Senate Vote To Keep Government Funded Fails As Shutdown Nears

first_imgFederal Government | PoliticsSenate Vote To Keep Government Funded Fails As Shutdown NearsSeptember 24, 2015 by Brakkton Booker, NPR News Share:Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought a measure up for a vote Thursday that funded the government but defunded Planned Parenthood. Democrats banded together to block it.Evan Vucci/APSenate Democrats today blocked a Republican plan to keep the federal government open beyond next week. Their objection was that it also denied federal funds to Planned Parenthood.With only days left before an Oct. 1 shutdown, the short-term measure that would fund the government through mid-December fell well short of the 60 votes needed advance, 47 to 52.The vote took place just hours after Pope Francis’ speech to a joint meeting of Congress in which he urged lawmakers to come together to solve America’s problems.This outcome was not unexpected.Democrats had vowed to vote down any measure containing anti-Planned Parenthood language, and President Obama had threatened to veto any such bill.Conservatives in Congress, notably Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, want to block federal dollars from going to the Planned Parenthood. The organization has been the subject of ongoing controversy since a sting video was released that alleges it profits from the sale of fetal tissue.So the scramble continues to keep the government funded.As the Two-Way reported last week, leaders of both parties are not itching for a shutdown. Republicans fear should a shutdown take place, a majority of Americans would saddle them with the blame, as in 2013.Since Thursday’s procedural vote failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to move to a vote on a “clean” continuing resolution, or CR, that leaves federal funding for Planned Parenthood intact.As Politico reports:“McConnell can also box out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) from attempting a filibuster if the GOP leader acts quickly after the failed vote; otherwise Cruz could try to delay McConnell’s plans to jam House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) with a do-or-die vote on a clean stopgap spending bill, or continuing resolution. But Senate GOP leadership is confident they can rebuff any Cruz maneuvering.”If the clean CR passes, as is expected, it will then go to the House, where its fate is less certain.As The Hill reports, House conservatives could once again rally behind Cruz AS they did for the 2013 shutdown.“Cruz’s power on Capitol Hill rests largely with House conservatives, as it did two years ago, because few Senate colleagues are willing to join him in challenging McConnell.“If enough Republicans in the lower chamber side with Cruz, it could pressure [House Speaker] Boehner not to schedule a vote on a clean Senate-passed stopgap out of fear that it may cost him his gavel.”Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit Original Article – Published SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 4:16 PM ETSenate Vote To Keep Government Funded Fails As Shutdown NearsShare this story:last_img read more

News / Omni-channel and e-commerce growth drives FM Logistic revenue up

first_img French contract logistics specialist FM Logistic today reported an 11.8% increase in annual revenues, on the back of growing demand for e-commerce and omni-channel supply chain solutions.The privately held company said revenue grew to €1.3bn ($1.45bn), while earnings before interest and tax (ebit) increased 32%, to €35.1m, as a result of growing volumes for existing customers.Chief executive Jean-Christophe Machet said: “Revenue growth was exclusively organic, a sign of customer confidence, and t”he profitability improvement reflects the first results of our Focus plan.”He explained: “Initiated in 2017, this plan has four objectives: to set the right prices for our services; increase operational efficiency; develop human resources; and be more selective from a commercial standpoint.“These results lend further credibility to our business model as an independent and family owned company.”Over the year FM said it had secured some €190m in new contracts, “notably from companies in the FMCG, retail, perfume and cosmetics sectors”.In recent years, the revenue base of the company has changed, according to a Transport Intelligence (Ti) report from last year, Global Contract Logistics 2018, which said that in 2016, warehousing accounted for 56% of revenue, transport 34% and co-packing (a value-added service) 10%.“The trend for FM over the last 10 years has been for warehousing’s share of revenues to barely change at all, while transport’s share has steadily increased from 23%, while co-packing has declined from 18%,” Ti said.That trend has continued and FM Logistic said that over the course of last year its transport revenue, propelled by its urban logistics service, Citylogin, had increased by a further 17%.At the same time, it reduced its reliance on the domestic French market, now receiving some 61% of its revenue from outside France, and this past year has seen “the opening or expansion of several logistics platforms in Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain and Italy”.“Construction is under way on new logistics platforms in India and Vietnam,” it added, as recently reported by The Loadstar.Other investments have included the automation of FM’s warehouses, “enhancing operational efficiency with the deployment of additional automated guided vehicles, collaborative robots (cobots) and inventory drones”.Its digital transformation programme saw “the migration of several applications to the cloud, the adoption of new warehouse management systems, the rollout of a digital HR suite and the implementation of Google’s G Suite”.FM created 2,300 full time equivalent positions during the year and now employs more than 27,200 people.The company said: “The workforce grew at a slower pace than revenues (9.3%, compared with 11.8%), a sign of the enhanced skills of employees and of the positive results yielded by the actions undertaken to drive operational efficiency.“Despite the tight labour markets in Europe, FM Logistic managed to fulfil most of its recruitment needs,” it added.However, it warned that the rate of its financial growth in the coming year was expected to slow.“For full-year 2019-20, FM Logistic expects a further improvement of ebit, on the back of slower revenue growth due to increased commercial selectivity,” it said. By Gavin van Marle 09/07/2019last_img read more

