The Coalition of ELDER RIGHTS Defenders

SENIORS AT RISK Coalition

Seniors at Risk has joined with other advocates who are working to stop elder abuse by health care providers, government agencies and authorities.
We have just launched a new umbrella organization:  The Coalition of ELDER RIGHTS Defenders  (Elder Rights for short).
Two days ago, we sent a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-14 Medical Assistance in Dying (attached).
We are not objecting to assisted suicide. We’re against endangering, harming and killing people in hospitals and nursing homes who are not suffering irremediable and unbearable ailments and who don’t want to die – something that is now rampant across Canada. Safeguards aren’t working now, and the safeguards proposed under Bill C-14 won’t work either.
The huge amount of attention that the proposed assisted suicide legislation is now getting across Canada is an opportunity for us to expose the growing menace of elder abuse by health care providers and other authorities. We posted our 2-page Senate submission on our new website, along with shocking case evidence of unlawful conduct by doctors and nurses against elderly people and their families.
The Senate is currently debating Bill C-14 and may vote on it as early as this comingMonday, June 6th
 
Please EMAIL senators to THIS WEEKEND to let them know your views and concerns.Your email need not be lengthy, even a few sentences will have an impact.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:  Senators are not there to vote according to their personal views, but to reflect the views of citizens. If enough people pressure them about the dangerous and frightening treatment seniors are getting from doctors and nurses in hospitals and nursing homes now, then that may cause the Senate to think twice about rushing this poorly-thought-out legislation through. This legislation will give doctors and nurses immunity from prosecution for every death they claim is assisted suicide. This will encourage more abuse and make it virtually impossible to stop malicious acts of harm or homicide such as we profiled in our Senate submission.
Contact info for members of the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs:  http://www.parl.gc.ca/sencommitteebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?parl=42&ses=1&Language=E&comm_id=1011
Contact info for all senators:

 

We would also appreciate your help to spread the word about The Coalition of ELDER RIGHTS Defenders, and helping us to create a lively online community (united we stand, divided we fall). We have an excellent Advisory Board working with us, see attached.
Please share our new presence far and wide. Here are the links where you can make comments on our website, make Facebook posts and tweet your support, stories, opinions and concerns:
Website:     http://www.elderrights.org  It’s brand new, so we have not had time to publish much content yet, but we plan to be adding new articles and exposing evidence from cases of wrongdoing frequently.
The direct link to Elder Rights’ submission to the Senate on Bill C-14 is:  http://elderrights.org/2016/06/02/submission-senate-standing-committee-legal-constitutional-affairs/
Thank you for your support,

 

Lois Sampson

Elder Rights Advocate
SENIORS AT RISK

PH-Press Release”Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?”(School closures)

We are sending this press release in response to the Infotel article, last evening in which Wendy Hyer has apparently already decided what to do with the funding from MLA Ashton… http://infotel.ca/newsitem/funding-inadequate-to-keep-schools-open-in-okanagan-skaha-school-district/it31202

Penticton Herald

Important Press Release

“Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?”

In a promising announcement on Tuesday morning, MLA Dan Ashton stated that the Ministry expected School District 67 to use funding provided to prevent the closures of local elementary schools. The message was loud and clear as Ashton spoke in front of the school board office building. He specifically referenced reversing the closure of Trout Creek School, due to strong neighborhood growth. He praised the work of parents and the multitude of financial alternatives to school closures presented by qualified citizens (CPAs, Auditors, Managers) during the consultation process. The Board did not implement a single suggestion. Ashton formally joined citizens requesting a third party review of the closure process and he wants that review done by a Special Adviser that the Ministry is willing to provide. The school board must agree to accept the offer before an appointment can be made.

With these pending decisions to rescind the closures, it is more important than ever to ask, “Who is running the School Board?”. It appears to be Superintendent Wendy Hyer. In a news article released less than 7 hours after the funding announcement, Hyer has already allocated the quarter million dollars to fit her own agenda, “this additional $266,000 allows us to balance our budget without adding to the structural deficit,” she said. Since she was seen conversing with Secretary Treasurer Roller-Routley during MLA Ashton’s speech, perhaps she missed a very important message. Due to the research and efforts of the citizens, the Ministry has listened and acknowledges the important role of the two neighborhood elementary schools, requesting they remain open to spare the impact on both students & their communities.  “I am very pleased to deliver more than $266,000 in funding to help the cause. It is now time for the school district to respond and reopen at least one of these schools, if not both,” said Ashton.

