News & Notes


“The Search for Sustainable Development in the Toquaht Nation”

UVic is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow and two Research Assistants to support this two-year research project. The aim of the project is to develop socio-culturally sensitive measurement and evaluation mechanisms that will be used by the Toquaht Nation to evaluate economic development project proposals and assess the impact of economic development projects that are implemented.

The Canada Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship

In brief, The Canada Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship provides $50,000 research fellowships for physicians who are involved in the care of alcohol- and drug-addicted patients. This one-year part-time program involves mentored research training as well as publication and grant development and runs from July 1 to June 30 annually. Applications for this year’s cohort are due on May 15, 2014.

Interdisciplinary Substance Use and Addictions Research Graduate Scholarships

CARBC is offering up to six entry scholarships of at least $2,000 each for incoming graduate students in health professional programs and social and behavioural sciences (nursing, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology and other areas), as well as health-related interdisciplinary graduate programs (e.g., Social Dimensions of Health).

The CANARY Study: Cannabis Access Regulations Study

The goal of this study is to better understand the impact of the upcoming changes to Federal health regulations on how Canadians access medical cannabis. This study is looking for people who have or have not used cannabis as a medicine, are 19 years old or older, and have arthritis, cancer, chronic pain or HIV/AIDS. The first survey must be completed by May 1, 2014.

Lower the Stakes: A Public Health Approach to Gambling in British Columbia

This Provincial Health Officer’s annual report examines gambling policy in BC from a public health perspective and provides recommendations for reducing the harms associated with problem gambling. This report discusses social and economic impacts of gambling and the history of gambling policy in Canada and BC, introduces a comprehensive public health framework for understanding gambling, and explores gambling trends in Canada and BC.

Russ Callaghan joins CARBC

CARBC welcomes Dr. Russ Callaghan, Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia, to CARBC as Site Director. Before joining UNBC, Dr. Callaghan was an independent research scientist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He is a co-author of the recently published journal article, Marijuana use and risk of lung cancer: a 40-year cohort study, which demonstrates a two-fold increased risk of lung cancer among heavy cannabis users.

Misuse of Opioids in Canadian Communities

This CCSA-CCENDU Bulletin that CARBC contributed to provides a series of short snapshots describing opioid misuse in Canadian communities.

East Kootenay Adolescent Drug Use Survey: 2013 Summary Report

In February and March 2013, East Kootenay Addiction Services Society conducted their sixth Adolescent Drug Use Survey. The region-wide survey, first undertaken by them in 2002, includes all students in Grades 7–12 in the East Kootenay. The survey is conducted every two years to monitor changes in drug use patterns and attitudes amongst East Kootenay adolescents.

A Local Government/First Nation Guide from the BC Ministry of Health

This document, Creating Municipal Alcohol Policy, has been prepared by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with BC Healthy Communities, to serve as a guide for local governments/First Nations in the planning of a municipal alcohol policy (MAP). A MAP helps local governments/First Nations manage alcohol facilities they own and manage, and reduces liability for alcohol-related problems. This guide explains what a MAP is, how it can benefit your local government/First Nation and how to create one, from start to finish.