PHOTO ABOVE: (from left to right) Debbie Benczkowski, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, chair of the committee, and Senator Art Eggleton, vice-chair, spoke about dementia in Canada at a press conference in Ottawa on November 15, 2016.
The Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has been tackling major health issues that affect all Canadians, making bold recommendations toward a healthier future.
In March 2016, the committee released its report Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada. Containing 21 recommendations, the committee made it clear that the federal government must take aggressive measures to help Canadians achieve and maintain healthy weights.
For example, the committee argued for strict controls on the advertising of unhealthy food and beverages to children and for exploring a tax on sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverages. Since the release of this report, Health Canada has begun a long-overdue review of Canada’s Food Guide — another committee recommendation.