Category Archives: Health

Double check your asthma–you might not have it

By Marina Wang, Ottawa Bureau. A new study found that 33% of Canadians recently diagnosed with asthma did not have an active form of the condition. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this

Open Letter to Minister of Health: Two years ago today the Health Accord expired

March 31st, 2016 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health 70 Colombine Driveway, Tunney’s Pasture Postal Location: 0906C Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9 Dear Minister Philpott, Twelve years ago today Canada’s First Ministers signed a Health Accord reaffirming their continued commitment

“Deviant” sexual behaviours common in general population, study finds

Sexual interests and behaviours considered anomalous in psychiatry are common in the general population, according to a study published in The Journal of Sex Research. The study of 1,040 Quebeckers found that nearly half of all sample subjects engaged in

Four-in-five Canadians favour allowing physician-assisted suicide in Canada

Four-in-five Canadians (79%) favour allowing physician-assisted suicide in Canada under the conditions stipulated by the Supreme Court of Canada, with only 15% being against the move, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll has found. In February, the Supreme Court ruled

Supervised injection facilities would be cost-effective in Toronto and Ottawa, research finds

Establishing up to three supervised injection facilities in Toronto and up to two facilities in Ottawa would be cost-effective, researchers reported in the journal Addiction after updating a 2012 analysis that recommended establishing supervised injection facilities in Toronto and Ottawa

Canada will sign TPP soon, Obama says

Canada will soon sign the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, US President Barack Obama revealed following a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Manila today. “We’re both soon

TPP will cause unnecessary suffering by making medicines unaffordable, MSF warns

The recently released text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the deal contains dangerous provisions that would dismantle public health safeguards enshrined in international law and restrict access to price-lowering generic medicines for millions of people leading to unnecessary suffering

TPP: Chapter By Chapter Analysis

After years of secret negotiations, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was finally released last night. Civil society is going through the text with a fine-toothed comb to uncover provisions that threaten the rights, freedoms and the well-being of

TPP: Cancer for Canadians and closed doors for Canadian dairy exports, whistleblower scientist warns

Allowing milk from hormone-treated cows in the United States into Canada under the Trans-Pacific Partnership will increase the cancer risk for Canadians while making it more difficult for the nation’s dairy farmers to export Canadian milk overseas, according to a

TPP: A good deal for Big Pharma

On Oct. 5, negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a a multi-nation deal held in secret between twelve Pacific Rim nations, reached an agreement said to cover more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Those participating countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada,