Majority believes vaccinations are effective; but two-in-five say the “science isn’t clear”

Three-quarters of respondents call those who oppose childhood vaccinations “irresponsible” February 13, 2015 – Nearly nine-in-ten Canadians say vaccines are effective in preventing diseases – including measles, mumps and rubella – both in individuals and in the community. They are

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Obesity crisis? Despite misgivings, Canadians support government intervention on junk food

Most see obesity as a “personal” issue, but back Senate’s front-of-package labeling recommendations April 26, 2016 – In the eyes of many, Canada is a country in the midst of an “obesity crisis.” That’s the phrase used in a recent

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: Canadians reject certain Commons committee recommendations

Religion drives divisions over which restrictions should be placed on access to assisted dying  April 1, 2016 – As the Supreme Court of Canada-imposed deadline of June 6 looms over a federal government tasked with crafting assisted suicide legislation, a

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Flu Shots: Should they be legally required for doctors, teachers? Most Canadians say “yes”

Majority also say flu vaccines are effective, but don’t actually get one March 8, 2016 – More than 70 per cent of Canadians say professionals who work with people who are especially susceptible to influenza should have to get a

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Zika Virus: Most Canadians would reconsider travel plans to avoid infection

High levels of concern for athletes and spectators traveling to 2016 Olympics in Rio  May 12, 2016 – As summer approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, the medical community is anxiously waiting to see whether warmer weather will bring with it

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Most Canadians support assisted suicide, but under which circumstances reveal much deeper divides

Experience with palliative care a key driver of opinion; also differences in perspective along religious lines December 16, 2014 – Canadians express moderate to strong support for changes in legislation that would allow physicians to help patients who want to

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