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October 2021

In this webinar, presenters from the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, the BC Cannabis Secretariat, and the Ontario Provincial Police will talk about their recent projects looking at illegal cannabis products and the harmful contaminants. We will also discuss the need for broader collaboration between regulators, law enforcement and public health when communicating with Canadians about the potential risks of illegal cannabis use.

Health and Safety in Cannabis Cultivation

This new WorkSafeBC document highlights some of the occupational health hazards of cannabis cultivation and controls to reduce exposure. For environmental health risks in a residential setting, see our NCCEH video.

Cannabis Resources for Environmental Health Practitioners 

Our newly updated cannabis topic page provides a curated reading list of public health guidance and research regarding cannabis regulation and legalization, public health impacts, cannabis edibles and food safety, and other environmental and occupational health risks.

Understanding transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the ongoing
COVID-19 pandemic

How do variants and vaccines change what we know about transmission of SARS-CoV-2? This review provides an update to our foundation document outlining the current understanding of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and additional information about the virus, including the impact of variants of concern (VOC) and vaccination on transmission.

See more COVID-19 resources

October 2021 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.

Analysis of Illicit and Legal Cannabis Products for a Suite of Chemical and Microbial Contaminants: A comparative study (Botelho et al. 2021)

This report compares potency, microbiological contamination and pesticide and heavy metal concentrations in cannabis samples obtained from licensed vs. illegal sources within New Brunswick

Mental health and climate change content launched on the Climate Atlas

In honour of World Mental Health Day, Climate Atlas of Canada has released a series of new content related to mental health and climate change. These new resources created by The Prairie Climate Centre aims to increase awareness, empathy, and action to respond to the mental health consequences of climate change. 

In addition to this new multimedia series, learn more about how the Climate Atlas of Canada is a resource for environmental public health in this NCCEH blog.

2021 One Health and Zoonoses Symposium

November 24, 2021 @ 8am - 4pm PT (Pacific Time)
The BC One Health and Zoonoses Symposium is a collaborative, interdisciplinary forum that provides an opportunity for professionals from across BC to network and learn about health issues at the interface of human and animal health. The Symposium program offers a broad range of topics that are relevant to professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Seats are limited. Register here.

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