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History Through Our Eyes: Feb. 26, 1954, fighting polio

February 26, 2019

In the first half of the 20th century, polio — short for poliomyelitis — crippled tens of thousands of Canadians until a vaccine was introduced in 1955. The disease peaked in Canada in 1953 with nearly 9,000 cases and 500 deaths, according to the Canadian Public Health Association.

Improperly installed car seats cost lives

February 22, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association says child car seats reduce the risk of death by 71 per cent in infants under one-year-old and 54 per cent for kids ages one to four. Daring agrees that they definitely keep kids safer during a crash.

Pooch poop popping up on Central Okanagan parks and trails

February 21, 2019

As a dog lover, she was concerned about the diseases that dog feces can spread to dogs as well as humans.

The Canadian Public Health Association lists nine human diseases that can be transmitted by dog poop, including E. Coli and Giardia.

Canada's health organizations demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change

February 21, 2019

It is an election year and all of our organizations — the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN), the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) — agree that climate change is too important to the health and well-being of our children and grandchildren to be treated as a wedge issue in the upcoming federal election.

Saskatchewan's carbon tax court challenge launches today

February 19, 2019

Thursday will be devoted to the government's arguments, with interventions from British Columbia, the Assembly of First Nations, the Canadian Public Health Association and several environmental groups.

Toronto condo owners asked for their dog’s DNA to solve poop problem

February 18, 2019

Aside from the obvious ick factor, uncollected pet waste can pose serious health risks. According to the Canadian Public Health Association, pet poop is often carried away by spring runoffs or heavy rainfalls and ends up in rivers and lakes. It then affects water quality and can lead to the transmission of diseases such as E. coli and salmonellosis. It can also be harmful to other dogs, causing infections such as Giardia, a parasite that affects the gastrointestinal tract.

Mandatory treatment? Decriminalization? As opioid epidemic rages, Canadians seek extreme measures to save lives

February 15, 2019

Proponents hope that this would help to destigmatize drug use and create an environment where users are able to ask for help without fear of prosecution. Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto have called for decriminalization recently as has the Canadian Public Health Association. Opponents are primarily concerned that decriminalizing will lead to increased use, particularly among those who may have been dissuaded by criminal penalties.

Carbon tax legal battle: Court reserves decision in carbon tax case, where high stakes are only certainty

February 15, 2019

Nine interveners followed Canada and B.C. to defend the carbon tax on Thursday, countering Saskatchewan’s allies the day before.

A lawyer for the Canadian Public Health Association called climate change the “biggest global health threat of this century.”

Carbon tax fight: Canada makes its case at Court of Appeal

February 14, 2019

They included the Province of B.C., the Canadian Public Health Association, and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation – which is arguing that not doing something about climate change would be a violation of treaty rights.

Ottawa, environmentalists to make their case for a carbon tax in Saskatchewan

February 14, 2019

Groups that support that position in Saskatchewan’s court challenge of the carbon tax include the British Columbia government, environmentalists, Indigenous groups and the Canadian Public Health Association.