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Activist groups sue Environment Minister McKenna over Volkswagen investigation

Activist groups sue Environment Minister McKenna over Volkswagen investigation

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is facing legal action from several environmental groups who accuse the government of dragging its heels on investigating Volkswagen for duping Canadians with diesel engines. Read More
Coalition uses cow farts to target oilpatch

Coalition uses cow farts to target oilpatch

A new coalition of environmental, business and labour groups wants Albertans to know: methane is so much more than just cow farts. Read More
Has Ottawa sold out to Big Agro and its toxic chemicals?

Has Ottawa sold out to Big Agro and its toxic chemicals?

As pesticides like neonics have generated controversy in recent years, the role of the PMRA has come into sharp relief. Critics of the agency accuse it of being “captured” by the very agrochemical companies - such as Bayer, Syngenta, Dow-Dupont, Monsanto and BASF - that it’s supposed to be regulating. “There is a wide perception they provide cover for allowing industry to carry on," says Dr. Warren Bell, founding president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Read more...
Pesticide worries are justified

Pesticide worries are justified

A recent editorial in the Cochrane Eagle (“Should the town ban pesticides?” June 29) hits the mark. Residents are understandably concerned about the non-essential application of chemical pesticides. Peer-reviewed epidemiological studies tell us that exposure to pesticides is associated with increased risk of adverse neurological and reproductive outcomes that are particularly significant for children, pregnant women and newborns. Read more...
Doctors explain why B.C.'s GreeNDP should kibosh the Site C Dam

Doctors explain why B.C.’s GreeNDP should kibosh the Site C Dam

According to University of British Columbia researchers, BC Hydro's predicted demand for electricity has "dropped significantly," meaning that electricity from Site C won't be fully need for nearly a decade after the project's expected completion date in 2024. Even then, the efficiency and cost of renewable energy options like wind and solar have improved so much in recent years, they are much more competitive on the market than the outdated mega-dam. Read more...
Dear British Columbia, forget fracking. Sincerely, two doctors

Dear British Columbia, forget fracking. Sincerely, two doctors

British Columbia is standing at a profoundly important crossroads. As the BC NDP and BC Green parties assume power in the legislature, the province is poised to take on a wholly new political direction, armed with its first minority government in 64 years. But we are also at a crossroads in terms of our ecological future. Do we continue to be a province which wholeheartedly supports the extraction and export of fossil fuels, including coal, oil and natural gas? Or do we openly seek a more sustainable and healthier future? Read more...
Should the town ban pesticides?

Should the town ban pesticides?

A report published by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) in 2016 stated Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia remain the only provinces that have yet to develop regulations banning or limiting the use of cosmetic pesticides. Letters to the Cochrane Eagle and social media posts in recent weeks have demonstrated that Cochranites are concerned about the town’s use of herbicides. Read more...
Federal government must prosecute Volkswagen for cheating, environment groups say

Federal government must prosecute Volkswagen for cheating, environment groups say

Canada’s government must stop idling and finally prosecute Volkswagen for using secret software to cheat emissions tests, three leading environmental groups have said in strongly written letters to the federal environment minister. Read more...
A battle of weeds is growing in Calgary: Dandelions or herbicides

A battle of weeds is growing in Calgary: Dandelions or herbicides

Robin McLeod, who represented the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and two other organizations, wanted the city to publicize a list of the herbicides and pesticide brands they use. She also wants a bylaw change, perhaps modelled after Toronto, with a white list of pesticides to identify what kind of products can be used or sold. Read more...
Removal of pesticide ban poses health risks to children

Removal of pesticide ban poses health risks to children

Children will be among those who pay the price if the Manitoba government weakens restrictions on the cosmetic use of pesticides. We hope that does not happen. There are good reasons, based in science, why it should not. Read more...
McKenna and Philpott battle toothpaste toxins in comic book

McKenna and Philpott battle toothpaste toxins in comic book

Environmental Defence, Ecojustice, Équiterre, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and Tides Canada released the comic to highlight the “historic opportunity” facing Canadians on ridding the country of what they consider to be dangerous toxins in consumer products. The comic, called “Uncanny Toxics: Vanquishing an Invisible Enemy,” features federal ministers of the environment and health Catherine McKenna and Jane Philpott and highlights three substances: Bisphenol A, triclosan and phthalates. Read more...
Opinion: Fracking is bad health policy

