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PTMA Newsletter – Issue 2 2017

Advocacy for Bill S-5 and meeting with Senator Peter Harder

As you may know, the CMA has long been a proponent of the cessation of smoking, which is why the CMA supports Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. This act discusses regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes and the sale of tobacco products. On Feb. 1, CMA staff met with Senator Peter Harder, the leader of the government in the Senate, to discuss elements of the bill. The CMA discussed key policy points and informed the Senator that the CMA was the first organization in the world to have policy on plain packaging for tobacco products. The CMA also shared its concerns with advertising vaping products to youth, which needs to be addressed and tightened in the bill, as well as our desire to see the same promotional restrictions placed on vaping products as are in place for tobacco.

Dr. Avery meets with Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen

On Feb. 9, CMA president Dr. Granger Avery and CMA Board member Dr. Maurice Roy met with Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen. Dr. Avery delivered the CMA’s main recommendations for the Health Accord and shared how physicians are advocating for better seniors care as a way to “lighten the burden on the health care system.” Dr. Avery also discussed the Canada Health Transfer demographic top-up and seniors care, pharmaceuticals and the need for a more unified program, informal caregivers and home care. Throughout the dialogue, it was clear that Minister Goertzen was frustrated by the lack of engagement and consultations by the federal government with regard to health funding and the Health Accord.

Dr. Avery meets with Health Minister Jane Philpott

On Feb. 13, Dr. Avery met with Health Minister Jane Philpott to discuss the Health Accord and the CMA’s pre-budget recommendations. They also discussed the upcoming marijuana legislation, opioids, Indigenous health and the CMA’s 150th anniversary. Minister Philpott initiated the meeting by thanking the CMA for its help on medical assistance in dying (MAiD) legislation, stating that the CMA played a central role in helping achieve a balanced approach. She also added that Health Canada is undertaking a review of the outstanding issues surrounding MAiD, which could take 2-3 years.

Influencing political parties to talk about health care and seniors care

As part of our advocacy efforts around the Conservative leadership campaign, CMA staff travelled to Halifax to attend the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting. The provincial party hosted a federal leadership candidates’ debate, where all 14 candidates participated and one of the five questions was about health care. CMA staff were able to talk to most leadership candidates regarding the importance of seniors care and health care priorities, and we are hoping to influence the candidates to prioritize seniors care going forward.

The NDP convention and leadership vote is occurring later in the year, and advocacy surrounding that leadership campaign will also begin when more candidates announce their bids for leadership. CMA staff are continually monitoring news cycles and debates in order to keep up-to-date on the latest news of the campaign.

Demand a Plan booth at the Manning Centre Conference

In addition to our advocacy efforts surrounding the Conservative leadership campaign, CMA staff attended the Manning Centre Conference from Feb. 23 to 25. The Manning Centre was created in 2005 by Preston Manning, founder of the Reform Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition from 1997-2000. The annual conference is a right-wing gathering of Members of Parliament, provincial politicians and the general public, and is usually well-attended each year. CMA staff attended the conference and also had a booth set up to inform attendees of our efforts to establish a nationwide seniors plan. Overall, it was a very successful event!

Advocating for a National Seniors Strategy

Marc Serré, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ontario riding of Nickel Belt, tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling on the federal government to “ensure quality of life and equality for all seniors [through] the development of a National Seniors Strategy.” Specifically, the motion calls for a greater understanding of the issues affecting seniors in Canada and seeks to expand the mandate of the National Seniors Council in developing a framework for a national strategy. You can read the full text of the motion here. The first hour of debate for the motion occurred on Feb. 24. We’re proud of Marc Serré for standing up for Canada’s seniors and urge you to call on your MP to do the same. It’s not too late to send a letter reminding them that we’re still here and we expect action.

Letter-writing campaign to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

On Feb. 1, we asked our members to help hold the government’s feet to the fire by sending a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, reminding him of his party’s promise for a national Health Accord. Thus far, numerous bilateral agreements have been reached instead between Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. We want to continue influencing the Prime Minister to honour his commitment for a national Health Accord, and we are doing so through a letter-writing campaign. This letter-writing campaign has been promoted to our MD-MP Contact Program members, our stakeholders as well as our 49,000 Demand a Plan supporters. If you haven’t sent your letter to Mr. Trudeau, there’s still time. Follow this link to send your letter.

Opportunity for young physicians to attend CMA Annual Meeting in Quebec City

As part of its Ambassador Program, the CMA will once again be sponsoring 10 students, 10 residents, and 10 young physicians to attend its Annual Meeting and General Council, to be held this August in Quebec City. As Quebec is the host province in 2017, 50% of program participants will be selected from Quebec residents and 50% will be from the rest of Canada.

