One of the frustrations for reporters covering social service issues is that social service agencies are often unwilling to speak out against the government - in part, because they fear the consequences of doing so. But don't take our word for it. Last month, during a presentation about lobbying to First Call members, former premier and federal cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh advised them that "agencies often get government funding and then fall silent on advocacy issues, which is not acceptable. Never lose the activist edge." This, according to the meeting's minutes.
July 18, 2011