The papers are full of 2010 news.
So much being spent on security. So many athletes doing such and such to prepare. Traffic nightmares to come.
Premier Gordon Campbell smiles at daily foto ops for the occasion.
The true measure of this government and its callous leadership, however, is to be found in this hideous story.
B.C. to deny services based on IQ
Policy based on lawsuit could put developmentally disabled adults as riskBehind closed doors, Campbell and one of the worst and most incompetent ministers in B.C. history, Tom Christensen (Children & Families, lord help us), signed an order making an IQ of 70 or under the criterion for receiving social service help for the developmentally disabled.
Has there ever been a more petty, mean, detestable and indefensible action from a local government?
Campbell and his thugs are telling us regularly, usually with our own tax money, that we are living in a financial paradise, that all is great, that the economy is fabulous.
If this is true, why would you begrudge helping out a family who have a child with limited intellectual capacity?
That dreadful fool Christensen even said one month ago that doing this would be wrong.
Nice to see that he's right when he's wrong.
IQ tests are hardly reliable and scientific at the best of times. They are mere indicators, taken seriously by few.
This matter should not be complicated.
If a young man or young woman is, by any observable standard and by no means other than heredity and the roll of the dice, brought into this world significantly less able to deal with the usual challenges than most, we, as a filthy rich society, aught to help that soul survive.
This is arguing over pennies, while spending millions on frivolity and idiocy.
This is chizzling over pennies and people's difficult lives.
It is ugly in the extreme and it has Gordon Campbell's picture all over it.