Health

Règlement provincial sue l’eau potable : feu vert à Pétrolia (French)
Publish Date: 24-JUL-2014 10:05 AM
Québec vient d'adopter le règlement provincial sur l'eau potable réclamé à cor et à cri par Gaspé depuis deux ans. Moins sévère que celui de la municipalité, il a pour effet de donner le feu vert à Pétrolia pour forer Haldimand n° 4.  
 
Québec fixe enfin des règles (French)
Publish Date: 24-JUL-2014 09:54 AM
Québec a finalement dévoilé mercredi son règlement sur la protection de l’eau potable, une mesure qui confirme que Pétrolia pourra poursuivre ses forages dans la ville de Gaspé, malgré la controverse qu’ils suscitent. Le Règlement sur le prélèvement des eaux et leur protection (RPEP) fixe pour la première fois la distance « minimale » qui devra être respectée entre un site de forage et une source d’eau potable. Celle-ci devra être de 500 mètres. 
 
Records de chaleur planétaires (French only)
Publish Date: 22-JUL-2014 10:13 AM
De nouvelles données américaines confirment la hausse continue des températures et l’ampleur de la crise climatique. La dépendance de l’humanité aux énergies fossiles se reflète de plus en plus sur le thermomètre planétaire. De nouvelles données scientifiques publiées lundi révèlent en effet que les derniers mois ont battu des records historiques à la hausse, tant sur les continents qu’à la surface des océans. Un signal de plus de l’aggravation de la crise climatique. 
 
Le Canada actif dans la recherche d’un remède contre le sida (French only)
Publish Date: 22-JUL-2014 10:11 AM
D’ici deux ou trois ans, le Dr Jean-Pierre Routy espère que les recherches contre le sida permettront d’offrir aux personnes atteintes du VIH des thérapies intelligentes qui permettront de tuer ou encore de déloger ce virus mortel qui affecte actuellement 35 millions de personnes dans le monde. Dans le cadre de la 20e Conférence internationale sur le sida à Melbourne, cet expert de l’Université McGill présentera, ce mardi, les recherches menées au Canada qui visent à mieux comprendre les mécanismes permettant au VIH de continuer de se cacher dans certaines cellules du corps malgré les traitements antiviraux. 
 
Newfoundland : A bee haven that offers clues as global hives struggle
Publish Date: 21-JUL-2014 10:03 AM
Newfoundland’s healthy honeybees are an increasing draw for researchers in the race to understand why colonies across much of the globe are struggling or dying off. An international panel of 50 scientists last month called for tighter regulations and an ultimate phase-out of such products [neonic pesticides]. The group calling itself the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides compared so-called neonics or neonicotinoids, a type of insecticide that’s chemically reminiscent of nicotine, to the use of DDT in the 1960s. 
 
Federal health cuts hurt refugees claimants
Publish Date: 20-JUL-2014 01:27 PM
Ottawa’s refugee health care cuts have had a devastating impact on many refugees and put the health of all Canadians at risk. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care warned the government the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program, made two years ago, would be cruel and costly. All of the evidence has borne this out. 
 
Tenderized beef will soon need labels
Publish Date: 20-JUL-2014 01:25 PM
Canadian shoppers will be able to see next month if the beef they’re buying has been mechanically tenderized. Labelling regulations to take effect Aug. 21 are designed to protect consumers after the largest meat recall in the country’s history two years ago. Health Canada says beef that has been mechanically tenderized must have a sticker saying that. Packaged steaks must also have cooking instructions. 
 
How Big Tobacco skirts Ottawa’s ban on flavoured cigarettes
Publish Date: 17-JUL-2014 09:20 AM
They look like Fruit Roll-ups, they smell like bubble gum, but they can kill like tobacco. Research shows these products are six times more popular with youth than with adults. What's more, a recent study showed that more than half of tobacco users in Grades 9 through 12 smoke flavoured products, and the Health Canada survey it was based on estimated that every month about 29,000 teenagers try one of these fruity or minty nicotine delivery devices for the first time. 
 
Politicians on attack after scientists call for more research into fracking
Publish Date: 16-JUL-2014 02:50 PM
Deputy premier Rich Coleman challenged Thursday the conclusions of a scientific panel into the environmental effect of shale gas development using fracking. The group of Canadian and U.S. scientists, appointed in 2011 by former federal environment minister Peter Kent to examine the sector's potential and risks across Canada, urge a cautionary, go-slow approach until more research is done on a relatively new sector. 
 
