The Time for Universal Pharmacare is NOW

Halton Pharmacare Coalition
The Time for Universal Pharmacare is NOW
Dear Resident of Halton, with your help we can make this happen

Pharmacare means being able to access prescribed medicines without paying any fees when you hand over your prescription to a pharmacist.

This is important because Canadians pay more for their medicines than other people in most other wealthy countries and particularly because 10% of Canadians who are without private insurance, government assistance or who are dependent on government pensions, cannot afford their medicines on a regular basis. This results in more visits to doctors, stays in hospital and lost days of work which is costly to everybody

Pharmacare also has benefits for our provinces and our businesses because it will mean that the federal or the provincial government will be able to negotiate buying drugs from pharmaceutical companies at lower prices, which, of course, means a saving in costs to all concerned.

This is the improvement to health care that the current Federal Government is proposing: making medicines available according to the same ‘universal, one payer, free at point of access’ principles of the Canada Health Act that govern our access to doctors and hospitals for all Canadian citizens and legal residents.

But, and it is a big ‘But’, the pharmaceutical and private health insurance companies are opposed to this improvement in our health care. This is because such a development will decrease their enormous profits. These industries are very wealthy and very powerful and are willing, and determined, to dilute the Federal Government’s proposal as much as possible. Consequently the government appointed Implementation Committee, composed of representatives from government, business and health providers, is making slow progress and will not report on its recommendations by the original date.

The Halton chapters of CARP and The Council of Canadians, along with the endorsement of the Ontario Health Coalition, along with the other organizations whose logos are displayed, believe it is time for the public to make its voice heard. So we want you to do two things. The first is to attend a public meeting on Pharmacare that is going to be held at the Galaxy Hall at 7:00pm on Tuesday April 2nd, 475 North Service Road, Oakville L6H 1A5. Natalie Mehra, the Executive Director of “The Ontario Health Coalition” will be the keynote speaker along with other representatives of endorsing organizations.

Second we want you to send the following letter to your MP and MPP, whose contact details are listed below and indicate your support for universal, one payer, free at point of access Pharmacare, making prescribed medicines available under the same conditions as going to your doctor or the hospital.

We are also encouraging you to add, as a postscript, any experience you have had or that you know someone else has had, when they were not able to access, or regularly take, their needed medications because they didn’t have the money to do so.

It’s time for the public to make their voice heard.

The Halton Pharmacare Coalition

Please CLICK HERE to download the following letter and send it to your MP/MPP.

Dear “MP/MPP’s name”

As a voter in your Riding I want you to strongly support the introduction of Pharmacare as a health care service provided according to the terms of the Canada Health Act. That is, Pharmacare should be available to all Canadian citizens and legal residents, paid for by government financing and requiring no payment for prescribed medicines at a pharmacy.

We believe that Pharmacare with these characteristics should mean receiving medicines in the same manner as we now receive care from our doctors and hospitals. It should be simple to understand and use and save money for patients, other health services, businesses and governments.

Above all it will improve the health, quality of life and prosperity of all our people and prevent any of them remaining ill and inactive because they cannot afford the medicines they need.

Please add your personal experiences here.


Ridings: MPs:  email addresses

Burlington: Karina Gould: karina.gould@parl.gc.ca

Wellington – Halton Hills: Michael Chong: michael.chong@parl.gc.ca

Milton: Lisa Raitt: lisa.riatt@parl.gc.ca

Oakville-North Burlington: Pam Damoff: pam.damoff@parl.gc.ca

Oakville: John Oliver: john.oliver@parl.gc.ca

Ridings: MPPs: email addresses

Burlington: Jane McKenna: jane.mckenna@pc.ola.org

Wellington-Halton Hills: Ted Arnott: ted.arnott@pc.ola.org

Milton: Pam Gill: pam.gill@pc.ola.org

OakvilleNorth-Burlington: Effie Triantafilopoulos: effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org

Oakville: Stephen Crawford: stephen.crawfordco@pc.ola.org

Spring Seniors Housing Options Open House

Back again by popular demand. Whether you’re a senior yourself or have seniors in your life this is an event that’s not to be missed!

