The findings of Canada’s Ethics Commissioner are historic and devastating for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While the nation waits to hear from the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer addressed reporters and called for the RCMP to investigate Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.
I’m responding to today’s breaking news that Justin Trudeau has been once again been found guilty of breaking federal ethics laws, this time for the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal. Trudeau promised he would be open and honest. Instead, on the day the scandal broke in the Globe and Mail, he said it was false – and he spent the next two months repeatedly misleading Canadians. We now know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Justin Trudeau is not as advertised.–Je commente la nouvelle d’aujourd’hui selon laquelle Justin Trudeau est de nouveau reconnu coupable d’infraction aux lois fédérales sur l’éthique, cette fois pour le scandale de corruption SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau avait promis d’être ouvert et honnête, mais le jour où le scandale a éclaté dans le Globe and Mail, il a dit que c’était faux. Pendant deux mois, il a trompé les Canadiens. Nous savons maintenant sans l’ombre d’un doute que Justin Trudeau n’est pas celui qu’il prétendait être.
Posted by Andrew Scheer on Wednesday, 14 August 2019
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From the Province of Alberta
Alberta Bits and Pieces program highlights Albertan ingenuity, generosity
Over the past week, more than 1,100 offers of support have poured in from private and non-profit organizations through the Government of Alberta’s Bits and Pieces program.
The offers include passenger and commercial vehicles, hotel rooms and mobile trailers, food and water services, hospital gowns, face masks, ventilators and other personal protective equipment. They also highlight innovation in local manufacturing, with several Alberta distilleries offering sanitizer they produced and a drapery manufacturer offering medical garments and bedding it produced.
The program is named after the “bits and pieces program” established by Canada’s Minister of Munitions and Supply during the Second World War, C. D. Howe. The program coordinated innovative production and procurement efforts from across the Canadian economy to support the war effort.
“I’m deeply touched by the outpouring of support we’re seeing from private and non-profit organizations, both foreign and domestic. When times are tough, Alberta’s spirit of ingenuity and generosity always answers the call.”
One example is ATCO, the Alberta-founded and based company that got its start providing trailers for the oilpatch and is now best known to Albertans as a provider of gas and electricity, which has offered to contribute up to several hundred trailers if needed. These could be used for COVID testing, treatment and quarantining, especially in rural and remote areas without adequate medical facilities.
In addition to many local companies offering and innovating to provide products, Alberta’s post-secondary institutions are leading in areas of research, with one researcher at the University of Alberta working to develop a virus-killing medical mask.
“Albertans are leaders, and I’m humbled to see our province leading and giving back in so many ways. The offers and innovation we’re seeing take place across our province right now will help our government meet the demands and challenges we face today, and the ones we’ll face in the future.”
The Government of Alberta encourages individuals, private companies and non-profit organizations who can offer products and services, including personal protective equipment, to visit the offers webpage at alberta.ca/covid19.
Examples of Alberta companies filling the need
- ATCO has confirmed their ability to deploy hundreds of trailers for medical testing, quarantining and treatment, especially in rural and remote areas.
- Calgary-based Fluid Energy Group has signed a letter of intent with the federal government to produce hand sanitizer.
- The Rocky Mountain Soap Company in Canmore received certification from Health Canada to create a naturally derived hand sanitizer that is available online.
- Alberta Garment is transitioning to produce hospital gowns.
- Alberta’s manufacturing sector is working to tackle the spread of COVID-19 by exploring new solutions for personal protective equipment.
Patients paying higher dispensing fees as pharmacists limit prescription amounts
OTTAWA — A new policy that has pharmacists restricting patients to a 30-day supply of their medications means some people are having to pay dispensing fees two or three times over.
The policy was put in place to prevent drug shortages while manufacturers struggle to produce enough product during COVID-19.
But that means patients who would normally receive 90 days’ worth of prescription medications are now paying the dispensing fee three times instead of one.
Some provinces, like Alberta, have adjusted their co-pay structure for seniors and those without private insurance to offset those costs, but not all.
The Canadian Pharmacists Association, which recommended the restrictions, says it has been working with governments and insurers to address the added burden on patients.
They association says this is the cost of safeguarding Canada’s drug supply, and it should be borne by the federal and provincial governments.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 3, 2020.
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