Eleven Hours. Thousands of Signatures.

After the count. We take your signatures seriously and we caffeinate accordingly. NHPPA’s meticulous petition count process involves checking, double-checking, cross-referencing and then triple-checking the data collected. It is NHPPA’s role to safeguard the signatures collected in support of the Charter of Health Freedom petition until they make the trip to the House of Commons in Ottawa. In an 11-hour count-a-thon, the latest numbers are in (official post in the works) and they illustrate an undeniable acceleration since our July 2019 update.

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The Don’ts of Petition Signing

Too much of a good thing? In this case, no. The (enthusiastic) submission pictured here had the NHPPA team scouring the finest details of Canadian petition requirements. This is the first time we’ve received signatures on the back of a petition page and had to know if they’d count. Surprisingly, they do, although we prefer to receive petition pages with signatures limited to the formatted lines on the front!

We know you’re eager to have your voice counted. Please keep these requirements in mind as you sign the petition or collect signatures:

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Quebec Retailer Shines!

During our last Charter of Health Freedom petition count update in July 2019 a total of 3,390 of the 101,407 signatures were submitted from Quebec. We need even more representation of French Canadians preserved as petition signatures. Our team was elevated to open an envelope with 210 signatures from a natural health product retailer in Brossard, Quebec! Since the last count only 11 of the hundreds of envelopes received contained 100 or more signatures, and of those, only 3 contained over 200 signatures. So this is a rarity!

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David and Collet Stephan Not Guilty Verdict

NHPPA’s Shawn Buckley joined David and Collet Stephan in a collective sigh of relief yesterday afternoon when the court passed down a “not guilty” verdict and the couple was finally acquitted in the death of their son Ezekiel. While we wait for Shawn to comment on the outcome of this burdensome seven-year fight, we celebrate the Stephan’s unwavering commitment to medical choice and parental rights. David and Collet, along with their legal team and family, have fought through unimaginable grief to move the needle for health freedom in Canada.

While David stamped the CTV clip below with his approval, we recommend listening to the words from his Facebook Live address as well: “Enough truth has come out to set us free but there is still more truth that we will be seeking as time goes on.” Canadians’ right to treat their body naturally is bolstered by this verdict and it is up to us to lean into and build the momentum all the way to Parliament Hill. Because as David says, “There will be other families.”

WATCH THE CTV CLIP 

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Canada’s Charter of Health Freedom Voice, Mailed In!

Double the amount of envelopes received in half the amount of time! The NHPPA team cannot overstate how encouraged we are to see national involvement at store, clinic and public level grow. A systemic and collective spirit has emerged to support the effort. A small handful of resolute NHP manufacturers have allied with us. They send printed petition sheets, petition posters and “Help Us Fight Back” brochures to their customers in product shipments. THAT is the wheels within wheels process that we want to continue to foster. If this momentum continues there is a good chance that the Charter of Health Freedom and its partner petition will have a firm place in Canadian history.

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A Different Kind of Federal Election Lawn Sign

Conspicuous, unmistakable, public demonstration. Brent from Calgary embodies the spirit of an activist. Of his own volition, this freedom fighter took NHPPA’s “Do You Want My Vote?” MP postcard campaign to another level. Using the self-print downloadable postcard file available on our website, Brent had the image blown-up to create this emphatic lawn sign. We couldn’t love it more! What an effectual strategy to amplify his voice in opposition of the Self-Care Framework. Now, if we only had access to a few city buses in Ottawa!

Send us your inspired MP postcard action!

PRINT YOUR OWN POSTCARD (OR LAWN SIGN) FROM HOME

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Foods Are Banned in Therapeutic Forms. Send An Email.

This interview contains nearly indescribable value. You’ll hear one Aha! moment* after another. If you’re an NHPPA supporter, you’re likely someone reunited with wellness by infusing your body with products from the Earth. You can freely grow herbs in your home garden or forage for them in designated forests. But once these plants are distilled, encapsulated or ground for therapeutic purposes, the government gets involved and restricts access.

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Shawn Buckley July 2019 Interview with Hugh Reilly

Counterpoint? Leave it to the independent media. On July 16, 2019, Shawn Buckley joined ardent NHPPA supporter, Hugh Reilly of ThatChannel.com, for an interview (40 minute watch), on “Health Canada Destroying Health Freedom”. Hugh explores, with interesting insight, the dire situation we are facing with Health Canada’s regulatory changes of natural health products (NHPs). Shawn reveals new impacts the changes will have on our access to NHPs and the information we need to make informed decisions about them.

This interview was held one day after the NDP Health Critic, MP Don Davies, was browbeaten nationally by a CBC reporter. He was ridiculed for his position on the changes Health Canada has set in motion. He was silenced for questioning the Self-care Framework, including what it means for NHPs and Canadians’ ability to access them. “Don Davies is being attacked deliberately by the major media to basically ensure that the NDP supports this new Self-care Framework going into the election. And I think all of us need to be contacting Don Davies and the NDP leader today, and saying we support what you’re doing.”

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Help Us Fight Back Brochure

NHPPA’s “Do You Want My Vote?” MP postcards have had an unsung companion piece, doing its job, to incite action. Launched in April 2019, the “Help Us Fight Back” brochure gives consumers the “main points of the issue” along with the names of four civil servants to call directly. Thousands have been printed and shipped to stores across Canada. Many more were printed by local stakeholders themselves! Thank you for that, retailers and clinics! “Help Us Fight Back” has offered consumers the highlights about the threat to their personal freedoms. You, like many other Canadians we’ve spoken to over the past several months, may be wondering why NHPPA is encouraging you to call agency employees.

We answer that question from the facts that were revealed in research about the latest assault on the natural health product industry: the four bureaucrats listed on the postcard and brochure make up the “committee” of “senior management” who are responsible for the origin of the Self-Care Framework. They are the ones who laid down the “non-negotiable” principles to make changes to NHP regulation happen.

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