June is Brain Injury Awareness Month #BIAM17

More than one million people in Canada are living with a brain injury, and that number increases daily. During Brain Injury Awareness Month this June, brain injury associations across the country are putting a face to this epidemic through posters, events, and social media, using the hashtag, #IamTheFaceofBrainInjury. Hailey Harms is one of those faces. […]

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Ontario creates concussion law in memory of 17-year-old rugby player

CTVNews.ca Staff Ontario MPPs have passed new legislation named for an Ottawa-area high school rugby player who died in 2013 after suffering multiple concussions. “Rowan’s Law” will establish a committee to work on the 49 recommendations made after the coroner’s inquest into 17-year-old Rowan Stringer’s death. The recommendations include education for student athletes, parents and […]

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In Memoriam: Harry Joseph Zarins, January 2, 1951 – December 26, 2016

It is with great sadness that we post this obituary of Mr. Harry Zarins, executive director of Brain Injury Canada. He served the organisation with great dedication and commitment. Brain Injury Canada will be honouring Mr Zarins and his contributions, at upcoming conferences and with future communications. OTTAWA — McGill Athletics & Recreation is sad […]

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Concussions for regular people: yours vs. Sidney Crosby’s

When you’re an average Canadian with a concussion, your experience can feel quite different from what you read about those of pro athletes. 180 producer Kathryn Marlow knows this personally, and set out to determine the relationship between concussions in sport and concussions in daily life. The 180 with Jim Brown on CBC Radio. Concussions […]

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Josh Bonnici’s ‘Pedal to New Levels’ Fundraiser for Brain Injury Canada

On July 17, 2016 I will begin my bicycle ride across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland with a completion date of September 21, 2016. As part of the ride, I am raising money for Brain Injury Canada. I will be personally funding all of the expenses of the trip, and so […]

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Head Games Opens in Theaters & On Demand & Dr. Cantu Releases New Book

Dr. Robert Cantu Releases New Book, Concussions and Our Kids SLI Co-Founder and world-renowned concussion expert Dr. Robert Cantu released his new book, Concussions and Our Kids, on Tuesday, September 18. A timely, provocative, essential guide to concussions in youth sports, Concussions and Our Kids will cover what concussions are, how to treat them, & […]

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Fall Gala Announcement, Please Join Us for a Celebration of the Merger of BCBIA and PCBICS/Brainstreams.ca

From: Julia Zarudzka, President of BC Brain Injury Association And Patti Flaherty, President of Pacific Coast Brian Injury Conference Society – Brainstreams.ca In Honour of the Merger of BC Brain Injury Association and Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference Society ‘Unity in the Community’ Cocktail Gala Fundraiser for Brain Injury Please see the the gala announcement. […]

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Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington Hawaiian Mix & Mingle, Tickets are on sale now, A great opportunity for Networking, September 27, 2012

You’re invited to shuck your boring clothes and grab your Hawaiian Shirts and Grass Skirts at Waterloo-Wellington’s Hawaiian Mix & Mingle A FUNdraisier in support of The Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington A GREAT NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY Thursday, September 27, 2012 6:30 – 8:30 pm Westmount Golf and Country Club 50 Inverness Drive, Kitchener ON $99.00 […]

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An App to assist people coping with memory challenges or those who just want to be better organized. — Qcard may be for you!

As a sign of our appreciation for your early support we want to personally email you to announce the official launch of Qcard on the Apple App Store. To help as many people as possible, we are having a Launch Sale of 50% off! (offer ends Wed, August 15th). Your support is greatly appreciated and […]

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BIAC is inviting interested persons to submit expressions of interest to serve on the Board of Directors

The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) is inviting interested Canadians to submit expressions of interest to serve on the Board of Directors for a three year term. Interested people are asked to send the following information to lscarlson@yourlink.ca or Larry.Carlson@gov.sk.ca and Harry Zarins, Executive Director to executivedirector@biac-aclc.ca • Introductory letter expressing why you would […]

