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Canada to widen its newly opened retail cannabis market

January 12, 2019

In Ottawa, Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, says he is pleased with the government's new regulatory proposals. “Ideally, we would like to see gummy bears not containing THC”, he says, “but that's not going to happen. I can already hear the manufacturers saying ‘you are forcing us to market these products in unappealing ways, and we are saying, yes, that is right’.”

Like Rehm, Culbert warns that there is a lack of fundamental understanding of the brain impacts of edible cannabis products. And, although he welcomes Health Canada's statement…

Climate change linked to depression and anxiety in Canada

January 10, 2019

The “Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change”, an international research collaboration between 27 academic institutions and inter-governmental organisations, has released a report on the relationship between climate change and depression, anxiety, and stress disorders. It was developed with the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Public Health Association.

Cannabis referendum: Be wary of replacing one 'Reefer Madness' with another

January 9, 2019

The active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is typically far more potent than in the weed previous generations smoked, according to Canadian Public Health Association spokesman Ian Culbert. The dope on Canada’s illicit market can have 5-40% THC.

Emergency physicians and public health experts call for tight regulations on cannabis edibles and concentrates

January 8, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is one of many groups pushing for tight regulation of edibles. “An over-riding concern is that industry pressure on politicians may result in a watering down of the regulations or an over-expansion of the range of products that are permitted,” according to Ian Culbert, CPHA’s executive director.

Report on Police Violence Against Black People in Toronto Reveals Canada Has A Big Race Problem

January 1, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association has spoken out against racism in Canada, and has deemed it a pubic health issue. “Unfortunately Canada remains a nation where a person’s colour, religion, culture or ethnic origin are determinants of health that result in inequities in social inclusion, economic outcomes, personal health, and access to and quality of health and social services,” the association said in a statement, noting racism is insidious and impacts all aspects of life. “Those who experience racism exhibit poorer health outcomes including negative mental health outcomes, negative…


Racism is a public health issue

December 20, 2018

Le racisme : un fléau pour la santé des personnes qui en sont victimes au Canada

December 19, 2018

L'association canadienne de santé publique condamne le racisme systémique dans le système de santé. Elle dénonce les conséquences néfastes de cette situation sur la santé des personnes qui en sont victimes.


Racism a risk to public health, says industry association

December 17, 2018

The Canadian Public Health Association is raising racism as a public health issue. Backed by seven of its counterparts in provinces and territories, including the Manitoba Public Health Association, the national association released a position statement Monday emphasizing the negative impact racism can have on mental and physical health, as well as health-related behaviours.

David Suzuki: Major health study shows benefits of combating climate change

December 11, 2018

The Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Public Health Association offered several recommendations for policymakers based on the Lancet report, emphasizing the role of doctors and other health professionals in addressing climate change and raising public awareness. “Ensuring a widespread understanding of climate change as a central public health issue will be vital in delivering an accelerated response, with the health…

16 groups to intervene in Sask. carbon tax challenge

December 10, 2018

On the other side of the case will be the British Columbia government, Assembly of First Nations, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecofiscal Commission of Canada, Intergenerational Climate Coalition, Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Environmental Law Association and Climate Justice Saskatoon.