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Canada trails the pack when it comes to mental health funding levels among comparable industrially developed nations – but advocates say a promise from the federal government to improve services means the time is ripe to push for change.

“Access to care is abysmal in most places throughout the country and of course that’s linked … not only, but very much to funding,” said Louise Bradley, executive director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in a recent interview. Continue reading

The federal government has appointed an independent task force to identify options for the future of our postal service. It says that everything but postal privatization is on the table.

CUPW welcomes the review and the chance for postal workers and the public to have a say in the future of the post office. It’s time to end the cuts and start getting creative about our possibilities. Continue reading

What does an Accessible Canada mean to you?
 
This is something I’ve been thinking about since long before I took on my current role as Canada’s first minister dedicated to Canadians with disabilities. Recently we launched a national consultation where I asked Canadians this question as I believe it’s an important question that will help to inform the development of legislation that will transform how the Government of Canada addresses accessibility. An accessible Canada is more than how we build our spaces; it is about what and how we think. We must look at accessibility differently — as individuals — as communities and as a government.

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Senate rejects amendment that would have sent bill to Supreme Court for review

The Liberal government’s much debated and often criticized assisted dying bill is now law.

The bill received royal assent Friday afternoon after passing a final vote in the Senate earlier in the day. The bill was voted through after a final bid by senators failed to expand the scope of who qualifies for a doctor-assisted death.

Senator Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate, put forward the motion that the Senate should approve the amended bill and “accept the message passed by the House of Commons.” Continue reading

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The chief of one of Canada’s most impoverished indigenous communities says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making concrete commitments to address some of the problems that have afflicted his people for generations.

Chief Bruce Shisheesh of Attawapiskat, who declared a state of emergency on his reserve in April during a spate of youth suicide attempts that has never really abated, said he was satisfied with the outcome of a late-afternoon meeting on Monday that he and elders had with Mr. Trudeau and two of his ministers. Continue reading

Human rights commissions call for nation-wide legislation and greater accountability to ensure rights of persons with disabilities are respected

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May 30, 2016 – The Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) (1) is calling on all levels of government to enact federal, provincial and territorial legislation to meet Canada’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). (2) Continue reading

About this consultation

Millions of Canadians rely on the Government of Canada to provide them with easy access to the services and benefits to which they are entitled. They expect quality and fast service from their government—whether the service is provided online, over the phone or in person. According to Service Canada data, too many Canadians are not receiving the level of service they expect.

Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada committed to improve services for Canadians. To support this commitment, the Government is taking action by launching the Employment Insurance Service Quality Review, a nationwide consultation process with key stakeholders and the public to seek their input on ways to improve services to Employment Insurance (EI) claimants. Continue reading