"WORK and PLAN WITH SENIORS NOT FOR THEM"
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The Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of B.C. has developed many health and safety promotion workshops that are available free of charge to any seniors' group. Each session lasts for approximately 90 minutes and a trained senior facilitator delivers the program.
Including our November 2011 workshop additions.
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"I am very disappointed that two of the major parties have failed to respond to questions about where they stand on seniors’ issues," Art Kube, President of the B.C. Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations (COSCO), said today.
Media Advisory: PIAC to represent consumers during
CRTC hearing on mandatory distribution of television services
OTTAWA – In
its continuing efforts to address consumers’ concerns with
television services, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), the
Consumers’ Association of Canada (CAC), the Council of Senior
Citizens’ Organizations of British Columbia (COSCO), and the
National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation (NPSCF) will be
appearing before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) to discuss the applications for mandatory
distribution on cable and satellite distribution systems. The
eight-day long hearing begins on Tuesday, April 23 at 9:00 AM.
PIAC/CAC/COSCO/NPSCF will appear on Friday, April 26, 2013.
information, please see the full written intervention filed by
PIAC/CAC/COSCO/NPSCF to the CRTC on February 27, 2013 at:
Janet Lo, Legal
Counsel at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre will be at the
at the CRTC public proceeding “Applications for mandatory
distribution on cable and satellite distribution systems pursuant to
section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act”
Portage IV, 140, Promenade du
will be able to listen to a live audio feed of the hearing and by
going to http://www.crtc.gc.ca
PIAC is a
non-profit organization that provides legal and research services on
behalf of consumer interests, and, in particular, vulnerable consumer
interests, concerning the provision of important public services.
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
Mobile (613) 816-5688
As our members know, BC has the highest poverty rate in Canada, and is now one of only two provinces left without a poverty reduction plan. In the leadup to the election, the Poverty Reduction Coalition is hosting a conversation for people who want to call on candidates for strong leadership on poverty reduction. If you’re concerned about low wages, low welfare rates, the housing crisis, skyrocketing child care fees, the inaccessibility of education, the lack of essential health care, and marginalized groups in BC come and join the conversation about what we can do to address these critical issues.
Tuesday, March 19, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
More information and registration on the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition website.
Our government continues to sell the birth rights of our grandchildren for a mess of pottage to pay for past tax decreases and to balance the budget." according to Art Kube, COSCO's President.
We received the following presentations with thanks to the participants who enabled us to make the Conference “The Joy and Tears of Living Longer” a resounding success. Hardly necessary, but we remind visitors to the website and this information- that the presentations were dynamic and not always strictly according to the text.
All 13 presentations are in PDF format
Summary of the “Be it resolved” portion of resolutions submitted to the October 2012 Conference, Richmond, B.C.
The Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) and the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities BCCPD) applaud the TransLink Board for reversing its plan to
eliminate the TaxiSaver Program.
We congratulate the organizations and individuals who worked hard to
show TransLink why Taxisavers are so important to the dignity and independence of seniors and people with disabilities.
By truly listening to the voices of people who use TaxiSavers and acting
on what it heard the Translink Board has demonstrated that it values community consultation.
We are encouraged that in the future TransLink will continue to engage
in true community consultation when it develops plans that impact people with disabilities and seniors.
Lorraine Logan, COSCO
Jane Dyson, Executive Director of B.C. Coalition of People with Disabilities
Harper 2005: "My government will fully preserve Old Age Security".
The B.C. Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations has expressed profound disappointment in the Harper government’s plan to raise the retirement age and thereby undermine the financial security of thousands of Canadians.
"Canada’s public pension system is already among the stingiest in the developed nations of the world," said Gudrun Langolf, first vice president of COSCO.
Millennium of Achievements
by Marika Morris, CRIAW Research Coordinator
A thousand years ago only certain cultures, such as the Mohawk, offered women any kind of equality, such as matrilineal descent and the choosing of chiefs.
Today,just like one thousand years ago, some women around the world are still sold into prostitution, forced to marry against their will, have no right or access to birth control or abortion, have little access to education, and are completely economically dependent on men.
However, Canadian women have also made significant gains over the last millennium, and particularly over the past 100 years:
In 1897, after a very long fight, Clara Brett Martin became Canada's first lawyer and the first woman to practice law in the entire British Empire. She overcame editorials opposing women lawyers on the grounds that the physical attraction between them and the judges and juries would be intolerable; She lobbied for a bill in the Ontario legislature that would overturn the Law Society of Upper Canada's regulations barring women because only "persons" could be admitted.
The BC Health Coalition and advocates across B.C. are urging the province to fully implement the BC Ombudsperson's recommendations for better seniors' care outlined in her recently released final report.
The report, titled The Best of Care: Getting It Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 2), makes 176 recommendations to improve quality and access to care for seniors in the province's home and community care services. It outlines measures for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in home and community care, in particular for home support services, assisted living, and residential care.
The COSCO Seniors' Health & Wellness Institute developed these:
ADVOCACY FOR CAREGIVERS, ADVANCE CARE PLANNING AND ADVANCEDIRECTIVES, HANDLING MONEY, HEARING, HOUSING, KNOWING YOURBLADDER, LIFE WITHOUT DRIVING, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, PERSONAL PLANNING,MATURE DRIVING WORKSHOP, SENIOR SEXUALITY, SLEEP, STAYING FIT AT HOME,STROKE, TECHNOLOGY AND AGING, VISION, CHAIR YOGA
For more detailed description of each workshop please go to more information
To book or enquire about a workshop - contact Sheila Pither by email at email@example.com
2012 BC Budget News Release
"Today’s budget represents a major disappointment for B.C. seniors – especially in light of the Ombudsperson’s recommendations to strengthen home support, and increase care hours in long-term care facilities," says Art Kube, President of the 80,000 member Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. (COSCO).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2012
The B.C. Council of Seniors today welcomed Premier Christy Clark’s promise to improve services for seniors, but cautioned that actions speak louder than words. “For the last decade, this government has implemented a ‘seniors’ agenda’ that has created misery for thousands of elderly citizens in our province,” said Art Kube, President of the 80,000 member Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. (COSCO).
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