MORE TROUBLE IN 2005 ONWARDS – WHEN I HAD BEEN LED TO BELIEVE FROM DECEMBER 2003 THAT ALL WAS WELL
I received a “REMINDER” letter dated August 30th from the City of Ottawa, signed by the same C. Sherman who wrote to me back in 2003.
August 30th, 2005 – from City of Ottawa – letter – CLICK HERE
As in 2003, I informed Councillor Rick Chiarelli, pointing out what had transpired back in 2003. He then communicated with various people but the end result of this was another letter, again signed by C. Sherman, dated November 30th:-
November 30th, 2005 – from City of Ottawa – letter – CLICK HERE
This, again, reiterated the demand, except that this time I was to be allowed to pay it off in instalments of $75 per month.
Very significantly, it also included the following sentence:-
The lawyer has provided Mr. Chiarelli with an opinion that …the City of Ottawa has no jurisdiction or authority to cancel or to forgive the overpayment of financial assistance that Mr. Chisholm received in 1995.
All this amounts to, so far as I am concerned, is legalistic arrogance on the part of lawyers and the Ontario government of the most corrupt and wrongheaded kind, obviously enshrined in provincial legislation.
It also appears that the legislation - whatever it is - over-rides any consideration of lawyer-client relationships, thus sometimes allowing lawyers to conveniently ignore certain instructions from the client.
THUS THE LAWYERS ARE ALLOWED TO BECOME SO-CALLED LAWS UNTO THEMSELVES AND HIDE BEHIND LEGISLATION AS AN EXCUSE FOR CREATING EMPLOYMENT FOR THEMSELVES, AT EVERYBODY S EXPENSE – AND GET MONEY OUT OF SOMEONE WHO IS OUT OF WORK, WHEN THIS SITUATION IN TURN WAS CAUSED BY LEGALISTIC INCOMPETENCE AND CORRUPTION AT HRDC TEN YEARS PREVIOUSLY.
After this, on December 6th 2005 I circulated a summary of what had happened, along with my proposed solution to the problem, to the following people:-
City of Ottawa Mayor Bob Chairelli
City of Ottawa Councillor Rick Chiarelli
Ms. Carole Sherman, City of Ottawa Overpayment Recovery Unit
Mrs Marlene Catterall, federal Member of Parliament, Ottawa West / Nepean
Jim Watson, M.P.P., Ottawa West-Nepean
My proposed solution emphasised my view that H.R.D.C. – i.e. the federal government – should foot the bill in this case, because they were ultimately responsible for the problem in the first place. The responsibility for initiating the necessary action was clearly then Marlene Catterall s. However at about this time, the federal general elections were announced (these then took place on January 23, 2006).
Marlene Catterall was also retiring, thus she and her office staff became pre-occupied with shredding constituents files, including mine. This in turn became the so-called reason why, again, she felt unable to assist me. Among other things, I had suggested she raise a question in Parliament, within the short time left, but my suggestion was ignored. On another occasion at about this time, in a phone conversation with one of her staff about my so-called social assistance overpayment problem, this person responded with the impertinent question – quote -WHY DON’T YOU JUST PAY IT?
The attitude revealed here clearly indicated that I was to be seen as a nuisance, or some such - when the problem actually had its origin (back in 1995) in the refusal by H.R.D.C. and others to deal with me in accordance with satisfactory standards of professionalism in the first place. Their approach was based on a combination of mis-information, blind obedience to a set of silly little rules, pig-headed refusal to pay attention to the facts, an obvious intent to cover up their own incompetence, all aided and abetted by lawyers and others acting in a judicial capacity.
December 6th 2005 summary of what had happened, along with my proposed solution:- CLICK HERE
When it became clear that this would not solve the problem, it became necessary for me to appeal to the (Ontario) Social Benefits Tribunal to reverse this decision. As a result, a hearing was set for Wednesday January 17th 2007.
For obvious reasons, I also found it necessary to ensure that all those involved be made publicly accountable for past and future events in this stupid saga.
Therefore, I requested permission from the Tribunal to have observers present at the hearing. This permission was requested by FAX dated December 13th 2006. CLICK HERE