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April 2, 2024

"If I had an extra $500 dollars"

 What would I do with $500 extra dollars? 

Inflation has hit all of us. 'If I had an extra $500 dollars' shares the nation wide impact if the Canada Disability Benefit became a reality. If I had an extra $500 helps illustrate how some people said they would use the funds to address basic needs, food, school, visit family and improve their living situation for the future.

To learn more about the Canada Disability Benefit and the draft regulations being put forward visit the Government of Canada site.

Overview of the Canada Disability Benefit – Supporting Canadians with disabilities -

You can also subscribe to the mailing list and learn about the second phase of the engagement process will begin with the publishing of proposed regulations in Part I of the Canada Gazette

Canadians will be able to review and provide comments on the proposed regulations. The Government will then look at the comments received and may make changes to the regulations in response to the feedback received before finalizing them. 

The final regulations will then be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette.

"If I had an extra $500 dollars" March 2024, (3.23 minutes) YouTube

March 7, 2024

Recap of "Let's Talk Healthcare and Dignity" through a disability lens

Members of the Disability Action Hall shared healthcare and dignity through the disability lens perspective at Bow Valley College on January 29th, 2024. We were pleased to be met with a welcoming in-person and online audience. Please watch the video link below if you cannot join us live. 

Thanks again to the IT and Community Services at Bow Valley College for hosting the event. We are also thankful to the Centre for Sexuality for emceeing with the work and speeches from Amber Cutter, Angie Brown, and Michael Wing, and pleased to workshop read Alex Jack's skit.  

Many thanks to Michael Wing, who took the time to add correct captions to the recording, and the organizers' dedicated efforts. 

Healthcare and Dignity (57.04 minute) on Youtube.

February 8, 2024

10 Kind Acts

Did you know 87% of the world lives in the Northern Hemisphere? In celebration of February, when we are craving sunshine, connection, solitude, and warmer weather, 
Here are '10 kind Acts' you can give a loved one, a friend, and yourself! 
(And may not cost a thing!)
 This list is brought to you by members of the Disability Action Hall! 

10 kind acts in a box of heart shaped chocolates.

Take time for yourself.

I meditated and had a quiet space, not wanting to talk to as many people.


Hug an animal.

Guinea pigs, talking/playing with the dogs, the dogs and another dog who likes to go out for walks, our beagle dog


Explore, Learn, Escape.

I keep busy, stay in and watch movies, read, watch movies, paint, study the weather, try to do a lot of things, and go bird watching.

Laugh, breathe.

Humor is helpful.

Take deep breaths


Move, be with nature.

Go for a walk when it's not freezing outside, do regular walks when I can, do dog walks, exercise, stretch, and look after the plants.


Enjoy a treat.

Eating chocolate and cheese

Clean, Sort, Organize.

People are helping me out and decluttering, knowing what to get rid of and what to keep, and being happy with it, doing laundry, dusting, vacuuming, and splashing water on my face and neck.


Be with trusted ones.

Being with my friends and my husband helps me with my well-being. I talk with my Mom.

I try to talk to people when I can as I value mutual communication where people are both comfortable talking and listening to each other,


Take action and help others.

Action-based things to help deal with intangibles when I hear things in the news, classes to help process what I am learning and hearing about, advocating for others, and volunteering.

Talk to professional help,

Counseling: Meet with my counselor and talk with someone who works on-site at my apartment building; talk to someone if getting triggered,

Sky Point (rehabilitation center for mental health) has helped with my mental health; take your time to get better. There are lots of resources here.

PDD Persons with developmental disabilities is a service to help with day-to-day life, employment, and support at home. 

I take antidepressants.

Call or text the Distress Centre 24 hours: 403.266.4357.

Darren Aronofsky

January 26, 2024

Date Saved! New schedule payment dates for social assistance

 Alberta Government (news release) is a welcomed change; Payment dates for the social assistance payments are back to the fourth business day of the month beginning March 2024.
More to come. 

To learn of the new dates for payments, please follow this link.

Health Care and Dignity Virtual Session, Monday, January 29th, 11 am to 12 pm MST

Join us for personal stories of "Healthcare and Dignity" through a disability lens. 

Co-hosted by Bow Valley, College, Centre for Sexuality, and the Disability Action Hall. A live stream event from the Bow Valley College Campus located in downtown Calgary. 

 Monday, January 29th, 2024, from 11 am to 12 pm (MST time)

Link to PDF poster. 

We will be using MS Teams. 

CART and ASL will be available. 

Meeting ID: 292 310 962 633
Passcode: Lnu6vX

Let's talk Dignity and Healthcare through a disability lens