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Media Notices - 2014

Media Notices:

December

December 2, 2014

Notice to the Media Government of Canada promotes blood donations
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, accompanied by Mr. Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre and Laureen Harper will take part in a photo-op to promote blood donation in Canada.

Speeches will follow on Parliament Hill where a reception is to take place.
Date
December 3, 2014
Photo-op Cameras only
3:50 p.m. at Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services
1575 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON
Speeches, Interviews and Reception
7:15 p.m. on Parliament Hill
Room B16
East Block
Ottawa, ON
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

November

November 23, 2014

Notice to the Media Health Minister to Make Announcement at Conference
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health joined by Michael Burns, Vice-Chair and Co-Founder, True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL); and Dr. Alice Aiken, Director, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR); will make an important announcement at the CIMVHR Forum.

Minister Ambrose and representatives from the TPL Foundation and CIMVHR will be available to answer questions from the media in the Grand Ballroom foyer following their remarks.
Date
Monday, November 24, 2014
Time
Speech
1:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

Media Availability
1:35 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Location
Sheraton Centre Toronto Downtown
123 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3M9
Grand Ballroom
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

November 19, 2014

Notice to the Media - Canada, the US, and Mexico to attend joint toy safety event
On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Wai Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, will attend a joint toy safety event at the Product Safety Laboratory with Elliot Kaye, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Julian Juarez, Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy of Mexico, representing the Consumer Protection Federal Agency (Profeco). The event will promote how Canada, the US, and Mexico work cooperatively to educate the public on consumer product safety issues.

Health Canada representatives will be available to answer questions from the media.

Note to media: Please arrive early to allow for proper sign-in access to the laboratory.
Date
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time
10:00am
Location
Product Safety Laboratory
Health Canada
1800 Walkley Road
Ottawa, ON
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

November 13, 2014

Notice to the Media on new food labelling marketing authorization
Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, will make an announcement on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, regarding food labelling.

Media are invited and a questions and answers session will follow the event.

Date
Friday November 14, 2014
Time
1:30 PM Central Time
Location
SaskMade Marketplace
1621 8th St E.,
Saskatoon, S7H 0T2
Saskatchewan
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

November 6, 2014

Notice to the Media - Media Briefing on Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study
 
A technical background briefing will be held on November 6 to discuss the findings of an important health study. There will be an overview of the survey's findings and Health Canada representatives will be available to answer questions from the media.
Teleconference only.
Date
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time
11:00 a.m. EST
Dial-in Information
Participant dial-in numbers: 613-960-7526
877-413-4814
Participant Pass Code: 232 2310
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

November 5, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, accompanied by Mr. Terence Young, Member of Parliament for Oakville, will make an important announcement pertaining to patient safety.

Minister Ambrose and MP Young will be available to answer questions from the media following the announcement.
Date
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time
3:45 p.m.
Location
House of Commons Foyer
Parliament of Canada
Ottawa, ON
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

October

October 30, 2014

Note to Editors

Health Canada today released the October 2014 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter (CARN).

This issue includes an article on diabetes drugs known as incretin-based therapies and a possible association with pancreatic cancer. It also includes an article on the potential risk of liver injury associated with a steroid drug called methylprednisolone when it is injected intravenously (into a vein).

As well, it includes an article on a possible association between sorafenib, used to treat certain cancers, and a severe bone disease known as osteonecrosis of the jaw.

The edition also contains a quarterly summary of health professional and consumer advisories.

The October 2014 edition of CARN is available on Health Canada's website at: Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter

Media Inquiries:
Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

October 19, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, will launch a campaign aimed at helping parents effectively talk with their teens about the harmful effects of marijuana use and prescription drug abuse.

Minister Raitt will be available to answer questions from the media following the announcement.
Date
Monday, October 20, 2014
Time
2:00 p.m.
Location
Queen Elizabeth Park Community
and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road
Multi-purpose room #1
Oakville, Ontario
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

September

September 30, 2014

Notice to the Media
A meeting of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Health will take place in Banff on Wednesday, October 1th, 2014.

The meeting will be co-chaired by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, and the Honourable Stephen Mandel, Minister of Health for Alberta.

Media will be required to register when they arrive on-site. Proper accreditation will be required.

Media unable to attend the press conference at 2:00 p.m. in person can participate via teleconference
Date
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time
Media Conference
2:00 p.m. MDT
Location
Baron Shaughnessy Room 2nd Level
Banff Springs Hotel Conference Centre
405 Spray Avenue, Banff AB
Teleconference Dial-in
1-877-413-4814
Participant Code: 845 1317 (English)
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

Jessica Potter
Press Secretary
Alberta Health
780-719-8097

September 26, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, with Laureen Harper, David Foster and Sheldon Kennedy, will take part in a photo opportunity with juvenile transplant recipients to highlight support for organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Date
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time
10:00 AM MST
Location
Alberta Children's Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, Alberta
Note to Editors:
Media should gather at the main doors of Alberta Children's Hospital where they will be met by an Alberta Health Services representative and escorted to the photo opportunity.

