BCCPD Presents at Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities was invited to speak at the annual Emergency Preparedness Conference held in Vancouver on November 29, 2011. The BCCPD gave a one-hour session on our community emergency preparedness training for people with disabilities. Sixty-six delegates from the emergency management sector attended the session. We received excellent feedback an a lot of interest in our project.

To download the training manual and accompanying resources visit our Library/Emergency Preparedness page www.bccpd.bc.ca/emergprep.htm

 

Canaries in the Coal Mine: Women and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity [WEBINAR]

A free online event presented by the Canadian Women’s Health Network, in collaboration with National Network on Environments and Women’s Health and CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health

When: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 from 10:00-11:00 p.m. PST
Where: online
Presented by Geneviève Nadeau, doctoral student at University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies
Moderated by Anne Rochon Ford, Executive Director of the Canadian Women’s Health Network
Presented in English with bilingual question period

An estimated 3 to 5 per cent of Canadians have developed sensitivities to chemicals in our day-to-day environment. Women constitute 60 to 80 per cent of people suffering from these multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). What are the potential gendered components of this contested health issue, and how do they echo broader conversations related to women’s health and environmental health policy in Canada?

Geneviève Nadeau conducted a critical review of MCS-related literature in the social sciences in the context of a scholarship of the CIHR Team in Gender, Environment and Health. She offers insight on some multifaceted dimensions of MCS related to the health of Canadian women. Nadeau will answer questions in English and French after her talk.

Can’t attend? Email admin@cwhn.ca to request a reminder when we post the webinar recording.

Production of this event has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

Community Advisory Re: Canada Pension Plan Disability

documentWe have been advised by Canada Pension Plan (CPP) that it has determined the Third Party Administration Act is not being properly applied.

Lawyers advising CPP have said that a third party cannot make a Reconsideration Request of a CPP denial on behalf of someone unless they have a Power of Attorney or some other type of legal authority from that person.

Even if a client signs the CPP Authorization to Communicate, they still have to provide a written request.

This means that if an advocate assists someone with a Reconsideration Request, they need to provide a letter signed by their client stating the client wishes to request a reconsideration of their CPP disability benefits denial, and that they authorize the advocate to represent them.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact the BCCPD’s Peter Beaudin at peter@bccpd.bc.ca