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2019

Ontario premier’s unprecedented partisan attack on public health worries health experts

May 27, 2019

“I have no recollection of an attack by a politician of this magnitude on public health officials,” said Ian Culbert, the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association.

Ford’s comments were made about the council members and public representatives who set public health policy in Toronto but could colour opinion of public health in general, Culbert argued. “For those who take the premier’s messages to heart, they could become dismissive of messages that come out of Toronto Public Health that are really intended to protect and promote their health and wellbeing, the…


Is using cannabis oil for medicinal purposes addictive?

May 24, 2019

An evidence brief compiled by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) states “cannabis is addictive, though not everyone who uses it will develop an addiction.”


Canada's Conservative leader to drop pledge to balance budget in two years

May 23, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association and 10 former Ontario health ministers have complained that Ford's cuts undermine some public healthcare services, and pollster Frank Graves at Ekos Research said recent surveys have shown Ford's support is falling in Ontario.


Developing strong, resilient kids

May 15, 2019

Too often our children are not permitted to engage in unstructured play. The Canadian Public Health Association lists these benefits from unstructured play: promotes creativity, strengthens problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills, promotes positive self-concept and self-esteem, promotes healthy weight, improves gross motor skills, positively impacts learning and attention at school and promotes resilience and independence. It is time to stop bubble wrapping our children, get them away from the TV or other electronic devices and let them head outside and experience age-appropriate…


Mental Health BBQ And Play

May 10, 2019

According to the Canadian Public Health Association, evidence shows that play enables factors that support good mental health and is important to children’s overall well-being.


Saskatchewan carbon tax challenge: Court of Appeal rules in favour of federal government

May 3, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) also applauded the ruling supporting the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, saying this decision affirms the right and the responsibility of the federal government to set national standards for carbon pricing in Canada.

“We are pleased with the Court’s ruling affirming the role of the federal government in protecting the health of Canadians,” says Richard Musto, chair of CPHA’s Board of Directors, in a released statement. “All levels of government need to act in a coordinated fashion to prevent…


Carbon Tax Challenge Denied, Province Vows To Appeal

May 3, 2019

But the Canadian Public Health Association applauds the ruling, saying that climate change is a critical public health issue and it threatens to undermine the past century of gains for population health in Canada and around the world.


Is cannabis actually addictive?

April 23, 2019

The term [Cannabis Use Disorder], first introduced in 2013 in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from the American Psychiatric Association, has been adopted by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), too. This term is used for someone who might not fit the criteria for having a full-blown addiction, but is dependent enough that when he or she puts down the pipe or foregoes vaping for longer than usual, withdrawal symptoms like headaches, restlessness, change in mood, sleep and appetite are experienced.


Cuisine infusée au cannabis : la recette du succès

April 17, 2019

Le directeur général de l'Association canadienne de santé publique, Ian Culbert, considère qu’il est préférable de consommer du cannabis en le mangeant plutôt qu’en le fumant en raison des « effets directs sur les poumons ».


Federal-versus-provincial powers take centre stage in Ontario carbon tax court battle

April 16, 2019

"Public health is both the responsibility and the prerogative of the federal government because in the case of climate change, we're dealing with a condition that does not respect provincial boundaries," said intervener Ian Culbert, the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association. "So if one jurisdiction is not pulling its fair share, as far as taking action on climate change, citizens in other parts of the country will pay the price."