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2018

Should Canadian schools have more recess breaks?

December 6, 2018

Frank Welsh, director of policy with the Canadian Public Health Association, said an increasing emphasis on academic achievement has resulted in more time spent in the classroom.

“All those things that go on in school is important, but it’s equally important to get kids outside to learn things on our own,” Welsh said from Ottawa via Skype.


Ottawa opposes United Conservatives as interveners in Sask. carbon tax case

December 5, 2018

Ottawa supported eight organizations for intervener status including SaskPower and SaskEnergy, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the David Suzuki Foundation and Canadian Public Health Association.

Organizations which Saskatchewan doesn't want included as interveners include the Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Public Health Association and Intergenerational Climate Coalition.


Global warming will increase heat-related death and disease

December 1, 2018

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) joins the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) in calling for the implementation of the Canada-specific recommendations presented in the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.


Eco, health groups and provinces seek status in carbon-tax court challenge

November 30, 2018

On Friday Ecojustice, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Northern Alberta all said they were applying to intervene to argue against Saskatchewan's position.


Doctors prescribe action for 'eco-anxiety'

November 30, 2018

The Canadian Lancet document was prepared with support from CMA and the Canadian Public Health Association.


'Ecological grief' among mental health effects of climate change in Canada: report

November 28, 2018

The Lancet Countdown 2018 Report, supported by the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Medical Association, was released at the same time as an international report on health and climate change. The Canadian report includes recommendations for policy-makers — including putting a price on carbon.


Lack of progress on climate change is putting Canadians' health at risk, doctors say

November 28, 2018

Both the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Public Health Association say they agree with the Lancet's findings and recommendations. 


Overdose death of B.C. cabinet minister’s stepson underscores need for policy shift, expert says

November 19, 2018

"[...] decriminalization of drugs for personal use as supported by organizations like the Canadian Public Health Association should be combined with scaled up harm reduction and treatment, as well as guaranteed annual incomes to address disparities in overdose deaths."


Canada legalises marijuana, but illegal edibles are a headache

November 12, 2018

Speaking before the legalisation legislation had gone through last November, Ian Culbert, the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, noted that “The only message we had at our disposal was, 'Just say no,' and clearly that has failed". Culbert said that legal marijuana sales should be preceded by “comprehensive, non-judgmental, non-stigmatizing health-promotion campaigns across Canada that have a clear and consistent message."

 


You shouldn't drive even 5 hours after smoking cannabis: McGill study

October 15, 2018

The findings backed up recommendations from Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines and endorsed by the Canadian Public Health Association, which suggests users wait at least six hours before driving. McGill researchers said they could not suggest a minimum interval, as they had not tested for longer time periods.