Monday, August 31, 2015

Community Rehabilitation Interdisciplinary Service - Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre This service supports ambulatory adults who present with conditions such as stroke, Parkinsons disease, multiple sclerosis, complicated arthritis, lymphedema, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, amputations or multiple impairments.


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From: Julie Ali <
Date: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 11:20 PM
Subject: CRIS Program--Anna and Sarah
To: health.minister@gov.ab.ca, official.administrator@albertahealthservices.ca, kristin.safinuk@albertahealthservices.ca, Health.Deputy-Minister@gov.ab.ca, premier@gov.ab.ca, brian.topp@gov.ab.ca


Dear Ms. Hoffman,


As you may all know there are few programs that geriatric citizens can utilize to go from an almost bed ridden status to slowly mobile.

The only program that I know of that enables such small transformations that have big impact on seniors is the CRIS program. This e-mail remarks on the usefulness of this program and the good work of Anna and Sarah who work in the program at the Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre. 

My mother is in her eighties. She was lying in bed all the time. I noticed her muscles were wasting away and I talked to Dr. Dalton Sholter ---her rheumatologist about this matter and he referred her to the CRIS program which I will put down here for those of you who aren't familiar with it.

Community Rehabilitation Interdisciplinary Service - Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre

This service supports ambulatory adults who present with conditions such as stroke, Parkinsons disease, multiple sclerosis, complicated arthritis, lymphedema, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, amputations or multiple impairments.

Address

Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre
Room 301 - Attached to the Misericordia Hospital
16930 87 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5R 4H5

Telephone

Fax

Wheelchair accessible

For more information please contact the service at this facility.

Getting there

The Mother Rosalie Health Services Bldg is the first bldg on the right upon entering the Misericordia hospital grounds from 87th Ave (located east of the public parking lot). Public transportation is available with ETS stops on 87 Ave.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

Available to

This service is not available to everyone. Call for more information.

Wait time

There maybe a waiting period for this service. Call for more information.

At first, my mother did not want to do this program as it was difficult for her to do anything. She actually should have her knees fixed but she isn't in good shape for such an operation.  In any case, it was hard to get her to the program and it was hard for her to do the program but the staff helped her. They were very patient and kind.

Mum was really fond of Anna and made a special effort to do the exercises with her.  Sarah was very good at getting mum to do the hand exercises, relaxation and the cognitive work. 

Both Anna (physiotherapist) and Sarah (O.T.) are to be commended. The front line staff at AHS are in general-- hard working and productive. These two staff members have helped our family and I wish to express my appreciation.

 I believe Anna and Sarah need more staff and an expansion of this program to ensure that geriatric patients are able to stay mobile and be out of the long term care program that hasn't got space or the acute care situation where everyone is trying to move folks forward so that the beds can be freed so that the people who are moved out will eventually be able to be returned to these same beds.

The CRIS program also needs to be expanded.  It would also be useful to have a physician and a nurse on board with audiology support for almost deaf seniors. I believe one stop shopping for seniors is essential since it is so hard for them to go from one appointment place to another. The Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic providea an excellent model for one stop shopping that the CRIS program could use to integrate all required services so that the rehabilitation program would be supported by other essential supports/services.  

The one on one work is the best part of the CRIS program and it would be helpful to have the other professionals available on a consulting basis as needed. For example the ability to have an audiologist present to assist with hearing problems would  avoid the need for a later visit to an audiologist.  AHS could hire private sector audiologists to provide support for this program is in-house audiologists are not available.  

By investing in CRIS,  you will decrease costs for both the health care system and long term care system. You will also spare families the need to put elderly parents into LTC because they will stay mobile, healthy and independent. 

Alberta Health needs to focus on programs like CRIS that promote mobility/flexibility, good health habits, fall prevention and ways/strategies to use what you have left. 

The CRIS program is a good one. My mother benefited from it.  The folks who work in it deserve some recognition. Thanks Anna and Sarah!