Opinion: Fracking is bad health policy

Concerns about the health effects of ‘fracking’ — formally called hydraulic fracturing — are high, and Maryland has just become the third U.S. state to ban the practice. Yet here in B.C., LNG produced by liquefying fracked gas continues to be a priority for Liberal Leader Christy Clark, even though we know very little about the immediate and long-term health effects of such projects. And, because so little is known about the effects, a moratorium on fracking should be an election issue in B.C. Read more...
‘Everything we enjoy, it’s all from science:’ Calgarians join worldwide March for Science

‘Everything we enjoy, it’s all from science:’ Calgarians join worldwide March for Science

Around 400 people showed up at Olympic Plaza in Calgary for the March for Science Saturday. Many of the people at the rally were concerned about proposed funding cuts in the U.S. to departments like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Vipond said having children is his motivation for joining the rally. “This is about them. We’re starting to see the impacts of climate change on our lives right now but their futures are at risk.” Read more...
Nearly a third of food samples in CFIA testing contain glyphosate residues

Nearly a third of food samples in CFIA testing contain glyphosate residues

Canada's food regulator has found traces of the controversial herbicide glyphosate in nearly 30 per cent of about 3,200 food products it tested, and residue levels above the acceptable limits in 1.3 per cent of the samples. Read more...
Dr. Courtney Howard on Fracking and Health

Dr. Courtney Howard on Fracking and Health

Dr. Courtney Howard, VP of CAPE (Canadian Association of Physicans for the Environment) and an emergency room doctor in the Northwest Territories joins Don to talk about the health impacts of climate change, fracking and LNG. Read more...
Tool kit helps Canadian doctors promote active travel

Tool kit helps Canadian doctors promote active travel

Doctors should encourage their patients to use active modes of transportation and an advocacy group has made that easier. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment has provided a tool kit for health professionals with advice on how to sell the idea, and it will soon send members out to explain and sell the idea. Read more...
Scotiabank and CFPC: time for a frank talk

Scotiabank and CFPC: time for a frank talk

Recently it was revealed that Scotiabank is among the funders of the consortium that is building and will be operating the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)—the pipeline that would channel fracked oil from North Dakota across 4 states to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. What is the College’s responsibility, given Scotiabank’s complicity in an ecologically damaging project? The College should pressure Scotiabank to divest from new fossil fuel infrastructure projects, starting with DAPL. That implies a potential rupture with our favoured banking partner. However, if the College is resolute, this approach might meet with success. Read more...
Why construction of B.C.’s Site C dam should be scrapped

Why construction of B.C.’s Site C dam should be scrapped

The province continues to move ahead with this $9-billion project despite mounting evidence against it, as well as opposition from such diverse groups as First Nations, farmers, Amnesty International, academic scientists and now even the Association of Major Power Customers of B.C. Read more...
Don’t be misled by incomplete facts about effects of coal burning on air quality and health

Don’t be misled by incomplete facts about effects of coal burning on air quality and health

A 2030 Canada-wide phase-out of coal-fired power plants will produce many direct public health benefits for Canadian while helping meet our climate commitments. There is no basis for casting doubt on the overwhelming evidence in support of this policy. Read more...
Despite gains, Toronto’s air pollution still causing serious health problems

Despite gains, Toronto’s air pollution still causing serious health problems

Toronto Public Health says that levels of major pollutants in the air have become stagnant after years of decline, with traffic emissions being the greatest source. Read more...
Connecting the dots on the human health impacts of coal power

Connecting the dots on the human health impacts of coal power

Public health advocates must be gaining ground in Alberta if a Financial Post op-ed writer has to ignore his own research findings to deny the serious health impacts of coal-fired power plants and the billions of dollars in health benefits that would result from their closure. Read more...
The Kinder Morgan Pipeline: An unhealthy choice for B.C.

The Kinder Morgan Pipeline: An unhealthy choice for B.C.

