Author Archives: Judy Berg

Canada’s New Minister for Seniors Announced

Filomena Tassi, was elected to represent the riding of Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas in 2015. She has recently been appointed Canada’s first Minister of Seniors.  She also holds responsibility as the Deputy Government Whip. Tassi is a law graduate from the University of Western Ontario and studied philosophy and religious education at the University of Waterloo.  Her previous careers included 6 years n corporate law an as chaplain at Bishop Tonnos Secondary School.

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Pharmacare Advisory Council Launched!

At the 2018 biennial convention in Halifax, the most popular resolution was for “Implementing Universal Access to Necessary Medicines”, co-sponsored by the LPC(BC), LPC(O) and the National Caucus.

Today the federal government announced the next steps toward making recommendations on this issue by launching an Advisory Council on the implementation of national Pharmacare.

SLCBC Executive Honours Doug McDonald at June 13th Meeting

The SLCBC Executive took the opportunity at its first meeting following the passing of colleague Doug McDonald, to sit in  1 minutes silence  to honour his passing, followed by a tribute delivered by Judy Berg, an active member of Doug’s Policy Committee and co-Chair of the Reclaiming and Sustaining Canada’s Healthcare Resolution that successfully voted into the top 15 in Halifax. Several members of the Executive also shared their memories and tributes.

A Tribute to a Dear Friend – by Judy Berg
It was my privilege to work with Doug on two major Policy initiatives over the past 2 years – the Live-In Caregiver and the new SLC Policy process, in particular, the Reclaiming and Sustaining Canada’s Healthcare System resolution.  He was tireless in his dedication to creating a grassroots process to ensure that Policy in the Liberal Party arises out of the expressed interests and needs of senior registered Liberals. Continue reading

Saying Goodbye to a Dear Friend and Colleague

The Liberal Party of Canada and the Senior Liberal Commission are mourning the loss of Doug McDonald, a visionary and long-time supporter of Liberal values. The following outpouring of condolences only begin to express the loss we feel. Following are but a few of these messages shared within our community. Please add your comments. We will advise Doug’s widow, Rae, of the existence of this site so the family can appreciate how much he meant to so many.  Flowers were sent to his wife and family from the SLCBC with the following message:

To serve alongside  Doug was a privilege. He was both mentor and friend; passionately championing his vision for Public Policy that will form his enduring legacy. We will miss his friendship, intellect and political acumen. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. “
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Every Registered Liberal Can Vote Online for Resolutions!

It’s time to vote for the top 30 Resolutions that will advance to the Liberal Policy Convention debate in Halifax!

Early last spring your SLC conducted a national survey of registered Senior Liberals, asking respondents to identify issues important for the 2019 election.  Over 23,000 emailed questionnaires resulted in 4,000 of you providing your input. Your top concerns were researched by Working Groups and presented in draft Resolutions.

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National Caregivers Day

Safely tucked into our subconscious

According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada calendar, April 4th was National Caregivers Day…and like most caregivers, I was too busy to pay it much attention!  So today, I thought it fitting I post something to recognize caregivers after all the focus we had at SLC on preparing a report for government on the topic. I was reminded of a satirical article that appeared in an online publication called the Onion*. (yikes, I hope my kids can do better than tucking me away in their subconscious!) Continue reading

Ode To A Schizophrenic Cactus

Schizophrenic Cactus celebrates Easter

With Easter celebrations soon upon us, I thought you might enjoy this poem sent to me by my friend Margaret…( you will remember Margaret from my first blog post – she endured considerable strife arising from a Representation Agreement signed by her husbands’ adult children that revoked her rights to care for her husband.  Sadly, Bob passed away in a nursing home from Alzheimers). Continue reading