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PRIVATIZATION – CHALLENGING THE PUBLIC HEATH CARE SYSTEM

Cambie Surgeries Corporation vs British Columbia – 2020 BCSC 1310 A REVIEW OF THE DR. BRIAN DAY CASE We had been anxious since 2009. That was the year Dr. Brian Day filed a constitutional challenge to our public health care system. Seeking legal approval to expand the provision of private health care in Canada, Dr. Day laid his challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court in 2016. Delays and adjournments followed. Finally, on September 10, 2020, the Honourable Justice John Steeves released his 880-page decision. It is one of the lengthiest judgments every written in the BC Supreme Court.1 How... Read More

Protecting Pensions (ACER-CART President)

ARTA (Alberta Retired Teachers Association) invited me to bring greetings as ACER-CART president at their 2020 AGM held via Zoom in early October.  It may come as a surprise, but you are all members of ACER-CART by virtue of your membership in ARTA.  Altogether, we have about 170,000 members across Canada. Our purpose as a national body is to promote cooperation and assistance among our member associations.  We develop strategies for joint action on matters of common concern and we support public education.  You may recall the federal election issues brochure that we developed with like-minded organizations and distributed through... Read More

“Preventing the flu” and more (Schulte)

Good day, Fall is upon us, and with it comes cooler temperatures and the start of the annual flu season. This year, more than ever, it is important to get your flu shot. In Canada, the flu is among the top 10 leading causes of death. Seniors and those who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities are at greater risk of getting flu-related complications such as pneumonia, worsening of chronic health conditions, hospitalization or even death. Getting the flu shot The flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu, and it can also reduce the... Read More

Speech from the Throne (Schulte)

As Minister of Seniors, I wanted to share some updates on important work underway nationally to help seniors. Speech from the Throne The Government committed to action on critical issues for seniors in the Speech from the Throne, including: Increasing Old Age Security once a senior turns 75, and boosting the Canada Pension Plan survivor benefit. Taking additional action to help people stay in their homes longer. Working with the provinces and territories to set new, national standards for long-term care. Creating a new Canadian Disability Benefit modelled after the GIS and a better process to determine eligibility for disability... Read More

Advocacy has an impact…

“If you want to have an impact, start and then don’t stop advocating. Sign a petition or send an email. Better yet, mail a letter—handwritten is best—place a phone call or set up a meeting. Blind copy your own MLA, the premier, the opposition critic. What you need to do is, politely and professionally, tell your story and share your concern as a voter and citizen.”