News - Seniors And Elders

May 22, 2015
Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released her report, “Seniors Housing in B.C., Affordable, Appropriate, Available.” Among the 18 recommendations in the report, Mackenzie proposes a new initiative...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
July 30, 2014
Right now, the House of Commons and a committee of the Senate are reviewing a federal government Bill that will deprive elderly immigrants of equal access to benefits that make sure seniors don’t...
Keywords: Government Policy, Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
June 17, 2014
A 10-year plan which is supposed to address the needs of people with disabilities in British Columbia is not going over well with advocates. Jane Dyson, Executive Director of the BC Coalition of...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Welfare, British Columbia
March 19, 2014
Isobel Mackenzie has been named B.C.'s first seniors' advocate by B.C.'s Health Minister Terry Lake on Wednesday morning. Mackenzie has been working for seniors for 18 years, most recently as...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
February 4, 2014
Representatives of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Social Planning Council provided Cambridge city council with its annual Community Trends Report. At Meals on Wheels the number of subsidized...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Seniors and Elders, Women, Ontario
January 22, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law has just published a series of educational tools on fraud awareness, designed specifically for seniors, entitled Be a Savvy Senior: Fraud Protection Strategies for...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
November 26, 2013
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has put together a report and short video that shows that after a year and a half only 6% of the BC Ombudsperson’s recommendations for addressing crisis in...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
October 3, 2013
For the last year, the Older Women’s Dialogue Project has been exploring the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women and what they can do to address these barriers to improve the...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Women, British Columbia
January 9, 2013
British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal has awarded more than $15,000 to an elderly woman who said she was discriminated against when her apartment building’s landlord refused to construct a ramp....
Keywords: Disability, Human Rights, Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
July 19, 2012
Acorn Canada, a community organization made up low and middle income families, is seeking a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman. They have written a letter outlining steps they are asking the Minister...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, Seniors and Elders, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
April 17, 2012
A new Centre for Policy Alternatives report, Working After Age 65: What is at Stake?, looks at some of the realities of working past age 65, and examines the potential impact of increasing the OAS...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
February 27, 2012
The Caledon Institute has put together a report that declares that substantive evidence does not support that Old Age Security will be unsustainable in the future. This is a political statement...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
February 17, 2012
The BC Ombudsperson, Kim Carter released the second of two planned reports on her office’s three year investigation into the care of seniors in British Columbia. The Best of Care: Getting it Right...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
February 9, 2012
From the CCPA site: Old Age Security (OAS) is the basic building block of Canada’s retirement income system. Canadians build on that foundation, saving for their retirement with benefits from the...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
February 9, 2012
The Older Adult Knowledge Network (Oaknet) is a website of the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta. It has information on how Canadian law protects and affects older adults including information on...
Keywords: Alberta, Legal Assistance, Legal Info (PLEI), Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
August 25, 2008
A blog post on the Progressive Economics Forum, "Falling Poverty Among the Elderly - A Canadian Success Story," describes how the poverty rate for seniors has fallen from 11.3% in 1989 to just 5.4%...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
March 22, 2007
P.E.I Senior Citizens' Federation is disappointed that the federal budget will do nothing for the 52 per cent of Island seniors who live below the poverty line. Read more in the CBC article, "P.E.I....
Keywords: Government Policy, Seniors and Elders, Prince Edward Island
March 9, 2007
According to a CBC investigation on seniors and housing and GVRD homelessness statistics the number of homeless seniors has gone up dramatically. The GVRD statistics show the number of elderly...
Keywords: Homelessness, Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
March 6, 2007
According to a Statistics Canada report, A Portrait of Seniors in Canada (in HTML and in PDF) although the financial situation of seniors has improved over the past quarter century, senior women who...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia, Québec, All of Canada
January 8, 2006
The Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives (Link removed - No longer exists) writes a response to a mistake which appeared in the Toronto Star. The newspaper wrote that an adult refugee recieved...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Seniors and Elders, All of Canada
June 29, 2005
WE*ACT has put together a position paper on senior women living in poverty called: Pensions in Canada: Policy Reform because Woman Matter (in PDF). The Vancouver City Council recently voted to add...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Women, All of Canada
June 29, 2005
A senior in Yellowknife has been evicted from her publicly-subsidized home, which she had lived in for 14 years. She is expected to give up her two bedroom home and move into a seniors home. This...
Keywords: Housing, Seniors and Elders, Northwest Territories
March 10, 2005
In 1999, Senior Summit, a British Columbia wide gathering of seniors in Vancouver lead to a group of women to form a working group to learn about inequalities in pension for women. From that working...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Women, All of Canada
January 11, 2004
In December 2000, the Seniors Housing Information Program (SHIP) received funding to research the emergency shelter and services needs of seniors and older adults living outside of the Downtown...
Keywords: Homelessness, Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
August 14, 2002
Elders in Inuvik have organized and are demanding town council to move ahead with plans to develop a popular tourist campground into a multi-unit housing complex. Read a CBC story about the elder's...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Housing, Seniors and Elders, Northwest Territories
May 17, 2002
Seniors' Network of BC says "just say no" to government plans to move long-term care residents. The website also has information about the impact of government cuts to seniors, links to other...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
January 18, 2002
A group of seniors in Quebec are a big part of Project Genesis’s Social Action Group, and have spent much of the past few years fighting federal and provincial cutbacks to Medicare funding, medical...
Keywords: Organizing, Seniors and Elders, Québec
July 31, 1999
"A description and critique of Canada's complex retirement income system. The report covers federal and provincial income security programs for seniors, the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans,...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, All of Canada