Sector News

  1. Levamisole tainted cocaine causing severe neutropenia in Alberta and British Columbia

    Five cases of severe neutropenia associated with exposure to cocaine and levamisole, an antihelimithic agent no longer available in Canada, were identified in Alberta in 2008. Alberta and British Columbia public health officials issued an advisory and urged health care professionals to report cases to public health. This paper presents the findings of the public health investigations.


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    The Ontario Hepatitis C Task Force’s “Proposed Strategy to Address Hepatitis C in Ontario 2009-2014”

    On September 14, 2009, Health Minister David Caplan received the  Ontario Hepatitis C Task Force’s Proposed Strategy to Address Hepatitis C in Ontario 2009 – 2014. This document is now available on the ministry’s website for review and comment.

    Recommendations included in the strategy are wide-ranging and impact various areas of the ministry as well as other ministries of the Ontario Government and other jurisdictions. In preparing this Strategy, the Task Force was provided with input from 13 community consultations, met with internal government experts, and was provided with research documentation. Your input will be important in determining how the Ontario Government will respond to the Task Force Report.

    The proposed Strategy is posted on the ministry’s website for public and stakeholder comment for 30 days.

    To read the proposed Strategy and provide comments, please click on one of the links below:



    Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2009.

  3. (MOHLTC) Initial Report on Public Health in Ontario

    The Public Health Division, in partnership with the Ministry of Health Promotion (MHP) and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS), has made significant strides to renew public health in Ontario and build a public health sector with a greater focus on performance, accountability and sustainability. Some of our recent achievements towards this goal include delivering the new Ontario Public Health Standards, producing the Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic, and now, releasing a public report that reflects the state of public health in Ontario. This report demonstrates our commitment to a public health sector that is accountable to the people of Ontario.

  4. High-risk youth, drug use & hepatitis C in Kingston

    Young people are often the most marginalized and hardest to reach populations among substance users. The Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) recently began a new project on youth engagement and hepatitis C prevention. The overall goal is to increase the level of hepatitis C prevention awareness among youth at risk for transmission of the disease, and to enhance the ability of local youth to lessen risk behaviours. view report

  5. Report – Needle Purchasing and Distribution Considerations

    Available evidence and best practice recommendations encourage needle and syringe programs to distribute a wide variety of types of needles and syringes preferred by clients to increase the likelihood that the program will be well utilized (Strike et al., 2006). view report

  6. Study confirms international outbreak of sexually transmitted hep C

    Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) released the following report.


  7. The Best Practices and Barriers: An update for Ontario Needle Exchange Programs

    This report assesses the extent to which the Best Practice Recommendations (2006) have been implemented, identifies implementation barriers and advances our knowledge transfer skills to improve uptake.

    Click Here to view report – in English

    Click Here to view report – in French

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    CATIE launched plain language website

    Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange’s ( CATIE) new plain-language website contains up-to-date information on hepatitis C. CATIE has also produced a comprehensive toolkit of print resources for different audiences available in different formats. You can either view and download them as online PDFs, or you can order free hard copies through CATIE’s online Ordering Centre.