Category Archives: Federal

SOCI Committee Schedule Confirmation

SOCI Committee Schedule Confirmation

We have received confirmation and schedule information for our slot to provide witness for the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI) on Senate Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. Two panels have been scheduled for April…

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading – Second Debate

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading – Second Debate

On March 9, 2017, the Senate held debate for Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts which has completed the first reading today (Nov 22, 2016). Speakers during the debate were: Senator Judith Seidman – Opposition Critic and SOCI Committee Senator Marc…

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading – Debate

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading – Debate

Today the Senate continued Debate on the Second Reading of Bill S-5. We heard from Senator Jane Cordy. In summary, the Senator: Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen also questioned if the bill goes far enough with restrictions. Specifically her concerns were around: Another question was posed by Senator Yonah Martin. This senator is also concerned about the science not…

Talking Points for Senate Bill S-5 Legal Assessment

Talking Points for Senate Bill S-5 Legal Assessment

The full legal assessment (found here) is a significant amount of information to absorb.  For that reason, we have put together a summary that addresses the major fallacies that were identified within the bill. The short of the long is…  If this bill were to pass today, regulations placed in the hands of the wrong people…

Bill S-5 Legal Assessment

Bill S-5 Legal Assessment

Over the last few days there has been a significant amount of activity around “what’s in the Bill?” In response to that, we have decided to publish a summary with points taken from a Legal Opinion and Assessment that was done for the ECTA back when it was first released.  It highlights some of the concerns…

Legislative Summary of Bill S-5

Legislative Summary of Bill S-5

As has been indicated in previous posts, we have had a Constitutional Lawyer review the contents of Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts which is very much in alignment with the released report by the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF). Today we received…

The Canadian Constitution Foundation looks at Regulations

The Canadian Constitution Foundation looks at Regulations

If you are not familiar with the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), they are a registered charity, independent and non-partisan. They defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of Canadians in the courts of law and public opinion.  Their Mission is to “protect the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through education, communication and litigation.” Today, the Canadian Constitution Foundation…

Smoking and Health Action Foundation / Non-Smokers’ Rights Association on Bill S-5

Smoking and Health Action Foundation / Non-Smokers’ Rights Association on Bill S-5

Below is the Smoking and Health Action Foundation / Non-Smokers’ Rights Association of Canada assessment of Senate Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. Though we haven’t always seen eye to eye when it comes to vaping products, it seems we have…

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading

As noted from our previous post, Senate Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts has been introduced and is moving through the legislative process. The history and current status of the bill can be found here:  English | French Senator Petitclerc’s…

Senate Bill S-5 Completes First Reading

Senate Bill S-5 Completes First Reading

As was previously known, Heath Canada plans to move forward with regulation of vaping products with the intent to balance the need to protect young people from nicotine addiction while allowing adult smokers to legally buy vaping products and e-cigarettes to help quit smoking or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco. This news…