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La ministre Petitpas Taylor veut restreindre la publicité des vapoteuses

February 12, 2018

La Coalition québécoise pour le contrôle du tabac, l'Association canadienne de santé publique et Médecins pour un Canada sans fumée veulent interdire dans la sphère publique la publicité des vapoteuses qui pourrait « créer une nouvelle génération de fumeurs ». « Dans les faits, on n'a pas mis les mesures nécessaires pour contrôler le marketing de ces produits-là, a souligné Mme Doucas. On va permettre des publicités à la télé, à la radio, sur des abribus - tous azimuts - pour des cigarettes électroniques qui contiennent de la nicotine. » C'est cet ingrédient qui crée une dépendance. Selon ces organismes, des publicités vantant les cigarettes électroniques pourraient inciter les non-fumeurs, particulièrement les jeunes, à commencer à fumer. Ils craignent qu'une fois accros à la nicotine, ces nouveaux fumeurs se tournent vers la cigarette traditionnelle.

More than 500 scientists demand improved pollution laws in Canada

February 12, 2018

The letter is signed by more than 540 scientists and doctors from across Canada, telling Trudeau this is a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to curb pollution, save lives, protect the environment, boost the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians."

Anti-tobacco groups call for MPs to clamp down on vaping advertising rules

February 12, 2018

Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, also at Monday’s news conference, said that if Bill S-5 received royal assent today, Canada would become “one of most permissive jurisdictions in the world with regard to advertising vaping devices.” “We do want nicotine containing vaping devices to be available to smokers. They are, or can be, an important part of a harm reduction strategy. But we don’t want to create another generation of young people addicted to nicotine by allowing no controls on the location of ads and few meaningful controls on content,” he said.

Old rules but new pollutants: scientists ask for changes in Canada's pollution laws

February 12, 2018

Diamond was speaking on behalf of a group of 540 scientists and doctors from across the country who want the federal government to update CEPA. The letter is in response to a recent review of the Act conducted by the House of Commons standing committee on environment and sustainable development that made 87 recommendations to strengthen CEPA.

Feds face limits in fighting meth crisis

February 11, 2018

he Liberal government says it’ll do what it can to help curb Winnipeg’s growing meth problem, but a leading expert says Ottawa can only play a limited role. “There isn’t really a lot the federal government can do. (It doesn’t) have a lot of levers,” said Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association.

Food Guide revamp encouraging plant-based, low-meat diet is good for people and the planet

February 11, 2018

As representatives of organizations dedicated to human health, we believe that Health Canada's recommendation that we eat more plants and less meat positions Canada as a leader in both the health of people and of the planet. Strong support for these principles was one of the main recommendations of the jointly-produced Lancet Countdown-Canadian Public Health Association policy brief. Plant-rich, low-meat diets have been shown to have modest benefits in terms of all-cause mortality, to decrease our risk of colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease, and to improve glycemic control in people with diabetes. Low-meat diets also reduce greenhouse gases, land use and water consumption by a median of 20-30 per cent across studies, which is critical to maintaining planetary health and sustaining our ability to feed ourselves as we move through the 21st century.

Health Canada wants to make sure you know your food is high in sugar, sodium and saturated fat

February 9, 2018

The Canadian Public Health Association and Heart & Stroke both applauded the regulations. “Millions of Canadians are living with diet-related disease, taking a huge toll on their health and their families,” said Yves Savoie, CEO of Heart & Stroke. “Adding a clearly visible and easy to understand symbol on the front of unhealthy food and beverage packages will help steer people away from these products and support them to make healthy choices.”

Front-of-package symbols proposed for foods high in sodium, sugar, saturated fat

February 9, 2018

Petitpas Taylor was accompanied at the news conference by representatives of health advocacy groups such as Diabetes Canada, Dieticians of Canada and the Canadian Public Health Association, as well as the Retail Council of Canada. They lauded the proposed warning labels. "We've all heard the troubling news that, in Canada, diet-related factors are now the leading risk factor of death," said Yves Savoie, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Health impacts ignored

February 2, 2018

And then there is health. In 2009, a major report determined that “climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” In 2017, a report by the Canadian Public Health Association included in its recommendations that “health impact assessments” should be integrated as a core component of the federal environmental assessment process. Can we trust the offshore petroleum boards to include health impact assessments? Do we trust them to protect our health, as well as the fossil-fuel industry? I certainly don’t! Their track record would point to “no.”

Two Toronto Police officers suspended after allegedly consuming edibles at work

January 30, 2018

We speak to a member of the Toronto Police Services Board about the suspension of two officers after they allegedly ate edible marijuana, hallucinated, and then called for backup. We also dig into the effects of edible marijuana with the head of the Canadian Public Health Association.