July 13, 2018
Local public health officials have added their voice to a growing list of communities in the push to decriminalize personal use of psychoactive drugs. The Simcoe Muskoka Board of Health endorsed a statement by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) at is June meeting. The CPHA has recommended decriminalizing possession of small quantities of illegal substances intended for personal use, as well as ensuring young offenders aren’t charged with trafficking small amounts of drugs also intended for personal use.
May 31, 2018The study is the first national-scale indication of the effectiveness of cannabis at mitigating the hallmark symptoms of PTSD. It was presented on Thursday at the annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association in Montreal.
May 21, 2018Canadian Public Health Association executive director Ian Culbert lamented that much of Canada is stuck in a “1980s Nancy Reagan ‘just say no to drugs’ approach,” and opposition from parents and politicians make it challenging to move past that. “The challenge with schools is that education around ‘sensitive topics’ such as sex education, alcohol and drug use gets very politicized. So finding the best practice does not always match up with what parents would necessarily want to be taught to their children,” he said.
April 17, 2018The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is updating their pot and driving campaign as cannabis legalization nears. The updated version of the campaign includes information on current impaired driving laws and legislation being proposed to strengthen those laws. The CPHA’s main objective of raising awareness of the risks associated with cannabis-impaired driving, remains unchanged.
April 12, 2018The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is concerned many young people in the country don’t understand the risks of driving while under the influence of cannabis. As a result, the CPHA is launching an updated version of its pot and driving campaign.
April 8, 2018
The Ontario Medical Association produced a paper entitled Gambling and Health in Ontario, based on published reports by the Canadian Public Health Association and Toronto Public Health Unit. From three to four per cent of the population will become problem gamblers experiencing negative consequences on finances, employment, relationships and substance abuse.
February 26, 2018Les conversations du Nouvel An à propos du régime alimentaire abondent encore à la pause détente partout au Canada; les gens discutent des effets bénéfiques ou néfastes du sucre, du gluten, de la viande, des produits laitiers, du tofu et d’autres aliments. Des articles scientifiques, des vedettes de renom et des représentants de divers groupes produisent, transforment et vendent de la nourriture et veulent à attirer notre attention pendant que nous cherchons la bonne façon de manger.
February 21, 2018What is a healthy diet? New Year's diet conversations still abound around as people debate the various merits and shortcomings of sugar, gluten, meat, dairy, tofu and other edibles. Scientific articles, shiny celebrities and representatives of various groups who produce, transform and sell food all compete for our attention as we try to figure out what to eat. How is anyone supposed to know who to listen to?
February 16, 2018What is a healthy diet? New Year’s diet conversations still abound around water coolers Canada-wide as people debate the various merits and shortcomings of sugar, gluten, meat, dairy, tofu and other edibles. Scientific articles, shiny celebrities and representatives of various groups who produce, transform and sell food all compete for our attention as we try to figure out what to eat. How is anyone supposed to know who to listen to? Canadians’ traditional solution to this conundrum has been to turn to our Food Guide -- that familiar rainbow of foods that many of us learned about in elementary school.
The world is zeroing in on the end of polio — by stopping people at bus stops, airports and train stations
February 16, 2018Though it has been around for untold centuries, polio made its recorded debut in Europe during the early1800s, with the first known Canadian case appearing in Hamilton in 1910, according to the Canadian Public Health Association. When it was at its peak between 1949 and 1954 about 11,000 Canadians would be left with polio-caused paralysis. The last major outbreak in this country occurred in 1959, when some 2,000 people were paralyzed. “In Canada, our last case was about 1977,” says Dr. Shelley Deeks, the chief of communicable diseases at Public Health Ontario.