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NEWS ITEM 16 August 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Alberta Senator Joyce Fairbairn today announced the Government of Canada's contribution of $489,500 for 13 grassroots community health projects in Southern and Central Alberta. Minister Rock made the announcement during a visit to the Aspen Family and Community Network in Calgary.
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NEWS ITEM 15 August 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Natural Resources Minister Ralph Goodale today announced that the Government of Canada will contribute more than $1.8 million for health research and diabetes prevention initiatives in Saskatchewan.
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NEWS ITEM 10 August 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today announced that Health Canada will fund the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) to take on the responsibilities of forming a Public Advisory Group and conducting consultations across Canada on the issue of xenotransplantation.
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NEWS ITEM 10 August 2000
The First International Network for Mental Health Promotion was launched today at the Canadian Mental Health Association Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
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NEWS ITEM 8 August 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today presented Canada's new tobacco labelling regulations to an international audience at the 11th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Chicago, Illinois.
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NEWS ITEM 4 August 2000
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Herb Dhaliwal, M.P. Vancouver-South Burnaby, announced, on behalf of Health Minister Allan Rock, that the Government of Canada will contribute approximately $5 million over four years for Aboriginal diabetes initiatives in British Columbia.
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NEWS ITEM 4 August 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Minister of Veterans Affairs George Baker today announced the establishment of a new community-based health promotion initiative to help identify effective falls prevention strategies for veterans and seniors.
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NEWS ITEM 4 August 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today announced an advisory board of leading Canadians in the health information and technology sector to advise him on selecting projects to receive funding from the two-year, $80-million Canada Health Infostructure Partnerships Program (CHIPP).
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NEWS ITEM 3 August 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today announced the Government of Canada will contribute $1.15 million over three years toward a project to develop a training manual and a nucleus of trainers across Canada for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAS/FAE).
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NEWS ITEM 3 August 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Environment Minister David Anderson today announced over $16.6 million for health and environmental research initiatives across Canada and in British Columbia, and affirmed a strengthened partnership between their departments on an environmental health agenda for Canada.
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NEWS ITEM 31 JULY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Yvon Charbonneau, MP for Anjou-Rivière-des-Prairies, today announced that the Government of Canada will contribute $60,000 to Centre Vie-Soleil Inc. in Rivière-des-Prairies for a project aimed at young people aged 12 to 25. The project, which will focus on young mothers in difficulty, is expected to help prevent social withdrawal and school dropout by stressing empowerment and the development of social support networks.
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NEWS ITEM 26 JULY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today announced that the deadline for applications under the two-year, $80-million Canada Health Infostructure Partnerships Program (CHIPP) will be extended one month to August 31, 2000.
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NEWS ITEM 17 JULY 2000
Environment Minister David Anderson and Health Minister Allan Rock took further steps today to give cleaner air to Canadians. The ministers published in Canada Gazette, Part 1, a formal notice that they intend to declare toxic under the new Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) the principal substances that form airborne fine particulate matter (PM<10 ).
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NEWS ITEM 12 JULY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Parliamentary Secretary Paddy Torsney, on behalf of Environment Minister David Anderson, today announced the investment of $13.5 million towards the Toxic Substances Research Initiative (TSRI) during the 2000-2001 fiscal year.
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NEWS ITEM 12 JULY 2000
Natural Resources Minister Ralph Goodale, on behalf of Health Minister Allan Rock, today announced the awarding of a five-year, $9-million contract to the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC) to manage a national dental therapy training program.
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NEWS ITEM 11 JULY 2000
Health Canada today advised Canadians about a potential for poisoning, or even death, to children from the ingestion of liquid fuel used in some decorative oil lamps (sometimes referred to as liquid paraffin candles). The fuel used in these lamps is usually a colourless petroleum distillate.
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STORY IDEA 6 JULY 2000
According to a new study, Health Canada reports a significant improvement in infant mortality rates between 1960 and 1995, particularly in the population which held the highest rates of infant mortality in the 1960's.
