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Canadian Public Health Forum: Yellowknife

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With the great distance between communities across all the three territories, the provision of appropriate health services is a big issue for many people. Add to that, the lack of long term qualified staff and the North's health services sometimes just barely reach Canadian standards... so when Ms. Davies brought her Canadian Public Health Forum to Yellowknife... I wanted to attend. Knowing that only a few people from the North would be able to attend, I brought my video camera with me so others could participate.. at least in a second hand, digital kind of way...

Below is an embed of Ms. Davies' introduction to the afternoon... and this link will let you see all of the five videos.

If you wish to look at the individual videos, use these links...
Part 01: Introduction of NDP Health Critic Libby Davies MP Vancouver East & her opening remarks. 26 min
Part 02: NWT Chief Medical Officer, Dr Andre Corriveau 11 min
Part 03: Sandra Lockhart speaks on Northern health issues from a First Nations perspective. 26 min
Part 04: Ben McDonald's presentation from the perspective of Alternatives North. 13 min
Part 05: Questions and comments from the audience. 60 min

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