Christy Clark’s “Anti-Bullying Plan” needs to be expanded to address not just bullying in schools, but other areas including FMEP bullying of the working poor and unemployed.
“Clark’s $2 million, 10-point strategy to combat bullying and ensure every child feels safe, accepted and respected” has its critics and supporters. Source CBC.
“The time has come for Canadians to discuss whether the country needs new laws to specifically combat the issue of cyber-bullying”, Premier Christy Clark said in 2012 as she reacted to the suicide of Amanda Todd. Source Canada.com
Clark said she’s been a passionate anti-bullying advocate and considers ensuring the safety and respect of children one of her top political goals. Well Christy why don’t you also address bullying in other areas like your FMEP program and their bullying of entire families not just children, through cause and effect?
The Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) is outsourced to Themis Program Management Consulting Ltd., a Canadian company and a subsidiary of US based Maximus Inc.
Headed by Chris Beresford as the current Director of Maintenance Enforcement, the program has a caseload of about 45,000 individual cases. Currently, the program “assists” approximately 43,000 families and 66,000 children, and collects and disburses over 190 million dollars (CAD) in maintenance payments each year. Source WikiPedia
FMEP bullies the working poor and unemployed with “enforcement” actions that range from monetary penalties, credit reporting, passport revocation, drivers license suspensions, bank account seizures, wage garnishment and the threat of jail time, just to name a few of the strong arm tactics those we have spoken to have experienced.
Further the “Enforcement Officers” are unwilling to show any leniency or discretion in unemployed or working poor cases.
These methods impact the entire foundation of many families and individual parents and children alike causing hardship, emotional injury, instability and in some cases suicides.
Compounding this problem, Courts in BC are “unfriendly to laypeople”, according to legal professionals we’ve spoken to, the law complex and confusing, the process deeply detailed – yet there is no funding to help with FMEP Enforcement matters through representation by either the Legal Services Society (LSS), the organization that provides legal aid in BC, or Access Pro Bono, who “provide and foster quality pro bono legal services for people and non-profit organizations of limited means”.