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Health professionals frame climate change as a public health issue

February 8, 2019

It had an immediate impact on air quality, Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, tells EcoLog News. The number of poor air quality days plummeted, and hospitals saw fewer admissions for asthma attacks, particularly among children and seniors.

“I don’t think people are making that connection between climate action and improved health outcomes,” he says. In a country with publicly-funded health care, that's a pocketbook issue.

Canada to say sorry next month for past abuse of Inuit TB patients

February 8, 2019

During that period, about one-third of the Inuit population living in Canada became infected with TB, the Canadian Public Health Association has estimated.

Statscan could fill public data gaps if Ottawa increases funds, chief statistician says

February 7, 2019

Frank Welsh, director of policy for the Canadian Public Health Association, urged the federal government to bridge some of the gaps by circulating a memorandum of understanding where provinces would agree to collect statistics using a common methodology in areas such as obesity, injury prevention and cancer. “What would be a great step forward is to identify a core set of health statistics across the provinces and territories and agree on some methodologies to improve them,” he said.

City staff to examine lowering water fluoridation by 0.1 part

February 6, 2019

Mackie said the Middlesex-London Health Unit verified 57 organizations across North America on Tuesday that support the process, including the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Dental Association, and the Canadian Public Health Association.

Taxes, affordable housing and parole eligibility on Tuesday’s House to-do list

February 5, 2019

A coalition of physicians and public health service providers — including the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Nurses Association —  hold a joint press conference to issue a call for “all federal parties” to support “action to prevent catastrophic climate change.”

Half a plate message unveiled in Canada Food Guide

January 22, 2019

“The Canadian Public Health Association supports the new national dietary guidelines that emphasize plant-based sources of protein, which was a recommendation from the 2017 Canada-specific Lancet Countdown Report,” Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, said in the release.

Canada's new food guide will be healthier for people – and the planet

January 21, 2019

Health Canada deserves credit for using an evidence-based process to develop the new food guide, which has been free of closed-door meetings with industry. The result is a document based on the best available science that puts the health of Canadians first. That is why the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Medical Association have both registered their support for the draft food guide.

Canada to widen its newly opened retail cannabis market

January 12, 2019

In Ottawa, Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, says he is pleased with the government's new regulatory proposals. “Ideally, we would like to see gummy bears not containing THC”, he says, “but that's not going to happen. I can already hear the manufacturers saying ‘you are forcing us to market these products in unappealing ways, and we are saying, yes, that is right’.”

Like Rehm, Culbert warns that there is a lack of fundamental understanding of the brain impacts of edible cannabis products. And, although he welcomes Health Canada's statement…

Climate change linked to depression and anxiety in Canada

January 10, 2019

The “Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change”, an international research collaboration between 27 academic institutions and inter-governmental organisations, has released a report on the relationship between climate change and depression, anxiety, and stress disorders. It was developed with the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Public Health Association.

Cannabis referendum: Be wary of replacing one 'Reefer Madness' with another

January 9, 2019

The active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is typically far more potent than in the weed previous generations smoked, according to Canadian Public Health Association spokesman Ian Culbert. The dope on Canada’s illicit market can have 5-40% THC.