An unexpected warm afternoon walk for Delphine Charmley and her two sons, Nick and Brandon.
“So you went to the Royal’s game last night?
How was it?”
And you are going to the Clippers tonight.
They are in the playoffs tonight.”
Charmley and her sons rehash last night’s hockey games.
Both are keen hockey fans.
Brandon has physical and developmental disabilities and Nick has autism, visual impairment and cerebral palsy.
And they travel to and from games, and rely on their bus passes to get around.
Charmley says the government broke its promise to her sons, and other British Columbians with disabilities.
“Those bus passes are a promise to provide a service for these people on disability, and the government is now breaching it.”
As of September first, people with disabilities will receive a $77 per month increase to their monthly benefits.
But the annual 45 dollar bus pass is cancelled.
Instead, they’ll be charged 52 dollars a month, plus an annual $45 administration fee.
Last week, NDP Leader John Horgan spoke at a rally outside the legislature and promised to help.
“It empowers us to go into the legislature and make sure we overturn the most despicable, nasty decision the government has ever made.”
Now she’s planning a class action lawsuit unless the government changes the policy.
“The priorities that the government set were families first.
It seems to me to be LNG first.
Families come secondary.
Priorities need to be switched around and leave these bus passes alone and give them their increase.”
Brandon hopes that his mother’s efforts will make a difference.
“It’s very important to me.
To not only get to places, that I need to get to.
But just to be able to go to see my friends.”
Charmley says she’s received interest from dozens of families are interested in joining her potential lawsuit.