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BC Coroners Service releases Domestic Violence Research

For Immediate Release
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April 17, 2012

Ministry of Justice
BC Coroners Service

Victoria – Murdered women are eight times more likely than men to be killed by their spouse or romantic partner, according to new research from the BC Coroners Service.

This is one of the key findings of a BC Coroners Service research project into domestic violence deaths in B.C. since 2003. The report on the research was made public today as part of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week.

by NationTalk on April 17, 2012809 Views

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Feds Cut Services that Develop Healthy Self Determining First Nations‏

April 16, 2012
For Immediate Release

Federal government to eliminate funding for the National Centre for First Nations Governance, the only organization in Canada dedicated solely to addressing First Nations governance.

Ottawa, April 16, 2012 – Federal funding for the National Centre for First Nations Governance (NCFNG) has been cut by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. The Centre will no longer offer its popular nation rebuilding services and will close it doors by March 31, 2013.

by NationTalk on April 17, 2012792 Views

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Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres Applauds Health Council Canada Report on Home & Community Care

Toronto, April 16, 2012 – The Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC) supports the recommendations brought forward today by the Health Council of Canada in their comprehensive report: Seniors in need, caregivers in distress: What are the home care priorities for seniors in Canada? Among the highest level of service provision in the country, Ontario’s push towards a stronger health care system will require a shift in the way home care is understood, valued, and integrated into the health system — including the way that health care dollars are allocated.

by NationTalk on April 17, 2012689 Views

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ONWA Responds to Federal Cuts to NWAC: Jeopardizes Aboriginal Women’s Health

Media Release
For Immediate Release
April 16, 2012

Health Canada has announced that they will cut funding for all programs of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) geared toward the improvement of Aboriginal Women’s health. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) finds this decision gravely concerning and disappointing in that it puts Aboriginal women’s health in jeopardy.

Aboriginal women are considered to be the most vulnerable population in Canada. Not only do they have the poorest health rating in Canada and the highest levels of chronic disease, but from a social perspective they also remain at highest risk of health concerns due to circumstances such as severe poverty. According to Statistics Canada, 36% of Aboriginal women live in poverty which is more than double the rate of poverty for their non-Aboriginal counterparts.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2012911 Views

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Province Announces Opening of Berens River Renal Health Centre

News Release – Manitoba
April 16, 2012

Facility to Provide Quality Care, Services for Berens River First Nation Residents Closer to Home: Oswald

Residents of Berens River First Nation will now have convenient, quality renal care in their community with the official opening of the new Berens River Renal Health Centre, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today, adding the new facility features a treatment unit as well as educational space essential for the prevention and early detection of renal disease.

by NationTalk on April 16, 20121043 Views

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Missing Pieces in Budget 2012 – Child Development, Economic Well-being, and Aging

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
April 13, 2012

The theme of Budget 2012 is economic prosperity. Investing in our youngest citizens today is as important for economic prosperity and intergenerational fairness as reviewing old age assistance. Developing the full potential of every child needs more attention across Canada. There is undeniable evidence that failing to do so limits productivity and creates higher social costs. This focus is missing in Budget 2012.

Promises of progress on aboriginal education are a welcome and essential step. A second but missing essential step is preventing adolescents from falling through the cracks of a fragmented support system. A third essential piece is greater investment in early childhood, based on research showing that preparation for success as an adult starts early. More funding for a youth employment strategy helps, but it starts too late. Canada spends much less on early childhood development than comparable countries in our global economy.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2012784 Views

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New long-term care facility in Behchoko

April 13, 2012

The planned construction of a new long-term care facility was announced yesterday at a ground breaking ceremony in Behchoko, Northwest Territories. The new facility will replace the Jimmy Erasmus Seniors home and will provide services to 18 NWT long-term care residents.

“This new 18-bed long-term care facility will increase our system’s capacity to offer the necessary supports and services to NWT residents as close to home as possible,” said Minister of Health and Social Services, and Minister Responsible for Seniors Tom Beaulieu.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2012897 Views

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Seniors needing the most help are not getting the care they need, says report

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The Health Council of Canada releases a new report on home care in Canada

Toronto, ON (April 16, 2012) – Today, the Health Council of Canada released Seniors in need, caregivers in distress: What are the home care priorities for seniors in Canada?

The report provides the first cross Canada snapshot on the needs of home care clients and their caregivers. The report looked at data from five regions including Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and Yukon and found that seniors who need home care the most are not getting the level of care they need. One-third of seniors in the Health Council’s sample have complex health needs, often involving both a physical disability and cognitive impairment such as dementia, but these people receive only a few more hours of home care services per week than what is offered to seniors with moderate care needs.

by NationTalk on April 16, 2012949 Views

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Government of Canada invests in projects to support Canadian seniors

Toronto, Ontario, April 16, 2012—Seniors across Canada can look forward to new services and activities in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The announcement was made today by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley.

“Seniors have made an incredible contribution to building Canada and our Government is committed to investing in programs that support their continued well-being and participation in our communities,” said Dr. Leitch. “The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides funding at the local level, to help organizations assist seniors with maintaining high-quality, active lives.”

by NationTalk on April 16, 2012655 Views

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Media Advisory – NAHO’s loss is a blow to Aboriginal health

Ottawa, April 13, 2012 – In light of the pending closure of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is calling on the Government of Canada to provide Canadians with an alternative body possessing a robust governance structure to continue the work of this critical research hub and resource.

Addressing substance abuse, addictions, suicide, high rates of diabetes and infectious diseases require a foundational and dedicated base of knowledge from which communities can draw. This is what NAHO provides. Given the diversity of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples and the complex factors that perpetuate chronic illnesses, success in Aboriginal health is predicated on a continuous and stable entity such as NAHO. Dismantling it and diffusing funds is not the answer.

by NationTalk on April 13, 20121021 Views

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