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Minister Hussen announces funding for international youth internships

News release February 6, 2024 – Victoria, British Columbia – Global Affairs Canada Today in Victoria, during a cross-country tour to highlight International Development Week, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of International Development, announced $24.5 million in funding for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP). For over 25 years, the program has been offering youth living in Canada the opportunity to gain skills and professional experience abroad in the field

The Government of Canada introduces legislation to delay Medical Assistance in Dying expansion by 3 years

News release This news release deals with topics that may cause distress. If you or someone close to you needs support, resources are available at Canada.ca/mental-health. February 1, 2024 | Ottawa, Ontario | Health Canada Medical assistance in dying (MAID) is a very personal choice and a deeply sensitive topic. In Canada, MAID may be an option for some people who are suffering intolerably due to an eligible medical condition.

Special Olympics BC Newsletter January 2024

Kicking off 2024 with excitement & inspiration! January 2024   Sport & Programs Spotlight 2024 anniversary celebrations for SOBC Locals As 2024 begins, we are so pleased to wish a happy birthday to the Special Olympics BC Locals that will mark anniversary celebrations this year! SOBC is so fortunate to have incredible athletes and volunteers in 55 communities around the province, and we are continually amazed by the long-standing dedication

Government of Canada announces the Inclusive Workplaces campaign to encourage employers to hire persons with disabilities

  News release January 31, 2024          Gatineau, Quebec       Employment and Social Development Canada   Canada’s greatest resource is its people. Businesses and organizations benefit from having a diverse and inclusive workforce where all Canadians, including persons with disabilities, get the opportunity to put their talents to use and reach their full potential. That is why the Government is making significant and targeted investments in Canada’s workforce development—supporting Canadians in preparing

PRESS RELEASE: Parliamentary Committee Recommends an Indefinite Delay to MAiD for Mental Illness; Inclusion Canada Wants the Sunset Clause Repealed Altogether

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, January 30, 2024 TORONTO, ON – Government officials have indicated that doctor-assisted suicide for people whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental illness will not become legal on March 17th, 2024. Inclusion Canada, the national organization for people with an intellectual disability, demands a full repeal of the ‘sunset clause,’ which sets a looming deadline for the expansion of assisted suicide. The Special Joint Committee


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, January 26, 2024 Brent Gabona TORONTO, ON – Wednesday’s sentencing in the Brent Gabona case highlights systemic issues with congregate care and the need for stronger protective measures for individuals with intellectual disabilities living in those settings. Inclusion Canada, the national organization advancing human rights for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, expresses deep disappointment with Gabona’s sentencing. Gabona, who committed prolonged sexual abuse at Shepherd’s

More than 40 new rental homes available for Osoyoos residents

Osoyoos Friday, January 26, 2024 2:00 PM People in Osoyoos will soon have access to 43 new affordable rental homes with construction starting on an on-reserve housing development. “This project is part of our Homes for People action plan, creating affordable homes for more than 40 individuals and their families in Osoyoos,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing. “We’re taking action to deliver more housing faster, so we can support

Bell Let’s Talk Day January 24th ,2024

Selfadvocatenet.com is in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day January 24th,2024 Millions of people including Self Advocates who have a disability go through tough times during the year. Some stressors could include addiction, loss or concerns about money. Some folks may be survivors of abuse or experiencing homelessness. We need to be aware of the people around us. We need to support people as much as we can and acknowledge

Safety Tips Stay Safe for Winter 2024

Be prepared Self Advocates ALERT Cold weather season  Tips to Stay Safe   Get prepared for winter weather and storms Severe weather like snow, hail, blizzards, high winds or heavy rain can happen without warning and can affect your safety in different ways. Extreme cold can be hazardous, and the risk increases the more time you spend outdoors. On this page Know the risks Before winter As winter weather arrives

Abbotsford Recreation Centre receives funding to improve air quality and accessibility

  News release Abbotsford, British Columbia, January 9, 2024 — The heat recovery and optimization project at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre is set to make the building more energy efficient and decrease greenhouse gas emissions, after an investment of more than $4.45 million from the federal government. Announced by Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Mayor Ross Siemens, this project will improve the air quality, accessibility, and sustainability of this important

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