Medicare drug costs rose sharply in 2014

first_img Tags drug pricesdrugsMedicare Amid mounting tension over prescription drug costs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a new online database to provide information on agency spending for medicines. And the tool revealed substantial increases in costs for many drugs in the Medicare Part D program, which contributed to an overall increase in health care spending in 2014.For instance, the database noted at least five drugs where the cost per unit rose more than 100 percent from 2013. Leading the list was the Vimovo painkiller, which rose in cost more than 500 percent after Horizon Pharma bought the pill from AstraZeneca. And five Medicare Part D drugs each accounted for more than $2 billion in spending, led by the Sovaldi hepatitis C treatment at more than $3 billion.Last year, Medicare spending on medicines rose 15 percent, to $143 billion, a CMS spokesman said. Overall, US spending on medicines rose 12 percent last year.advertisement About the Author Reprints Related: Ed Silverman [email protected] Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. We should note, however, that the dashboard does not provide the net prices paid to drug makers or the rebates that these companies frequently offer to health insurance plans and prescription benefit managers, which administer drug benefits for employers, government agencies and unions, among others.The dashboard arrives amid growing controversy over rising pharmaceutical prices. The issue has become the focus of congressional hearings, is a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail, and increasingly has been lamented on social media, especially after Martin Shkreli derided his critics after buying a decades-old, life-saving medicine, and jacking up the price by 5,000 percent.The Obama administration took advantage of the uproar last month by holding a day-long forum to discuss pricing concerns. Among those on hand were pharmaceutical and insurance executives, federal and state health officials, and consumer advocates, among others. The dashboard is a bid by CMS to shed more light on pricing, which is a confusing topic for most everyone but industry insiders.“We realize the dashboard doesn’t provide a complete picture, but still believe that, by sharing this information and allowing people to analyze the data, we can increase the knowledge around drug spending and support efforts that are evaluating whether public dollars are being spent most effectively,” CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt wrote in a blog to introduce the database.By posting the data, Slavitt added that CMS hopes to prompt other agencies and companies to release complementary data about medicines — such as clinical effectiveness, formulary placement, comparative effectiveness, and discounts and rebates — that would “promote a more complete understanding of value and patient affordability.”Here are some nuggets from the dashboard:The highest cost drug per user in Part D last year was Sovaldi, the Gilead Sciences hepatitis C treatment, at $94,056. Rounding out the top five are the antipsychotic Abilify from Bristol-Myers Squibb; GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair Diskus asthma treatment Advair Diskus; AstraZeneca’s Crestor cholesterol lowering pill ; and the Nexium acid reflux medication from AstraZeneca. For Part B, spending per member was highest for Remodulin, which is sold by United Therapeutics and used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, at $133,845 in 2014. The five drugs that generated the highest net spending were Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ Eylea and Roche’s Lucentis for macular degeneration; Amgen’s Neulasta chemotherapy medication; Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments; and Rituxan cancer treatment, which is marketed by Roche and Biogen.There were 540 drugs in Part D where unit cost increases exceeded 25 percent, and the spending totaled $13.7 billion, or 11 percent of total Part D expenditures. There were also 267 Part D drugs where per member spending exceeded $10,000 and that worked out to $26.2 billion, or 22 percent of all program spending, according to the CMS dashboard.Other Part D drugs that experienced big increases in cost per unit were Captopril for high blood pressure, which rose more than 300 percent, and Digoxin for heart failure, which jumped about 300 percent.The story has been updated to include how much Medicare drug costs increased in 2014. Medicare spent more than $3 billion on Gilead’s hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi in 2014. Eric Risberg/AP PharmalotMedicare drug costs rose sharply in 2014 @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Dec. 22, 2015 Reprints Gilead pricing for Sovaldi hepatitis C drug slammed by senators Inside the impossibly byzantine world of prescription drug prices Related: The database, which CMS calls a dashboard, captured data on 80 drugs covered by the Part D and Part B programs. Part D drugs are taken by patients themselves while Part B drugs are those administered in a doctor’s office or clinic. Details are provided on spending per Medicare member, high spending for the program overall, and those drugs with high unit cost increases in recent years.These 80 medicines represent 33 percent of all Part D spending and 71 percent of Part B drug spending in 2014, or $55 billion of the more than $143 billion in Medicare prescription drug spending in 2014, according to a CMS summary. For those keeping track, prescription drug spending in Parts D and B was 14 percent of total Medicare spending in 2014, up from 11 percent in 2010.advertisementlast_img read more

