June 16, 1948

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

Expenditures, $31,938.33; unliquidated commitments, $11,190.36; total commitments, $43,128.69.

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Item agreed to. *Welfare branch- 277. Assistance to schools of social work, $50,000.


PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FLEMING:

How was this money spent last year?

Supply-Health and Welfare

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

The grants for the schools for 1947-48 were as follows:

Maritime school of social work^ $ 3,250

School of social work of Laval University - [DOT] [DOT] 6,560

School of social work of the University

of Montreal 6,670

School of social work of McGill University 7,300

School of social work of the University

of Toronto ;[DOT][DOT][DOT][DOT].[DOT][DOT] 12,230

School of social work of the University

of Manitoba 4,430

School of social work of the University

of British Columbia 9,560

Item agreed to.

Miscellaneous grants-

Grant to:

280. Health league of Canada, $10,000.

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IND

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

Independent C.C.F.

Mr. HERRIDGE:

Could the minister give the officers of this organization and details of the work that it does? I have received considerable correspondence, and I know there are many people who are not well informed.

I was wondering if there is an overlapping with the work of the Canadian public health association or w'ith departmental activities?

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

The Health League of Canada is a voluntary body which is doing a great deal of work in the way of health education. The director is Doctor Bates, and the president is Mr. H. H. Bishop of Toronto. They publish the magazine, Health, and I cannot speak too highly of their work. The provinces, some municipalities and the dominion make contributions.

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Item agreed to. 282. Canadian National Institute for the Blind, $18,000.


PC

Douglas Gooderham Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. ROSS (St. Paul's):

How much did the Canadian National Institute for the Blind request this year? Did they get what they requested?

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

That is now under consideration.

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PC

Douglas Gooderham Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. ROSS (St. Paul's):

How much did they request?

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

I forget the full amount,-offhand, but it is now under consideration.

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PC

Douglas Gooderham Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. ROSS (St. Paul's):

Did the minister get any request from the institute for the hard of hearing?

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

Yes. That, too, is under consideration.

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PC

Douglas Gooderham Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. ROSS (St. Paul's):

People who are totally deaf can be aided. You cannot do anything for people who are totally blind. People

who are hard of hearing can be aided. I suggest that intensive research be instigated, through the Department of National Health and Welfare and through the national council, to bring aid within reasonable bounds to those who are hard of hearing, in regard to the cost of hearing aids and also in regard to the cost of maintaining them. That is important. I do not think nearly enough attention has been paid to the handicap of those persons who are hard of hearing. The blind people get everything done for them. The institute is doing very well. I understand that the Canadian national institute is connected with the hard of hearing as well. It is a serious thing to be hard of hearing, far more serious than the average individual realizes. There is the great economic loss to the country as well. I suggest that some contribution be made toward the work that the institute is doing for the hard of hearing, so that they may be able to carry on that work.

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Item agreed to. 2S7. Victorian Order of Nurses, $13,100.


PC

George Robert Webb

Progressive Conservative

Mr. WEBB:

I am particularly interested in this item. Last year when the hon. member for Wentworth took up this item the minister said at that time he would be glad to give it serious consideration, meaning, of course, that the grant is exactly the same this year as it was last year. It has been my privilege to be closely associated with the Victorian Order of Nurses in Canada for several years. The financial statement presented at the annual meeting this year, which, incidentally, was the fiftieth anniversary of this order, was somewhat alarming. I made it my business to check into the affairs of the order, and I believe it would be interesting to hon. members and to many people outside if I were to put some figures on the record. It will not take long.

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LIB

William Henry Golding (Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN:

Does the hon. member wish to place them on the record?

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PC
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An hon. MEMBER:

Eleven o'clock.

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PC

George Robert Webb

Progressive Conservative

Mr. WEBB:

I am sorry if it is going to keep anybody up, or anything like that.

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June 16, 1948