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May 16, 2019 — Third Reading--Debate — Bill to Amend Certain Acts and Regulations in Relation to Firearms

Hon. Rosemary Moodie: Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms. For the past 25 years, as a physician and an intensive care specialist, I have spent my professional life working to achieve healthy outcomes for Canadians, trying to understand and prevent illness and, frankly colleagues, trying to save lives. So I am disturbed that when presented with an opportunity to make a difference — a real diffe…
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May 16, 2019 — Question Period — Question of Privilege

Hon. Rosemary Moodie: I would like to echo support for Senator Gagné’s words. I do believe that we need to be leading by example for many reasons. Not only are we treating each other with some disrespect, we are also role-modelling for staff members the appropriateness of behaviour such as tweeting disrespectfully. We are seeing this occurring. Not only are we seeing tweets occurring, but we are also being directly confronted by staff members of senators. This is becoming quit…
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May 15, 2019 — Inquiry--Debate Continued — Vaccine Hesitancy

Hon. Rosemary Moodie: Honourable senators, vaccination is one of the most successful public health interventions ever. Through widespread vaccination, we have eliminated many diseases that were once common in Canada, and up until recently we would have said, with confidence, that Canadian children who once faced illness from infectious diseases now face minimal endemic threat. However, unfortunately, this assurance may be changing. In 2003, federal, provincial and territori…
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May 14, 2019 — Inquiry--Debate — Vaccine Hesitancy

Hon. Rosemary Moodie Rose pursuant to notice of May 1, 2019: That she will call the attention of the Senate to the issue of vaccine hesitancy and corresponding threats to public health in Canada. She said: Honourable senators, today I rise to call the attention of the Senate to the concern of vaccine hesitancy and corresponding threats to public health here in Canada. As this is my first speech in this place, I want to begin by thanking Senators Harder, Downe, Woo and Smith…
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April 4, 2019 — Question Period — Families, Children and Social Development — National Housing Strategy

Hon. Rosemary Moodie: Honourable senators, my question is directed to the Government Representative. Senator Harder, as a senator from Toronto, I know that a significant number of people rely on affordable housing. I was happy to see that this government set aside just over $1 billion to increase energy efficiency in buildings across Canada, and that about one third of that funding was directed toward affordable housing innovations. We know that the residents of affordable…
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March 19, 2019 — Senators’ Statements — Vaccines

Hon. Rosemary Moodie: Honourable senators, today I rise to speak to you about one of the top 10 threats to global health that we face in 2019, vaccine hesitancy — the growing reluctance or refusal to vaccinate when vaccines are readily available, which is threatening to reverse the progress that has been made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. The concerns of the World Health Organization are supported by some very alarming figures. In 2018, the incidence of measles…
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