As the snow recedes across Canada, we’re greeted by the sight of green grass, colourful flowers, and tons of litter. Coke cans, Big Mac wrappers, Timmy’s cups -- vacant lots become makeshift garbage dumps.
Just imagine if we had some people with little to do who could help pick up that litter and take part in civic beautification programs like graffiti-removal? Oh, wait. We do!
Canada has thousands of welfare recipients and recently Syrian refugees, busy doing nothing. Why not let them earn their state-sanctioned payola? Workfare instead of welfare?
It was done in Kenora by ex-boxer Buck Matiowski who thirteen years ago founded a program enlisting vagrants, panhandlers and the homeless to clean up litter, peel posters off light standards, whitewash graffiti and collect bottles. They became known as Buck’s Brigade and helped beautify Kenora.
What’s not to love?
Well, enter the Grinch-like Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 191 who tried to stop the program by falsely claiming Matiowski was taking away union jobs. In fact, Matiowski had simply created new jobs that didn’t previously exist.
Watch my report for the full story of how a little creative thinking, knowledge of human nature and free market principles combined to fix a problem in a way that benefited all.