Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

Studies & Bills

Information prior to the 40th Parliament is from notices of meetings. For the official record, please refer to the related minutes and transcripts.

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Bill C-376, An Act to designate the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month
(2018-12-05)
Bill S-247, An Act to establish International Mother Language Day
(2018-12-05)
Bill S-249, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the prevention of domestic violence
(2018-11-29)
The subject matter of those elements contained in Divisions 8, 15, 16 and 21 of Part 4 of Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures
(2018-11-07) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Colin Spencer James, Senior Director, Social Development Policy, Strategic and Service Policy Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 2:38 PM
  • Phil Benson, Lobbyist (Teamsters Canada)
  • Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer (Vanier Institute of the Family)
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:39 AM
  • Emilie Hayes, Policy Analyst (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
  • Norma Kozhaya, Research Vice President and Chief Economist (Conseil du patronat du Québec)
  • Monique Moreau, Vice President, National Affairs (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 4:15 PM
  • Derrick Hynes, President and CEO (Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communications)
  • Chris Roberts, National Director, Social and Economic Policy (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Sandy Stephens, Assistant General Counsel (Canadian Bankers Association)
  • Tasmin Waley, Senior Legal Counsel (Canadian Bankers Association)
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 2:06 PM
  • Rutha Astravas, Director, Special Benefits, Employment Insurance Policy, Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Brenda Baxter, Director General, Workplace Directorate, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Andrew Brown, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy , Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Alex Duff, Manager, Wage Earner Protection Program, Policy and Oversight, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Barbara Moran, Director General, Strategic Policy, Analysis and Workplace Information, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Charles Philippe Rochon, Senior Policy Analyst, Labour Standards and Wage Earner Protection Program , Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Sébastien St-Arnaud, Senior Policy Strategist, Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Kelly Winter, Policy Analyst, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
Bill S-252, Voluntary Blood Donations Act (An Act to amend the Blood Regulations)
(2018-10-25) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:28 PM
  • Kat Lanteigne, Executive Director (BloodWatch.org)
  • The Honourable Senator Pamela Wallin, sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy
(2018-10-24)
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Robert Blakely, Director, Canadian Affairs (Canada's Building Trades Unions )
  • Dr. Nicola Cherry, Professor, Tripartite Chair of Occupational Health, Division of Preventive Medicine (University of Alberta)
  • Jeanette Southwood, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships (Engineers Canada)
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:32 AM
  • Rutha Astravas, Director, Special Benefits, Employment Insurance Policy, Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Brenda Baxter, Director General, Workplace Directorate, Labour Program (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Andrew Brown, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy , Skills and Employment Branch (Employment and Social Development Canada )
  • Roch Lafrance, Secretary General (Union des travailleuses et travailleurs accidentés ou malades)
  • Monette Maillet, Deputy Executive Director and Senior General Counsel (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Sheila Pepper, Vice President, Social Development (National Council of Women of Canada)
  • Valerie Phillips, Director and General Counsel (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 5:24 PM
  • Melodie Ballard (As an Individual)
  • Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
Bill S-248, An Act respecting National Physicians' Day
(2018-10-24)
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Machzikei Hadas (Kind Canada Généreux)
  • Jennifer Levine, Volunteer (Kind Canada Généreux)
  • The Honourable Senator Jim Munson, sponsor of the bill
  • Jeff Turner, Vice President and Chief Development Officer (Kind Canada Généreux)
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  • Dr. Sandy Buchman, President-Elect (Canadian Medical Association)
  • The Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C., (former senator), former sponsor of the bill (As an Individual)
  • Dakota Laliberte, Aboriginal Youth Council Representative (National Association of Friendship Centres)
Bill S-244, An Act respecting Kindness Week
(2018-10-23)
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Machzikei Hadas (Kind Canada Généreux)
  • Jennifer Levine, Volunteer (Kind Canada Généreux)
  • The Honourable Senator Jim Munson, sponsor of the bill
  • Jeff Turner, Vice President and Chief Development Officer (Kind Canada Généreux)
Government response to the Eighteenth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs Science and Technology, entitled: Challenge Ahead: Integrating robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing technologies into Canada’s healthcare systems
(2018-04-26)
Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts
(2018-03-22) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Monday, May 28, 2018 at 1:16 PM
  • The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Chief Superintendent Paul Beauchesne, Director General, Federal Policing Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • John Clare, Director, Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs (Health Canada)
  • Eric Costen, Director General, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat (Health Canada)
  • Chief Superintendent Dennis Daley, Director General, National Criminal Operations, Contract and Aboriginal Policing (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Diane Labelle, General Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Kimberly Lavoie, Director, Drug Policy (Public Safety Canada)