Toronto doctor says it’s time to lock up research miscreants
Publish Date: 15-JUL-2014 02:43 PM
A leading Toronto doctor has reignited debate over research fraud saying doctors and academics who fudge and fabricate data should be locked up. Research misconduct can have “huge” impacts, and “it is time to regard such behaviour in the same category as criminal fraud and deal with it accordingly,” Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, co-director of the Centre for Global Child Health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, argues Tuesday in the British Medical Journal. 
 
Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose has unveiled proposed changes to food nutrition labels that she says aim to make them both easier to read, and more "relevant" to Canadians’ lives
Publish Date: 15-JUL-2014 02:02 PM
 
Nuclear waste plan unsafe, panel hears
Publish Date: 14-JUL-2014 09:16 AM
A retired nuclear scientist has slammed Ontario Power Generation over its proposed $1-billion nuclear waste burial site on Lake Huron, saying the utility’s safety assessment contains some dangerous errors. In a submission to a federal review panel, nuclear chemist Frank Greening said OPG’s contractors seriously underestimated the potential impacts of a bombing in the vicinity of pressure tubes that have been removed from reactors and stored as waste. In contrast to OPG assurances, Dr. Greening said the zirconium in the tubes would burn fiercely, setting off chain reactions similar to those in cluster bombs. 
 
Health minister unveils proposed changes to food nutrition labels
Publish Date: 14-JUL-2014 09:09 AM
Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose has unveiled proposed changes to food nutrition labels that she says aim to make them both easier to read, and more "relevant" to Canadians’ lives. Speaking in Edmonton on Monday, Ambrose said the proposed changes are the result of a series of consultations between the government and Canadian families that focused on the current food nutrition labels, and how they might be changed. 
 
Health Canada's quiet move to end use of antibiotics to fatten up animals
Publish Date: 09-JUL-2014 09:04 AM
For animal producers, antibiotics are an important management tool to keep their herds and flocks healthy and profitable. It's estimated that up to 80 per cent of the world's antibiotics are used in agriculture. Antibiotic use on farms is creating superbug infections in humans. The World Health Organization warns that unless antibiotic use is reined in, the world is headed for a dystopian future where routine infections are deadly. 
 
Canadian Doctors Urge Health Canada to Toughen Guidelines on Microwave Radiation from Cell Phones, Cell Towers and WiFi
Publish Date: 09-JUL-2014 09:01 AM
A group of medical doctors will urge Health Canada today to recognize that microwave radiation from common wireless devices is making some of their patients sick. The group includes physicians from across Canada and professors from four universities who say there is now "considerable evidence and research that exposure to WiFi, Smart Meters and Cell towers can have an adverse impact," on human health.  
 
First Nations critical of oilsands biodiversity
Publish Date: 07-JUL-2014 08:55 AM
A report showing plant and animal life in the oilsands region is flourishing at more than 80 per cent compared to undisturbed areas is raising eyebrows among those conducting a First Nations community monitoring program downstream. Bruce Maclean, research coordinator for the Mikisew Cree First Nation and head of Fort Chipewyan’s community-based water monitoring efforts, said the report does not accurately reflect what’s happening on the ground in First Nations communities downstream of the oilsands. 
 
Des standards dictés par l'industrie, déplorent des experts (French only)
Publish Date: 29-JUN-2014 08:18 AM
Les Canadiens qui veulent maigrir se font jeter de la poudre aux yeux par l’industrie des produits de santé naturels et par le ministère fédéral de la Santé. On y découvre les 61 recommandations du Groupe de travail sur l’efficacité des produits amaigrissants, qui a été créé en 2011 pour conseiller la Direction des produits de santé naturels de Santé Canada. Jusqu’ici, le gouvernement avait systématiquement refusé de rendre ce rapport public. 
 
Chief Allan Adam: Oilsands health study to “knock socks” off industry, government
Publish Date: 28-JUN-2014 02:33 PM
A new study from the University of Manitoba will soon challenge industry and government claims downplaying environmental health impacts of oilsands development, said the chief of a First Nations community Friday. First Nations communities have alleged that toxic pollution from oilsands operators is contaminating their air, water and food. Representatives from industry and the federal and provincial governments have pointed to research suggesting the toxins aren’t yet at unsafe levels. 
 
Barrette vise des compressions de 600 millions $ (French)
Publish Date: 25-JUN-2014 08:24 AM
Le ministre de la Santé, Gaétan Barrette, envisage des compressions qui pourraient être de l’ordre de 600 millions $ dans la «bureaucratie» du réseau de la santé. 
 
Ottawa refuse de revoir la norme sur le béton (French)
Publish Date: 19-JUN-2014 10:27 AM
Le gouvernement conservateur n’a pas l’intention de revoir la norme fédérale qui établit si un béton peut être utilisé en construction, malgré une recommandation formulée jeudi dernier par la Cour supérieure. C’est à Québec de voir au problème, répond Ottawa.