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View Andrew Saxton Profile
Mr. Farrell, if employers feel they are going to be sued because a student isn't getting the training they want, is that going to stop employers from potentially having interns?
View Murray Rankin Profile
View Murray Rankin Profile
2015-05-26 16:12
May I ask a very specific question about the ending of your presentation, Ms. Hopkins? You talked about the addictions management information system. You said it sounded like a valuable database and a tool that could be used, but your problem is that despite creating a few webinars, you don't have the resources you need to make those available to the people who could use those. Have you costed how much money that would take? Which department would be the one that you would expect to assist, if it's a federal department?
View David Wilks Profile
You brought up something that is quite concerning for any police officer and that is that you may have to walk away, and I believe that is not what any police officer would want to do.
Having said that, from the perspective of police training, as you know, police training has evolved throughout the years, whether it be the RCMP or others. They've got into a lot of role-playing within the RCMP at Depot to be able to give first-hand ability to recruits. Do you think there is a potential for some form of that type of training that would assist police officers coming out of Depot to better understand the magnitude of this type of crime?
View Cathy McLeod Profile
Mr. Wilson, you talked about the On-Site program that was cancelled. That was a federally delivered program. Could you tell us a little bit more about that particular program and why you found it so helpful? Could you just share a bit more on that issue?
View Dan Albas Profile
You've also concluded that the Canada Revenue Agency has established a training plan for aggressive tax planning auditors and has put in place performance measures to evaluate the aggressive tax planning program results. Is that also correct?
View Andrew Saxton Profile
Thank you very much.
My next questions are for Employment and Social Development Canada.
Most recently, our government reached an agreement with the provinces and territories for the Canada job grant. What impacts will the new Canada job grant have on youths seeking employment?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
I'd like to thank you both for your work on this.
I'm from British Columbia where we have oil and gas, but it's on the Prairies, so I don't have any ocean in my riding. But I do have an uncle who worked offshore most of his life. As a directional driller, he went back and forth by helicopter. He considered it a safe mode of transport and never was in an incident. He managed to make a good living and is happily retired today.
I'd like to refer to a statement you made, Mr. Wells, that operators want to be safe. I say this with a bit of qualification; I worked in the oil and gas industry a little bit, as a young guy working on pipelines. Back in the early 1980s, things had changed dramatically from what they were before. I think industry to this day has dramatically embraced safety as a good way to do business and also a good way to treat your employees. I saw a dramatic change in mindset in the oil patch to wanting to be safe, so doing what they have to do to be safe. For me it was dramatic. I've said that word three times already because it really was. It was really a big shift for the industry.
I want to give credit where it's due. I think CAPP does a good job of that and really works hard at it. More can obviously be done always, and that's what you strive toward.
I want you to explain to us—you've done this a little bit. There's a perception, which I think the opposition is trying to play here, that it's somehow unsafe now. I'd like you to explain the safety training regime for offshore workers a little bit, what it looks like today, and if you feel that it's safe.
View Libby Davies Profile
Thank you very much, Chairperson.
We do have a lot of witnesses today, so thank you for coming.
As we get into this subject more and more, I find myself in a bit of a conundrum. I would certainly agree with Dr. Gerace when he says that it's a complicated issue. It's not necessarily that there's just a black and white answer; there are a number of things that need to be done.
Having now heard from so many witnesses or stakeholders who are involved, whether from a regulatory point of view, a professional point of view, or a practitioner point of view, I'm left wondering where the problem really is. Is it just a leaky vessel that's got so many holes in it that it's sinking? We are hearing from all of you that we have a very serious problem in Canada.
I want to relay an experience that I had a couple of weeks ago at a pharmacy in Vancouver. I went in to get a generic prescription renewed. It wasn't an antidepressant, it wasn't a stimulant, it wasn't an opiate, it was just your run-of-the-mill generic. I was kind of happy when the response was that I couldn't get it renewed, that I had too many days left. They actually counted it out, and I said that I travel a lot and I'm worried about it running out. They said that I had to wait a certain number of days.
The reason I was given did not have anything to do with safety or anything like that—I don't think there were any safety issues—but with insurance coverage. It was the insurance company through our federal plan that wouldn't have reimbursed me unless I met certain timelines. It left me wondering why I got that response when trying to renew a low-level prescription, yet on serious medications where there are serious issues of addiction, you're telling us that there are so many holes—I think that's what you're saying—and that we've got a huge problem.
I'm glad, Ms. Bouchard, that you talked about the monitoring surveillance system and what is going on in the United States. It seems to me that it's something that we have to do in Canada. There has to be some kind of pan-Canadian strategy for a monitoring surveillance system. I wonder if you can tell us a little bit more about how you think that would work.
My second question is for Mr. Barnes. Your front-line experience is very good for us to hear in the two cases that you provided. What struck me about what you said is that you talked about both of them with no judgment. That's good, because I think that for people facing addiction issues there's a stigma, whether they're a street user or whether they're the accountant that you talked about, the guy who was afraid to talk to his wife. From your point of view as a front-line health care professional, how do we deal with the stigma?
You obviously developed a really good relationship with that guy. I don't how rare that is; I would imagine it's somewhat rare. How do we reduce the stigma so that when people run into trouble they can get access to the proper interventions? The system has got to work, but when people do run into trouble, either intentionally or not intentionally, how do we remove the stigma so that we can actually then focus on getting them the proper appropriate interventions without criminalizing or stigmatizing people so they just end up going more and more underground?
Sorry, that's kind of long, but I would just like to get responses on those two things from Ms. Bouchard and Mr. Barnes.
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