Reminiscence of Some Snowy Days in North Korea

first_img “How’s North Korea on snowy days like today? There are more snow falling in the North. You should have had more fun there.” Asked by my South Korean friend, it made me reminiscent of my old days in North Korea. ‘What did I do for fun when it was snowing in North Korea?’ After a brief moment, something came up in my mind. In the wintertime, I used to go out to field and gathered firewood. And, what else? Hyesan City in Yangkang Province, in which I had lived, was famous, or infamous, for its cold and snowy whether in the winter. Even though temperature often drooped below -20 Celsius, I drank and played with my friends on the Lunar New Year’s Days.We could buy about 70 pieces of Chinese traditional firecrackers with 300 NK won. OK, let’s skip one bottle of drink and buy the firecrackers. And my friends and I bought firecrackers and played with them on the Lunar New Year’s. Some naughty boys (I was one of them) tried the firecrackers on other people. When they tossed a few firecrackers into laundry bags of village women, they popped and the women screamed (it was not dangerous, because the firecrackers were small and just created huge sound when they popped). Then, after a moment, police, having heard the sound, scurried to them. Boys ran away. Even if the boys were caught, they were just punched by policemen, and that was it.We had fun most on the Lunar New Year’s Day. As naughty boys as can be, we threw small firecrackers to girls who dressed up for holiday. Bang! Then girls were scattered, crying. We shouted, as if we were innocent, “Who did this, bastard! You? You?” In January, 2003, there happened a funny episode involving human feces. After the Joint-Editorial (North Korean version of the State of the Union) of that year released, local authorities ordered each work place to give 300kg of human feces (natural fertilizer) in two days. But our factory’s dear Comrade Manager and Comrade Local Party Secretary could not occupy a toilet because of negligence. So our factory only garnered less than half of what we should achieve on the first day. Nervous, our manager promised the workers, “With whatever means necessary (implying stealing), get enough human feces, and those who succeed will receive two weeks vacation.” My comrade and I, desperate for the vacation prize, looked around for human feces, and then our effort was paid off. A nearby paper manufacture factory stockpiled human feces with a little security. I gathered another friend who could bring a truck and two ladies. The ladies approached a guard of the factory that night and asked for exchange of four bags of human feces with two bottles of alcoholic beverage. The guard might have thought ‘No one can even notice such small loss.’ So he agreed. The problem was that alcoholic beverage was specially brewed to be 50% alcohol. The guard was drunk and fell asleep. Then my friend and I sneaked into the factory and filled our Seunri 3 ton-pickup truck. That night, snow fell and covered our work. We were young and never afraid of doing some misconduct, not serious ones though. When it snows in Seoul, I often recollect those days of feces gathering, firecracker in North Korea. SHARE Reminiscence of Some Snowy Days in North Korea News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2008.01.28 4:32pm Newscenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

