Applying a Business Plan to Family Caregiving Gives Comfort to All

June 1st, 2016

Family caregiving: a powerful and touching way for you to give back and express all the hope, love, and support that your loved ones have given you when you were younger. Unfortunately, this type of caregiving is also an often underestimated, unappreciated, and misunderstood calling. With the rising costs of long term care and more seniors in need of some…
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Defeating Frailty One Step at a Time

May 30th, 2016

By Lisa Price, M.D. When we think of aging, we often think of slowing down, getting tired easily, doing less, and a lesser ability to bounce back from an illness or setback. Attributing these issues entirely to aging, however, means we are missing what it really is–frailty. Frailty is a collection of health issues that often impact men and women…
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Weekends, Hockey and Lots of Good Food

April 25th, 2016

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

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

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

 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

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

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

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

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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