Only patients authorized by Alberta Health Services may be filmed and recorded.

A brief interview opportunity will follow outside the main hospital entrance.
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

September 23, 2014

Notice to the Media
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, Eve Adams, will attend the second annual Break It Off campaign event at Carleton University. The campaign provides resources, including a mobile app and online tools, to help young people quit smoking.
Date
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time
3:15 p.m
Location
Carleton University Campus
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health Canada
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

September 11, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, will announce an important investment into neuroscience research at an event with Brain Canada.

Minister Ambrose will be available to answer questions from the media following the announcement.

Date
Friday, September 12, 2014
Time
Photo opportunity (lab tour): 9:50 a.m.
Press conference & media availability: 10:00 a.m.
Location
Keenan Research Centre
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
209 Victoria St.
2nd Floor
Toronto, Ont. M5B 1W8
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health Canada
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

August

August 15, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health Canada, will deliver remarks to the 147th General Council of the Canadian Medical Association.

Minister Ambrose will be available to answer questions from the media following her remarks.

Media are required to register prior to attending the CMA event. Registration is located on-site.
Date
Monday, August 18, 2014
Time
Speech: 9:00 am
Media Availability: 10:30 am
Location
Ottawa Convention Centre
Speech: Canada Hall II and III - Level 3
Media Availability: Room 201
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health Canada
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

August 12, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, will make an announcement for new educational programming for Niagara, Hamilton and Burlington regions.
Date
August 13, 2014
Time
10:30 a.m.
Location
Centre Communautaire de Sant
810 Main Steet East
Welland, Ontario
For further information, please contact:
Marcel Poulin
Office of the Honourable Diane Finley
819-997-5421
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

July

July 31, 2014

Note to Editors

Health Canada today released the July 2014 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter (CARN).

This issue includes an article on the anti-cancer drug cisplatin and the risk of blockage of the aorta, the body's main artery.

It also includes an article on hydroxychloroquine, a drug used for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and malaria, and the risk of developing low blood sugar; and a case presentation on a suspected interaction between efavirenz, an HIV drug, and ginkgo biloba, a natural health product.

The edition also contains a quarterly summary of health professional and consumer advisories.

The July 2014 edition of CARN is available on Health Canada's website at:
Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter

Media Inquiries:
Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

Friday, July 11, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health Canada, will announce proposed changes to Canadian nutritional labels.
Date
Monday, July 14, 2014
Time
Photo Opportunity - 10:15 AM MDT
Announcement 10:30 AM MDT
Location
Real Canadian Superstore and
Presidents Choice Cooking School
4410-17 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

June

June 23, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, will host the inaugural meeting of the Advisory Panel on Innovation in Healthcare. She will then announce and introduce to the public the Chair and members of the Panel.
Date
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time
Photo Opportunity
(Simulation Centre demo): 10:00 a.m.
Media availability: 10:30 a.m.
Location
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
209 Victoria St.
Toronto, Ont. M5B 1W8
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

May

May 29, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, will announce an important health investment for official language minority communities in Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of Health.
Date
May 30
Time
9 a.m. ADT
Location
Universit de Moncton
18 Antonine-Maillet Avenue
Leopold-Taillon Building, Room 136
Moncton, New Brunswick
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

May 22, 2014

Notice to the Media
Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, will announce funding for drug prevention projects, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of Health.
Date
Friday, May 23, 2014
Time
9 a.m.
Location
Community Health Centre
Room 610
690 East River Road
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

Paloma Aguilar
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice
613-9924621

May 6, 2014

Note to Editors
Health Canada today released the April 2014 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter (CARN).

This issue features an article on the risk of a potentially life-threatening condition called drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms suspected of being associated with azithromycin, an antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections.

It also includes an article on quetiapine, a drug used to treat certain psychiatric disorders, and the risk of liver failure.

Finally, this edition contains an article on the potential risk of acquired hemophilia, a rare bleeding disorder, with the use of clopidogrel, a drug used to prevent blood clots.

The April 2014 edition of CARN is available on Health Canada's website at: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/carn
Media Inquiries:
Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

April

April 9, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, will experience what it's like to be a resident physician at one of the busiest community teaching hospitals in Ontario when she dons scrubs and tours St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto.

Media are invited to join Minister Ambrose at the completion of the tour to obtain some footage of her with the residents, and to speak with her about her experience.

