Posted on Mar 22, 2017

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Relaxation and Stress Reducing Activities for Children

This Newsletter introduces relaxation & stress reducing activities for children and provides ideas to use at home.

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Posted on Mar 01, 2017

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Build Your Own Everything Binder (B.Y.O.B)

This newsletter is about the Everything Binder for deployment. Click to download the newsletter and read how one family’s experience in building an Everything Binder made a difference.

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Posted on Feb 02, 2017

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February 2017

This newsletter will introduce the concept of mental health mobile apps and how they may be beneficial to children and teens.

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Posted on Jan 04, 2017

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Celebrating 10 years with the Family Navigator!

This newsletter reintroduces the Family Navigator program, explains how it began and how you can get involved.

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Posted on Jun 06, 2016

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Tips for Preparing to Travel with Children

This newsletter will offer one Mom's experience and advice for travelling by car and plane with her children: followed by a few tips from other Canadian Armed Forces families. Click here to download

Posted on May 06, 2016

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Saying Good Bye

This newsletter will offer tips to help you and your family prepare for the potential ups and downs of a move. Click here to download.

Posted on Apr 05, 2016

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Making the Most of Your House Hunting Trip

Here are some tips on how to prepare for and make the most of a house hunting trip. Click here to download.

Posted on Mar 04, 2016

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Navigating School Systems

Three families share their journey navigating school systems. Click here to download. 

Posted on Feb 03, 2016

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Child & Youth Mental Health: One Family’s Journey

One Canadian Armed Forces Family's story of supporting a child with mental health issues. Click here to download

Posted on Jan 06, 2016

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Resilient Relationships

This newsletter offers tips to help couples enhance and strengthen their relationship. Click here to download

Posted on Dec 02, 2015

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! This newsletter will highlight how FamilyNavigator.ca has evolved throughout 2015. Click here to download

Posted on Nov 02, 2015

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Navigating Health Care Systems

This newsletter will offer resources that are available to help military families be better informed about health care systems before they relocate to a new base. Click here to download

Posted on Oct 14, 2015

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Staying In the Green

Tips for ways to "stay in the green" and deal with the day to day stressors of military lifestyle. Click here to download

Posted on Sep 02, 2015

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Youth and Transitions

Tips for supporting your teen deal with the stressors of transitions in a military lifestyle. Click here for to download

Posted on Aug 11, 2015

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Navigating the School System

Tips for Military Families on how to navigate the school system. Click here to download

Posted on Jul 03, 2015

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E-Mental Health

A list of E-Mental Health tools that are available to Military Families.

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Posted on Jun 16, 2015

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Summer Camps

Tips for choosing a summer camp.  

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Posted on May 27, 2015

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Caregiving From Afar

Considerations for military families who are preparing to care for a family member from afar. 

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Posted on Apr 01, 2015

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Employment Support for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Tips for helping military families find employment opportunities for adults who have learning disabilities. Click here to download

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

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Relocation with a family member with Autism

Tips for military families on how to deal with the interprovincial differences in Autism services across Canada.

Click here to download March 2015 Navigator News 

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

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What is the difference between familynavigator.ca and familyforce.ca?

Comparing familynavigator.ca and familyforce.ca to help military families understand the purpose of these websites and in what circumstance each website would be useful. Click here to download the newsletter.

Posted on Dec 03, 2014

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The Gift of Self-Care

Self-Care tips to help military families cope with the stressors of the holiday season. Click here to download the newsletter. 

Posted on Nov 20, 2014

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New Tools on Family Navigator.ca

Highlighting the new tools and resources that were developed for the Family Navigator website thanks to the generous support from True Patriot Love. Click here to download the newsletter. 

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

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Back-to-School Anxiety

Tips to help reduce the stress that children of military families may be feeling in the fall. Click here to download the newsletter. 