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NEWS ITEM 5 JULY 2000
Health Canada today confirmed the launch of its newly realigned organizational structure - part of an ongoing process to strengthen the department's capacity to deliver quality services to Canadians. The new organization came into effect on July 1, 2000.
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NEWS ITEM 28 JUNE 2000
Regulations that require graphic health warning messages to cover 50 per cent of principal display surfaces of all tobacco products sold in Canada are now law in Canada. Health Minister Allan Rock announced that the groundbreaking new Tobacco Products Information (labelling) and Reporting Regulations proposed last January were made law by the Governor in Council.
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NEWS ITEM 23 JUNE 2000
First Nations leaders and federal and provincial government representatives signed an agreement today to set up a working group to improve health services in the four communities of the Island Lake region.
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NEWS ITEM 22 JUNE 2000
Member of Parliament Mauril Bélanger (Ottawa -Vanier), on behalf of Health Minister Allan Rock, today announced funding from the Government of Canada totalling $225,000 over three years for an aboriginal perinatal outreach and education program. The sponsoring agency is the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Healing in Vanier, Ontario.
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NEWS ITEM 16 JUNE 2000
For the first time, Canadian parents will be able to keep track of all of their children’s health information, including vaccinations, growth, hospitalizations and emergencies and dental care, in one booklet: Canada’s Child Health Record (CHR).
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NEWS ITEM 12 JUNE 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Member of Parliament Lou Sekora (Port Moody - Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam) today released the report Development of a National Strategy from Larry McCormick, Chair of the Liberal Rural Caucus, and announced details of two Government of Canada programs with a particular focus on those residing in rural Canada: Innovations in Rural and Community Health Program Canada Health Infostructure Partnerships Program (CHIPP).
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NEWS ITEM 12 JUNE 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Alberta Senator Joyce Fairbairn today announced details of two Government of Canada programs aimed at improving the health of rural Canadians: Innovations in Rural and Community Health Program and Canada Health Infostructure Partnerships Program (CHIPP).
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NEWS ITEM 12 JUNE 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Member of Parliament David Iftody (Provencher) today released the report Development of a National Strategy from Larry McCormick, Chair of the Liberal Rural Caucus, and announced details of two Government of Canada programs with a particular focus on those residing in rural Canada: Innovations in Rural and Community Health Program and Canada Health Infostructure Partnerships Program (CHIPP).
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NEWS ITEM 12 JUNE 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today received the report Development of a National Strategy from Larry McCormick, Chair of the Liberal Rural Caucus, and announced details of two Government of Canada programs with a particular focus on those residing in rural Canada: Innovations in Rural and Community Health Program and Canada Health Infostructure Partnerships Program (CHIPP).
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NEWS ITEM 9 JUNE 2000
Minister of Health Allan Rock and Secretary of State (Western Economic Diversification) (Francophonie) Ron Duhamel today announced the Government of Canada's contribution of over $1.8 million for community health and research initiatives in Manitoba.
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NEWS ITEM 8 JUNE 2000
Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today announced that the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (CSCHAH) in Winnipeg received the first shipment of Biosafety Level 4 viruses which will be the subject of research on infectious diseases.
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NEWS ITEM 8 JUNE 2000
Canada gave strong support to the World Health Organization's (WHO) strategy for improving health care systems in developing countries around the world. WHO's strategy was outlined at the 53rd World Health Assembly which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, May 15-20.
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NEWS ITEM 7 JUNE 2000
Allan Rock, Minister of Health, today launched the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and announced Dr. Alan Bernstein, the first President, and the new Governing Council.
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NEWS ITEM 1 JUNE 2000
Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have reviewed new information about Roundup Ready soybeans submitted by Monsanto and found it has no human or animal health or environmental safety impacts.
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NEWS ITEM 31 MAY 2000
Health Canada is warning consumers who are using the drug, PREPULSID® (cisapride), of the possibility of rare, but serious, heart complications, including arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat rhythms) and sudden death. Consumers using the drug are advised to contact their physicians as soon as possible to discuss alternative treatments.
