New Health Minister To further Promote Agenda 21 Implementation
by Terry Wilson
Canadian Awareness Network
August 19, 2013
Nearly one year ago I wrote about sustainable development being repackaged as a health issue.
Health Canada And Agenda 21
“At a recent United Nations event that we covered at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, the panel was discussing how climate change and environmental issues had to be repackaged as health issues. “Quote” because they effect human health. Climate change has gone from a environmental issue, to a poverty issue, and now it is a health issue. All within a year.
Since that event I have been looking into the health industry in Canada, to see if they are implementing policies that back this new re branding and this is what I have found.
Health Canada our main federal health institution has implemented a sustainable development strategy. Which reads exactly like any other sustainable development protocol. With goals that include:
Theme 1: Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality
Theme 2: Maintaining Water Quality and Availability
Theme 3: Protecting Nature
Theme 4: Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government”
Now the new health minister is showing how she plans to move that agenda forward.
The best way to maintain and strengthen Canada’s medicare system is to invest in innovation and research, Canada’s new health minister says.
“Our policy challenge – one which I plan to lead in my tenure as health minister – [is] improving our system in a way that will maintain the integrity of our publicly-funded system but capture productivity gains so our system is sustainable,” Rona Ambrose told delegates to the Canadian Medical Association annual meeting in Calgary on Monday.
“Innovation is very important when it comes to the long-term sustainability of our health care system.”
Ms. Ambrose, in her first speech since being appointed to the health portfolio, described herself as a “policy wonk” who has immersed herself in the issue of health innovation.
She was vague, however, on what sort of innovation she wanted to promote, other than pointing to the importance of technology, “improving the efficiency of the health delivery system and incentives for more cost-effective health care interventions.”
The minister described the federal government as the “largest single investor in Canadian health innovation,” notably with $1-billion in annual funding for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
Ms. Ambrose also stressed that innovation is an area “worthy of federal leadership and an area where I believe we can make gains together. “The consequences of not acting are staggering.” She said details will be worked out in discussions with the provinces and territories.
New face, same agenda. Can we really be surprised?