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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 4 2017

Opioid crisis: The CMA’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The CMA submitted its brief on April 6 for the study of Bill C-37, which would amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and similar Acts in an effort to counter the current opioid crisis. In its brief, the CMA is supportive of Bill C-37 amendments that would make it easier for communities to apply for safe consumption sites. Click here to read the full brief.

Dr. Avery attends Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association’s member’s forum in Gander

CMA President Dr. Granger Avery was invited to attend the April 7 Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) Board meeting in Gander. Dr. Avery shared with the Board of Directors CMA insight on issues such as medical assistance in dying, the opioid crisis, legalization and regulation of marijuana, medical professionalism and Choosing Wisely Canada. Dr. Avery and the CMA delegation were also graciously invited to participate in a small town hall organized by the NLMA. The meeting allowed local physicians to discuss issues impacting their practices. This meeting was part of the NLMA’s continued efforts to connect with local members on hot topics and to share their board activities.

Parliamentary reception honouring the CMA’s 150th anniversary

On the evening of April 11, Speaker of the Senate George Furey hosted the CMA along with the presidents and CEOs of the PTMAs to celebrate the CMA’s 150th anniversary. The reception was a great success; many notable Parliamentarians were in attendance, including the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, and Dr. Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, the deputy speaker Bruce Stanton, numerous Senators and health committee members also attended. CMA and PTMA representatives networked with the Parliamentarians and the CMA was recognized for its long, important history and its contributions to the delivery of health care services in Canada.

The CMA’s response to Bills C-45 & C-46: Protecting health of Canadians must be job one for federal marijuana legislation

On April 13 the federal government tabled Bills C-45 and C-46, which will legalize recreational marijuana and strictly regulate its use. As the bills are currently written, the legal age for consuming marijuana in Canada will be 18, in contrast to the CMA’s recommended age of 21. In its response to the announcement of the bills, the CMA reiterated its longstanding concerns about the health risks associated with consuming marijuana, which it originally presented to the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation in a submission last August. The submission highlighted the particular risk to children and youth given their brains are undergoing rapid, extensive development.

CMA President Dr. Granger Avery attends Québec Medical Association’s AGM

On April 28, CMA President Dr. Granger Avery attended the Québec Medical Association’s (QMA’s) AGM in Montreal. Dr. Avery spoke on a panel on medical professionalism and system efficiencies, along with Dr. Jen Yun, outgoing QMA president, and Dr. Hugo Viens, new QMA president. Closing out the day of sessions was Dr. Viens’ inauguration dinner, during which Dr. Avery and Joseph Mayer, CMA Vice-president of Patient and Public Engagement, presented the CMA Honorary Awards. Congratulations to the nine recipients from the QMA; Dr. Jacques Bédard; Dr. Howard Bergman; Dr. Rémi W. Bouchard; Dr. Martin Lacasse; Dr. Maurice Lamarche; Dr. René Pineau; Dr. Javier Teijeira; Dr. Raymonde Vaillancourt; and Dr. John Wooton.

Announcing the CMA Foundation

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), in partnership with its subsidiaries, MD Financial Management and Joule™, is pleased to announce the launch of the CMA Foundation, a new private foundation which will provide impactful charitable giving through grants to registered Canadian charities that further excellence in health care.

For more information on the CMA Foundation, visit:

For any additional questions, please contact Alison Forestell ( directly.

Joule™ is trademark of the Canadian Medical Association, used under licence.

MD Financial Management provides financial products and services, the MD Family of Funds and investment counselling services through the MD Group of Companies. For a detailed list of these companies, visit

Joule soars to new heights with a record number of Joule Innovation grant applications

Joule is pleased to announce that after our Joule Innovation grant program closed on May 1, we received 256 applications (a 100% increase over the number of 2016 applications). Applicants will be notified in mid-May if they are selected to proceed to the final stage of the application process, which includes the completion of a written application. From the 25 written applications, the Joule Innovation Council will select five game-changing doctors to receiving grants. We continue to be impressed by the dedication Canadian physicians have toward driving change in healthcare and we look forward to meeting the recipients and hearing their stories.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation!

On behalf of Joule and the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL), congratulations to these 10 physicians who have earned the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential in 2017 for their outstanding commitment to physician leadership.

Do you know a physician in a leadership role who might fit the criteria? We encourage you to let your members and physician leaders know about the two certification routes available so they can be recognized by Joule, CSPL and their colleagues across the country.

Leverage your strengths as a leader and communicate effectively with your peers

Your members can get the support they need in the leadership roles they are in with Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) courses. They can register now for Leadership begins with self-awareness to leverage leadership strengths and manage limitations or for Effective Communications which will focus on the factors that influence communication and how to apply communication strategies in a variety of contexts.

For more information please contact

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
23-MaySeven Secrets SeminarSudburyONSeminar
23-MayUBC Medicine Hooding CeremonyVancouverBCNetworking
24-MayIncorporation SeminarLondonONSeminar
24-MayInsurance SeminarLondonONSeminar
24-MayEstate and Trust SeminarComeauQCSeminar
24-MayRepercussions of the Federal Budget ChangeMontmagnyQCSeminar
25-MayForward Thinking SeminarBellevilleONSeminar
27-MayDollars with Sense Workshop: Do your teens understand the value of a dollar?WinnipegMBSeminar
30-MayMarket UpdateThunder BayONSeminar
30-MayTransition to Practice SeminarTorontoONSeminar
31-MayRepercussions of the Federal Budget ChangeNew-RichmondQCSeminar
31-MayTransition to ResidencyRimouskiQCSeminar
31-MayTax-Wise InvestingVictoriaBCSeminar
02-JunDinner at the Dancing MooseYellowknifeN.W.TClient Appreciation
03-JunVancouver Whitecaps GameVancouverBCClient Appreciation
07-JunTransition to Practice VictoriaBCSeminar
08-JunAllan Hicks’ Retirement CelebrationOttawaONSeminar
08-JunSeven Secrets SeminarSurreyBCSeminar
08-JunPaint Nite and Estate and Trust SeminarNorth VancouverBCSeminar
09-JunUofA General Internal Medicine Academic Half DayEdmontonABSeminar
10-JunPractice Survival SkillsVancouverBCConference
13-JunWellness PanelOttawaONSeminar
13-JunMarket UpdateHalifaxNSSeminar
14-JunInsurance SeminarLondonONSeminar
15-JunIncorporation SeminarWhitbyONSeminar

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.