ZeroNow’s compassion innovation lab has produced game-changing initiatives to combat harm at its source: like promoting trauma-informed care for victims of medical errors and bringing new technology for suicide prevention to Canada. We’ve put forward bold innovations to the Canadian government to combat gender violence and sexual harassment in the federal workplace, including the Canadian military and RCMP. Spotlighting clinical evidence and scholarly research, we’re working to end the harm of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).
We launched a campaign to raise awareness in the healthcare community and in the wider society about the long-term medical harms, including emotional trauma and addiction risks, arising from incidents of sexual harassment and gender violence in the workplace. Four years ago we called on the federal government to address barriers in healthcare for women which sees too many receiving delayed treatment for potentially life-threatening conditions. Leading U.S. universities have adopted our program to help victims of sexual misconduct rebuild their careers, while top U.S. healthcare providers have modelled their handling of complaints about medical errors on our proposals for compassion-based trauma-informed care at the patient and family level
We’re urging the creation of a special Senate committee on Canada’s most vulnerable in the post-pandemic era, with a view to finally achieving the basic guaranteed income proposed by Senator David Croll more than half-a-century ago.
We’ve continued and expanded our pro bono advocacy clinics for the most vulnerable and those harmed by institutional abuse and betrayal. In 2021, we launched an advocacy campaign to restore the GIS benefits of more than 90,000 low-income seniors whose payments were clawed back, leaving many destitute and in life-threatening conditions. It became the focus of several national news interviews, a written appearance before the Senate of Canada and numerous op-ed columns. Kathleen Finlay’s advocacy clinics, now in their second decade, continue to support and provide experienced-based guidance to victims of sexual misconduct and breakdowns in the delivery of healthcare and mental health services who so often say they have nowhere else to turn.
In our written submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, we urged the creation of a special committee on Canada’s most vulnerable in the post-pandemic era. The inquiry we propose would be modelled after the landmark Senate inquiry into poverty headed by the late Senator David Croll, whose ground-breaking work recommending a basic guaranteed income half-a-century ago remains the unfulfilled hope for uplifting Canadians in the second decade of the 21st century.
Our compassion innovation lab is a very busy place. Watch for more to come soon.
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