Canadian Doctors for Medicare promoting Pharmacare

From speaking to legislators on Parliament Hill (see 19:09) to Canada’s op-ed pages and helping to lead a sea-change in organized medicine, Canadian Doctors for Medicare Board Members have been busy pushing for universal drug coverage.

There’s a new opportunity for you to have your say too.

Canada is the only high-income country in

the world with a universal health care system that does not include a universal drug plan.

The World Health Organization has recognized that access to medication is a human right, yet 1 in 10 in Canada cannot afford to take their medications because of cost. Workers who depend on shrinking private drugs plans often pay for their drug coverage in the form of lower wages. And when people lose their jobs, change jobs or retire, they often lose their drug coverage.

We need a national Pharmacare program to ensure everyone in Canada can access the medications they need. This program must be public, universal, comprehensive, accessible and portable. Pharmacare will save money and save lives.

Canadian Doctors for Medicare is requesting our members and donors to share your experiences of rising costs of medication or lack of access to medicines you need at:

These powerful stories will be used to support our work when advocating for universal, single-payer Pharmacare to policy-makers and the public.

You can also click here to notify the federal government of your priorities for health care as part of the 2020 Pre-Budget Consultations:

This work would not be possible without your support. Your donations and membership power what we do.

Canadian Doctors for Medicare

ACORN Members fighting for affordable child care, Thu Apr 12/18

ACORN Members across Ontario are fighting for affordable child care! The average cost of childcare in our province is $1200/ month. These are the highest fees in the entire country. Meanwhile, there are thousands of low income families on the waiting list for subsidy. Help us bring the fight for affordable child care to Ottawa!

Join ACORN members and allies at our next campaign planning meeting!

When: Thursday, April 12th @6 pm

Where: Heron Road Community Centre (1480 Heron Rd).

Learn more about the campaign here:

Please RSVP by e-mailing or calling 613-746-5999 ext.2

Multifaith Housing Initiative Tulipathon – Sun May 27/18

 Save the date:

Tulipathon 2018 (like Spring) is just around the corner! Please note that this year the event date (Sun., May 27) is later than usual.

Click the following links to download:

This year we will be unveiling our new integrated online donation system for Tulipathon. We will update you in the coming weeks about how you can fundraise online!

Band Together for Nelson House, Fri Mar 23, 7pm

Band Together for Nelson House

  • Event on Friday, March 23, 7pm at All Saints Church, is a low cost ($25) opportunity to help support Nelson House in its mission to provide a safe place for women and their children escaping violence. While Nelson House is located in west Ottawa, it helps women from anywhere and works in cooperation with other shelters to make sure that no woman who needs help to escape a violent situation is turned away.
  • This evening is being held in Sandy Hill so may be of interest to some who are not from west Ottawa.
  • Click here to buy your tickets now OR call Nelson House at 613-225-0533/ email: $25 Early Bird/ $30 at the Door
  • You may also call or email Lee Farnworth who has tickets at 613-224-9745

Alzheimer’s Workshop, Tue Mar 27/18, 10-11:30am

  • 480 Metcalfe Street, Ball Room, 2nd Floor, Villagia in the Glebe, free street parking
  • Renowned cognitive and behavioural neurologyh expert and researcher, Dr Andrew Frank, will present the latest innovations in Alzheimer’s research being conducted
  • Health professionals and community members invited.
  • RSVP 613-798-5111 or Catherine Bennett or Terry Black

Neighbours Helping Neighbours Workshop


Click here for poster

Training to support family and friends who are providing community-based Respite Care

Date: April 3, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Overbrook Community Centre,
33 Quill Street, Ottawa

To provide practical information for participants who would like to help the primary caregiver who is providing care to a family member, friend, or neighbour who is in frail health or who has ageing needs.

*role of family in caregiving,
*attitudes and boundaries for informal caregivers,
*normal & abnormal ageing,
*elder abuse,
*the grieving process,
*pain & comfort, safety issues.

There is no cost. However, participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. OCW will provide tea, coffee, and water.

The workshop, originally developed by the Victorian Order of Nurses, is supported by the National Association of Federal Retirees (NAFR). This workshop will be in English, however French Workshops are available on request.
Maximum number of participants is 12.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018

Email or phone 613 728-9770

Christ Church Cathedral – Labyrinth workshops for caregivers

Christ Church Cathedral

To keep you centred and energized in your work and ministry, you are invited to try some or all of our labyrinth workshops for caregivers. This year we are offering the workshops on different days of the week to make them more accessible.

Save these dates:
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 Carrying the Weight of the World: The Complexity of Caregiving
Tues, Jan 16, 2018 When we Don’t Know: Inner Guidance
Wed, Feb 28, 2018 Walking Together: Embracing Imperfection
Thurs, April 19, 2018 A Pause from Fixing: Sabbath Moments

All workshops take place at the labyrinth at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St, Ottawa from 1 to 3:30 pm, doors open at 12:30.

For more information, to register, contact Deacon Christine Jannasch or 613-818-1754