Libby in the News

Links to news articles written by or about Libby Davies.

  • High sodium levels should be disclosed, health groups urge

    A coalition of Canadian medical groups wants all food companies to be required to clearly disclose on the label if the amount of sodium in their products exceeds Health Canada's targets. The move comes as the World Health Organization recommended new daily consumption limits on sodium for children. The public health advice aims to reduce blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. "Foods that fail to meet Health Canada's sodium-reduction targets …would be required to disclose that fact on food labels so long as that failure persists," the Centre for Science in the Public Interest said in a statement Thursday.

  • East Van lesbian artist awarded Queen's medal

    Approximately 200 people filled the Heritage Hall in East Vancouver Jan 23 to honour the area’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients. Among the recipients were lesbian human rights activist Ellen Woodsworth, and accomplished lesbian filmmaker Elaine Carol...“She does extraordinary work with youth at risk,” says Vancouver East MP Libby Davies, who distributed the medals. “You can tell that she loves the theatre and she loves empowering young people and she makes it, in many instances, a life-changing experience for them.” Carol “works day and night,” Davies continues. “She’s an amazing, dedicated cultural artist and producer in our community. She’s also a great queer activist in the community and the passion she brings to who she is, what she does, and how she empowers other people means a lot to the community. I’m very glad to have recognized her.”

  • The 13 biggest health and science questions facing the nation

    From climate change and fracking, to the role of the federal government in health care and a national independent science advisor: What do the Federal Health Minister and health critics of our major political parties think about the biggest health and science questions facing the nation? Maclean's Science-ish gathered questions from leading Canadian scientists, health researchers and health professionals, and put them to the Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, the Federal NDP Health Critic Libby Davies and Federal Liberal Health Critic Hedy Fry.

  • Will Aglukkaq scuttle latest effort to implement sodium-reduction plan?

    Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq will get another chance to run away from the recommendations of the government-led Sodium Working Group (SWG). Or, she could surprise us all and back a new bill to implement the group’s recommendations to reduce the sodium intake of Canadians. NDP health critic and deputy leader Libby Davies tabled her private member’s bill Monday. It’s straightforward: the health minister must implement the SWG’s Sodium Reduction Strategy, including establishing a monitoring system to track the progress of food companies.

  • NDP peppers feds for 'salt reduction strategy'

    NDP health critic Libby Davies introduced a private member's bill in the House of Commons Monday containing a raft of measures to help Canadians cut salt from their diet... "It's a very significant public health issue. There have been expert estimates that - especially if we base it on some of the U.S. for this, that anywhere from (10,000) to 16,000 deaths every year in Canada could be prevented if we had an adequate sodium reduction," Davies said. "So that's very significant and that's not counting the number of people who will encounter significant health problems, cardiovascular problems as a result of very high salt intake."

  • NDP health critic tables bill for national sodium strategy

    NDP health critic Libby Davies tabled a bill Monday encouraging Ottawa to enact a strategy requiring food manufacturers to lower sodium levels, among other tough-on-salt measures. The bill, formally named An Act Respecting the Implementation of the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada, will take its cues from a list of recommendations that were published by Health Canada in July 2010.

  • NDP launching health-care campaign

    The NDP is launching a campaign for health care in Canada, with plans to hold townhalls across the country to consult Canadians for their views on a list of priorities. "We're launching on a very ambitious campaign," Deputy Leader and health critic Libby Davies said at a press conference in Ottawa Thursday. "And we're going to go out and do what Stephen Harper is refusing to do, and that is to talk to Canadians about their concerns, about their ideas of our health-care system."

  • Forum focuses on health-care solutions

    Linked to NDP caucus meetings held in St. John’s this week, the official opposition in Ottawa hosted a public forum on health care Thursday evening in St. John’s looking at the system’s future in Canada. According to NDP health critic Libby Davies, her party’s goal is to make sure Canadians’ priorities are also government priorities when it comes to health care. In her estimation, the governing Conservative Party is not doing its job on that front.

  • One year later, still ‘hard to believe’ Jack Layton is gone

    A year after Jack Layton lost his battle with cancer, NDP deputy leader Libby Davies says his leadership still lives on in the party. “The work that Jack did, I mean, he gave a legacy not just to the NDP, but to all Canadians,” said the MP for Vancouver East over the phone from Toronto. “And that’s something that’s very much alive.”..“People can feel very cynical about politics and politicians,” said Davies. “And I think in Jack they saw someone who was constructive, who always looked for a way to propose what should be done instead of a way of deposing something.”

  • Vancouver remembers Jack Layton one year after his death

    Scores of people gathered outside the Vancouver Convention Centre on Wednesday evening to mark the first anniversary of former NDP leader Jack Layton’s death and celebrate the life of the man who led his party to official opposition status for the first time in its 50-year history...Earlier in the day, Vancouver East MP Libby Davies commented by phone from the larger-scale memorial outside Toronto city hall, where Layton had his political roots as a city councillor in the 1980s. “The compassion and the care that he had for people really came through in his politics and the way he worked with people,” she said over the strains of a memorial concert. “I really feel that he was like a mentor and a guide to us, to MPs and to Canadians generally.” Davies sat next to Layton in parliament for eight years as NDP house leader and then deputy leader.

