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Education and Health Communique #2 – Linda McClinton – Dec. 17, 2016

I send my sincere blessing for each of you, throughout this Blessed Christmas season and through the New Year.  Here in the north we have had about 2 weeks of cold weather and now it has warmed up and we got a bit of snow and a lot of very strong winds. I pray that is enough to kill all the pine and spruce beetles and all the other destroying bugs.

At this year’s National Convention 2 resolutions were passed regarding food and healthy eating. Please take action to show the government how critical these issues are and follow the healthy plate method (fill half the plate with vegetables, adding ¼ starch and ¼ protein), read provincial health magazines and sign up to receive information. Relevant publications from Health Canada can be found at http://publications.gc.ca or http://canada.ca .

Resolution 2016.03 Warning labels on Food and Drug Products for all Inactive Substances and Additives. In order to help make the healthy eating choice easier, Health Canada is proposing to introduce front-of-package labelling requirements on prepackaged foods high in nutrients of Public Health concern ( sodium, sugars and saturated fat)

Members can provide comments on Health Canada’s proposed front-of-package nutrition labelling by January 13, 2017. I will be sending more pertinent information on this subject early in the New Year.

Annual Reports:

Please encourage your councils to identify the ways they took action on these two resolutions.

Health Magazines:

Members should also be encouraged to read their provincial health-related magazines which are a great source of learning how to be healthy and informed. I personally found “Prevention” to be a good source.

Palliative Care:

Canada is at a turning point when it comes to Palliative Care. We need a national strategy so that everyone can access timely, quality care in the last phase of their life.

At a national Consensus Development Conference held in Ottawa November 7-9, 2016, a lay panel of Canadians examined public opinion research and questioned experts on how quality palliative care could be delivered. The panel concluded that palliative care must become an insured service under the Canada Health Act and made 20 specific recommendations. These can be viewed at Palliative Care Matters/ Building National Consensus and is not very long. The consensus statement will be released in the spring of 2017.

On November23, 2016 Theresa Duncan of Calgary sent this letter to michelle.remple@parl.gc.ca  regarding Bill C-277 and Bill C-268 and through our National Health and Education we have been given permission to use this as a guideline. It reads:

Dear Ms. Remple:

I write today to ask you to support the two Bills listed below regarding Palliative Care and Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act.

As a practicing Catholic, I believe strongly in fighting for Life. And while I must respect the Physician Assisted Dying legislation, it is my prayer that as a merciful society, we create alternatives for people at the end of life. Providing quality, compassionate and affordable palliative care to all Canadians is a way to do so. I hope you will vote to support Bill C-277

Amend the Canada Health Act to Identify Palliative Care as an insured Health Service:

The objective of Bill C-277 Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act is to provide “ for the development and implementation of a framework designed to guarantee all Canadians access to high-quality palliative care. “This bill has passed second reading and has now been referred to the standing committee on health”.

As well, I also hope you will support Private Member’s Bill C-268. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and all other health care providers’ conscience rights must be protected.

Bill C-268 Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act:

Its objective is to amend  “ the Criminal Code to make it an offence to intimidate a medical or nurse practitioner, pharmacist, or any other healthcare professional for the purpose of compelling them to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medical assistance in dying. It also makes it an offence to dismiss from employment a medical or nurse practitioner, pharmacist, or any other healthcare professional for the reason only that they refuse to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medical assisted dying.”

I follow you on Facebook and Twitter and am very impressed and grateful for your passion regarding your constituents’ welfare. Thank you for your advocacy regarding these two Bills, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely: Theresa Duncan

------ This letter can be used as a guideline for your letters to government and we are still encouraged to write to our members of Parliament.

There is a documentary out which we are encouraged to see on Euthanasia called “Vulnerable: The Euthanasia Deception”. It is a chilling look at the effects recent euthanasia and assisted suicide laws have had, featuring personal testimonies, and legal and medical analyses.

Alex Schadenberg – Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has published a new “Caring Not Killing” pamphlet.

It explains:

-Why people ask for euthanasia or assisted suicide

- Why euthanasia or assisted suicide are not necessary.

- Why we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

-What is proper palliative/hospice Care, and

-How you can make a difference.

You can order the pamphlet by calling 1-877-439-3348 or email info@epcc.ca . They need groups and individuals to distribute through churches or mailboxes.

-$25.00 for 100 pamphlets + shipping and taxes

$100.00 for 500 pamphlets +shipping and taxes

May God richly bless this Christmas Season and the coming year and I will get more information out to you as it comes in.








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