This is not the first time that Hyer has appeared to be the “Tail Wagging the Dog”. In emails accidentally cc’d to a parent, Hyer appears to give an administrative directive to the Trustees not to respond to questions and to seek legal advice after a failed attempt at rescinding an email. Hyer wrote,“Would not support this request. Please refer to our advice from legal counsel…in fact, Bonnie may want to seek advice from council”. The Ombudsmen has been asked to review this matter, since a School Board should be directing its administration, not the other way around.

It is fundamentally important that a Board of elected officials acts as a political entity responsive to the electorate, not an administrative body responsible to the Superintendent. The School Board is mandated to make decisions based on educational objectives that are in the best interests of the students, not the sole interest of Superintendent Hyer’s agenda. The BCSTA defines the role of school boards, “Trustees engage their communities in building and maintaining a school system that reflects local priorities, values and expectations. School trustees listen to their communities; boards are directly accountable to the people they serve.” 

The largest flaw in the decision making process by School District 67 has been the sham of public consultation. It obviously never truly existed. Since 2002, school boards have complete autonomy, operating free and clear of any checks and balances, or any financial oversight. If SD67 appears to be run solely by an administrator, it is in a precarious situation that can easily fall into “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. With no accountability, salary raises were given to the Trustees, administration, & Hyer herself ($17,000 – her total compensation now exceeds the salary of the Premier) …all during a year in which SD67 is the ONLY district in the province slated to close 3 schools.

In light of this, it seems likely that the abundance of meetings that were in-camera & closed to the public during the process were to deprive the public of it basic rights of observation & questioning, and move forward the decisions of the Superintendent…and perhaps the “Tail Wagging the Dog” is just another “Whoopsie” to add to the list??

John Horgan statement regarding B.C. education announcement

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John_Horgan_2015_crop_169X238VICTORIA— John Horgan, leader of the New Democrats, issued the following statement in response to the Christy Clark government’s education announcement on Tuesday:

“This is not about Christy Clark doing what’s right for parents and kids, this is all about Christy Clark trying to make bad headlines go away until after the election.

“This is the least that Christy Clark could do. The least. This is not new funding and I think that parents and students will see through this cynical election ploy.

“There are no cheques going to local school boards. All that the B.C. Liberals are saying is that they won’t be clawing back the $25 million that they were originally demanding from schools across B.C.

“Barely a month ago, Christy Clark’s education minister was dismissing the concerns of thousands of parents across B.C. as ‘just a few vocal groups’ and standing in the legislature defending his government’s cuts to public education.

“I’m so disappointed that this is what it takes to get Christy Clark to listen – that parents and kids have to mount public campaigns and embarrass the B.C. Liberals to be heard.

“This funding flip-flop shows that Christy Clark’s claim that she has no control over local decisions about school closures and education cutbacks is false.

“Christy Clark has neglected and underfunded public education in B.C. for far too long, and parents and kids deserve better. What could be more important than public education?”

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PH-Letter to the Editor-Settle Skaha Park

Recently when Penticton Council sued the Lakeside Resort over an electrical dispute it was settled out of court. Why is the Skaha Park lawsuit not settled?  

Though the City has failed to come to terms with the people of Penticton over the Skaha Waterslide debacle; they have begun Parks and Recreation consultations.

Why would Council think the citizenry believes they would honor our wishes when they failed so abysmally with Skaha?

Does this council understand that citizen participation in consultations is an unspoken two-part contract: Trust by the citizenry that Council will honor and respect the wishes of taxpayers’?

The local school boards also are a good example of abuse of trust. They could have saved parents a lot of time by telling them they weren’t interested in input. Trout Creek worked hard and spent thousands of hours researching and presenting a well-thought-out case only to have it spurned.

Can we believe the results from the Parks consultations or are we facing future bafflegab from Penticton council?

Penticton council and the school board have abused our trust. Once abused; trust can only be regained when earned. Settlement of the Skaha lawsuit would be a positive first step to restoring that trust.

Why has the Skaha Park lawsuit not been settled when the electrical lawsuit was swiftly settled? Months have passed and apparently the City’s lawyers have still to respond to the Skaha group. If the City is dragging its feet and not interested in proceeding with this case then what is holding it up? 

Has this become a grudge match between two intractable parties? Is neither party willing to meet with the other? Has someone lost sight of the goal posts because they are focusing on grinding axes? Is someone abusing the mantle of power we gave them at our expense? That is the problem with secrecy and lack of communication.

