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Kim Perrotta is Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)

 

A month ago the Financial Post published a commentary entitled “They keep saying shutting down coal will make us healthier, so how come there’s no evidence of it?” written by Warren Kindzierski of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. It seems a sad statement of our times that this article, which muddies the waters with incomplete facts and misleading information about coal plants, air pollution and human health, was published in the middle of  an important debate about policies aimed at supporting the phase-out coal plants Canada-wide by 2030. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment feels strongly that publication of the article was irresponsible. ...continue reading

ATS 2015 press conference_MSMatthew Stanbrook is Deputy Editor at CMAJ; he recently returned from the American Thoracic Society 2015 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado

 

Denver has always presented a striking contrast of natural beauty with urban realism. The two most prominent expressions I saw of the latter are an increased presence of homeless persons and the pungent and almost inescapable aroma of marijuana, both regularly encountered when walking down the pedestrian mall at the heart of the city’s downtown. The two are not unrelated and illustrate one of perhaps many unanticipated consequences of the recent legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado.

I can’t decide if this made the choice of Denver as host city for the world’s largest lung diseases conference, the 110th annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society, particularly appropriate or particularly ironic. ...continue reading