Posted on Jan 03, 2014

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8 truths about special needs parenting - Canadian Living

Canadian Living about what parenting children with special needs

with http://www.canadianliving.com/moms/family_life/8_truths_about_special_needs_parenting_5.php

Posted on Dec 06, 2013

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Teens and learning disabilities - Canadian Living

Canadian Living offers tips on how to help your teen with a learning disability to overcome school challenges.

http://www.canadianliving.com/moms/teens/teens_and_learning_disabilities.php

Posted on Dec 06, 2013

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How to make a home-care plan for your aging parents - Canadian Living

Canadian Living offers strategies on how to ensure appropriate home care for the elderly.  

http://www.canadianliving.com/life/__elder_care_guide/how_to_make_a_home_care_plan_for_your_aging_parents_2.php

Posted on Dec 06, 2013

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Special challenge needs special plan - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail article on how you can financially prepare for long-term emergencies with a child who requires special care.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/special-challenge-needs-special-plan/article1206026/

Posted on Mar 27, 2013

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More younger Canadians, including men, facing child and elder care responsibilities - Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Citzen has published an interesting story about caregiver's caught in the sandwich generation.  Go to "More Younger Canadians, including men, facing child and elder care responsibilities" to read the article.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013

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Lets Talk About Mental Health

The Huffington Post has an interesting blog entry talking about the mental health system in Canada and the new Bell "Lets Talk About Mental Health" campaign.  Go to this link to read the post http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/stephanie-knaak/lets-talk-day-bell_b_2681956.html

Posted on Feb 15, 2013

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Lack of Mental Health Services in Victoria

The Victoria Times colonist has recently published an article about the lack of children's mental health services in Victoria and the impact on children.  Click on this link to read more  "Lack of mental-health services endangers kids at risk, families say"

Posted on Feb 15, 2013

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Lack of Mental Health Services in Victoria

The Victoria Times colonist has recently published an article about the lack of children's mental health services in Victoria and the impact on children.  Click on this link to read more  "Lack of mental-health services endangers kids at risk, families say"

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

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Stroke Alert:  Know the Signs of a Stroke

Canadian Living has published an article about how to identify the symptoms of a stroke and deal with the aftermath.  Go to http://www.canadianliving.com/health/prevention/stroke_alert_know_the_signs_of_a_stroke.php

Posted on Oct 17, 2012

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Down Syndrome Study May Provide the Key to Dementia Treatment

The Globe and Mail published a story about new research with persons who have Down Syndrome which may provide the key to dementia treatment.  Go to http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/conditions/down-syndrome-study-may-provide-key-to-new-alzheimers-treatments/article4567939/

Posted on Oct 10, 2012

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Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre to become dementia “centre of excellence”

The Perley Veterans Health Centre has a multi year plan to because a "centre of excellence" for dementia care.  Go to this link for more information www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Perley+Rideau+become+dementia+centre+excellence/7357385/story.html

Posted on Oct 10, 2012

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Supersizing the Sandwich Generation

The Financial Post examines the financial and mental impact of parents caring for their children as well as their parents (the Sandwich Generation).  To read this story go to Supersizing the Sandwich Generation .

Posted on Oct 10, 2012

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Taking Measure of Mental Health in the Workplace

According to a new survey 22 percent of Canadian workers are affected by mental illness.  In the article, Taking Measure of Mental Health in the Workplace, the Globe and Mail reports about a new tool to help Employers to cope with mental illness in the workplace.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012

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How to help your aging parents with their health care

Being a caregiver for an aging family member can be a rewarding experience but it can also cause many challenges.  Canadian Living has published an article with tips that address some of the key questions that come up for caregivers.  Click on this link How to Help Your Aging Parents with their Health Care to read the article.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

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Helping Parents Help Kids be Successful at School and at Life

A new resource has been added to the tools for families section of this website.  It has lots of great resources to help parents help their children with extra needs be successful at both school and life.  Check it out at http://www.familynavigator.ca/index.php/tools_for_families/mental_health_and_wellness/#TVO

