Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops – South Thompson has put forth a Member’s Bill 210 Vulnerable Adolescents Prevention from E Cigarettes (VAPE) Act, 2019 and it had its First Reading on April 11, 2019. I have spoken to Mr. Stone and his Constituency Assistant and they are excited that The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is and has been supportive of making everyone aware of the harmful effects of E cigarettes. As Mr. Stone said, “I am also calling on government to provide the resources to every middle and high school across BC to implement evidence-based vaping awareness, prevention and support programs.” I forwarded our National Resolution 2014.02 Electronic Cigarettes to Mr. Stone, which I have included in this communique. Please see below two links that you can view to find out more information about this Bill. The text of the Bill has not been posted yet; his office will forward it to me when it is available. The BC Legislature will sit once again on April 29th and this Bill hopes to be brought forth again as it has been moved to ‘The Orders of the Day’. I encourage members to send an email or letter or make a phone call to their MLA and also Mr. Stone (todd.stone.mla@leg.bc.ca) to show their support giving this Bill more leverage in getting it passed.

Whereas, Health Canada currently does not fully regulate the contents, marketing, sale and use of all types of electronic cigarettes available in Canada; and

Whereas, Electronic cigarettes without nicotine contain volatile organic substances, some of which are emitted and may be inhaled by non-users; and
Whereas, Electronic smoking products containing nicotine, which can include electronic cigarettes, cannot legally be imported, marketed or sold in Canada;

therefore, be it
Resolved, That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 94th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to:
fully regulate the contents of electronic cigarettes sold in Canada
fully regulate the marketing, sale and use of electronic cigarettes
enforce consumer safety standards for electronic cigarettes, and
implement a national educational campaign warning Canadians of the risks of smoking electronic cigarettes; and, be it further
Resolved, That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 94th annual national convention assembled, encourage provincial councils to become aware of the issue of electronic cigarettes as it pertains to their province/territory, and to act on it, as deemed necessary.

Action Plan
Write to the prime minister, minister of health and local members of parliament, urging them to act on the requests in the first resolved clause.
Write to the provincial and territorial governments urging them to ban the smoking of electronic smoking products in public places.
Educate members about the potential risks of electronic cigarettes.
Monitor the governments’ responses to the requests contained in the resolution

2) Doreen Gowans received a letter last week from Campaign Life Coalition National President, Jeff Gunnarson and is happy to share it. Here is a portion of the letter, “The pro-life MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, David Anderson, has introduced Bill C-418, a private members bill to protect the freedom of conscience for doctors and other medical professionals.

As we speak, doctors across Canada are being coerced and intimidated to violate their consciences with respect to euthanasia. This has already led some to quit their practice, and others to move out of country. Bill C-418 amends the Criminal Code to make it an offence to intimidate a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or any other health-care professional for compelling them to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of euthanasia. To read the full bill, click here. It also makes it an offence to dismiss from employment or to refuse to employ a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or any other health-care professional for the reason only that they refuse to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of assisted suicide or euthanasia. C-418 is expected to be debated on May 29th. We have a bit of time to lobby the MPs and urge them to vote in favour of this much-needed law.”

I know we’re all busy preparing for conventions but please take a moment to take action on these important issues.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Doherty
BC and Yukon Legislation Chairperson