Friday, July 4, 2014

Ontario's Doctors Welcome Throne Speech to Create a Fairer and Healthier Ontario

TORONTO, Ontario - July 3, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - Today, departing Lieutenant-Governor David Onley read the Throne Speech outlining the Wynne government's agenda. The Throne Speech launches the 41st session of the Legislature.
The speech reiterates the government's commitment to create a "fairer and healthier Ontario" by "transforming health care, placing the patient at the centre and making strategic investments in community care." Among other things, the government will expand home and community care and guarantee every Ontarian a primary care provider.
We strongly support the government's plans to expand the student nutrition program; creating opportunities for all students to participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day; implementing a cycling strategy; and reinforcing these measures with cross-ministry initiatives.
During the election campaign, we called for a stronger focus not only on "health care" but also on wellness and health promotion. We look forward to working with the government on these important initiatives.
Further, we are pleased that the government emphasized the importance of partnerships. We agree with this and we are committed to breaking down barriers in the system and putting patients first by building stronger partnerships between physicians, government and other providers.
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Study ranks Canada's public drug plans from best to worst on access to new drugs: Canadian Health Policy Institute (CHPI)


TORONTO, Ontario - July 2, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - New research published by the Canadian Health Policy Institute (CHPI) shows thatQuebec's publicly funded drug plan provides the best access to new drugs among all the federal and provincial public drug plans in Canada.
The study compares Canada's public drug programs in terms of the number of new drugs approved for public insurance coverage, as well as the time that patients must wait for publicly insured access to new drugs. It ranks the quality of coverage for new drugs under federal and provincial public drug plans from best to worst.
The findings are relevant to the health of a large number of Canadians. It is roughly estimated that as of 2012, 11.3 million Canadians were eligible for coverage under public drug insurance programs.
The study uses the most recent data from Health Canada and IMS Brogan covering the period from January 1, 2004 to December 1, 2013.
Researchers found that the quality of insured access to new drugs varies significantly between public drug plans. Some jurisdictions provide much better access for their publicly insured populations than do other jurisdictions.
  • Quebec and Ontario had the best coverage rates – publicly insuring the highest number of available new drugs, whileManitobaAlbertaBritish Columbia and the federal NIHB had the lowest coverage rates for new drugs.
  • Quebec had the shortest delays to listing new drugs for reimbursement on its public drug plan, while New Brunswick, PEI and Ontario had the longest delays to listing.
  • New Brunswick and Quebec had the highest number of new drugs listed for full reimbursement, while ManitobaBritish Columbia, the NIHB, Ontario and Saskatchewan had the lowest number of full reimbursements.
Overall, Quebec appears to provide the best access to new drugs under its public drug plan. However, it is important to put the performance of all public drug plans in the context of benchmarks set by private sector insurance plans. Other CHPI research confirms that all public drug plans in Canada provide much lower quality of coverage for new drugs than do private sector drug insurance plans.
The study, Comparing Access to New Drugs in Canada's Federal and Provincial Public Drug Plans, is part of an annual series of papers released under the title: How Good Is Your Drug Insurance? It was published at CHPI's free access online journal, Canadian Health Policy and can be downloaded at: www.canadianhealthpolicy.com or www.chpi.ca.  
About CHPICanadian Health Policy Institute (CHPI) is a non-profit think-tank funded by independent research grants and unrestricted operating grants from public sector, private sector and non-profit sector sources. CHPI is dedicated to conducting, publishing and communicating evidence-based socio-economic research on health system performance and health policy issues that are important to Canadians.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

University of Guelph Bids to Host the 2016 Canada 55+ Games



University up against Brampton for rights to bring major sport event to the City of Guelph

GUELPH, Ontario - June 27, 2014 - The University of Guelph has been named one of two finalists for the 2016 Canada 55+ Games. This prestigious biennial event is a unique blend of active and passive activities and is presented to encourage healthy, active living for older adults in Canada. The event attracts over 2,000 participants and generates an estimated $3 million in economic activity in the host destination.

The University has been informed by the Canada 55+ Games Association (C55+GA) that they are a bid finalist and will compete against the City of Brampton to become the host destination for this major multi-sport event, proposed to take place August 17-21, 2016.

The Canada 55+ Games are open to adults 55 and above as of December 31 of the year in which the Games are held. The Games are a combination of friendly competition, socialization and just plain fun. Each province/territory determines a play-off process to determine participants qualified to represent the province at the Games in many athletic and recreational competitions.

