Wednesday, May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
Dear Minister,
We write to inform you of a likely contravention of the accessibility principle ‎of the Canada Health Act (CHA) by the New Brunswick government and to request that you send a letter forthwith invoking the Dispute and Resolution process (DAR) in order to address the issue.
As you are aware, ‎the Fredericton Morgentaler clinic will be forced to close its doors at the end of July due to lack of public funding. At the same time, provincial regulation limits access to pregnancy termination to two hospitals with the required approval of two physicians.
There is already an unacceptable waiting list of as long as two weeks for some women requesting termination. With the closure of the Morgentaler clinic...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre and Federal Liberal Health Critic, introduced Bill C-594, An Act Respecting a National Metastatic Breast Cancer Day. She was joined by Ms. Niya Chari, Government Relations Manager with the Canadian Breast Cancer Network and Ms. Laurie Kingston, a representative of the metastatic breast cancer community.

“It is my hope that this Bill, marking October 13th of each year as National Metastatic Breast Cancer day in Canada, will bring much needed awareness surrounding this disease,” said Fry. “Twenty four thousand Canadians will be...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Trinidad-born Liberal MP to accept award at Toronto ceremony this weekend

March 28, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014
OTTAWA – Liberal Status of Women Critic, Kirsty Duncan, made the following statement today on International Women’s Day:
“Today, as Canadians from across the country join together in celebration of International Women’s Day – and this year’s theme, “Equality for women is progress for all” – it is important to recognize the historic struggles that women have overcome, and the many political, social, and economic contributions women make to enrich Canada and the world.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
OTTAWA, ON - Liberal Health Critic, Hedy Fry, issued the following statement today on the G8 Health Ministers’ meeting on dementia:
“At the G8 Health Ministers’ meeting, dementia is on the agenda. It is a pity that Canada is one of the few G8 nations without a Dementia Strategy. This is why in our 2011 platform the Liberal Party of Canada laid out a clear, comprehensive Dementia Strategy. 
“Our plan had several components:
  • Awareness, Education and Prevention to support families and combat social stigma of dementia.
  • Research with $100 million targeting new treatments and...
Sunday, December 1, 2013
VANCOUVER– The Liberal Health Critic, Dr. Hedy Fry, issued the following statement today on World AIDS Day:
“We are at a defining moment in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Today, on World AIDS Day, it is time to reflect on the history of this pandemic and to assess our progress and our failures. 
“We can say with some certainty that an HIV and AIDS-free generation is within our grasp. Great strides have been made in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS , and we should recognise that Canadian research and innovation has played a notable part in these important and recent advances.
“We have the expertise and capability in this country to end the HIV pandemic in our lifetime. Sadly, the current federal government has been slow to embrace or accept any Canadian scientific innovation; many individuals are consequently deprived of universal access to treatment, care and support they need.
“On World AIDS Day, let us recommit to...
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