OECD jobless rate rises

The unemployment rate ticked up in July, according to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Paris-based OECD reports that the unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.0% in July, compared with 7.9% in the previous month. Unemployment remained stable in the Euro area at 11.3%, it says, noting that this follows 13 months of continuous rises. For the U.S. and Canada, the rates are reported for August, with the unemployment rate falling 0.2 percentage points to 8.1% in the U.S., and remaining stable in Canada at 7.3%. U.S. jobless claims drop to new pandemic low Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Related news U.S. employers added a modest 559k jobs in May Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Keywords EmploymentCompanies Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Differences in unemployment rates across OECD countries remain large, it notes. The unemployment rate was highest in Spain, coming in at 25.1%, up 0.2 percentage points compared to last month, followed by Portugal at 15.7%, and Ireland rising 0.1 percentage points to 14.9%. By contrast, unemployment rates remained below 5.5% in Australia, Austria, Germany, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico and the Netherlands. The OECD says that young people continue to bear the brunt of the current jobs crisis, with 16.1% unemployed in July 2012 (down 0.1 percentage points) in the OECD area overall, and at 22.6% (up 0.1 percentage points) in the euro area. In July, there were 47.9 million people unemployed in the OECD area, which is up by 13.1 million from July 2008. Of these, 11.9 million were youths. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

National Bank Investments launches two smart beta funds

first_img Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BMO to launch six new mutual funds Wealthsimple launches Sharia-compliant ETF Montreal-based National Bank Investments Inc. (NBI) announced on Friday that it is introducing smart beta funds to its product lineup with the launch of NBI SmartBeta Canadian Equity Fund and NBI SmartBeta Global Equity Fund. “NBI SmartBeta Funds are at the intersection of active and passive investing, allowing rule-based decisions and active return,” states the firm’s announcement. “The construction rules differ from traditional market cap-weighted indices as they optimize specific factors to select, weigh and rebalance securities in the portfolios systematically. The strategy aims to equalize risk contribution of index constituents and to maximize risk diversification.” Related news This strategy is known as “equal-risk contribution” and will be implemented by New York-based Rothschild Asset Management Inc., which will subadvise the two funds. The objective of this approach is to reduce volatility, limit maximum drawdowns and improve the Sharpe ratio for the two funds. “True to our client-centric values and putting into practice our open architecture platform, we forged a new partnership with Rothschild Asset Management, giving Canadian investors access to a unique approach on smart beta investing,” says Jonathan Durocher, president and CEO of NBI. “We believe that many investors continuously look to optimize the risk/return relationship of a specific market cap-weighted index. Our SmartBeta solutions will fill a void in the Canadian landscape.” Keywords Fund launches Tessie Sanci Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

IIROC fines Calgary advisor $100,000

first_img The penalties are in response to various IIROC rule infractions committed when Mendelman was employed at Vancouver-based Canaccord Genuity Corp. or one of its predecessor firms. Mendelman admits that he engaged in personal financial dealings with a client, who was also a longtime friend, when he borrowed $125,000 from that individual in 2001 or 2002. The loan was to help pay a fine of $255,000 from the Canada Revenue Agency, which was related to the advisor’s conviction for income tax evasion in 2001. The conviction resulted in Mendelman being subject to increased supervision from his firm between 2001 and 2011. However, Canaccord did not become aware of the loan until September 2013, when the firm discovered an email between the advisor and his client that discussed the loan’s details. The firm also became aware of an unauthorized OBA that occurred between February and April of 2013. Those dealings revolve around Mendelman’s efforts to help raise money for the financing of a Calgary-based energy company, whose CEO was a personal friend of the advisor. Mendelman solicited investments in a private placement for the company and was paid $57,225 for his efforts. These transactions were conducted outside of Canaccord’s books and records and without their knowledge or consent. Mendelman is also being sanctioned for the dissemination of non-public, material information in November 2013. Mendelman had received details regarding an upcoming prospectus offering of a separate Calgary-based energy company and forwarded those details to 11 clients to solicit their interest in investing in the offering. None of the clients traded in the security or benefited financially from the information, notes the settlement agreement. According to the settlement documents, Mendelman is currently an advisor with Toronto-based Integral Wealth Securities Ltd. He has been an advisor since 1968 and does not have a history of regulatory violations related to his work as a financial advisor. Photo copyright: serezniy/123RF Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and Allen Samuel Mendelman, an advisor in Calgary, have agreed to a settlement of a $100,000 fine and suspension from the securities industry for 18 months for infractions that include engaging in personal financial dealings with a client and participating in unauthorized outside business activities (OBA). Mendelman has also agreed that he must successfully rewrite the conduct and practices handbook examination before returning to the industry; he will be supervised closely for six months upon that return and he will pay costs to IIROC in the sum of $5,000. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Tessie Sanci Related news BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IIROC reaches settlement with three former All Group reps serezniy/123RFlast_img read more

