LPCBC Biennial Convention – Kelowna

We want to encourage large numbers of Seniors to attend the 2018 Convention in November in Kelowna.  Please note:  the age for membership in the Seniors Commission has recently been changed from 65 to 60 years old!  Join us to influence the future of Seniors in Canada. Keep tuned to this site for information on travel and hotel offers!

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Invite Your “Young” Friends!

The SLC Charter has received approval and is now posted in the Documents section of this website.  There is a password to enter this site.  If you have lost or forgotten the password, leave your request in the comments section with your email address.

Most significantly, the age for inclusion as a Senior in the SLC Commission has dropped from 65 to 60 years.

Welcome aboard, all you energetic youngsters – now is the time to have input to policy that will shape your future!

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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BC Seniors Advocate Wants To Change Conversation Around Aging

Seniors Week ended in BC on June 9, 2018. Isobel MacKenzie, Seniors Advocate for BC wants to use more positive language when discussion older citizens of BC. For example, we should not say that seniors are a problem to be solved or a cost curve to be bent. We should be talking about the fact that seniors are some of the biggest contributors to the well-being of society. Seniors are working more often and are enthusiastic volunteers.

Red more information and listen to a 10 minute interview with Isobel Mackenzie on the CBC News Website.

Social Isolation And Loneliness Among Seniors Forum

The Quadra Granville Seniors Group and the South Granville Seniors Centre sponsored a free forum on Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors (SILAS); an issue that has been identified as a major concern in our society causing significant negative effects on health, health care costs and personal well-being. The forum was a success with over 130 attendees.

This Forum’s intent was to further the dialogue on this important topic by bringing together all elements of our community.

Click here to visit the Quadra Granville Seniors Group SILAS Forum Summary Web page.