Cornwall Ontario – Another major fire in Cornwall Ontario. Another round of appeals for help from “victims” who’ve lost everything.
It’s tragic, but for many it’s a self inflicted wound that also impacts the community.
In Ontario renters insurance can be had for as little as $15 per month. That’s a package of cigarettes or for those that black market it from our First Nations friends, a bag of ciggies. That’s a six pack of beer. Insurance is mandatory for social housing and for many larger complexes, but in our East End, where many older units cater to those on limited incomes there is no insurance regulation and many times multi unit buildings are wiped out due to fire.
Surely that’s worth the value of losing everything you own, as little as that may be, when tragedy strikes.
And tragedy strikes the poor far more often than the less poor. Here in Cornwall we don’t see epic fires in Riverdale. We see them in the building dense sections of the East End known as le village.
There simply is no real answer as to why so many in Cornwall “CHOOSE” to not have insurance? It’s boggling. And if you refuse to donate to help these victims you’re considered a nasty.
This writer is all for helping those in need, but if people won’t take the very simple steps to protect themselves do they really warrant that help with many of us having limited resources? Shouldn’t the help go to those that truly need it most?
Is this a subject that rarely gets talked about simply because it’s about the impoverished who rarely have a seat at the political table?
What do you think dear CFN viewer? You can post your comments below.