Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

Issue 16 - Minutes of Proceedings


WINNIPEG, Tuesday, May 31, 2005
(27)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met at 9 a.m., this day, in the Peregrine room of the Radisson Hotel in Winnipeg, the Honourable Wilbert J. Keon, Deputy Chair, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Gill, Johnson, Keon and Pépin (4).

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament Research Branch: Howard Chodos, Research Analyst, Political and Social Affairs Division; Tim Riordan, Analyst, Political and Social Affairs Division.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, October 7, 2004, the committee continued its examination on the state of the health care system in Canada, in particular issues concerning mental health and mental illness. (See Issue No. 1, Wednesday, October 20, 2004, for the full text of the Order of Reference.)

WITNESSES:

Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health in Manitoba:

Carol Hiscock, Member.

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba:

Dawn Bollman, President;

Annette Osted, Executive Director.

Addictions Foundation of Manitoba:

John Borody, Chief Executive Officer;

Jim Robertson, Chairman of the Board.

Partnership for Consumer Empowerment:

Jason Turcotte, Canadian Mental Health Association office in Portage la Prairie.

As an individual:

Roman Marshall, Consumer, Counsellor.

Well-Connected:

Heather Dowling,

Ruth Minaker, Chairperson.

Carol Hiscock, Dawn Bollman, Annette Osted and Jim Robertson each made a statement. Together the witnesses answered questions.

At 10:20 a.m., the committee suspended its sitting.

At 10:29 a.m., the committee resumed its sitting.

Jason Turcotte, Roman Marshall, Heather Dowling and Ruth Minaker each made a statement. Together the witnesses answered questions.

At 11:55 a.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:


WINNIPEG, Tuesday, May 31, 2005
(28)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met at 1:15 p.m., this day, in the Peregrine room of the Radisson Hotel in Winnipeg, the Honourable Wilbert J. Keon, Deputy Chair, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Gill, Johnson, Keon, Kirby and Pépin (5).

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament Research Branch: Howard Chodos, Research Analyst, Political and Social Affairs Division; Tim Riordan, Analyst, Political and Social Affairs Division.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, October 7, 2004, the committee continued its examination on the state of the health care system in Canada, in particular issues concerning mental health and mental illness. (See Issue No. 1, Wednesday, October 20, 2004, for the full text of the Order of Reference.)

WITNESSES:

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs:

Christina Keeper, Suicide Prevention Envisioning Team;

Jason Whitford, Coordinator, Youth Council;

Amanda Meawasige, Youth Council;

Kathleen MacKay, Youth Council;

Ron Evans, Chief of Norway House Cree Nation;

Norman Bone, Chief of Keeseekoowenin First Nation;

Gwen Wasicuna, Community Wellness Worker.

Christina Keeper, Jason Whitford, Amanda Meawasige and Kathleen MacKay each made a statement. Together the witnesses answered questions.

Gwen Wasicuna made a statement and answered questions.

At 2:30 p.m., the committee suspended its sitting.

At 2:40 p.m., the committee resumed its sitting.

Chiefs Ron Evans and Norman Bone each made a statement and together the witnesses answered questions.

At 3:40 p.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:


WINNIPEG, Wednesday, June 1, 2005
(29)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met at 9:05 a.m., this day, in the Peregrine room of the Radisson Hotel in Winnipeg, the Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Gill, Johnson, Keon, Kirby and Pépin (5).

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament Research Branch: Howard Chodos, Research Analyst, Political and Social Affairs Division; Tim Riordan, Analyst, Political and Social Affairs Division.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, October 7, 2004, the committee continued its examination on the state of the health care system in Canada, in particular issues concerning mental health and mental illness. (See Issue No. 1, Wednesday, October 20, 2004, for the full text of the Order of Reference.)

WITNESSES:

As an individual:

Donna Huffman.

Mental Health Services for Children, Youth & Families:

Margaret Synyshyn, Program Director.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs:

Irene Linklater, Research Director, Research & Policy Development Unit.

Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, University of Manitoba:

Dr. Javier Mignone, Research Associate

Margaret Synyshyn and Donna Huffam each made a statement. Together witnesses answered questions.

At 10:21 a.m. the committee suspended its sitting.

At 10:35 a.m. the committee resumed its sitting.

Irene Linklater and Javier Mignone each made a statement and answered questions.

At 12:06 p.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:


WINNIPEG, Wednesday, June 1, 2005
(30)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met at 1:05 p.m., this day, in the Peregrine room of the Radisson Hotel in Winnipeg, the Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Johnson, Keon, Kirby and Pépin (4).

In Attendance: From the Library of Parliament Research Branch: Howard Chodos, Research Analyst, Political and Social Affairs Division; Tim Riordan, Analyst, Political and Social Affairs Division.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, October 7, 2004, the committee continued its examination on the state of the health care system in Canada, in particular issues concerning mental health and mental illness. (See Issue No. 1, Wednesday, October 20, 2004, for the full text of the Order of Reference.)

WITNESSES:

Canadian Agriculture Safety Association:

Marcel Hacault, Executive Director;

Janet Smith, Manager of the Manitoba Farm and Rural Stress Line;

Kim Moffat, Counsellor, Manitoba Farm and Rural Stress Line.

Mental Health Programs of the Brandon Regional Health Authority:

Albert Hajes, Regional Coordinator, Mental Health Programs;

Brent White, Program Manager, Residential and Support Services;

Elaine Morris, Project Mental Health Worker, Children's Medication Follow-Up Project, Brandon Mental Health Programs and Brandon School Division.

Manitoba Centre for Health Policy:

Randy Fransoo, Researcher.

Institute of Gender and Health:

Madeline Boscoe.

Laurel Centre:

Deborah Palmer, Clinical Director.

Walk-ons:

Sister Johanna Jonker;

Barbara Chatelain.

Albert Hajes, Marcel Hacault, Janet Smith and Kim Moffat each made a statement. Together the witnesses answered questions.

At 2:45 p.m. the committee suspended its sitting.

At 3:06 p.m. the committee resumed its sitting.

Randy Fransoo, Deborah Palmer and Madeline Boscoe each made a statement. Together the witnesses answered questions.

At 4:05 p.m. the committee heard from walk-ons.

Johanna Jonker and Barbara Chatelain each made a statement.

At 4:16 p.m., it was agreed that the committee adjourn to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:

Josée Thérien

Clerk of the Committee