WEEKLY QUOTE:A woman identifying herself as Joanne, and another individual working with her, have allegedly been contacting seniors and offering to sign them up for a government benefit in exchange for a 10 percent fee. Most of the targeted seniors have been unaware that the promised benefit was the CERB, or that they likely did not qualify to receive it.NDP MP Don Davies Vancouver Kingsway
While we put social and #PhysicalDistancing measures into practice within our communities, we can remain emotionally close and stay connected using technology https://t.co/31qtCaIGTZ #COVID19 @RobertGrantWVLT pic.twitter.com/JaNhY9CCp6
— McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (@Mac_AgingNews) May 19, 2020
Why did it take so long for Health Minister @shandro to step up and support seniors in long-term care during the #covid19 pandemic? And furthermore how does @jkenney continue to stand behind this terrible Minister? #ableg #abhealth pic.twitter.com/dneBFdJLw0
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) May 23, 2020
Seniors need more than one-time top-ups if coronavirus pandemic lingers: advocates
Organizations representing seniors across the country say they’re grateful the government is supporting older adults with a one-time public pension top-up but worry it won’t be enough — especially if the timing of a promised increase to the Old Age Security (OAS) benefit might be in flux.
During the 2019 election campaign, the Liberals courted seniors’ and retirees’ votes by vowing to both boost the OAS program by 10 per cent for seniors once they turn 75 and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) survivor’s benefit by 25 per cent. These increases would take effect in July 2020, the Liberals said in the fall.
However, in a recent interview on The West Block, the federal minister responsible for seniors wouldn’t say one way or another if the government was on track to fulfill that pledge this summer.
Seniors' care often falls outside the scope of the Canada Health Act, leaving many without proper care. We need parallel legislation & natl standards to ensure ALL seniors have access to the care they need & deserve. #FixSeniorsCareNOW
#ABhealth #ABpoli #ABseniors pic.twitter.com/yYkRRTnAP9
— Friends of Medicare (@FriendsMedicare) May 23, 2020
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