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Northern Quebec: June 2013 Archives

Affordable access to fresh food in the North questionable

Providing affordable access to fresh food in the North has long been a conundrum for governments.

The federal Nutrition North Canada program was billed as a new and improved way to allieviate the higher cost of some of these foods when it was introduced three years ago.

Gerard Duhaime is a professor of Sociology, Political Science and Canada's Research Chair in Comparative Aboriginal Conditions. He has been totting up grocery bills since the programme was introduced and has just published the results of his research.

He joined host Susan Campbell in our studio this morning.

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Resurgent cases of tuberculosis in Salluit

Public health officials are keeping a watchful eye on the high-rates of tuberculosis in the community of Salluit. Since April, there have been eleven confirmed cases. 

This comes on the heels of last year's TB outbreak in Kangiqsualujjuaq, where there were more than 75 cases. Although there are treatments available, the concern is that this a recurring health issue in Nunavik.

To tell us more, we had on the line Dr. Francoise Bouchard, the Acting Director for Public Health at the regional health board in Nunavik.

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