disability benefits through the Canada Pension Plan. Most recently, she applied to go before a social security tribunal to plead her case in person, but was denied in April.

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Stephen Hume: Province claws back wife’s death benefits from ‘Daddy Bent-Legs’

Vancouver Sun | July 19, 2017, Written by Stephen Hume

The provincial government has clawed back almost $20,000 in death benefits that came to Neil Matheson from the Canada Pension Plan into which his late wife paid for 17 years, writes the single dad, who gets disability payments because he has cerebral palsy.

His wife, Elana, was also disabled, Matheson says. She suffered from a congenital disorder that forced her to use a motorized wheelchair but nevertheless persevered through university and worked as a teacher in Langley, paying for the benefits she left him when she died. 

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Neil and Elana Mathson with their son Jake. The provincial government has clawed back almost $20,000 in death benefits that came to Matheson from the Canada Pension Plan into which his late wife paid for 17 years, writes the single dad, who gets disability payments because he has cerebral palsy. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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