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The Ontario government has launched a new online renewal tool for Accessible Parking Permits, providing a simpler, faster, and more accessible service for permit holders. Ontarians can now choose to renew a permanent Accessible Parking Permit, apply for a traveler’s permit or motorcycle decal and request a change of address all by visiting Ontario.ca/RenewAPP. Companies and not-for-profit organizations that transport individuals with accessibility needs on a not-for-profit basis can also use this online option to apply, renew or request changes to permits.
On behalf of our our One Million Members in the National Pensioners Federation, we declare our endorsement of MP Peter Julian’s private member’s motion, Motion M-84 Anti-Hate Crimes and Incidents and his private member’s bill Bill-C 313 Banning Symbols of Hate Act.
We must all stand up against the ugly unprecedented time. Canadians are horrified in the killings of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old Indigenous-Ukrainian-Black Canadian woman, occurred in Toronto, and Chantel Moore, an Indigenous Canadian woman, was shot and killed by Edmundston police, New Brunswick police, who were called to perform a wellness check – were results of systemic racism.
We have all taken witness since the start of the pandemic, there has been an alarming increase of anti-Asian racism and hate crimes in Canada and across North America. A new Angus Reid public opinion poll shows that nearly 50% of young Asian Canadians have experienced and been affected by anti-Asian racism and bigotry in the last year. Statistics Canada reported that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, fear and misinformation about the virus may disproportionately impact the sense of personal and community safety of many people in Canada.
The recent murder of the Muslim family in London, Ontario, was yet another reminder that hate and Islamophobia exist in Canada. We must take a strong stance against all forms of hate and racism against Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and Racialized communities.
Bill C-313 would prevent anyone from selling and displaying symbols that promote hatred and violence against identifiable groups. It is important to ban hate symbols such as swastikas or Klu Klux Klan insignia so that all Canadians can feel safe.
On behalf of our members the National Pensioners Federation urges this Parliament to act swiftly on the passage of Bill C 313 Banning Symbols of Hate Act and Motion M-84 Anti Hate Crimes and Incidents.
19.7.1 MAKE EVERY VOTE COUNT
WHEREAS Our current voting system only elects one political representative in each riding which means that a representative can be elected with less than half the votes; and,
WHEREAS When more than one person runs in an election in a riding this can leave the other half of the voters unrepresented if their representative is not elected; and,
WHEREAS Our current system, “first-past-the-post” divides the country into non-overlapping areas known as ridings, constituencies, or electoral districts and each place is located within a riding where approximately the same number of people reside. T
HEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the NPF calls upon all levels of government and the Prime Minister to conduct a multi-partisan process involving citizens and experts to determine the best model of proportional representation; and,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That this model be implemented in time to make every vote count in the 2022 election.
Submitted By: Club #197 – Unifor Area Retired Workers Council, Toronto & USCO
19.6.5 PROTECTION FOR PRIVATE DEFINED BENEFIT PENSIONS
WHEREAS Governments at all levels have, in most cases, decreased pension security, and
WHEREAS Any improvements to pension security have been minimal and woefully inadequate, and
WHEREAS There are two levels of legislation in Canada that threaten pension security, pension regulations, and insolvency regulations. Solutions are required at both levels, and
WHEREAS There is a federal election on October 21, 2019,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation reaffirm its position that pensions should be 100% protected.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation work with its’ partners to make extending super-priority to unfunded pension liabilities in the case of insolvency and full pension insurance priority election issues.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation call on the other Canadian pension regulators to implement pension insurance programs that cover 100% of any pension loss.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation acknowledge that absent full pension protection, 100% solvency funding of pensions is the only alternative to protect pensioners.
Submitted By the Canadian Federation of Pensioners