The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes in alcohol policy, consumption trends and harms. It is time for a renewed discussion on what this means for people living in Canada. With the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Public Health Association, CCSA invites you to a webinar series exploring the effects of Canada’s pandemic response on public health and cancer prevention. We’ll also examine the role of policy in mitigating harms.

The four-part webinar series includes:

  • Alcohol and Cancer: Oct. 20, 12–1 p.m. eastern
  • Alcohol Use, Cost and Harm: Oct. 27, 12–1 p.m. eastern
  • Public Health Communication Approaches to Alcohol: Nov. 3, 12–1 p.m. eastern
  • Alcohol Policy Actions: Nov. 10, 12–1 p.m. eastern

Learn more about the speakers and register for the webinars (available in English only) on the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer website.

Session 1: Alcohol and Cancer

October 20, 2021
12 PM to 1 PM EST

Alcohol and cancer: an overview of evidence, policies, and programsElizabeth Holmes, Canadian Cancer Society
Benjamin Rempel, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Panel on alcohol and cancerDr. Heather Bryant, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Dr. Darren Brenner, University of Calgary

Session 2: Alcohol Use, Cost and Harm

October 27, 2021
12 PM to 1 PM EST

Alcohol use, cost, and harm: an overviewDr. Samantha King, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Panel on alcohol use, cost and harmDr. Samantha Wells, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Adam Sherk, University of Victoria

Session 3: Public Health Communication Approaches to Alcohol

November 3, 2021
12 PM to 1 PM EST

Public health communication approaches to alcohol: an overviewDr. Catherine Paradis, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Dr. Erin Hobin, Public Health Ontario
Panel on public health communication approaches to alcoholDr. Catherine Paradis, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Dr. Erin Hobin, Public Health Ontario

Session 4: Alcohol Policy Actions

November 10, 2021
12 PM to 1 PM EST

Alcohol policy actions: an overviewDr. Bryce Barker, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Dr. Natalie Brender, Canadian Public Health Association
Panel on alcohol policy actionsDr. Robert Strang, Government of Nova Scotia
Candice St. Aubin, Public Health Agency of Canada

Register for the four-part webinar series

These webinars are organized in a collaborative effort between the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, and the Canadian Public Health Association

Retrieved from https://preventionconversation.org/2021/10/19/alcohol-policy-in-canada-webinar-series-starting-oct-20/



Publishing date: Oct 10, 2021  

By Blair McBride

Hospitalizations from alcohol-related depression and withdrawal have increased in the pandemic, threatening to worsen mental health issues, said Dr. Eddy Lang, a co-author of a study examining hospital admission rates in the early months of the pandemic. Supplied by Dr. Eddy Lang
Hospitalizations from alcohol-related depression and withdrawal have increased in the pandemic, threatening to worsen mental health issues, said Dr. Eddy Lang, a co-author of a study examining hospital admission rates in the early months of the pandemic. 

Alberta is seeing a surge in alcohol-related illnesses that can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say.

Mental and behavioural disorders resulting from alcohol use as well as alcohol-related depression and withdrawal are among the few non-COVID causes of hospital admission that have increased in the province since March 2020, says Calgary physician Dr. Eddy Lang.

An article co-written by Lang that was published in the medical journal PLOS ONE in June revealed alcohol consumption rose from the fifth-highest cause of hospitalization in the province to the third during the first six months of the pandemic.

Alcohol-related illnesses accounted for 3.46 per cent of hospital admissions between March and September 2020, up from 2.65 per cent in that timeframe the previous year.

“Considering the number of hospitalizations we have in Alberta, that’s a significant increase,” Lang said, attributing the rising drinking rates to heightened feelings of pandemic anxiety.

“There’s been lots of lost employment and family separation. We know that people are managing that with alcohol and cannabis. That’s going to manifest with people going overboard,” he said. “Alcohol is like gasoline on the fire of mental illness. If you’re already depressed you might think alcohol will make you feel better but in the long run it makes things worse because it contributes to suicidal thoughts.”

Click here to read the full article.

Retrieved from https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/alcohol-related-illnesses-in-alberta-surging-during-covid-19-pandemic?_cldee=bGlzYUByb2dvemluc2t5Lm9yZw%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-e551c9199c4ce8118147480fcff4b171-027709f1bce2497683916bf3bc2f5ead&esid=54732e0d-6c2b-ec11-b6e6-0022486d9f56 and https://preventionconversation.org/2021/10/13/alcohol-related-illnesses-in-alberta-surging-during-covid-19-pandemic/

To find out more about how AHS can help you make a change, or to find an addiction services office near you, please call the 24-hour Help Line, 1-866-332-2322. Also visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/page2459.aspx for more information.


Orange Shirt Day- September 30th

“Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not.” (https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html)

The NW Peace Network will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day. We encourage others to wear orange shirts to commemorate the day. We ask that everyone take time out of their day to reflect on the past and take a moment to hold space for the children we lost and the survivors of residential schools, their loved ones and communities.

We all play a role in the healing process. Below are some ideas of what you can do, not just on the 30th, but moving forward.

We respectfully acknowledge that we are situated on Treaty 8 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.


CanFASD Webinar: Early Life Adversity and FASD

Register now for our newest webinar on Tuesday September 28th, 2021 at 3:00 pm eastern time. The webinar, Early Life Adversity and FASD: Risks and Opportunities will discuss the growing research interest on the topic of adverse life experiences of people with prenatal alcohol exposure and FASD. The webinar will follow a panel discussion hosted by Ana Andrade from the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute with CanFASD co-presenters, Dr. Katherine Flannigan and Dr. Jacquie Pei.  

After the webinar, attendees should be able to: 

  • Provide an overview of adversity in FASD and associated vulnerabilities; 
  • Share findings of a recent study conducted on the area; 
  • Discuss how the environment can be a risk factor and an opportunity for growth for people with FASD.  

Be sure to register now to attend!  


Today is International FASD Awareness Day

The Network staff, along with partner agencies, will be down at Muskoseepi hosting our walk! If you can’t make it down there we still encourage you to take a moment out of your day and go for a walk wherever you are. We have created placards that are going to be on display along the route. For those of you not joining us at the park here are the information placards you would have seen.

**For those joining us at the park please remember Covid protocols and social distance**


Lakeland Centre for FASD Conference

Let’s Continue the Conversation, FASD and the Justice System, Working Towards Better Outcomes

About this event

Conference dates:

October 5, 2021 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

October 6, 2021 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

The Lakeland Centre for FASD will be hosting its second annual virtual FASD Conference. This conference will be a 2-day virtual event for October 5 & 6, 2021. The FASD Conference Committee has chosen to continue with the theme of Justice which will be our focus again this year. This multi-disciplinary conference will focus on how people with FASD interact with the justice system and what some of the solutions are to build our collective knowledge. This event will connect new research and innovative practices to community and frontline services. This will include meaningful discussion on the latest practices, research and ideas over the course of two days. Participants can expect to increase their knowledge on how individuals with FASD become engaged in the justice system. Learn about best and promising practices in reducing the number of individuals with FASD from being involved in the justice system. Increase understanding and awareness of the impact of FASD on the lives of individuals and caregivers. Attendees will be able to network and share information with participants from many disciplines and backgrounds. This conference is for professionals and stakeholders that are part of the Health, Social Service, Justice, Research and Government Agencies.

For more information and to register click https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lakeland-centre-for-fasd-conference-2021-registration-161025823573