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Potential smoking ban at University of Alberta debated by student reps, faculty

In a recent meeting of the General Faculties Council, Dean Shanthi Johnson spoke in support of The Clean Air Strategy, which presents the option of fully banning smoking at the U of A.

Alberta government expands Edmonton medical detox beds, adds naloxone pilot for overdoses

Elaine Hyshka says the government is failing to spend on choices that will keep more people alive, such as long-term supportive housing, access to supervised consumption sites and a safe supply of drugs.

Should Canada Be More Food Self Reliant?

Mary Beckie says if this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to improve our self-sufficiency, from food to vaccine production.

New guide launched for virtual delivery of domestic and sexual violence interventions

Stephanie Montesanti is one of the researchers behind a handbook that is the first of its kind in Alberta providing guidance on virtual delivery of domestic and sexual violence intervention.

Injuries from ATVs, cycling and other outdoor activities in Alberta spiked 40 per cent last summer, prompting warning for May long weekend

With warmer weather here, Kathy Belton of the Injury Prevention Centre cautions Albertans to follow safety guidelines to avoid hospital visits and putting extra stress on our health care system.

Alberta's vaccine distribution has 'significant inequity,' doctor says

Roman Pabayo says diverting resources such as mobile vaccination units and education to neighbourhoods with lower vaccination rates will help alleviate vaccine hesitancy.

Alberta's COVID rate is the highest in Canada. How did the third wave get so bad here?

Experts, including Dean Eurich, say a premature easing of restrictions, an underestimation of variant spread and inequitable vaccine rollout all played a role.

Health Matters: Whyte Ave. accessibility

Nicole Glenn from the Centre for Healthy Communities shares a study that shows barriers to accessibility on Whyte Ave. in Edmonton.

Alberta, BC schools remain open as COVID-19 variant cases climb

Jim Talbot, adjunct professor in the School of Public Health, comments on the decision to keep Alberta schools despite the increases in COVID-19 variants in the province.

UCP to test new overdose prevention app in Calgary, months after scrapping a similar province-wide service

Elaine Hyshka says we're running out of solutions and the government needs a greater sense of urgency in its response to the overdose crisis.

200% spike in hand sanitizer poisonings during pandemic: report

Kathy Belton speaks about a massive increase in hand sanitizer poisonings and the number of calls to Alberta's Poison and Drug Information Services.

Revisiting COVID-19 one year later - What does this mean for survivors? with Dr. Montesanti

In this CJSR Adamant Eve podcast, hosts speak to Stephanie Montesanti about her research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who are currently experiencing domestic and interpersonal violence to know more about how COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions has affected this population as well as the anti-violence sector overall.

Advocates worry health policy change another government dismissal of harm reduction

Cameron Wild says language used in revisions, taken in context of other changes made by the UCP government, delegitimizes harm reduction approaches as valid health treatment.

Some COVID-19 outbreaks still listed as active on Saskatchewan government website long after they were declared over

Dean Eurich comments that "accurate information is the backbone of the battle against COVID-19" because it builds public trust and prevents the spread of disinformation that creates polarizing public debates.

'A matter of life and death': U of C study details benefits of threatened opioid treatment program

Elaine Hyshka says it's likely many people will return to street drug use and there is a real chance that patients will die as a result.

Financial strain is a stressor that's only been made worse by the pandemic

The effects of the pandemic include a dramatic rise in people experiencing financial strain. An international partnership including Candace Nykiforuk and the Centre for Healthy Communities is taking a look at how policy can help improve the outlook.

Economy vs. health: Experts say COVID-19 has put Alberta in ‘disproportionate’ balance

Roman Pabayo says that while he understands the eagerness to lift some public health restrictions, it’s not ideal to do so amid the new variants being confirmed in the province.

Your pets and COVID-19

Simon Otto discusses the possible COVID-19 risks pets and their owners face.

The ethics of vaccine rollout: Who should be in Alberta's Phase 2?

Dev Menon says that people are more willing to accept who is included if they understand the procedural justice of how the decisions are made.

Alberta's safe consumption review biased and flawed, researcher says

Cam Wild and other researchers say the committee did not review the benefits of supervised consumption services, and its report stokes unchecked claims and unfounded allegations about the service.

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