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Member of Parliament Mrs. Kelly Block's statement delivered June 18 in the House of Commons

Mrs. Kelly Block (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Brain Injury Awareness Month is recognized nationally every June in order to raise awareness of the effects and causes of acquired brain injury across Canada. Automobile accidents, sports injuries, cycling accidents, falls, strokes, tumours, aneurysms and other non-degenerative conditions are all leading causes of acquired brain injury. There […]

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Altantic Lawyers Group gives Champion of Justice Award to The Jessica Campaign

St. John’s – June 23, 2012: The Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association met this weekend for a legal education conference and their annual membership meeting, and is conferring its highest honour – The Champion of Justice Award. APTLA’s Champion of Justice Award is given to persons who act to the betterment of safety and responsibility […]

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A heads up on head injuries from BC interior health medical health officer Dr Peter Barss

Have you ever thought about what could happen if you or your family had a head injury? The brain is sensitive to impact. What seems a minor injury sometimes leads to a lifetime of suffering for the injured person, family, and friends. Possible consequences are loss of employment, homelessness, divorce, addictions, and personality changes, among […]

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The Brain Injury Association of Canada Supports Ontario's Deputy Chief Coroner Dan Cass' Recommendations released during Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Injury Association of Canada supports all recommendations made by Deputy Chief Coroner Dan Cass, BSc, MD, FRCPC especially the recommendation calling for mandatory bicycle helmet use for all, not only to dramatically reduce preventable deaths but also to reduce serious brain injuries which will have an impact on reducing indirect and direct health […]

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The Need for a National Brain Strategy in Canada

Imagine, you are a fully-functioning, contributing member of society. You work, you have a rich family life, you contribute to your community, and now you have just been told you have a brain condition – perhaps ALS, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. You feel impossibly alone, and utterly helpless. But, tragically, you have […]

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Elementary Safety 4 children

ElementarySafety.com – Voter’s Choice Vids4Kids contest theme – “Wear your helmet”. Entries accepted July 09 – July 22, 2012 Voting July 30 – August 19, 2012 Winner announced August 20, 2012 Our current $5000 contest is on Bullying Show us your creativity by creating a compelling YouTube video that is educational and/or promotes positive behaviours […]

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Message from the Governor General for Brain Injury Awareness Month

Message from the Governor General Le Gouverneur Générale I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all brain injury survivors, caregivers and volunteers on the occasion of Brain Injury Awareness Month. The courage and determination of those suffering from brain injuries and those who are helping to alleviate symptoms and to foster […]

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Member of Parliament Ms. Kirsty Duncan’s statement delivered June 7 in the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker, June is National Brain Injury Awareness Month and highlights awareness of the causes and effects of brain injury. Automobile and cycling accidents, falls, sports injuries, strokes, tumours and other non-degenerative conditions are leading causes of brain injury in Canada. A silent epidemic, brain injury is the number one killer of people under the […]

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Brain Injury Awareness Month Proclamations and Activities on PEI

The Brain Injury Association of PEI also held a BBQ on June 1 to Kick Off Brain Injury Awareness Month. Kenneth Murnaghan President Brain Injury Association of Prince Edward Island PO Box 1532 Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N3 Cell: 902-314-4228 info@biapei.com http://www.biapei.com twitter.com/biapei Facebook

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Newfoundland and Labrador – New Act Expands Scope of Service Animals to include Brain Injury Survivors at the beginning of National Brain Injury Awareness Month

News Release Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Justice Advanced Education and Skills May 31, 2012 New Act Expands Scope of Service Animals The Provincial Government has introduced new legislation that expands the types of animals that can be used as service animals by persons with disabilities as well as the right of access for persons […]

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Brain Injury Association of Canada noted in Minister of Health's Speech on The Mental Health Commission of Canada Mental Health Strategy May 8, 2012