Sincerely,

Julie Ali

-Charge a fair price for Canada's groundwater! Commit now to review the water rates!"---Original petition: As wildfires rage all over drought-stricken BC, the provincial government is still letting companies like Nestlé take water for $2.25 per million litres. It is outrageous that Nestlé can draw limitless amounts of Canada's natural resources to sell for a huge profit while British Columbians are asked to not water our lawns and take shorter showers. Four months after we launched the petition to ask BC to charge fair rates for our groundwater, this is our biggest petition ever in Canada. And we are making waves with dozens of press mentions including the front page of The Province, one of BC's biggest newspapers, and TV interviews with Global News. And thanks to these press hits, political parties are debating the policy. Tell the BC government to set fair rates for our most precious resource, so that it can pay for good stewardship of the province's water.---------------Darkhorse21x The chickens are coming home to roost. The bubble world you live in is being exposed as the sham that it is. From Ashley Madison, Nestle, Oil Cartels, Fractional Reserve Banking, GMO Foods, The war on MJ, Child Labor, Mc Donalds, Political Parties, Slave Labor, Human Trafficking, Military Industrial Complex.....the list continues to grow. People are waking up to the constant deception that has been perpetrated upon them.

The CRIS program finished today and was a very good back to life program for mum. We said goodbye to Anna and Sarah. It was sad in a way as we had got used to doing the very small exercises and now were so to speak graduating to bigger and better things. I have to buy a belt from mum just in case she falls and I pick her off the floor. They both showed me how to do this and it doesn't seem to be that hard.
All the information is packed away for later.

I finally got to my handicapped sister at the Grey Nuns Hospital. She was having a shower when I came. I did her hair. I got her fruit and some snacks. It was a quick visit and she had time to chat with mum and dad on the cell phone.


I've been reading about the water giveaway in BC.
It's pretty odd.
A company gets water for nothing and then gets to pay a paltry amount for it in BC.
Why is this even allowed?


SumOfUs
Fighting for people over profits
Nestlé is about to suck BC dry -- for $2.25 per million litres to be exact

Sign the petition to the government of British Columbia

Petition Text:
Charge a fair price for Canada's groundwater! Commit now to review the water rates!"
Goal: 240,000
228,194
July 18th update: Great news! BC will revisit water rates for industrial users, including bottling companies like Nestle! This is a major milestone towards protecting our shared water that's so vital to the ecology, economy and quality of life in BC.
This commitment, which we secured together with our allies at WaterWealth and others who have been tirelessly fighting for better water legislation, is one step towards protecting freshwater for the public benefit.
This victory is really important -- asking for a review of water rates can seems like a small victory when there's so much big work to be done -- for instance, we need to stop companies like Nestle from profiting from our groundwater altogether. But it's an incredibly crucial step .Right now, there's a lot we don't know about water in BC. We need the resources to do that, which is why we've been calling for higher water rates. Only when we know more about our shared water reserves can we stop irresponsible industrial use for private profit.
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Original petition:
As wildfires rage all over drought-stricken BC, the provincial government is still letting companies like Nestlé take water for $2.25 per million litres.
It is outrageous that Nestlé can draw limitless amounts of Canada's natural resources to sell for a huge profit while British Columbians are asked to not water our lawns and take shorter showers.
Four months after we launched the petition to ask BC to charge fair rates for our groundwater, this is our biggest petition ever in Canada. And we are making waves with dozens of press mentions including the front page of The Province, one of BC's biggest newspapers, and TV interviews with Global News. And thanks to these press hits, political parties are debating the policy.
Tell the BC government to set fair rates for our most precious resource, so that it can pay for good stewardship of the province's water.
Nestlé's chairman says that "extremist" NGOs are responsible for the idea that water is a human right, and that water should have a market price -- apparently he thinks that the “market price" for him is $2.25.
The cruel irony is that the new water legislation is fairly appropriate when it comes to individuals' water use -- but corporations, once again, get off with paying virtually nothing. If you or I were to bottle enough groundwater to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, we'd pay $180. Nestlé will pay $6.25. That's bananas.
BC has some of the purest, cleanest and most delicious water in the world -- and Nestlé doesn't think anything of sucking it out of the ground for a pittance and selling it back to us in a plastic bottle. Nor does the BC government, apparently. This new pricing structure, which was supposed to fix the problem of freeloading corporations, is even more outrageous at a time when many parts of the world are facing extreme water shortages.
We need your voice to stop this. SumOfUs members across the globe have mobilized in the hundreds of thousands to call for Nestle to stop exploiting water rights. From Pakistan to California to Oregon to right here in Canada, we are going to make sure Nestle can't walk away with our water without paying fair rates.
Call on the BC government to stop allowing Nestlé and other corporate freeloaders from extracting our water for next to nothing.
**********
More information:
On top of being our biggest Canadian petition ever, this campaign has kick-started a national conversation. From news anchors to social media, it seems like everyone's been talking about water.
We wanted to take a few minutes here to answer the questions we've been hearing most often about this campaign.
Q. Will raising the rates change the status of water under NAFTA?
In short, no it won't -- which is good news. Freshwater reserves in their natural state are not a commodity and should never be for sale.
Right now companies like Nestle get privileged access to this water. Not only can they take unlimited amounts of groundwater for free, the government doesn't even charge administrative fees that can actually support real stewardship of freshwater resources. Our petition used the word "price" because that's how the BC government talks about water rental rates, and that's the first piece of the change we are fighting for.
It's misleading to suggest that raising the water rates in BC would have any impact on how NAFTA is applied. Right now, provinces across Canada charge water rates up to $140 per million litres of water accessed, compared to just $2.25 in BC. BC is the very last province in the country to start regulating groundwater, and we are calling on the BC government to step it up. And we cannot let them off the hook.
"Raising water volume rents under the new legislation is timely, and will not affect the status of groundwater under NAFTA." - Deborah Curran, University of Victoria Faculty of Law Professor.
Q. What's next for this campaign?
First and foremost, we need to hold the BC government to its word -- we need to make sure that water rates are reviewed quickly, and that they're high enough to support really strong water stewardship. On July 14, we delivered a 40-lb stack of petition signatures to Minister Polak's office to reminder her that we won't be backing off until she follows through on her commitment.
Next, we'll keep working to make sure precious fresh water reserves are managed responsibly, and not for the benefit of private interests. That's why we're fighting to stop Nestle's bottled water operations in California and to prevent new bottling operations in Oregon. Here in BC, we'll keep fighting to limit groundwater licenses altogether for bottling companies like Nestle and other corporate freeloaders too.
Opinion: Managing B.C.'s water resources, Vancouver Sun, July 20, 2015













