Saturday, June 14, 2008

Kvetching up

I... I don't even know where to start... I reckon I've been remiss for so long, not many eyeballs roll over this page anymore. It's not my fault. Life caught me by the panties and hung me up on a coat hook and I've been hanging on the wall ever since. I've been fighting the government, the CBC, my mind & my traitorous body. Busy, busy, busy!

I don't have the energy to give all the details -- but basically Revenue Services BC. on behalf of MSP (BC Health), decided to garnish my wages for outstanding fees. Fees that apparently weren't rec'vd from the CBC for three out of the four years that I worked there. The kicker is that the CBC was deducting money for MSP from of my pay the entire time. Now, you can just imagine all the fruitful phone calls I had to make. Finally after many frustrating conversations with CBC HR, I got someone to admit that they did indeed take my money and did not pay MSP. Armed with this information I figured I'd be cooking with gas, but Revenue Services was not sympathetic and informed me that they would continue to garnish my wages until all the necessary paperwork was processed. Sweet Marie.

Paper work. The CBC had to fill out a form and send it to MSP. Then MSP had to process the form and send CBC an application to fill out in order for them to accept the money that the CBC owed for my account. I was told that there's approximately a 4 month backlog for MSP to process anything. Add the amount of time it would take for all this information to be passed on to Revenue Services and we're talking easily half a year during which my wage would continue to be docked $250 a pay period. I nearly went out of my mind. No one would listen. I had a letter from CBC HR admitting to the 'error'. I offered to fax it to Revenue Services and asked them to please put a hold on the money sucking until all the paperwork was processed. No go. The fuckers weren't interested in my letter. There's a process that must be followed and that process involved making me destitute. $500 a month was $500 I simply didn't have. Unless I cut out some of life's frivolities like eating or getting to work.

I started writing to my MLA and my MP. My MP, the "Honourable" David Emerson, assured me that he would look into it. I never heard from him again. However, the office of my MLA, David Chudnovsky, was incredibly helpful. God bless the NDP. They managed to get Revenue Services to give me a 45 day stay of execution. Mind you, it's pretty fucking unlikely that I'll have maneuvered through all the bureaucratic bullshit required in that amount of time, but at this point I'll take what I can get. I think I have 5 days left. Still, it was more than I could do. MSP wouldn't even speak to me. And Chudnovsky's office has promised to continue to support me. Nice.

Some good news: In order to fill out some of the required forms I had to file my taxes... from 2002-2007. Yep, I am now a recovered tax evader. And wouldn't you know it, I have a gigantic tax return to the tune of $11,000. I won't see a dime of it as it will all go to cover my student loan arrears, but still... A fair silver lining. I wonder if those fuckers (the guvment) would have hunted me down so ferociously if they knew they owed me all that dough-ray-me? And even though I won't get the money, it feels pretty good to be a legit citizen. I've even started paying back my student loans. $100/month that barely puts a dent in the interest, but baby steps.

To make a long story longer, I've been getting fucked pretty hard by some big corporations over the last couple of months. It's crazy because the CBC has done this to three other ex-employees that I know of. Two of them were sacrificed to a collections agency and the other had to basically give up a few months of his life to argue with some French guy from the CBC HR dept. It's ridiculous and shameful. HR didn't offer to help me at all. In fact, when I asked to be reimbursed for the amount that Revenue Services wanted, I was told that the CBC does not do business that way. But taking money from employees and leaving them without health care IS how they do business? Cheers.

Blah, I don't expect anyone is reading anymore. But I felt I had to get the back story down because intend to bitch about this situation. A lot. Especially once my 45 day reprieve is up and they giving me the squeeze again.

In other news, today has been a really shitty day. I want to move out of this city. I've grown wary of the nooks and crannies of this place. I can't seem to turn a corner without some nasty reminder or small humiliation ambushing me. Oh, yes I know... popular opinion is that you can't run away from your problems. But, that's not entirely true. Sometimes you can pull up stakes and leave ugly things behind you. There may be new ugly things waiting for you in the future, but at least you've put some real estate between yourself and the old ones.

My fingers are cold. I'll go now.


Blogger Jas said...

uhm, I still subscribe to your feed via RSS, so yes, it's nice to hear from you again. This latest post is, I think, not so much a personal barometer of health and well-being as it is an indication of something larger. I can't explain how much 'larger' or what that might actually encompass, but that is only due to my own lack of insight (or foresight). No matter what you think (of me), you have my empathy and I wish to offer you my support (whatever that means).

I too was hit with an unexpected 'adjustment' from the Gov of Can, but I can't hold them at fault for catching what ultimately was, my own mistake, no matter how big or small. Having said that, admitting to my own mistake does not, in any way, reduce the actual injustice of your own circumstances. That really really sucks. Sorry I can't lend you the money.

I do think moving to a new locale is not such a bad idea at all. I have personally lusted after Lower Post, BC, only for the fact that it is located on the edge of the BC/Yukon border, and as such, is that much closer to the edge of the earth...(illusionary, I know)

My advice would be to turn around and move a little east. Maybe not terribly far; uncomfortably far. But moving east is not a sign of defeat. In this current climate, I think doing so might even be the smart thing to do.

My own plans are mostly just fantasy at this point, but along with Lower Post, I'm partial to Istanbul (thanks to my particular love of dark hair and mysterious cultural practices). Turkey, still an outsider to the EU, is the new Wild West (to me).

Respect, to you.

6/15/2008 3:52 AM  
Blogger Thorndike Pickledish said...

I'm glad you're back writing to your legion of faithful followers, but your story is one that boggles the mind !
It should be as simple as explaining what happened to the powers that be..and have them say

"Oh damn, really??--geez we're sorry...everything will be peachy in no time...sorry you were victimized, relax we've got you covered"

But god ! there is even more stupidity and torture?? for you -Jezus P. Junkdrawer ! that is Terrible !! awful !! ghastly !

I hope the kind forces in the universe iron this out for you for moving...a friend of mine was in a bad situation and needed a break from Vancouver...and said how about HOPE?--and she wandered off and found it be right for her...especially the sign at the edge of town that welcomes you with "Experience HOPE" --having said about Nelson...cuz Kelowna is too 'spensive.

glad to read you again ...and good luck !

6/15/2008 4:32 PM  
Blogger jdi said...

Corporations suck!!

You situation would be driving me to utter militancy. Would calling a lawyer help? Perhaps you could get a pro bono lawsuit moving against the CBC for your losses and psychological / emotional damages. They might settle...but what do I know. I really hope those assholes get theirs!

Keep your head up :)

6/19/2008 4:58 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

The CBC !!!! who knew, terrible Get a lawyer or at least speak to one about what can be done. My sympathies are with you.

6/26/2008 7:22 AM  

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