A Health Canada revamp of a compensation program doesn't boost annual payments to a level that could make the difference between independence and institutionalization, thalidomide survivor Fiona Sampson said Thursday.
Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr admitted to sometimes being 'brash' and 'inappropriate' after a fresh complaint of disrespect surfaced Thursday -- this one from a Calgary woman engaged in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government.
Members of a group of thalidomide survivors dropped a bombshell Tuesday as they accused Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr of belittling them with insulting and degrading remarks during a face-to-face meeting earlier this year.
A group of adults born with life-altering birth defects took to Parliament Hill on Tuesday, calling for the government to finally recognize them as victims of thalidomide, a disastrous prenatal drug banned more than 50 years ago.
The federal health minister has unveiled the details of a multi-million-dollar compensation package for thalidomide victims. Rona Ambrose says 92 eligible survivors have now received a one-time, tax-free payment of $125,000 to cover their immediate needs.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose says Ottawa is offering a $125,000 lump sum payment to thalidomide victims. She announced the offer on Friday, saying the money is tax free and intended to cover urgent health-care needs.
A leading advocate for Canadian thalidomide victims says she was overcome with joy after MPs unanimously approved a motion to support thalidomide survivors on Monday. Now, the survivors are waiting for the government to come up with a 'concrete' proposal of funding.
The story of thalidomide may be well known in Canada, but the drug's survivors say they themselves have been largely forgotten. Now, as "thalidomide babies" move through their 50s and their health worsens, they are asking again for financial help.