The Guelph bid group will send an official delegation to Strathcona County, Alberta, the site of the 2014 Canada 55+ Games (August 27-30) to make a formal presentation to the C55+GA’s 2016 host selection committee (HOC) on August 25th. The presentation will included a professionally produced video showcasing the more important elements within the bid document and provide great visual representations of the University of Guelph and the City of Guelph. The winning bid will be announced at the closing ceremonies of the Strathcona Games on August 30th.

“The University is excited about the potential of hosting these Games in Guelph”, stated Tom Kendall, Athletic Director at the University. “We will put our best foot forward and clearly win over the review team and convince them that these Games will be a big deal in Guelph. We believe that both the sport facilities here at the University and all of the visitor assets in the City will compel the review team to select our bid. We will showcase a very impressive representation of community support, passion and enthusiasm towards hosting the 2016 Games. The resulting community benefits, and economic and social impacts these Games will provide for Guelph, make this initiative worth fighting for.”

The City of Guelph has identified Sport Tourism as a key growth segment and has been working with the Regional Sport Tourism Office and University of Guelph on the implementation of a three year development strategy.

“These Games are an ideal project in line with the City’s vision to stimulate visitation through sport tourism,” stated Colleen Clack, General Manager Culture and Tourism with the City of Guelph. “We are pleased that the University has taken a leadership role with this bid, and look forward to determining how the City can assist, considering the enormous economic impact potential these Games hold. We recognize the importance of sport tourism and of active senior lifestyles, from the perspective of community development, socially as well as from the standpoint of beneficial economic impact”.

The University of Guelph’s submission of the bid for the 2016 Canada 55+ Games is in concert with a regional sport tourism initiative involving Visit Guelph and the Regional Tourism Office 4 (RTO4). The newly created Regional Sport Tourism Office (RSTO) and Visit Guelph assisted the University of Guelph in authoring the bid document.

“This is a great opportunity for the University of Guelph to showcase its quality sport facilities to a national audience and for the City of Guelph to attract a large group of active citizens with a great deal of economic influence”, explained director of sport tourism for the RSTO, Laurence Bishop. “The fact that we are in competition with Brampton as host for the 2016 Games indicates that we are heading in a good direction in developing comprehensive sport tourism strategies for this region and we intend on capturing a larger slice of the estimated $2.6 billion sport tourism industry in Canada”.

The bid committee is currently developing strategies for the greater community to support the bid efforts. Plans are currently underway to engage additional facility operators, community groups and organizations, potential sponsors and most importantly volunteers. All community members are encouraged to offer their support for the Games. Those interested are requested to contact Laurence Bishop at 519-496-0613.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nearly 60% Of People Worldwide Incorrectly Believe That Alzheimer's Disease Is A Typical Part Of Aging

