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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Today at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Geneva, I was bound to intervene in my role as Special Representative on Gender Issues, during the Session on New Security Challenges: the Role of Parliaments, Human Dimensions.

The gist of my intervention focused on human rights abuses against women and young girls in Syria. Perhaps the most heinous ‎practice by jihadists and Islamic extremist groups who flourish under the Assad regime is the use of rape as a strategy of terrorism.

‎There are an alarming number of female headed households in Syria and in refugee camps since the men have either been killed or gone to fight. A woman or girl who is raped becomes triply victimised: by the rape, the shunning, and forced marriage.

Culturally a girl who has been raped dishonour her...
Monday, October 6, 2014
At the 2014 Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown, PEI, provincial and territorial premiers, once again called for a National Plan on seniors' health care; nor were they the only ones ‎advocating this. The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC), and the Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (CART) have been vocal about the need for a Pan-Canadian, coordinated, comprehensive, long-term strategy to address the needs of Canada's ageing population. The CMA's 2014 ‎national report card focuses on the...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The untimely passing of Jim Deva‎ leaves a large void in Vancouver’s LGBTTQ community. Jim was an activist, but more than that, he was a fighter. He never gave ground on principles concerning equality and social justice.
To say that Jim was the champion of equal rights for his community would only understate Jim's contribution to Canadian society as a whole. He was an instrument of change that impacted everyone across the nation.
I remember when I first met Jim. It was in 1993. I was a rookie politician, running against Kim Campbell in Vancouver Centre on a platform of ‎equality for LGBTTQ Canadians. Everyone said I had to talk to Jim Deva. He educated me about the blatant...
Friday, September 19, 2014
Dear Ministers Ambrose and Paradis,

We are writing to ask Canada to increase its efforts with regard to the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stressed the urgent need for more human resources and $1 billion in funds to fight the worsening situation. For only the second time in history, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting, on a “public health crisis,” citing the WHO comment on the Ebola crisis as “unparalleled in modern times”.

Specifically, we ask that you contribute, not only more than the 7.5 million dollars, but also more personnel and equipment to the affected regions, as WHO requests and that you provide much needed hydration supplies to Ebola patients, since evidence shows that hydration can greatly decrease the mortality rate. WHO has stated clearly that while money and materials are important tools, they alone cannot stop transmission of the Ebola virus. Human resources are also a most important need.

The number of Ebola cases and deaths in this current outbreak has already...

Friday, September 12, 2014
September 12, 2014
Dr. Hedy Fry, Liberal Party of Canada Critic for Health
In its most recent budget, the Conservative government implemented a new funding formula for transfers to the provinces. Many may not have noticed as it was not widely known, but transfers to the provinces will now be based on per capita instead of the old equalization model. While some may say this is not a big deal, its ramifications for Canada's health care system are dire.
Canada is a federation. This means the provinces and the federal government must...


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