National News

Feds investing in new projects to improve Canadian vaccination rates

Reading Time: 1 minuteMidway through National Immunization Awareness Week, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced nearly $1.7 million in Immunization Partnership Fund funding for three new projects. The initiative seeks to increase Canadian vaccination coverage in Canada. The Prince Edward Island Department of Health and Wellness, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada lead the projects. […]

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Health Canada and Cancer Society urging young Canadians to Break It Off

Reading Time: 1 minuteAlthough Canadian tobacco use and smoking rates are at some of the lowest levels, studies show youth and young adults continue to smoke.

A 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey showed overall cigarette smoking prevalence dropped to an all-time low of 13% in 2015; however, statistics show most current adult daily smokers began smoking before the age of 18. […]

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Feds to develop framework on Lyme Disease

Reading Time: 1 minuteA federal conference will bring together perspectives on Lyme disease from key stakeholders, including patients’ groups, the medical community, government organizations, and individual Canadians. The conference was kicked off Monday by the Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health and the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Gregory Taylor, and will inform the Federal Framework to address the disease. […]

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New app helps users look up pesticide labels

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe feds launched a new free Pesticide Labels app Jan. 25 that will allow users to access registered Canadian pesticide labels.

As pesticide labels have important detailed instructions and warnings that must be followed to protect health and the environment, the government believes the mobile and tablet app will be beneficial by homeowners, farmers, and industry, as well as provincial and federal organizations look up specific pesticide label instructions with their phone or tablet. […]

Morinville Sports

Soccer injury prevention programs coming

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe government announced a $2 million investment Thursday aimed at reducing injuries in Canadian youth soccer players. The joint venture will see the Public Health Agency of Canada and FIFA investing $1 million over four years for the initiative. […]

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Health Canada offers canning safety tips

Reading Time: 3 minutesHome canning is a popular and safe way to preserve food for later use. Jams, pickles, soups, sauces, meat and seafood are frequently canned in glass jars. If home canned foods are not properly prepared, they can cause serious illness such as botulism. Botulism is caused by the toxin of bacterium – called Clostridium botulinum -that affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis… […]

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Mechanically tenderized beef now require mandatory labelling

Reading Time: 2 minutesby Morinville News Staff

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced new labelling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) Thursday. The Mechanical tenderization of meat is common practice in the food industry where needles or blades are used to break down muscle fibres to improve tenderness and flavour in beef. The government says the new mandatory labelling will let consumers know they are buying MTB products and provide information on how best to cook the product… […]

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Health Minister consults with local moms on food labelling

Reading Time: 5 minutesby Stephen Dafoe and Lucie Roy

Morinville – Better food labelling was the topic of two round table discussions held with Federal Minister of Health Rona Ambrose this week. After a consultation in Gibbons Wednesday, Minister Ambrose sat down with 10 local moms at Morinville Christian School Thursday afternoon to talk about the Harper Government’s desire to improve the information available to Canadian shoppers and to hear what local women had to say on the matter… […]