I decide to sign the appeal to get this junk stopped.


Friend,


British Columbia will finally start charging companies like Nestlé for taking our groundwater and bottling it to sell at a profit. The problem is it will only be charging $2.25. Per million litres.


Join me in protecting Canada's water supply -- http://action.sumofus.org/a/bc-bottled-water/?sub=mtl


Thank you!


But then fracking companies don't pay for water in Alberta do they?


And even cat food is produced using slave labour. What next?




http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/nestle-responds-to-allegations-slave-labour-used-to-make-fancy-feast-cat-food-1.3209608

Nestle responds to allegations slave labour used to make Fancy Feast cat food

Company has yet to deny allegations that slave labour and human trafficking used to obtain some ingredients

The Associated Press Posted: Aug 31, 2015 9:32 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 31, 2015 2:51 PM ET
Nestle says forced labour has 'no place' in its supply chain, after a U.S. lawsuit alleges various labour violations at one of its suppliers for Fancy Feast cat food.
Nestle says forced labour has 'no place' in its supply chain, after a U.S. lawsuit alleges various labour violations at one of its suppliers for Fancy Feast cat food. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters)
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Nestle says "forced labour has no place in our supply chain" following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labour and human trafficking to make its Fancy Feast cat food.
Nestle didn't deny the allegations in an email Sunday to The Associated Press but said its guidelines require suppliers to respect human rights. It outlined steps Nestle has taken to rid forced labour from its seafood supply chain.
The Hagens Berman law firm filed the suit Thursday on behalf of pet food purchasers. It said they wouldn't have bought the seafood-based pet food if they had known "slave labour" was used to obtain some ingredients in the products imported by Nestle and partner Thai Union Frozen Products.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dear Mr. Harper, I am writing to you about Mohamed Fahmy. Usually I just send you the blog posts that I also send to all levels of government and other folks. I send you all these posts because of the failure in democratic representation, accountability and transparency that I have encountered in Alberta. I don't bother to write usually because what's the use? Democracy is dead in Canada. However the look on this man's face made me feel very bad for him. I had to write. This time I had to write about this poor man directly to you. Why haven't you got him out of this mess? Why is he stuck in Egypt?