As the City of Vancouver and the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Coldwater First Nations prepare to take legal opposition to the project, members of The Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) are voicing their concerns about the health impacts of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) project. Read more...
Government to weed out pesticides from foreign websites

Government to weed out pesticides from foreign websites

The federal government is moving to close a loophole that allows Canadians to make legal online purchases of pesticides not registered for use in Canada, and have them shipped into the country. Read more...
Overwhelming evidence supports need for Canadian atrazine ban

Overwhelming evidence supports need for Canadian atrazine ban

Atrazine is a pesticide used extensively in corn production, but its widespread use is disconcerting. It’s known to change the gender of frogs and harm aquatic ecosystems, and it has been linked to birth defects, reproductive problems and cancer in humans. Read more...
Letter to the Editor: Report Wrong

Letter to the Editor: Report Wrong

The Fraser Institute report on Ontario’s coal plants (Sun, Jan 17) claims the phase-out failed to improve air quality. This report contains a number of incorrect or misleading statements and conclusions. Read more...
Canada Still Won't Ban Unsafe Triclosan From Your Family Products

Canada Still Won’t Ban Unsafe Triclosan From Your Family Products

Triclosan is a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent used in 1,600 cosmetics and personal care products in Canada. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that it is harmful to the environment and humans -- especially children. Read more...
Impact of climate change on human health

Impact of climate change on human health

Findings from a recent WHO global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks suggest premature death and disease can be significantly reduced as a result of cleaning up the environment. Read more...
Coal phase out will lead to healthier Albertans: CAPE

Coal phase out will lead to healthier Albertans: CAPE

Kim Perrotta, executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), believes phasing out coal will have many benefits, especially to our health. Read more...
Fracking tied to cancer-causing chemicals

Fracking tied to cancer-causing chemicals

A review of chemicals released into air and water by fracking has identified 55 that may cause cancer, including 20 that have been shown to increase the risk of leukemia and lymphoma. Read more...
A good week for people — and the planet

A good week for people — and the planet

First, the federal government announced it will take steps to phase-out pollution from coal-fired power plants across the country by 2030. Then the government of Alberta announced it has signed an agreement with three major power generators. Read more...
The cost of phasing out coal to taxpayers

The cost of phasing out coal to taxpayers

Does the environmental positives outweigh the hit to our electricity bill & tax dollars? Read more...
Province to pay to end coal-fired power

Province to pay to end coal-fired power

CAPE Executive Director Kim Perrotta speaks to CTV News Edmonton about the Alberta government's announcement regarding its agreement with companies to ensure coal phase-out by 2030. Read more...
CAPE happy with move to phase out coal-power

CAPE happy with move to phase out coal-power

After this past week’s announcement by the Federal and Provincial governments to phase out coal-fire electricity by 2030, one group is applauding the move. Read more...
Phasing out coal could prevent over 1,000 premature deaths, says report

Phasing out coal could prevent over 1,000 premature deaths, says report

Phasing out coal by 2030 could prevent more than 1,000 premature deaths, reduce hundreds of emergency room visits and produce billions of dollars worth of health benefits between 2015 and 2035, says the Pembina Institute. Read more...
Calgary doctor has worked years against coal

Calgary doctor has worked years against coal

Coal power electricity will be a thing of the past by 2030. Doctor Joe Vipond has worked for years to hear that news. Read more...
Phase out of coal powered electricity big win for Canadian health: Calgary doctor

Phase out of coal powered electricity big win for Canadian health: Calgary doctor

A Calgary doctor is applauding the federal government's decision to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030, saying it will have a "substantial impact" on human health. Read more...
Coal and health

Coal and health

Dr. Joe Vipond of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment explains the impact burning coal has on our health. Read more...
McKenna Vipond on Coal

McKenna Vipond on Coal

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Dr. Joe Vipond talk about the future of coal. Read more...
Coals plan from Ottawa mesh with Alberta

Coals plan from Ottawa mesh with Alberta

Alberta’s Environment minister says the announcement Monday of the federal plan to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030, helps validate the province’s earlier plan to do the same thing. Read more...
Thousands gather to protest Trans Mountain pipeline

Thousands gather to protest Trans Mountain pipeline

Many environmental and political groups were present, including Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE), Dogwood Initiative, and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Read more...
Survey says Manitobans favour pesticide ban

Survey says Manitobans favour pesticide ban

Manitoba is one of seven provinces in Canada that have enacted restrictions on non-essential uses of pesticides, and a poll says its citizens like it that way. Read more...
Plus d’espace réclamé pour les cyclistes et les piétons

Plus d’espace réclamé pour les cyclistes et les piétons

Des médecins et des organismes promouvant le transport actif réclament que des aménagements plus sécuritaires soient faits pour les piétons et les cyclistes. Lire la suite...
Couler la sécurité dans le béton

