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View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much, Chair.
I'd like to start out by commending Madame Oko for her strength and sharing the story about caring about her parents. I also looked after my parents when they were both sick many years ago and I know the toll it takes in trying to make sure that your parents have care that allows them to live in dignity. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
Madame Majowski, thank you as well for your tremendous knowledge and work. My first question is to you.
For years, advocates in the disability community, including seniors, have advocated for better supports for disabled persons so that they can live with dignity. Unfortunately, in my opinion, I don't think the rights of disabled persons were a priority for this government or previous governments before the pandemic or during the pandemic.
Today, the day before the House rises and we're adjourning for summer—we have a potential election in the fall—finally this government introduced legislation to create a Canada disability benefit, known as Bill C-35, something that I hope sees the light of day, but I'm not very hopeful. To me, this piece of legislation should have been a top priority if we look at some of the statistics that we've witnessed during the pandemic.
I'm wondering if you can speak about how both persons with disabilities and disabled seniors in particular have been disproportionately impacted during the pandemic.
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Going back to the question of poverty, in 2012 Statistics Canada reported that 12.1% of older Canadians were living at a low income and that by 2016 the number had increased to 14.5%. That goes to your point that we're not taking better care of our seniors; in fact, they're going into deeper levels of poverty. On top of that, the pandemic also revealed the extent to which Canada forces seniors into vulnerable and unlivable conditions.
I present this question to both of you. It's just a question. I put forward a motion for a guaranteed livable basic income. How do you think this would benefit seniors?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much, Chair.
My question is for Madam Oko.
Certainly the pandemic has shone a light on the glaring inequities and inequalities, and certainly targeted inequalities, in this country. I would say that seniors are one of the groups that have been targeted or ignored even prior to the pandemic. Had we ensured that seniors lived in dignity, we wouldn't have found ourselves in this situation in the first place. I think it relates to ageism and the idea that when you reach a certain age, you are no longer of value. They are the kinds of ideas that are associated with the concept of working—that when you are no longer working full time, you lose your value.
I was really touched by the story you were telling about caring for your mom. We've heard comments like “COVID-19 isn't too dangerous, because it's just impacting older people.” We heard a lot of shocking things like that.
Can you speak to how ageism played a role in the responses to COVID-19 and how it has impacted many of the seniors that you're talking about today?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much, Chair.
I'd like to welcome Mr. Mackie, a fellow Manitoban, to the committee today.
I have some questions for Madame Guerin on affordable and accessible social housing.
In my riding in Winnipeg Centre, many seniors are on the verge of being unsheltered—a real threat, a real reality—as a result of not being able to afford housing. Can you speak a bit more about the importance of affordable, accessible social housing as one of the most important social determinants of health?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
I really appreciate what you've shared, particularly about choice. I know we've had many witnesses come to committee who have talked about widening options so that seniors can choose if they want to be at home or in a long-term care facility. They have talked about opening things up so people actually have a choice. Having a choice is really important for people to maintain their dignity and independence, particularly as we age and particularly for women.
Speaking about women, we know that women, as they age, live at disproportionately higher levels of poverty than men. They are not eligible for pensions, for example. Their care work is often not paid.
How has poverty disproportionately impacted seniors during the pandemic?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
To follow up with that, one of the things I've been pushing for is a guaranteed livable basic income. Could you speak about the importance of ensuring that all seniors have a livable income?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Do you have anything to add on the importance of having a livable income?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Thank you so much, Mr. Chair.
My question is for Mr. Mackie.
You spoke a lot about the conditions of social isolation and the impacts of social isolation during the pandemic. How does your organization assist with combatting the social isolation of seniors?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
One of the things we've discussed a lot in committee is the importance of technology, especially during the pandemic, when people can't meet in person. Would it be helpful to get support for participants so they can participate should they have, for example, issues with accessing the Internet or computers?
View Leah Gazan Profile
NDP (MB)
Yes, sure.
I'm going to turn to Madam Guerin.
In terms of technology, you talked a little bit about social isolation. One of the things I've been talking about is making Wi-Fi a public service. Would you agree that this would be helpful with seniors?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2021-06-22 12:33
What types of input have you had with regard to the process for reopening the border? We're still not going to see much change until July 5, and it will affect Canadians, not Americans. Has there been any consultation with regard to how to support the tourism industry if the government isn't changing any directions?
There should be an amelioration plan for the summer. Have there been any discussions with you and the organization about how to deal with the consequences of not altering the status quo?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2021-06-22 12:35
Has there been any data or support provided to the government about...? Areas like mine, Windsor West, are not going to be an interprovincial destination for the most part. There will be some who come—they always do—but there won't necessarily be the volumes. Having no border closure changes from the current situation will probably mean a second season.
Have you provided any data or information to the government about the consequences for border communities, like Windsor, that don't have that option? There are other places, of course, such as Sault Ste. Marie, and I could go on and on.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
View Brian Masse Profile
2021-06-22 12:49
Chair, I'd like to continue with the challenges with the government's decision recently. It's not even based on science. Apparently, the Pfizer vaccine is going to have a different response in a Canadian versus an American. It's left border communities extremely vulnerable, waiting around month after month to find out what's going to happen next.
Has there been any discussion about how there would be some involvement or amelioration by your organization for, I guess, many destinations? My friend from Niagara Falls will feel this. They're basically going to be frozen out of any interprovincial tourism for the most part. Some of it will happen, but some significant American visitation won't be there. Decisions are being made to isolate some tourist destination areas at their expense.
Has there been any discussion about what to do once we finally get some reopening, and will there be some extra consideration to those that are basically sacrificed this year because of a lack of foresight?
View Matthew Green Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I appreciate the opportunity to sub in today on this very important topic, particularly as it relates to recent reports on the use of solitary confinement.
I'll share with this committee—this being my first time here—my very personal connections to this topic. I think everybody would likely know somebody who, at some point in time, has been incarcerated. I myself know many people, some of whom are families, who have been incarcerated and subjected to what I would call the cruel and unusual punishment of solitary confinement.
I would like to begin by asking about the ways in which biased risk assessments are used in prison, and perhaps I'll have Ms. Sprott share ways in which they might disproportionately affect Black and indigenous inmates.
View Matthew Green Profile
NDP (ON)
Mr. Doob, can you also provide an analysis with regard to indigenous inmates, as I understand that they are perhaps even more overrepresented statistically in Canada?
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