Keep the CHN website alive!

The following is a letter that was sent to Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement.

I am writing to you today to ask you to rescind the cut in grants and contributions required of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Particularly in light of the current budget surplus, I have a hard time understanding why your government would even want to consider cutting such an important program.

Having worked as an information agent in the health and social services field for the last 15 years, I can't emphasize enough the need for quality health information on the Internet. In this information era, there is limitless inaccurate, false and biased information out there pertaining to health.

The CHN is a refreshing change to this trend. This site is well put together and chock full of easy-to-read, good quality health information on a huge variety of topics.

In my new position as Communications Specialist for the Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec City, I am in the process of renewing my organization's website (www.jefferyhale.org). I was planning to include a link to the CHN website. It was reassuring to me to know that our clientele would have access to one of the best all-round sources of accurate health information on the web. I am very upset that that resource is now being threatened.

People look to the federal government to guide them down the right path, especially when it comes to their health and well-being. Please don't disappoint me, and millions of other Canadians, by cutting funding to such an important resource.

I am hereby asking you to show leadership in this matter by reinstating funding to the Public Health Agency of Canada specifically for CHN and to continue the CHN program.

Diane Kameen
Jeffery Hale Hospital, Quebec City