Couler la sécurité dans le béton

Une vaste coalition demande aux différents gouvernements que davantage de mesures concrètes soient prises afin de favoriser un meilleur partage de la route. Lire la suite...
When Coal Companies Fund Public Health Research: The Case of TransAlta and the University of Alberta

When Coal Companies Fund Public Health Research: The Case of TransAlta and the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta and TransAlta, a major Alberta utility company and coal producer, struck an agreement for the company to pay the university $54,000 to research the health impacts of coal-fired power plants near Edmonton, according to documents. Read more...
Doctors call to phase out coal-fired electricity

Doctors call to phase out coal-fired electricity

It’s inefficient, it’s dirty and it harms both people and the planet. These are among the reasons behind a call by some Canadian physicians and health organizations to accelerate the phase-out of coal-generated electricity. Read more...
A price is right: The health case for a price on pollution

A price is right: The health case for a price on pollution

If climate change is the biggest threat to human health, a robust response is our greatest opportunity to make positive change. The institution of a national carbon price is a key step in the treatment necessary to keep us alive and thriving. Read more...
It’s time to clear the air on Canada’s coal-fired electricity

It’s time to clear the air on Canada’s coal-fired electricity

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has started the clock on his pan-Canadian climate plan. Federal and provincial governments have until Dec. 8, 2016, to develop a national plan to meet or exceed the country’s Paris climate target. Read more...
Albertans support cosmetic pesticide ban: survey

Albertans support cosmetic pesticide ban: survey

About 60 per cent of Albertans want the province to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides, suggests a new survey. CAPE and Prevent Cancer Now released the results of a survey this week on Alberta’s attitudes towards pesticides. Read more...
Many Albertans concerned about effect of pesticides

Many Albertans concerned about effect of pesticides

A majority of Albertans think lawn and garden pesticides threaten their children and pets, according to a new poll. The survey from CAPE says 66 per cent of Albertans believe cosmetic pesticides pose a threat to children. Read more...
Poll finds support for phase out of lawn and garden chemicals

Poll finds support for phase out of lawn and garden chemicals

A new poll has found 62% of Albertans would be in favour of an eventual ban on most lawn and garden chemicals. Read more...
Children should have a space free of toxic pesticides

Children should have a space free of toxic pesticides

On August 30, 2016, CAPE released a new report which examines provincial laws and municipal bylaws across Canada that have been used to ban the cosmetic use of toxic pesticides on lawns and gardens. Read more...
Réglementation des pesticides: les engagements tardent

Réglementation des pesticides: les engagements tardent

La modernisation du cadre légal et réglementaire entourant les pesticides au Québec, d'abord prévue à l'hiver 2016, tarde toutefois à être soumise à l'Assemblée nationale, des délais qui n'augurent rien de bon, estiment les auteurs. Lire la suite...
Call for more comprehensive ban on sale of pesticides renewed

Call for more comprehensive ban on sale of pesticides renewed

CAPE's report stated significant progress has been made in reducing cosmetic pesticide use and sales across Canada; however, Newfoundland and Labrador, which only prohibits a relatively small number of pesticides, was given a D-grade. Read more...
Opinion: B.C.'s climate plan is a public health failure

Opinion: B.C.’s climate plan is a public health failure

On a recent sunny Friday afternoon, Christy Clark unveiled her so-called climate leadership plan. For reasons best known to Clark, it made no mention of human health. Read more...
Manitobans warned too many kids exposed to pesticides

Manitobans warned too many kids exposed to pesticides

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) released a new report and provincial scorecard that documents the state of provincial regulations when it comes to protecting children from cosmetic pesticides used on lawns and gardens. Read more...
Environmental group urges Ontario to stop letting golfing facilities use cosmetic pesticides

Environmental group urges Ontario to stop letting golfing facilities use cosmetic pesticides

A report released by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment is calling for golf courses to be included in cosmetic pesticide bans. “We do see it as one of the problems we would like to plug,” said Kim Perrotta, CAPE executive director. Read more...
Doctor's group gives B.C. a failing grade for not banning cosmetic pesticides for lawns

Doctor’s group gives B.C. a failing grade for not banning cosmetic pesticides for lawns

BC is failing to protect citizens by not banning pesticides, says a report released Tuesday by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. CAPE rated BC as having “no protection” in provincial regulations over non-essential pesticide use. Read more...
BC gets 'E' grade for restrictions of cosmetic pesticides

