The dawning of a new age for Canadians with disabilities

In a world of turmoil, we can’t afford to waste precious resources – particularly the leadership and ingenuity of people with disabilities

The dawning of a new age for Canadians with disabilitiesThe recently proposed Accessible Canada Act and the just released Senate report on essential fixes for Revenue Canada concerning the disability tax credit, Breaking Down Barriers, are stellar achievements for advocates with disabilities and the receptive politicians and public servants who listened. If both are implemented, they will remove the physical, social and financial barriers…

Man pleads guilty to range of charges

Stephen Woolstencroft pleads guilty to committing common assault, uttering threats, possessing a controlled substance and failing to attend court

Man pleads guilty to range of chargesStephen Woolstencroft has pleaded guilty to a range of charges and he was in Kindersley provincial court on May 15 to be sentenced on his different convictions. John Knox, the Crown prosecutor, said he had worked out a joint resolution with Woolstencroft to present to the court. The accused faced a long list of charges,…

Siblings who become caretakers often lack adequate support

Individuals with developmental disabilities live longer than ever and that means the responsibility for care is shifting to siblings

Siblings who become caretakers often lack adequate supportBy Helen Ries and Becky Rossi EvidenceNetwork.ca, University of Winnipeg A combination of better medical care and good lives in the community mean longer life expectancies for individuals with a developmental disability. That’s good news. But many are outliving their parents, who have taken care of them over their lifetimes. Once parents are no longer…

No guarantee of quality supports for disabled Canadians

The tangled web of disability governance and policy in Canada needs to clarified and centralized

No guarantee of quality supports for disabled CanadiansBy Jennifer Zwicker and Stephanie Dunn EvidenceNetwork.ca At a recent Senate committee hearing on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), the father of a child with autism made a heartfelt plea and a chilling statement: “We are impacted by the inability to secure our son’s future. We are his…

Kindersley forum to help caregivers and parents

May 1 event to help those with children and young adults who have physical, intellectual and medical challenges

Kindersley forum to help caregivers and parentsKenneth Brown of The Clarion Several organizations are coming together in May to provide a forum for people who are looking after children and young adults who have a range of challenges. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Sun West School Division are facilitating the forum for parents and caregivers of children and young…

What happens to our children with disabilities when we die?

Fix the Registered Disability Savings Plan and close the poverty gap of Canadians with disabilities

What happens to our children with disabilities when we die?Canada’s Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is the first poverty-fighting tool for people with disabilities in the world. This remarkable example of federal/provincial/territorial co-operation, created in 2008, has already changed the lives of more than 150,000 Canadians with disabilities. Unfortunately, the RDSP is only reaching 29 per cent of those eligible. And due to restrictions…

Fundraiser helps support new building project

Comedians Jody Peters and Dani Albert, and The Matt Davis Band entertained at the West Central Abilities event

Fundraiser helps support new building project    People fill up their plates at the Elks Hall on St. Patrick’s Day at a fundraiser for the day program building project for West Central Abilities Inc. (Below) Saskatchewan comedian Jody Peters entertains the crowd at the fundraiser. The entertainment included two comedians and two live bands. Kenneth Brown of The Clarion People…

St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser coming up

West Central Abilities is hosting the event on March 17 at the Elks Hall in Kindersley to help with its new day program building

St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser coming upKenneth Brown of The Clarion The colour green gets associated with St. Patrick’s Day and organizers of a fundraiser on Saturday hope to generate a special green in the form of greenbacks. West Central Abilities (WCA) Inc. is hosting the fundraiser on March 17 at the Elks Hall in Kindersley. The agency is in the…

Local woman donates to charities via contest

Kindersley resident Kim Mah won the CAA Celebrate 100 Years $100,000 pot. She gets to keep $50,000 and selected recipients for the other $50,000

Local woman donates to charities via contestKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley resident Kim Mah has been a CAA Saskatchewan member for about two decades and her longtime membership has paid off after winning a special contest. Mah was selected as the CAA Celebrate 100 Years $100,000 member winner in a contest held to mark 100 years of history for CAA…

Disability tax credit falls short for too many Canadians

Why is the Canada Revenue Agency denying the tax credit to those who need it most?

Disability tax credit falls short for too many CanadiansBy Jennifer Zwicker and Stephanie Dunn EvidenceNetwork.ca “Providing benefits not burdens” is how former Health Minister Judy LaMarsh once described the vision for disability policy in Canada. Unfortunately, this vision is not a reality when it comes to one of the main benefits open to Canadians with disability: the federal disability tax credit (DTC). Administered…