CSPCP President Dr. David Henderson will present to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on October 19, 2017. He will advocate for acceptance of Bill C-277 on behalf of the CSPCP.

Dr. Henderson recommends that the Federal Government “Establish a well funded secretariat and form a small nimble high level working group made up from key national organizations to start working on implementation. Focus needs to be on administrative cost containment so funds see their way to delivery of services!” Links to his presentation are below.




This “Tedwalks” podcast from CBC News features former CSPCP President Dr. Susan MacDonald, being interviewed by radio host Ted Blades, during a walk around a park in Paradise, Nfld. It explains palliative care in a very approachable way and would be a great tool for helping colleagues, friends, and family understand what palliative care is all about.


CSPCP members featured in National Post series

(Sept/Oct 2017) The National Post is publishing a 4-part series called “Redefining Palliative Care”. The series is sponsored by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).

Story 1 – “Report calls for new understanding of palliative care for people with cancer” quotes CSPCP member Dr. Deborah Dudgeon and CSPCP President Dr. David Henderson.

Story 2 – “Why you shouldn’t be afraid of palliative care” quotes CSPCP member Dr. Camilla Zimmermann.

Story 3 – “Living better with an advanced disease” is a patient story about the benefits of early palliative care, with commentary from Shane Sinclair, associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.

Story 4 – “Better access to home palliative care needed in Canada” is a patient story about the benefits of home palliative care. It includes commentary from Nadine Henningson from the Canadian Home Care Association and Dr. Heather Bryant from CPAC.

Winner – Undergraduate Narrative Award

Congratulations to Queen’s University student Calvin Santiago, winner of the 2017 Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine. David D’Arienzo (McGill) and Karen Ngo (McMaster) received honourable mention. We have invited Mr. Santiago to personally share his narrative at the 2018 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Toronto (May 31 – June 2, 2018). He will also receive a cash prize of $500, generously sponsored by Pallium Canada. We will encourage these students to submit their narratives for potential publication. We will post them as soon as we are able.

Each year the award also recognizes a palliative care physician who has shown an enduring commitment to the integration of the arts and humanities into the practice of palliative medicine. This year’s honouree is Dr. Jean-Marc Bigonnesse from the University of Sherbrooke.

Dr. Jean-Marc Bigonnesse’s profile Read More

Thank you to all entrants and to the 2017 judging committee: Margaret Cottle (CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee), Jean-Marc Bigonnesse (Honoree, U. of Sherbrooke), Carol-Ann Courneya (Advisor), Paul Daeninck (CSPCP Awards Committee), and Barbara Sibbald (CMAJ).

For detailed information about this award, see the Awards Page on this web site.