Investigation to Determine Carcinogen Exposure

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS occupational exposure to carcinogens in the workplace can occur for 30 to 40 years, and

WHEREAS many retired workers are dying from such exposures, and the causes of these deaths are not being investigated as to the relationship between the cancer and the workplace, and

WHEREAS investigation into the cause of these deaths may prevent present-day exposure to carcinogens, and

WHEREAS the retired worker and his/her Spouse are not being fully compensated,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call upon the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Health, if deaths are determined to be due to carcinogens in the workplace, to ensure that those deaths are recorded and investigated; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that legislation be put in place to banish all materials or sources of carcinogen exposure from the workplace.


Submitted by TORONTO AREA RETIRED WORKERS COUNCIL

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Vitamin D

Policy number:
2016-2-8
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the British Columbia Medical Association Guidelines and protocol for Vitamin D testing was changed in June 2013 to ’Vitamin D testing is NOT needed’ when the Vitamin D testing protocol previously included testing for those with bone loss or gut disorders to determine if Vitamin D deficiency was the underlying cause and

WHEREAS Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorous
absorption, facilitates normal immune system function, and is important for the growth and development of bones as low levels of vitamin D can speed up bone loss and increase the risk of fractures and

WHEREAS Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with diabetes, hypertension, rickets, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, cognitive impairment in the elderly, depression, colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis, and lupus as different tissues in the body have Vitamin D receptors, including the heart, kidneys, colon, brain, muscle and immune cells, which indicate they need Vitamin D to function properly.

Policy:
That the National Pensioners’ Federation urge the Federal Government to require Vitamin D testing as recommended by the Vitamin D Council and informed MD’s when conditions such as with diabetes, hypertension, rickets, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, cognitive impairment in the elderly, depression, colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis, and lupus are identified, helping to prevent disease conditions and consequences to patients, families and cost to the healthcare system.

Section:
Health

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Tainted Blood

Policy number:
2016-2-6
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS over 30,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C by way of tainted blood in Canada, resulting in the death of thousands of Canadians and harming countless families; and

WHEREAS Canada spent $17 million on a publicly-funded federal inquiry which revealed that the paid donor system was a key factor contributing to Canadians receiving tainted blood; and

WHEREAS billions of dollars in compensation have been given to those who received tainted blood and their families due, in part, to Canada’s former reliance on blood from paid donors; and

WHEREAS the Krever Inquiry recommended an end to a private, for-profit blood donor system in Canada; and

WHEREAS our blood plasma is not meant to be a commodity that is bought and sold, we must protect our voluntary blood donor system in Canada and ensure we have one national operator, the Canadian Blood Services, to oversee blood collection and plasma collection in our country.

Policy:
That the NPF call upon the Government of Canada to refuse to issue or approve any license to Canadian Plasma Resources or any other private, for-profit, donor-paid blood products company to operate in Canada; and implement legislation which ensures that no for-profit, donor-paid clinics will be allowed to operate in Canada.

Section:
Health

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Paid Plasma & Private Blood Collection Clinics

Policy number:
2016-2-5
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the recommendations from the Justice Krever Commission are just as relevant and true today as they were in 1987; and

WHEREAS the governments of Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia have enacted legislation to ban private blood collection; and

WHEREAS Canadian Plasma Resources (CPF/Exapharma), a private blood collection clinic has set up clinics in Saskatchewan and with plans to open ten more clinics across Canada;

Policy:
That the NPF and its clubs work with interested groups to meet with all levels of government to ensure that the recommendations of the Krever Commission report are adhered to and no paid plasma and private blood clinics are allowed to operate in Canada.

Section:
Health

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Superior Quality for the CFIA

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF urge Agriculture Canada to require the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to give Canadians assurance that they are receiving meat products which have passed through a federal inspection programme that is equal or superior to that given to meat products destined for the United States of America or elsewhere.

Number:
41
Section:
Health

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Safety Information for the Canadian Consumer

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF contact Health Canada and the Canadian government to ensure that they adhere to their own stated principles to ensure steps are taken to provide Canadian consumers with more timely and transparent information regarding the safety of imported medicines and that the government of Canada enact legislation to give it the authority to demand recalls and/or to ban the sale of medicines that might potentially be harmful to consumers.

Number:
43
Section:
Health

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Research and Education in the Public Interest

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF strongly urge that all local, provincial, territorial, and federal health authorities (including medical and dental colleges) endorse and support the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s ongoing research and education in the public interests.

Number:
44
Section:
Health

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Impartiality of the CFIA

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the federal government recognize the need to have qualified federal meat inspectors routinely and consistently carry out inspections to ensure that there is an impartial buffer between the meat product processor and the consumer, thereby giving emphasis to food health safety as opposed to a potential profit motive.

Number:
42
Section:
Health

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Ensuring a Healthy Environment

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF demand that the federal government provide improved measures to fully ensure a healthy environment for all present and future Canadians.

Number:
49
Section:
Health

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Prioritize Health and Wellness for Seniors

Convention:
2014
Policy:
That the federal, provincial and territorial governments make health and wellness programmes for seniors and retirees a priority and provide tax incentives for seniors and retirees who participate in health and wellness programmes.

Number:
31
Section:
Health

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