A study conducted in British Columbia that less than five per cent of women and 11 per cent of men over the age of 65 had the income required to live in a for-profit long-term care facility. Yet for-profit facilities are increasing much more quickly than public facilities. In Canada 35 per cent of long term care beds are now provided in private facilities.
People in communities across the country are coming together under the banner of Common Causes/Causes Communes to send a strong message to Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.
The Harper and Alberta governments alongside Big Oil companies have made it abundantly clear they view the tar sands (also known as oil sands or natural bitumen) as a key economic driver in Canada. They are intent on increasing production and exports. The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are critical components to this vision.