Excerpt : In addition to the Commission, I would like to thank the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Suicide Prevention Network and the Brain Injury Association of Canada for contributing their expertise. Read the full speech: Brain Injury Association of Canada noted in Minister of Health’s Speech on The Mental Health Commission of Canada […]

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BIAC Congratulates LA Kings' Willie Mitchell for telling it like it is: A Concussion is a Brain Injury

This being Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada and the Stanley Cup playoffs winding down, it was refreshing to read Jesse Spector’s article in the Sporting News on LA Kings’ Willie Mitchell and the discussion on brain injury. Few NHL players call a concussion a brain injury but Willie Mitchell does not mince his words […]

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City of Ottawa declares June 2012 as Brain Injury Awareness Month

Whereas, brain injury is an invisible condition affecting both adults and children living in Ottawa and across Canada; and Whereas, a brain injury is not always recognizable and can result in unjust sterotyping and discrimination; and Whereas, the community needs to become informed about the risks of sustaining a brain injury and the strategies for […]

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MP Cathy McLeod's statement in the House of Commons

Please find below Mrs. McLeod’s statement that was delivered at 11:05am this morning, June 1st, 2012 in the House of Commons. Mrs. Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, CPC): Mr. Speaker, last Friday I had the privilege of attending a gala to honour brain injury survivors in my riding of Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo. I would like to take this opportunity […]

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Long Boarders riding across Canada in support of the Brain Injury Association of Canada

Why walk, when you can Shred! Mission To spread awareness and help gain support to a selected charity using original fundraising opportunities and “out of the box” educational concepts. Overview “Shred 4 A Cause” is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to spreading awareness, and raising funds to help support the Brain Injury Association of Canada. Using […]

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Important Information Against Fraud And The Ongoing Importance Of Updated Poa & Guardianship Paperwork

By Norman Willet, Kanata, Ont. BACKGROUND: We are POA and Guardians for my Intellectually Challenged niece. In January 2012 she fell victim to an online scam that began with a phone call frightening her about viruses on her computer. The male insisted that he worked for Microsoft and needed immediate online access to her computer […]

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Yes to ski helmets, but buyer beware

A Canadian Medical Association Journal Editorial Nova Scotia passed legislation on Dec. 15, 2011, requiring all skiers and snowboarders — children and adults — to wear a helmet. This likely constitutes the world’s toughest such rules and is laudable from a public health perspective, but there’s just one problem. How good are the helmets? The […]

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Growing Support for principles to guide transformation of the health care system

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) today announced that 14 patient advocacy groups are raising their voices in support of a set of common principles developed by Canada’s physicians and nurses to guide the transformation of the health care system to make it centred on the needs of patients. The news release is attached. –Growing Support […]

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Heads Up Holidays!

Brain Injury Association of Canada encourages widespread common sense OTTAWA _ The Brain Injury Association of Canada invites Canadians to keep their heads up over the holidays and avoid close calls that could turn catastrophic. “Making sure that Canadians are aware of their surroundings,” said Harry Zarins, executive director of the national nonprofit. “Drive safely, […]

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NHCC News – 13 Projects to Generate Data Related to Brain Injury

NHCC/NPHSNC Summary In their 2006 publication Neurological Disorders: Public Health Challenges, the World Health Organization concluded that “a large body of evidence shows that policymakers and health-care providers may be unprepared to cope with the predicted rise in the prevalence of neurological and other chronic disorders and the disability resulting from the extensions of life […]

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Troy Adams Marathon for Brain Injury Awareness, Prevention and Research

Dear Friends, My name is Troy Adams. I’m a 24 year old male, currently living in Exeter, ON. I grew up just outside of Watford, ON. I’ve spent the past few years travelling with my job as a News Anchor and Reporter. I’m currently working for myFM as a News Director/Ops Manager. On August 11, […]

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October 14: New deadline for Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards

In July, the first call for nominations was issued for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards. I am happy to inform you that you now have more time to complete nominations, as the deadline for submissions has been extended to October 14, 2011. What are the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards? The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize […]

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Be a Head Strong champion – VOTE and PROMOTE TODAY.

