I now call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting 20 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health. Pursuant to the orders of reference of April 11 and 20, 2020, the committee is meeting for the purpose of receiving evidence concerning matters related to the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to facilitate the work of of our interpreters and to ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules to follow.
First, interpretation in this video conference will work very much like it does in a regular committee meeting. You have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, of floor, English or French. If you will be speaking in both official languages, please ensure that the interpretation is listed as the language you will speak in before you start speaking. For example, if you're going to speak English, please switch to the English feed and then speak, and if you are going to speak French, switch to the French feed, and so forth. This will allow better sound quality for interpretation.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. Once questioning starts, the witnesses can speak as appropriate. When you are ready to speak, click on the microphone icon to activate your mike. Should members need to request the floor outside of their designated time for questions, they should activate their mike and state that they have a point of order. I remind you that all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair.
When speaking, please speak slowly and clearly. When you are not speaking, your mike should be on mute. If you have earbuds with a microphone, please hold the microphone near your mouth when you are speaking. Should any technical challenges arise, please advise the chair or clerk immediately and the technical team will work to resolve them.
Before we get started, could everyone click on their screen in the top right-hand corner and ensure they are on gallery view? With this view you should be able to see all the participants in a grid-like fashion. It will ensure that all video participants can see one another.
I would now like to welcome our witnesses.
We have, from the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, Ms. Marissa Lennox, chief policy officer; from the Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of British Columbia, Ms. Gudrun Langolf, the immediate past president; from the Conseil pour la protection des malades, Paul Brunet, president; from the Office of the Seniors Advocate of British Columbia, Isobel Mackenzie, seniors advocate; from the Canadian Association for Long Term Care, Jodi Hall, chair; and as individual, Pat Armstrong, distinguished research professor of sociology, York University.
We will begin with the Canadian Association of Retired Persons and the Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of British Columbia. I understand that they will share the slot, with five minutes each.
Please go ahead, Ms. Lennox, and I'll signal you at the halfway mark.