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CPHA recommends Senate vote in favour of cannabis legalization bill

June 6, 2018

The following is a letter sent to all Senators ahead of the upcoming vote on Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis, from Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). 

With the Senate’s vote imminent, I am taking this opportunity to underscore the important relationship between public health and legalization of cannabis.

I recognize that legalizing cannabis is a complex, multi-faceted task, and caution is essential. While some questions about operational and technical regulations may remain, I strongly recommend that…

CPHA recognizes outstanding contributions to public health

May 29, 2018

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) congratulates the following 2018 honorary award recipients:

R. D. Defries Award

Dr. Richard Massé has devoted the majority of his career to public health. From 1998 to 2003, he was Québec's National Director of public health and Assistant Deputy Minister of Québec's Department of Health and Social Services. From 2003 to 2008, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Québec's national…

Media Advisory: CPHA's Annual Conference

May 28, 2018

Public Health 2018 is the meeting place for the public health community to connect, collaborate, innovate, inspire, share and learn. It is a gathering of leaders and change agents from public, private and voluntary organizations that contribute to health and wellness. It is the largest annual public health gathering in Canada and a key knowledge exchange event.

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is pleased to welcome the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada’s Minister of Health on Thursday, May 31. 

New for this year are two, two…

CPHA revives pot + driving campaign

April 12, 2018

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is launching an updated version of its pot and driving campaign, which incorporates information on current impaired-driving laws and legislation being proposed to strengthen those laws as cannabis legalization nears. The main objective remains unchanged: to raise awareness of the risks associated with cannabis-impaired driving.

 “Canadian youth are among the most frequent users of cannabis in the world, second only to France,” said CPHA executive director Ian Culbert. “Youth of that age are beginning to drive and cannabis…

CPHA supports the City of Vancouver’s call for decriminalization of personal possession of all drugs

March 15, 2018

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) commends the City of Vancouver’s call for the decriminalization of drug possession by the federal government. As demonstrated in CPHA’s 2017 position statement, criminalization of those who use illegal psychoactive drugs is unsuccessful and a more robust public health approach is needed immediately. 

“With the opioid crisis out of control and threatening people’s lives, we must employ a stronger public health approach to help…

Canadian organizations mark the first annual international HPV awareness day: Give love, not HPV

March 2, 2018

On Sunday 4 March, the Canadian Public Health Association, HPV Awareness, and the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, will be joining forces with over 80 organizations worldwide to mark the first international HPV awareness day. The goal of the day is to spark conversation and promote a worldwide exchange of ideas, knowledge, and research materials about human papillomaviruses (HPV) and their associated diseases. 

New developments lead some health groups to reconsider their support for Bill S-5

February 12, 2018

New evidence and recent developments regarding e-cigarettes have reinforced ongoing concerns regarding Bill S-5 (the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act), leading a number of tobacco control groups and other health organizations to call for parts of the legislation, now headed to the Standing Committee on Health for hearings starting

Over 500 Canadian scientists and doctors urge the Prime Minister to strengthen the nation’s toxics and pollution law

February 12, 2018

Scientist sign-on letter calls on the federal government to reform the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)
A letter signed by over 540 scientists and doctors from across the country urges the federal government to update Canada’s main pollution and toxics law, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, before Spring 2018. The letter is in response to a recent review of the Act conducted by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development that made

Public health applauds new proposed regulations requiring front-of-package labelling

February 9, 2018

The Canadian Public Health Association  congratulates the Government of Canada for proposing regulations that would require front-of-package labelling for sugars, sodium and saturated fat, as part of its overarching Healthy Eating Strategy.


World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to reflect on and refocus Canada’s collective efforts

November 30, 2017

On World AIDS Day, 1 December, the Canadian Public Health Association calls upon all levels of governments, non-governmental organizations, service providers and citizens to reflect on and to refocus our collective efforts to reduce the number of new HIV infections every year, and tackle the barriers—including stigma—that hinder HIV prevention, testing and support.