Webinar: A Paradox of Wealth and Health

This webinar will explore the current understanding of how resource development and extraction activities can influence the social determinants of health and associated health outcomes of local populations. The Office of Health and Resource Development from BC's Northern Health Authority will summarize emerging promising practices for assessing and monitoring these health impacts . Current knowledge gaps will be discussed.


Blog: Resource Development and Social Determinants  of Health

Canada’s economy is closely tied to resource extraction and development. The paradox of wealth and health comes into play with consideration beyond biophysical exposures (e.g. changes to air quality, water quality, etc.). A growing body of evidence, however, indicates that the psychosocial impacts of resource extraction are just as serious and that their effects not spread uniformly across populations. In particular, the health of rural, remote and Indigenous communities is disproportionately adversely affected.

Melissa Aalhus from the Office of Health and Resource Development, BC Northern Health, writes an informative and first-hand account of the inequitable effects of resource development on Fort St. John, BC

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Understanding the Public Health Implications of Shale Gas Extraction

Hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”) has been used in Canada for over 60 years to extract shale gas underground at very high pressure to create fractures in the underlying shale rock formations. Despite economic benefits of this technology there are a number of associated adverse effects on drinking water, lowered air quality, ecosystem disruption, and psychosocial impacts on local residents. In addition, hidden economic costs and induced earthquakes associated with deep-well oil and gas drilling are a matter of concern.

Our evidence review synthesized current scientific information related to the public health concerns of shale gas production (including extraction, well completion, and well abandonment). Current policy and regulations are not considered.

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New Quebec Resources 

  • The NCCEH has partnered with Direction régionale de santé publique du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and the Public Health Agency of Canada to translate 2 resources from French to English.  The first document summarizes a study performed on Montreal rooming houses where almost 300 roomers were given a questionnaire about their housing conditions, health condition and residential background. The second document describes some Quebec interventions aimed at dealing with giant hogweed infestations.

Earth Day

  • Earth Day Canada coincides with International Earth Day on April 22. Visit earthday.ca for more information.

Join the NCCs at Public Health 2019

  • The NCCs are proud to be contributing partners of the Canadian Public Health Association's annual conference, Public Health 2019, held this year from April 30 to May 2, in Ottawa, Ontario.  All our sessions are summarized here.

Funding Opportunity

  • Transport Canada is inviting you to submit an application for the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative (NTAI) Program. The Program will provide financial assistance to Eligible Recipients in support of projects that advance 1) increase awareness and understanding of climate risks and vulnerabilities to northern transportation assets; 2) research, develop and test innovative technologies and 3) advance knowledge and support capacity-building. For 2019-20 to 2020-21, a total of up to $340,000 in funding will be available towards grant funding for eligible activities.The maximum amount payable per project is $50,000. The deadline for submitting an application for projects is May 13, 2019.

Final Program Posted for CPHA

Making Connections - An Evening with the NCC's and the Rural, Remote and Northern Public Health Network at CPHA 2019

  • On Tuesday April 30 (17:30 - 19:30), join the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCs) and the RRNPHN for a dual language, interactive “5 à 7” networking event. Meet and connect with NCC and RRNPHN staff, as well as conference speakers and other CPHA 2019 participants. Learn about projects and explore new collaborative opportunities to strengthen public health in the rural and remote communities of Canada. Light snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available. Space is limited.

NCCEH Healthy Built Environment Online Discussion Forum

  • The NCCEH and BCCDC have collaborated to pilot a pan-Canadian online HBE discussion forum for professionals, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The forum is free to join and anyone with an interest in built environment-related issues is encouraged to participate. Visitors can read posts without signing in but those wishing to post to the forum will need to create an account. Visit the "Welcome to the Forum" section to get started!

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