Mya Williamson is Atlantic Canada’s First Scotiabank’s Game Changer
But as the number of people developing the debilitating condition continues to grow, its becoming increasingly clear that its impact on Canada is just as heavy when described in financial terms. And its not pretty. The overall costs of treating and caring for the 747,000 Canadians who currently have the disease are some $33 billion a year. By 2040, its expected to cost nearly $300 billion a year. Thats a huge hit on precious health dollars, not to mention the lost productivity of exhausted family caregivers. What Canada needs is a national plan to deal with this slow-motion crisis. Such a strategy would bring a sharp, united focus to the work of medical research projects, doctors, Alzheimer associations and even front-line caregivers. The federal government should listen to the rising voices of organizations like the Alzheimer Society of Canada and create a national strategy. As Alzheimer society CEO Mimi Lowi-Young told the Economic Club of Canada this past week, Unless we start defusing the dementia time bomb this disease will be the greatest threat to our economy, to our countrys productivity and to our quality of life. Strong words, but appropriate. As a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded, dementia has exceeded cancer and heart disease as the most costly illness in America. In Canada, we face the same sad reality.
But since the beef and pork conundrum was a potential deal-breaker for Canada, insiders are growing optimistic that the elusive agreement may now be within reach. On Thursday, International Trade Minister Ed Fast was in the heart of cattle country, boasting about the market access the Canadian government had negotiated for the beef industry. He went out on a limb, saying only a few barriers remain in the trade talks. “There’s still a very, very small handful of issues left outstanding that need to be resolved,” Fast said at a beef industry forum in Calgary. “As with all trade negotiations, the toughest issues get left until the very last.” Fast’s spokesman Adam Taylor wouldn’t confirm whether a specific breakthrough had been made on beef and pork, but did say Canada has been pressing for greater access to the EU market. “We have made that point very clear to our EU counterparts,” Taylor said in an interview Friday. “If that message has been received by our EU counterparts, that’s good news for moving the negotiation forward.” Sources say there are still several contentious areas, apparently including financial services, procurement, cheese, fish and investor state dispute settlements. Talks have been bumped up to the highest level of government in recent months in the hopes of breaking the logjam that has held up any formal announcement of a deal. At the same time, Ottawa insiders say Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants some economic trophies to put in the showcase for his throne speech next month. On Thursday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a new plan for what he hopes will become a national securities regulator. Stuart Trew, a trade expert with the Council of Canadians, said his organization’s executive director was dismayed to hear of a breakthrough on “agricultural issues” when he visited Brussels recently to present European parliamentarians with a petition signed by Canadians who oppose the deal. Trew said the council is concerned that Harper will agree to a deal, under pressure to get something finished before the ramping up of Europe’s talks with the United States in October. The council has repeatedly criticized the government for being too secretive about the negotiations. “We’ve seen there’s a lot of pressure on Harper from the business community in Canada, from Europe,” Trew said in an interview Friday.
Canada must develop nation-wide dementia strategy: Editorial
Her goal is to give back to those who have helped her and help save other children’s lives by fundraising for the hospital and the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada . She began helping her community at the early age of three when she gave her piggy bank to the IWK Radio Telethon. Mya has continued to raise money over the past four years for the hospital and this year donated over $3300 to help with the purchase of specialized medical equipment. As well, this past spring, along with her family, she participated in the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada Spring Sprint in Fredericton, NB , raising $3100 for brain tumor research. “I was crying a little when I found out [about the win], then I was really happy. The hospital helped me a lot and I wanted to help them,” says Mya Williamson , a big football fan who will be attending her first game at Touchdown Atlantic. In the five weeks leading up to NAPA Touchdown Atlantic, Scotiabank Game Changers were nominated by their peers in the community. The public voted for their favourite Game Changer online. Mya Williamson was selected as the Scotiabank Atlantic Game Changer based on a combination of fan voting and a judging panel. In addition to $10,000 for IWK Health Centre Foundation and on field recognition at the Touchdown Atlantic CFL game, Mya Williamson won a VIP NAPA Touchdown Atlantic Game experience for four. During the CFL regular season, Scotiabank will recognize 24 Scotiabank Game Changers across sponsored markets and provide each of them with a $1,000 donation to the registered charity or registered non-profit organization of their choice. Starting September 23 , fans in Edmonton , Saskatchewan and Hamilton will have the chance to vote for their favourite Scotiabank Game Changer finalist. Based on a combination of fan voting and a judging panel, three regional winners will each receive $25,000 for their designated charity and other great prizes. For more information about the Scotiabank Game Changers program, go to www.ScotiabankGameChangers.com , on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @ScotiaCFL #sbgamechangers.