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2019

It's never been safer for kids to play outside — or more dangerous to be inside

July 30, 2019

Today, the average school-aged child is sedentary for roughly 7.5 hours each day, according to the Canadian Public Health Association. When kids are taking part in physical activities, it's often in a structured environment under the watchful eyes of parents.


Toronto’s condo communities have a dog-poo problem

July 24, 2019

Not only is dog poo unsightly and foul-smelling, it’s also a health risk. According to the Canadian Public Health Association, it can be carried off by rain or runoff, contaminating water supplies and increasing the risk of infection to children and even other dogs.


Risky and unstructured play encouraged at upcoming events

July 15, 2019

In 2016, the Canadian Public Health Association said “risky play is essential for child development.” It also helps to keep kids physically fit, it said.

A commentary on the association’s website said “parental overprotection and societal attitudes that lean toward parental supervision have contributed to eliminating the active, independent, unstructured (risky) aspect of outdoor play.”

Children require this type of play, it said, “as it contributes to their physical, emotional and psychological development which supports the skills necessary to thrive as adults.”


Letter: What will it take

July 14, 2019

The World Health Organization, Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Public Health Association have named Climate Change “The Greatest Threat to Public Health of the 21st Century”……Just like cancer, the longer we wait , the more radical the intervention required and the poorer the likelihood of survival. I ask deniers, what would the vested interest that organized medicine has in this matter be?


Caring for the caregiver: Raising children with a disability or chronic disease

July 14, 2019

A 2016 study by the Canadian Public Health Association found that caregivers reported being anxious or worried about their responsibilities, and had increased levels of stress, and depression as well as low levels of subjective well-being. Sixteen per cent of caregivers reported “very high” levels of stress.


Les parcs nous font beaucoup de bien

July 4, 2019

Les preuves s’accumulent ces dernières années: les parcs ont un effet positif sur la santé humaine. «Les impacts sont à la fois préventifs et thérapeutiques», résume Ian Culbert, directeur général de l’Association canadienne de santé publique (ACSP).


Ottawa pressé de décriminaliser les drogues

July 2, 2019

Et ces appels à la décriminalisation de drogues ont en outre été partagés, depuis un an, par la direction de la santé publique de Montréal, de Toronto, de la Colombie-Britannique et le maire de Vancouver — où une personne meurt tous les jours d’une surdose d’opioïdes. Le directeur de l’Association canadienne de santé publique, Ian Culbert, appelait en outre le fédéral à faire ce virage lors de sa comparution au comité de la santé.


Ontario Court of Appeal rules in favor of carbon tax; Ottawa increasing carbon tax on new natural gas-plants

June 28, 2019

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and the Canadian Public Health Association are pleased with an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that says Ottawa’s carbon tax is constitutional.

The association calls climate change a critical public health issue. It says Friday’s decision affirms the right and the responsibility of the federal government to set national standards for carbon pricing in Canada.


Ultime plaidoyer pour interdire la publicité alimentaire destinée aux enfants

June 18, 2019

S-228 est un projet de loi privé déposé en septembre 2016 par l'ancienne sénatrice conservatrice Nancy Green-Raine. Il est appuyé par de nombreux groupes, comme Diabète Canada, l'Association canadienne de santé publique et la Coalition québécoise sur la problématique du poids.