Open Letter re: COVID-19 Pandemic Measures For Vulnerable Populations sent to the Federal Ministers

Mar 17, 2020

Deputy Prime Minister Freeland,
We are hearing very urgent concerns from constituents about taking immediate action to protect vulnerable people in our communities. We are especially concerned, now that we have confirmed that community transmission is occurring, about those in East Vancouver who would fall into high-risk categories for serious impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of health as well as in terms of the social indicators of health.

Vaughn Palmer: Trying to flatten COVID-19 curve in B.C. without raising threat, panic

Mar 16, 2020

Federal MP Don Davies has been asking some pointed questions along those lines at the national level.

“Can we expect a thousand or 5,000 cases?” he challenged federal minister Hajdu this week. “Do you have those numbers or not? I have asked this question repeatedly and I am never getting an answer from the government

Federal government warns up to 26 million Canadians could get COVID-19; allocates $1B for fight

Mar 16, 2020

As the Liberal government announced $1 billion to battle coronavirus, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said COVID-19 could ultimately infect between 30 and 70 per cent of Canadians.

Hajdu was facing questions in committee from the NDP’s health critic Don Davies about the potential spread of the disease in Canada and just how prepared the government was to handle an increase in cases.

“Can we expect a thousand or 5,000? Do you have those numbers or not? I have asked this question repeatedly and I am never getting an answer from the government,” said Davies at the committee.

Feds should take steps to create national food program for schools

Mar 12, 2020

    Hearing the first reading of C-201, a private member’s bill from NDP MP Don Davies that calls for the development of a national school-food program, was an exciting day for parents and advocates across the country. This bill builds on the government’s intention, as signalled in the 2019 budget, of working towards such a program. 

    Yet, school food advocates are still holding their breath, waiting for funding to seal the deal, as similar promises have been made before

    Federal government warns up to 26 million Canadians could get COVID-19; allocates $1B for fight

    Mar 12, 2020

      As the Liberal government announced $1 billion to battle coronavirus, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said COVID-19 could ultimately infect between 30 and 70 per cent of Canadians.

      Hajdu was facing questions in committee from the NDP’s health critic Don Davies about the potential spread of the disease in Canada and just how prepared the government was to handle an increase in cases.

      CPAC Panel - Coronavirus

      Feb 28, 2020

        For the first time there are more new COVID-19 cases outside of China than within China. This is a concerning development. Canadians deserve clear answers from their government on its plans to deal with a potential outbreak here in Canada.

        Research Investment in Coronavirus

        Feb 14, 2020

          Effective today, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is launching an accelerated research response to contribute to global efforts to contain the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. CIHR has made $6.5M available to mobilize Canada’s health researchers to join the international fight against the coronavirus. 

          This funding will improve our understanding of how the virus has spread to humans, and promote the development and evaluation of diagnostic tools and vaccines. 

          Vancouver MP tables bill proposing national school food program for all

          Feb 7, 2020

            A new private members bill hopes to make a free, or close-to-free, nutritious school lunch a daily reality for children across Canada. 

            Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies, the federal NDP health critic, introduced the School Food Program for Children Act on Tuesday. 

            Let’s work together to make pharmacare a reality: NDP MP Davies

            Feb 3, 2020

              In this minority Parliament, Canada’s New Democrats plan to push universal pharmacare to the top of the agenda. We are calling on all parties to help us fast-tack this long-overdue expansion of our public health-care system because Canadians cannot afford to wait.

              ‘Small but mighty’: New Democrats say they’re up to the task as MPs pile on critic jobs

              Dec 4, 2019

              The NDP’s lead critics say they’re feeling good about their “small but mighty” caucus, which they say can bring change in a minority government and attention to their “critical work” by hammering home the party’s “widely popular” priorities.