Unifor Local 468-W works for the Health of BC and advocates for Social Justice. Unifor Canada is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families in Canada and around the world.
Local 468-W also wants to let people know about an important resource for non-unionized workers in BC created by the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) in conjunction with Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) in Victoria.
Employment Rights in BC provides clear information on employee rights and rules in BC as set out in the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Code, Workers Compensation Act and Personal Information Protection Act. The Guide is available in English, Punjabi and Filipino.
Download the Employment Rights Guide here: www.heu.org/rightsatwork
and help spread the word about this important resource.
Or pick up printed copies from the TAPS office in downtown Victoria.
Canadian (and BC) consumer safety and recall information websites:
GetPrepared.gc.ca Emergency preparedness info
HealthyCanadians.gc.ca Product recalls, children’s health, food safety and more
CanadaSafetyCouncil.org Safety information on many topics
Preventable.ca Promoting safety; preventing injuries; education and information
ParachuteCanada.org Home safety tips for parents; preventing injuries, saving lives
SafetyAuthority.ca Utilities safety, plus safety information & training
Office of Consumer Affairs - Industry Canada
ConsumerHandbook.ca - Canadian Consumer Handbook (customizable)
ConsumerInformation.ca Recalls and more from Industry Canada
ConsumerProtectionBC.ca ---1-888-564-9963 Information, services, news & more
Consumers Association of Canada Education & advocacy on marketplace issues
ConsumerDangers.com (US-based) Consumer protection and recall information
BC Motor Vehicle Sales Authority ---1-877-294-9889 Information & complaints
DriveSmartBC.ca BC-focused community website on traffic law and road safety
MyCarDoesWhat.org Information on new vehicle safety technology
RVsafety.com Recreational vehicle safety & training
LifeSaving.bc.ca (BC Yukon Branch) Water safety & lifeguard training
Canadian Safe Boating Council Safety information & outreach
Canadian Office of Boating Safety (Transport Canada) Info, education & regulations
Transport Canada Safety info for all transportation topics (including regulation of drones)
From the Safety and Consumer Sections of My Help Book BC 2016
Donna Randall created the Essential Family Caregiving Agreement to help families and individuals who are caring for a loved one, especially those who are, or will be, caring for seniors and elders.
She has created an easy-to-use tool to make personalized Caregiving Plans and Agreements which takes into account both the needs of the caregiver(s) and care recipient. Because the health needs of a family member can suddenly change, taking the time to create a detailed plan will reduce stress when and if this happens.
"When the condition of a care recipient results in altering daily affairs, everyone involved is affected. When such a change occurs, it is better to have a plan in place, rather than making decisions under pressure. By talking about and formalizing details, you can avoid difficulties now and later." -- Donna Randall
Donna serves families in the Greater Victoria area and beyond (online). Check out her website and blog of informative and touching senior caregiving stories. If you would like to share your caregiving experiences, please get in touch with her via her website.
How the Essential Family Caregiving Agreement came to be:
Donna developed The Essential Family Caregiving Agreement from personal experience with her own elder mother who had an unexpected sudden health decline. Through this, she experienced numerous caregiving complexities involving the health care system, health services, and lack thereof. She had to navigate these systems while going from one crisis to another. She determined that there must be a better way to help families and individuals who are caring for someone with health problems, medical challenges, and finally palliative care needs. Later, when another caregiving responsibility arose with another family member, Donna and her family consulted lawyers to ask for advice. Lawyers strongly recommended a formal family caregiving agreement. After searching for one and finding none, Donna created The Essential Family Caregiving Agreement and Guidance Materials using her professional writing and research skills, as well as her personal experiences. It is her goal to streamline the process for those contemplating the responsibility of family caregiving with her main focus on helping those looking after an aging and ailing family member. Donna has worked with many non-profits (health, education and arts sectors) in her capacity as a professional writer and has a Masters of Arts degree.
Is the care of a loved one in your hands? Donna at DFRENT.org can help. Email: dfr (at) dfrent (dot) org.
My Help Book BC - Victoria Edition 2016 is now available at new locations including Sidney, Downtown Victoria, Quadra and Hillside and Esquimalt. Find more details here. Numerous promotional copies have also been distributed in the Greater Victoria area.
Just published! A new, updated and expanded My Help Book BC - Victoria Edition 2016 is now available. The format is wider than the 2014 edition, with a bigger font, heavier paper and expanded from 60 to 88 pages with extra blank pages at the end for personalized notes. My Help Book BC follows in the footsteps of almanacs but with a focus on helping people find community resources for life problems and opportunities. There are also bonus sections on self-advocacy, checklists for moving, what to do if you have lost your ID and fraud prevention tips. (Read full Table of Contents here).
Copies of My Help Book BC - Victoria Edition 2016 are currently available for sale ($2.50) at Tanner's Books in Sidney and Gorgeous Coffee in Victoria. Check here to find updates to distribution locations and where to find free promotional copies.
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