Posted on Aug 01, 2012

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Moving Time:  Greater Victoria Based Military Personnel Leaving and Arriving

A great story about CF Families and the challenges they face when relocating.  http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/community/164521356.html

Posted on Jul 18, 2012

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My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment

The Ministry of Health for the Province of British Columbia has recently developed a guide to advance care planning.  This tool has been developed for residents of British Columbia but would be helpful to residents of any province.  Go to their website at http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/hcc/advance-care-planning.html and click on the link in the page titled My Voice - Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012

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Family Caregivers Network Society Newsletter

The Family Caregivers Network Society produces a informative newsletter which has lots of useful times and information for caregivers.  In the July edition they have a article on Summer Travel Plans for Caregivers.  Go to their website (http://www.fcns-caregiving.org/education/network-news-newsletter/ ) and click on the July 2012 issue to download a pdf version of the newsletter.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012

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Report shows that some provinces are reversing recent improvements in medical wait times

The Canadian Press has recently published an article examining a recent report that shows after several years of progress, it appears some provinces are slipping in their quest to reduce the time it takes to receive a number of benchmark medical treatments.  To read the article go to this link http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/report-shows-some-provinces-reversing-recent-improvements-in-medical-wait-times-159570655.html

Posted on Jun 15, 2012

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Mental health of military kids focus of new book

A new book has been written specifically for Canadian Forces Children, called Project: Kids, Let's Talk.  It will be delivered to Canadian Forces bases across the country.  Check out this newpaper article for more information www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/06/06/pol-military-children-book.html

Posted on Jun 13, 2012

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June Navigator News

Are you posted this summer?  This month's Navigator News gives things to think about when moving with your family or if the Canadian Forces Member is moving Imposed Restriction.  Take a look at June's Navigator News.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012

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Should your aging parent live alone? A Canadian Living Article

This article looks at the options of seniors housing such as retirement homes, your home or their own home.  For more information go to their article at http://www.canadianliving.com/life/elder_care_guide/should_your_aging_parent_live_alone.php

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

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Petawawa MFRC New Videos

The Petawawa MFRC has created some wonderful videos that describe the program and services they have available for Canadian Forces families.  Whether you are new to the community or just want to learn more about what the Petawawa MFRC has to offer these videos have lots of great information.  You can check out all the videos by going to this link http://www.youtube.com/user/pmfrc .

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

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Accessible Health Care for CF Families in Edmonton

Canadian Forces (CF) families are often faced with extra challenges when it comes to accessing health care.  Due to repeated postings many CF families have to wait on long wait lists for health services and by the time that family reaches the top of the waitlist they are posted to a new base.  The CF has made health care more accessible for CF families in Edmonton.  See this article on CBC for more information http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/04/27/edmonton-military-families-clinics.html .

Posted on Apr 26, 2012

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A Video overview of the Family Navigator website

Family Navigator

Posted on Apr 05, 2012

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Not Myself Today - Launch of a National Mental Health Campaign

Partners for Mental Health launch a National Campaign 'Not Myself Today,’ to transform the way Canadians think about, act towards and treat mental health.  Check out their press release for more information.

Posted on Apr 04, 2012

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The Globe and Mail: Don’t shut disabled kids out of society

The Globe and Mail has written an article about a new study "Strengthening Communities for Canadian Children with Disabilities" which reports on how difficult it is for children with physical or developmental disabilities to make and maintain friends.  Go to http://sandboxproject.ca/2012/02/01/don%e2%80%99t-shut-disabled-kids-out-of-society/ to view the article.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

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When is it a Learning Disability? Today’s Parent

Today's Parent has a great article When is it a Learning Disability that guides parents as to what constitutes an LD, and how to get kids the help they need. 