Several Courthouses to be Built as Part of Justice System Reform

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedSeveral Courthouses to be Built as Part of Justice System Reform FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As part of the ongoing Jamaican Justice System Reform Programme, the Ministry of Justice has embarked on a number of major projects across the island, to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of justice. According to Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator A. J. Nicholson, a good working environment is essential to the efficient and effective dispensation of justice, as all persons who use the island’s courthouses should feel comfortable in their surroundings.At the recent ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new courthouse and police station in Cambridge, St. James, Senator Nicholson outlined that in another week a new courthouse will be officially opened in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth.“In Balaclava, a new court is to be built, the construction has already started. If you go into Port Antonio, you will see that a wonderful complex is being constructed there, and that is a partnership between the Government of Jamaica and the National Commercial Bank,” he added.He further explained that a new courthouse is to be built in Morant Bay, and that the land for this project has already been acquired, and the architectural work completed. The Minister further informed that a courthouse will also be built in the town of Mandeville, while a building has been acquired in Kingston for the establishment of a new Family Court.Senator Nicholson added that new facilities will also be constructed shortly in the vicinity of the Sutton Street Court in Kingston, to accommodate the Traffic Court and the Coroners Court.The Attorney General appealed to citizens to take care of the new facilities, as these belonged to them, emphasizing that justice is at the top of the national agenda.He explained that the final report from the Justice Reform Task Force, which was recently delivered to him, is now being assessed. The report contains some 183 recommendations. RelatedSeveral Courthouses to be Built as Part of Justice System Reformcenter_img Several Courthouses to be Built as Part of Justice System Reform UncategorizedJune 22, 2007 RelatedSeveral Courthouses to be Built as Part of Justice System Reformlast_img read more