Help bring Head Strong $35,000 closer to helping Brain Injury survivors with their education costs. Zehr Insurance Brokers Ltd has nominated Head Strong as an idea in the Aviva Community Fund to receive $35,000 that will benefit the Brain Injury Association of Canada’s Bursary Fund – assisting brain injury survivors with costs associated with post-secondary […]

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IMPORTANT — Living with a Neurological Condition (LINC) Study Recruitment Help

Hello BIAC Community, Please see the Letter of Invitation, The Everyday Experience of Living with and Managing a Neurological Condition, (The LINC Study) and the poster from the LINC Study Team – Dr. Tanya Packer and Dr. Joan Versnel from Dalhousie University. As you know, the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (NPHSNC) is […]

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North America Consumer Product Safety Summit – Watch the webcast!

Safe Kids Canada’s Executive Director takes part in the First North America Consumer Product Safety Summit – Watch the webcast! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host the First North America Consumer Product Safety Summit on September 26-27, 2011, at CPSC Headquarters in Bethesda, MD. The Summit will provide an historic opportunity for […]

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Brendan Rogers attempts Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for brain injury/concussion research

Please support one of our own, Brendan Rogers, former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Toronto Argonaut, as he prepares to climb Mt Kilimanjaro next month. Brendan is raising funds for the study of brain injury and concussion at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Please donate here. Brendan is planning to lead a team of former CFL’ers and […]

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Message from the CMA – National Report Card on health care

Dear Friends, The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) today released its eleventh annual National Report Card on Health Care in Canada (pdf). The research focuses on access to health care services and shows clear support for specific measures to make the system more accountable to patients. Please also find attached the news release. (pdf) Regards, François […]

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Message from the CMA – Report on the National Dialogue on Health Care Transformation

Dear Friends, The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released this morning its report on the National Dialogue on Health Care Transformation with Canadians. The report is what Canadians told us during our six public town hall forums. It shows that there is a strong national commitment to transform the health care system so that it can […]

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Global Disability Experts Speak Out – Project CHILD: Voices from Around the World

Hear disability experts from around the world comment on the status of children with disabilities in their countries. Watch a special video of the recent report on Project CHILD: Voices from Around the World. Thank you for your interest, and you are welcome to share this widely. If you have comments or would like further […]

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The Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston Become Patrons of the Brain Injury Association of Canada

OTTAWA – The Brain Injury Association of Canada is proud to announce that Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, have agreed to be Patrons of the organization. The board, volunteers and staff of the Brain Injury Association of Canada are very honoured by this timely announcement, […]

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2011 Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards

Dear Sir/Madam: I recently had the honour of announcing the first call for nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards program. This new award program recognizes and celebrates the exceptional contributions of volunteers, local businesses and innovative not-for-profit organizations in improving the well being of families and their communities. We are contacting you to share […]

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Message from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA): Canada's Doctors and Nurses Come Together to Urge Politicians to act

Dear Friends, In advance of the 2011 meeting of the Council of the Federation, taking place this week in Vancouver, and the looming expiry of the 2014 Health Accord, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) together have defined a set of principles to guide health care transformation in Canada. These […]

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Message from CMA – Wait Time Alliance Report Released Today

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) would like to share with you the sixth annual Wait Time Alliance Report Card released today. The report indicates that as the expiry of the 10-Year Accord to Strengthen Health Care draws near, Canadians still experience lengthy delays in accessing a wide range of necessary care. Wait Time Alliance Report […]

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Canadian Caregiving Coalition – Family Caregiving Advocacy and Action

Below please find documents that you may find helpful from the recent roundtable on Family Caregiving Advocacy and Action hosted by the Canadian Caregiver Coalition. 1. CCC’s framework for a National Caregiving Strategy (pdf) 2. Caregiving Policy Lens for the Caregiver Tool Kit (pdf) (draft – being finalized for mid-July) – please feel free to […]

