Investigation to Determine Carcinogen Exposure

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS occupational exposure to carcinogens in the workplace can occur for 30 to 40 years, and

WHEREAS many retired workers are dying from such exposures, and the causes of these deaths are not being investigated as to the relationship between the cancer and the workplace, and

WHEREAS investigation into the cause of these deaths may prevent present-day exposure to carcinogens, and

WHEREAS the retired worker and his/her Spouse are not being fully compensated,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call upon the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Health, if deaths are determined to be due to carcinogens in the workplace, to ensure that those deaths are recorded and investigated; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that legislation be put in place to banish all materials or sources of carcinogen exposure from the workplace.


Submitted by TORONTO AREA RETIRED WORKERS COUNCIL

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National Dementia Plan Submitted by USCO

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS the number of Canadians diagnosed with some form of dementia is projected to triple by the year 2031, and

WHEREAS many countries have established a National Dementia Plan,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation urge the federal government to establish a National Dementia Plan.


Submitted by USCO

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Alzheimer and Dementia

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS Alzheimer and Dementia are normally associated with aging and are now being increasingly experienced within a much younger group, and

WHEREAS, the answer to a cure lies in research, yet researchers in this field complain that cut backs in funding are preventing progress; and

WHEREAS those afflicted and their caregivers are being pushed into a life of unimaginable despair and poverty,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this National Pensioners Federation Convention 2017 encourage Provincial and Federal Governments to increase research funding to find a cure.


Submitted by TORONTO AREA RETIRED WORKERS COUNCIL

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National Dementia Plan

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS the number of Canadians living with cognitive impairment, including dementia, now stands at 747,000 and will double to 1.4 million by 2031; and

WHEREAS the combined direct (medical) and indirect (lost earnings) costs of dementia total $33 billion per year and by 2040 will increase to $293 billion per year; and

WHEREAS Canada’s health-care system is ill-equipped to deal with the staggering costs,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that National Pensioners Federation (NPF) work with our allies to demand that the Federal Government develop a national dementia plan which will focus on:
– Increasing funding for research into all aspects of dementia
– Promoting earlier diagnosis and intervention
– Strengthening the integration of primary, home and community care
– Enhancing skills and training of the dementia workforce
– Recognizing the needs and improving supports for caregivers


Submitted by BC FEDERATION OF RETIRED UNION MEMBERS (BC FORUM)

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National Public Drug Plan

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS a National Public Drug Plan (Universal Pharmacare) would reduce prescription drug spending by a massive 41%, thus saving up to $11.4 billion, and

WHEREAS Canada remains the only developed country with a universal healthcare system that does not include prescription drug coverage,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) continue to demand that the Federal Government pass legislation to provide a National Public Drug Plan (Universal Pharmacare program), and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) write directly to Canadian Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, requesting she take a positive stance towards promoting a National Public Drug Plan and advocate for such a plan to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health Study on the Development of a National Pharmacare Program.


Submitted by BC FEDERATION OF RETIRED UNION MEMBERS (BC FORUM) and CONGRESS OF UNION RETIREES OF CANADA

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National Pharmacare Program

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS, according to past research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (published in March, 2015), Canadian taxpayers could save billions of dollars by the introduction of a universal public drug plan to provide prescriptions to all Canadians. The research modelled costs based on data describing $22 billion worth of retail prescription drug purchases in the fiscal year 2012/13 and indicated most prescription drugs are already paid for by taxpayers with $9.7 billion spent directly on public drug plans and $2.4 billion spent on private drug plans for public sector employees; private sector spending on private insurance plans currently accounts for $5.7 billion, and uninsured patients pay $4.5 billion out-of-pocket prescriptions; and

WHEREAS, if Canada could achieve the pricing found in several comparable countries, a universal public drug plan would reduce total spending on prescription drugs in Canada by $7.3 billion per year, or 32%, according to this same research; and

WHEREAS every other developed country with a universal health care system, including countries such as France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, to name a few, provides universal coverage of prescription drugs – Canada being the exception;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal Government to enter into meaningful discussions with the Provinces to provide a National Pharmacare Program so that all Canadians have equal access to prescription drugs at a reduced cost.


