Burnaby's Jagmeet Singh lobbies feds for emergency TransLink funding

Burnaby's Jagmeet Singh lobbies feds for emergency TransLink funding

“I have written a joint letter with Jagmeet Singh, Don Davies & Jenny Kwan urging the federal government to immediately inject an emergency funding to sustain this important public transit system so that TransLink can continue to provide daily service to over 75,000 essential workers who rely on the transit systems to get to work,” wrote Julian on Facebook.

Here Are Some Wealth Equality Measures COVID-19 May Spur

Here Are Some Wealth Equality Measures COVID-19 May Spur

Don Davies, the NDP MP for Vancouver-Kingsway, made similar points in a recent Facebook Live town hall. “I think we have to pay particular attention to the Downtown Eastside and vulnerable populations, like people that are living on the street who find it very difficult to self-isolate, and find it very difficult to keep social distancing,” Davies said. “So I think we have to put more resources and we have to try extra hard in order to assist those populations.”

Where provincial coronavirus screening websites are falling short

Where provincial coronavirus screening websites are falling short

NDP health critic Don Davies said that public health experts have told MPs that the country needs “national, coordinated and standardized information gathering and dissemination.”

“They highlighted the importance of having real-time epidemiological data on the spread of COVID-19. When we have inconsistent information and advice, Canadians get mixed messages and our ability to respond most effectively is hampered.”

Even with strict containment measures, COVID-19 could claim 22,000 lives, federal officials project

Even with strict containment measures, COVID-19 could claim 22,000 lives, federal officials project

NDP health critic Don Davies said he's troubled by the projections outlined today, especially in light of evidence heard by the House of Commons health committee earlier this week.

The heads of organizations representing Canada's doctors and nurses told MPs there is a critical lack of personal protective equipment for front line workers, and called the situation "outrageous and unacceptable."

They warned that lives are at stake and asked for more transparency and urgent federal action to keep health professionals safe.

"There is insufficient national coordination and inconsistent and incomplete data. We are behind in testing, contact tracing and isolating," Davies said.

"The shortage of PPE increases risk not only for health care workers but for those working with the public generally. Our border controls still are not as vigorous as they could be."

 

Canada failed to learn from past pandemics: health-care associations

Canada failed to learn from past pandemics: health-care associations

Linda Silas, president of the Federation of Nurses Unions, said health workers are often taught to put patients first. But in a situation where workers' lives and their family's lives are at risk, their safety must be put on equal footing.

NDP health critic Don Davies referenced a memo from a Hamilton, Ont., hospital that suggested workers should continue to use the same mask until they were "grossly soiled," as a means of rationing supply.

"Sick, sick, sick," Silas responded.

That's leading to a lot of anxiety for physicians and other medical staff about what will happen if they run out of masks and protective clothing and start to get sick, Buchman said.

Ottawa yet to release virus projections

Ottawa yet to release virus projections

The federal NDP is calling for the immediate release of those models. “We can’t fight this virus blindly,” B.C. MP Don Davies said.

New Democrats call on federal government to give Canadians more information on COVID-19

New Democrats call on federal government to give Canadians more information on COVID-19

VANCOUVER – Today, NDP Health Critic Don Davies called on the federal government to release its modelling and projections of COVID-19 transmission in Canada.

 

Mental health a ‘missing piece’ in feds’ COVID-19 response, say critics, advocates

Mental health a ‘missing piece’ in feds’ COVID-19 response, say critics, advocates

Mental health is underfunded at the best of times.
With COVID-19, Canadians will experience added health concerns, job loss, financial problems, social isolation and more that will increase mental health challenges.
I am calling for more resources and funding to address this.

Don Davies Calls for Moratorium on Rent, Mortgages

Don Davies Calls for Moratorium on Rent, Mortgages

Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway, said the tough situation facing many renters and landlords shows why more action is needed from the federal government. New Democrats have called for a federal moratorium on rent, mortgage payments and utility bills.

“We need extraordinary measures, I think, to deal with an extraordinary situation,” he said

COVID-19 can’t end parliamentary scrutiny, say experts

COVID-19 can’t end parliamentary scrutiny, say experts

“I think Canadians expect us and want us, to the extent we can, work across party lines in as a non-partisan way as possible and focus on the task at hand, which is, I think, ferreting out the most comprehensive information we can, holding the government to account, and making sure that we come up with the best possible proposal we can,” Mr. Davies said.