MLA Jenny Kwan protests cuts to Broadway Connections, a program to help the disabled to independence
I was walking with my son when he saw a group of people across the street holding signs, many in wheelchairs. Accustomed to life with a reporter, he asked if I was going to take their picutres. We crossed the street and discovered MLA Jenny Kwan standing near the corner of Broadway and Ash engaged in a protest over funding cuts to a program called "Broadway Connections." This program, run by Vancouver Coastal Health, I learned, has been helping people with disabilities gain life skills and independence, thus increasing their quality of life.
The program has been cut because VCH has to reduce a seven million dollar deficit, according to a letter written by Jocelyne Hamel, Executive Director of Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, to Health Minister Kevin Falcon.