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article imageWidow in Orillia has been stripped of death benefits of her ex-husband

By katangel88     Mar 15, 2007 in Politics
When Cheryl Patterson's ex-husband died last year, the funeral director graciously explained her two children were entitled to monthly survivor benefits from their late father's Canada Pension Plan payments.
He helped her send the paperwork to Ottawa and in January, six months later, she received $2,800 in retroactive payments in her bank account on behalf of Nathan, 15, and Jenica, 13.
Now Ms. Patterson, who is living on $ 800 a month, has been told she has to hand most of that money over to the provincial government.
Ontario Works says she owes them $2,120.37.
"I feel so disgusted and humiliated. It's so unfair. It's not really for me, it's for me to use for the kids," she said yesterday from her home in Orillia.
Besides being in debt, she has also been cut off from any other welfare payments. On top of that, because she works part time and gets $ 399.08 a month, a letter was sent to her saying she has to give back all the money she has received from her ex-husband's death.
Ms. Patterson works as a supervisor at her daughter's catholic school at about 12:00 - 1:00.
She also works 12 hours a month as a housekeeper at a local hotel.
Ms. Patterson is not able to take on a full time job because her daughter has a low-grade brain tumour. She has to be there for her daughter and can't be very far away for too long!
After her debt is payed, they will reinstate the benefit, but it will be much less. Instead of the $ 400.92 that she has been receiving, it will be $ 17.
It's a good thing her rent won't be going up!
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