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Weekends, Hockey and Lots of Good Food

April 25th, 2016

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One of PLAN’s Lifetime Members and their family are currently looking to hire a new respite provider for about one weekend per month. The young woman is looking for someone to support her and share some parts of her life with. She has been living with her parents but have decided that it’s time for to step out and gain…
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A Little Bit of History on the RDSP

April 12th, 2016

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By Al Etmanski
Excerpt from Impact: Six Patterns to Spread your Social Innovation The impetus came from families who wanted to reduce the poverty experienced by their relatives with disabilities. They wanted a way to financially support their relatives without jeopardizing existing government benefits. Many families felt trapped by a welfare system that didn’t allow them to build a nest…
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Understanding the Basics of the RDSP

April 10th, 2016

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The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specifically for Canadians with disabilities. Here are some basics: For every $1 put in an RDSP account, the federal government can (if your family income is below $87,123) match with up to $3! This is the Canada Disability Savings Grant. For people living on a low-income (less…
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RDSP Planning for Your Future

April 1st, 2016

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 By Zorica Zorica and Rick at the RDSP Workshop  On Wednesday March 16th, I attended a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) workshop at the Burnaby CLBC office. I already have an RDSP but I was a bit confused on how it all works. Ric from Personal Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) presented on the RDSP. The RDSP is a…
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2015  Personal Tax Matters

April 1st, 2016

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By Tom O’Dwyer, Ability Tax and Trust Advisors 2015 was an interesting tax year as we had previously enacted tax legislation not taking place until 2016, and a newly elected government that has both repealed certain current tax measures and plans to add new tax measures in 2016 that may impact your 2015 tax planning.  As a result of these…
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Changes to the Disability Tax Credit Certificate

March 31st, 2016

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Last year, the Canada Revenue Agency held in-person and online consultations regarding the disability tax credit (DTC) program. PLAN and Plan Institute made a number of recommendations, including broadening the CRA’s definition of disability so it would be more inclusive of mental illness. And that it would be more in line with the legislation found in the Income Tax Act…
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Solution-Based Advocacy: Advocating with Empathy

March 24th, 2016

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By Al Etmanski, from the book IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation We need government, regardless of who is in power. Their track record and our previous disappointment with their unresponsiveness or callousness don’t really matter. We are they. They are we. Laws, regulations, policy, taxation, contracting, procurement, setting and enforcing standards, reallocating resources – these are all…
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Spotlight – Advocacy in the 21st Century

March 24th, 2016

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By Al Etmanski Governments in the 21st century don’t work in quite the same way as they used to. For example, politicians are pretty much under the spotlight 24 hours a day. That makes them more cautious about advancing anything new. They are also more disciplined about fulfilling the platform or agenda that got them elected. That means Cabinet Ministers…
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Strategic Inquiry: A Wise Starting Point Starts with Listening

March 24th, 2016

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By Sean Moore Not all wisdom is ancient. But surely, one of the wisest, and most useful, pearls of advice I’ve encountered in my working life comes from the Roman statesman Cicero, more than 2000 years ago. If you’re interested, as I am, in the dynamics and principles of persuasion in both public affairs as well as everyday life, you…
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Economic Citizenship – Setting the post-RDSP agenda – By Al Etmanski

March 9th, 2016

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The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) enables Canadians with disabilities to do something most of us take for granted, save money. Already the accumulated amount in registered plans across Canada exceeds $2 billion. By itself, this is not enough to reduce one of the biggest handicaps experienced by people with disabilities, poverty. We need something like a pension or a…
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