Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
In a video posted to her Facebook page on World Mental Health Day, Minister of Health Patty Hajdu says, “No matter where I go, I hear from people who are having a hard time getting the services they need. No matter where you live in Canada, you should have access to mental health services when you need them.”
For Thomas Hartle, a 52-year-old husband and father of two from Saskatoon who has been living with terminal cancer since 2016, this message feels especially pertinent. Hartle is one of at least four palliative Canadians who have applied directly to the Minister for an exemption to section 56(1) of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Act. He has requested the minister respond by the end of the month.