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Julie Ali 
Date: Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 8:46 PM
Subject: -------Dear Mr. Harper,------I am writing to you about Mohamed Fahmy. Usually I just send you the blog posts that I also send to all levels of government and other folks. I send you all these posts because of the failure in democratic representation, accountability and transparency that I have encountered in Alberta. I don't bother to write usually because what's the use? Democracy is dead in Canada. However the look on this man's face made me feel very bad for him. I had to write. This time I had to write about this poor man directly to you. Why haven't you got him out of this mess? Why is he stuck in Egypt?
To: stephen harper <stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca>, james rajotte <james.rajotte@parl.gc.ca>, thomas mulcair <thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca>, justin trudeau <justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca>, elizabeth may <elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca>, premier@gov.ab.ca, brian.topp@gov.ab.ca, edmonton whitemud <edmonton.whitemud@assembly.ab.ca>, edmonton.riverview@assembly.ab.ca, health.minister@gov.ab.ca, Health.Deputy-Minister@gov.ab.ca, Jessica Ernst < D Daunheimer <>, Samanthas Law <>, Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society <
>


Dear Mr. Harper,

I am writing to you about Mohamed Fahmy.

Usually I just send you the blog posts that I also send to all levels of government and other folks.
I send you all these posts because of the failure in democratic representation, accountability and transparency that I have encountered in Alberta.
I don't bother to write usually because what's the use?
Democracy is dead in Canada.
However the look on this man's face made me feel very bad for him.
I had to write.
This time I had to write about this poor man directly to you.

Why haven't you got him out of this mess?
Why is he stuck in Egypt?

Why in fact was the Australian journalist freed to go home but our Canadian journalist gets 3 years in jail?

Why is it only the folks at the CCLA (Canadian Civil Liberties Association) doing the work of advocacy when it should be the work of the federal government?

Does this now mean that any Canadian who goes to another country and is accused of crimes that aren't supported by facts will be abandoned by our government?

I urge you to help this man get back to Canada.

I also urge you all to think about the responsibilities of elected office.
We hire ordinary men and women to government to represent us.
We are all ordinary citizens.
We haven't been served well by our elected hires to date. 
Canadians are restive.
We're wanting change.
We want government to represent us.

The federal election is our chance to get folks in who do represent us because the current hires aren't doing a good enough job.
This failure to get Mr. Fahmy home is yet more proof that the federal government is not doing a good job. 
I feel you need to get Mr. Fahmy out of his horrible situation.

This is not a big thing for you to do.
If the Australian prime minister was able to do this for the Australian citizen then why can't you do this for our Canadian citizen?

Is it because this man is a nobody that the federal government of Canada does not help him?

I urge you to get involved and help him.
His family must be terribly sad about this mess.

Sincerely,
Julie Ali

#HarperCallEgypt campaign

I urge you all to write to your MP and to the Prime Minister to ask for the release of Mohamed Fahmy:


https://cjfe.org/blog/fahmy-family-launches-harpercallegypt-campaign-advance-retrial


https://cjfe.org/blog/fahmy-family-launches-harpercallegypt-campaign-advance-retrial


By Laura Tribe
As Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed prepare for a retrial in Egypt, Fahmy’s family is asking Prime Minister Harper to intervene directly.
Yesterday Egypt announced that the retrial for detained journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed will commence this Thursday, February 12.
After the release of their Australian colleague, Peter Greste, the retrial announcement was a huge blow to the family of Mohamed Fahmy and those campaigning for his release.
Much of last week was spent anticipating Fahmy’s return to Canada, as former Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird noted that his release was ‘imminent,’ making it seem as though he would be spared the retrial process. After Fahmy revoked his Egyptian citizenship to allow for him to be deported under the same decree as Greste was released, it seemed as though the stage was set for him to return to Canada.
Unfortunately however, this does not appear to be the case. Fahmy’s family has called the retrial scenario their “worst nightmare,” and are calling on the Canadian government to intervene.
The family has launched the #HarperCallEgypt campaign, calling on Prime Minister Harper to intervene directly on behalf of Fahmy, in advance of the retrial.
A note from Mohamed Fahmy’s family:
For the next four days, we are having an impromptu “Harper Call Egypt” party in support of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and we would love your support.
Mohamed Fahmy has been in detention for over 400 days in Egypt, and was recently hoping to be deported back to Canada. But with the announcement of a re-trial forFebruary 12, Mohamed’s family is extremely worried that any release could be delayed indefinitely.
We are asking people to tweet, send emails and faxes urging PM Harper to take action.
Please SHARE this widely with your friends, contacts and colleagues, and post a link to the web page on Facebook.
#HarperCallEgypt

