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Canadian protest calls for end to prohibition amid overdose epidemic

March 4, 2017

In 2014, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) called for a new approach, decriminalising illicit drugs and emphasising harm reduction.

The CPHA recommended a public health approach “based on the principles of social justice, attention to human rights and equity, evidence-informed policy and practice, and addressing the underlying determinants of health.”

17 people now infected amid mumps outbreak, Toronto Public Health confirms

February 24, 2017

The condition is "very painful" and, in rare cases, can lead to sterility or decreased reproductive capacity, said Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association.

"It's always concerning to see outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases because we have the tools to prevent them," Culbert said.

He noted that when the vaccine for mumps was first introduced in 1970, the initial recommendation was for a single dose — but two doses has been the recommendation since 1996.

Anyone born before then may be "underimmunized" and at…

Why has the federal government rejected harm reduction in our prisons?

January 24, 2017

Prison-based needle and syringe programs have also been endorsed by many organizations, including the Canadian Public Health Association...

Saskatchewan strikes health-care deal with Ottawa

January 17, 2017

Ian Culbert, the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, a national non-profit advocacy group, said a pan-Canadian accord on health care would instill a greater sense of equity across the country than a succession of bilateral deals.

But “the important thing is that the government, in additional to providing annual increases for the base funding for provinces and territories, is able to target some of these funds” for specific health priorities such as home care and mental-health care, he said. “That’s…