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.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2018/06/government-of-canada-launches-advisory-council-on-the-implementation-of-national-pharmacare.html

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.

Shaping Canada’s 4th Plan on Open Government

Dear friends of Open Government,

We’re almost at the end of our consultation phase, where we’ve been meeting with hundreds of Canadians to gather their inputs to help us shape our next National Action Plan on Open Government for 2018-20. We still have a few events coming up in the next weeks, so be sure to have a look at our Engagement schedule to see what we’re doing and which topics we’re discussing. You can also participate online by sharing your ideas until March 25th! Continue reading

CMA: “Demand a National Seniors Strategy”

Close to 17% of Canada’s population is 65 or older. By 2031, Statistics Canada projects that one in four Canadians will be seniors.

With Canada’s population aging, maintaining the status quo for seniors health care is not an option. Our health care system was designed a half-century ago, and it has not kept pace with the issues of the elderly in Canada. Today, seniors need better solutions, services and support.

Faced with that reality, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has been demanding that a national seniors strategy be implemented by 2019.

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Let’s Talk Senior Housing Town Hall

On February 21, 2018, the Cloverdale-Langley City Seniors Group sponsored a Town Hall about Senior Housing Issues. The Town Hall was very successful, more than 150 people attended.

The Town Hall panel was moderated by John Aldag, MP Cloverdale Langley City. The panel members were;

  • BC Seniors Advocate Isobel McKenzie
  • Andrew Middleton, a consultant from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Naomi Brunemeyer, BC Housing’s director of regional development for the Lower Mainland
  • Mike Clay, mayor of Port Moody and chair of the Metro Vancouver Regional District housing committee
  • Adam Vaughan, MP Trinity-Spadina; video link conversation with John Aldag

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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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