Family Caregivers team to engage Canadians during leaders' debate on the economy

OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The Mobilizing Action: Family Caregivers in Canada team will be using Twitter to raise awareness about family caregivers' contributions to the economy during tonight's Globe and Mail leaders' debate.

The second of the televised federal election debates, featuring leaders from the Conservative, Liberal and New Democratic parties, takes place in Calgary from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MT). The event promises to be a unique opportunity to bring health care into the campaign discussion.

During the debate, various members of the team will send in tweets to show their unified voice on the importance of home care and family caregivers to our economy and the sustainability of our health-care system.

What: Use the hashtags #GlobeDebate and #homeishealth to join the conversation and share your views during the Globe and Mail leaders' debate on the economy.

Who: The Mobilizing Action Team: Family Caregivers in Canada (members listed below)

When: Thursday, September 17, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MT

Where: According to the Globe and Mail press release "viewers can livestream the debate on, on The Globe and Mail iOS and Android apps, and on YouTube – The Globe's channel as well as the YouTube Canada Election 2015 Hub. CPAC TV will live broadcast the debate simultaneously in French and English. Find CPAC TV in your area at"

Members of the Mobilizing Action: Family Caregivers in Canada team

Canadian Caregiver Coalition
Canadian Home Care Association
Canadian Nurses Association
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Caregiver, Helene Hardy
Caregiver, Lorna M. Scott
Health Charities Coalition of Canada
Janssen Inc., Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Parkinson Society Canada
SEIU Healthcare

Initiated by the Canadian Cancer Action Network, Mobilizing Action: Family Caregivers in Canada is a two year funded project (April 2014-March 2016) in collaboration with the Canadian Caregiver Coalition (project secretariat) and the Canadian Home Care Association. The goal of the project is to develop a blueprint for a concrete action plan that will address the physical, psychosocial and financial needs of family caregivers. Mobilizing Action builds on the findings from a number of influential events: the 2011 Canadian Caregiver Strategy, the 2013 Action Table on Family Caregivers and the 2013 Way Forward Caregiver Consultations.

CNA is the national professional voice representing 135,000 registered nurses in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.


SOURCE Canadian Nurses Association

For further information: David Granovsky, Manager of Government Relations, Public Affairs and Member Engagement, Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 525, E-mail:


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