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Click here for BC FORUM News Archives 2009 - 2020.

November, 2021 - Updates from the Seniors Advocate, November 2021

October, 2021 - Personal Planning Information and Resources

October, 2021 - Premier’s statement on his health

October, 2021 - Province-wide booster dose is next step in COVID-19 immunization plan

October, 2021 - Register today: Practical technologies that can enable ageing in place presented by the National Institute on Ageing

October, 2021 - One year of building a stronger B.C. for everyone

October, 2021 - Roll up your sleeves, B.C.: Influenza immunization prevents serious illness, deaths

October, 2021 - National Institute on Ageing: 75% of older Canadians are worried about their financial security in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

October, 2021 - Updates from the Seniors Advocate

October, 2021 - Family Caregivers of BC publishes Fall 2021 newsletter - read online here

October, 2021 - Autumn issue of The Advocate now available on-line

October, 2021 - New program, drug coverage benefits people with cystic fibrosis

October, 2021 - Make a Will Week highlights new electronic filing options

September, 2021 - New, improved Seniors Guide hot off the press

September, 2021 - BC Fed issues Statement on National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

September, 2021 - BC FORUM submits 2022 BC Budget recommendations

September, 2021 - Zoom webinar: Beyond the Pandemic: Permanent Paid Sick Leave for BC Workers, scheduled for Sept. 22nd

September, 2021 - BC Fed releases Report: An Equitable Recovery – The Case for Paid Sick Leave as a Right of Employment in BC

September, 2021 - Register today for free “Personal Planning Workshops” presented by COSCO BC’S HEALTH & WELLNESS INSTITUTE via ZOOM

September, 2021 - Updates from the Seniors Advocate

September, 2021 - UN International Day of Older Persons “Digital Equity for All”

September, 2021 - News from the Canadian Deprescribing Network

September, 2021 - Canada’s Retired Teachers call for National Seniors Strategy - and you can help!

September, 2021 - Canadian Federation of Pensioners launches Pensions Priority Campaign - TAKE ACTION TODAY!

September, 2021 - Federal Election edition of the COSCO BC newsletter published - read here

September, 2021 - FEDERAL ELECTION EVENT: Virtual Town Hall All-Candidates (Vancouver Granville + Vancouver South) Meeting on Seniors Issues; Monday, September 13, 2021, starting at 7 pm. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

August, 2021 - BC Gov News: Cleaning, dietary workers coming back in-house at B.C. hospitals

August, 2021 - BC Gov News: Mask mandate to reduce transmission, protect people in public spaces

August, 2021 - BC Gov News: B.C. launches proof of vaccination to stop spread of COVID-19

August, 2021 - MP Peter Julian corresponds with BC FORUM

July, 2021 - BC Gov News: New, improved BC Seniors’ Guide hot off the press

July, 2021 - July 2021 updates from the Seniors Advocate

July, 2021 - BC Gov News: Eased visitation restrictions, new protections coming for seniors in long-term care

June, 2021 - BC Gov News: British Columbians asked for views on next budget

June, 2021 - Update from Canada’s Minister of Seniors

June, 2021 - MP Peter Julian issues Op Ed for Seniors Week

June, 2021 - ICBC issues second COVID-19 rebate

June, 2021 - Expanded medical device coverage for people with diabetes

June, 2021 - Re: Property Tax Assessment,  Property Tax Payments, Property Tax Deferment and Claiming your Home Owner Grant

June, 2021 - 215 Children buried on the former Kamloops Indian Band Reserve

June, 2021- Parliamentary secretary’s statement on B.C. Seniors’ Week

June, 2021 - People’s Law School free webinar: Buying a Home in BC

May, 2021 - BC FORUM issues Summer 2021 edition of The Advocate newsletter

May, 2021 - Labour movement issues boycott, pulls millions of dollars in business from Hilton Metrotown and Pacific Gateway Hotels in support of workers

May, 2021 - More than 50% of eligible people in BC have received first vaccine dose

May, 2021 - BC FORUM endorses anti-racist initiative

May, 2021 - National Pensioners Federation publishes April 2021 newsletter

April, 2021 - Vaccine bookings to begin for 50+ over the next week

April, 2021 - Invitations starting for people 60+ to book vaccination appointments

April, 2021 - BC Budget 2021 supports people now while building the foundation for strong recovery

April, 2021 - CLC on Federal Budget 2021: Canada’s unions welcome ‘crucial’ funding for childcare, skills training and $15 federal minimum wage

April, 2021 -BCFED welcomes new investments in health care, caring services, and infrastructure; undaunted in continued fight for paid sick leave

April, 2021 - Parliamentary secretary’s statement on Advance Care Planning Day, includes link to resource guide

April, 2021 - Government helps more older adults stay independent with expanded program

April, 2021 - Throne speech outlines work to put pandemic behind us, plans for strong recovery

April, 2021 - People aged 60+ can now register for COVID-19 vaccine; Updated April 10, 2021

April, 2021 - Update from Canada’s Minister of Seniors

April, 2021 - April 2021 issue of the COSCO BC newsletter published

March, 2021 - Immunize BC, pharmacists move up vaccines for ages 55-65 on Lower Mainland

March, 2021 - Three-week circuit breaker begins now to bend the curve, protect people

March, 2021 - BC continues to advance surgical renewal achievement

March, 2021 - UN launches Global Report on Ageism Hub

March, 2021 - People deemed clinically extremely vulnerable prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine

March, 2021 - BC continues to advance surgical renewal achievement

March, 2021 - UN launches Global Report on Ageism Hub

March, 2021 - BC’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan

March, 2021 - BC FORUM issues Spring 2021 edition of The Advocate newsletter

March, 2021 - Scam season never ends

February, 2021 - BC FORUM makes submission to federal pre-budget consultation

February, 2021 - National Pensioners Federation publishes December, 2020, newsletter

February, 2021 - COVID-19 ICBC customer rebates to average $190

February, 2021 - Information about how to get registered for the COVID-19 vaccine

February, 2021 - Service BC welcomes Health Insurance BC to provincial contact centre

January, 2021 - BC FORUM submits feedback to Expert Panel on Housing Supply and Affordability

January, 2021 - BC takes next steps to protect people with COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan

January, 2021 - Join the JANUARY 28th E-RALLY to show your support for Bill C-213, with special guest speakers: RSVP required

January, 2021 - Tell your MP to vote YES to Bill C-213 - The Canada Pharmacare Act

January, 2021 - Training more health-care assistants to support BC’s seniors

January, 2021 - The Decade of Healthy Ageing: a new UN-wide initiative

January, 2021 - Home Owner Grant threshold set for 2021 tax year

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