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2014 CASW Distinguished Service Awards

(Ottawa, Ontario) March 28, 2014 – The CASW Distinguished Service Awards are presented to remarkable social workers selected from the membership of CASW Partner organizations each March during National Social Work Month. The CASW Distinguished Service Awards serve to honour the significant contributions made by the social work profession in support of building stronger families and a more equitable Canada. 

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International Women’s Day: Broken Promises

(Ottawa, Ontario) March 7, 2014 - International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day to celebrate the rights of women, build towards greater equality and honour the contributions of women to international peace and security. Sadly, celebrations in Canada continue to be overshadowed by the refusal of the Government of Canada to support a national inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women.

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The Road to Balanced Budget Lacks Social Vision

OTTAWA, ON- The road to a balanced budget in Canada must address health, social and economic equity, not a further erosion of programs and services that Canadians rely on to live with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, Budget 2014 makes no effort to address the social or economic inequities in Canada. Particularly in funding for child and family services in Aboriginal communities, the rising poverty rates of seniors or Canada’s homeless.

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The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health acknowledges a successful year of Workplace Mental Health

January 16, 2014 - Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) joins the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to recognize the one year anniversary of the release of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in Canada.

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CAMIMH Calls for Canadians to Contribute to a Responsible Discussion on Suicide

(Ottawa) December 6, 2013 - As members of Canada’s mental health community, the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) are deeply saddened by losses of life by suicide.

Any suicide is devastating for families and friends.  While many people, organizations and governments are doing their part to help loved ones, friends, employees, and colleagues prevent suicide and/or deal with the heartbreaking loss of a loved one, more can be done for all Canadians. 

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CASW Remembers Nelson Mandela

The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) joins with the global community in mourning the passing of the celebrated leader and visionary of peace, Nelson Mandela.

“Despite incurring great personal strife, Mandela’s acts of peaceful dissention led to the liberation of the oppressed and the oppressor” states CASW President, Morel Caissie. “His life stands as an inspiration to all who are oppressed and to all who are opposed to oppression.”

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Affordable Housing is Harm Reduction

OTTAWA, November 22, 2013- On National Housing Day, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) continues its ongoing call for the Government of Canada to consult with all levels of government as well as the private sector to develop and implement a comprehensive national long-term affordable housing plan that will reduce health and social inequities across Canada.


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With the Right Amendments, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act Can Support All

OTTAWA, November 26, 2013- The Government of Canada announced yesterday that it will re-instate Bill C-54 (now re-numbered Bill C-14), the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, in the Senate of Canada. As a coalition of 12 national health organizations, we are optimistic that the government will work with us to amend the Bill so it supports victims without perpetuating the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.

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