Posted on Mar 28, 2012

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Posted on Mar 22, 2012

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From the desk of the Family Navigator - Relocation

It is that time of year again.  Posting messages are coming and many families will be experiencing their first move with the Canadian Forces.  Moving can present many challenges so it is important to be informed before the move so you are ready to deal with those challenges.  The Family Navigator Program has created a new relocation tool to assist families in preparing and planning for their move.  It has tips on how to overcome some of the challenges and things to think about when moving to a new province or country.  Check it out Navigating Your Move .

Posted on Mar 22, 2012

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Volunteer Opportunity in Edmonton

Volunteering is a great way to get connected in your local area, meet new people and give back to the community.  The Extendicare Eaux Claires is looking for volunteers in the Edmonton area to work with seniors in care facilities.  Check out this document for more information.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012

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Natasha Woods Foundation

Check out the Natasha Wood Foundation. It's mission is to improve the health of allied military families by helping them overcome many of the personal and societal challenges associated with mental illness.  www.natashaswoodfoundation.com/ 
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Posted on Feb 08, 2012

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Tell us what you think!

We want are looking for your feedback.  What types of resources are you looking for?  Do you find the website user-friendly?  Maybe you have a great idea for something new to be added to the website.
Provide us with your feedback through the contact us page.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011

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December 2011 Navigator News

The December 2011 Navigator News gives tips and resources to help families cope with a Chronic Health Condition.  

Posted on Dec 02, 2011

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Videos for Kids and Teens to Understand Alzheimer’s and related Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association also has videos for Kids and Teens to help them understand more about Alzheimer and Related Dementia.  Check out these informative videos at  http://www.familynavigator.ca/index.php/info_by_topic/subject/alzheimer_dementia/ or go to their website http://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_just_for_kids_and_teens.asp to find more useful videos.

Posted on Nov 01, 2011

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Navigator News Archive

Below you will find the link to the electronic versions of the Navigator News. This newsletter is a way of sharing stories, ideas and resources with other MFRCs. Please share the Navigator News with all interested colleagues and organizations.

January 2013 Navigator News

October 2012 Navigator News

June 2012 Navigator News

December 2011 Navigator News

August 2011 Navigator News

June 2011 Navigator News

April 2011 Navigator News

February 2011 Navigator News

November 2010 Navigator News

September 2010 Navigator News

June 2010 Navigator News

July 2010 Navigator News

January 2010 Navigator News

December 2009 Navigator News

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

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Teen suicide: ‘We’re not going to sit in silence’

We're not going to sit in silence

The Globe and Mail has produced a four part series looking into the issue of teen suicide.  The first part of that series "We're not going to sit in silence" explores one family's struggle with teen suicide. 

Posted on Sep 19, 2011

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August 2011 Navigator News - Relocation with a Child with Special Needs

Relocating with a Child with Special Needs

This month's edition is about one family's struggle moving with their child who has extra needs.  This story outlines some of the many challenges Canadian Forces families have to face when they are relocating with a family member with special needs.  In this newsletter you will also find tips on how to deal with some of these challenges.

August 2011 Navigator News

Posted on May 09, 2011

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Relocating with a family member with a Brain Injury - April Navigator News

Relocating with a family member with a Brain Injury

The April Edition of the Navigator News provides tools and resources for families who include a family member with a brain injury and specific tools for families who might be relocating.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011

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From the desk of the Navigator - Relocating? Finding a Family Physician

Posting season is upon us.  Is your family relocating?  If so, your family will have a long list of tasks to do.  One of those tasks will be finding a new family physician.  Currently, there is a national shortage of family physicians in Canada and on average Canadian Forces Families face increased barriers finding family physicians due to several relocations and being faced with long waitlists each relocation.  As a result, 39% of Canadian Forces families report being unable to re-establish medical care upon a relocation.  27% of Canadian Forces Families report that they do not have a primary care physician for themselves or their children which is a percentage twice as high as the 14% national average (DMFS, 2010).  If you have a family member with a long term health concern it is imperative that health care accessible in the new city.

