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Coverage of public health since January 18, 2024.

Call for Papers: Northeast and Atlantic Canada Environmental History (NEAR-EH) Workshop

"...Any topic of environmental history within this geographic focus will be reviewed, but we are especially eager to solicit papers that address this years theme of Backyard Natures. We wish to engage environmental scholars in a discussion on local, backyard, neighborhood, or community environments including, but not limited to, parks, playgrounds, sanctuaries, waterscapes, nature walks, or any other vernacular nature or activity. We define local broadly to mean an environment important to a communitys sense of place, an environment for local recreation and rehabilitation, an environment important to local public health, or the utilization of local ecological knowledge to understand the history or culture of a place..."

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Public Health Ontario staff awarded retroactive pay as Bill 124 compensation Globalnews.ca

"...Arbitrator William Kaplan says in his award that the employees, who conduct COVID-19 testing as well as HIV and food and water testing, contributed greatly to the management of the pandemic and helped keep Ontarians safe..."

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Zambia: Cholera outbreak linked to effects of climate change

"...Cholera is an acute diarrhea infection caused by bacteria typically spread via contaminated food or water. The disease is strongly linked to poverty and inadequate access to clean water. In other cases, cholera emerges after extreme weather events like storms and flooding..."

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Sask. government says it is now recognized as province's singular natural gas distributor

"...The Saskatchewan government has confirmed it is now being recognized as the individual supplier of natural gas by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as it continues to contemplate whether to remit carbon tax for January..."

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Protestors pour red powder on U.S. Constitution enclosure, prompting evacuation of National Archives

"...WASHINGTON (AP) The National Archives building and galleries were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after two protestors dumped red powder on the protective case around the U. S. Constitution..."

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Ontario's COVID-19 wastewater data shows infection rate headed in 'the right direction'

"...A snapshot of Ontarios COVID-19 wastewater data shows the rate of infection in the province is dropping after a holiday spike. According to Ontario Public Healths last update, the provinces so-called wastewater signal was 0. 71 as of Feb..."

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Should there be a recall following a democratic election? CityNews Calgary

"...The last municipal election in 2021 had around a 46 per cent voter turnout, with a little over 393,000 voters. Forty per cent of the population would amount to 514,284 valid signatures of a population total of 1,285,711, according to Elections Calgary..."

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Group of University of Waterloo students demanding improved response to COVID-19-related issues

"...The CARE Coalition's demands include improved communication about COVID-19, indoor air quality measures, ongoing monitoring of and response to COVID-19-related risks, and measures to support equity, accessibility and inclusion..."

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Colorado fines Suncor US$10M for air pollution violations Globalnews.ca

"...In a news release, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says the fine concerning Suncor's Commerce City refinery is for violations from July 2019 through June 2021. The department also says the Calgary-based energy company must double the number of air-pollution monitors compared with the refinery's original monitoring plan. In the news release, it says it's the largest air pollution enforcement package the state has ever levied against a single facility..."

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Colorado fines Suncor US$10.5 million for air pollution violations

"...DENVER The state of Colorado is fining Suncor Energy Inc. US$10. 5 million for air pollution violations..."

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Rio de Janeiro has declared a dengue health emergency days before Carnival is due to start

"...Climate change, which leads to increased temperatures and high rainfall, is associated with a higher risk of dengue, WHO said in December..."

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Extreme cold weather causing oil spills in North Dakota; 60 reports over past week CityNews Kitchener

"...Public health is not at risk due to the remoteness of the spills, Suess said. The spills most commonly have involved crude oil and produced water wastewater that is a byproduct of oil and gas production, containing oil, drilling chemicals and salts. Produced water spills can cause long-term damage to impacted land..."

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Jobs in public health

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Wastewater Treatment Supervisor - City of Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)

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Environmental Monitoring Assistant (Laboratory Assistant II) - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Sound knowledge of various routines, schedules, procedures, apparatus and safety precautions related to the field sampling and collection of water samples throughout the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD) system..."

