Mr. Speaker, November is Canadian Diabetes Awareness Month. Since the discovery of insulin in the 1920s, at the University of Toronto by F.G. Banting and C.H. Best, Canada has been recognized as a world leader in the search for a cure for diabetes.
Today, Canada is once again on the leading edge of diabetes research. The Edmonton Protocol has the medical world abuzz as a possible new treatment for this terrible disease. Diabetes afflicts more than two million Canadians, both young and old.
During November a number of events, fundraisers and educational activities will be taking place to highlight the fact that diabetes is a major health care issue in Canada. Celebrations include World Diabetes Day which occurs on November 14 and marks the birthdate of Dr. Banting.
Hopefully one day soon Diabetes Awareness Month will be a thing of the past because by then we will have found a cure.