Executive Summary – Sport Canada and the Public Policy Framework for Participation and Excellence in Sport

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Sport Canada et l’encadrement public de la participation et de l’excellence sportives) This document provides an overview of the programs and initiatives implemented by Sport Canada. The Physical Activity and Sport Act (PASA) defines Canada’s objectives for sport, such as increasing participation in the practice of sport and supporting the…

COVID-19 and Trade in Needed Medical Goods

5 May 2020, 11:00 a.m. (Disponible en français : COVID‑19 et commerce de fournitures médicales nécessaires) On 3 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that lives are at risk because of the COVID-19–induced global shortage of ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE), such as respirators, surgical face masks, gloves, goggles and garments. It…

Executive Summary – Climate Change: Impact and Policy Implications

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Les changements climatiques : Leurs répercussions et leur incidence sur les politiques) Unprecedented global warming has been observed in recent decades. Around the world, mean air and water temperatures have increased, amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea levels have risen. Canada is no exception: our mean…

Federal Measures Related to Pandemic Planning and First Nations Communities

21 April 2020, 9 a.m. (Disponible en français : Mesures fédérales concernant la planification de la lutte contre la pandémie dans les communautés des Premières Nations) Indigenous people are disproportionately affected negatively by factors that influence health and well-being, known as the determinants of health, such as overcrowded and mouldy housing, poverty, unsafe drinking water…

COVID-19 and the Federal Correctional System

7 April 2020, 9:05 a.m. (Disponible en français : La COVID-19 et le système correctionnel fédéral) In recent weeks, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) reported cases of COVID-19 in some of Canada’s federal penitentiaries. Both federally sentenced persons and guards have been infected. The rapid spread of this infectious disease is a looming threat to the…

Health Outcomes During Pandemics in Different Population Groups in Canada

Revised on 19 May 2020, 10:50 a.m. Any substantive changes in this HillNote that have been made since the preceding issue are indicated in bold print. (Disponible en français : Résultats cliniques dans différentes populations au Canada lors de pandémies) On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused…

Human Rights in Emergency Situations

1 April 2020, 2 p.m. (Disponible en français : Le respect des droits de la personne dans les situations d’urgence) In addition to obligations during peacetime, States have duties to respect and ensure human rights during wartime and national emergencies. In situations that represent a severe threat to a nation, however, the International Covenant on Civil…