71% of People Think That the Government is Responsible for Helping to Find a Cure or Way to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month Initiates a Global Conversation about the Realities of Alzheimer's Disease and Urgent Need to Address the Alzheimer's Crisis
CHICAGO, Illinois June 19, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - Alzheimer's is a fatal, progressive disease impacting at least 44 million people worldwide yet it is widely misunderstood. According to an Alzheimer's Association® 12-country survey, 59 percent of people surveyed incorrectly believe that Alzheimer's disease is a typical part of aging and 40 percent of people believe that Alzheimer's is not fatal. During the inaugural Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month this June, the Alzheimer's Association is initiating a global conversation about the Alzheimer's crisis and asking people around the world to use their brains to fight the disease.
The survey, conducted in AustraliaBrazilCanadaChinaDenmarkGermanyJapanIndiaMexicoNigeriaSaudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, also found that 37 percent of people surveyed incorrectly believe that you have to have a family history to be at risk for Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released in March found that nearly a quarter (24%) of Americans hold the same mistaken belief, despite advancing age being the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's.
"Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that slowly robs people of their independence and eventually their lives," saidHarry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association.
"Sadly, Alzheimer's disease knows no bounds. Anyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer's disease, so everyone with a brain should join the fight against it."
Despite lack of understanding of the severity of Alzheimer's, it is still one of the most feared diseases. When asked what disease or condition they were most afraid of getting, a quarter of people selected Alzheimer's (23%), second only to cancer (42%). When asked what disease or condition they were most afraid of a loved one getting, a third of people in Japan (34%), Canada (32%) and the UK (33%) selected Alzheimer's. When considering health priorities, 96 percent of people surveyed said that being self-sufficient and not depending on others – an inevitability as Alzheimer's disease progresses – is important. Being able to pay for long-term care (88%) and caring for elderly parents at home (86%) were also important. These feelings are nearly universal with 98 percent of Americans saying that being self-sufficient and not depending on others is important (98%), as is the ability to care for elderly parents at home (91%) and being able to pay for long-term care (89%), according to the Alzheimer's Association Facts and Figures report.
Government ResponsibilityUnless something is done to change its course, worldwide prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will soar to 76 million by 2030 and threaten economies around the globe. A large majority of people surveyed – 71 percent – say that the government is responsible for helping find a cure or way to prevent Alzheimer's.
"Despite an obvious and large knowledge gap, people around the world still recognize the threat the Alzheimer's crisis presents and hold their government accountable for finding a cure and prevention," said Johns. "In the U.S. and among the G7, federal governments have committed to preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's disease by 2025. We must hold our leaders responsible for investing in the research needed to realize that goal."
Country and Age Breakdown
  • The mistaken belief that Alzheimer's is a typical part of aging was highest in India (84%), Saudi Arabia (81%) and China(80%).
  • The UK and Mexico had the highest recognition that Alzheimer's is not a typical part of aging (62%), but 37 percent and 38 percent, respectively, were still misinformed.
  • More than half of people surveyed in Germany (56%) and Mexico (55%) and Brazil (53%) do not realize that Alzheimer's is fatal.
  • While 40 percent were misinformed, more people ages 18-34 (60%), 35-44 (61%), and 45-44 (58%) agreed that Alzheimer's is a fatal disease than people ages 60+ (53%).
Get InvolvedDuring Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, people around the world will come together on a special day to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer's disease. On June 21, teams will participate in The Longest Day®, a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. To start or join a team, visit alz.org/thelongestday.
Other ways to join the fight against Alzheimer's disease during June include:
  • Share the facts – Post and tweet about Alzheimer's disease and brain risk throughout the month. If you have a brain, you are at risk for Alzheimer's disease.
  • Be social – Turn Facebook purple using an END ALZ graphic as your profile picture.
  • Go purple – Wear purple all month but especially on Saturday, June 21, the longest day of the year, to support those facing the devastation of Alzheimer's disease every day.
  • Use your brain to learn about Alzheimer's disease – Take the Brain Tour at alz.org (available in 15 languages).
For more information on Alzheimer's disease and the inaugural Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, visit alz.org/abam.
Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Provides Million-Dollar Gift to The Salvation Army's Toronto Grace Health Centre


Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Health Centre to Undergo Renovations to Improve Quality of Care
TORONTO, Ontario  June 19, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre is honoured to announce The W. Garfield Weston Foundation's $1 million gift to The Toronto Grace's Infrastructure Renewal Project. The funds will be directed to the renovation of the health centre located at 650 Church Street.
This generous donation has been awarded as a challenge grant in order to enable The Grace to encourage additional support. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation will match $1 million of donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
"Our family is delighted to be supporting the renovation of The Grace, a centre well-known for providing exceptional patient care to the community." said Garfield Mitchell, Director of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. "It is our hope that this donation will inspire others to lend support to the Salvation Army as they update this important facility."
"This grant will allow us to continue to serve our community in the heart of the city in our updated facility," said Marilyn Rook, President and CEO of The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre. "The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has a long and distinguished history of supporting The Salvation Army and The Grace is grateful for this gift."
The 24-month renovation process to the Toronto Grace Health Centre will build upon The Salvation Army's commitment to provide transformational and compassionate care to individuals in need of complex continuing care, rehabilitation and palliative care services. Renovations to the Toronto Grace Health Centre will modernize the 60-year-old building's infrastructure and improve the ability of staff to provide specialized care. Renovations include an update to heating and air-conditioning systems, fire and life safety and other critical systems.
About The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950's by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta.  In 1924 Garfield inherited his father's company and during his life established baking and retail businesses throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given inCanada for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of supporting charitable organizations across Canada. Today the Foundation directs the majority of its funds to projects in the fields of land conservation, education, and scientific research in Canada's North. In addition, it provides funds to further Canada's research in neuroscience.
About Toronto Grace Health Centre
The Toronto Grace is a 119-bed hospital located in the heart of downtown Toronto and is owned and operated by The Salvation Army.  The Toronto Grace welcomes patients of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.  In addition to our Spiritual Care staff, we work closely with clergy of all religions to provide spiritual support for their members. The Toronto Grace provides medically complex and specialized care and services to those individuals who require Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care. The care and services provided at the Toronto Grace help facilitate the patient flow through the health care system and ensures recovery to those individuals who may return to their homes or to Long Term Care (LTC) facilities in their communities.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Science Complex, Scholarships Named in Summerlee’s Honour


