"I’ve often said that to me, the Pride parade reminds me of what the Peace Walk in Vancouver used to be in the '80s when upwards of 50,000 people would come out. The expression of love and positive feeling toward each other is what I find incredible at the parade, and it’s fun. People have water guns, and things happen spontaneously. The NDP will have a big contingent in it this year. Jack has been often in the past. He won’t be there this year, and I’m going to be thinking of him when I'm there."
Imagine moving from one province to another and finding that the costs of your prescription medications aren’t covered in your new home. While the Canada Health Act provides for comparable levels of medical care from province to province, the same is not true when it comes to paying for life-saving medicines, including HIV meds...NDP health critic Libby Davies says if the Martin government had attached funding conditions for a pharmacare strategy back in 2004, the Harper government wouldn’t be dragging its feet now. Still, she says, the Conservative government should move forward on the matter now. “I think it’s very unfair, and in fact one could argue that it’s very discriminatory and completely contrary to the Canada Health Act, that depending on where you live or on your income, that you may or may not get the drugs that you need for HIV/AIDS,” says Davies. “To me, that’s structural discrimination. It’s more evidence of why we’ve got to fix this, and we shouldn’t be waiting until 2014.”
The federal government is looking to put the debate over a controversial multiple sclerosis treatment to rest once and for all. Faced with sharply divided opinions among medical experts and intense lobbying efforts from politicians and patients – many of whom have gone abroad for the treatment – Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Wednesday that the government will fund clinical trials of a vein-widening procedure that’s being used to treat the symptoms of MS..."I think there is some disappointment that it’s taken the government so long to move on this,” said Libby Davies, NDP health critic.
OTTAWA - The Conservative government will fund clinical trials of a controversial multiple sclerosis treatment -- often referred to as the "liberation treatment" -- after it heard new scientific information this month...NDP health critic Libby Davies said she expects public and political pressure to mount because people want more details about when trials will begin.
There is now enough evidence to proceed with clinical trials for the controversial vein-opening therapy for multiple sclerosis known as the Zamboni procedure, the federal government says...NDP health critic Libby Davies said the announcement is a "step forward" but agreed that it should have been made months ago. "It's taken the government an incredibly long time to even get to this point," she said. Davies also said this won't put an end to the political pressure MPs in Ottawa have been under to help patients access the treatment. She said the health minister should disclose all relevant information related to this decision, and provide more details about how the clinical trials are going to operate, and how much money will be dedicated to them.