Monday April 15, 2019
2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
3063 South Service Rd
L7N 3E9

At this free event, older adults and their families will have a wonderful opportunity to learn about local housing and support services suitable for seniors – whether the goal is to relocate to a smaller home, retirement residence or rental property or simply age in place in their current residence. Gather information about innovative solutions such as life leases, tiny homes, co-housing, home sharing, and Sell ’n STAY TM, PLUS … in-home care and meal services, transportation and home reno’s, as well as reverse mortgages, how to grow and protect wealth, estate planning, local government resources and more!

Throughout the day presentations will include topics such as how to avoid being scammed and valuable information on medical cannabis.

Hosted by:
Marion Goard
Sales Representative, Master Accredited Senior Agent
Keller Williams Edge Realty, Brokerage

Amal Helbah-Dawson
Investment and Retirement Planner
RBC Royal Bank, Burlington

www.seniorsinhalton.ca / 289-208-1000

CARP Halton Chapter Community Meetings in March

CARP Halton Chapter community meetings will be continuing in March in both Milton and Burlington and at both locations we will be very pleased to welcome Dr. Derek Jasek. Dr. Jasek is a registered chiropractor and a certified Yoga instructor (“my hobby and passion”) at Burlington’s Headon Chiropractic Wellness Centre. He has devoted his life to the study of movement and posture. He will present:

Better Health for Better Living! Arthritis Seminar

Dr. Jasek will provide the secrets of maintaining a healthy spine and improving the quality of your life.

“In my practice I see people who spend their life worrying about the big health problems (as they should) and yet with most people it is arthritis and wear and tear that eventually affect their enjoyment and quality of life. Wearing out your joints it the biggest threat to a good quality of life,” says Jasek.

At this seminar you will learn:
• A proven program to change spinal alignment to minimize wear and tear.
• A 10-minute home exercise program based on yoga poses and modern rehab – the best of old and new techniques.
• The science behind what nutritional products work.
• The one small muscle group that can give you a more upright youthful posture.

Please join us at either location for what will be a very interesting and informative evening.

Our Milton meeting will take place on Wednesday March 13th from 7.00pm to 8.45pm at the Seniors Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive, Milton. 

Our Burlington meeting will take place on Thursday March 28th from 7.00pm to 8.45pm at the Seniors Centre, 2285 New Street, Burlington. 

Doors will open at both locations at 6.30pm. The program will begin at 7.00pm and wrap-up at 8.45pm. Coffee and tea will be available. Treats for our Milton meeting will be supplied by Revera and at Burlington by Chartwell Retirement Residences. We would like to thank them for their generosity.

Both meetings will begin with a short welcoming address from our Chapter President Tom Carrothers. Tom will also provide a brief update on your CARP Halton Chapter activities.

This will be followed by our featured presentation.

There will be a break at the midway point which will allow time to socialize with fellow members and to visit our sponsors. We encourage you to chat with our sponsors and gather more information about the services they provide. Halton Chapter thanks our sponsors for their support at all of our meetings.

Our Sponsors in March are listed below. Their names are linked to their websites so that you can click through to find more information.


Mortgage Alliance: Iris Dowling is a Customized Mortgage Solutions and CHIP Expert

Lisa’s Kitchen: Designing and delivering delicious nourishing meals for Seniors and Busy People

Burlington Memorial Gardens: Established in 1979, Burlington Memorial Gardens features over 100 acres of beautifully landscaped and immaculately manicured gardens. Part of the Arbor group of cemeteries and funeral homes, the property is part of the historic Niagara Escarpment.

Hearing Life: “Your hearing is our expertise” We give you access to the most advanced hearing aid technology, expert clinical support and the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment.

Both meetings will conclude with a few closing remarks from Tom and our 50/50 draw. We encourage you to support this draw as proceeds help defray the costs incurred in putting on our meetings. The lucky winner at Burlington usually takes home well over $100.

Our meetings are FREE. All are welcome. Please support CARP Halton Chapter. We look forward to meeting our members and friends.

ALZ: Family Caregiver Wellness Day: Oakville

Take time to indulge in yourself. Relax and regroup with other caregivers. Manage the stress of caregiving with simple and fun exercises like dance movement and music therapy. Develop self-awareness to balance responsibilities as a caregiver. No cost to participate. Spots are limited, so register now.

Come and de-stress with…
Dance Instructor – June Lawrence and
Music Therapist – Julia St Cyr.

Not to mention a deliciously catered lunch and of course great company!

Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2019.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Community Center, Oakville, ON
Time: 10:00am to 1:30pm

*Please let us know if you require respite care for your loved one,
in order to attend*

Register Here!

For more info, contact Ana Nunes-Freitas,
Caregiver Education Coordinator
905.827.8800 Ext. 2417

Mississauga Halton LHIN – Family Caregiver Input: You Can Help Inform Future Needs

Are you caring for someone with memory loss or dementia, who attends memory loss or dementia related services?

The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network invites you to have input into Dementia programs.

On Thursday February 21st,  you are invited to attend a focus group at the Regional Learning Centre to answer questions and have discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of current programs and services for persons with dementia. To see the flyer for more details and to register, please  Click here

The “100% Certainty Project” – Let’s Start Talking About End of Life

“Nothing’s certain but death and taxes.” And tax advice, it seems, is everywhere we turn, whether through the media or via an army of advisors and accountants. But what about death?

There’s not much advice on how to die well. In fact, there’s hardly any information or conversation about it at all. The practicalities are mysterious enough: Will there be pain, indignity, and loss of autonomy? Home, hospice or hospital, assuming I get a choice? How will my family cope? And then there’s the hard work of making meaning out of something that feels like the end of all meaning. No wonder we fix our attention firmly on the details and the big questions of life rather than death!

Much of this social denial is an unintended consequence of our medical expertise. When so much treatment is possible, and so much specialized knowledge is offered, it’s easy to let the professionals take over. A 2018 study by the Institute of Clinical Evaluation Sciences found that though most Ontarians would prefer to die at home, death too often happens in hospitals or long-term care homes after every possible treatment “fails,” rather than at home in quiet dignity as the last meaningful event in a significant life.

The 100% Certainty Project aims to change that in the Hamilton and Halton region. Representatives from the local palliative care centre, funeral homes, hospices and bookstores choose four or five new books every year where dying plays a central role as plot device or central topic. By promoting the books through author readings and other events, we hope to encourage the grassroots conversations that will lead to creating the social fabric we will all need at the end of life.

Over the next few months, I’ll introduce you, through brief reviews, to the five books on this year’s list. I’ll also alert you to a few events here in Halton related to the topics that these books explore so creatively. I hope this will help you have the essential conversations about your own journey towards death with your friends and family.

In the meantime, you can get acquainted with The 100% Certainty Project at www.talkaboutdeath.ca. Let’s start talking about that final taboo.

Burlington resident Janet Gadeski is a former board member of The Carpenter Hospice. An avid reader, she represents the Hospice on The 100% Certainty Project’s working group.

Please find the first of these book reviews below:

“The End of Your Life Book Club”  (Will Schwalbe, Knopf, 2012),


Perhaps the most vital message as death draws near is that life goes on. It’s an outlook that transforms the end-of-life journey for both patient and loved ones. And it’s the foundation of the worldwide palliative care movement. In the words of Burlington’s Carpenter Hospice, it means “Making Moments Matter” right to the end of life.

The main characters in The End of Your Life Book Club (Will Schwalbe, Knopf, 2012), made moments matter, in part, through a shared love of books. Mary Anne Schwalbe was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 73. She and her son Will were avid readers. It was natural for each to bring a book to Mary Anne’s appointments, and share favorite passages during the long waits.

Soon they realized that they had a “book club of two.” At first, they held meetings in the chemotherapy suite during Mary Anne’s treatments. When her cancer could no longer be held back, they met at her bedside. Each book they discussed led them to learn more about each other’s hearts and minds, and become more able to talk about the imminent end of Mary Anne’s life.

Mary Anne’s achievements as the respected Director of Admissions at Harvard, successful international volunteer and fundraiser, and award-winning humanitarian built a lasting legacy in the US and abroad. Yet for Will, the insights revealed in their discussions of books became a more intimate legacy. Whether they read novels, biography, philosophy or religion, they challenged one another, laughed and cried together, and travelled towards new destinations (end-of-life for Mary Anne, a more authentic life for Will).

Mary Anne and Will show us how books can help build deeper connections with those we love and perhaps face losing. I imagine that almost any book could provoke some kind of shared response – whether a soul-baring discussion, an intellectually provoking debate, a hearty laugh, or just a joint eye-roll. But if you would like to check their list in the hope of starting your own book club of two, you’ll find it at End of Your Life Book Club reading list.