So what can your family do?  Here are some tips to help your family find a physician in your new city:

  • Check with your current family physician.  Your current family physician may have some tips to help you family find a new physician.  Possibly your family physician may know of a physician accepting new patients in the new city;
  • Educate yourself on the realities of health care in the new city.  Is it difficult to find a family physician in the new city?  What is the medical treatment centre system like?  Can a medical treament refer a patient to a specialist or do they only handle urgent care needs.  Can a medical treament centre manage a patient with a long term health concern;
  • Start your search early.  Start your search before you relocate.  You can phone physicans offices to see if they are accepting new patients from home.  The house hunting trip will be a perfect opportunity to see if any physicians in the local area are accepting patients.  Starting early will alleviate some of the stress after a relocation and as this can be a long process so starting early will give you a head start;
  • Check with friends or co-workers who already live in the new city.  Do you have any friends or does the Canadian Forces member have any co-workers who already live in the new city?  Maybe they know of a family physician accepting patients.  Possibly you know a family who is moving away from your new city who would be willing to ask their family physician if they would be able to fill that spot with your family;
  • Check provincial databases.  Each province has a provincial database with a listing of physicians accepting new patients.  Go to this website http://intraspec.ca/find-a-doctor.php  to find a link to the database in the province you are moving to.
  • Stay patient.  This can be a long frustrating process for families.  Stay patient and continue to advocate for your family to acquire a family physician.

 

 

Posted on Mar 21, 2011

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Check out the Victoria OSISS Family Peer Support Newsletter

Go to the Esquimalt Resources by Base page to check out the March 2011 Victoria OSISS Family Peer Support Newsletter about resilience.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011

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February Navigator Newsletter

"What to do if you suspect your child has a learning disability" is the topic of the February Navigator Newsletter.  Go to http://familynavigator.ca/images/uploads/Navigator News Feb2011 LR.pdf to find steps you can take if your child is having a challenge with their ability to learn.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011

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November Navigator Newsletter

This month the Navigator Newsletter identifies some of the barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and gives tips and resources to help overcome those barriers.  Go to http://familynavigator.ca/images/uploads/Navigator News Nov 2010 lr.pdf to view the newsletter.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010

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Long Term Care - Depression common in seniors’ facilities, study finds

Long-term care - Depression common in seniors’ facilities, study finds

André Picard (Public Health Reporter) writes an article for the Globe and Mail about the findings of a study on Seniors in long term care and the rate of depression.  Go to this link to read the article http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/depression-common-in-seniors-facilities-study-finds/article1576466/ .
 

Posted on Nov 16, 2010

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September Family Navigator News - Back to School

Check out the September edition of the Family Navigator News.  It has a variety of tips and resources on preparing for back to school for a child with special needs, learning disability or behavioural challenges.

September Family Navigator News 

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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The Common Misdiagnosis Seniors Face

Canadian Living Magazine has published an article called The common misdiagnosis seniors face .  This article talks about Dementia with Lewy bodies the similarity of symptoms to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's which makes it difficult to diagnose.

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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Including kids with special needs at playtime

Canadian Living Magazine has published an article titled Including kids with special needs at playtime which has resources and tips about including children or all abilities in playtime.

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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Kids Living with Learning Exceptionalities

Canadian Living Magazine has published an article titled "Kids living with learning exceptionalities" which explains the signs of a learning disability, what an assessment is, how to proceed and other disabilities.

Posted on Jul 05, 2010

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July’s Edition Navigator News - Summer Camp

Check out July's Edition of the Family Navigator News.  This month we give tips and tricks on finding the right summer camp for a child with special needs.

Download:  July Navigator News

Posted on Jun 11, 2010

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CBC News - Health - Autism linked to rare gene changes

An article by CBC News - Health looks at a new international study that shows people with autism may have differences in their genes that are unique to each person.  Go to this link to read the article http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/06/09/autism-genetics.html .

