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2020

Two MPs are challenging party messaging on abortion, drug use - and putting their leaders on the spot

March 5, 2020

Erskine-Smith pointed out that the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Public Health Association and public health officials in British Columbia and Toronto have all called for some form of drug decriminalization. He also questioned whether Wagantall's bill enjoys the same level of expert consensus.


A Trojan Horse at the gates: Alberta Court of Appeal finds federal carbon tax unconstitutional

February 26, 2020

The Attorney General of Canada defended the constitutionality of the Act on one basis only; namely, that it falls within the “national concern” doctrine of Parliament’s POGG power. Canada characterized the matter of national concern as “establishing minimum national standards that are integral to reducing Canada’s nationwide GHG emissions.” The Attorney General of Canada was supported by the Attorney General of British Columbia, Climate Justice Saskatoon, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Public Health Association, the International Emissions Trading…


Tiny pest, massive impact

January 25, 2020

Benita Cohen says people who work in public health are "very concerned" about mental health — but the sector is chronically underfunded. As a result, resources have often been focused on addressing legally mandated activities such as disease surveillance, communicable-disease control — including vaccination — chronic disease prevention and maternal-child health. An associate professor of nursing at the University of Manitoba and director with the Canadian Public Health Association, Cohen notes that typically, public health hasn’t been mandated to provide formal mental-health promotion…


Half Your Plate Partnership with 2020 Olympic team qualifier Florence Maheu

January 17, 2020

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Cancer Society partnered in 2014 to create the Half Your Plate initiative with the goal of improving fruit and vegetable consumption in Canada. These organizations, widely respected for their role in health promotion and disease prevention through healthy eating education, proudly support the Half Your Plate messaging.


Not a waste of time

January 15, 2020

People might think that dog waste is “natural” like the waste from wild animals, but their poop is very different. Due to a dog’s stomach enzymes and their diets, their feces are one of the leading sources of E. Coli contamination in our lakes and rivers. With just one gram of waste containing over 20 million E. Coli bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea and serious kidney disorders in humans (Canadian Public Health Association).


2019

Air pollution and depression linked in new study, highlighting further risks of climate change

December 19, 2019

Earlier this year, the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Public Health Association released a report that showed a connection between the effects of climate change — including everything from rising temperatures to lack of food security caused by damage done to crops — to depression, anxiety, and stress disorders.


How southwestern Ontario is leading the way for free menstrual products in public bathrooms

December 18, 2019

According to the Canadian Public Health Association, 70 per cent of women in Canada have missed school or work because of their period.


Addressing stigma in Canada’s health system is critical for improving health outcomes

December 18, 2019

“The widespread presence of stigma and discrimination within and outside of the health system results in Canada being a country where not every person has the ability to reach their full health potential,” Ian Culbert Executive Director, Canadian Public Health Association said. “Those of us in the health and social services sector – in fact all Canadians – need to reflect on our own personal attitudes and beliefs and our employers need to review the systems that reinforce stigma and discrimination so that we can reduce health inequities in our society.”


Alberta, Ottawa head to court over carbon tax dispute

December 17, 2019

Canada and Alberta have been granted three hours each to make their arguments. Interveners present in court Monday included the attorneys general of Saskatchewan and Ontario, as well as the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Assembly of First Nations, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the Canadian Public Health Association, the David Suzuki Foundation and Climate Justice Saskatoon.