BC gets ‘E’ grade for restrictions of cosmetic pesticides

An analysis of laws restricting the use of cosmetic pesticides by a group of environmentalist doctors has produced an ‘E’ grade for BC, as well as Saskatchewan and Alberta. Read more...
Docs back Manitoba pesticide ban

Docs back Manitoba pesticide ban

Manitoba's cosmetic pesticide ban is among the best in the country — so it needs to stay after a provincial review, says the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Read more...
B.C. given ‘E’ grade for using cosmetic pesticides

B.C. given ‘E’ grade for using cosmetic pesticides

A report released Tuesday from an environmental non-profit gives B.C. a low rating when it comes to limiting the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns and gardens. Read more...
Pesticides ban protects health

Pesticides ban protects health

To the surprise of many, the recently elected provincial government has reopened the public debate on Manitoba’s regulations on cosmetic pesticides. Read more...
Is your lawn green enough? Manitoba asks for feedback on year-old cosmetic pesticides ban

Is your lawn green enough? Manitoba asks for feedback on year-old cosmetic pesticides ban

Manitoba’s new Progressive Conservative government is asking residents to weigh in on the province’s year-old cosmetic pesticides ban, and that has some environmental groups wondering if the ban may eventually be weakened, if not reversed. Read more...
Malartic - L'ombre de la mine: Bruit, poussière, et vibrations

Malartic – L’ombre de la mine: Bruit, poussière, et vibrations

Canadian Malartic souhaite agrandir la fosse actuelle et exploiter une nouvelle fosse plus à l’est, mais le bruit, la poussière et les vibrations et leurs effets sur la santé sont au cœur des préoccupations des citoyens et des organisations. Lire la suite...
Clearing the air on climate change: Acting now could save lives around the world

Clearing the air on climate change: Acting now could save lives around the world

When we talk about the impacts of climate change, we often do so in terms of the health of the global environment: melting ice caps, rising sea levels and so on. But the impacts on human health are also profound. Read more...
Canada’s Physicians Want to See the End of Coal-Fired Power Plants

Canada’s Physicians Want to See the End of Coal-Fired Power Plants

Doctors, nurses and health care professionals from across Canada are urging the federal government to phase out coal-fired power plants within the next decade because of coal’s harmful effects on human health and its contribution to climate change. Read more...
Beyond Frozen Ground: Climate Change and Health

Beyond Frozen Ground: Climate Change and Health

Maybe it happens when another life jolts your own into a space ruled by the rhythms of Nature. The realization that every being has an effect on every other, that the rivers and tributaries of our bodies echo those of the only home we will ever know. Read more...
Opinion: Phase out of coal-fired power plants belongs on G7 health agenda

Opinion: Phase out of coal-fired power plants belongs on G7 health agenda

Why are coal plants a health issue? Because, on a global scale, they are one of the most significant sources of emissions that contribute to climate change, which has been declared “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century” by the WHO. Read more...
Nick Watts: Why the global health community is calling on the G7 to pull the plug on coal

Nick Watts: Why the global health community is calling on the G7 to pull the plug on coal

When the G7 got together last year, they committed to protecting the poorest and most vulnerable people against the impacts of climate change. One year and a Paris Agreement later, those countries are convening again in Japan, where public health emergencies will be a key priority for discussion. Health professionals from around the world have come together to suggest a key treatment to G7 leaders as they strive to lessen the burden of public health emergencies: phasing out coal-fired electricity. Read more...
Op-ed: Health professionals from around the world calling for G7 leaders to phase out coal

Op-ed: Health professionals from around the world calling for G7 leaders to phase out coal

When the leaders of the G7 nations, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, meet on May 26 and 27th in Japan, they will be discussing major health issues such as maternal health and universal health coverage. During those discussions, they also need to talk about coal-fired power plants that are used to generate electricity. Why are coal plants a health issue? Because, on a global scale, they are one of the most significant sources of emissions that contribute to climate change; which has been declared to be “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more...
Act now to prevent global flooding

Act now to prevent global flooding

Climate change is no longer a distant problem. It is happening. And we only have a few decades to make the dramatic changes needed to avoid impacts that could be devastating. This is the declaration of some of the world's leading climate scientists. Read more...
Let's talk about coal, climate, and health

Let’s talk about coal, climate, and health

With the health impacts of coal power continuing to cause massive problems around the world, the GCCA's Ziona Eyob discusses how to communicate these impacts with HEAL's Vlatka Matkovic Puljic and Dr. Courtney Howard from CAPE. Read more...
Time to accelerate Alberta's coal phase out?

