Read about the latest news related to SAC's advocacy campaign and the upcoming federal election! Please send your stories to Felicity Feinman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB: SAC is committed to conducting a completely non-partisan advocacy campaign.
October 9, 2015 - Official NDP platform supports a national seniors strategy
The New Democratic Party have announced their full election platform, which follows through on the party’s earlier promise to expand home care services. The platform also describes the NDP’s commitment to implementing a National Strategy on Aging that would address the needs of Canada’s aging population. This plan echoes one of SAC’s key Vote Communication Health campaign ‘asks’. See the full NDP platform here.
September 30, 2015 - Justin Trudeau vows new Health Accord, improved home care
Justin Trudeau has promised that a Liberal government would create a new Health Accord to send health-care dollars to the provinces. The previous 10-year Canada Health Accord ended last year and was not renewed by the Conservatives. Trudeau added this funding would include $3 billion over four years for seniors home care. Read the story here.
September 29, 2015 - Liberal Party of Canada Responds to SAC’s Vote Communication Health Campaign
On September 29, 2015, SAC received this response from Anna Gainey of the Liberal Party of Canada in response to our Vote Communication Health advocacy campaign, which aims to put communication health front and centre in the minds of federal election candidates.
September 16, 2015 - Federal election 2015: Time for a national dementia strategy (Maclean’s)
This column by Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, calls on all of Canada’s political leaders to work to establish a national dementia strategy. According to a recent survey, 83% of Canadians support the idea of a national dementia strategy. The increasing number of dementia patients has been addressed by political leaders in other countries. In the UK, the government has committed to funding $600 million worth of research into dementia. Read more.
September 15, 2015 - NDP promises $1.8 billion for seniors' care
Thomas Mulcair has pledged that the NDP would invest $1.8 billion over four years to help provinces improve seniors' care, including expanded home care, more nursing home beds and better palliative and end-of-life care. Read more.
September 10, 2015 - Get involved on social media!
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #VoteCommHealth and by uploading the Facebook cover photo and the campaign Twibbon! Other hashtags to use:
#cdnpoli #elxn42 #vote #slpeeps #audpeeps
Reach out to the candidates by incorporating their Twitter handles into your tweets: @PMHarper @ElizabethMay @ThomasMulclair @JustinTrudeau
September 10, 2015 - New advocacy campaign!
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) has launched a new advocacy campaign – Vote Communication Health – that is urging candidates running in the 2015 federal election to address a lack of funding in three key areas of communication health. Read the press release. Visit the campaign website.
September 9, 2015 - Green Party's platform supports national seniors strategy
The Green Party released their platform policies today and one of their key promises is to develop a national seniors strategy. Read more here.
August 30, 2015 - Speech therapy can prevent a lifetime of struggles, so why are kids waiting so long for it? (Globe & Mail)
This feature highlights the importance of speech-language pathology to a child’s development and examines the causes of wait times in Ontario. Wait lists for speech-language pathologists in Ontario can range from non-existent to two years long. Shanda Hunter-Trottier, an SAC member, said that wait times are not due to a lack of speech-language pathologists. The principal problem is a lack of funding. Peggy Allen, president of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, S-LP(C), added that the division of speech-language pathology services between three Ontario ministries also increases wait times. SAC CEO Joanne Charlebois, Jocelyn Fedyczko, S-LP(C), and SAC Board Director Anila Punnoose, S-LP(C), also contributed to this story. Read the article.