National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health |

March 2024

Water storage and emerging challenges
in a changing climate

Water storage is an important feature in most water systems, and essential to rural and remote communities without access to a piped water supply. It could play an increasingly important role in adapting to more frequent and prolonged drought. However, maintaining the quality of stored water requires careful planning, inspection, and maintenance, to safeguard against contamination or degradation. This review provides an overview of the environmental public health hazards related to water storage and key considerations for maintaining safe water supplies in a changing climate.

The Right to a Healthy Environment: Becoming law in Canada and the imperative of environments and health research

Drawing on learnings from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research’s (CIHR) $35M, 5+ year Environments and Health Signature Initiative (EHSI), this guest blog by Dr. Jeff Brook (CANUE) reflects on how new investments in research are essential in achieving the ambitions of CEPA2023, and the Right to a Healthy Environment.

Environments and Health Research Summit: Report

The Environments and Health Research Summit, held on April 17-18, 2023, was a capstone knowledge translation event of the Environments and Health Signature Initiative (EHSI) spearheaded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This report summarizes the Summit proceedings, and outlines key messages and recommendations to guide future strategies to advance environments and health research.

Upcoming Webinar

Predicting the environmental drivers of recreational water quality in Canada
Public health communication competencies to support workforce transformation

March 27, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time

Jennifer McWhirter PhD, Mellisa MacKay PhD, Devon McAlpine
University of Guelph

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Environmental Journalism: The good, the bad, the future – and why you're essential
Environmental journalism: The good, the bad, the future –
and why you are essential

April 11, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time

Douglas Fischer
Environmental Health Sciences

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Research Scan

March 2024 environmental health research scan

This monthly Research Scan highlights recent environmental health publications by topic and provides easy access to article abstracts and report summaries to support public health professionals, researchers, planners, students, and others working in public health.


Share your thoughts: Implementation Framework for a Right to a Healthy Environment in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

A discussion document on the Implementation Framework for a Right to a Healthy Environment under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) was published on February 8, 2024. The document is open for a 60-day public comment period ending on April 8, 2024.

The comments received during this period will be considered when developing the draft implementation framework.

82nd CIPHI Ontario Branch Education Conference - Call for abstracts

The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) Ontario Branch is excited to announce the Call for Abstracts for our Annual Education Conference, scheduled from October 21 to 23, 2024. This year's theme is "Innovations in Environmental Public Health: Harnessing Technology for a Resilient Future." Submit your abstracts here

Submission deadline: April 19, 2024

Webinar Recording

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