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March 2022

This evidence review looks at the role of parks and green spaces in Canadian communities during the early pandemic, including both public health benefits and barriers to accessing those benefits. It also highlights the potential contributions of environmental health professionals to park planning and design. 

Mobilizing extreme cold response plans for people experiencing homelessness

Extreme cold can pose risks for those experiencing homelessness. This blog examines the evidence of when extreme cold response plans should be mobilized to reduce such risks. It discusses additional environmental health considerations and how to mitigate them.

Health Canada’s new lead guideline and results of an Indigenous Services Canada, FNIHB drinking water sampling survey in children's facilities

March 24, 2022 @ 12 - 1pm (Pacific Time)

France Lemieux, Materials and Treatment Section Water and Air Quality Bureau, Health Canada
Tony Thepsouvanh, Indigenous Services Canada, First Nations Inuit Health Branch, AB Region

“Out of the box” food safety considerations for meal kits

Meal kits are a convenient online service that have grown in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. This blog discusses the food safety implications of meal kits and provides information that can be communicated to manufacturers and consumers of meal kits by environmental health practitioners.

Human health risk assessments addressing artificial turf and crumb rubber (Updated)

This updated annotated bibliography identifies the most recent human health risk assessments examining cancer risks and non-cancer hazards for crumb rubber in sports fields.

Climate change in the Arctic and radon gas: a rising threat from the ground up 

Climate change is leading to the degradation of arctic permafrost. The blog explores how permafrost melting may impact radon gas levels inside northern homes.

Backyard swimming pool rentals: Making a splash with some environmental public health risks

This blog looks at the health and safety risks with private pool rentals including the risks of recreational water illnesses and other safety concerns arising from minimal regulation and oversight.

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March 2022 environmental health & COVID-19 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.

Irreversible Extreme Heat:
Protecting Canadians and Communities from a Lethal Future

April 27, 2022 @ 12 - 1pm (Pacific Time)

Joanna Eyquem, PGeo. ENV SP. CWEM. CEnv.
Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Canada's Chief Public Health Officer 2021 Report and Associated Commissioned Reports

Four reports to accompany the Chief Public Health Officer’s Annual ReportThe NCCHPP and the five other National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) are pleased to present the four reports commissioned by the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) to accompany her 2021 Report on the State of Public Health in Canada.

This initiative, conducted in partnership with the authors and the Office of the CPHO, aims for broader dissemination of the reports in order to inform reflections on the renewal of public health in Canada. Please do not hesitate to share these with your colleagues and within your networks!

CPHA, CHASE and OPHA want to hear about your health/health equity work that may also address climate change

With funding from the McConnell Foundation, CPHA, the Canadian Health Association for Sustainability & Equity (CHASE), and the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) are collaborating to support climate action (investments, policies and programs) at the local level focused on achieving a net-zero carbon economy by mid-century. This is an invitation for you to showcase your health/health equity work that may also address climate change! We want to showcase the work already being done by public health. Let us know if you are involved in the development or implementation of a policy or program that addresses health or health equity that may also reduce climate emissions.

If you have a story to tell, please contact Kim Perrotta at

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