Why is city picking up the province’s tab?

Alberni is always approached by municipal social service agencies for resources, so why doesn’t city council tap the province for chi chi.

To the editor,

The B.C Provincial government Ministry of Social Development only provides financial, not “social” assistance.

Otherwise, clients are referred to their municipal social service agencies for everything else they need.

So if my community of Port Alberni is continually being approached by municipal social service agencies for resources, then why doesn’t city council tap the provincial government for necessary funding to deal with these requests?

The appropriateness of funding to be determined by individual municipalities where these agencies reside, instead of bureaucrats in Victoria making arms-length decisions for applicants.

Why should the city be picking up the tab for the provincial government’s responsibility if they were to truly provide “social” services?

Liz Stonnard,

Port Alberni

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