Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Responds to the March 7 Alberta Budget

CCVOThe Government of Alberta announced its 2013/14 budget today, a combination of program freezes and capital borrowing intended to avoid deep cuts and the adoption of any new tax framework. The nonprofit sector has seen the elimination of two relatively small, yet important programs, the Community Spirit Program, which matched annual individual donations raised by organizations, and the Summer Temporary Employment Program, which subsidized salaries for post-secondary summer students. Both of these programs had significant impact on the bottom line, particularly for smaller nonprofit groups. In general, the Province has attempted to maintain funding for essential social services, including modest increases in programs for children with disabilities, and child care for low-income families. However, the majority of the programs will see no increases, and when viewed in the context of inflation and expected population growth of 4.3%, the growing demand for services effectively turns a funding freeze into a reduction in available dollars.

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Social Workers Happy Inequality Recognized by Alberta Government

ACSW logoSocial workers like the direction of the Social Policy Framework released by the Government of Alberta last week, especially the goals of reducing inequality and protecting vulnerable people. Recent reports show the gap between the majority of Albertans and those at the top of the income scale is growing faster than anywhere else in Canada. “Our own Social Policy Framework: Fairness and Justice for All spells out the progressive policies needed to deal with inequities and disparity. I’m glad to see that this has finally been recognized as a serious problem that needs to be dealt with,” said Alberta College of Social Workers President, Bob Johnson. At the same time, social workers are concerned about the possible downloading of services and lack of accountability.

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Nominate People or Projects for Mayor’s Awards to Honour Improving Quality of Life for People with Disabilities

AwardsIf you’ve been wowed by someone providing outstanding service to a person with a disability, or impressed by a facility that shows innovation in accessibility, then nominate these leaders for a City of Edmonton Mayor’s Award. The Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities (ABSPD) is calling for nominations for the annual Mayor’s Awards. Each year, Mayor’s Awards are given to individuals and organizations in Edmonton showing a commitment to enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities. Awards for outstanding service, universal design in architecture, employers that provide ppportunities and support for employment or volunteer positions, and for self-advocacy.

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Heart & Stroke Foundation Partners with CBC to ‘Make Health Last”

heart and strokeCBC and The Heart & Stroke Foundation are thrilled to announce the second year of their media partnership for The Heart & Stroke Foundation’s ‘Make Health Last’ campaign, which kicked off in February. Running until May 31, the initiative is geared towards educating Canadians on the benefits of taking small steps in their daily lives in order to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. As part of the campaign, CBC’s Arlene Dickinson, Ron James and Adam Beach will stand behind the ‘Make Health Last’ message, helping to rally Canadians to take action and encouraging simple changes to minimize their risk and the risk of those closest to them.

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