News Communiqué.


August 3rd, 2001
Time: 11:05


Social assistance programmes in Canada:
commission of criminal negligence

The insufficient amount of financial assistance given to people in need
constitues a criminal act according to Article 228, "Killing by influence on
the mind", of the Criminel Code and is tantamount to "homicide".

The Government has a fiduciary responsibility to exercise "care" with those
"in need".
Failure to do so constitutes CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE.

In accordance with Article 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
the Government must ensure the "security" of its citizens and in accordance
with Article 12 the Government must see to it that its citizens are protected
from "cruel and unusual punishment".

I therefore call on the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice to respect the
rule of law and remedy the situation right away by providing
individuals in need
with the money they need to at least pay their rent
and to buy food so they don't
find themselves on the street homeless
and then a more serious burden to
society and an eye sore for tourists.

For rent in Ontario I'm allowed only $325 when my rent is $590. Am I to break my
lease? Get rid of all my belongings? And where am
I to find a place for $325? It is
completely aburd. Plus, I have only been
given only $195 to live on for a whole
month. This is nothing short of
cruel and unusual punishment in blatant
contradiction to Article 12
ot the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Because provincial authority is derived from the federal government given such
things as transfer payments and shared responsibility for
such as health and
education, the Prime Minister cannot claim the inadequate
funding of those in
financial need is "solely" a "provincial matter".

In addition, inadequate social assistance constitutes an infraction of Article 228
of the Criminal Code and Articles 7 and 12 of the Canadian
Charter of Rights
and Freedoms.

The Government is clearly acting in a criminal capacity and is NOT abiding by
the rule of law.

Kenneth Selin
B.A. (Psychology), B.A.(Spanish), B.Adm.,
B.Comm. B.A.(Italian) magna cum laude

P.S.: I was told into my 8th year working at the Senate of Canada that if I did
NOT get on the
gravy train that I would lose my job. Six months later at
Christmas Time I was given a 6-month
notice of termination of employment.
The reason given was that I was a "contractual" employee.
This was NOT true
as I was "permanent". I went to see the Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Lussier, to

for a grand-father clause. He ignored me. So I went to the Public Service
Alliance of Canada.
Yolande Viau was in charged with helping me to organize
the Hill. I still lost my job and she
went on to teach labor law at the University of
Ottawa. However, six months later after leaving the
Senate the Public Service
Alliance of Canada invited me to do my Union Steward course though
I was
unemployed for which they paid me $50. I have a certificate to prove it signed
by Daryl Bean,
dated 9th and 10th of March 1985.