Since 2007, the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is collecting key information relevant to the health of Canadians not only through household interviews, but also by means of direct physical measurements and by collecting small amounts of blood, urine and DNA samples from consenting participants. The CHMS’s collection now amounts to hundreds of thousands of small test tubes of biospecimens available for research purposes. Researchers interested in working with the biobank can visit the program’s website. This guide and brief video also provide helpful information about the project and the access procedure.
The Ontario Government has launched a public consultations on the changing nature of the modern workplace. The consultation will consider how the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act could be amended to best protect workers while supporting businesses in our changing economy. Comments are encouraged throughout the consultation period and will be accepted until September 18, 2015. To know how to contribute, read the Guide to Consultations.
The CRDCN is currently searching for an Executive Director to replace Dr. Robert McNutt, who will retire in April, 2016. It is hoped that the appointment of the new Executive Director will start before then, preferably before April 1, to facilitate the transition. Read the job description.