Submitted by OLD AGE PENSIONERS ORGANIZATION of BC

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Hospital Parking Fees

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS hospital parking fees amount to just another tax on ailing Canadians, and many reports have found that many Canadians are missing hospital appointments, unable or cannot afford to assist or visit their family members in hospital, and are stressed due to high cost of parking at the hospital, and

WHEREAS the CBC News on March 28/2013 stated that hospital parking rates are just another tax on sick Canadians, and

WHEREAS many communities in Canada have free parking at hospitals such as Campbell River, and Delta in British Columbia, also in Nova Scotia just to show it has been done in a number of Canadian Communities; and

WHEREAS the Campbell River notes that Citizens for Quality Health Care North even question the legality of charging for parking citing the Canadian Health Act which states that the Act exists to… “facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers”. The group claimed that parking fees are a financial barrier, and therefore violate the Canada Health Act; and

WHEREAS the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, which raised its parking rates in January 2015 netted five (5) million in parking fees in 2012,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on all levels of Government to stop charging parking fees at Canadian Hospitals, and work with other organizations such as Unifor Retirees, Senior Citizens in each province, the Council of Canadians, and others to reach this effort for free parking at hospitals.


Submitted by USCO

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Eliminate Parking Fees at Canada’s Hospitals

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS hospital parking fees amount to just another tax on ailing Canadians and many reports have found that many Canadians are missing hospital appointments, are unable or cannot afford to assist or visit their family members in hospital and are stressed due to the high cost of parking at the hospital; and

WHEREAS the CBC News on March 28, 2013 stated that hospital parking rates are just another tax on sick Canadians; and

WHEREAS many communities in Canada have free parking at hospitals such as Campbell River and Delta in British Columbia, also in Nova Scotia just to show it has been done in a number of Canadian communities; and

WHEREAS the Campbell River hospital notes that “Citizens for Quality Health Care North” even questioned the legality of charging for parking citing the Canada Health Act which states that the Act exists to’…..facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers’. The group claimed that parking fees are a financial barrier and therefore violate the Canada Health Act; and

WHEREAS the hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, which raised its parking rates in January 2015 netted five (5) million in parking fees in 2012,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on all levels of Government to stop charging parking fees at Canadian Hospitals and work with other organizations such as senior citizens in each province, the Council of Canadians and others to reach this effort for free parking at hospitals.


Submitted by UNIFOR LOCAL 524 AJAX, OSHAWA AND PETERBOROUGH AREA COUNCIL

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Vitamin D

Policy number:
2016-2-8
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the British Columbia Medical Association Guidelines and protocol for Vitamin D testing was changed in June 2013 to ’Vitamin D testing is NOT needed’ when the Vitamin D testing protocol previously included testing for those with bone loss or gut disorders to determine if Vitamin D deficiency was the underlying cause and

WHEREAS Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorous
absorption, facilitates normal immune system function, and is important for the growth and development of bones as low levels of vitamin D can speed up bone loss and increase the risk of fractures and

WHEREAS Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with diabetes, hypertension, rickets, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, cognitive impairment in the elderly, depression, colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis, and lupus as different tissues in the body have Vitamin D receptors, including the heart, kidneys, colon, brain, muscle and immune cells, which indicate they need Vitamin D to function properly.

Policy:
That the National Pensioners’ Federation urge the Federal Government to require Vitamin D testing as recommended by the Vitamin D Council and informed MD’s when conditions such as with diabetes, hypertension, rickets, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, cognitive impairment in the elderly, depression, colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis, and lupus are identified, helping to prevent disease conditions and consequences to patients, families and cost to the healthcare system.

Section:
Health

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Tainted Blood

Policy number:
2016-2-6
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS over 30,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C by way of tainted blood in Canada, resulting in the death of thousands of Canadians and harming countless families; and

WHEREAS Canada spent $17 million on a publicly-funded federal inquiry which revealed that the paid donor system was a key factor contributing to Canadians receiving tainted blood; and

WHEREAS billions of dollars in compensation have been given to those who received tainted blood and their families due, in part, to Canada’s former reliance on blood from paid donors; and

WHEREAS the Krever Inquiry recommended an end to a private, for-profit blood donor system in Canada; and

WHEREAS our blood plasma is not meant to be a commodity that is bought and sold, we must protect our voluntary blood donor system in Canada and ensure we have one national operator, the Canadian Blood Services, to oversee blood collection and plasma collection in our country.

Policy:
That the NPF call upon the Government of Canada to refuse to issue or approve any license to Canadian Plasma Resources or any other private, for-profit, donor-paid blood products company to operate in Canada; and implement legislation which ensures that no for-profit, donor-paid clinics will be allowed to operate in Canada.

Section:
Health

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