GUELPH, Ontario - June 13, 2014 - University of Guelph News Release - The University of Guelph’s state-of-the-art science complex will now be called the Summerlee Science Complex in honour of Alastair Summerlee, U of G’s longest-serving president.
The announcement was made Friday during a campus-wide tribute and farewell to Summerlee, whose 11-year term as president will end June 30.
Hundreds of current and former faculty, administrators, students and staff attended the event, along with board members, government ministers, elected officials and members of the Guelph community.
“Alastair is a leader in transcending tradition and finding new directions,” said Dick Freeborough, chair of U of G’s Board of Governors.
“That philosophy is reflected throughout this campus, especially in the Science Complex, which synthesizes innovative teaching and research and promotes discovery. Alastair played a pivotal role in creating the Science Complex from vision to completion. Having this pioneering facility bear his name is the perfect capstone to his presidency.”
Also unveiled Friday was the Alastair Summerlee Scholarship in Civil Society. The $15,000 award will be given annually to a graduate student conducting international fieldwork aimed at changing lives. It’s provided by a $500,000 endowment made possible by donors.
“This is a fitting tribute to Alastair and his dedication to empowering students to help improve the world,” said Tye Burt, chair of the University’s BetterPlanet Project campaign, former vice-chair of the board of Governors and a U of G alumnus.
“At Guelph and beyond, Alastair has committed himself to humanitarian efforts, community engagement and participatory citizenship, all hallmarks of a civil society.”
The president was also granted “Honorary Alumni Status” by U of G’s Alumni Association and recognized for leading the BetterPlanet Project, which has exceeded its $200-million goal, it was also announced Friday.
During the event, Summerlee thanked the U of G community for “the support, caring, love and understanding extended to me. This is a celebration about the institution the University of Guelph has become – that you are all part of,” he said.
Summerlee became the University’s seventh president – and the first internal candidate named to the post -- in 2003. His second term was extended by a year to coincide with the end of the BetterPlanet Project and the University’s 50th anniversary this year.
In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has gained respect as a scholar, professor, researcher and administrator.
He arrived in Guelph in 1988 as a biomedical sciences professor and moved through the administrative ranks – associate dean of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC); dean of graduate studies; associate vice-president (academic); provost and vice-president (academic) -- before becoming president.
He continued to teach, supervise graduate students and conduct research while holding administrative positions, including as president.
Summerlee won a 3M Teaching Fellowship in 2003, becoming Canada’s first university president-elect and the first Guelph faculty member to earn the award as an administrator.
Among his other awards for academic and humanitarian contributions are the International Quality of Life Award from Auburn University, the “Award of Highest Honour” from Soka University in Japan and the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Peace Medal. He also received an honorary degree from the University of Bristol.
Known as an innovator in curriculum development, Summerlee launched an extensive revision of the veterinary program at OVC and helped create the University of Guelph-Humber. He also established the Presidential Task Force on Accessibility to University Education, which was held up as a model in Ontario.
Among numerous social justice initiatives, he led the Making Poverty History symposium and the annual President’s Dialogues at U of G. He helped bring the Universities Fighting World Hunger summit to Guelph in 2011 for the first time in Canada, and chaired the campaign for the United Way of Guelph and Wellington County.

Summerlee led several international development projects, including the University’s “Bracelet of Hope” fundraising campaign for a new AIDS clinic in Lesotho and the “Shine a Light” project to improve education for girls and women in refugee camps in Kenya.
During his tenure, Guelph was the first university to partner with the Leave for Change program, which sees staff and faculty spend their vacation time volunteering for projects in developing countries.
As chair of World University Service of Canada, he championed programs to bring students from countries ravaged by war, disease and poverty to study in Canada. He also helped develop the new Botswana International University of Science and Technology.
On Friday, Summerlee said that his accomplishments at U of G and beyond are due to the support of students, faculty, staff, alumni and others.
“What has happened at the University of Guelph has been done by them; it has all been done by you,” he told the crowd.
“It has been my privilege at the end of the day to accept the accolades of the hard work, dedication and commitment of the people who, every day at this place, make it a special institution.”

