As I've donated to the MS Society of Canada in the past I got a general update email from them this afternoon. Take a look at the PS! I added the website link but it was embedded in the actual email.
Thanks to support from coast-to-coast, we were able to reach 97 percent of Members of Parliament in June 2009 and let them know what is needed to improve incomes for people affected by MS and to help end MS through increased health research funding.
The other good news is that two MPs have agreed to sponsor private member’s bills to improve income security for people with MS and caregivers. I’ll provide more information when the bills are closer to being introduced about how you can help.
The MS Society of Canada’s request is for some simple changes to support people with MS, their families and caregivers.
Immediate help for caregivers by allowing their spouses to claim the Caregiver Tax Credit
Helping people stay at their jobs by making Employment Insurance sickness benefits more flexible to allow part-time work and partial benefits
Making the Disability Tax Credit refundable– to put money in more people’s pockets
The ultimate goal, of course, is to end MS. So we are also asking the federal government to increase funding for health research – with a commitment of new funds to make research happen in 2010. Click here to learn more about these issues.
And if you would like to make a donation to support vital MS Society research and crucial services for people affected by MS, just click here.
Thank you for making a difference.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
P.S. You may have seen news coverage of a CCSVI (chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency) study that might have an impact on people with MS. To learn more about the study and its implications, visit our website.
http://www.mssociety.ca/en/research/med ... 21_faq.htm