The federal government is promising to create a new and improved system of medical marijuana, but does it have the will to make that system work for patients?
The current system is broken. Patients from around the country – a Saskatchewanian with migraine, a Quebecker with degenerative disc disease, a Nova Scotian with glaucoma – testified in an Ontario court case that they had been trying in vain for years. The court said in April that the system is unconstitutional because patients can’t get the medical marijuana that would give them pain relief. The government is appealing that ruling. Read more »
OTTAWA — Canada has pulled the plug on funding to one of the largest AIDS vaccine development agencies in the world.
Between 2001 and 2008, the Canadian International Development Agency contributed nearly $80 million to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, one of the biggest backers of HIV vaccine trials in the developing world. Canada was one of IAVI's major funders.
In 2009, Canada contributed nothing to the organization and said funding was under review. There was no money again in this year's federal budget and no decision on whether IAVI will ever receive Canadian funding again.Read more »