Summerlee plans to spend a month this summer walking the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.
After an administrative leave, he will return to U of G to study cancer and anemia and continue with humanitarian projects, including serving as the volunteer chair of the Hunger Solutions Institute in Alabama.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Canadian Government announces elder abuse awareness project while highlighting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


OTTAWA, Ontario - June 13, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Government of Canada is helping seniors from various backgrounds better protect themselves from elder abuse, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) recognized today in a speech held at Jewish Family Services of Ottawa. The Minister also highlighted that June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).
"Our government is proud to work with organizations like Jewish Family Services of Ottawa whose elder abuse awareness project will go a long way to ensure that immigrant seniors living in ethno-cultural communities are safer and more secure. This project will help seniors better protect themselves from the many forms of elder abuse, such as neglect and financial abuse. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a great opportunity for Canadians to remember that seniors have played a central part in building this country, and they deserve to enjoy the best quality of life possible."  The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
The Jewish Family Services of Ottawa is receiving $575,000 in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for its JFS Pan-Canadian Elder Abuse Awareness and Education Program for Ethnocultural Communities three-year project. Collaborating with four partner agencies across the country, the organization brings together volunteer immigrant seniors to help develop information materials and awareness-raising programs for Jewish, as well as other ethnic and cultural communities. By learning to recognize and prevent elder abuse, seniors can help decrease incidents of mistreatment. Unique to this program is the use of theatrical performance as an educational tool.
"This project has enabled, for the first time, Jewish family service agencies across the country to work together to address elder abuse in communities that often fall through the cracks. By engaging members of various communities in their respective languages, volunteering seniors and non-seniors work together to empower others to respond to, and protect themselves from elder abuse. Jewish Family Services Ottawa is proud to be leading this project, and is thankful for the funding that has made it possible." Mark Zarecki, Executive Director, Jewish Family Services of Ottawa
The Government of Canada has made combatting elder abuse a priority and recognizes WEAAD each year as part of its own efforts to increase awareness about the issue. Canadians can help raise awareness of elder abuse by engaging in discussions, participating in related activities or helping an elder who may be in distress. To find out more about the Government's related activities, or to learn how to get involved, visit seniors.gc.ca.
Quick Facts
  • Economic Action Plan 2014 has recently proposed an additional $5 million per year for the NHSP to support additional projects that benefit seniors. This is in addition to the $45 million the Government already provides to this program annually.
  • Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. NHSP funding supports projects that focus on issues like elder abuse, social isolation and intergenerational learning.
  • June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It was first launched by the World Health Organization and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse in 2006 to bring attention to the abuse and neglect that some older adults experience and how abuse can be prevented.
  • To better protect seniors from mistreatment such as fraud and financial abuse, the Government has passed or introduced legislation such as the Digital Privacy Act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
  • brochure on powers of attorney and joint bank accounts was released in November 2013 by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum to inform seniors about the risks, benefits and possible unintended consequences of opening a joint bank account or granting someone a power of attorney.
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Backgrounder

New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
NHSP funding is targeted to community-based projects, pan-Canadian projects and pilot projects that focus on issues like social isolation and intergenerational learning.
Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation, and capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year per organization in grant funding.
Pan-Canadian projects provide support to help seniors protect themselves from elder abuse, including financial abuse and fraud. These projects help community members recognize elder abuse in all its forms and improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors. Projects focus on developing tools, resources and promising practices that can be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada. These projects may be eligible to receive up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of three years.
Pilot projects funding provides support to help address seniors' isolation by establishing better social support networks and resources and initiating community interventions. It also supports intergenerational learning projects that help seniors develop new interests and share their knowledge and experience with others. These pilot projects are eligible to receive up to $100,000 in federal funding over a maximum of 24 months, which will be matched with funding from other sources.
For more information on the NHSP, visit esdc.gc.ca/seniors.
Government of Canada's Support of Elder Abuse Prevention
Protecting Canada's Seniors Act
The Protecting Canada's Seniors Act, which came into force in January 2013, better protects seniors by ensuring tougher sentences for those who take advantage of elderly Canadians. Under the amendments to the Criminal Code, evidence that an offence had a significant impact on the victims due to their age—and other personal circumstances such as their health or financial situation—will now be considered an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes.
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
The Government of Canada recently introduced the Digital Privacy Act in Parliament, which amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). PIPEDA sets the rules private sector organizations must follow when collecting, using or disclosing personal information in the course of commercial activity.
The new legislation will also allow banks and other organizations to notify officials or a client's next of kin if they suspect that an elderly client is the victim of financial abuse. Officials at Industry Canada, with the support of Employment and Social Development Canada, are working with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to provide guidance to banks and other affected organizations about factors to be considered in using their discretion in this area and about related best practices.
Canadian Victims Bill of Rights
The Government of Canada recently announced the introduction of legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights that would transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime—a first in Canadian history.
The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights would transform the role of victims of crimes in the criminal justice system by creating statutory rights for them. For the first time in Canadian history, criminal law provisions would be framed clearly to include rights for victims of crime.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Keep It Simple: It's Easy to Stay Healthy During Men's Health Week

