Ebola: WHO admits it botched response to outbreak Publish Date: 17-OCT-2014 02:39 PM Texas health care workers who were exposed to the deadly Ebola virus are being asked to sign legally binding documents agreeing not to go to public places or use public transportation.
Could Ebola vaccine delay be due to an intellectual property spat ? Publish Date: 03-OCT-2014 11:27 AM Questions remain over why a made-in-Canada experimental Ebola vaccine is still sitting in a Winnipeg laboratory instead of being dispensed in West Africa, with a scientific journal suggesting that an intellectual property dispute may be to blame.
It's been more than six weeks since the Canadian government promised to donate the vaccine to the international community to help fight the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
Scientists rail against imposed ignorance: Goar Publish Date: 02-OCT-2014 11:18 AM A year ago, a handful of Toronto scientists decided they could no longer watch helplessly as the government of Canada systematically stifled information on everything from climate change to drug safety. They formed a collective called Scientists for the Right to Know. This week, they held a public forum at the Munk School of Global Affairs. It was called Imposed Ignorance, a panel discussion highlighting what Canadians are losing and why it matters.
Le Canada est prêt à déceler les cas d’infection, affirme Rona Ambrose (French) Publish Date: 01-OCT-2014 11:50 AM Au lendemain de la détection d’un premier cas d’Ebola aux États-Unis, la ministre de la Santé, Rona Ambrose, soutient que les risques d’infection pour les Canadiens demeurent « très bas » et que le Canada est fin prêt à déceler des cas suspects qui se présenteraient aux divers postes frontaliers ou dans les hôpitaux.
Oil and gas emissions can create ‘extreme’ ozone pollution, study finds Publish Date: 01-OCT-2014 11:12 AM Emissions wafting out of oil and gas operations can trigger “extreme” ozone pollution events that rival those seen in congested cities like Los Angeles, according to an international study. Extraordinary levels of ozone, which can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems, have been seen in rural areas of Utah and Wyoming where oil extraction and fracking have taken off.
Health Canada is not protecting health of Canadians Publish Date: 27-SEP-2014 03:25 PM Health Canada is not looking out for you. This month in the House of Commons, Health Minister Rona Ambrose admitted that her department let potentially dangerous medicines be sold to Canadians. Those drugs were made by a Canadian company, Apotex, which according to the Toronto Star, “altered and in some cases destroyed test data that showed their products were tainted or potentially unsafe.”
Bottle vs. Tap : 7 things to know about drinking water Publish Date: 26-SEP-2014 08:36 AM Recent reports of drugs in our drinking water might have some people heading for the bottled water aisle of their nearest grocery store, but in most parts of Canada, choosing bottled water over tap is a matter of taste or convenience, not health.
Ebola vaccine for West Africa still in Canada Publish Date: 24-SEP-2014 08:27 AM Canada's experimental Ebola vaccine has yet to be shipped to West Africa, says Dr. Gregory Taylor, the country's new chief public health officer. Canada announced an offer of 800 to 1,000 doses of an Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg six weeks ago. But there are still questions about how and where to send it, Taylor said in an interview with CBC News.
Mould closes Canada Science and Technology Museum until 2015 Publish Date: 23-SEP-2014 09:15 AM The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa will remain closed for the rest of the year as it deals with the discovery of mould in the building's south wall. The museum was forced to close earlier this month after maintenance workers discovered a leak in the roof that had spread to the building's south wall. Subsequent tests revealed high levels of airborne mould. The museum said in a statement an initial assessment showed that the work will take at least several weeks to perform and that it won't reopen before January 2015.
Smog politics : Canada and transborder air pollution Publish Date: 22-SEP-2014 09:11 AM In 1991, Canada and the United States signed the Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement, colloquially known as the Acid Rain Treaty. That agreement, negotiated by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President George H. W. Bush, committed both countries to reductions in pollutant emissions. Between the Acid Rain Treaty and domestic initiatives to reduce air pollution, rates of sulphur dioxide, one of the main chemicals contributing to acid rain, declined in Canada by 63 per cent between 1980 and 2001. Last year, Canada won the dubious distinction of being the country that did the most damage to international climate talks for the fifth year running.
Labelling GMOs about transparency, not health say advocates Publish Date: 22-SEP-2014 09:04 AM Advocates pushing for the government to adopt mandatory labelling regulation of genetically-modified foods may have received a boost, ironically, thanks to a recent Health Canada study. On June 10, Health Canada released a report, “Consulting Canadians to Modernize and Improve Food Labels: What We Heard,” detailing what Health Canada has learned about Canadians’ priorities on modernizing and improving food labelling. Within the grander nutrition and clarity concerns, a desire to better detail how and where food was made also emerged, including “labelling genetically-engineered or genetically-modified ingredients in food products and declaring the presence or use of pesticides, agricultural chemicals, antibiotics or growth hormones.”
Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern Publish Date: 22-SEP-2014 08:01 AM Whatever goes into us, also comes out of us, through our own biological effluent, every time we flush the toilet. The excreted drugs pass right through most sewage treatment processes and end up in rivers and lakes, and then in our drinking water. A Canadian study quietly released last month reported record-breaking levels of three pharmaceuticals in river water in southwestern Ontario.
How Winnipeg lab became an Ebola research powerhouse Publish Date: 21-SEP-2014 08:45 AM ZMapp is the most promising of the current experimental treatments. There's also an Ebola vaccine that may be useful both to prevent infection and stop it in its tracks, if given shortly after exposure. And a mobile diagnostic lab that has changed the way outbreak testing is done. These are enormous contributions to the scientific efforts to prevent or contain Ebola. And the fact that they come from Winnipeg seems to come down to a few good men. If you ask why Winnipeg is such a player in Ebola research, the instant answer comes in the form of two names — Heinz Feldmann, the lab's first special pathogens chief and Gary Kobinger, his successor and the current branch chief.
Santé mentale florissante pour 77 % des Canadiens (French) Publish Date: 17-SEP-2014 03:42 PM OTTAWA - Les trois quarts des Canadiens âgés de 15 ans et plus en 2012 avaient généralement un sentiment positif au sujet de leur vie et fonctionnaient bien au quotidien — ce que Statistique Canada appelle une «santé mentale florissante».
Trop de gens se rabattent sur l'urgence par dépit (French) Publish Date: 17-SEP-2014 03:39 PM Plus de 60 % des personnes qui se présentent dans les urgences des hôpitaux du Québec ne sont pas des cas complexes et auraient pu être traités ailleurs. «L'accès aux services de première ligne est encore trop difficile au Québec», estime le Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être, Robert Salois, qui a présenté ce matin un bilan de la situation des urgences du Québec depuis dix ans.
The Canadian response to Ebola : a new science diplomacy ? Publish Date: 16-SEP-2014 09:40 AM In early August, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) announced that Canada would provide $3.6 million dollars to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to help the international Ebola effort. This was not the first Canadian contribution; as early as April 18th, three ministers (International Development and La Francophonie, DFATD, and Health) had pledged nearly $1.3 million to address the Ebola outbreak.
Malgré les engagements internationaux en faveur de la protection de la biodiversité mondiale, la surpêche demeure la norme, la déforestation se poursuit, les milieux humides continuent de disparaître, l’extinction menace de plus en plus d’espèces animales et certaines formes de pollution sont en hausse.