Health Canada

This Holiday, Treat Yourself to Alcohol (-Based Sanitizer)

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

December is now in full swing as are all the activities related to the holiday season. From shopping, to parties, to those getaways to escape the cold, Canadians are moving and mingling. Sadly, this time also marks an upwards shift in the number of respiratory infections.

Stop Making Your Weed Look So Good, Health Canada Tells Producers

CP | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Health Canada has ordered the country's medical marijuana growers to stop advertising their products with treatment claims and promotional i...

Invite Friends, Not Microbial Menaces, to Your Holiday Party

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As we say goodbye to the warmth of the fall and hello to winter, our thoughts turn to the season known as the holidays. We will undoubtedly hear of and be invited to a number of work parties, family gatherings, and social soirees. But while these moments may lead to our hearts being comforted, for many this season, another sensation may occur: gastrointestinal upset.

Health Canada Sued After Denying Medical Marijuana Licence

CBC | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Business

Health Canada’s troubled medical-marijuana program is again under fire, with the launch of the first court challenge by a company denied a governmen...

How the Candy Witch Can Revolutionize Halloween

Rachel Parent | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

Candy can also have a darker side for parents who are trying to keep their kids as healthy as possible, or protect them from allergic reactions by restricting what candy their kids can have. Imagine how the kid feels when they have a food allergy and can't have candy -- seeing other kids reaping the benefits of their trick-or-treating, dumping out their huge bags of candy and sorting through what they got -- it's both sad and frustrating.

How Oxygen Can Be Used to Clear the Air

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Based on studies dating back almost 40 years pathogens can become airborne in almost every environment. Once there, they can spread to unsuspecting victims leaving them vulnerable to illness.

Doctors Shouldn't Charge Extra To Write Out a Prescription

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

Current media reports have highlighted that doctors can legally demand a fee to fill out this form because it is not an insured service. But really, the difference between the medical document and a prescription is clearly one of semantics. By paying hundreds of dollars to have doctors fill out medical documents, we are inadvertently reinforcing the stigma surrounding cannabis for medical purposes -- the idea that there is something "illegitimate" about cannabis' therapeutic potential and the patients who use it.

Looking for a Fun, Easy Way to Keep Your Mouth Healthy? Try...Gum

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's amazing what we do to maintain oral health. We brush our teeth, floss those gums, swirl mouthwash, endure whitening strips, and even suck on myriad different breath fresheners. All the while we hope to keep our dentists happy with our efforts. Now another option to help keep our teeth white and our breath pleasant has emerged: probiotic gum.

Don't Let International Bureaucrats Control Canada's Tobacco Taxes

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The case of Quebec provides a cautionary tale, as the prevalence of tobacco use has hovered around 24 per cent since 2003 despite a doubling of the price of cigarettes. And to the extent that tobacco taxes do reduce consumption, they can end up reducing total tax receipts, thus working against the competing and contradictory government objective of raising revenue.

B.C. Medical Marijuana Company Implodes On Twitter

Dana Larsen | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

This week, MediJean CEO Jean Chiasson began tweet-attacking his business partners, accusing their breeder of theft, and threatening to sue Health Canada and the RCMP. The next day he deleted all of those tweets and claimed his account had been hacked, even as he confirmed the posts' basic accuracy.

Medical Pot Applications 'A Pressure-Cooker Ready To Blow'

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The number of Canadian firms applying for lucrative medical marijuana licences has topped 1,000, as a so-called "greenrush" continues to over...

Another Medical Pot Company Ready To Go Public

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Business

Bedrocan is set to become Canada’s latest publicly traded medical marijuana company, with plans to list on Toronto’s junior stock exchange Monday....

Anti-Pot Campaign Isn't About Trudeau: Health Minister

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Health Minister Rona Ambrose denies the federal government's marijuana awareness campaign is aimed at Justin Trudeau."Telling kids to not smo...

Canada's Doctors Decline Anti-Marijuana Campaign

CBC | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Politics

The main groups representing Canadian doctors have declared they will not participate in Health Canada's upcoming anti-drug campaign targeting yo...

Mouldy Weed Subject Of Latest Health Canada Recall

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Business

A mouldy batch of White Widow pot is the target of the latest medical marijuana recall by Health Canada. Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. is volun...

Please Don't Hyper-Sexualize Women To Market Cannabis

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
Jenna Valleriani

With all the rapid change around medical cannabis and talk about legalization efforts, it's important to note that these changes are not without challenge: women's disproportionate responsibility for dependent children intensifies the risk associated with smoking cannabis and being known as a cannabis user.

Canada, Don't Worry About Ebola

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

When it comes to the introduction of foreign deadly diseases, Canada need not worry. Due to the experience of one unexpected surprise, the SARS outbreak of 2003, and the resultant Commission that followed, Canada went from being unprepared to ready for anything.

VIDEO: Baby Led Weaning Is Why My Kids Are Great Eaters

Andree Lau | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andree Lau

Starting baby on solids is a big deal. We're worried about them choking, not eating enough, not getting enough nutrients... Babies can feel our stress. And no one eats well when they're stressed. So just sit back and let your brilliant baby do his/her thing.

Attention Hemp Farmers: I Will Buy Your Hash!

Dana Larsen | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

I believe we should get that process started now, instead of waiting for the laws to catch up. The sick and dying people who need cannabis medicines don't have time to wait for the government and Health Canada to get their act together.

Health Canada Sets Out Proposal For New Nutrition Labels

CBC | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Living

Health Canada is proposing changes to nutrition labels on food that would make them easier to read. The proposed labels would emphasize calories, ch...

Canada's Shocking Waste Of A Billion Grams Of Medical Cannabis Resin

Dana Larsen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Health Canada should be talking to our nation's hemp farmers, helping them to start harvesting and using the valuable resins they're now throwing away. This is our best source for cheap and effective cannabis medicines, with whatever potency, cannabinoid mix and psychoactive effect desired.

Why Pop May Become the New Tobacco

Bill Bogart | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada
Bill Bogart

Pop may become the new tobacco: still consumed by the few (and should be fewer) but spurned by the many. We'll need to watch and wait. Meanwhile advocates (including myself) might do better to focus more time and energy on other regulatory interventions to promote health. The industry may be its own undoing.

Marijuana Prescribing Doctors Shouldn't Be Scrutinized

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

Health Canada has recently announced a proposed amendment that will require licensed producers (LPs) under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) to submit information about the doctors who are prescribing cannabis to provincial medical licensing authorities. In my opinion, this is another backhanded attempt to further de-legitimize the traction cannabis has been gaining in Canada and to appease the powerful institutions that surround federally authorized access.

The MMPR Isn't Working For Patients Using Medical Marijuana

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada
Jenna Valleriani

The past has shown us in many ways that for real change, we have to find ways to work with the system, because it's a powerful one. We also need to think about how the values of a movement can remain intact even as entrepreneurs are, in some cases, displacing activists and the grassroots activism that provided access to many individuals across the country.

Sunny Freeman

Why Health Canada Is Asking These Pot Users To Ditch Their Stash

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Business

Health Canada has issued a recall of medical marijuana for the second time in just over a month, this time because it contained an unacceptable level ...