Posted on Jun 08, 2010

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Taking Care: Child and Youth Mental Health

The Province of British Columbia launched a Child and Youth Mental Health Plan to address the critical issues of Mental Health in children in Youth.  This website contains documentaries, treatment options, coping strategies for parents and many more resources for anyone dealing with Mental Health illnesses.  Click on this link to go to the site http://takingcare.knowledge.ca/ .

Posted on May 27, 2010

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CBC News - The traumatic effects of extreme stress

This CBC News - Health article reports on the effects of PTSD and the effects on Canadian soldiers.  Go to http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/12/17/f-ptsd.html

Posted on May 07, 2010

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Toronto MFRC & CityKids Partner for Military Families

Are you moving to Toronto?  Do you have a child with special needs?  Toronto Military Family Resource Centre (TMFRC) and CityKids ( a broad network of agencies across Toronto working together to provide single point access, coordinated intake and service delivery)  have recently partnered.  This partnership will allow military families to get onto waitlist 2 months in advance.  Contact Katie Stock at TMFRC 416-633-6200 ext 4330 for more information.

Posted on Apr 07, 2010

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Special Schools for Special Needs

The Globe and Mail's article "Special Schools for Special Needs" explores the option of private schools for children with Learning Disabilities.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globecampus/article710522.ece

Posted on Feb 04, 2010

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Rising Number of Alzheimer Diagnosis will Burden Health Care System

A report by the Alzheimer Society "Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society" forecasts the increase in Alzheimer Diagnosis may more than double to 1.25 million within 30 years as baby boomers move into old age.

http://www.novanewsnow.com/article-426914-Rising-tide-of-Alzheimer-diagnoses-will-burden-health-system.html

Posted on Feb 04, 2010

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The Face of Heart Disease gets Younger

The Globe and Mail explore the trend of high blood pressure and consequently possible heart disease facing a younger population.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/the-face-of-heart-disease-gets-younger/article1443686/

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

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Talking about Mental Health

The Globe and Mail is currently featuring the Breaking Through series talking about mental health issues in youth.  This series features personal stories about youth dealing with mental health challenges, how they cope and different treatment options they have used.  Check out this link for the full story

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/special-reports/breaking-through/talking-about-mental-health/article1301752/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/special-reports/breaking-through/how-robert-munsch-grabbed-a-lifeline/article1319118/

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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Navigator Family News

Below you will find the link to the electronic versions of the Navigator Family News. This newsletter is a way of sharing stories, ideas and resources with other Canadian Forces families with special needs and responsibilities. Please share the Navigator Family News with all interested families and organizations.

November 2009 Navigator Family News

February 2010 Navigator Family News

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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Registered Disability Savings Plan

Join Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) for a FREE telephone seminar to learn about the details of the Registered Disability Savings Plan.  This  will provide another tool to plan for the future by gaining the most current and relevant information.

To find out more and register visit:

www.plan.ca/Resources_Workshops2.php

or Phone: 604 439-9566

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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Too many stressed soldiers slip through cracks

Some Afghan war veterans who suffer from operational stress injuries are going undiagnosed and aren’t getting the care they need "to continue to be contributing members" of society, says a damning report by the military ombudsman.

To read this report: www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20081217/military_stress_081217/20081217

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

The recent federal Budget has proposed the creation of a Registered Disability Saving Plan (RDSP) commencing 1 December 2008. Contributions will not be tax deductible, but will have both modest and major matching contributions by the federal government.

It will only be available to families whose child qualifies for the ‘disability tax credit’ or disability amount in the Income Tax Act. The child must be approved by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as being ‘markedly restricted’ in the activities of daily living in one or more of several ways.

This plan, which is very similar to the already established RESP, (Registered Education Savings Plan), will allow contributions to the RDSP by family and friends of a person with marked disabilities. These contributions will not be tax deductible by the contributor, but the investment earnings in the plan will be tax deferred until withdrawal.

The lifetime RDSP contributions will have a limit of $200,000.

To read more: