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…

Federal Authorities During Public Health Emergencies

23 March 2020, 3:20 p.m. (Disponible en français : Les pouvoirs du gouvernement fédéral en cas d’urgence de santé publique) Constitutional Framework Section 91 of the Constitution Act, 1867 sets out areas of jurisdiction exclusive to Parliament under which it may legislate in the event of public health emergencies. Among Parliament’s exclusive powers are those…