News
July 9, 2020

Updates to Vaping Regulations

On July 1st, Health Canada’s new labelling requirements for vaping products came into force. These requirements are pursuant to the Vaping Product Labelling and Packaging Regulations and are intended to…
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COVID-19
July 8, 2020

Phase 2 of $500M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Arts, Culture and Sport Organizations

Minister Guilbeault has announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sport Organizations. This final component helps address…
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News
July 8, 2020

Update on Indigenous Child & Family Services

Yesterday, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, together with Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, participated in a signing ceremony for a Protocol…
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International
July 7, 2020

Heads of OSCE parliamentary delegations meet online for discussions on activities during COVID-19, organizational reform and geopolitical challenges

COPENHAGEN, 7 July 2020 – Some 40 members of parliament participated in a virtual meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Standing Committee today, hearing reports from the PA President, Treasurer,…
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COVID-19
July 6, 2020

Infrastructure Funding

Last week, #GOC announced $170 million in funding for Community, Culture and Recreation infrastructure in BC. These investments will play a key role in strengthening local economies, and helping ensure…
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International
July 3, 2020

Op-Ed on Racism in U.S. Congressional Record

Honoured to have my op-ed on racism read into the Senate Congressional Record by US Senator Ben Cardin (Dem.)
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Hedy in the News
July 3, 2020

Liberals lay groundwork for amending law that criminalizes the sale of sex in Canada

Liberals lay groundwork for amending law that criminalizes the sale of sex in Canada Six years after the Stephen Harper government clamped down on the sex trade, the Liberals appear to be…
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COVID-19
June 29, 2020

Canada Student Service Grant

I am pleased to announce the launch of the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) and the I Want to Help platform to support students, youths and non-for-profit organizations. CSSG will…
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COVID-19
June 29, 2020

Enabling Accessibility Fund – Small Projects Component

Launch of a call for proposals under the newly modernized Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) small projects component. The call for proposals for the EAF small projects component provides funding to…
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COVID-19
June 26, 2020

Students Update

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced comprehensive supports of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide support they need this summer, help them…
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International
June 23, 2020

OSCE PA Human Rights Leaders Denounce Anti-LGBT Actions in Poland

COPENHAGEN, 22 June 2020 – Following an increase in discriminatory rhetoric targeting LGBT communities in Poland, including at the highest levels of politics and society, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly human rights…
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International
June 21, 2020

OSCE PA: World Refugee Day

COPENHAGEN/STRASBOURG, 19 June 2020 – On the eve of World Refugee Day, parliamentarians from the OSCE and Council of Europe participated in a high-level discussion organized by the British House…
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Hedy in the News
June 20, 2020

Liberal MP Hedy Fry presents petition in Parliament urging that subsidies be restricted to Canadian-owned media

As the federal government gears up to deliver $595 million in media subsidies over five years, some want to ensure that this money remains in Canada. Margaret Ormrod, a resident…
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News
June 19, 2020

Dr. Peter Centre: Emergency Shelter / Urgent Public Health Need Site National Community of Practice HUB

VANCOUVER, BC - The Dr. Peter Centre is creating a Community of Practice Hub for frontline service providers, health care professionals, and policymakers with the goal of building capacity within…
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COVID-19
June 18, 2020

Support for Cultural and Heritage Organizations

Today, the Government of Canada announced new measures to assist the museum sector as well as the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural,…
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In the House
June 17, 2020

Petition on Media e-2464

https://youtu.be/YPInnIgzTHQ Initiated by Margaret Ormrod from St. Albert, Alberta. Whereas: Canada’s largest newspaper chain is owned mostly by U.S. hedge funds which did a legal end run around our foreign…
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COVID-19
June 16, 2020

CERB Extension

More Canadians are returning to work, but many people still face challenges due to COVID-19. As we begin to take steps to safely restart our economy, we will continue to…
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COVID-19
June 15, 2020

Emergency Processing Fund – Agriculture

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, launched the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) as part of the Government of Canada’s action to support Canadians and businesses…
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International
June 15, 2020

Including women in decision-making key to effective and gender-sensitive COVID-19 responses, participants say in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly webinar

COPENHAGEN, 15 June 2020 – Governments should ensure that the gendered impacts of COVID-19 are prioritized in their responses to the crisis, participants said in a webinar organized by the…
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News
June 13, 2020

Vancouver Centre Business Call

I chatted with Vij's and Oceanwise about the government assistance programs available to them. Tune in to see how these two Vancouver Centre businesses have benefited from the CEWS and…
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COVID-19
June 12, 2020

Support for Provinces/Territories

Talked to many businesses. In order to reopen safely many of them will have to borrow or find money to comply with public health regulations to minimize the spread of…
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COVID-19
June 10, 2020

Small Business Update

Today, Minister Ng announced our government’s partnership with POST Promise, an initiative launched today by Canadian private-sector organizations to help businesses across the country reopen safely. You can find more…
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International
June 10, 2020

Report: Gendered Impacts of COVID-19

Special Representative on Gender Issues to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Association (OSCE PA), Hedy Fry (Canada), has published a report ahead of next week’s Parliamentary…
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News
June 9, 2020

