About

This site aims to explore the truth about the Maintenance Enforcement Programs in BC, Alberta and elsewhere with video, interviews, dialog and facts about the programs overall ineffectiveness and the negative impact on many families.

This site was inspired by the National Film Board of Canada’s GDP Project (http://gdp.nfb.ca/intro), the many individuals and families who reached out and told me their stories and the Anti-Maintenance Enforcement Program Facebook Group.

 

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12 comments for “About

  1. Brandon Metchooyeah
    June 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I Fully Support this project. I have been screwed 3 ways from Sunday because of MEP and I want change!!

    • admin
      June 19, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Thanks kindly for the support.

      At some point when you are ready we’d like to tell your story here.

  2. Heidi campbell
    June 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I also support this project. I’m on both sides of this as I have a child that dies not receive child support and a common law husband who has to pay so much money to his older children that we have lost our home and much much more. I would love to see changes made with in MEP as the way it is run is not fare or just. More children are being treated unfairly and it needs to stop. All the children involved need to be treated equally not the first children Involved.

    • admin
      June 19, 2013 at 1:20 am

      Thanks for your support.

      I’m always impressed how many women we find who understand how broken the system is and are willing to speak out against it.

      Oftentimes it’s the second relationship that suffers dearly as a result of the first.

      At some point I hope you might consider telling us your story in some detail in and interview.

  3. The Zodiac
    June 12, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Good luck.

    • admin
      June 19, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Thanks for your well wishes! 🙂

  4. kat
    July 20, 2013 at 10:01 am

    my ex left me with all of the marital debt load. I make a decent enough salary, but the debt load leaves me paycheque to paycheque. He works for government in bc and makes an excellent living. And says he will not pay child support unless I agree to certain settlement conditions. Each encounter with MEP has been insulting condescending, contradictory and as unhelpful as a program can be…It is almost as if they look for any possible reason to NOT collect on my behalf. When I first contacted MEP, they advised me that they could not ‘force him to pay’ and that once the claim was made there was a ‘honeymoon period’. Seriously? A honeymoon period? Brilliant choice of words to describe a cooling off period. Out of the almost 7 yrs of separation, he has paid cs for maybe 18 mos. or so. I am so frustrated by the ‘jerking around’ I am getting from MEP, I just don’t know what else to do. I have gotten court orders but MEP seems to ignore them. Contrary to most of the complaints online about MEP being brutal debt collectors, in my experience, they couldn’t care less. They do nothing to collect-I registered with MEP 14 months ago and STILL no collection. I have even had my lawyer get involved, and they still say they will not collect. Then I get an email response telling me that my court order IS in effect and do I want them to continue collecting? What??? So which is it? Personal issues aside, I understood MEP funding to be results based…I would sure be curious as to how they arrive at their ‘results’ because it doesn’t sound like they are serving either the debtor or the creditor. I would be interested in connecting with other creditors who are having the same experience with MEP. As it has been stated on other blogs-it’s not about one side or the other, it is that MEP treats people on both sides with contempt etc and seems completely incompetent to carry out their function. I would sure like to see some accountability. I have kept copies of all of my ‘text chats’ with MEP, and the letters and phone calls. They are ridiculous. I am grateful that I am at least able to keep my head above water for the time being. Is a request for a ministerial inquiry helpful? How can I get a copy of my MEP file? If MEP doesn’t have to follow a court order, how does one get anywhere with the cs issue? It is truly baffling. Kudos to all of you parents out there trying to do the right thing by their kids, and shame on MEP for lacking the ability to make the system work–it is a disservice to the parents and to the children.

  5. Dan
    October 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I am interested in your website program.

    I am a debtor to MEP. This may be MEP for all I know. I have become very skeptical since having to deal with them since I was 20 years old. I am now 46. I have never received an income tax return. Never a GST rebate. Seldom held a licence, or left the country. I have been in a financial prison my entire adult life. Boy, do I have stories. I have seen Social Services run the MEP program, then seen the switch-over. I have seen the abuse of power, and the use of illegal methods to collect, then trick and collect more. The worst thing, however, is the destruction I have seen MEP cause in families. Despite all I have suffered at their hands, I still haven’t taken my life. Not yet. I haven’t disappeared, because I love my children. That is the only reason. I am here for them…physically, emotionally and financially. Not through, MEP of course. I pay them directly. There are reasons. I will never make an arrangement with them as long as I live. They are completely unreasonable. I’ve tried on many many occasions to do so, and I’ve seen them destroy my careers. Enough. I am living a life of silent desperation.

  6. Theo
    October 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    This is Good! Mobilize the sentiment.
    I have been under the thumb of MEP for fifteen years now (my three adult sons corrected me on the timeline because it has adversely affected them too). Only dads who have been through this will understand.
    I am not lost for words to describe MEP, it’s just that the most appropriate words are not suitable for mixed company. Bankruptcy, loss of property, homelessness, unemployment, insolvency, tarnished reputation are some of the highlights of my adventure.
    To any dad who is entering into the MEP world, may God have mercy on your soul. If this is Alberta Justice, then it appears there is no justice in Alberta.

    • admin
      October 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Sadly it’s not just Alberta.

      Yes you can mobilize by helping donate time or funds to the project as well as joining our Anti-Maintenance Enforcement Facebook page which is mentioned here on the About page.

  7. BULLIED
    October 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    fmep has no idea of who i really am and or what lengths i go to , to do right by all my children….yet they take everything from a family of five , who at this moment has no way to get groceries , pay rent , or bills, deposit a check ,get gas, or secure another job….. i am an honest guy just trying to survive in this world with three young boys under the age of ten……. these gangsters stole every penny we had and quite frankly put our future at extreme risk……. obviously i am going to do whatever it takes to feed, cloth and shelter my young boys , but these gangsters have now just made it impossible for me to remain a honest law abiding citizen…. now i must seek out cash jobs , get checks in other peoples names , go to money mart ??? they did all this for a 20 yr old who has avery nice roof, delicious food, and a pretty sleek looking car to drive to and from her job !!!!
    for the love of our children we put one foot in front of the other…… our families fight is just beginning….

  8. Mark Bogan
    November 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Nothing left to give.

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