/R E P E A T -- Conseil des aînés du Québec creates first Quebec Ethics Committee on Population Aging and Demographic Change/

    QUEBEC, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conseil des aînés du Québec, whose
mission is to promote and assert the place of seniors, today announces via its
Chair, Georges Lalande, the creation of a Québec Ethics Committee on
Population Aging and Demographic Change.
    The main goal in creating the Committee is to enable the Council to be
better informed about the values that enjoy a consensus in Québec society as
well as those that require greater soul-searching. The independence and
impartiality of the Committee will make it an ideal forum for discussing the
vital issues of population aging and demographic change and, in doing so,
contributing to a coherent approach to aging, both from an individual and
collective perspective. The Conseil des aînés will be better equipped to
advise the government on possible avenues for dealing with the major impacts
of population aging and demographic change in Québec.
    Jean-Louis Roy, a well-known personality on the domestic and
international scene, former director of Montréal daily Le Devoir, recent
past-president of Rights & Democracy, current president of Partenariat
International, and guest researcher at Université de Montréal's Centre de
recherche en droit public, has agreed to chair the Committee.
    The Committee also has two vice-chairs, Greta Chambers and Jacques
Grand'Maison, both widely known for their extremely valuable contributions to
Québec society. The other fifteen members represent various age groups and
have a diverse array of academic credentials and human experiences that
reflect the cultural pluralism of our society.
    The themes that the Committee will address are numerous and complex. They
include dignity, respect, independence, the responsibilities of
intergenerational solidarity, new retirement parameters, the role of civil
society, directions in health and biotechnology research, end-of-life
decisions, the various faces of ageism and exclusion, etc. However, it will be
up to the Committee to draw up the list of themes to be examined.
    The members of the Committee will be introduced at the official launch.

                   Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 4:00 p.m.
                         Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
                          1380 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
                           Salon des amis, Level 2

    The Conseil des aînés was created in 1992 to promote the rights and
interests of seniors as well as their active participation in society, and to
advise the Minister responsible for Seniors on all issues concerning the
elderly, notably intergenerational solidarity, openness to pluralism, and
intercultural reconciliation.

    Source: Suzanne Pilote
            Conseil des aînés du Québec
            1 877 657-2463
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For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Pilote, Conseil des aînés du Québec,

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