Friday, June 30, 2006
Last evening was a very interesting gathering for FAPO.
Everyone was there to discuss different issues concerning the poor.
George Piers and Pat Carlson were the main guest speakers.
Melynda Jarrett did a superb job of educating the people present.
She’s a professional in getting her message across.
All eyes turned towards the back of the room once the Ombudsman Bernard Richard showed up at the meeting.
I heard afterward that Bernard walked into the meeting that the City of Fredericton held to prepared for the future.
I guess the people were surprised once Bernard asked - Where’s the meeting for FAPO???
It made the people in the room feel proud that a high ranking official was present.
George Piers is a master with his words.
He used to be a teacher and he’s very comical.
I remember one day, he had to listen to my stories. He turned around and told someone nearby - My lord....I wish that Ritalin came in a spray bottle???...lol...
I would be sprayed 100 time a day!!!...lol...
George gave a very emotional speech.
I was surprised that the audience jumped with their questions immediately.
I believe they were going to wait till both guest speakers were done but it never happen that way.
The hands were all in the air waiting to asks a question?
Next came Pat Carlson.
She was direct with her words and turned a few heads by suggesting the panhandlers should be selling buttons for two bucks a piece.
One dollar would go to the shelter and the other to the poor person.
Pat made it quite clear that we must come with solutions.
The meeting was full of frustrations and it turned worst once the room was told that there was I believe was a building inspector in the room.
The building inspector told the room that they can complain to the rentalsman and pointed to Bernard Richard.
Everyone laughed. He meant the Rentalman office.
He was quickly shot down by the whole room.
People shouted- BOARDERS OR ROOMERS HAVE NO RIGHTS!!!
Bernard Richard quickly came to the rescue of the bureaucrat telling the audience that this will some changes but it will take months. Boarders and roomers will be protected in the future. I notice that the bureaucrat soon left the meeting afterwards.
The issue of the power rate going up and the rent also goes up but not the welfare check.
People are going to starve on the streets this coming winter.
Charles Fournier showed up with a check of $140.00 for FAPO!!!!
One sad moment was when a junkie stood in the back and begged the people for help.
You could tell that he was very frustrated.
He wanted help.
I was outside when he passed by me afterwards and I said - Good job but he totally ignored me and kept on walking with a female friend talking away.
He was very frustrated.
I guess the waiting list is around 200 people and I’m going to pay a visit at the drug rehab in the near future.
The drug problem in this province is really getting out of control and no bureaucrats or government officials cares I guess?
The meeting was a good one and 70 people attended the gathering.
These issues will be discuss in this blog for months to come.
The media did a great covering the meeting.
Wait till you read my blog about this one......yes, those words to me are going to come back and hunt Tanker.