February 19, 2019 3:54 pm

Autism community finds battle cry, courtesy Hamilton rock band the Arkells

"Relentless", from The Arkells latest release "Rally Cry", will be used to fight the province's new autism treatment program.


A group of parents with children on Ontario’s Autism spectrum have found their battle cry.

Hamilton-based rockers the Arkells have given their blessing for the song Relentless to be used in the fight against the provincial government’s new autism treatment program.

Ross Maclean, who describes himself as a “Proud Autism Dad,” made the request to the Arkells on Twitter over the weekend.

He says the song is perfect lyrically for a group of people who are fighting what he describes as “this horrible policy.”

The band responded to Maclean’s tweet with one their own saying, “it’s all yours,” and adding, “Dougie, my man! I thought you were for the people?”

The Ford government has announced that to clear a backlog of 23,000 children waiting for publicly funded therapy, families will get up to $140,000 to pay for treatment. That is the maximum amount if a child is in treatment from age two to 18.

Maclean says intensive therapy can cost up to $80,000 per year.

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He argues that the government is “trying to feed the entire village with a single bowl of rice,” adding that “we’re all going to die of starvation that way.”

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