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Manager, Land Development - City of Regina (Regina, SK)

"...A professional with a proven record of being able to motivate, plan, direct and evaluate people and activities of a broad-based municipal organization. Organizational - Good time and project management skills, ability to prioritize, organize and delegate projects and tasks to meet the departmentsâ service delivery standards and targets, and defined expectations of senior leadership and Council..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention public health.

Audio long read: Is precision public health the future or a contradiction?

Duration: 15:30

"...The burgeoning field of precision public health is a tech-centric approach that looks to target public-health interventions to the specific people who need them. ..."

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New Modeling Shows an Omicron Peak on the Horizon. What comes next?

Duration: 17:20

"...New modeling predicts a peak in the Omicron wave within the next week or so..."

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Why Are Walk-In Clinics So Hard to Access?

Duration: 24:25

"...We speak with public health policy expert and UVic professor Dr..."

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Five Years On, This Is What Victorias Opioid Crisis Looks Like

Duration: 35:34

"...April 14th was the five year anniversary of the province declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about public health.

Lessons from the Past on Adapting to Climate Change | Laprisha Berry Daniels | TED

"...The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, in the race to a zero-carbon world..."

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Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."

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How Nature Can Protect Cities from Floods & Droughts

"...By carefully managing rain and wastewater, it aims to fight water pollution, scarcity, and flooding..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about public health relevant to the latest news.

Inclusive (Healthy and Eco-City) City Planning Prepares for Future Urban Challenges in a Post-pandemic Asian Society

"...? In light of the post-pandemic situation, future cities must strive to be more inclusive, with eco-friendly development practices and a design that prioritises ecosystem services to coexist with nature..."

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A Low-Cost Air Quality Monitoring IoT System Using Node MCU: A Novel Approach

"...Air pollution is currently the world?s most dangerous threat to the environment and public health and has a detrimental effect on the ecosystem, climate and human health..."

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Food Safety and Quality in Saudi Arabia

"...Foodborne diseases are a global threat to both public health and the economy..."

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Global ambient air quality monitoring: Can mosses help? A systematic meta-analysis of literature about passive moss biomonitori

"...Surging incidents of air quality-related public health hazards, and environmental degradation, have prompted the global authorities to seek newer avenues of air quality monitoring, especially in developing economies, where the situation appears most alarming besides difficulties around ?adequate? deployment of air quality sensors..."

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Food-Health-Chain: A Food Supply Chain for Internet of Health Things Using Blockchain

"...Foodborne disease is still a major public health concern in both advanced and emerging economies..."

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Comparative analysis of Air Quality Index prediction using deep learning algorithms

"...With urbanization and industrialization increasing in emerging nations, air pollution levels have become a significant threat to human well-being..."

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Hybridization of rough set?wrapper method with regularized combinational LSTM for seasonal air quality index prediction

"...In general, air quality is measured using the air quality index, which records the pollutants level in the air..."

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A wavelet enhanced approach with ensemble based deep learning approach to detect air pollution

"...Considering the serious impact of air pollution on human health and life, air pollutant concentration forecast has been drawn great attention because it can provide people with information of air quality..."

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Research Progress of Nanomaterials for Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of SARS-CoV-2

"...The COVID-19 outbreak encouraged the global development of efficient prevention, diagnosis, and treatment while posing a major threat to the global economy and public health..."

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Industrial Soil Remediation Policy and Regulation in the European Union

"...Part 3 covers the economic aspects of industrial soil remediation in the EU, where Member States aim to cut costs related to soil pollution while safeguarding public health, water quality, and fostering business confidence in sustainable land regeneration and soil use..."

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Exploring Impact of COVID-19 on Travel Behavior

"...By analyzing the evolution of the transportation system in response to the influence of COVID-19, it is possible to better understand socioeconomic changes and the changes in residents' daily life..."

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Application of risk assessment technology to characterize radiation and chemical hazards when drinking spring water

"...Different scenarios of water consumption are considered: water was settled for 3 days and consumed immediately after selection..."

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