These days, you really have to be your own advocate and know your rights to make sure all the red tape doesn swallow you. The people who don know how to advocate for themselves are usually the ones who are already on the periphery of society.
After moving to Winnipeg a few years ago, my wife and I needed to get a second vehicle because our house is outside the city limits.
Rarely, a government office representative will bend a rule and risk discipline to make sure a disadvantaged person isn taken further advantage of by a flawed process. Those are the people that make our country great.
our fourth visit, the MPI representative suggested to get a Manitoba Health Card to prove my residency. I questioned him because I wasn sure about its burden of proof. That when MPI put me on the phone with Manitoba Health, who promptly Red Under Armour Basketball Shoes informed me that using the card as proof of residence is violating policy.
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to register it. We had been told we needed to change over our licenses from Ontario to Manitoba ones Under Armour Shoes For Infants
Red tape puts disadvantaged at risk
When I think of vulnerable people trying to get through government services, I can appreciate how often they give up. If they run up against a system that is protecting itself from potential abuse, it easy to see how people are turned away again and again.
Armed with our passports and our driver licenses, we went to the counter. A mere 30 seconds into my explanation, the MPI representative interrupted me and said, hope you aren expecting this to be done today. He then told us we needed a proof of residence before being able to change our licenses. Determined to get it over with as fast as possible, we went home to get the required proof.
Add a low level of literacy, poor communication skills and mental health issues, and it becomes clear how people fall through the gaps.
Over the next five visits to the central MPI office we were confident that we had all the necessary documents to finish the process, only to find out that something we had not been previously told about was missing.
At Siloam, we often see people who don have a social insurance number because you need an address to get one. Without a social insurance number, you can get a job. Without a job, you can get an apartment. Without an apartment or an address, you can get a social insurance number.
To top it off, I got caught in an ongoing argument between Manitoba Health and MPI about the use of the Manitoba Health Card to prove residency.
I have to admit my frustration level grew at each encounter. I kept on falling short, when all I wanted to do was register a vehicle. It was steep learning curve in navigating the murky waters of bureaucracy and I used to bureaucracy after two decades experience in procuring government funding for charities and advocating for people less fortunate.
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