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Policy Briefing: Health Policy Briefing
In recent years, New Democrats have proposed multiple strategies to improve the eating habits of Canadians, writes NDP MP Don Davies. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Better food, better health

Recent evidence suggests that Canada isn’t doing nearly enough to help Canadians appropriately balance their diets. A report released in April singled out the National Volunteer Sodium Reduction Strategy, launched in 2010, for its lacklustre performance in reducing sodium consumption among Canadians.
In stark contrast to the Liberal strategy of making drugs more accessible, I was proud to be a part of the previous Conservative government which invested $500-million per year in our anti-drug strategy.
Feature|Denis Calnan
Kate Comeau of Dietitians of Canada said the diversity of the Canadian diet needs to be taken into account when considering revisions of the Food Guide, including geographic diversity and cultural dietary preferences in a multicultural society.
In a multicultural society like Canada, paying attention to nuanced beliefs and practices can help inform how a health message is received, read, and acted on by the target audience. This knowledge about health decision-making at the individual level can offer insights for public health decision-making at the policy level.
Opinion|Elizabeth May
From the commitment right out the gate to bring forward legislation on medically-assisted dying and to legalizing marijuana, Health Minister Jane Philpott is sailing into some strong headwinds. Add the negotiation of a new Health Accord, responding effectively to the horrific suicide epidemic in some indigenous communities and the plan to bulk buy prescription drugs, and she might regret having won her seat at all.
Feature|Denis Calnan
Too many youth are going to the hospital for mental health issues when they would be better off being treated in a community care centre, say experts.
House Indigenous Affairs Committee Chair Andy Fillmore says his committee is nearing completion of a report on its emergency hearings with First Nations leaders on the situation in northern Ontario.

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