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NEWS ITEM 31 MAY 2000
Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is advising the public about a voluntary recall of Bear Pause Attack Deterrent (Pest Control Product Registration No. 24762) currently being undertaken by the product manufacturer, ChemArmor.
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NEWS ITEM 29 MAY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today released a second round of internal tobacco company documents, thus providing the public with more information on industry products and practices than ever before. The documents build on the insight gained through British American Tobacco Company papers retrieved from the Guildford Depository in England and released to the public last fall.
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NEWS ITEM 24 MAY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock told Kelowna students today that the Government of Canada will continue to work with the Province of British Columbia to fight tobacco use, particularly among youth. The Minister spoke during a visit to Rutland Middle School where he participated in anti-tobacco presentations from students. Mr. Rock offered to extend the Government of Canada's contribution to joint tobacco enforcement efforts in British Columbia by one year and $600,000.
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NEWS ITEM 24 MAY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) Raymond Chan were in Vancouver's Chinatown district today to announce progress made with respect to the newly created Office of Natural Heath Products (ONHP), and made a commitment to increase funding for the new Office.
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NEWS ITEM 23 MAY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Michael Farnworth, British Columbia's Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors, participated in a roundtable discussion today with representatives of the Health Transition Fund Primary Care Demonstration Project in British Columbia. The Ministers were provided with an update on the work of the project to date, its successes and challenges.
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NEWS ITEM 23 MAY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Justice Minister Anne McLellan today announced funding of over $1 million for 15 community health and research projects in Alberta. These projects are part of the Government of Canada's strategy to support evidence-based health research and health practices throughout Canada.
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NEWS ITEM 19 MAY 2000
In a letter to Ontario Health Minister Elizabeth Witmer, federal Health Minister Allan Rock has called on the province to take part in "collaborative work with all provincial/territorial Ministers of Health, in the interests of Ontarians and all Canadians, to ensure that publicly funded health care continues to be available to them where and when they need it."
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NEWS ITEM 18 MAY 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock, Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy and Manitoba Senator Sharon Carstairs today announced the Government of Canada will contribute $350,000 to the Health Science Centre Foundation to assist with the creation of a Chair in Hepatitis C and Liver Research.
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NEWS ITEM 15 MAY 2000
The Government of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Child Health today released the fourth edition of Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines. The publication will assist hospitals and other health care agencies in planning, implementing and evaluating maternal and newborn programs and services across Canada.
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NEWS ITEM 13 MAY 2000
On behalf of Health Minister Allan Rock, Secretary of State Ethel Blondin-Andrew today announced the establishment of a National Advisory Committee on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAS/FAE). The Secretary of State made the announcement during the Prairie Northern Conference on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at the University of Manitoba.

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NOTE TO EDITORS 12 MAY 2000
A proposal for stronger tobacco labelling and reporting regulations was tabled in the House of Commons today, and referred to the Standing Committee on Health. The regulations being put forward would require the tobacco industry to place high-impact health warning labels on its packaging and provide more comprehensive information on tobacco product contents and emissions. They aim to provide better information to Canadians about the serious health hazards associated with tobacco use. Since the proposed regulations were announced last January and published in the Canada Gazette, they have undergone two public consultation periods, and will next be examined by the Standing Committee on Health.

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NEWS ITEM 10 MAY 2000
Following passage of Alberta's Bill 11, Health Minister Allan Rock said today that the Government of Canada will be vigilant in enforcing the Canada Health Act and is strengthening its capacity to monitor for compliance with the Act.
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NEWS ITEM 9 MAY 2000
Health Canada, together with other federal, provincial and territorial ministries and key national organizations, is coordinating surveillance efforts to monitor for the presence of the West Nile virus during the upcoming mosquito season. There is currently no evidence of West Nile virus in Canada.
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NEWS ITEM 5 MAY 2000
Health Canada, through Public Works and Government Services Canada, today issued a Request for Proposal to establish a Canadian source of quality, standardized, affordable, research-grade marijuana. The requirement for a domestic source is outlined in Health Canada's Research Plan for Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes, released June 9, 1999, by Health Minister Allan Rock. Health Canada aims to have a five-year contract in place by this summer.