For too long city council has conducted too much city business behind closed doors. But is the Skaha group any better? It is hard to fault the City on this when the Skaha group has been so uncommunicative.

Is lack of settlement the fault of the City or the Save Skaha Park group?

Give your heads a shake. The tourist season is here. People are fed up with this. It is time to move forward. Get this case settled. This impasse has carried on far too long.  

Elvena Slump

Penticton

PH-Letter to the editor- RESTAURANT is not listed as one of the PERMITTED USES for Skaha Park

Penticton Herald – Letter to the editor

Dear Editor

Penticton residents should go onto the City website and obtain a copy of Bylaw No. 2002-42 and 2011-23 to follow this flow of Skaha Park information.

Bylaw No. 2002-42, within this Bylaw # 2 – “That the following herein described property is dedicated for Public Park Land”. Schedule “G” lists Skaha Park/Beach as dedicated Public Park Land. I believe, this can only be changed by a Public Referendum.

Zoning Bylaw No. 2011-23 – Chapter 4 – Definitions: 4.2 ACCESSORY USE means a use which is – as the permitted use.

Chapter 4 – Page 4-18- PERMITTED USE  means the main or primary use of lands, buildings or structures and o others, which is provided for in the list of permitted uses in the zones of this Bylaw.

Chapter 4 – Page 4-19,  RESTAURANT means a location where food and beverage are offered for sale to the public.

Chapter 8- Specific Use Regulations – Page 8-1 Application for Specific Use. 8.1.1 – The specific use regulations shall apply to all zones unless otherwise exempted in this Chapter.

Page 13-2. 13.2 P2 Parks and Recreation – PURPOSE:

This zone provides for parks, recreation and open space.

13.2.1 – PERMITTED USES:

The permitted uses in this zone are:

1-carnival 2-community garden 3-government services 4-indoor recreation 5-marina 6-outdoor amusement, entertainment and recreation 7-outdoor market 8-public parking lot 7-accessory use, building or structure.

RESTAURANT is not listed as one of the PERMITTED USES for Skaha Park under these Bylaws and therefore cannot be located within the marina building or on Skaha Park Land.

Nelson Meikle – Penticton

Study finds organic crops boost local economies

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New Study: A Penn State study found that organic crops boost local economies, reducing poverty and increasing family incomes in rural America in areas where organics are grown. It’s just too bad that our government hasn’t seen the light and continues to subsidize GMO agriculture that enslaves farmers with expensive seed contracts, technology fees and toxic chemicals. GMO crops: Bad for the economy, bad for the planet, bad for our health.

WASHINGTON — The production of organic foods helps lower poverty and increase household incomes in rural America, according to a Penn State University study released Wednesday.

The study by agricultural economist Ted Jaenicke found that organic hot spots — counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity — increased median household incomes by an average of $2,000 and reduced poverty levels by an average of 1.3 percentage points.

In Iowa, there were six counties highlighted as organic hot spots: Allamakee, Clayton, Dubuque, Howard, Johnson and Fayette. Nationwide, 225 counties were identified ashot spots, or about 7 percent of all U.S. counties. 

“I’m pretty optimistic that it might provide a new way of thinking about organic agriculture,” Jaenicke said.

He started researching organic because he was curious about the effect it had on local economies. The “strong and robust” impact of organic was much larger than he thought, Jaenicke said.

Jaenicke tabulated the results by identifying the quantity of organic farms and economic activity in the area. He then removed other factors influencing the local economy to gauge organic’s impact. He did not receive funding from the industry for his research.

While his study did not assess why organic benefited area economies, he speculated the reasons it does include the need for more labor and use of locally sourced inputs. Organic crops also typically command a significant premium compared to traditional crops, often paying the producer several times as much.

Laura Batcha, executive director of the Organic Trade Association, said the group was hopeful the data would spur policymakers, including state officials and lawmakers in Washington working on the next farm bill, to invest more in organic agriculture. She acknowledged organic isn’t the only solution to helping area economies.

We hope policymakers “will understand the role that organic can play in a portfolio,” Batcha said. “There is a useful role for organic agriculture in rural development but we’ve never to date yet had a real comprehensive look at (it).”

Organic food sales have risen by double digits annually as the public consumes more fruits, vegetables, pastas, dairy and meats raised and grown without synthetic pesticides, genetic modification or antibiotics, among other stringent requirements.

Last week, the trade group said sales of organic food hit a record of nearly $40 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year. Overall, all food sales rose 3 percent.

