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Legislation #3 – Blanca Stead - Feb. 11, 2017


First, I thank God through Jesus Christ for all of you” (Rom 1:8)


1.Petitions:


1.1 Petition to the B.C. Legislature concerning hospice and palliative care:


The B.C. Legislature re-assembles this week and our MLAs will be presenting this petition. Some of them confirmed that it will be as early as February 15th.  We pray that through the intercession of our Lady of Good Counsel there will be a positive response from the Government. At our councils, the response was great. I know that more than 1,000 people signed the petition in the province and also heard of the very positive meetings with sympathetic MLAs, who have approved the contents, and said they will be proud to present it in the House.


Next step: The provincial government needs to hear directly from us.  Letters to the Minister of Health and cc to the Premier and our MLAs are the most effective way to express our views and concerns.


1.2 Petition e-673 Health care services.


Nancy Simms, National Chairperson of Legislation has reminded us of this e-petition to the federal government “to include home care as an insured health service”. This petition is still open for signatures, until March 28th, 2017.  This petition can be accessed directly at: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-673

Also e-petitions can be found on the Parliament of Canada website home page and accessed by number

or subject.  For petitioners it is important to know that once they have provided all the required information on the petition website, they will receive an email and they need to click on the link in the email to complete the verification that they wish to sign the petition. If the email link is not clicked, the signature will not be completed and therefore will not be included in the final tally.

 

2  Bill C-277 “An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada”

This bill received the 2nd Reading and Referral to Committee in the House of Commons on January 31, 2017.


3. Fundamental Freedoms:


“Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(a) freedom of conscience and religion;” (Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)


After the approval of Bill C-14 almost every other province has created a process to provide euthanasia/assisted suicide without compromising healthcare providers’ consciences. But right now help is needed urgently in Ontario, where Bill 84 introduced on December 2016 does not include any conscience protections for health care workers.  Due to college policy, Ontario physicians are now forced to refer for, or participate in euthanasia/assisted suicide, also called MAiD.  The bill has already passed first reading.  The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario is also urging people to support the fight for conscience rights.


The call for action:

- to encourage our members to join the call for Conscience campaign February 6 to March 31st 2017, aiming to preserve freedom of conscience for everyone. The website is www.canadiansforconscience.ca  and

- to send a message/ write a letter to the government of Ontario expressing concern about Bill 84 and the protection of conscience rights for health care workers. 

4.May 2017 Elections.


One hundred years ago women won the right to vote in British Columbia. After many years of the  suffragists’ efforts trying to win this right, in April of 1917, B.C. became the fourth Canadian province  to grant women the right to vote in provincial elections and to run for provincial office.  On January 24th, 1918, Mary Ellen Smith, received 58% of the vote in the by-election in the provincial riding of Vancouver City, becoming the first woman elected to the Legislative Assembly.


In May 2017, we, the women of B.C. can exercise this right.  Is it important to vote?


Blessings to you all,




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