Date
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time
Photo opportunity: 10 a.m.
Media availability: 10:15 a.m.
Location
St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto
30 The Queensway
Toronto, ON M6R 1B5
Inside Main Entrance (Melnyk Pavilion)
Media may park in the circular driveway located immediately outside the main doors.
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

April 7, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and Mr. Terence Young, Member of Parliament for Oakville, will make an important announcement.
Date
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time
1:00 PM
Location
Health Canada
100 Eglantine Driveway
Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, ON
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

March

March 18, 2014

Notice to the Media
Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, will host a round table on food labelling and nutrition with Burlington parents on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health.
Date
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time
Media availability: 10:45 a.m.
Location
Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
2333 Headon Forest Dr.
Burlington, ON L7M 3X6 Library, main floor

Sign in at the main office required upon arrival.
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

March 14, 2014

Notice to the Media
Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, will host a round table on food labelling and nutrition with Oakville parents on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health.
Date
Monday, March 17, 2014
Time
Media availability: 12:00 p.m.
Location
Garth Webb Secondary School
2820 Westoak Trails Blvd
Oakville Ontario L6M 4W2
Home Economics Kitchen, Room 1139

Sign in at the main office required upon arrival.
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

March 5, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, will make an important funding announcement for the training of front-line workers in palliative care.
Date
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time
11:15 am
Location
75 Bruyre Street
Ottawa, ON
Jardin Gilberte-Paquette
6th Floor Bruyre Continuing Care
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

February

February 18, 2014

Notice to the Media
Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, will make a funding announcement for a research project at McMaster University that will improve health care delivery across Canada.

Photo opportunity available.
Date
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time
11:00 a.m.
Location
McMaster University
Michael G. DeGroote Centre
for Learning and Discovery
Atrium
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

February 5, 2014

EVENT CANCELLED

Notice to the Media
Please be advised this event has been cancelled.

Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams, on behalf of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, along with Thyme Maternity, will promote healthy eating during pregnancy.

Date
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time
11:30 a.m. event
Location
Thyme Maternity
Ottawa Trainyards (7097)
550 Terminal Avenue, #B04
Ottawa, ON
K1G 0Z3
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

February 4, 2014

Notice to the Media
Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, will promote the importance of using carbon monoxide detectors.
Date
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Time
11:30 AM EST
Location
28 Bondar Way
Ottawa, ON
(Private residence)
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

January

January 31, 2014

Notice to the Media
Ahead of World Cancer Day, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, with officials from Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), will highlight research being undertaken to fight cancer and chronic diseases.
Date
Monday, February 3, 2014
Time
10:15 AM EST
Location
Maplesoft Centre for Cancer Survivorship Care
1500 Alta Vista Dr
Ottawa, ON
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

January 29, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, will deliver remarks at the Economic Club of Canada.
Date
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Time
12:20 PM EST
Location
Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON
Adam Room
Media Inquiries:
Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

January 27, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, will host a roundtable with Canadian parents on nutrition.
Date
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Time
11:10 a.m. Photo Opportunity
11:25 a.m. Media Availability
Location
Parent Resource Centre
300 Goulburn Crescent
Ottawa, ON K1N 1C9
Media Inquiries

Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

January 23, 2014

Notice to the Media
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, to host symposium on prescription drug abuse in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.
Date
Friday, January 24, 2014
Time
B-roll opportunity: 1:45 p.m.
Media availability: 2:30 p.m.
Location
Eaton Chelsea Hotel
33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

Media registration will take place outside the Rossetti Room on the 3rd floor
Media Inquiries

Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

January 17, 2014

Notice to the Media
Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams, on behalf of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, along with Canadian Cancer Society will kick-off National Non-Smoking Week by launching a new smoking cessation campaign.

There will be a photo opportunity following the announcement.
Date
Monday, January 20, 2014
Time
11:00 a.m. PT - Announcement and photo opportunity
Location
University of British Columbia
Student Union Building (North Main Entrance)
6138 Student Union Boulevard
Vancouver, B.C.
Media Inquiries

Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

January 15, 2014

Notice to the Editors
Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health will promote a joint healthy eating initiative with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Chef Christine Cushing with a cooking demonstration.
Date
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time
2:30 PM
Location
Forest Hill Loblaws
396 St. Clair Ave West
Toronto, ON
Media Inquiries

Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Matt Salvatore
Communications Manager, Health Check
Heart and Stroke Foundation
msalvatore@hsf.ca
613-222-8116

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983

January 14, 2014

Notice to the Editors
Health Canada today released the January 2014 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter (CARN).

This issue includes an article on a class of cancer drugs known as VEGF receptor inhibitors, which are used to inhibit tumour cell growth, and the risk of a serious blood clotting disorder known as thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA).

It also includes an article on a potential increased risk of complications when Durepair Dura Regeneration Matrix, a collagen graft used for membrane repair in neurosurgery, is used with other products used to close or seal wounds.

The edition also contains a quarterly summary of health professional and consumer advisories.

The January 2014 edition of CARN is available on Health Canada's website at:www.healthcanada.gc.ca/carn
Media Inquiries:
Media Relations
Health Canada
(613) 957-2983