Vaping: A Cause of Harm or a Tool for Harm Reduction? The Case of Bill S-511:30am-1:30pm | Delta Toronto - 75 Lower Simcoe St, Toronto
The federal government is making changes to the Tobacco Act and has given vaping a category under Bill S-5. The legislation, one of the most controversial in recent years, sets out regulation for vaping. Some say vaping is an alternative to the evils of smoking. Others believe vaping is dangerous and should be regulated like cigarettes. While the Government of Canada considers the legislation in the coming months, experts from all sides have something to say about whether it is a cause for harm or a valuable tool to be used for harm reduction.
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Member of Provincial Parliament
Arthur Potts was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches–East York on June 12, 2014. He brings to the role a passion for public service and a history of working with others to find sustainable solutions. As an entrepreneur and small-business owner, Arthur understands the challenges and opportunities of Ontarians trying to make their way in our great province.
Arthur began his career as a labour relations consultant with the Central Ontario Industrial Relations Institute and taught the subject at Seneca College. In 1989, he co-founded his first business – Wood Waste Solutions Inc. – a firm that specializes in wood waste management, recycling wood into usable end products. Wood Waste Solutions is still in operation today.
As the new Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Arthur will work with others to find solutions for the challenges of sustaining Ontario’s environment while creating opportunities for our province’s green technology industry.
Arthur is honoured to be part of Kathleen Wynne’s team and has played an instrumental role in a number of provincial and local initiatives. His tipping legislation recently came into effect, protecting the incomes of Ontario servers and food service staff; he helped facilitate a $50 million donation to Toronto East General Hospital, now named for the donors’ late son, Michael Garron; and he was instrumental in ending the unfair practice of charging nonrefundable waiting list fees to parents trying to access childcare, as well as in getting craft cider into farmers’ markets and grocery stores.
He is a proud father of two daughters – Robin and Dara – and lives in the Upper Beaches with his common-law partner Lisa Martin and her three children. A fly-fishing enthusiast, Arthur also enjoys sailing and plays hockey and tennis, where he is a member of Kew Gardens Tennis Club.
R. Douglas Elliott is a partner in Cambridge LLP. He received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1979, his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1982, and was called to the Bar in 1984. The Law Society certified him as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 2003, and awarded him the Law Society Medal in 2010.
His practice encompasses a wide range of complex business litigation including cross-border litigation, alternative dispute resolution, estates and trusts law.
Mr. Elliott is well known for his work on landmark constitutional cases such as same sex marriage, and is also a leader in the field of class actions. He has been counsel in class actions involving some of the largest recoveries against the Crown in Canada. Mr. Elliott won the largest Canadian class action trial judgement valued at $50 million in an action brought by a group of gay and lesbian Canadians seeking CPP survivor’s pensions against the federal government in Hislop v Canada. He played a key role in the national hepatitis C team that secured a $1.5 billion settlement from the federal and provincial governments in Parsons v Canada, one of the largest settlements in Canadian class action history.
Mr. Elliott is lead counsel or co-counsel in a number of current class actions. In addition to numerous awards for his social justice work, Mr. Elliott has been recognized as a leading expert on public law, both class actions and Charter litigation, and as one of the Best Class Action Lawyers in Canada by The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is also listed in Canadian Who’s Who, published by the University of Toronto Press.
Dr. Mark Tyndall
Executive Medical Director, Professor of Medicine
BC Centre for Disease Control, University of British Columbia
Dr. Mark Tyndall is the Executive Medical Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control and Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. He also serves as a deputy Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia. Prior to coming to Vancouver, he was the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His career awards include the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar Award and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied Research Chair. He has authored on over 220 peer-reviewed publications, with a focus on HIV care and prevention, drug use, and public health intervention research.
Dr. Tyndall received his Medical degree and internal medicine training at McMaster University and his infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Manitoba. He received a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard University with a focus on health and human rights. From 1999 to 2010 he was the Program Director for Epidemiology at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and was co-lead investigator on the evaluation of Insite, North America’s first supervised injection site. He has conducted numerous community-based research projects, including epidemiologic studies of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, antiretroviral access among people who use drugs, and health care utilization among marginalized populations. Dr. Tyndall is a strong advocate and leader for public health in Canada and has fostered a number of community-based collaborations that have led to health policy changes.
Managing Partner Daisy Consulting Group
Lisa Kinsella is the managing partner of Daisy Consulting Group. Originally from Canada’s west coast, Lisa spent more than a decade working for government and the public sector before joining Daisy in 2012. On Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, she rose quickly through the ranks, having held senior positions in many political offices, including for a former opposition party leader. Well known for her political skills, Lisa was also tapped to lead issues management in a War Room.
In early 2010, with her extensive legislative and political experience, she was quickly hired by a large Ontario public sector agency to lead its government relations department and assist with communications strategies. In addition to graduating with a UBC Okanagan Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002, Lisa has also completed a graduate year in Public Relations, with honours – her academic and professional accomplishments resulted in Lisa being nominated for a Premier's Award as an Outstanding Ontario Graduate.
Lisa has had many government relations successes, as well as extensive experience in communications and issues management. She is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, the Government Relations Institute of Canada and the International Association of Business Communicators. Lisa is also a political pundit on various television and radio news programs. Find her on Twitter @lisakinsella.
Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco
Michael Perley received his M.A. in French Language and literature from the University of Toronto in 1971.
Following his participation in successful campaigns to control the causes of acid rain in the United States and Canada in the 1980s, Michael Perley joined the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco (OCAT) as Director in 1993. On behalf of the Ontario medical and public health communities, Mr. Perley led the Campaign’s efforts to help pass the 1994 Ontario Tobacco Control Act, which made tobacco sales to minors illegal and banned the sale of tobacco industry products in pharmacies and vending machines.
Following the Act’s passage, Mr. Perley led or worked with campaigns in support of smoke free workplace and public place bylaws and legislation in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia. During 2004-2005, the Ontario Campaign worked with the Ontario government to pass legislation mandating 100% smoke free workplaces and public places and a ban on retail displays of tobacco industry products province-wide. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into force on 31 May 2006.
Mr. Perley then helped lead a successful campaign to implement a ban on smoking in cars transporting children, implemented in January 2009, and worked to pass legislation enabling health care cost recovery litigation against the tobacco industry. Related litigation began in the fall of 2009.
His recent work has contributed to passage of the Supporting Smoke-Free Ontario By Reducing Contraband Tobacco Act, which received Royal Assent in June 2011, and to the 2015 Ontario Making Healthier Choices Act, which banned flavoured tobacco including menthol, and regulated the use and sale of e-cigarettes.
The Ontario Campaign's current objectives target expansion of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy to include further control of contraband tobacco products, tobacco tax increases, direct regulation of the tobacco industry and its retail partners, and protection from second-hand smoke in multi-unit dwellings.
In 2012, Mr. Perley was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his work on tobacco control. He has also received the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2015 National Impact Award for leadership in public policy.
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