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Action Notes October 2015


Federal Election 2015
The federal election is coming soon and we want to make sure that Albertans with disabilities are ready to vote! In order to vote on Election Day, October 19, 2015, there are some things you need to do.
 
Registration:  Are you registered to vote? You can check, update or complete your registration at elections.ca. If you have registered, you should have received a card in the mail which tells you when, where, ways to vote and the accessibility of your polling place.
Voter Identification:  To prove your identity and address, you must show 1 piece of government-issued ID with your photo, name and current address or show 2 pieces of ID, both with your name and 1 must have your current address or take an oath by showing 2 pieces of ID with your name and have someone who knows you attest to your address.
Ways to Vote:  There are 4 ways to vote:
On election day at your polling place which is open for 12 hours
On one of the four advance voting days at your polling place on Friday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct. 12 from noon to 8:00 pm
In person at any Elections Canada office which is open 7 days a week before Tuesday, Oct 13
By mail by applying online at elections.ca before 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct 13, to receive a voting kit. Or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.
Where to Vote:  Check your voter information card which tells you where to vote or go to elections.ca and type your postal code into the Voter Information Service or call 1-800-463-6868.
Accessibility:  Information about accessibility can be found on your voter information card or at elections.ca. If you need assistance at any time in the voting process, please ask an election worker and tell them how they can help. The tools that are available to making voting more accessible are a magnifier with light (4x), sign language interpretation if requested ahead of time, assistance in marking a ballot, tactile and Braille voting template, voting screen that lets in more light, Braille list of candidates and large print list of candidates.
Providing Feedback: You can give feedback or complaints by filling out a form at elections.ca, calling election Canada at 1-800-463-6868 or by speaking to an election worker at your polling place.
 
   You can go to elections.ca for all the information you need to be ready to vote.
 
Did you Know?
 
There are 338 ridings in Canada – you vote for the candidate running in your riding.
You can vote if you are a Canadian citizen and 18 years of age.
You need to prove your identity and address.
 
The Importance of One Vote
 
   Very often people can be heard saying, “My vote won’t make any difference.” In fact, the course of nations has been changed because of one individual ballot cast or not cast, depending on your point of view. Here are some examples:
In 1714. One vote placed King George I on the throne of England and restored the monarchy;
In the 1887 Canadian federal election, Liberal Charles Langelier defeated Conservative Valin by one vote.
In the 1896 federal election, Conservative candidate William F. McLean defeated Liberal Henry R. Frankland by one vote.
In 2006, Nancy Betkowski beat Ralph Klein in the first round of voting for the leadership of the Conservative Party by one vote. Ralph Klein easily beat Betkowski on the second round to become the Premier of Alberta.
 
   These are only a few examples of how one vote can make a difference. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
 
PALS
 
   Pets make great company but they can also cost a lot of money, especially if your pet has puppies or kittens. The Edmonton Humane Society’s PALS (Prevent Another Litter Subsidy) program offers low-cost spay/neuter surgery to help pet owners with these costs and prevent litters of puppies and kittens.
 
   AISH recipients, those who receive social assistance and people and families whose income is below the Federal Low Income Cut Off (LICO) are eligible for this program. Applications can be submitted by email, fax, or in person at the Edmonton Humane Society.
Fax: 780-479-8946
Email: pals@edmontonhumanesociety.com.
 
For more information, please call 780-491-3850.
 
Open House Invitation
 
   Each year ACCD celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by hosting an open house event at the ACCD offices. Come and join us as we meet with old friends and newcomers to let you know about the work that ACCD and ADF are doing and to enjoy refreshments and merriment!
 
Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: 106 – 10423 178 St, Edmonton
 
   Parking is available on the west side of the parking lot. Accessible parking is available next to the building’s south side entrance.
Call for Nominations: CCD Award                                        
 
   Again this year, ACCD will present the Council of Canadians with Disabilities Award to an individual who is dedicated to the “pursuit of full participation in society by people with disabilities.”
 
   Do you know an Albertan whose commitment to the disability community deserves recognition? If so, please consider nominating that person. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2015. Nomination forms are available by calling ACCD’s office at 780-488-9088 or toll free at 1-800-387-2514. Nomination forms are also available on ACCD’s website at www.accd.net.
 
Physician Assisted Death
 
   In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the federal law prohibiting physician-assisted dying. The court gave governments one year to consider the development of new laws and practices for physician-assisted dying. A federal external panel was established to inform the legislative response to the Supreme Court’s decision. It will give advice on possible amendments to the Criminal Code. In August 2015, 11 provinces and territories established the Provincial/Territorial Expert Advisory Group on physician-assisted dying.
 
   As provinces and territories have the primary responsibility for health care, including regulating physicians and health care institutions, provincial and territorial governments must consider whether regulatory or other changes are needed over the coming months in response to the Supreme Court’s decision. The Advisory Group will provide advice on the development of laws, policies, practices and safeguards for provinces and territories to consider in advance of physician-assisted dying becoming legal in Canada.
 
   For more information on the Advisory Group, to fill out a questionnaire or to learn more about the Supreme Court decision: Carter v Canada, go to https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2015/08/provinces-territories-establish-expert-advisory-group-on-physician-assisted-dying.html*Excerpt from ProvincialPanForm150924
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