As you may have already learned, a guaranteed income was voted as the top policy resolution. The second round of voting is now open. Log in to the National Liberal Policy Hub at www.polilib.ca and take part as is your right, to go further in the selection process. Open to senior registered Liberals. Participate in the policy selection process. It is Liberalism at its finest and an example of democracy in action.
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.
SLC Online Forum – read all about it on link below:
The above link takes you to a one page description of intent of the Forum.
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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.
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.
Executive Director, Community Care Support Services
and Results Management Office
Specialized Services Division
Ministry of Health.”
Will the CERB morph into the Universal Basic Income many have been discussing and/or promoting? What do you think of this?
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.
It is not clear who is eligible or when the financial package will be sent out, or whether it will be mailed or direct=deposited. We will keep our eye on this news item and post updates as we receive them.