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2020

Canadian Public Health Association applauds move to increase safe supply of drugs

September 2, 2020

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the federal Minister of Health’s recent letter to Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health and regulatory colleges to encourage action to provide people who use drugs with a full spectrum of options for receiving care. These options include increasing access to safer, pharmaceutical-grade alternatives to the contaminated illegal drug supply for people at risk of overdose.

“At a time…


Canadian Public Health Association affirms support for Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada

April 27, 2020

In light of recent public comments, the Canadian Public Health Association takes this opportunity to re-affirm its support for Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (CPHO), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and the provincial/territorial and local public health authorities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada has a talented and distinguished civil service at the local, provincial/territorial and federal levels. These dedicated public servants continue to fulfill their duties throughout this crisis with integrity, diligence and impartiality.


2019

Achieving health for all through self-reflection on attitudes, beliefs and behaviours

December 18, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the Chief Public Health Officer for the release of the 2019 Annual Report on the State of Public Health in Canada—Addressing Stigma: Towards a more inclusive health system.

For the most part, Canada is a healthy nation, but we can do better. The report highlights some areas where we have seen health improvements and other areas…


Climate change: Time for health care sector to do its part, says new report by the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

November 13, 2019

Report also highlights the increasing impact of wildfires on Canadians

Canada’s health care sector is among the worst in the world in terms of greenhouse gas pollution, says the Canada-focused policy brief, issued alongside the latest Lancet Countdown international report, and the sector requires concerted efforts to chart a new course to be consistent with its mandate to ‘do no harm.’

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate…


Vote for action on climate change and health

October 4, 2019

“With just over two weeks until Canadians head to the polls, CPHA is calling on the next federal government to take leadership in the development and implementation of an effective, evidence-based climate action plan that will help achieve the emission reductions needed to keep global warming below 1.5°C,” said Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association. “Our health and the health of our planet depend on it.”

For almost 30 years, CPHA has warned that global warming is the greatest challenge public health has ever faced…


The Canadian Public Health Association applauds the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal supporting the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

June 28, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal supporting the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. This decision affirms the right and the responsibility of the federal government to set national standards for carbon pricing in Canada.

“We are pleased with the Court’s ruling affirming the role of the federal government in protecting the health of Canadians,” says Richard Musto, Chair of CPHA’s Board of Directors. “All levels of government need to act in a coordinated…


Health and public health community urges Senators to stand up for children and pass Bill S-228 (an act to restrict the marketing of foods to children)

June 14, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and 425 health and public health professionals from across Canada have signed an open letter to Senators imploring them stand up for Canada’s children and take the necessary steps so that Bill S-228 (an act to restrict the marketing of foods to children) is placed on the Senate’s priority list and voted on before the Senate adjourns on 28 June 2019.

“Bill S-228 has been studied and previously approved by both the Senate and the House of Commons,” said Ian Culbert,…


Canadian Public Health Association applauds ban on single-use plastics

June 10, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) welcomes the announcement that the Government of Canada will ban single-use plastics in Canada as early as 2021.

“CPHA applauds the federal government for taking a bold approach to address the threat to human health posed by the proliferation of single-use plastics in our environment,” said Ian Culbert, CPHA’s executive director. “There is a negative impact on human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle and our love affair with plastic needs to come to an end.”

In addition to creating…


The Canadian Public Health Association applauds the ruling of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal supporting the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

May 3, 2019

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) applauds the ruling from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal supporting the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. This decision affirms the right and the responsibility of the federal government to set national standards for carbon pricing in Canada.

“We are pleased with the Court’s ruling affirming the role of the federal government in protecting the health of Canadians,” says Richard Musto, Chair of CPHA’s…


Today we honour individuals who provided outstanding service to their community and profession

April 30, 2019

Each year, we honour individuals or organizations who provide outstanding service to their community and profession. Our members nominate candidates for the following prestigious awards.

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) congratulates the following 2019 honorary award recipients.

R.D. Defries Award: Peter Bryce (posthumously)
Dr. Peter H. Bryce, a charter member of the Canadian Public Health Association, was a leader in the field of public health at the turn of the 20th Century. He served as the…