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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 8 2017

Tax Fairness: Advocacy Update

The CMA presented to the House of Commons Finance Committee on September 28, during which we emphasized the economic contribution of medical practices, the role of incorporation and why it matters to physicians, and the importance of getting this proposal right. Click here to view our full remarks. The National Finance Committee in the Senate will be holding four weeks of public hearings on the proposed tax changes starting next week, and we anticipate being active throughout these public hearings as well.

The CMA has submitted its technical brief to the department of Finance on Monday, October 2, in which we ask the government to: suspend the current proposals; conduct a comprehensive review of these proposals to ensure that legislation can meet policy objectives without significant unintended consequences; and engage all Canadians in a comprehensive review of the tax system considering the unique aspects of all sectors, including safety net provisions.

Phase two of our advocacy and engagement activities is getting underway, with a new letter-writing tool available on More than 10,000 letters were sent to MPs during the consultation period, and we know that many PTMAs and other small business groups also had similar campaigns underway. Your high level of engagement and advocacy proved invaluable, as the government is under significant pressure. We need to keep the momentum going, and we urge all members to visit the taxation page on on Monday October 2 for new messages, a FAQ, and to use the letter-writing tool to send a new letter to MPs.

C-45 presentation on cannabis

The CMA submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on Health for their study of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. CMA President Dr. Laurent Marcoux and Dr. Jeff Blackmer, VP of Medical Professionalism, appeared before the committee on September 11 to provide input on the CMA's recommendations. We’re calling for investments in public health education, age restrictions that protect children and youth, a review of legislation within five years and only one regime for medical and non-medical use of cannabis.

Ministers responsible for seniors meeting in Newfoundland

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for seniors met September 13 in St. John's, Newfoundland. We asked CMA Demand a Plan supporters to send them a letter calling for action on a national seniors plan, and so far, over 34,000 letters have been sent!

Finance Committee begins pre-budget consultations

The Standing Committee on Finance began their pre-budget consultations in Ottawa September 18-25 and the committee will travel across the country in October. The CMA provided its pre-budget brief — calling for a national seniors strategy — prior to our appearance before the committee on September 21.

Public Policy Forum event: Partners in Reconciliation — Recognizing and Respecting

On September 27, the CMA, working with the Public Policy Forum, held a conference in Ottawa focused on reconciliation and strategies for implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's health-related calls to action. Speakers covered topics ranging from Healing and the Importance of Reconciliation to Allies in Indigenous Health. New Minister of Indigenous Services, Dr. Jane Philpott, delivered a keynote address; the day also included panel discussions with Dr. Alika Lafontaine and many others.

Media campaign on October 1 for National Seniors Day

The CMA, and our over 51,000 Demand a Plan supporters, continue to call for high quality seniors care in Canada. Together, we leveraged National Seniors Day on October 1 to garner support for our call for a national seniors strategy. During the three-day social and print media blitz (Sept. 29-Oct. 1), we highlighted the need to implement the recommendations outlined in our pre-budget submission.

Happy Birthday! The CMA officially turned 150 on Oct. 9

Happy Birthday! The CMA officially turned 150 on Oct. 9

CMAJ website improvements are on the way

Members can expect to see improvements to the CMAJ website this November including an enhanced search, user-friendly navigation and a tabbed design for easier access to specific article features.

Joule partners with Innovative Imaging Technologies to augment physician and patient realities

Joule is collaborating with Montreal-based Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT) to market Reacts, an interactive platform featuring augmented reality capabilities that enables secure, affordable and convenient communication between physicians, patients and other health care providers. For more information.

Joule partners with CognisantMD to offer cloud-based patient engagement and eReferral system to Canadian physicians

Joule is partnering with CognisantMD to bring the Ocean Platform for patient engagement and eReferrals to Canadian physicians. Ocean is a secure cloud-based platform that connects patients, health care providers and researchers through customizable patient forms, screening tools, surveys and referral forms. For more information.

Joule partners with Hacking Health as National Medical Partner for Innovation

This partnership will provide the tools and resources for Canada’s physicians to develop innovations that will help shape the country’s health care system and improve patient outcomes. For more information.

Last chance to apply for the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential

The joint credential between Joule and the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders recognizes and advances physician leadership and excellence. Deadline to apply is October 31, 2017. For more information.

Joule partners with Cloud DX to begin building clinics of the future

Joule is partnering with Cloud DX to help physicians bring their offices into the 21st century. With a complete connected health kit, physicians can now streamline vital sign collection through innovative, digital monitoring equipment that integrate with patient records and record vitals automatically. For more information.

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
19-OctNorthern Ontario School of Medicine – Axes & TaxesSudburyOnt.Appreciation & Seminar
19-OctWorkshop: Life After Medicine with Dr. Alan RoadburgThunder BayOnt.Workshop
19-OctMD Knowledge Café: Proposed Changes to IncorporationKitchenerOnt.Interactive Seminar
19-OctMedicine in the Future: A panel discussion of Medical InnovationsEdmontonOnt.Interactive Panel Discussion
19-OctUniversity of British Columbia – FM PGY1 Financial Planning TalkVancouverB.C.Seminar
19-OctDoctors of British Columbia & Canadian Medical Association New Member EventVancouverB.C.Networking
21-OctOntario Medical Students WeekendSudburyOnt.Networking
21-OctUniversity of Alberta – Pediatric Neurology RetreatJasperAlta.Seminar
24-OctEstate Planning for PhysiciansBrockvilleOnt.Seminar
24-OctPerspectives on Market PerformanceVictoriaB.C.Appreciation & Seminar
24-OctProposed Changes to IncorporationLondonOnt.Seminar
24-OctPanel Discussion: Proposed Changes to IncorporationBarrieOnt.Panel Discussion
25-OctPerspectives on Market PerformanceLangleyB.C.Seminar
25-OctProposed Changes to IncorporationWindsorOnt.Seminar
25-OctWestern University – Surgery Academic Half DayLondonOnt.Seminar
25-OctUniversity of Manitoba – Specialty Practice Management CurriculumWinnipegMan.Seminar
26-OctEnsuring Peace of Mind for Your and Your Loved Ones: Estate PlanningOttawaOnt.Seminar
26-OctProposed Changes to IncorporationMississaugaOnt.Seminar
26-OctUniversity of Saskatchewan – Axes & TaxesSaskatoonSask.Appreciation & Seminar
26-OctWhat’s Cooking? Incorporation and a Hands-On Cooking ClassTorontoOnt.Appreciation & Seminar
26-OctProposed Changes to IncorporationEdmontonAlta.Seminar
26-OctProposed Changes to IncorporationCalgaryAlta.Seminar
1-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationMississaugaOnt.Seminar
02-NovUniversity of Calgary – Specialty Practice Management CurriculumCalgaryAlta.Seminar
2-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationEdmontonAlta.Seminar
2-NovPerspectives on Market PerformanceCourtenayB.C.Seminar
7-NovPerspectives on Market PerformanceOttawaOnt.Seminar
9-NovPeace of Mind for Life’s TransitionsLondonOnt.Seminar
15-NovFamily Medicine Resident Presentation – Richelieu-Yamaska ClinicSaint-HyacintheQue.Seminar
16-NovProposed Changes to IncorporationEdmontonAlta.Seminar

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.