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Meeting No. 27
Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Standing Committee on Health met at 8:46 a.m. this day, in Room 306, La Promenade Building, the Chair, Joy Smith, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Kelly Block, Colin Carrie, Libby Davies, Hon. Hedy Fry, Parm Gill, Wladyslaw Lizon, Dany Morin, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, Joy Smith and Mark Strahl.


Acting Members present: Roxanne James for Wladyslaw Lizon, Larry Miller for Patrick Brown and Mike Sullivan for Dany Morin.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Raphaelle Deraspe, Analyst; Sonya Norris, Analyst.


Witnesses: BC Healthy Living Alliance: Mary Collins, Director of the Secretariat; Cathy Adair, Representative, Vice President, Cancer Control, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: Claudia von Zweck, Executive Director; Mary Forhan, Occupational Therapist, Liaison with the Canadian Obesity Network. University of Western Ontario: Piotr Wilk, Assistant Professor; Martin Cooke, Research Partner, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo. As an individual: Rita Orji, Ph. D. Student, University of Saskatchewan.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, October 3, 2011, the Committee resumed its study of health promotion and disease prevention.

Mary Collins, Cathy Adair, Mary Forhan, Piotr Wilk, Martin Cooke and Rita Orji made statements and, with Claudia von Zweck, answered questions.


At 10:18 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:21 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That the Committee undertake a study of technological innovation, including best practices, in health care in Canada; that it hold ten (10) meetings on this study to hear from witnesses; and that it report its findings to the House of Commons.


It was agreed, — That, on Thursday, February 16, 2012, the Committee study Bill C-278, An Act respecting a day to increase public awareness about epilepsy.


It was agreed, — That the Analysts be tasked with preparing a summary of the evidence presented to the Subcommittee on Neurological Disease during the second and third sessions of the 40th Parliament and that this summary of evidence be distributed to the members of the Committee in relation to its study on neurological diseases.


It was agreed, — That the Committee extend its study of neurological diseases by one (1) meeting.


It was agreed, — That in relation to the study of Bill C-313, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (non-corrective cosmetic contact lenses), the proposed budget in the amount of $5,500 be adopted.


At 10:47 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Mariane Beaudin
Clerk of the Committee

2012/02/10 5:26 p.m.