Working hard for Vancouver Centre

Thursday, November 28, 2013
The Hon. Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
Health Canada
Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture
Postal Locator: 0906C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
Dear Minister:
I write to you today as World AIDS Day approaches. We are at a defining moment in the fight against HIV and AIDS: an HIV and AIDS-free generation is within our grasp. It has never before been clearer and more emphatic that the implementation of the recently World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed, scientifically-proven made-in-B.C. Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy is the answer.
The TasP strategy, initially proposed by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) in 2006, advocates for widespread HIV testing and facilitated early access to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for all HIV-infected individuals. The benefits are twofold: sustained HAART treatment decreases the amount of HIV virus in the blood and sexual fluids to undetectable levels, thus preventing morbidity and mortality, and equally as important, dramatically reducing the likelihood of HIV transmission by more than 95%.
With the unwavering support of the British Columbia government, the BC-CfE has been an exemplary case study of how far TasP can go to change the face of HIV & AIDS. Consider this, in B.C. in 1992, at the peak of the epidemic, more than 800 people per year were diagnosed with HIV and at least one person was dying every day from AIDS. Since then, the number
Friday, November 22, 2013
Jennifer Stoddart
Privacy Commissioner of  Canada
112 Kent Street
Place de Ville
Tower B, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1H3
November 22, 2013
Dear Ms. Stoddart,
Yesterday, we learned from media reports that over 40,000 Canadians had their personal privacy breached when Health Canada sent non-registered letters to authorized medical marijuana users that clearly identified the individuals by name and the envelope stated it was Health Canada’s Marihuana Medical Access Program.
This is a concern, not only because their personal health information was on display for anyone to see, but it also puts their public safety at risk, given the potential for home invasions by those seeking to steal their medical marijuana. Individuals quoted in media reports state that a target has now been placed on their backs, when they are already concerned about the possibility of home invasions.
The Conservative government has claimed this was nothing more than an administrative error, however there are reports that this was a cost-saving measure to avoid the...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Today marks the 20th anniversary of my election as MP for Vancouver Centre. Holding this office, serving my constituents, has been the greatest honour of my life. Whether we agreed or disagreed, I have always tried my best to represent the diverse points of view, passions, opinions, and convictions held by Vancouver Centre residents. We live in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, in a country that holds so much potential.
I am proud to have served as a Minister and member of a government that in 13 years made significant contributions to equality under the law for the LGBTTQ community, including same-sex marriage. We posted 9 balanced budgets, and paid down Canada's debt, becoming the number one economy in the G7. Our government shielded Canada from a global banking crisis by regulating our national banks proactively. When we left government in 2006, our financial house was in order – we balanced the books and left a $13 billion surplus.
I was proud to be in a...
Monday, October 7, 2013
OTTAWA– The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement today on Mental Illness Awareness Week:

“On Mental Illness Awareness Week, we recognize the widespread impact of mental illness in our society. With one in five Canadians experiencing a mental health issue during their lifetime and at a cost to our economy of more than $50 billion annually, no one is untouched by its effects.

In my own life, I am continually inspired by my mother, Margaret, and the many other Canadians who have chosen to raise...


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