Time to accelerate Alberta’s coal phase out?

As physicians, we are elated to see that the Alberta government is moving forward with phasing out coal-fired power plants. This move parallels those of other jurisdictions around the world to eliminate coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels. Read more...
Letter to the Editor: Bigger than the Bees

Letter to the Editor: Bigger than the Bees

Grain farmers are protesting new Ontario regulations limiting the use of neonics, the pesticides that have been linked to the widespread deaths of bees. As health professionals, we want to say that this issue is bigger than than the bees. Read more...
Ryan Jespersen Show: Alberta to phase out coal

Ryan Jespersen Show: Alberta to phase out coal

Kim Perrotta, the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) discusses the impact of a coal phase-out in Alberta on human health. Read more...
Canada’s climate plan can improve human health both at home and abroad

Canada’s climate plan can improve human health both at home and abroad

Following this week’s meetings in Vancouver, we urge our federal, provincial and territorial leaders to consider the human health impacts of climate change as they continue to work towards a bold national climate plan. Read more...
Phasing out coal throughout Canada

Phasing out coal throughout Canada

Nova Scotia has a deep, long relationship with coal. It was the backbone of our economy for years. Yet the negative impacts of coal-related air pollution on individuals with asthma and other diseases are now well-known. Read more...
Time to kick the coal habit, Canada

Time to kick the coal habit, Canada

Concerns are growing about the effects of coal-related air pollution on people with asthma and other diseases, as well as the disproportionate contribution made by coal to climate change — “the greatest threat to global health of the 21st Century." Read more...
Coal is a global health risk and Saskatchewan should stop using it to generate electricity

Coal is a global health risk and Saskatchewan should stop using it to generate electricity

Almost 50 per cent of the electricity generated in Saskatchewan comes from a source that quietly poisons people and the planet: coal. Read more...
National health organization expresses concern about Cleary dismissal

National health organization expresses concern about Cleary dismissal

Government's justification for Cleary's firing has been 'vague', Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment says. Read more...
CAPE’s Response to the Termination of NB CMOH Dr Eilish Cleary

CAPE’s Response to the Termination of NB CMOH Dr Eilish Cleary

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is deeply concerned about the termination of Dr. Eilish Cleary as New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Read more...
Courtney Howard on doctors' climate change letter to Trudeau

Courtney Howard on doctors’ climate change letter to Trudeau

A Yellowknife physician hand-delivered to Canada's environment minister a letter, signed by more than 150 Canadian doctors and medical students, calling on the government to take action on climate change to protect the health of Canadians. Read more...
Open letter from Canadian physicians to Justin Trudeau

Open letter from Canadian physicians to Justin Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Delegation at the COP21 Climate Change Negotiations, As you begin work in Paris, please know that you carry the hopes of the Canadian medical profession with you. Read more...
The Nitty Gritty on Alberta’s Coal Phase-Out

The Nitty Gritty on Alberta’s Coal Phase-Out

It’s a sentence that feels weird to write: by 2030, Alberta will have shuttered the 18 coal-fired power plants that currently generate around 55 per cent of the province’s electricity, with two-thirds of that power replaced by renewable sources. Read more...
Alberta Doctors Praise Province's Decision To Phase Out Coal

Alberta Doctors Praise Province’s Decision To Phase Out Coal

Doctors lined up Monday to praise Alberta's decision to phase out coal-fired power. They pointed to a study suggesting respiratory disease from burning coal costs provincial health care $300 million a year. Read more...
Phasing out coal will save millions in health costs, doctors say

Phasing out coal will save millions in health costs, doctors say

Closing coal-fired generators will save hundreds of millions of dollars in health costs every year, Dr. Joe Vipond told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. Read more...
Coal phase-out equals improved health for Albertans

Coal phase-out equals improved health for Albertans

In the coming days, the Alberta government will be announcing measures to reduce greenhouse gases in preparation for the climate change talks beginning Nov. 30 in Paris. There have been strong indications a coal phase-out will feature prominently. Read more...
Groups call for earlier phase out of coal-fired power to improve public health

Groups call for earlier phase out of coal-fired power to improve public health

With three weeks to go before the international climate change talks in Paris, a coalition of 44 groups is urging the province to speed up the phase-out of coal-fired electricity in Alberta. Read more...
Canada’s dirty air: how pollution is hurting our health