Contact Christopher Doering at cdoering@gannett.com or reach him at Twitter: @cdoering
READ: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/05/25/study-finds-organic-crops-boost-local-economies/84811864/

#GMO #organic #agriculture #food #healthy#poverty #PennState #RuralAmerica#gmofreecanada #gmofreeusa

Millennials distrustful of Canada’s food system, survey finds

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Millennials distrustful of Canada’s food system, survey finds

Millennials are less trusting of the food system in this country, according to a new study.

On Tuesday, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity – a research group funded by the food industry – released results of a survey on public trust and food. The study reveals a shifting landscape regarding who Canadians view as trustworthy on food issues: away from traditional authorities such as government agencies and food associations, and towards family, friends and the Internet.

In general, the study found that millennials, compared to other demographics, have a lower level of trust in most of the groups who make up the food system – including farmers, grocery retailers, food companies, environmentalists and government.

For example, only 66 per cent of millennials rated farmers as “believable” when it comes to the environment – compared to 70 per cent on average. And only 48 per cent of millennials rated David Suzuki as believable – 8 per cent lower than the average.

Crystal Mackay, CEO of Farm & Food Care Canada, said the trends could be linked: that millennials’ reliance on the Internet for information could also be fuelling their distrust when it comes to food.

“Where people are going for their information: online and Google … The food associations and the government are not coming up in the top three [search result] pages,” she said.

Of the respondents, 15 per cent said their No. 1 source of information on food is the Internet, and websites. Twelve per cent said “Google.” The same number said their friends or family are their main sources.

The Canadian study is in line with survey results in the United States conducted by the Britain-based market research firm Mintel last year. That study found that 43 per cent of those between the age of 21 and 38 do not trust large food manufacturers. And 74 per cent said they wish companies were more transparent about how they manufacture food.

Over 2,100 participated in the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity survey, conducted in February and March of this year by Ipsos. The organization is the research arm of Farm & Food Care Canada, which aims to boost public trust in the food industry. The study was funded in part by Tim Hortons and the Egg Farmers of Ontario.

This was the first Centre for Food Integrity conducted in Canada, though the American chapter of the organization has done similar studies in years past.

The results revealed mixed feelings when it comes to how Canadians in general feel about their food.

Just 30 per cent of respondents said they feel that the country’s food system is heading in “the right direction.” Of the remaining respondents, 50 per cent said they were “unsure,” and 21 per cent responded by saying the system is on the “wrong track.”

One common concern cited by respondents was the use of hormones and pesticides in growing food. Over 40 per cent said they are “personally concerned” about the use of such products.

Fewer than half of respondents said they view groups such as grocery retailers, government scientists, animal-welfare groups or government scientists, in a favourable light. In fact, less than a quarter, 23 per cent, of respondents said that they trust that the government food-inspection system ensures the safety of their food.

But that skepticism does not seem to extend to the agriculture industry itself. Sixty-nine per cent view farmers favourably, and 61 per cent have a “very or somewhat positive” impression of Canadian agriculture.

Despite all of this, an overwhelming majority – 93 per cent – acknowledge that they know “little, very little or nothing” about farming practices.

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Osoyoos Secondary School will NOT close

 

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Osoyoos Secondary School will NOT close

 

An announcement from the BC Government will be made tomorrow.

Stop the transition, stop the extra bus driver ads, NOT necessary.

NO independent school needed

I was told some time ago this was the best educational decision to be made – to close the school (SD# 53 staff) – but that is gone.

An announcement from the BC Government will be made Tuesday.

It seems the government has been persuaded that in every rural area where only one high school or one elementary school exists – IT SHOULD NOT CLOSE.

Smart – politically

Dumb – maybe

This is an election year.

(No court cases, no more protests)

Maybe the government will admit – “We listen”

ODN contacted Mayor Suzan McKortoff: “I am happy, I have nothing to add. I am busy at the moment.”

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Actor Elijah Wood Blows the Whistle on Massive Hollywood Pedophile Scandal

Actor Elijah Wood Blows the Whistle on Massive Hollywood Pedophile Scandal

May 23, 2016

| Piper McGowin | The Daily Sheeple | 2,415 views

(Pic: Gage Skidmore)

It’s one of those horrible things that people who follow alternative media are well aware of, but it’s rare to hear an actor come out and admit it in the mainstream media.

Actor Elijah Wood has gone on record in a London Times interview to say that Hollywood is covering up an organized pedophile ring similar to the scandal surrounding Britain’s Jimmy Savile.

