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MPs urged to push forward with legal cannabis despite calls to slow down

September 13, 2017

"You have also heard calls that we are not ready for legalization. Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of time as Canadians are already consuming cannabis at record levels," Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, told the House of Commons health committee on Wednesday. Culbert's message comes just one day after senior police representatives told the committee that they will not be ready to enforce new laws by next summer, and are asking the government for more time. That echoes the message that several provinces have been delivering in recent months.

A deeper look at Canada’s problem with alcohol

August 30, 2017

A report released in 2015 by the The Chief Public Health Officer called Alcohol Consumption in Canada, states that at least three million drinking Canadians risk acute illness and at least four and half million risk chronic conditions, like liver disease and cancer. There are even more hospitalizations caused by alcohol every year than heart attacks, according to a report by Canadian Institute for Health Information. Dr. Ian Culbert, the executive director with the Canadian Public Health Association, tells us more in the video.

Trevor Hancock: Prevent violence with compassion

August 23, 2017

This approach — what Waller calls “compassionate community safety” — was epitomized recently by Ted Upshaw, the public safety adviser for Halifax and a former RCMP inspector. In a session on healthy communities at the Canadian Public Health Association conference this year, he discussed the importance of social justice, respect, good-quality housing and neighbourhoods, access to parks and other social and community benefits if we are to create safe and healthy communities. It makes sense to me.

Coalition uses cow farts to target oilpatch

August 1, 2017

He pointed to the Canadian Public Health Association’s 2015 discussion paper on the ecological determinants of health, which cited international research showing very high confidence in a greater risk of injury, disease and death due to climate change-driven heat waves and wildfires.

Once Upon a City: Sweeping polio outbreak hits Toronto

July 6, 2017

The polio epidemic of 1951 that swept up Neil Young included 2,568 victims nationwide, and 1,701 in Ontario. Two years later, in 1953, the epidemic in Canada crested, with 8,878 cases reported and 500 deaths nationally. The Canadian Public Health Association estimates that 11,000 people were left paralyzed by polio between 1949 and 1954.

Canada’s marijuana companies say young people not their demographic

July 4, 2017

Ian Culbert, executive director with the Canadian Public Health Association, said their preference is for a complete ban on marketing, something he acknowledged might not withstand a Supreme Court challenge.

Why I’ll be considering First Nations issues this Canada Day

June 29, 2017

There’s the Beothuk, for example, a small group of indigenous people in northern Newfoundland wiped out by tuberculosis, a disease that still affects Canada’s indigenous people at a rate six times greater than the national average, according to the Canadian Public Health Association.

Public health guidelines aim to lower health risks of cannabis use

June 23, 2017

"These guidelines are an important tool supporting a public health approach to cannabis use," says Ian Culbert, Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association. "People who use cannabis and cannabis-derived products, front-line practitioners, and public health professionals can all benefit from having access to evidence-informed guidelines that can help reduce the potential negative health effects associated with cannabis use. Through their widespread adoption, the guidelines will provide people who use cannabis with the information they need to manage their use and protect…

CPHA: The heart of Canadian public health

June 13, 2017

In her role as Chair of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Dr Suzanne Jackson champions a public health perspective on important public policy discussions that impact the health and well-being of Canadians. She spoke to us about CPHA’s influence since its foundation – both the positives and negatives – before highlighting where public health policy needs to focus its attention in the coming months and years.

BC NDP plans to combat opioid crisis with dedicated minister role

June 12, 2017

Last week, Terry Lake, the former Liberal health minister who did not run in last month’s election, was awarded the National Public Health Hero award by the Canadian Public Health Association for his work dealing with the opioid crisis.