Edmonton: October 1st ‘International Day for Seniors’ on the agenda for spring sitting of Alberta’s legislature

Edmonton: The government of Alberta will put the recognition of October 1st, the UN International Day of Older Persons on the order paper for the Spring 2018 Session of the provincial Legislature.

The decision was made last week at a meeting in the Legislature between executive members of the Alberta Federation of Union Retirees (AFUR) and senior staff to the Hon. Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. AFUR is the provincial body for local units of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC).

A Bill will be introduced to make the celebration of October 1st an annual event. This year the Government will raise the profile of the International Day by issuing a Proclamation throughout the Province. It will also consider flying the special October 1st United Nations Flag, as well as hosting an afternoon event at the Legislature.

AFUR President Lucien Royer congratulated the government for making this commitment, and said the move will help strengthen the resolve of his organization to work with like-minded groups to on seniors’ issues throughout the province.

 “CURC area councils across Alberta are already planning events of their own. In Edmonton, the City has already agreed to light its High Level Bridge (adjacent to the Legislature) in the blue-and-white CURC colours to coincide with the International Day.

“At the national level the CURC and the Seniors’ Voice, a Canadian coalition of union and seniors’ organizations, are already ramping up efforts to boost the profile of the Day, and to underscore the importance of advocacy and awareness-raising about the concerns of older adults in our society,” said Royer.

Last year, CURC and Senior’s Voice members staged events in nine provinces, engaging a number of provincial and municipal governments in proclamations or declarations about October 1st. Elected officials from all levels of government and representatives from union and social organisations participated in these events.

“This year, we want to build on last year’s activities in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer by focussing a number of themes, such as a call for a national drug program (Pharmacare).

--  Contact:  Lucien Royer, 587-991-2264 or lroyer@gfoundation.ca