Thirty-five-year-old Wood admitted there are “parties” where innocent, naive young actors are “preyed upon” in Hollywood by a powerful elite, and that “It was all organized.”

“There is darkness in the underbelly—if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

Wood goes on to say that those who attempt to speak out get “squashed” and their lives are ruined, to be expected.

The actor believes these things are going on right now and the general public has no idea: “I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things probably are still happening,” he said.

Well, why would they stop when there have never been any consequences?

He hedged himself in the way he discussed it, but still. At least he’s saying something. What’s more horrifying is that large portions of Hollywood and especially many more actors who started their careers at a young age totally know what’s really going on and none of them will come forward. Not a peep.

Can you imagine the power if a large number of them stood in solidarity and spoke out against this disgusting system? They really could actually bring it down.

Too bad they don’t realize the power they have… or are too worried about their careers to do the right thing, not just for themselves, but all the other current and future victims who will be harmed by this.

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Nature’s Path stays fiercely independent as organic food and farming goes mainstream

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Arran Stephens, CEO of Nature’s Path, in the Nature’s Path garden in Richmond, B.C. The family-owned business owes its organic roots to Stephens’ father, who started an organic berry farm long before organics were trendy.

Elisa Birnbaum | May 19, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20 2:25 PM ET

Way before “organic” became a rallying cry of trendsetters, Arran Stephens’ father, Rupert, ran an organic berry farm on Vancouver Island and imparted these words to his son: “Always leave the soil better than you found it.” That fuelled his worldview and the company he launched years later.

Stephens opened the first vegetarian restaurant and natural supermarket in Canada in 1967 and 1971 respectively, when less than a dozen existed across North America. “I was very idealistic,” he said of those heady days. In the world of entrepreneurship, where idealism typically holds wallflower status, it’s worth noting that Stephens wouldn’t be co-founder and chief executive of Richmond, B.C.-based Nature’s Path, Canada’s leading brand of organic snack and breakfast food, without those romantic ideals coaxing him forward. You could say idealism spurred the movement currently giving conventional players a run for their revenue.

The organic industry contributes more than $3.5 billion a year to the Canadian economy, with more than 20 million Canadians choosing organic options for their groceries each week, the Canadian Organic Trade Association claims. “It appears to be a lasting lifestyle choice as opposed to a fad,” said Helen Long, president of the Canadian Health Food Association, noting more and more Canadians are discovering organic health benefits.

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The Next Globalist Corporate Takeover Explained In 2min

Published on May 19, 2016

In this video we have a surprize guest post from “Understanding More” a spoken word artists who under 2 min explains the globalist corporate takeover that is the TPP. With the trade deal being shrouded in mystery benefiting primarily the elite, it’s only the alternative media that has been keeping the public aware of the crave changes that will be enacted from the TPP.

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Castanet news-March Against Monsanto Penticton

Castanet News – March against Monsanto Penticton 

People of all ages participated in Penticton’s fifth annual March against Monsanto, Saturday, at Gyro Park.

Children made signs, while adults listened to guest speakers and checked out displays set up at the park.

“It’s not in our best interest to be growing these GMO products if other countries aren’t accepting them anymore,” said organizer Kevin Proteau, with Locals Supporting Locals. “And the sad part is with all these countries marching around the world, we shouldn’t be here for the fifth time.

Why are we still talking about this?”

March Against Monsanto is a worldwide event that takes place in over 40 countries and 400 cities on the same day.

More than 38 countries have either banned GMOs including Russia or are restricting the importation of GMO goods or placing moratoriums until more research is conducted.

In Canada, the organic food sector has seen dramatic growth in recent years with consumption developing at a faster rate than production.

Saturday’s event at the park included the march through the downtown, sign-making, displays and guest speakers.

Included in the  speakers at the event was Gabe Cipes from Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the vice-president of the Certified Organic Association of B.C.

Cipes was there to discuss alternatives to conventional agriculture and the threat of trans-genetically modified organisms.

“This is about re-connecting to the earth. It’s good to recognize the disconnect and it’s good to see that people are aware of how corporations are exploiting the earth and people for profit,” he said. “We need more people to be involved in the food system and to be connected to their hearts and nature.”

Penticton resident Julie Humphries said she was there to do some painting with the kids and make signs for the rally.

“I support the production of organic foods as well as Locals Supporting Locals, because I believe by having a strong community we have a strong voice,” she said.

Emmalise Pickles, who was there making signs with her siblings, offered a young person’s viewpoint on the issue.

“We are participating because we want healthy food for the rest of our lives,” she said.

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