What's the defining health challenge of this century? A group of doctors says it's actually climate change
November 2, 2017What's the defining health challenge of this century? Heart disease? Superbugs? A group of doctors says it's actually climate change.
November 2, 2017Researchers from around the world, including Canada, have begun reporting annually in The Lancet medical journal about the world's response to climate change and the effect on human health, and Trevor Hancock — a professor of public health at the University of Victoria — is in Ottawa for the release of the Canadian data and recommendations.
November 1, 2017Implementing prison-based needle and syringe programs has been recommended by the Correctional Investigator of Canada, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian and Ontario Medical Associations, World Health Organization, UNAIDS and UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
November 1, 2017Ian Culbert, the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, said Canadians must become at ease when they talk about cannabis and discuss potential negative effects with their children. "The prohibition model currently in place in Canada has severely hampered health promotion and harm-reduction efforts. The only message we had at our disposal was, 'Just say no,' and clearly that has failed," he told the committee in September. "It is our view that legal cannabis sales must therefore be preceded by comprehensive, non-judgmental, non-stigmatizing health-promotion campaigns across Canada that have a clear and consistent message."
October 31, 2017In 2006, The Canadian Public Health Association made 55,000 copies of this poster and sent them out to high schools across the country to warn students against toking and driving. "With a drug that’s ingested in gummies, cookies, inhaled in many different ways, and available in all manner of potencies, good luck giving users any sense of how much is too much or how long they need to wait before they are competent to get behind the wheel," writes Ian Cooper.
October 19, 2017"It's somewhat of an empty victory for the health of New Brunswickers," said Ian Culbert, the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, which has objected to the reorganization. "You're giving an officer of the legislature some responsibility, but they have no authority and no resources. So it's really creating an empty office at the end of the day."
October 13, 2017In August, the province announced it was "enhancing" the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health by transferring several functions to other departments. The association's executive director, Ian Culbert, told CBC News that "it just doesn't make sense to us to break up a public health team." "We have serious concerns about what could happen to normal services for public health activities in the province, but also what could happen if there was an emergency."
October 13, 2017A national public health organization says changes the New Brunswick government made to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health don't make sense. The Canadian Public Health Association published an open letter to Health Minister Benoît Bourque outlining its concerns. "We are concerned that the announced changes to the organization of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health may result in a reduction in the level and efficiency of services provided to the citizens of New Brunswick," says the letter published on the association's website.
October 13, 2017Terry Seguin talks to the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Assoc. It's letting the NB government know it isn't a fan of changes to the office of the chief medical officer of health.
October 13, 2017The executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association says restructuring the office of the chief medical officer of health in New Brunswick is a mistake.