Program participants will be given a behind-the-scenes look at the CMA’s policy-setting process, have unique opportunities to engage with physician leaders from across the country, and be encouraged to share their experience with their peers and the CMA. Participants will also have their travel to Quebec City, accommodations for the duration of the meeting and registration fees covered by the CMA.

On March 9, all student, resident and early-career members of the CMA will have received an email invitation to apply for the program; interested members can also visit to apply. The application process is open until March 31 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of April 2017.

Should you have any questions or would like any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact

The CMA’s 150th anniversary: New at

Did you know? We’ve added a new “fast facts” section to our 150th anniversary webpage, which features interesting bits and pieces from the CMA’s history. These facts will be updated every month, so please come back often; be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well for the latest news.

Apply for a Joule innovation grant to advance in your venture — your way

What could you do with $50,000 in flexible grant funding? Imagine the freedom to invest in your venture where you need it most—to build a prototype, to commercialize, to scale your initiative—the possibilities are endless. Apply for a Joule Innovation grant. Deadline: May 1, 2017 11:59 ET.

NEW ADVANCED COURSE: Medical Assistance in Dying

To help prepare members, Joule and CMA are now offering an advanced online and in-house facilitated Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) course for physicians considering offering medical assistance in dying as an option to their patients. Limited spots are available. For more information

2017 Tax Guide for physicians and physicians in training now available

The 2017 Tax Tips Guide, an indispensable tax preparation reference for physicians and physicians in training, has now been posted on MD Financial Management’s general tax page. The Tax Tips guide offers a comprehensive overview of tax considerations and tips specifically for physicians and physicians in training.

Prepared annually by Dr. Brian Cummings, a well-known physician consultant on financial and tax issues, the guide offers detailed general tax advice, and covers issues specific to physicians and physicians in training such as the CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching Service) applicant registration fees, provincial tax credits and tuition cash-back programs, and various tax credits.

While the guide was originally owned and managed by the CMA, MD has now taken over management of this resource. MD’s strong financial and tax expertise is an ideal complement to Dr. Cumming’s tax experience.

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
16-MarYukon Dog SleddingWhitehorseYukonClient Appreciation
17-MarTax Tips for Residents — Western UniversityLondonONSeminar
18-MarBeauty and the BeastOttawaONClient Appreciation
18-MarBeauty and the BeastRichmond HillONClient Appreciation
20-MarInvestment Management SeminarMonctonNBSeminar
21-MarInvestment Management SeminarCampeltonNBSeminar
21-MarTax Tips for Residents — Queen’s UniversityKingston ONSeminar
22-MarTax Tips for Residents Session II — University of OttawaOttawaONSeminar
22-MarInvestment Management SeminarBathurstNBSeminar
22-MarForward Thinking — Building the Right Retirement Plan For YouMississaugaONSeminar
22-MarProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians SeminarLavalQCSeminar
23-MarQCARE+ — Queen’s UniversityKingston ONSeminar
23-MarFreezer Retreat — University of AlbertaJasperABSeminar
23-MarProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians Seminar (French)Sainte-FoyQCSeminar
23-MarStratford Open House/Meet and GreetStratfordPEIClient Appreciation
28-MarTransition to Residency — MedYear4 — Queen’s UniversityKingstonONSeminar
30-MarForward Thinking Seminar: Successful Planning for Your FutureLondonONSeminar
30-MarIMG Residents Sessions ITorontoONSeminar
4-AprilProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians SeminarLongueuilQCSeminar
5-AprilTransition to Practice — Western UniversityLondonONSeminar
11-AprilProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians SeminarMontréalQCSeminar
11-AprilSeven Secrets of the Successful InvestorNorth BayONSeminar
11-AprilTransition to Residency — McMaster UniversityHamiltonONSeminar
12-AprilProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians Seminar (English)MontréalQCSeminar
12-AprilAxe ThrowingOttawaONClient Appreciation
19-AprilInsurance Companies, You Gotta Love Paperwork SeminarSarniaONSeminar
19-AprilResident Financial Seminar — McMaster UniversityHamiltonONSeminar
25-AprilProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians Seminar (Bilingual)Pointe-ClaireQCSeminar
25-AprilIMG Residents Session IITorontoONSeminar
28-AprilPractice Management CurriculumSudburyONSeminar
28-AprilPractice Management CurriculumThunder BayONSeminar
9-MayProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians SeminarGatineauQCSeminar

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.