  • Jennifer Lutfallah, Director General, Enforcement and Intelligence Programs (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Byron Organ, Analyst, Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Mario Panizzon, Director, Security Intelligence Background Section (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8:03 AM
  • Chief Superintendent Paul Beauchesne, Director General, Federal Policing Criminal Operations (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Trevor Bhupsingh, Director General, Law Enforcement and Border Strategies (Public Safety Canada)
  • Paul Boudreau, Departmental Security Officer (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • John Clare, Director, Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs (Health Canada)
  • Eric Costen, Director General, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat (Health Canada)
  • Chief Superintendent Dennis Daley, Director General, National Criminal Operations, Contract and Aboriginal Policing (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • Carl Desmarais, Executive Director, Enforcement and Intelligence Programs (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Valerie Gideon, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (Department of Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Mark Gwozdecky, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Security and Political Affairs (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Rachel Huggins, Manager, Policy Development (Public Safety Canada)
  • Alan Kessel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Legal Affairs and Legal Adviser (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Diane Labelle, General Counsel, Health Canada Legal Services (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Stefan Matiation, Director and General Counsel, Aboriginal Law Centre (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Director General and Senior General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Sheilagh Murphy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Kevin Thompson, Director General, North America Strategy Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Hilary Black, Founder (B.C. Compassion Club Society)
  • Phil Emberley, Director (Canadian Pharmacists Association)
  • Jeremy Jacob, President (Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries)
  • Philippe Lucas, Vice-President, Global Patient Research and Access (Tilray)
  • James O'Hara, President and CEO (Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana)
  • Jean Thiffault, Member, President, Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (Canadian Pharmacists Association)
  • Kirk Tousaw, Barrister, Tousaw Law Corporation (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 3:00 PM
  • Russ Crawford, President (Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance)
  • Jason Green, Director (Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance)
  • Dr. Terry Lake, Vice-President of Corporate Social Responsibility (Hydropothecary)
  • Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Canopy Growth Corporation)
  • Rosy Mondin, Executive Director (Cannabis Trade Alliance of Canada)
  • Shawn Pankow, Mayor (Town of Smiths Falls)
  • Allan Rewak, Executive Director (Cannabis Canada Council)
  • Will Stewart, Vice-President, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs (Hiku Brands)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM
  • Greg Engel, Chief Executive Officer (Organigram Inc.)
  • Ryan Forrest, Policy and Advocacy Officer, Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control (As an Individual)
  • David Hammond, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo (As an Individual)
  • Dr. George Sam Wang, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children's Hospital Colorado (As an Individual)
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • The Honourable Senator A. Raynell Andreychuk, Chair
  • Josh Campbell, President (dosist)
  • The Honourable Senator Anne C. Cools, Deputy Chair
  • The Honourable Senator Dennis Dawson, Member
  • Margie Skeer, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University (As an Individual)
  • Ryan Vandrey, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:46 PM
  • The Honourable Benoît Bourque, MLA, Minister of Health (Government of New Brunswick)
  • Neill McKay, Senior Policy Advisor, Health (Government of New Brunswick)
  • The Honourable Anne McLellan, P.C., Chair (Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation)
  • Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer, Health (Government of New Brunswick)
  • Patricia Steeves, Chief Operating Officer, Finance (Government of New Brunswick)
  • Dr. Mark Ware, Vice-Chair (Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation)
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 2:30 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Gwen Boniface, Chair
  • The Honourable Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais, Deputy Chair
  • Andrew Freedman, Former Director, Colorado Marijuana Coordination (As an Individual)
  • Beau Kilmer, Co-Director (RAND Drug Policy Research Center)
  • Dr. Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (As an Individual)
  • Amy Margolis, Executive Director (Oregon Cannabis Association)
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • Dr. Jay Butler, Chief Medical Officer (Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)
  • Dr. Manuel Cardoso, Deputy Director-General, General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (Serviço de Intervenção nos Comportamentos Aditivos e nas Dependências (SICAD - Portugal))
  • Dr. Kenneth Finn, Pain Medicine Physician (Springs Rehabilitation)
  • Rick Garza, Director (Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board)
  • Ana Sofia Santos, Head, International Relations Division (Serviço de Intervenção nos Comportamentos Aditivos e nas Dependências (SICAD - Portugal))
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Deputy Chair
  • Paul J. Calarco, Member, Criminal Justice Section (Canadian Bar Association)
  • The Honourable Senator Dan Christmas, Member
  • The Honourable Senator Renée Dupuis, Deputy Chair
  • The Honourable Senator Lillian Eva Dyck, Chair
  • Annamaria Enenajor, Criminal Lawyer (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • The Honourable Senator Serge Joyal, P.C., Chair
  • Pascal Lévesque, Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law (Barreau du Québec)
  • Gaylene Schellenberg, Lawyer, Legislation and Law Reform (Canadian Bar Association)
  • Michael Spratt, Criminal Lawyer (Criminal Lawyers Association)
