Crematoria Emissions and Air Quality 

It has been estimated that approximately 70% of human remains in Canada were cremated in 2016 and the demand for cremation services is expected to rise in the coming years. The increased demand for cremation services can only be met by constructing new crematoria or expanding existing facilities. Both can be expected to lead to a rise in inquiries about potential health risks to nearby communities. The NCCEH has created a field inquiry that focuses on crematoria-related air pollution and human health risks. The main points of the field inquiry are also summarized in a short fact sheet.

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Summer is coming: Wildfire Smoke + COVID-19

Wildfire smoke causes episodes of the worst air quality that many people in Canada will ever experience. There is a rapidly-growing literature showing that smoke exposure is associated with a wide range of health outcomes and the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 are also the people who are most vulnerable to wildfire smoke. This blog article discusses the intersection between COVID-19 and wildfire smoke and offers some tips about how public health professionals can be prepared,

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Make our communities healthier with better air quality

Cleaner air is arguably one bright spot of our current COVID-19 situation. Satellite images have revealed dramatic reductions in urban NO2 worldwide as traffic have greatly diminished.  As the COVID-19 situation evolves we too need to adapt to the “new normal”. This can be a reflective moment to consider our communities and how they are designed. In this blog, Dr. Jeff Brook from CANUE discusses the implications of the ongoing pandemic on air quality and introduces other ways that the CANUE research community is working to understand the impacts of the built environment on health.

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COVID-19 Topic Page

  • The NCCEH has created a topic page that promotes key COVID-19 resources for environmental health practitioners and related professions. We are actively collecting and curating resources from more than 50 Canadian and international public health agencies and we are updating the topic page as new information becomes available.  Check back often to get the latest updates.

Webinar: Indoor Environmental Quality of Sustainable Building Designs and Occupant Health

  • Occupants of buildings depend on what is termed “good” Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). The actual definition of IEQ is somewhat elusive, as it is the absence of problems in the indoor environment. Buildings need to be designed and built with the occupant in mind, and as we rapidly progress into sustainable building designs, we also need to make sure that buildings can accommodate the changing environments of our cities and climate. This webinar will explore some of the facets of the occupant/building interface in these changing environments.

CIPHI National AEC Registration opens May 1

  • Registration for the CIPHI National Annual Education Conference opens May 1 and the early bird rate is available until July 20. The conference is being held in Ajax ON Oct 4-7, 2020. 

Sharing Research Questions for COVID-19 

  • The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools is collecting research questions for rapid evidence syntheses related to COVID-19 currently in progress. If you or your organization are doing a rapid review related to the COVID-19 response, please share the topic and your contact information.

Drinking Water Quality Guidelines for E. coli Updated

  • The Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines for Escherichia coli (E. coli) have been updated as of March 2020. 

Scholarship Opportunity

  • The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with one or more indigenous and/or non-indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives. The scholarship is an award of $3,000. Applications for the 2020 scholarship are being accepted now through June 15, 2020.

New Fact Sheet: Economic development as a social determinant of First Nations, Inuit and Métis health

  • This fact sheet explores the landscape for economic development in Indigenous communities, as well as the potential economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts of development processes on the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities. In Indigenous contexts, economic development strategies must consider both formal, wage-based, economic development processes and informal economic activities based on traditional subsistence economies, as both of these play important roles in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities. The fact sheet also examines barriers to and facilitators of economic development and provides some resources to guide economic development in Indigenous contexts.

Take care when munching on cannabis edibles

  • Stay calm and take one bite at a time. Now that cannabis edibles are hitting retail shelves, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has a number of tips for people to avoid the unpleasant consequences that can come from accidental over-consumption.

Preparing and Conducting Work Meetings Within the Context of the Health Impact Assessment Process

  • Created by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHP), this guide is designed for teams responsible for carrying out an Health Impact Assessment (HIA) but also for anyone who might participate in an HIA process.It contains information that will help determine 1) the tasks to be carried out in preparation for the meeting 2) the meeting's agenda 3) the support materials that might be required for the meeting 4) how much time to allocate for the meeting. It also provides practical advice to ensure the meetings run smoothly.

Video: Finding Safe Drinking Water in an Emergency

  • In an emergency or disaster, access to safe drinking water is essential to survival. Preparation is key! This short explainer video provides some tips on preparing for a water emergency, and principles for treating drinking water in an emergency.

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