Canada’s dirty air: how pollution is hurting our health

This summer, record numbers of forest fires in Western Canada made air pollution impossible to ignore. Eerie photos of the smoky skies of Vancouver made the news – then disappeared after the air cleared. But the threat remains. Read more...
Running Out of Nuclear Options

Running Out of Nuclear Options

Ontario's nuclear regulator is seeking an unprecedented 13-year licence to keep pumping out nuclear power, but what's good for the nuke industry may not be good for residents living within the impact zone of a severe accident. Read more...
Computer-generated video shows pollution spread across the Prairies

Computer-generated video shows pollution spread across the Prairies

A video produced by scientists at Environment Canada offers a new look at how industrial pollution spreads through the atmosphere and settles on the ground. Read more...
Can Alberta go coal-free by 2025?

Can Alberta go coal-free by 2025?

There may be no more power plants burning coal in Ontario, but it was only a decade ago that the province generated enough electricity from coal to supply three million households. Now coal-dependent Alberta is giving it a shot. Read more...
Province could target coal-fired power plants for early closure, says environment minister

Province could target coal-fired power plants for early closure, says environment minister

Early closure of Alberta's coal-fired electricity plants is one option the province's climate change panel will consider, Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said at a conference in Edmonton on Wednesday. Read more...
Alberta on track to have worst air quality in Canada

Alberta on track to have worst air quality in Canada

Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the province is on track to have the worst air quality in Canada, and vows the government will put measures in place to reduce emissions from industry and vehicles. "The time to act is long overdue." Read more...
Phasing out coal could happen, says Sierra Club rep who will speak at Alberta climate summit

Phasing out coal could happen, says Sierra Club rep who will speak at Alberta climate summit

If Alberta wants an early phase out coal-fired electricity plants, there are lessons to be learned from environmentalists who negotiated the closure of a TransAlta Utilities plant in the United States, says lawyer Bruce Nilles. Read more...
Canadian Medical Association Divesting Fossil Fuel Holdings

Canadian Medical Association Divesting Fossil Fuel Holdings

The Canadian Medical Association will divest its holdings in fossil-fuel companies, a move doctors hope will send a powerful symbolic message that climate change is an urgent health concern. Read more...
Doctors call for divestment from fossil fuels

Doctors call for divestment from fossil fuels

For the third year in a row, a group of eco-conscious physicians will campaign at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) General Council Aug. 23–26 for physician associations to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in renewable energy. Read more...
Quand l'environnement inquiète les professionnels de la santé

Quand l’environnement inquiète les professionnels de la santé

« Les dieux ont jugé sage de laisser l'uranium au fond de la terre. Résistons à la folie de la remonter à la surface ! » Ainsi parlait un Abénaki au Dr Éric Notebaert, alors que tous deux pagayaient sur le Saint-Laurent près de la centrale nucléaire, aujourd'hui fermée, de Gentilly-2. Lire la suite...
A coal-free grid within our grasp

A coal-free grid within our grasp

Weaning ourselves from coal dependence can be done over 10 to 15 years in Alberta, Dr. Joe Vipond and Ken Hogg write. Read more...
Physicians, Public Policy, and Peace

Physicians, Public Policy, and Peace

Physicians have many roles. They are entrusted to help their patients stay healthy and to help them make informed decisions about their health when they are unwell. They are confidantes and healers in the office, and they advocate for their patients in many ways. But do they have a role to advocate outside the four walls of the medical clinic? Should they be commenting publicly about peace, environmental and social justice issues? Or should they restrict their comments to “what they know best”— presumably, issues within the confines of their offices and looking after the medical needs of the citizens of the community. Read more...
Dr. Courtney Howard on oil sands health impact monitoring

Dr. Courtney Howard on oil sands health impact monitoring

Since I began my medical training I have had the opportunity to have frank, middle-of-the-night-in-the-ER conversations with thousands of Canadians in BC, Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut and the Northwest territories. Universally, in their vulnerable moments, Canadians want the same thing: health, and happiness for their families. And they want the same thing for their neighbors. Read more...
We're Allowing Environmental Child Abuse

We’re Allowing Environmental Child Abuse

Is what we are doing to the environment a form of child abuse? Richard Jackson, director of the U.S. National Center for Environmental Health, has said, “People who wouldn’t dream of abusing a child think nothing of giving their children and grandchildren an environment that has been abused.” Read more...

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