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January, 2021 - The Decade of Healthy Ageing: a new UN-wide initiative
January, 2021 - Home Owner Grant threshold set for 2021 tax year
December, 2020 - Actions to protect seniors, improve health care helped BC fight global pandemic
December, 2020 - Disability Tax Credit application deadline Dec. 31st
December, 2020 - Applications for $1,000 BC Recovery Benefit will begin soon
November, 2020 - New cabinet focuses on keeping people safe, fighting COVID-19
November, 2020 - CCPA issues “A Higher Standard” Setting federal standards in long term care and continuing care” by Pat Armstrong and Marcy Cohen
November, 2020 - Alert! November 29 is your deadline to file for continued GIS
November, 2020 - BC FORUM issues Winter 2020 edition of The Advocate newsletter
November, 2020 - Did you know you can call 811 24/7 for health advice?
November, 2020 - BC FORUM addresses senior disability benefit discrepancy
October, 2020 - People’s Law School holding Zoom meeting events about wills, sign up today!
October, 2020 - A provincial election has been called for Oct. 24th; find important vote-by-mail information here
October, 2020 - COSCO releases October 2020 newsletter - download and view here
September, 2020 - BC FORUM issues call for action on United Nations International Day of Older Persons
September, 2020 - Message from BC FORUM President: How to Vote Safely
September, 2020 - BC FORUM issues Special Edition of the Advocate in advance of the BC provincial Election
September, 2020 - An invitation to a Zoom Webinar: Urgent Reform of Long-Term Care
September, 2020 - BC Government News Release: New plan maps next steps forward in B.C.’s economic recovery
September, 2020 - BC Fed launches “A Future for All” campaign
September, 2020 - BC Government News Release: Transforming primary care in B.C.
September, 2020 - BC Government News Release: B.C. launches lung cancer screening program – the first in Canada
September, 2020 - Autumn 2020 issue of the Advocate now available, featuring Benefits Plans information
September, 2020 - Amendments to bring greater transparency to strata insurance
September, 2020 - Investment brings new support to those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and communities where they live
September, 2020 - News from the Canadian Deprescribing Network, including UBC TI webinars
August, 2020 - BC government news: Putting patients first: Parties take next step to modernize health professions regulation
August, 2020 - From Prince George Matters News: BC launches survey to measure impact of COVID-19 visit restrictions to seniors care homes
August, 2020 - BC government news: Minister’s statement on release of Workers’ Compensation report
August, 2020 - NUPGE: New poll shows almost universal support for including long-term care under Health Act
August, 2020 - BC government news: BC expands biosimilars program
August, 2020 - MP Duvall responds to BC FORUM letter
August, 2020 - COSCO BC + National Pensioners Federation submits brief to the federal pre-budget consultations regarding the Protection of Seniors in Long Term Care - download and read here
August, 2020 - Horgan government expands ALS drug coverage for British Columbians
August, 2020 - Canadian Health Coalition calls for immediate action on Pharmacare
July, 2020 - WE CAUS Benefit Plans for BC FORUM members updated for 2020
July, 2020 - Protecting yourself from COVID-19 FRAUDS & SCAMS
July, 2020 - Interior getting 495 new long-term care beds
July, 2020 - BC’s strong fiscal response, economic foundation support people
July, 2020 - Seniors reminded of option to defer their property taxes as deadline nears
July, 2020 - B.C. families get additional $450 with boosted climate action tax credit
June, 2020 - Investments mean safer visits at long-term care, seniors’ facilities
June, 2020 - BC’s Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, issues Statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020
June, 2020 - Raising awareness of elder abuse is key to prevention
June, 2020 - Joint statement on BC Seniors’ week from Premier Horgan and MLA Leonard
June, 2020 - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th
June, 2020 - Minimum wage increase exactly what low-income earners need right now: BCFED
May, 2020 - BC has an historic opportunity to build an economy that works for everyone
May, 2020 - Summer 2020 issue of the Advocate now available
May, 2020 - COSCO releases May 2020 newsletter - download and view here
May, 2020 - Read the CLC’s Labour Priorities for Economic Recovery
May, 2020 - HealthLink BC - 811 - is here to help
May, 2020 - CBC report: “Seniors to receive up to $500 in a one-time payment to offset added costs due to COVID-19”
April, 2020 - BC FORUM joins the CLC campaign and pens letter to the Canadian Pharmacists Association regarding dispensing fees
April, 2020 - BC Fed’s Laird Cronk Op/Ed: From banging pots and pans: Let’s build a future that delivers more for all working people
April, 2020 - From the Globe and Mail newspaper: Inside the negotiation of Canada's super-sized coronavirus bailout, published April 27, 2020
April, 2020 - MP Scott Duvall calls on Federal government to stand up for seniors (read letter and news article here)
April, 2020 - CCPA: It’s time to end profit-making in seniors’ care
April, 2020 - Seniors’ groups ask the Federal Government to protect vulnerable seniors
April, 2020 - Premier‘s task force to support BC economy during, after COVID-19
April, 2020 - News 1130 reports “More Canadians can now apply for Emergency Response Benefit, PM says”
April, 2020 - National Pensioners Federation ramps up Pension Protection campaign - JOIN TODAY!
April, 2020 - BC FORUM supports interest rate relief during COVID-19 pandemic
April, 2020 - Canadian Consumers Demand Internet, Wireless COVID-19 Relief
April, 2020 - New emergency supports for province’s most vulnerable
April, 2020 - If you are a caregiver, sign up for Family Caregivers of BC news to find out more about important resources. Read this month’s news headlines here.
April, 2020 - COVID-19: CLC president, Hassan Yussuff, delivers personal message and invitation to survey
March, 2020 - BC FORUM message about the closure of Service Canada’s offices
March, 2020 - A message from the Canadian Medical Association - help flatten the curve and keep Canadians safe
March, 2020 - Are you at high risk for severe illness?
March, 2020 - National Pensioners Federation publishes March, 2020, newsletter
February, 2020 - Hundreds of activists bring union priorities to the Hill
February, 2020 - Personalized medication plans offered at UBC Pharmacists Clinic
February, 2020 - Spring 2020 issue of The Advocate now available on-line
February, 2020 - WE publishes new Benefits brochure for BC FORUM members - download here
February, 2020 - Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC) publishes February newsletter
February, 2020 - BC’s Seniors Advocate releases report on provincial review of contracted long-term care sector
February, 2020 - Premier appoints parliamentary secretary for seniors
January, 2020 - Activist group issues press release on Island Health hospital parking lot statistics