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Thanks to Jim Flaherty, disabled Canadians can fulfill their dreams

April 16th, 2014

Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Apr. 16 2014, 10:09 AM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Apr. 16 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

Al Etmanski is co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network. He worked closely with Jim Flaherty on the development and implementation of the RDSP.…
Among Jim Flaherty’s many proficiencies I would add poverty fighter. No one knew this

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Jim Flaherty, poverty fighter

April 16th, 2014

Today, Jim Flaherty, Canada’s former Minister of Finance is bring honoured with a state funeral. Even his critics acknowledge his commitment to people with disabilities and their families. They point to the Registered Disability Savings Plan as the highlight.
My commentary, Thanks to Jim Flaherty Canadians with Disabilities can Fulfill Their Dreams has been published by the Globe and Mail Continue reading

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Al Etmanski gives interview on Flaherty

April 11th, 2014

PLAN founder, Al Etmanski, gives an interview to CTV about Jim Flaherty and his involvement in the RDSP. Click the link below to watch.
Watch video…

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SEDI Awards Video

April 7th, 2014

PLAN founder Al Etmanski was awarded this year by Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI). The award recognizes extraordinary achievements in expanding economic opportunity for low-income Canadians. The first SEDI Awards were awarded in 2004 to celebrate individuals who exemplified a Canada where everyone has access to lifelong social and economic opportunity.…

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PRESS RELEASE – Big Changes in the Ability World

April 1st, 2014

The federal government has made PLAN an offer we can’t refuse – to take over the running of the Federal Office of Disability Issues. The Board of PLAN has agreed to the takeover – with two conditions:

    the majority of employees must be based in BC.  We will maintain a skeleton office in Ottawa but since BC has been …

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The Latest Income Tax Updates

March 19th, 2014

By Ability Tax and Trust Advisors
2013 Personal Tax Matters
As we mentioned last tax year, with the favourable amendments to the Income Tax Act… (Act) over the last few years, we encourage individuals with a disability and their supporting family members to do a tax review to ensure that all eligible tax credits and deductions are being claimed,

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Salad Rolls

March 19th, 2014

This is one of my all-time favourite recipes. It is so easy to make, delicious and healthy. It’s a great way to pack in tons of vegetables and impress your diners at the same time.
What you’ll need

8 large cooked shrimp, peeled, de-veined and cut in half (Chicken or pork are also good options)
1 package of rice vermicelli…

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Eight Tips for making your will if you have a relative with a disability

March 19th, 2014

    Complete the Will Planning Worksheet from Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities. This will give you an idea of your assets and help you make decisions.
    Decide how you want your estate distributed. For example: all to spouse and when spouse dies, split among children in equal shares.Appoint an executor and …

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BC Disability White Paper Consultation

March 13th, 2014

By Joel Crocker

From December 3rd to March 11th, 2014, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation lead a momentous, province-wide consultation on the issues British Columbians with disabilities are facing today. More than 25,000 participated in the process by sharing their thoughts, opinions and recommendations on improving services to people with disabilities.
PLAN families contributed throughout, including posting comments on the ministry …

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Women for The Long Now

March 9th, 2014

I support the Long Now Foundation. It wants to shift our fast paced, fast thinking culture toward long term thinking. Among their many projects they are assembling the 3,500 books most essential for sustaining or rebuilding humanity.
Its co-founder Stewart Brand (also founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue) contributed 76 books to the list. All but one are authored by … Continue reading

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