Canadians now face and seem to accept worse health, more disability and higher health costs on Canada Health Day.
It is ironic that in advance of Canada Health Day (May 12th) – a day to honor and celebrate public health initiatives that help keep Canadians healthy – that the Federal Government defeated Bill C-460 in parliament on Tuesday. [ read more…]
In December, I had the privilege of ending my internship placement with Libby by visiting her riding, Vancouver East. From delivering doughnuts to Vancouver’s postal workers at 6 a.m. to attending the release of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report, I accompanied Libby to a number of meetings with diverse communities. [ read more…]
Commitments in Parliament won’t allow me to be with you today at the 22nd Annual Women’s Memorial March. I’ve had the honor of attending many of the Marches over the years and I join you in honoring these women and our community today. [ read more…]
Heart disease and stroke are among the most common causes of death and disability in Canadians. As a doctor who commonly sees the personal and family despair, disability and death caused by heart disease, kidney disease and stroke, I have always strongly supported programs that prevent these illnesses and especially those that would also reduce health care costs. Unhealthy foods (those that are high in calories, fats, salt and free sugars) are roughly responsible for 1 in 3 deaths in Canada; is the major cause of Canadian children and adults becoming obese; and the best available data suggests such foods are the major cause of 8 in 10 people developing hypertension (6 million Canadians).
In my opinion, the federal government’s poor regulation of our food products is almost completely responsible for the massive burden of death, disability and health costs associated with unhealthy eating. The World Health Organization, United Nations and many scientific and health organizations have documented the types of policies and regulations we need to improve national eating patterns. [ read more…]
I’m very excited about Bill C-460, An Act respecting the implementation of the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada, which is coming up soon for debate in Parliament.
I worked on and selected this Bill to come forward, to ensure the federal government finally takes action on the urgent need for a Sodium Reduction Plan in Canada. [ read more…]
Today is the 7th annual “Sisters in Spirit” Vigil taking place in Ottawa. This event hosted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada is important for several reasons:
It brings together the families and friends of missing and murdered women to speak out and share their stories, and it focuses attention on the federal government and their lack of action on the tragedy of how so many Aboriginal women have fallen to violence. [ read more…]
As you’ve probably heard by now Motion M312 was defeated in Parliament yesterday by a vote of 91 in favour; 203 against. I have to say I was really relieved that it was a sizable majority of MP’s that made it clear that this motion will not be approved. However, I am disappointed to see that 10 Ministers voted for the motion, including the Minister for the Status of Women, Rona Ambrose. [ read more…]
As a graduate student of Carleton University studying in the Master of Political Management program, I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Libby and her staff during the internship component of my graduate degree. For ten weeks, I was immersed in life on Parliament Hill, joining Libby in her daily duties as a Member of Parliament. [ read more…]
Its hard to believe that a year has gone by since Jack Layton died. His presence is very much with us, both politically, and for many, personally, too. Today, I am in Toronto, where a beautiful monument to Jack, sculpted by Olivia, located in the Necropolis cemetary will be witnessed, and a public gathering tonight at Nathan Phillips Square, at Toronto City Hall will celebrate his life and legacy. [ read more…]
I recently participated in the ‘Dear Jack’ campaign, sending a message to the Jack Layton on the anniversary of his death. You can check my message below.
To participate in the Dear Jack campaign, go to: http://www.dearjack.ca/ [ read more…]