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.
CETA’s environmental safeguards, mechanisms have no teeth, say critics Publish Date: 15-SEP-2014 11:45 AM The Canada-European Union trade deal, considered one of the most comprehensive international agreements ever will be released later this month in Ottawa, but some critics say the rules that safeguard the environment will have no teeth. Even though the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), or the Canada-European Union trade deal, is about trade, critics and proponents alike agree it goes way beyond that.
Canadian government declines interviews on oilsands health impacts Publish Date: 05-SEP-2014 11:19 AM Who are Health Canada’s experts assessing human health impacts of oilsands development? And why has the federal government never done a comprehensive study of health impacts in the region after more than half a century of industrial development?
Rat Massages Get the Golden Goose Publish Date: 04-SEP-2014 11:17 AM Scientists who brushed the backs of baby rats nearly 40 years ago are among the winners of this year’s Golden Goose Awards. Their work led to the finding that massage could promote the survival and growth of premature human infants.
Grassy Narrows : Why is Japan still studying the mercury poisoning when Canada isn’t ? Publish Date: 02-SEP-2014 01:50 PM By the time government scientists arrived in 1970 to do some testing, the people at Grassy Narrows and neighbouring Wabeseemoong First Nations had already eaten dangerous amounts of contaminated fish. The first tests revealed extreme levels of mercury in hair and blood. There has been no epidemiological study to establish the scope of the Grassy Narrows exposure, and no long-term tracking of what are now recognized as the life-long effects of ingested mercury, although an expert review by Canadian scientists in 2010 stated "there should have been extensive examinations and followup of these communities.”
Quand le climat devient une urgence de santé publique (French) Publish Date: 30-AUG-2014 01:44 PM Les changements climatiques sont la plus grande menace à la santé du XXIe siècle, lance Claudel Pétrin-Desrosiers, étudiante en médecine à l’Université de Montréal. Mais ils sont aussi une occasion d’améliorer la santé mondiale, en cessant d’investir dans le carbone et en choisissant des énergies vertes et renouvelables.
E-cigarettes : l’OMS pour une interdiction aux mineurs (French) Publish Date: 26-AUG-2014 03:55 PM L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a recommandé mardi d'interdire la vente des cigarettes électroniques aux mineurs et leur usage dans les lieux publics fermés, estimant que celles-ci présentaient un «grave danger» pour l'adolescent et le foetus.
The Harper government’s lonely struggle against reality Publish Date: 22-AUG-2014 03:31 PM In a recent speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said something no cabinet minister ought to have to say out loud: that her boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his government are firm believers in evidence-based policy. The fact that Ambrose felt the need to assert publicly that her government drafts policy based on facts — not on hunches, hearsay or blind ideology — highlights the Harper government’s essential problem when it comes to getting Canadians to sign on to its program: It does not believe in fact-based policy and seldom feels the need to behave as if it does. The Conservatives believe in ideology over evidence. They believe in belief. For proof, look no further than Ambrose’s own portfolio.
Mount Polley mine spill : Minister to reveal plans for investigation Publish Date: 18-AUG-2014 01:55 PM B.C. Minster of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett is expected to announce this morning the details of an investigation into the Mount Polley tailings pond failure. On Friday, B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak told the CBC News there would be an independent inquiry into the accident.
Refugee claimants struggling to find health care after cuts Publish Date: 17-AUG-2014 01:45 PM Two years ago, the Conservative government made cuts to refugee health care, arguing it would deter “bogus” refugees from coming to Canada and save taxpayers $100-million over five years. The cuts drew outrage from many refugee advocates, doctors, lawyers, and some provinces that found themselves footing the bill. Last month, a Federal Court ruling called the measure “cruel and unusual treatment” and found “no persuasive evidence” the cuts reduced claims and costs.
Océans : le mercure grimpe (French) Publish Date: 12-AUG-2014 10:34 AM En janvier 2013, à Genève, 130 pays ont signé une convention visant à réduire la pollution au mercure, métal toxique qui s’accumule dans la chaîne alimentaire et qui influe sur le système nerveux et le développement. L’objectif est d’en limiter considérablement les émissions. Mais l’environnement est déjà durablement contaminé, à commencer par le milieu marin. Une étude internationale (États-Unis, France, Pays-Bas), publiée le 7 août dans la revue Nature, montre que la concentration de mercure dans les eaux de surface de presque tous les océans a triplé du fait des rejets d’origine humaine.
Salmon near B.C. mine spill to be tested Publish Date: 12-AUG-2014 10:29 AM First Nations health officials are preparing to test salmon near the site of a massive mine tailing spill in British Columbia amid fears in aboriginal communities that fish from affected lakes and rivers aren't safe to eat. Environment Canada has also started its own investigation.
Lake Erie’s algae explosion blamed on farmers Publish Date: 07-AUG-2014 08:28 AM Toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie fouled the water that hundreds of thousands of people rely on for drinking, cooking and bathing last week, forcing hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio to rely on bottled water.
Citizen scientists to help University of Victoria measure radiation Publish Date: 06-AUG-2014 08:01 AM A network of citizen scientists along the B.C. coast is being recruited to help researchers measure the potential risk of low-level radiation arriving from Japan after the tsunami and Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen is leading a $630,000 project to test water and seafood over the next three years.
Ebola test drug has roots in Canada’s national lab Publish Date: 05-AUG-2014 08:17 AM Canadian research is at the heart of an experimental Ebola therapy recently given to two American aid workers infected while caring for patients in Liberia. Two of the monoclonal antibodies are the product of years of research done at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, the agency confirmed in an email late Monday. The Winnipeg lab and a number of other facilities have been working for years to produce Ebola and Marburg interventions. But lack of funding and regulatory hurdles had prevented these experimental tools from being used in outbreaks up until now.
Ebola outbreak : WHO launches $100M plan as death toll tops 700 Publish Date: 31-JUL-2014 08:59 AM The World Health Organization is launching a $100-million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that has killed 729 people out of 1,323 infected since February, the agency said on Thursday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said his agency is stepping up its response to the outbreak and will send an additional 50 health experts to assist with efforts to control the outbreak. Canada's Public Health Agency is not taking that step just yet, instead recommending travellers practise special precautions, such as getting extra vaccinations. According to its online travel notice, the risk of infection is low for most travellers
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.
How many day-care spaces exist in Canada? How much do the country’s poorest receive in welfare income? Are freshwater fish harmed by cleaning products? For decades, the federal government paid to answer these questions. Now, non-profit groups are asking the public for donations in a desperate bid to save the data from extinction. In the case of the Experimental Lakes Area, the 45-year-old government research program now under the International Institute for Sustainable Development, crowdfunding aimed to raise $25,000 to help restore it to its former glory and reduce its reliance on capricious political leaders.