International Day of Older Persons set for Oct. 1; demonstrations to be seen at Parliament Hill
Ottawa – This year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations declaration of October 1 as the ‘International Day of Older Persons’. Seniors groups from Halifax to Vancouver will be marking the day with a variety of events. All will be urging the political parties to commit to take action in four areas of concern to seniors: Pensions, Health Care, Housing and the Growing Inequality in Canada.
A collaboration of over 50 seniors groups called Seniors Vote, led by the National Pensioners Federation, Congress of Union Retirees of Canada and CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons), agreed to highlight these common concerns of seniors in this election.
In Ottawa, the delegates to the 71st annual convention of the National Pensioners Federation and members of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada and other seniors groups will be highlighting these issues on Parliament Hill from 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM on October 1. This event will display a flag developed for the Canadian celebration of the International Day of the Older Persons. This flag will be seen in many municipal celebrations across Canada.