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Click here for BC FORUM News Archives 2009 - 2020.

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

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