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December 2022

Climate change and opportunistic pathogens (OPs) in the built environment

The impacts of sea level rise are already being observed in many communities situated along Canada’s 226,000 km of coastline. While impacts on the physical environment have been well studied, the health considerations are less widely discussed. The NCCEH has partnered with CLIMAtlantic, to explore the public health impacts of sea level rise in Canada, and how these are addressed in Climate Change Adaptation Plans (CCAPs). This landing page presents the first outputs of this project.

The impacts of climate and land use change on tick-related risks

This review provides an overview of the risk factors associated with tick exposure in Canada, and summarizes the health impacts of tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis, among others. Interventions to reduce personal exposure to ticks are also highlighted.

A renewed attention on environmental equity and justice

In recent months, the concepts of environmental equity and justice have been gaining renewed attention on both the national and international stage. This blog clarifies the meaning of these concepts and discusses how environmental health professionals can play a role in identifying and addressing environmental inequities in the communities they serve.

Upcoming Webinars

Healthy environments for food security and climate change in northern Canada: Case studies of food system initiatives within the Northwest Territories

January 19, 2023 | 12 - 1pm Pacific Time (PT)

Kelly Skinner, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Public Health Sciences, University of Waterloo
CIHR-PHAC Applied Public Health Chair


Do-it-yourself (DIY) air cleaners:
Evidence on effectiveness and considerations for safe operation

January 26, 2023 | 12 - 1pm Pacific Time (PT)

Angela Eykelbosh, PhD
Environmental Health & Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEH

Lowering workplace and community risks through proactive engagement with the cannabis industry 

This blog describes a recent WorkSafeBC engagement with BC cannabis producers to address hazards associated with cannabis processing and extraction facilities. Measures to reduce fire and explosion risks will provide safer conditions for workers, allied professionals, and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Research scan

December 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.


International Society of Exposure Science conference -
Call for Submissions open

Program planning for the 2023 Annual Meeting starts now. Exposure scientists from any country, in any specialty and at any career stage are invited to submit their idea for a symposium session that supports the meeting theme: "Connecting Communities & Science through Addressing Environmental Exposures".

Submitter of a symposium session will serve as the symposium session chair and take part in the abstract review and selection process. Review the symposium session submission guidelines and submit your ideas!

Symposium Session Submissions Close on January 30, 2023.

Public Health 2023 Call for Reviewers

CPHA is seeking volunteers to participate as abstract reviewers for Public Health 2023. The timeframe for review is Thursday 26 January – Tuesday 28 February.

To assist with the review process, you will be prompted to indicate your area(s) of expertise and preferred language of review.

You can volunteer to review oral research abstract presentations or public health community program ("Present, discuss, connect") abstracts and will be assigned no more than 15 abstracts. If you choose 60-minute interactive sessions, a maximum of eight (8) submissions will be assigned to you for review.

Webinar Recordings

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