  • Ottawa grades poorly in CMA’s annual report card on health care

    New Democrat MP and health-care critic Libby Davies said the poor report card reflects a broad failure on the part of the government to resolve the nationwide drug shortage, secure a long-term care solution and make progress on the $41-billion 2014 Health Accord signed eight years ago. “They’ve washed their hands of health care,” Davies said of the Conservatives. “They’ve basically walked away. That has dramatic and serious consequences, and it’s very clear from this survey Canadians have not only taken note of that, they feel very dissatisfied and concerned about it.”

  • Aglukkaq defends Ottawa’s hands-off role in health-care funding

    Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq delivered that unequivocal defence of Ottawa’s hands-off policy toward medicare in a speech Monday to the Canadian Medical Association general council meeting in Yellowknife. “Decision-making about health care is best left to the provincial, territorial and local levels,” she said. “As federal minister of health, I will not dictate to the provinces and territories how they will deliver services or set their priorities...”Libby Davies, health critic for the New Democratic Party, said the argument that Ottawa is merely respecting the provinces’ constitutional jurisdiction on health care is a cop-out. “Flexibility is a code word for lack of action, lack of leadership,” she said. “The federal government’s role is not just to provide money, but to ensure there is equity and fairness.”

  • Vancouver healing lodge opens after 10 years of work

    "Eddy had been collaborating on his healing lodge idea with Joe Wai, an architect with a lengthy track record of working with community groups in the neighbourhood. Wai got a phone call from NDP MP Libby Davies, who had been told by Conservative cabinet minister John Baird that he was looking for a “shovel-ready” project in the Downtown Eastside as part of the federal stimulus program. 'There’s a lot of serendipity with this building,” Eddy said. “Libby called Joe and yes, bingo! It’s one of those New Age meant-to-happen things if you believe in that stuff.'"

  • The 45 People Who Made Vancouver Better

    Perhaps no part of the city is as politically secure as Vancouver East, where Davies rules. She first won the NDP a seat there in 1997 and hasn't deigned to leave since, having gone on to win the five subsequent elections...Particularly invested in the Downtown Eastside Residents Association (which she helped found) and drug policy reformation, Davies brings both an eloquence and a righteousness to debates at the margins of our mainstream.

  • Poll results showing NDP surge no surprise to Libby Davies

    NDP Deputy Leader Libby Davies isn’t surprised by Forum Poll results in today's National Post, which suggest the NDP would form a minority government if there were a federal election today. The results of poll also showed that a strong majority of Canadians think the country suffers from a income gap, where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. In an email conversation with the Vancouver Observer, Davies said: “Conservatives are not reflecting the priorities and needs of Canadians. This is particularly notable in the current Budget Implementation Bill (C-38), which contains many, many offensive items.”

  • Mulcair calls for an end to discrimination

    Official Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair held a press conference May 17 on Parliament Hill to speak out against discrimination on the 10th anniversary of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Backed by openly gay NDP MPs Dany Morin, Libby Davies, Philip Toone, Randall Garrison and Craig Scott, Mulcair called upon leaders of all Canadian political parties to set an example by implementing policies that remove barriers that block participation across party lines.

  • Rainbow day on the Hill arcs over Parliament

    A joint program between youth diversity initiative Jer’s Vision and New Democrat MP Dany Morin’s office, the first annual Rainbow Day on the Hill allowed six queer high school students to experience the inner workings of our political system and view the full spectrum of what it’s like to be a queer politician working on behalf of Canadians...In addition to Morin, participating MPs included Libby Davies, Randall Garrison, Craig Scott, Phillip Toone and Scott Brison. With the exception of Brison, all of the openly gay MPs represent the NDP, while Brison wears Liberal red...Nepean High School student Hannah Collins, 17, shadowed Davies and cited Davies’ pragmatic approach to critical issues as the most crucial bit of counsel she received.

  • B.C. wins big in budget, senior cabinet minister says

    But opposition MPs said the budget represented an "assault" on individuals and groups concerned about the pace of energy and natural resource developments...New Democratic Party deputy leader Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East, said the government ignored B.C.'s need for rental housing while funnelling mil-lions into resource initiatives. Davies said the government's use of Canada Revenue Agency bureaucrats to intimidate environmental groups is part of a broader effort to silence opposition. "This government is hell-bent on polarizing Canadians. They're giving a green light to their friends on resource projects and gagging everybody else."

  • Drug shortage shows failure of federal leadership, critics charge

    OTTAWA — The prospect of Sandoz profiting from a nationwide drug shortage caused by its Canadian subsidiary shows a “shocking” failure of federal leadership, critics charge. “It’s shocking that the very company that caused the immediate crisis is the one that could benefit,” said Libby Davies, the federal NDP health critic. “Patients and Canadians are being held captive, and I just don’t think people will tolerate this.”

  • Government fast-tracks approvals for vital drugs

    The federal government is working to fast-track approvals of alternative supplies of key medications as hospitals across the country cope with an ongoing shortage that is jeopardizing surgeries...Libby Davies, the New Democrat health critic, agrees that the main objective should be to find substitutes for the medicines that are in temporary short supply amid ongoing problems at the factory that manufactures about 90 per cent of Canada's generic injectable drugs. At the same time, Ms. Davies said Thursday, the government must start living up to its commitment to honour an NDP motion that says drug manufacturers will be required to promptly report any planned disruption or discontinuation in production to Health Canada as well as the provinces and territories.