“I have to use a cane to get around, and I cannot bend for more than a few seconds. I cannot kneel at all because of pain, and if I get down on the floor I have to crawl over to something I can use to get upright, like a chair or the stairs.”
This is the text of an exchange between Alan Shanoff, solicitor-emeritus of the Toronto Sun, and myself. It is likely that Mr. Shanoff and I may well disagree on a number of important political issues, but I do hold him in high regard for obvious reasons, and in my opinion, Alan Shanoff is totally a class act.
This is the text of a comment I was going to post under your column, but I see that comments have been closed. This happens to me a lot!
But, I do wish you to know that I appreciate your columns, and this one particularly hit home.
“Another excellent column from Mr. Shanoff.
I applied for and received the disability tax credit a couple of years ago after my GP suggested I do so. I dated it back to a hip replacement operation. I had never realised that the credit is available for people who are not totally disabled, but are substantially so.
In my case, I have to use a cane to get around, and I cannot bend for more than a few seconds. I cannot kneel at all because of pain, and if I get down on the floor I have to crawl over to something I can use to get upright, like a chair or the stairs. I have difficulty dressing, and in the summer I just wear pyjamas as it is such a hassle to get dressed properly. But in the winter, I dress warmly to keep the heating bills down!
I cannot play with my cat like I could before, and that is sad for both of us.
The extra money I get enables me to pay people to do things for me that I cannot do for myself.
It is tragic, but typically human, that there are those who take advantage of disabled or partially-disabled people, usually seniors, and extract large amounts of money from them for doing things that these people could do for themselves, or have done for them by their relatives or friends.
I would like to see severe penalties imposed on these nasty vultures. I never even knew they existed until I read this column, and I am totally disgusted.”
Today at 11:53 AM
Thank you. I don’t understand why comments have been closed. I will look into it.”
See Mr. Shanoff’s article “Disabled? Read this” here.