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2017

Once Upon a City: Sweeping polio outbreak hits Toronto

July 6, 2017

The polio epidemic of 1951 that swept up Neil Young included 2,568 victims nationwide, and 1,701 in Ontario. Two years later, in 1953, the epidemic in Canada crested, with 8,878 cases reported and 500 deaths nationally. The Canadian Public Health Association estimates that 11,000 people were left paralyzed by polio between 1949 and 1954.


Canada’s marijuana companies say young people not their demographic

July 4, 2017

Ian Culbert, executive director with the Canadian Public Health Association, said their preference is for a complete ban on marketing, something he acknowledged might not withstand a Supreme Court challenge.


Why I’ll be considering First Nations issues this Canada Day

June 29, 2017

There’s the Beothuk, for example, a small group of indigenous people in northern Newfoundland wiped out by tuberculosis, a disease that still affects Canada’s indigenous people at a rate six times greater than the national average, according to the Canadian Public Health Association.

Public health guidelines aim to lower health risks of cannabis use

June 23, 2017

"These guidelines are an important tool supporting a public health approach to cannabis use," says Ian Culbert, Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association. "People who use cannabis and cannabis-derived products, front-line practitioners, and public health professionals can all benefit from having access to evidence-informed guidelines that can help reduce the potential negative health effects associated with cannabis use. Through their widespread adoption, the guidelines will provide people who use cannabis with the information they need to manage their use and protect…


CPHA: The heart of Canadian public health

June 13, 2017

In her role as Chair of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Dr Suzanne Jackson champions a public health perspective on important public policy discussions that impact the health and well-being of Canadians. She spoke to us about CPHA’s influence since its foundation – both the positives and negatives – before highlighting where public health policy needs to focus its attention in the coming months and years.


BC NDP plans to combat opioid crisis with dedicated minister role

June 12, 2017

Last week, Terry Lake, the former Liberal health minister who did not run in last month’s election, was awarded the National Public Health Hero award by the Canadian Public Health Association for his work dealing with the opioid crisis.


From endless growth to a steady state

June 7, 2017

In our report for the Canadian Public Health Association on the public-health implications of global ecological change, my colleagues and I did a simple extrapolation of two of the three key forces driving global ecological change: population growth and economic growth.


Lake declared 'hero' for work on opioid crisis

June 7, 2017

At a breakfast in Halifax this morning, Lake was given the National Public Health Hero award by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA).

In recognizing Lake, the CPHA said he provided "unwavering support... for the declaration of a public health emergency and the subsequent actions to stem the tide of tragic deaths from illegal drug overdoses in BC."


La pauvreté infantile comme source de problèmes de santé

June 7, 2017

Sur plus d'un million d'enfants pauvres au pays, trois provinces de l'Atlantique sont parmi ceux qui en ont la plus grande proportion. La Conférence annuelle de l'Association canadienne de santé publique, à Halifax, a notamment fait le lien entre la santé et la pauvreté au Canada.


Report says clean needle programs are in high demand, underfunded

June 6, 2017

Dr. Susan Kirkland is a professor at Dalhousie’s department of community health and epidemiology, and the director of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network for Social and Behavioural Issues in Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. This week, she is presenting a recent report she authored for Mainline Needle Exchange, on the impact of their services on the harm reduction landscape, at the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference, which is being held in Halifax.