Saturday, 12 August 2017

NWT ECE Minister confirms policy ignoring elders’ federal right to choose

NWT ECE Minister confirms policy ignoring elders' federal right to choose
NWT Income Assistance recipients forced to take their CPP at 65 depriving seniors of an estimated 42% of their pension for the rest of their lives.
"..Thank you for bringing forward concerns on behalf of your constituent and their questions about accessing Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) benefits as an Income Assistance (IA) client. As you know, IA provides financial assistance to Northerners to meet their basic and enhanced needs to help people to make choices that are right for them, according to their personal circumstances, efforts, abilities, aspirations and health.
In accordance with the IA Regulations, applicants are not required to access pension benefits before s/he attains the age of 65 years. However, at age 65, IA applicants are required to apply for CPP benefits, which helps ensure Northerners are self-reliant as individual capacity allows and have sufficient resources to meet their needs. As a program that supports those most in need, it is essential that IA applicants apply for other financial resources that they may be eligible for in order to ensure they are accessing all income that is available to them. The Department is not considering a review or amendment of the current IA legislation at this time, but I can assure you that we will follow up with Income Security Programs (ISP) staff to ensure program requirements are clear and well-communicated with IA applicants.
According to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), applicants can begin receiving their CPP benefits at age 65. However, recipients can take a reduced CPP retirement …" Text via @Julie Green MLA Yellowknife Centre on Feb 27th, 10:04am text via Facebook Messenger from the Minister of ECE

"..Taking your pension after age 65 - If you take your pension late, your monthly payment amount will increase by 0.7% for each month after age 65 that you delay receiving it up to age 70 (8.4% per year).
This means that, an individual who starts receiving their retirement pension at the age of 70 will receive 42% more than if they had taken it at 65. […] There is no financial benefit in delaying taking your pension after age 70."

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Homelessness in Yellowknife Northwest Territories

#AUDIO+ Cody Punter talks about homelessness in Yellowknife "… Cody Punter is a young photojournalist who has been living in Yellowknife for the past four years. He published last week a photo essay of 24 powerful pictures about homelessness in Yellowknife. @CKLB @Melinda Trochu met with him in #Yellowknife, on a parking lot, where he spent a lot of time talking with street people. …"

"…  Yellowknife's #homeless #crisis: Government plays catch up as people try to survive
on the street in one of #coldest cities in the world - Clayton Bearard takes a sip from a dark brown bottle before passing it around a circle of people across from Yellowknife's downtown liquor store. It's not even three o'clock in the afternoon but with a stretch of warm weather following a frigid spring blizzard, the growing huddle of street people seem happy to soak up the sun as they polish off a 26 oz. bottle of Private Stock.
Clayton, a 43-year-old originally Fort Resolution, N.T., hasn't worked a steady job since injuring his back while working construction more than a decade ago – an accident which exacerbated a painful spinal condition that's bothered him since he was a child. Between a monthly disability check and contracts for shovelling snow and other odd jobs, he manages to make enough to buy the booze and weed he needs to numb the physical and emotional pain that has come from living a hard life on the streets. …"

Ending Yellowknife homelessness would help 1,500 people but may cost $170M, says consultant - ​Specialist believes city's 10-year plan to end homelessness is worth the money  By Ollie Williams, CBC News Posted: Apr 20, 2017 - bout 1,500 people, or 10 per cent of Yellowknife's population, experience homelessness at some point each year, according to a consultant who gave city councillors an update on a 10-year plan to end homelessness that's in progress. …"

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

North America's Largest Herd of Caribou on the Move | Wild Canadian Year

“… Watch in 360 as a herd of female #caribou walk hundreds of kilometres north to have their calves in [#Kuujjuarapik #Nunavik] one of the most remote parts of northern Quebec.
They deployed their 360 camera ahead of the herd to and waited over an hour for the caribou to pass by. "We watched hopefully. After all our efforts, it would still takes a bit of luck to get a our shot. And then – success! The migrating caribou passed right by the 360-camera, seemingly inquisitive of this foreign arrival in their land.”
The result? Intimate never-seen-before footage of the herd as they wandered by.
Click play on the video to watch. …”
or via YouTube here

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

National sacred pipe ceremony tour begins in Dettah, Chief Drygeese Terr...

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Message to Ywllowknife attendees of The Walrus Talks We Desire a Better Country:...

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Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N7
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Northern Skies - Aerial Video of #Yellowknife Canada in New Year 2017

"... Aerial video took in the first day of 2017, Yellowknife, Canada.
Really cold for drone flying, had to keep the battery warm before take off.
Basically shot around the area of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
-Yellowknife River Day Use Area (Intro)
-Dettah First Nations Community (0:43)
-City of Yellowknife (0:56) …”
by Andrew An​