How Cheap is Corporate Talk?

By Shelby Huffman The tobacco industry wrote, and continues to write, the playbook on circumventing attempts at regulation- from targeting overseas markets with lax restrictions and bullying them out of attempts to create any restrictions (1), to that almost comically...

Tanning Beds in Saskatchewan

by Shelby Huffman Today I applaud the government of Saskatchewan for joining the rest of Canada’s provinces in banning the use of tanning beds by people under the age of 18. Banning tanning bed use by minors is rapidly gaining support around the world- a number...

Don’t text and drive!

Just saw this video via BoingBoing. The focus here is teens but according to the Traffic Accident Information System (TAIS) of SGI distracted/inattentive driving accounts for 14.8% (49) of fatal collisions in Saskatchewan. My guess is there is some overlap between...

Why is this a debate?!

By Shelby Huffman Louise Potvin’s article Canadian Public Health Under Siege is a troubling summary of some of the overt ways in which Canadian public health is currently being incapacitated by federal and provincial governments. She starts by reviewing recent...

The ethics of soda taxation

Had a great PUBH 840 class this week talking about the ethics of public health intervention. We used an NYC 32oz soda tax article published in the New York Times and a paper published by Upshur in the Canadian Journal of Public Health as a case study of whether the...

Central Limit Theorem

Here is a really cool visualization of central limit theorem, a central (CLT) concept in much of the data analysis I do. Check Wikipedia for the detailed definition of CLT. Done with R and what looks like Javascript to me. Lots of other great analysis and...