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You shouldn't drive even 5 hours after smoking cannabis: McGill study

October 15, 2018

The findings backed up recommendations from Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines and endorsed by the Canadian Public Health Association, which suggests users wait at least six hours before driving. McGill researchers said they could not suggest a minimum interval, as they had not tested for longer time periods.

Young drivers who use cannabis at higher risk of collisions for at least 5 hours, McGill finds

October 15, 2018

The study says the findings substantiate Canada's Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, developed by the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse in 2017 and endorsed by the Canadian Public Health Association, which recommend waiting six hours after cannabis use before driving.

Local rotarians chip in to eradicate polio

October 15, 2018

According to the Canadian Public Health Association, polio crippled tens of thousands of Canadians until the Salk vaccine was introduced in 1955.

To improve campus culture, let’s consider cannabis education

October 14, 2018

Canadian Public Health Association Executive Director Ian Culbert said that “experimentation is a natural part of growing up” and that university administrations and student associations should therefore adopt “a very proactive approach at getting education materials out to all of the students.”

With cannabis legalization looming, doctors foresee uptick in emergency-room visits

October 14, 2018

Cannabis can be more potent today than it was 20 or 30 years ago, says Ian Culbert of the Canadian Public Health Association. One of the biggest causes of poisoning is that the concentration of the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can vary widely, from less than 5 per cent to more than 40 per cent. While cannabis plants can be bred to have different concentrations of THC, the bigger concern is the unregulated world of edibles – cookies, chocolates and more – that contain THC oils.

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Opinion: Parry Sound doctors support water fluoridation for health of community

October 5, 2018

Don’t believe us, that’s fine. Listen to the recommendations of any reputable health organization that have addressed the topic. The Canadian Dental Association, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Paediatric Society, Canadian Public Health Association, Health Canada and the World Health Organization all recommend fluoridation in town water.

Vignettes from a pre-immunization Canada as childhood vaccination rates plummet

September 26, 2018

As fireworks exploded over celebrating citizens in 1867 Canada, it’s almost a guarantee that many of them would soon be dead of tuberculosis. According to the Canadian Public Health Association, the disease was then the leading cause of death in the new country.

Concerns loom over the effects of vaping on kids: study

September 18, 2018

“We need to differentiate between the two types of vaping devices: some contain nicotine and some don’t,” says Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association. “If you’re talking about a product that contains nicotine, which is one of the hardest addictions to break, you obviously don’t want a child consuming it.”

Spike in cannabis overdoses blamed on potent edibles, poor public education

August 28, 2018

"I would have liked to have seen public health messaging starting as soon as the bill passed, if not sooner than that," said Ian Culbert of the Canadian Public Health Association. "We've known that this was coming — at the federal level the Liberals have a majority, we knew that it was going to pass," Culbert said. "That [public health] information should have started immediately."