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NEWS ITEM 28 APRIL 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Agriculture, Agri-Food Minister Lyle Vanclief, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy today announced that the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (CCHAH) in Winnipeg has now received the clearances necessary to begin research on a number of critical, highly infectious diseases.
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NEWS ITEM 28 APRIL 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and British Columbia Member of Parliament Lou Sekora (Port Moody-Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam) today announced funding from the Government of Canada totalling over $3 million for community health and research initiatives across British Columbia. Mr. Sekora made the announcement while attending the Northern Communities Annual General Meeting in Dawson Creek.
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NEWS ITEM 28 APRIL 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Natural Resources Minister Ralph Goodale today announced federal funding for community-based health promotion projects in Saskatchewan. More than $430,000 will be allocated to 13 new projects.
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NEWS ITEM 19 APRIL 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock and Nova Scotia Health Minister Jamie Muir participated in a roundtable discussion today with representatives of the Nova Scotia Primary Care Health Transition Fund projects.
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NEWS ITEM 17 APRIL 2000
Health Canada today set out the next steps it will take as part of the department's ongoing process to strengthen its capacity to deliver quality services to Canadians.
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NEWS ITEM 14 APRIL 2000
Legislation to establish the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has received Royal Assent, setting the stage for CIHR to become operational.
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NEWS ITEM 14 APRIL 2000
In a speech at the University of Ottawa, Health Minister Allan Rock said World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1, 1999, gives the federal government an opportunity "to pause and reflect, and to take stock and to be critical of ourselves in deciding whether we’ve done enough, whether we’re going in the right direction."
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NOTICE TO EDITORS 12 APRIL 2000
Please find attached a letter from Health Minister Allan Rock sent to the Honourable Halvar Jonson, Minister of Health and Wellness, Province of Alberta, on April 12, 2000.
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NEWS ITEM 11 APRIL 2000
In a speech Feb. 18 to the Rotary Club in Toronto, Health Minister Allan Rock said Canada needs to maintain its health care system into the 21st century.
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NOTICE TO EDITORS 7 APRIL 2000
Please find attached a letter from Health Minister Allan Rock sent to the Honourable Halvar Jonson, Minister of Health and Wellness, Province of Alberta, on April 7, 2000.
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NEWS ITEM 7 APRIL 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today marked World Health Day and the start of a year dedicated to the safety of donated blood all over the world. This year, the World Health Organization's theme will be "Safe blood starts with me."
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NEWS ITEM 7 APRIL 2000
The Government of Canada today announced that the Society for Children and Youth of B.C. is receiving over $130,000 for its Child and Youth Friendly Communities Project.
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NEWS ITEM 7 APRIL 2000
Health Canada is advising health care professionals and consumers of the potential for drug interaction when certain prescription medications are used in combination with St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum).
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NEWS ITEM 4 APRIL 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock today questioned why the Ontario Government continues to be reluctant to work with the Government of Canada and other governments to renew Canada's health care system, but instead is focussed on personal attacks.
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NEWS ITEM 4 APRIL 2000
The Ontario Government would have you believe that the Government of Canada is making a very small contribution for health care in Ontario. The fact is the federal contribution to the Ontario health care system is at least 34 cents per dollar. The Government of Canada has increased health spending in Ontario in each of the last four years, bringing it to the highest level in history.
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NEWS ITEM 4 APRIL 2000
The Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Health, met today with members of the Science Advisory Board, during which Dr. Roberta Bondar, Chair of the Board, presented the Minister with their 1999-2000 Annual Report. The Report outlines the contributions made by the Board towards excellence in science, promotion of the Health Protection Branch's transition initiative, and improved communication with Canadians.
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NEWS ITEM 4 APRIL 2000
Health Minister Allan Rock announced today the creation of a Consultative Committee for French-Speaking Minority Communities during his appearance before the Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages.
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