March 28, 2007 16:19 ET

Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance: Announcement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 28, 2007) - The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) today expressed its support for the call by The Canadian Lung Association urging all Members of Parliament to continue working to achieve strong legislation that will significantly reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as a means to improving the health of Canadians.

"Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions directly threaten millions of Canadians suffering from lung ailments, heart disease, some cancers and other chronic diseases," said CDPAC Steering Committee Chair Stephen Samis. "We have a unique opportunity now to achieve significant improvements in the quality of the air we breathe - if parliamentarians put the health of Canadians first."

CDPAC believes that Bill C-30 represents an historic opportunity for action on the environment that will have long-term benefits to this country. To that end, it is vital to continue the co-operation and forward momentum to strengthen Bill C-30 and to pass it into law.

"This is a critical chance for action that we must not let pass," Mr. Samis continued, "Threats to the health of Canadians know no borders - this is especially the case when we talk about air pollution and the impacts of climate change".

Chronic diseases place a significant burden on Canada's health system and economy. The economic costs of chronic disease in Canada are over $80 billion annually.

"CDPAC is committed to working with the government, parliamentarians and other partners towards a strong, coordinated effort that reduces chronic disease in Canada," says Samis, "We see legislation that strictly regulates air pollution and greenhouse gases as key to improving the health of Canadians."

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada brings together different sectors, levels and disciplines to ensure that chronic disease prevention is a leading element in the overall health agenda of Canada. CDPAC is a synergistic and dynamic network of over 60 national and provincial organizations who share a common vision for a coordinated system of chronic disease prevention in Canada. The Alliance is led by a Steering Committee, which includes the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Lung Association, Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health, YMCA Canada, Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, the Coalition for Active Living, Dietitians of Canada and two representatives from the CDPAC Network of Provincial/Territorial Alliances (currently the BC Healthy Living Alliance and the Newfoundland Wellness Council).

Contact Information

  • Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada
    Jean Harvey
    613-565-2522 ext 308