UO geographers map out new conservation opportunities

first_imgUO geographers map out new conservation opportunities From the plains of Serengeti to the mountains of Wyoming, wildlife herds are facing threats to critical migration routes. But maps created by the UO’s InfoGraphics Lab could be key conservation tools to help these mammals on the move.The UO’s Jim Meacham and Alethea Steingisser have teamed up with an international group of researchers led by Wyoming biologist and UO alumnus Matthew Kauffman to launch a global initiative that will leverage maps in conservation efforts around the world. The paper, “Mapping Out a Future for Ungulate Migrations,” was published in Science this week.The initiative is focused on the migrations of ungulates, hooved mammals like caribou, mule deer, wildebeest, elephants and zebra. Such animals all rely on seasonal migrations to maintain healthy herds and to contribute to the ecological health of each region.“Ungulate migration is a fundamental ecological process that is critical to herds, whose effects cascade up and down terrestrial food webs,” Kauffman explained in the Science paper. “But ungulate migrations are disappearing at an alarming rate.”Ungulates are running into barriers from a variety of sources along their migration routes, almost all linked by a common thread: how humans are changing the natural landscape. Some of the hurdles include oil and gas leasing, highways, housing developments, and the impacts of climate change.Thanks to advances in tracking and collaring technology, researchers are able to collect precise data that show where exactly ungulates are wandering around the world and what issues they’re bumping into during their journeys. Cartography groups like the UO’s InfoGraphics Lab can then work closely with wildlife scientists to use that spatial data to create compelling maps that show the routes of the animals and the threats they face along the way.“Cartographers can help elevate the work that these researchers are doing and make that research more accessible,” Meacham said. “These maps offer a compelling visual story about how these migration routes are threatened and can help build a case to protect these corridors.”Kauffman, Meacham and Steingisser are confident the model could be key to conservation efforts for migratory animals because they’ve seen it succeed already. The group collaborated on a project through the Wyoming Migration Initiative where they conducted a migration assessment of mule deer in Wyoming.The InfoGraphics Lab team used spatial data from Kauffman’s collaring efforts to map out the 300-mile route that the deer travel. It highlights all the barriers from start to finish, including road crossings, tight bottlenecks, and oil and gas leases.The mapping effort created a persuasive blueprint of science-based conservation solutions that were adopted by conservation groups and government agencies to protect the mule deer and their migration path from the Red Desert to the Hoback Mountains.“These conservation solutions became possible because we had a good map of the migration corridor,” Kauffman said. “The map really helps tell the story of what these herds have to navigate through their migration. And we’ve realized that some of the approaches that have been successful in Wyoming are likely applicable to ungulate migrations around the world.”The new global initiative will use tracking data and analysis to produce detailed maps for migration paths and conservation threats around the world. The team already has begun work on its goal to create a digital atlas of maps that can guide international conservation efforts.The work is being conducted in partnership with the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, through a treaty to conserve migratory animals.“The science-based solutions to conserving migrations around the world will all be different, but they can all benefit from great maps,” Kauffman said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. 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Health of Canadians with disabilities suffering during pandemic

first_imgHealth of Canadians with disabilities suffering during pandemic The COVID-19 Disability Survey captured perspectives from Canadians with different types of disabilities and their family members.Nearly 30 per cent of those polled are hesitant to get vaccinatedA new study led by UBC researchers and the Ontario-based Abilities Centre is sounding the alarm over the damaging effects of COVID-19 for Canadians with disabilities.Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, points to public health restrictions and lack of community resources as key contributors to heightened challenges facing those living with disabilities.“Limited social support, reduced access to recreational space and financial uncertainties have exacerbated the current situation,” says Martin Ginis, a professor at UBC Okanagan. “As the pandemic continues to draw on, we need to prevent more individuals from slipping further through the cracks.”The COVID-19 Disability Survey targeted Canadians who identify as having a disability – such as a physical, cognitive or sensory disability – or having a child or family member living with a disability in their household. The survey collected responses from across Canada and with representation from most provinces and territories.Of those surveyed, 82 per cent reported that the pandemic is negatively impacting their mental health. Individuals reported unmet needs for emotional counselling, recreation and leisure programs, income support, specialized health care, accessible housing and transportation.A majority of people reported decreased physical activity, less healthy lifestyles and significant social isolation. For children with disabilities, more than half of parents reported their child experiencing decreased physical activities as a result of public health restrictions.“Another key finding was that only 72 per cent of Canadians with disabilities planned to get a COVID-19 vaccine,” says Stuart McReynolds, president and chief executive officer with the Abilities Centre. “We need to help boost vaccine confidence for all individuals, so we can collectively put this public health crisis behind us.”The COVID-19 Disability Survey data has already contributed to positive policy changes such as the Ontario Government’s amendment for people with disabilities to have access to physical therapy programs and by providing guidance around how to ensure that vaccination sites are fully accessible.“This survey provides a snapshot of the negative impact of the pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions on the well-being of Canadians with disabilities,” adds Martin Ginis. “We strongly urge governments and community agencies to work quickly to address service gaps and mitigate further negative mental and physical health impacts.”The full report can be viewed at: UBC’s Okanagan campusUBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning founded in 2005 in partnership with local Indigenous peoples, the Syilx Okanagan Nation, in whose territory the campus resides. As part of UBC-ranked among the world’s top 20 public universities-the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world in British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, Canada, chronic disease, disability, disease prevention, family members, Government, health, Indigenous, mental health, physical activity, President, prevention, public health, public health crisis, university, University of British Columbia, vaccinationlast_img read more