  • The Honourable Senator Scott Tannas, Deputy Chair
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 2:02 PM
  • Michael Bourque, Chief Executive Officer (Canadian Real Estate Association)
  • Neil Boyd, Professor, Department of Criminology, Simon Fraser University (As an Individual)
  • John Conroy, Lawyer (As an Individual)
  • Solomon Friedman, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Edelson & Friedman LLP (As an Individual)
  • Randall McCauley, Vice-President, Government and Public Relations (Canadian Real Estate Association)
  • Jonathan Page, Chief Executive Officer (Anandia Labs)
  • Sean Robichaud, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Robichaud's Barristers & Solicitors (As an Individual)
  • Deputy Chief Constable Mike Serr, Co-Chair, Drug Advisory Committee (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
  • Ernest Small, Principal Research Scientist, Science and Technology Branch (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
  • Inspector Bill Spearn (Vancouver Police Department)
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Murray Elliott, President (Energy Safety Canada)
  • Derrick Hynes, Executive Director (FETCO)
  • Christopher MacDonald, Member, Director, Government Relations, J.D. Irving, Limited (FETCO)
  • Chris Moore, Manager, Training & Education Services (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)
  • Tara Peel, National Representative, Health & Safety (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Hassan Yussuff, President (Canadian Labour Congress)
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 3:15 PM
  • Glenn Barnes, Advisory Council Member (Drug Free Kids Canada)
  • Grace Costa, General Manager, Eva’s Satellite (Eva's Initiatives)
  • Connor Fesenmaier, Advisory Council Member (Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada (SAMC))
  • Emily Jenkins, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia (As an Individual)
  • Corey O'Soup, Advocate (Saskatchewan Advocate For Children and Youth)
  • Marc Paris, Executive Director (Drug Free Kids Canada)
  • Danielle Sutherland, Curriculum Development Manager (Skylark Children, Youth & Families)
  • Kristen Szekszardi, Advanced Peer Worker (alumni) (Eva's Initiatives)
  • Jenna Valleriani, Strategic Advisor (Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy)
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10:31 AM
  • Dr. Christine Campbell, Family Medicine Resident (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
  • Ian Culbert, Executive Director (Canadian Public Health Association)
  • Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health (City of Toronto Health Unit)
  • Katherine Eberl Kelly, Executive Director (Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health)
  • Lucie Granger, Executive Director (Association pour la santé publique du Québec)
  • Andrew Mendes, Director of Operations (Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services)
  • Sudha Sabanadesan, Policy Development Officer (City of Toronto Health Unit)
  • Josh Watt, Representative, Executive Director, Manitoba School Board Association (Canadian School Boards Association)
  • Marion Wright, Executive Director (Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 3:45 PM
  • Lynda Balneaves, Registered Nurse and Medical and Non-Medical Cannabis Researcher (Canadian Nurses Association)
  • Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice-President, Medical Professionalism (Canadian Medical Association)
  • Michael R. DeVillaer, Assistant Professor, Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, McMaster University (As an Individual)
  • Benedikt Fischer, Addiction Chair, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto (Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM))
  • Dr. Didier Jutras-Aswad, Principal Scientist, Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier, Université de Montréal (CRCHUM) (Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM))
  • Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President (Canadian Medical Association)
  • Dr. Robert Milin, Representative, Head, Division of Addiction & Mental Health, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa (Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • Karey Shuhendler, Program Lead, Public Policy (Canadian Nurses Association)
  • Dr. Philip Tibbo, Representative, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University (Canadian Psychiatric Association)
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM
  • Pippa Beck, Senior Policy Analyst (Non-Smokers' Rights Association)
  • Dr. Meldon Kahan, Medical Director, Substance Use Service, Women’s College Hospital, Department of Family Medicine, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Harold Kalant, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Dr. Bernard Le Foll, Medical Head (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Dr. Sharon Levy, Medical Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School (As an Individual)
  • Amy Porath, Director of Research (Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction)
  • David Sweanor, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Melodie Tilson, Director of Policy (Non-Smokers' Rights Association)
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:30 AM
  • Chak Kwong Au, Councillor (City of Richmond)
  • Peggy Bachman, Director, Office of Government and Municipal Relations (Ville de Montréal)
  • Bill Karsten, First Vice President, councillor, City of Halifax (Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
  • Alana Lavoie, Manager of Policy and Research (Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
  • Marie-Pierre Rouette, Member, Government Relations (Ville de Montréal)
  • Shayne Turner, Director, By-Law Enforcement (City of Waterloo)
  • Matt Zabloski, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards (City of Calgary)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4:13 PM
  • The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health (Department of Justice Canada)
  • The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., Minister of Health (Health Canada)
  • John Clare, Director, Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs (Health Canada)
  • Eric Costen, Director General, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat (Health Canada)
  • Diane Labelle, General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Paul Saint-Denis, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Department of Justice Canada)
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