New Wildfire Smoke Topic Page

The frequency and intensity of Canadian wildfires is increasing as a consequence of the changing global climate, as well as long-standing forest management practices. The NCCEH has assembled a collection of resources intended to assist public health practitioners, decision-makers, and the public with guidance regarding public health impacts, community preparedness, risk communication and response to wildfires and wildfire smoke.

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Public Health Responses to Wildfire Smoke Events

This document is a first-of-its kind report on wildfire smoke events and public health response in Canada and provides some insight into where future inquiry and capacity development might be warranted. The public health response to wildfire smoke events is complex, involving inter-sectoral collaboration, community engagement and the use of many sources of information in decision-making. This aim of this document is to understand the perceptions, challenges and needs of public health practitioners in Canada when responding to wildfire smoke events.

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Indigenous Disaster Response Topic Page

First Nations communities can be disproportionately impacted by floods, wildfires, crude oil spills and other disasters. Key factors, including: logistical difficulties, variability in local administrative and technical capacity, lack of trust, deep reliance on local ecosystems, and the existence of profound social and health inequities can all contribute to this disproportionate impact. We created this topic page to provide environmental health professionals, and the Indigenous communities they support, with resources designed to enhance emergency response capacity and promote resilience.

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In the Blog



Ron de Burger Student Awards Winners Announced

  • The 2018 Ron de Burger student awards have been announced. We would like to congratulate Amber Gillespie and Saarah Hussain from the University of Guelph as well as Raymond Lam from the University of British Columbia for their excellent work.

Health in All Policies (HiAP)

  • Wilfrid Laurier University and the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) are seeking your assistance with a research study on Health in All Policies (HiAP) approaches by governments at the local level across Canada. Are you aware of any examples of local (municipal or regional) governments in your province or territory using an approach that resembles HiAP (or "intersectoral action") to improve health equity? They are specifically looking for examples that are not solely focused on healthcare improvement. For more information, contact Ketan Shankardass at WLU.

Can You Prepare Raw Meat Dishes Safely?

  • Public Health Ontario has released an evidence brief that looks at the prevalence of food borne illness associated with raw meat consumption as well as preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk.

Healthy Built Environments Toolkit Updated

  • An updated version of the “Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit: making the links between design, planning and health” (Version 2.0) has been released. The HBE Linkages Toolkit synthesizes

Ready-to-Eat Meats: Assessing the Food Safety Risks


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