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Senator Peterson's speech in the Senate Chamber – Brain Injury Awareness Month

Below is Senator Peterson’s statement to be made in the Senate Chamber today. Marie Russell Executive Assistant to / Adjointe executif à The Hon. / L’honorable Robert W. (Bob) Peterson The Senate of Canada / Le Sénat du Canada Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A4 Room 800-VB (613) 995-4220 Fax: 995-4229 www.liberalsenateforum.ca – Canada’s Original Think Tank […]

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Defense.gov News Release: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide Mobile Application Now Available

U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) News Release On the Web: http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=14546 Media contact: +1 (703) 697-5131/697-5132 Public contact: http://www.defense.gov/landing/comment.aspx or +1 (703) 428-0711 +1 IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 480-11 June 07, 2011 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide Mobile Application Now Available

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Three excerpts from today's Speech from the Throne:

In order to improve Canada’s productivity, enhance our economic competitiveness and increase our standard of living, our Government will continue to make targeted investments to promote and encourage research and development in Canada’s private sector and in our universities, colleges and polytechnics. It will look for ways to support innovation while ensuring that federal investment […]

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A world in which all people with disabilities enjoy social justice and equal participation in society and our communities

ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty community legal aid clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality rights of people with disabilities in Ontario. ARCH provides legal services to help Ontarians with disabilities live with dignity and participate fully in our communities. We work with Ontarians with disabilities and the disability community on law […]

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BIAC President Larry Carlson replies to Globe and Mail Andre Picard's Article of March 24 with Letter to the Editor

As a brain injury survivor, it was with great interest that I read Andre Picard’s article “It’s hard to build a knowledge economy without nurturing healthy brains” on March 24th. I appreciate the care that Mr. Picard took in writing such an informative piece, but I was disappointed to see him extensively use the terminology […]

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Health Care No.1 Priority for Canadians in Next Week`s budget says joint CNA-CMA Poll

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) have released a poll that indicates that health care should be a top priority in next week’s federal budget. The results show that 45 per cent of Canadians think the federal government should make health care a priority in the budget. The joint CNA-CMA […]

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The Brain Injury Association of Canada Supports Governments Investment to Injury Prevention

The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) is pleased to see the positive movement with the government’s investment of $5 million over two years to support injury prevention initiatives that reach Canadian children and youth in the communities where they live and play. The measurement of the success of this investment should be seen when […]

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IBIA's International NeuroTrauma Letter

The NeuroTrauma Letter is produced quarterly by the International Brain Injury Association. In This Issue: Stem Cell Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury – An Overview of Different In-vivo/In-vitro Experimental Settings Neurotologic Consequences of Blast Injury Chemosensory Impairment after Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessment and Management Evaluation and Treatment Planning in Children with TBI Articles of Note […]

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An ABI Overnight Summer Independence Program

Young adults 16 to 25 years of age who have an acquired brain injury Who want to become more independent, are motivated to work on skills related to independence, have the ability to participate actively within a group, and are medically stable Program includes experiences such as living in residence in a supportive environment, traveling […]

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House of Commons – Committee Recommendation to declare 2013 as year of the Brain

Below please find notice that the Standing Committee on Health has tabled its most recent report. You will note that “the Committee recommends that the Government of Canada declare 2013 as the Year of the Brain”. HOUSE OF COMMONS CHAMBRE DES COMMUNES OTTAWA, CANADA 40th Parliament, 3rd Session 40e Législature, 3e session

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Manitoba's Senator Sharon Carstairs tabled a Private Members motion yesterday

Manitoba’s Senator Sharon Carstairs tabled a Private Members motion yesterday calling on the Government of Canada to develop a National Brain Strategy. Please find her speech below: The Senate Motion to Urge Government to Provide Funding for Development of National Brain Strategy-Debate Adjourned Hon. Sharon Carstairs, pursuant to notice of December 8, 2010, moved: Whereas […]

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