Keeping the Issues Front and Center on the Front Lines

CARP Joins the Fight to Save Door-to-Door Mail Delivery

Front Row: Henry Evans-Tenbrinke Malcolm Buchanan (CURC), Doug Stone (CARP Hamilton), Ken Stone (CURC), Amar Chahil (CARP Hamilton)
Front Row: Henry Evans-Tenbrinke
Malcolm Buchanan (CURC), Doug Stone (CARP Hamilton), Ken Stone (CURC), Amar Chahil (CARP Hamilton), Ken Stone (CURC)

CARP has been fighting to save door-to-door mail delivery from the very beginning, while raising awareness of how the community mailboxes will negatively affect older Canadians- particularly those with mobility challenges.

One retired Hamilton, Ontario resident took matters into his own hands. When Canada Post started to install community mailboxes, Henry Evans- Tenbrinke began his sit-in on the proposed site of Canada Post community mailbox in his neighbourhood in protest against Canada Post’s plan to cut door-to-door mail delivery. While attracting lots of media attention, CARP members and many Canadians across the country rose in support of his stance for this community.

Hamilton CARP Chapter Chair, Doug Stone, and CARP’s Director of Community Development, Anthony Quinn, hand delivered CARP’s letter of support and joined Mr. Evans Tenbrinke in the sit-in protest on a Monday morning in June.

Some municipal governments, such as Montreal and Hamilton, have been siding with their residents and pushing for a moratorium on the installation of community mailboxes, which are built on municipal property. To call other municipalities to action, CARP sent an open letter to all GTA Mayors to act on the concerns expressed by their citizens to stop the installation of community mailboxes. CARP will continue to push for the reversal of the Canada Post decision and to support Mr. Evans-Tenbrinke and likeminded Canadians who want to protect valuable public services.

CARP Edmonton meets with Alberta’s Minister of Health, Raising Seniors’ Health as a Priority

 

Alberta’s Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors, Sarah Hoffman front row, fourth from the left; Bernice Rempel chair of CARP Edmonton front row, second from the right
Alberta’s Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors, Sarah Hoffman front row, fourth from the left; Bernice Rempel chair of CARP Edmonton front row, second from the right

CARP Edmonton met with the new Alberta Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors, Sarah Hoffman this July to raise the important healthcare concerns of CARP members, such as issues around homecare delivery and standards, availability of long term care spaces, and staffing and standards of care amongst other pressing issues. This will be one of many more meetings that CARP Edmonton and Calgary will have with the Minister and the provincial government to enhance the quality of life for Albertans.

CARP Newfoundland discusses Seniors Care at the Canadian Medical Association Roundtable

Healthcare remains the highest priority for many Canadians and CARP members alike. CARP has been pushing for transformative change of the healthcare system that is difficult to navigate, complex and incomplete, and failing to meet Canadians’ chronic care needs. CARP’s Newfoundland Chapter representatives attended a Seniors Care roundtable discussion hosted by Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and met with local MPs and MLAs. At the meeting, CARP called for a transformed healthcare system, in which Canadians are more than mere consumers or patients but “healthcare citizens” who pay for the system and expect their relationship with the system to be governed by universality, quality and access – values found in the Canada Health Act. Many other participants shared their concerns and recommendations to improve the healthcare system and agreed to make seniors care a priority issue for the upcoming federal election.

CARP Ottawa and Halton Weighs in on Ontario’s Elder Abuse Strategy

CARP has long called on governments to act on ending elder abuse through a comprehensive strategy that includes an elder abuse hot line, a duty to report and whistleblower protection, caregiver support, and specialized investigative support. Representatives of CARP Ottawa and Halton chapters participated in the Ontario’s Elder Abuse strategy discussion late July, sharing their concern about the prevalence of elder abuse and the lack of supports in place.

More needs to be done to build awareness about elder abuse and extend access to support services available in the community. There are also opportunities to start early and educate students through the school’s education curriculum, so they do not tolerate any form of abuse, including elder abuse. CARP will continue to monitor the development of Ontario’s strategy and other provinces’ efforts to end elder abuse, so that supports and services are in place to serve the interests of affected individuals and their family.

July 31, 2015

 

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