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Climate change is a public health emergency

April 5, 2019

On Feb. 5, representatives from the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Public Health Association and Urban Public Health Network called on the federal government to formally declare global climate change a public health emergency. To date, our federal government has not complied.

4 Steps to quit smoking cannabis

April 5, 2019

To conclude, here’s a stat from the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA): One in 10 people who use cannabis will become an addict or develop a Cannabis Use Disorder.

Can Penang be a healthy one-planet city? (Part 1)

April 5, 2019

But in focusing on these social determinants, we have lost sight of an equally important and in many ways more fundamental set of determinants. I call these the ecological determinants of health, and which was the focus of a 2015 report I led for the Canadian Public Health Association.

Kentville receives ‘best practice’ nod from Canadian public health website

March 20, 2019

The town’s parks and recreation department program Kentville Plays! has been listed as a recognized community recreation program on the Canadian Public Health Association website’s ‘Promising Practices’ section.

The value of unstructured play

March 16, 2019

Opportunity for children to engage in unstructured play has dramatically declined over the decades. Play can be seen as frivolous and unnecessary. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is a perception in our culture that structured activities, such as organized sports and lessons, are more important to children’s development. Research shows that too many structured activities can contribute to increased anxiety and stress in children. Poor mental health has been linked to the decline in unstructured play opportunities and can lead to trouble forming and maintaining relationships…

Trudeau to apologize for treatment of Inuit

March 6, 2019

The aim is to help Inuit find the gravesites of family members who were transported to southern Canada for TB treatment between the 1940s and the 1960s. The Canadian Public Health Association has estimated about one-third of Canada’s Inuit population became infected during the outbreaks.

Prime minister will visit Nunavut capital Thursday

March 5, 2019

Nanilavut will also contain measures aimed at helping Inuit find the graves of family members who were transported to southern Canada for TB treatment between the 1940s and the 1960s.

During that period, about one-third of the Inuit population living in Canada became infected with TB, the Canadian Public Health Association has estimated.

Community Kitchens class: eat well, spend less

February 27, 2019

Bev Heuving has a recipe for making healthy meals easily and cheaply – and she’s eager to share it. (...)
It’s a free, social, three-hour class providing instruction in cooking fresh food on a budget. It also includes general advice on saving money.(...)
Recipients will receive The Basic Shelf Cookbook from the Canadian Public Health Association and a gift certificate for one Good Food Box.

Brown: Yes, doctors have a vital role in toughening gun laws

February 27, 2019

This overheated response is surprising since medical professionals have a long history of expressing expert opinion on how the availability of firearms and guns laws affect public health. Several medical organizations supported the 1995 Firearms Act, including the Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and the Quebec Medical Association.

History Through Our Eyes: Feb. 26, 1954, fighting polio

February 26, 2019

In the first half of the 20th century, polio — short for poliomyelitis — crippled tens of thousands of Canadians until a vaccine was introduced in 1955. The disease peaked in Canada in 1953 with nearly 9,000 cases and 500 deaths, according to the Canadian Public Health Association.