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Q&A Column #5: Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Using a harm reduction approach to cannabis education in the classroom and the school setting

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
What do students need to know and be able to do in order to make informed decisions when dealing with situations involving cannabis? In the fifth installment of our “Clearing the Air About Cannabis” series, we tackle how cannabis education can be implemented in the classroom through a harm...

Q&A Column #4: Clearing the Air about Cannabis: Youth and Driving

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Cannabis 101
In the fourth installment of our “Clearing the Air about Cannabis” series, we spoke with Dr. Robert Mann from the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) about youth cannabis use and driving. Read on to discover what you need to know about...

Q&A Column #3: Clearing the Air about Cannabis: The Role of School Boards

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Cannabis 101
As members of school communities, we all have important roles to play in educating young Canadians about cannabis use.  The legalization of cannabis in Canada has brought up plenty of questions for educators, especially related to the impact of legalization on schools, students, and communities;...

Q&A Column #2: Clearing the Air About Cannabis: Brain Development and Related Harms

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Following our first Clearing the Air About Cannabis Q&A column featuring a discussion on legalization with Jean‐François Crépault, Senior Policy Analyst at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), we received questions asking for us to expand on his comments referring to cannabis harms...

Q&A Column #1: Clearing the Air about Cannabis Legalization

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Cannabis 101
We recently sat down with Jean-François Crépault, Senior Policy Analyst at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to talk about cannabis legalization. He leads CAMH’s public policy efforts in the area of substance use, including developing and communicating evidence-based public policy to...

Finding Common Ground on Ontario’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Friday, January 11, 2019
As you may be aware a legal challenge was heard by the Ontario Superior Court on January 9/10, 2019 related to the decision to repeal the 2015 elementary Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum and revert back to the curriculum taught in 2014 (which included learning expectations from...

5 Ways to Spend the Last Days of Summer Break

Thursday, August 23, 2018
It’s that time of year, Summer vacation is winding down and it’s time to get ready for the upcoming school year. But, before saying good-bye to all your favorite summer activities. It is important to take some time and enjoy the last few days of summer! In today’s blog we share five fun ways to...

Turn Sunday into Funday with Ophea’s One A Day for Active Play!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Ah Sunday... the last day of the weekend but the start of a new week. This Sunday don’t spend your day indoors, get the family out for a Funday! It’s essential to incorporate daily physical activity into your summer, Ophea’s One a Day for Active Play portable resource makes it easy to get moving...

Build Your Own Picnic Basket!

Friday, July 13, 2018
Summer season also means picnic season! Grab the family and head to a nearby park for some summer fun. The park can be a great place for a picnic with all the grass and open space to have fun and relax. A park with a playground is a bonus when picnicking with kids, allowing them to run, climb, and...

Ophea and OASPHE Reaction Statement to Repealed “sex-ed” Curriculum

Thursday, July 12, 2018
On July 11, 2018 Ontario’s Premier and Minister of Education announced that the sexual health education “sex-ed” component of the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum would revert back to the 1998 version until additional parent consultations have been conducted. Ophea and OASPHE (...