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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.”

Prime Minister announces additional support for Canadian seniors

No Canadian should have to choose between putting food on the table, filling their prescriptions, or paying their bills. Yet too many seniors are facing significant health, economic, and social challenges due to COVID-19. They helped shape this country, and now they need our help. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has introduced measures to support seniors. We invested $1.3 billion in a one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit in April. More than 4 million seniors benefited from this top-up, which gave an average of $375 for single seniors and... Read More

Letter from Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors

May 4, 2020   Good day, As Minister of Seniors, I wanted to reach out to you to share some of the initiatives we are undertaking to help seniors, their families and caregivers cope with the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic. Please feel free to share this message with your networks. I have been working closely with my Cabinet colleagues, consulting with the provinces and territories, experts, stakeholders and seniors to determine how the federal government can better provide support. I also serve on the Ad Hoc COVID-19 Cabinet Committee so I can ensure that seniors’ concerns and needs... Read More

Letter from the President

Dear ACER-CART Directors, Presidents and Executive Directors I was invited to attend a meeting in Wolfville on February 11, 2020, to hear an announcement from the Federal Government on investing in seniors. Federal Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte was in Nova Scotia from February 10 to 12, 2020 to announce that $1.4 million was allocated to Nova Scotia under the New Horizons Grant for Seniors to support 77 projects. Minister Schulte also spoke on other seniors issues and I provide some of the topics she mentioned: The Minister is working with Minister of Health Patty Hajdu on the implementation of a... Read More