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June 3rd 2020 - Study on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Senator Poirier: My question is for the CPA. A term we have often heard is “echo pandemic” to describe the potential surge of people struggling with mental health issues. In your opinion, is this a real possibility? If so, has the federal government put in place the services and funding needed to answer a potential echo pandemic at this time? Dr. Zahirney: Thank you for the question. We have some preliminary data that has come out of previous disasters but the evidence base for actual epidemics…
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May 27th, 2020 - Study on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Senator Poirier: Good morning, witnesses. Thank you for being here and for your presentations. My first question is for Mr. Jeff Wilkins. The Joliette Institution for Women is probably the federal correctional facility most heavily hit by COVID-19. I have a three-part question. Can you tell us how many agents or other staff members of the Joliette Institution have been infected? Do you know why so many agents have been infected? Is it because of the layout of the facility? What lessons should w…
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May 20th 2020 - Study on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Senator Poirier: Thank you to the witnesses for being here today and for your presentations. It’s greatly appreciated. My first question is for the Canadian Medical Association representative. In your latest memory survey, a third of the physicians in community practice said they had less than two days’ worth of the key PPE. Yet on May 3, almost two months after the self-isolation measures began, the government created a new COVID-19 supply council to do, among other things, “ordering ahead in…
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May 13th 2020 - Study on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being here today. My first question is for Public Services and Procurement Canada. Since we have been dealing with COVID-19, we have heard of many Canadian companies stepping up and changing their production to our needs during the pandemic. Could you provide to the committee, through our clerk on a bi-weekly basis, an update on orders made with the various Canadian companies, the following information: type of product, date and number of products ordered, deliver…
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