Category Archives: The Crisis

Regina protesters want to stop changes to Sask. disability program

CBC News | October 20, 2016

A group of protesters is calling on the provincial government to stop funding changes to disability programs in Saskatchewan.

About 40 people gathered outside the legislature in Regina on Wednesday, some holding signs saying “Budget Cuts Are Killing Us” and “Stand Up For People With Disabilities.”

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About 40 protesters gathered outside the Saskatchewan legislature on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 to oppose changes to disability funding.

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Regulation changes deny accident victim adequate benefits, family says

Hamilton Spectator | October 14, 2016, Written by Molly Hayes

A Norfolk County man’s family is baffled after their insurance company deemed his brain injury from a near-fatal motorcycle crash “not catastrophic.”

That injury classification — the criteria for which changed the same day of Adam Bari’s accident — means he is eligible for only a fraction of the compensation they feel will be needed to finance his recovery.

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Family still reeling years after pregnant woman’s hospital fall

Toronto Star | October 14, 2016, Written by Christopher Reynolds

Mary Archer went into hospital an expectant mother, full of dreams for the future — she came out three and a half years later, severely brain damaged, unable to walk on her own and struggling to speak.

“It’s been like a nightmare that you never wake up from,” says Heather MacDonald-Archer of her daughter’s devastating injuries suffered in the wake of a fall at St. Michael’s hospital in 2009, in the hours after she had surgery to replace a shunt at the back of her skull.

Now, after seven years of anguish, uncertainty over living arrangements, and thousands of dollars in care costs, her family is finally getting some relief — supportive housing for Mary.

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Mary Archer, 38, recently moved into supportive housing seven years after a tragic post-operation incident at St. Michael's hospital that left the Toronto social worker with severe brain damage and forever altered her life and those of her loved ones.

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Sell the house to save the child: Family seeks mental-health care in U.S. for girl on wait list

CBC News | October 6, 2016, Written by Janice Grant

Most mothers think highly of their children, but few have come as close to losing them as Kirsten. (The CBC is only using her first name to protect her daughter’s privacy.)

When her daughter was just 11, she entered a spiral of worsening mental-health issues that got so bad, the family decided to sell their home to pay for life-saving treatment in the U.S.

Their struggles point to a devastating reality for those dealing with mental-health issues in Manitoba: Children are living in life-threatening situations as they wait for mental-health care. But as Kirsten enjoys coffee this fall morning in the living room of an old Winnipeg character home, she is content to know her daughter is in the kitchen, safe and sound, looking for bread to make a sandwich.

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Kristen credits a U.S.-based residential therapy program for saving her daughter's life after she began to hurt herself.

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Support services for FASD inconsistent across Canada, prof says

CBC News | October 1, 2016, Written by Francois Biber

A Saskatchewan university professor says Canada needs to step up its support and services for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Over the summer University of Regina professor Michelle Stewart travelled across Canada’s provinces and territories speaking with individuals and families living with FASD.

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. People with FASD tend to have hearing and vision problems.

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Mi’kmaw mother’s fight to get special needs son help documented in film

APTN | September 28, 2016, Written by Trina Roache

Maurina Beadle wouldn’t trade her son Jeremy for any other child, though she wouldn’t want anyone to endure what she has to get him help.

But other parents do face the same problem with getting the federal government to fund specialized treatment and care for First Nations children – known as Jordan’s Principle.

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Maurina Beadle and her son

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Severe repair delays for Windsor mom’s government wheelchair

CBC News | September 27, 2016

A Windsor mother with cerebral palsy says she has to wait far too long to have her government-funded wheelchair repaired.

Maria Wiebe spent hours in bed Sunday morning before crawling to her computer in order to find a phone number to report her wheelchair problems.

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Maria Wiebe spent hours in bed Sunday morning before having to crawl from her bed to her computer in order to find a phone number to report her wheelchair had broken down.

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