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Labour & Politics News & Blogs

Where trade unionists start their day on the net.

LeadNow organizes campaigns that build and defend a just, sustainable and equitable Canada. is a news and discussion website built on the efforts of progressive journalists, writers, artists and activists across the country and has a unique role of reporting on stories from civil society while providing a counterbalance to corporate-owned media.·Includes the lively blog, Babble, and features the column Retiree Matters

One of BC's best known communicators, political commentators and strategists. Owner of West Star Communications, a consulting firm providing strategy and communications services for labour, business, non-profits and government.

Independant online magazine that publishes news, reviews and commentary not typically covered by BC and Canada's mainstream media.

Progressive Community Organizations & Businesses

Seniors Helping Seniors (located in Vancouver)

A Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. Our help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.

Stopping Adult Abuse and Neglect... Together

Representing the non-government seniors’ care sector in British Columbia in residential care, assisted living, home care and home support.

A community of individuals and organizations in BC that advocates for evidence-based improvements to our public health care system, stimulate public education on health care issues, and drive positive change to our health care system through campaigns across the province. 

The BC Labour Heritage Centre Society preserves, documents and presents the rich history of working people in British Columbia. The Society engages in partnerships and projects that help define and express the role that work and workers have played in the evolution of social policy and its impact on the present and future shaping of the province.  

BC PharmaCare helps BC residents with the cost of eligible prescription drugs, certain medical supplies, and pharmacy services. It provides assistance through several drug plans. The largest is the income-based Fair PharmaCare plan

A coalition that includes community and non-profit groups, faith groups, health organizations, First Nations and Aboriginal organizations, businesses, labour organizations, and social policy groups who have come together around a campaign aimed at seeing the introduction of an accountable, bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan from the government of British Columbia that would include legislated targets and timelines to significantly reduce poverty and homelessness.

One of the first fairly traded coffee companies to buy direct from farmer associations in Latin America. Owned by CoDev Canada. Online store.

Promotional product distributor.

A coalition of health care workers, seniors, unions, community organizations, faith-based organizations and academics, as well as affiliated coalitions in the provinces and one territory.

Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO, 100.5FM is an innovative non-profit community radio station & podcast recording studio providing a voice for those underrepresented in mainstream media.

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. The Alliance supports people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. They champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

Family Caregivers of British Columbia is a registered non-profit dedicated 100% to supporting family caregivers. Most of us have cared for aging, ailing or disabled loved ones and have experienced firsthand the stress, joy, confusion, and feelings of purpose that come with caregiving.

The First Link® Dementia Helpline is for anyone affected by dementia, whether professionally or personally. Helpline staff and volunteers give people the support they need, when they need it. (Alzheimer's Society of BC)

The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS.

Metro Vancouver Alliance is a broad based alliance of community groups, labour, faith and educational institutions working together for the common good.

PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada; working to collect relevant news and resources of use to advocates, community workers, marginalized communities and the general public.

Need help getting around Metro Vancouver? Call 211 for Seniors Transportation information - free 24/7 multilingual phone service. Visit the website for more information about services

The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV & AIDS.

The Union Protein Project is a community partnership that addresses the shortages of protein at BC’s food banks and the shortages of an economy that leaves people vulnerable. They work to ensure that no child, family or community needs food banks. People need real choices and good jobs that feed them, their families and their community.

Group insurance discounts for union members in BC.

Seniors and Retirees Organizations

The Canadian Medical Association’s Alliance of more than 70 organizations representing health providers, patients and community stakeholders working towards getting the major political parties to commit to a national seniors strategy involving all levels of government.

A non-profit charitable organization committed to protecting the legal rights of older adults; increasing access to justice for older adults; informing the public about elder abuse; and, providing supportive programs for older adults who have been abused.

An affiliate of the Canadian Labour Congress, CURC advocates on issues relevant to retired union members and their spouses. Membership is open to retiree organizations of CLC-affiliated unions and individual retirees and their spouses.

Established in 1950, the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization (COSCO) is an umbrella organization made up of many seniors’ organizations and individual associate members. Registered under the Societies Act since 1981, COSCO has grown and now represents approximately 80,000 seniors in British Columbia.

Seniors helping seniors workshops - The COSCO Health and Wellness Institute provides free workshops to seniors groups throughout BC with more than 40 workshops available for presentation by trained facilitators to provide practical information but are not intended to provide specific legal, medical or financial advice.

The National Association of Federal Retirees (Federal Retirees) is the largest national advocacy organization representing active and retired members of the federal public service, Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and retired federally appointed judges, as well as their partners and survivors.

National Pensioners Federation is a national, not for profit, non partisan, non sectarian organization of 350 seniors chapters, clubs, groups, organizations and individual supporters across Canada with a collective membership of 1,000,000 seniors and retirees devoted entirely to the welfare and best interests of ageing Canadians.

Seniors Ombudsperson

The Office of the Ombudsperson receives complaints from seniors and their families, typically relating to the affordability and quality of residential care. If you have been treated unfairly by the provincial government, a local government, or any other public body, the BC Ombudsperson is here to help.


Working Enterprises Group of Companies

Other Recommended Resources for Seniors

The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors services and issues in BC, and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues.


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