Addressing Systemic Racism

Last week, the Prime Minister participated in the ongoing demonstrations, in solidarity with racialized Canadians who are protesting against anti-black racism. At every level of government, we need to work…
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COVID-19
June 8, 2020

Exemption to Travel Ban

In an effort to flatten the curve, the Government of Canada has taken a number of extraordinary measures at the border, such as restricting all non-essential travel. We know that…
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COVID-19
June 5, 2020

Support for Canadians Living with Disabilities

One-time payment for persons living with disabilities A special one-time, tax-free payment of $600 will be automatically provided to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as…
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In the House
June 4, 2020

Systemic Racism

Today in the House, I addressed systemic racism. Watch my statement here: Mr. Speaker, the terrible acts of violence against black persons in the United States has brought racism to…
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COVID-19
June 3, 2020

Workplace Safety Resources

As the economy slowly restarts, workplaces are continuing to adapt to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has released numerous resources to support…
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COVID-19
June 1, 2020

Expansion to CEBA

#GOC announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. The program will now be available to a greater…
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COVID-19
May 27, 2020

CEWS Consultation

On May 15th, we announced that after listening to Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs, we extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) by an additional 12 weeks to August 29,…
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News
May 26, 2020

Concerning Surge in Anti-Asian Hate Crime

Chinese-Canadians came to Canada over 170 years ago. They helped build our nation. Let's stand together and fight the surge in anti-Asian racism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMwLMcCIxpc
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International
May 24, 2020

Endorsement: Human security for public health, peace and sustainable development appeal

On the occasion of International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament (May 24, 2020) we express our deep concern about the humanitarian and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the…
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International
May 24, 2020

Press Release: Human security for public health, peace and sustainable development appeal

24 May 2020. Governments need to cut military expenditure, and increase their focus and budgets on human security and global cooperation, in order to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, address…
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International
May 23, 2020

Hong Kong National Security Legislation

We are deeply concerned at proposals for introducing legislation related to national security in Hong Kong and we are following the development closely. With hundreds of thousands of Canadians living…
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International
May 20, 2020

War & Peace Podcast: The OSCE’s Role in a COVID-19 World

OSCE PA President George Tsereteli joined Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope on the podcast of the International Crisis Group to discuss how the OSCE is coping in these unprecedented times, what action…
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COVID-19
May 15, 2020

Support for Canadian Researchers

The Government of Canada recognizes the important role of researchers in developing innovative solutions to health and societal issues. We also recognize the impact that COVID-19 has had on these…
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COVID-19
May 14, 2020

Support for Fish & Seafood Harvesters

Today, the Government of Canada announced $469 million in support to fish and seafood harvesters through the Fish Harvester Benefit and the Fish Harvester Grant. This is the largest amount…
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COVID-19
May 14, 2020

Sex workers and COVID-19

COVID-19 has revealed some uncomfortable truths about our society, as our prime minister pointed out today.  We have seen the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Each group comes…
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News
May 12, 2020

More Support for Seniors

I have been hearing from many seniors who are severely impacted by COVID-19. Many are unable to leave their homes out of fear of compromising their health. They have been…
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COVID-19
May 11, 2020

Community Update: Sex Work Roundtable

We have seen the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Each group comes with its own set of unique circumstances and barriers to basic health, social, and financial help.…
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COVID-19
May 9, 2020

Heritage Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund

Eligible organizations must attest to the following in order to receive financial support: They are in need of funding to ensure a continuity of operations and to safeguard jobs They…
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News
May 8, 2020

Global Parliamentary Affairs

This morning, the OSCE PA hosted a webinar on Respecting human rights and maintaining democratic control during states of emergency. Please see their statement below:
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COVID-19News
May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Vancouver Centre

Our government acted quickly when COVID-19 became apparent across Canada, to provide real-time emergency assistance and timely information to Canadians to ensure that you’re healthy and safe. As a physician,…
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News
May 6, 2020

Threads of Life, Steps for Life Event

https://youtu.be/5BzC3gCK_rM On April 28th, we honoured the #NationalDayofMourning. On May 2nd, Threads for Life planned a #StepsforLife event to raise awareness about the impacts of workplace accidents on families. While…
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News
May 6, 2020

OSCE PA COVID-19 Intersectionality Statement

https://youtu.be/5Czyj6Kjxv4 As Special Gender Representative for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, I know that gender inequality is compounded by factors like socio-economic status, LGBTQ2 status, aboriginal &…
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Hedz Sez
May 4, 2020

Canada, Don’t Forget About Basic Population Health

This op-ed piece was written in 2014, during the Ebola pandemic. It may be a way, post-COVID-19, of preparing for other pandemics.   October 31, 2014 While it is urgent…
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News
May 2, 2020

Opinion: Students will be an essential part of Canada’s economic recovery

Written for Daily Hive by the Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre.  The federal government’s response to the economic impact of COVID-19 has exposed some sectors in our…
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News
May 1, 2020

News from Canadian Medical Association for National Physicians’ Day

May 1, 2020 – Issue 15 https://youtu.be/7Krqe43l5zw Dear members, Today, on National Physicians’ Day, our profession finds itself in an exceptionally challenging time. As COVID-19 has spread across Canada and around…
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