Submitted by Mary Martin and Mary Moylan of Support Our Seniors Canada
Letter to the Editor
We are introducing Support Our Seniors Canada. A grassroots advocacy movement, originating in Newfoundland and Labrador, which is rapidly gaining momentum across Canada.
We are demanding that the Federal Government immediately rectify the economic crisis that many seniors across this country are facing daily. We are living far below the poverty line of $25,000 per year and are forced to live on annual stipends of between $15,000 and $18,000. Due to our impoverished circumstances we are using food banks, soup kitchens and thrift shops. We can’t afford decent housing, healthy food, heat, transit and the many essential health aids not covered by health care.
Many of us are working well into our seventies and even eighties to supplement this pittance.
We have given interviews to radio stations and television programmes. Links supplied upon request.
If you are a senior living below the poverty line, please join Support Our Seniors Canada on Facebook or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to remove the stigma, shame and embarrassment such poverty can bring. There is strength in numbers, the more members we gain, the stronger our voice. A federal election is coming soon. Ask your candidates how they plan to address this national crisis.
We must stand up and demand dignity and fairness for elders.
We are silent no longer.
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