More information:

Walks with younger boy --Saturday August 30, 2015


I have spent the morning with the old people. I took dad and mum to see Dr. Krysa at the Heritage Medicenter where he was doing a double shift. The poor man had to listen to the two old people yap and give them information. Once we were done there I had to go to Sobeys to buy food. I notice that both the parents are a bit lop sided so I get a shopping cart for dad to push and mum has her stroller. I never made it out to visit my handicapped sister.
The boys had a pizza that I got from Sobeys. Hubby still is sick. Now both younger boy and hubby are on antibiotics. The shed has more of its roof done. There are so many seedheads in the garden that I was feeling it was a seedhouse. The sunflowers seem to be rather addled and are falling over in the path.
I went walking with Sue and younger boy. The walk was brisk and then I had to go fill up the car.
I've not had a chance to do anything else today and the supper was scraps leftover from other meals.
Tomorrow is another busy day with the last session of CRIS. The younger boy has to register at Strathcona High School. Older boy will have to take him there as I am busy with mum.
Once I have mum home I have to think of supper which is something that hasn't been happening for the past few days as we are busy with the shed.
Sue took the many bags of donations to the thrift store (Goodwill).
I have still more junk to go through.

Everyone is sick at the house and we aren't very energetic.
But at least we are all still here.

While we were walking in the community we noticed that the leaves were falling. The disappearance of summer is stunning. We blinked and it was gone.
Soon there will be igloo season again.
The minivan will be mostly at home this year as we will not be using her as much on the roads.
She is just too tottering.


It's been mostly a good day. I did the family and extended family stuff.
We're managing.
And surely the prettiest matter is that my Canada Day geranium is blooming like she knew death was just around the corner?


Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel of CCLA, had previously been in touch with Mr. Fahmy’s family and his legal team to offer support and solidarity. She also wrote to Prime Minister Harper earlier this year asking that he personally intervene to obtain the immediate release of Mr. Fahmy.---------Both Dewar and Garneau accused Harper of failing to take strong action in the Fahmy case. Garneau said it was "very clear" the Harper government's response was "inadequate" considering Fahmy's colleague at Al-Jazeera, Peter Greste, was successfully deported to his native Australia because of "direct intervention" on the part of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.---"Very concretely, we are asking Stephen Harper to put aside the election campaign for a moment and call President al-Sisi directly and ask him to send Mr. Fahmy home," NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar told The Canadian Press.----------------Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic Marc Garneau told The Canadian Press Harper should contact el-Sissi and "register Canada's strongest disapproval, and in fact to make it very clear that the relationship between Canada and Egypt, which has been a good one, is in jeopardy if Mr. Fahmy has to go back to jail."---

The expression on this man's face says it all.
There is no hope.
Mohamed Fahmy has been abandoned by the government of Canada. Why? Who knows. He's just an ordinary citizen. No one significant. So the federal Tories simply didn't bother to do the work of helping him home. But the Australian journalist got out.  Why not our Canadian journalist? Good question.
It's a bad world in Canada.
This bad world in Canada --- is designed to stifle freedom of speech and the chill is everywhere.
This poor man could have been helped by the federal government of Canada and yet where was our government?
Nowhere to be found.
It seems that when we need help, government at all levels just ignore our cries.
I don't know too much about this man but I feel terribly sorry for his position.
Only the folks at CCLA seem to be helping him.

