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Could decriminalization of all drugs actually lower overdoses and violent crime rates?

December 12, 2017

As with any radical plan or change in policy, there will be people resistant to the change. Critics of Portugal’s plan say that decriminalization will increase the likelihood of use or make the government look soft on drugs and crime, but Ian Culbert of the Canadian Public Health Association says there is no evidence to support those claims. “In fact, the only risk is that we’re going to start treating people like human beings and not like criminals and giving them the proper supports to reintegrate them into society,” Culbert told Your Morning, “And who knows, we might even save tax dollars because it’s cheaper to support people and give them treatment to fight their addiction than it is to incarcerate them.”

Should Canada be decriminalizing more than just pot? Portugal did

December 12, 2017

In 2001, Portugal decriminalized possession of personal amounts of all drugs. Since then, the country has seen a dramatic drop in overdose, HIV infection and violent crime rates, leaving some to wonder if the model could work in Canada. We spoke with the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, Ian Culbert, to find out.

AIDS organizations call on feds to step up funding for Sask. AIDS epidemic

December 1, 2017

The number of Saskatchewan residents newly diagnosed with HIV has increased by 33 per cent over the past decade despite a 45-per-cent increase in prevention funding. In a news release, the Canadian Public Health Association says nationally, the number of new infections remains relatively unchanged despite years of investments. Also in the release, the association “calls upon all levels of governments, non-governmental organizations, service providers and citizens to reflect on and to refocus our collective efforts to reduce the number of new HIV infections every year, and tackle the barriers — including stigma — that hinder HIV prevention, testing and support.”

Local agency marks World AIDS Day

November 30, 2017

Boucher said as an educator he reminds people to be respectful of those living with HIV, especially when they come out. A long-standing concern is the fear associated with getting tested. The Canadian Public Health Association says 21 per cent of people living with HIV in Canada are unaware of their infection. The Canadian public health agency estimates that there were 2,570 new infections of HIV in 2014.

Treating the climate with coal phase-out

November 29, 2017

Canada, the UK and partners announced a global alliance to phase-out coal power at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. It was an honour to speak on behalf of the health community at the launch, as coal-power phase-out is a key recommendation of the 2017 Lancet Countdown Report and the Countdown’s associated UK brief, as well as the Canadian Brief which I co-authored on behalf of the Canadian Public Health Association.

As National Legalization Looms, Advertising Takes the Spotlight in Canada

November 29, 2017

Ian Cuthbert, an executive director with the Canadian Public Health Association, said that their preference is for a complete ban on marketing. He doesn’t think that such a ban would stand up to a challenge in the country’s Supreme Court, so he would settle for advertising in retail outlets restricted to adults only.

Marijuana advent calendar sales soar despite health warnings

November 26, 2017

It will not be tamper proof I’m quite certain meaning that it will be quite easy for children to get access to the cannabis-containing products inside. You don’t know what you’re getting in this package because there are absolutely no regulations. Stop trying to market inappropriate, unnecessary products to Canadians.

Did a pot overdose kill a baby? Controversial paper on infant's death raises questions

November 21, 2017

And a letter in the most recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health warns the addition of edibles to the market “will inevitably exacerbate the already significant and economic burden of food-borne disease in the Canadian population.”

Daycares aren’t always serving the nutritious food they promise, Canadian study finds

November 14, 2017

But it is a problem elsewhere in Canada, according to a new Canadian study published Thursday in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. According to researchers at Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, the food children are being served at daycare centres may not always be as nutritious as parents are led on to think — especially in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, a new Canadian study warns.

New Brunswick child-care centres missing the mark on nutrition, study finds

November 12, 2017

The food served at New Brunswick child-care centres is not meeting nutritional recommendations, according to a new report published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Researchers analyzed the food served at 24 child-care centres in New Brunswick and 37 in Saskatchewan. "We saw lots of fries and chicken nuggets and fish sticks and elbow macaroni," said Stephanie Ward, a registered dietitian and one of the authors of the report, entitled "Lunch is ready … but not healthy."