CIC Director Dr.Tim Stainton Appointed to Experts Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying, chaired by the Honourable Marie Deschamps, C.C., Ad. E., former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and Adjunct Professor at McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke. Read the full announcement and find out […]

Voters with mental disabilities deserve a say at polls, advocates say I Am Voting campaign encouraging participation of people with mental disabilities in #elxn2017

Alexander Magnussen is over the age of 18. He’s a resident of British Columbia. But he also has autism and, until recently, believed his diagnosis made him ineligible to vote. “I would hear people talk about voting and I would assume that I was not allowed to vote … I would mind my own business,” he told […]

Ottawa to universities: Improve diversity or lose research chair funds

From the Globe and Mail May 5, 2017 The federal granting councils that award the prestigious Canada Research Chairs say universities must offer up more diverse candidates for the honour or they will lose their funds. Directors of the program, which sends out $265-million every year across 1,600 researchers, say new measures unveiled on Thursday […]

Days before the B.C. election, BC Liberals and NDP are locked in a tight race: Poll

The BC Liberals and the BC NDP are locked in a tight race with just days to go until the 2017 BC election, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute.  

B.C. Election 2017: Parties differ on boosting disability supports, after a decade of frozen rates

Creating support for the most vulnerable British Columbians, including those who live on disability payments and welfare, is a topic that has been raised by politicians and voters during the leaders’ debates and on the campaign trail. Read the May 5, 2017  Vancouver Sun Story     


The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills & Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities is inviting Canadians with disabilities to apply for the 2017 Centennial Flame Research Award. This $5,500 Award is given to a person with a disability to enable him or her to conduct research and prepare a report on […]

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CACL PRESS RELEASE: Mental Health-Related Suicides and Growing Numbers with Dementia Not a Reason to Expand Access to Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia

View the Press release on the CACL Website FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2017 TORONTO – Members of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are saddened to learn about the suicide of Adam Maier-Clayton, a young man who struggled with mental health issues and was an advocate for access to assisted suicide or what is […]

Canada Makes History at the UN: CACL Works to Help Make it Happen

From CACL Canada and Canadian organizations of persons with disabilities and their families made history in Geneva, Switzerland on April 3 and 4 when Canada’s first report on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was examined by the UN Committee responsible for monitoring the Convention. CACL EVP Michael Bach […]

CACL PRESS RELEASE: UN Calls on Canada to Create National Action Plan to Ensure Rights of Canadians with Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2017 TORONTO – The United Nations called on Canada today to address the “persisting gaps in the exercise and enjoyment of rights by persons with disabilities, such as education, work and employment and an adequate standard of living, including due to lack of affordable housing and access to water and sanitation”. […]