Shame on the federal government of Canada!
Why do we even bother to vote for people who do not represent us in our worst times?



https://ccla.org/mohamed-fahmy-sentenced-to-three-years-in-prison/


MOHAMED FAHMY SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON

August 29, 2015

(Credit: HEBA ELKHOLY / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
CCLA is deeply disappointed with the outcome today in the case of Canadian journalist Mohammed Fahmy, who was sentenced to three years in prison by an Egyptian court.
Mr. Fahmy is a Canadian citizen and journalist who was working for Al Jazeera in Egypt when he was arrested and detained with two of his colleagues in December 2013. Since then, he has been tried on terrorism and national security-related charges that raised significant concerns about the stifling of free expression and freedom of the press. Lawyers for Mr. Fahmy have stated that no evidence has been produced to prove the charges against him.
In his ruling today, Judge Hassan Farid said Fahmy and his colleagues have received this prison sentence because they had not registered with the country’s journalist syndicate. He also said the men brought in equipment without the approval of security officials, had broadcast “false news” on Al-Jazeera, and used a hotel as a broadcasting point without permission.
Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel of CCLA, had previously been in touch with Mr. Fahmy’s family and his legal team to offer support and solidarity. She also wrote to Prime Minister Harper earlier this year asking that he personally intervene to obtain the immediate release of Mr. Fahmy. 
The verdict today is the result of a retrial stemming from an appeal of his earlier conviction. Mr. Fahmy spent more than a year in prison until he was released, though forced to remain in Egypt pending the retrial. 






Mohamed Fahmy case: NDP, Liberals say Harper should do more to free jailed journalist

Fahmy was sentenced to 3 years in Cairo prison on Friday

The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 30, 2015 8:36 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 30, 2015 2:48 PM ET
Along with two other Al-Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy was sentenced to three years in prison after widely denounced trial. Harper's political opponents say he didn't do enough to secure Fahmy's deportation to Canada.
Along with two other Al-Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy was sentenced to three years in prison after widely denounced trial. Harper's political opponents say he didn't do enough to secure Fahmy's deportation to Canada. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's political opponents are calling on the prime minister to take time off the campaign trail and concentrate on securing the release of jailed Canadian journalist Mohammed Fahmy.
An Egyptian court sentenced Fahmy to three years in prison on Saturday and the foreign affairs critics for both the New Democrats and the Liberals lashed out at Harper for failing to intervene earlier in the case.
They both called on him once again to phone Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to personally demand the Al-Jazeera journalist's release.
"Very concretely, we are asking Stephen Harper to put aside the election campaign for a moment and call President al-Sisi directly and ask him to send Mr. Fahmy home," NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar told The Canadian Press.
Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic Marc Garneau told The Canadian Press Harper should contact el-Sissi and "register Canada's strongest disapproval, and in fact to make it very clear that the relationship between Canada and Egypt, which has been a good one, is in jeopardy if Mr. Fahmy has to go back to jail."
Fahmy faced widely denounced terror charges and spent more than a year in prison before a successful appeal of an earlier conviction resulted in a retrial that culminated in Saturday's verdict, where Fahmy was sentenced for failing to register with the country's journalist syndicate, bringing in equipment without security approval, and broadcasting "false news" on Al-Jazeera.
Lynne Yelich, minister of state for foreign affairs, said in a statement that Canada is "disappointed" and that Saturday's decision "severely undermines confidence in the rule of law in Egypt."
In a tweet, Harper wrote "Canada continues to call on Egypt for the immediate and full release of Mr. Fahmy, and full co-operation to facilitate his return home."

Australian journalist deported

Both Dewar and Garneau accused Harper of failing to take strong action in the Fahmy case. Garneau said it was "very clear" the Harper government's response was "inadequate" considering Fahmy's colleague at Al-Jazeera, Peter Greste, was successfully deported to his native Australia because of "direct intervention" on the part of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Dewar said Harper's Conservatives, in contrast with the Australian prime minister, decided to "stand on the sidelines and really not step up and do their job."
In an interview on CBC's Power & Politics Sunday morning, Defence Minister and Conservative candidate Jason Kenney said that the government is "profoundly concerned about the conviction" and rejected any suggestions that the government has not done enough to have Fahmy deported to Canada.
"We have reached out to the Egyptian government at the highest levels and will continue to do so to represent the interests of Mr. Fahmy. In some of these consular cases, the most effective thing is not always to get out with a megaphone," said Kenney.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair took to Twitter to condemn the court ruling, as did Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned Britain's ambassador on Sunday to protest comments he made about the case. John Casson said the sentences would undermine confidence in Egypt's stability. The ministry issued a statement that Casson's comments were "unacceptable interference" in the country's judiciary.
With files from CBC News