The Canadian Medical Association Partners for First Ever National Men's Health Week
OTTAWA, Ontario June 11, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Canadian Medical Association has joined up with the Canadian Men's Health Foundation to launch the first ever Men's Health Week June 9 – June 15, ending on Father's Day. CMA has claimed Wednesday, June 11th as "Stay Healthy Day" and to celebrate have developed five easy tips that men can do to reduce their risk of developing some of the most common male health issues. These tips aim to show men that small changes can make a big impact on their overall health.
"Men's health is an area of growing concern in Canada," says Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, President of the  Canadian Medical Association. "There are some simple steps men can take to ensure they stay healthy as they get older, and to help prevent chronic disease. Simply checking your blood pressure regularly, or doing testicular self-examinations can mean the difference between living a healthy life or potentially suffering from a serious health condition.  These five tips give men an easy starting point that won't take up too much time in their lives, but could make a significant difference to their overall wellbeing."
The Canadian Medical Association has partnered with the Canadian Men's Health Foundation (CMHF) as part of their national Men's Health Week to raise awareness. CMHF is dedicated to speaking to men in a way that they can truly hear, absorb and act on the information. The Canadian Medical Association provides resources and tips to Canadians all year round on the site healthcaretransformation.ca.
All Canadians should have a family physician who can provide ongoing care for them and their families, including screening appropriate for age and family history. In addition, the five simple tips below will help men stay healthy:
  1. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men between the ages of 15 and 29, but is highly treatable with a cure rate of over 95%. So check yourself regularly. The self-exam is simple: feel each testicle and roll it between your thumb and finger. It should feel smooth. If you detect anything different than your last check, go and see your doctor.
  2. 1 in 3 Canadian men are being stalked by the Silent Killer: High Blood Pressure. There are no obvious warning signs to high blood pressure.  Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year by a health care professional; more often if your blood pressure is high. Regular checks can make sure your blood pressure is in the normal range to prevent stroke and heart attack.
  3. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. If you smoke, or have a family history of heart disease, or if you are inactive or overweight get your cholesterol checked by your doctor. Regular physical activity, healthy eating with less  processed foods and less sodium, not smoking and managing your weight all contribute good heart health. 
  4. Feeling thirsty, extra tired or have noticed a sudden change in weight? Those can be signs of Diabetes, which can affect your kidneys, eyes, heart and even result in lost limbs. If you experience these symptoms see your doctor to get your blood sugar checked and chat about what changes you can start making.
  5. When's the last time you thought about getting a booster shot? Well immunizations aren't just for kids – adults should be getting booster shots every 10 years for Tuberculosis, Tetanus and Diphtheria. Your doctor may also recommend others.  Contact your doctor or your local public health unit to find out how to get yours.
About Canadian Medical Association
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care.
About the Canadian Men's Health Foundation
Canadian Men's Health Foundation (CMHF) is a national, non-profit organization founded by Order of Canadarecipient Dr. Larry Goldenberg.  The mission of CMHF is to inspire Canadian men to live healthier lives. 70 % of men's health problems can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyles. CMHF will create a new social awareness and motivate men and their families using health information and lifestyle programs in ways they can hear, absorb, and act on. 
The first ever Canadian Men's Health Week takes place from June 9th – 15th and will become an annual rallying point for groups, organizations and Government to step up and do their part to encourage men's healthy lifestyles. For more information go to DontChangeMuch.ca.