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Canadian Public Health Association calls for new federal powers over public health spending

April 9, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak ramps up, the Canadian Public Health Association is issuing a call for more federal power to direct national spending on public health.

Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, is scheduled to speak to the Commons health committee Thursday, and says he will outline the association’s concerns, which he says are not a criticism of the Public Health Agency of Canada.[...]

How much should the public know about COVID-19 cases? It depends who you ask

March 31, 2020

The line between transparency and privacy is one that public health officials across the country are wrestling with, according to Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association.

He said knowing more about the outbreak in their community could help people follow advice from public health.

80-year-old quarantine poster offers perspective

March 31, 2020

According to the Canadian Public Health Association, the first known outbreak of polio in Canada happened in 1910 after the death of a young girl in Hamilton, not far from Dunnville. She had been misdiagnosed with rabies, a sign of the difficulties polio would cause patients and public health officials for the next 50 years.

COVID-19: Keep calm and hibernate

March 30, 2020

The Canadian Public Health Association recently likened our nation-wide stay-at-home order to that of a bear at the beginning of winter, writing “When a bear goes into hibernation, they do it for the health of their community and themselves… Hibernation slows the spread of disease and viruses among other animals during a season when immune systems are lowered, and energy is limited.”

But there is also a mental health component to hibernation, as the CPHA put it last week: “When it is time for hibernation, the bear can finally relax. All the stress of finding food, territory and a…

What happens if you eat poop? Effects, in children, and more

March 26, 2020

Dog feces can also infect a person with Escherichia coli, Salmonellosis, and Yersiniosis, as well as a number of different parasites, according to the Canadian Public Health Association.

Toronto Sex Workers Supported By COVID-19 Relief Fund

March 25, 2020

Sex work itself is decriminalized in Canada, but the industry is socially stigmatized and often on murky legal grounds. Government aid that requires legal identification or background checks may be invasive or impossible to comply with for survival sex workers, Ade Kur notes, a term the Canadian Public Health Association defines as those who engage in sex work out of “extreme need.”

Public has power in fight against COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Meanwhile, provinces created chief officers that operate at arm's length from the elected governments that appoint them. That’s allowed jurisdictions to respond based on local needs, like whether to close schools, while still co-ordinating national responses and reporting the data centrally.

Ian Culbert, head of the Canadian Public Health Association, contrasts that with the United States.

The Trump administration has had the White House take over communication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local mayors have often been tasked with informing…

Coping with Covid, federal government pledges $1 Billion

March 12, 2020

Ian Culbert, is the executive-director of the Canadian Public Health Association. He explains how the money will be used, and the unique aspects of this ‘new’ virus.