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Offshore money and foreign ownership of LTC care homes a concerning problem for Seniors.

https://vancouversun.com/news/daphne-bramham-its-finally-time-to-build-a-decent-long-term-care-system/wcm/37fede08-0b15-48d6-a368-dc93d832bef5/

Read the article and consider what seniors can do about this before too much time goes by.  Remember that it is time to think about policy resolutions and discuss with your EDA or your Riding Rep any policy resolution development possible either with your Riding or consider liaising with another Riding for even more clout.

Check out the national SLC Forum and join in the talks.

SLC Online Forum – read all about it on link below:

http://slc-cal.liberal.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2020/06/SLC-Forum.pdf
The above link takes you to a one page description of intent of the Forum.

SLC Forum Usage Guide

http://slc-cal.liberal.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2020/06/SLC-Forum-Usage.pdf

How to get into the Forum instructions on above link.

The Forum gives every registered senior Liberal the chance to join in online discussions about topics of interest to seniors, or start their own discussion.  Here is also where you can see start-up information about any policy resolutions taking place, or start your own resolution in your Riding.

The beginning of The Liberal Party of Canada and The Types Riot – June 8, 1826. Story and Pictures below in Link.

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And with The Types Riot, the ground was laid for a new political party in Canada, one not dominated by the Conservative Family Compact.  The Mackenzie Rebellion was formed by many Loyalist families who had escaped bullying in the United States during the American Revolution.  They had lost their lovely farms in Pennsylvania, New York State and other areas and made their way to Upper Canada.  Now settled and prospering in places like the Fisher Farm, the Stong Farm, the Stewart farm, all around what is now Toronto, they were appalled by the increasing dominance of the Compact.  On this day in 1826 several young men from Compact families seized Mackenzie’s printing typesets and equipment for his newspaper and threw it into Lake Ontario.  This was supposed to quell Mackenzie, but it merely banded together the early Liberals and they began to take part in rebellion activity.  Many older participants in the Rebellion were veterans of The War of 1812, having fought in the vicious battles of Lundy’s Lane and Stoney Creek.  Many of those veterans were Black, from the Townships of Wentworth and Huron.  The  farmers who supported the Rebellion had young sons who were Rebels, in danger of being hanged if they were caught.  The farmers banded together to created an underground railroad of sorts, formed out of their farm roads and concession roads.  These routes were used to help rebels get out of Toronto to various towns on the Lake miles away, which had easy access to crossing over into the United States where the rebel soldiers would be safe.  The elderly farmers took great risks.  One farm wife, whose husband Jacob Stong was in jail in Toronto awaiting trial and possible execution, was confronted by British soldiers when she opened her kitchen door.  She had a rebel boy hiding behind her kitchen chimney in a special nook.  Elisabeth Fisher Stong stood in her doorway and stared at the soldiers.  “You may look for him, but you will not find him.”  She had bread baking in the oven and the cat was winding around her ankles and all was calm.  The rebel boy was taken to safety across the Lake from Goderich on Lake Huron and lived to tell this true story.  From events like The Type Riot of 1826 which led to the Mackenzie Rebellion the Liberal Party of Canada was eventually formed.   As members of the Senior Liberals Commission B.C. Section, it is good to know how seniors participated even very early on in Liberalism and took great risks to encourage its growth.

Ken Kramer reports progress regarding access of family members to disabled people in hospital.

Read the entire message to the SLCBC and copy of the Provincial Ministry of Health regardng access to disabled people hospitalized during Pandemic.  Looking forward, this situation could apply to seniors who are hospitalized in long-term care as well.  Thank you, Ken for your tireless efforts in this matter.

“Good morning everyone,

I wanted to share a recent development in British Columbia as it relates to our advocacy efforts with the provincial government as it relates to persons with disabilities in acute care settings and the need for access to support staff/family/trusted individuals in those settings.  My group and I have been encouraging our Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Office to provide clear provincial direction prior to the pandemic and well before the unfortunate and unnecessary passing of a young lady in White Rock British Columbia with cerebral palsy.  Notwithstanding our repeated efforts throughout the pandemic, government did not respond until we recently escalated this issue to the media.  That was the tipping point and resulted in the policy outlined below which became effective on Tuesday.

Of course, this information is also highly relevant to the seniors community and the reference below to the Interim Guidance for Long-Term Care and Seniors Assisted Living document.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great weekend and stay safe and healthy:  (signed) Ken M. Kramer, Q.C.” 

And the Response from the B.C. Ministry of Health:

“Dear Mr. Kramer,

Thank you for your message.  I apologize for the time it has taken to respond and appreciate you taking time to share your concerns.

As you may be aware, the Ministry of Health has now amended the policy on essential support visitors to address the needs of individuals with disabilities. Additional information can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/reports-publications/covid-19-infection-prevention-control.pdf. You also mentioned concern for seniors and therefore may be interested in the Interim Guidance for Long-Term Care and Seniors Assisted Living document which can be found here: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID19_LongTermCareAssistedLiving.pdf.

We will advise you on any relevant new information or materials as they become available.

Regards,

Danielle Prpich

Executive Director, Community Care Support Services

and Results Management Office

Specialized Services Division

Ministry of Health.”

 

 

The Cost of Food, Already Too High For Many of Us, Going UP.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/13/business/grocery-prices/index.html

Steak or lentil-burger?  Which will it be for seniors who either must watch the food budget, or who merely enjoy being frugal.  Either way, it sounds as if we will have to be even more vigilant when grocery shopping in order to get the most out of our food dollar.  Some seniors are exploring the farming commuities or fishing harbours, determined to strike up relationships with those hard-working food provisioners.  This is great if seniors have not given up their cars, and we have heard of groups of elders getting together and pooling car expenses, forming food gathering expeditions to the farming and fishing centres.  All the with aim of getting proper food which is authentic in place of origin.  The price?  Probably higher, but some seniors feel that nutrition is priceless.  What do you think of this story?  Do you have plans to band together with other seniors to explore food options?  Let us know.