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Coverage of public health since August 2, 2021.

Interior Health holding COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Ashcroft

"...After having had to cancel a drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Ashcroft in late July because of wildfires and smoke, Interior Health will be holding clinics at the Ashcroft Public Health unit (located at the Ashcroft Hospital) on Aug. 10 and 11; Aug. 17 and 18; Sept..."

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Drinking water advisory lifted for Lynden residents

"...The lifting of the advisory, which had been in place since September 2011, follows the construction of a new municipal well and treatment system. Public health services say the new facility was actually completed in July 2020, but the drinking water advisory remained in place for an additional year to ensure robust testing and flushing of any residual sediment within watermains in the Flamborough community. The issuing of the precautionary advisory in 2011 followed a lab test result that indicated higher than allowable lead concentrations in Lynden's water..."

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Hinshaw’s open letter falls flat for some as she doubles down on provincial response to COVID-19

"..."The majority of our public health resources have been directed at the COVID-19 response, as has been necessary. That has come at the cost of not fully working on other threats, like syphilis and opioid deaths," Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw wrote in an op-ed shared with media on Wednesday..."

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No dancing allowed: Groom-to-be laments latest Manitoba restrictions

"...A Manitoba couple with their wedding coming up this weekend are feeling shades of the movie Footloose thanks to the province's latest changes to COVID-19 restrictions..."

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Montreal public health investigating after Legionnaires' disease leads to 10 cases, 2 deaths

"...MONTREAL -- Montreal public health is investigating several cases of Legionnaire's disease that have caused two deaths in the eastern parts of Montreal..."

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Premier backs Alberta's top doctor, defends Alberta's response as COVID-19 cases rise

"...Premier Jason Kenney says he respects the advice of Alberta’s top doctor to lift all COVID-19 public health orders, as local leaders and health-care experts from across the country continue to condemn the province’s plans..."

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What’s in a Bite? BU is Finding Out!

"...‘The $240,450 in funding comes from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund, and while the research will benefit everyone, it will be especially helpful for those who are immunocompromised (chemotherapy patients, for example) or those who live in areas where the pathogens are detected,’ states the Brandon University Media Release. ‘As the research gets underway, informational events are also planned, to help share knowledge about the risk of infectious diseases as well as recommended disease prevention strategies. ’..."

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Premier offloads responsibility to Alberta's top doctor, defends COVID-19 response

"...CALGARY — Premier Jason Kenney offloaded responsibility on Alberta’s top doctor for lifting all COVID-19 public health orders, as local leaders and health-care experts from across the country continue to condemn the province’s plans..."

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Kenney says Alberta accepted Hinshaw's COVID-19 proposal

"...“This is something that she and her team in the public health branch of the department of health — all of them professional members of the permanent public service — developed over some time, presented it to our COVID cabinet committee I believe on July 8, and we accepted without modification the proposal that came forward from the chief medical officer of health, which is based on science and data, particularly on the powerful science and data behind the protective effect of the vaccines, which has, as she says, dramatically changed the context of COVID-19,” Kenney said on Tuesday..."

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BC Wildfire Service issues warning about unapproved fundraising for Kootenay firefighters

"...“Personnel adhere to COVID-19 public health orders and guidelines to ensure that operations can continue safely throughout the province. In indoor areas, all personnel are required to physically distance, wear masks, and sanitize. As this is a requirement, the necessary products are provided, including masks,” said BCWS..."

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Column: Wildfires front and centre for municipalities

"...The Union of B. C. Municipalities, the provincial conference for local governments, takes place virtually again in the second week of September..."

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A major frozen fruit recall over Hepatitis A concerns is impacting numerous grocery stores across Canada after the Public Health

"...Both the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada have issued warnings to shoppers as a result of the large recall after they continue to investigate an outbreak of Hepatitis A infections occurring in Québec and Nova Scotia. The outbreak appears to be ongoing, the Public Health Agency said..."

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Water Wastewater Manager - ORO - MISSISSAUGAS OF SCUGOG ISLAND FIRST NATION - Scugog, ON

"...As owners of the Great Blue Heron Casino and creators of the Noozhoo Nokiiyan Economic Development Limited Partnership, MSIFN has an entrepreneurial spirit and expectation for excellence..."

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II - City of Penticton (Penticton, BC)

"...Under the general direction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor, the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II is responsible and accountable for the safe and efficient operation of the City's wastewater treatment, liftstations, and reclaimed water systems..."

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Waste Water Treatment Plant Co-op Student - City of Penticton (Penticton, BC)

"...If you are seeking a challenging opportunity and possess the above mentioned qualifications, we would love to hear from you! We welcome your cover letter and resume by March 7, 2021..."

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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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Podcasts

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Five Years On, This Is What Victoria’s 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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Be it resolved: The threat of new COVID-19 variants makes elimination of the virus the only viable, long-term public health str

Duration: 40:23

"...B117, N501Y, P1 - these are the labels for new variants of the COVID-19 virus that have led to new waves of infection in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil and are now spreading around the world..."

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Anne Johnson on the importance of public health

Duration: 30:52

"...Public health has been on all of our minds during the pandemic and Prof Dame Anne Johnson has spent more time thinking about it than most of us..."

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Be it resolved: The public health response to COVID-19 should focus on protecting the old and letting the young get on with liv

Duration: 46:08

"...We’re heading into the twelfth month of a global pandemic and in many places the spread of COVID-19 shows no signs of slowing down..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about public health.

Harvard & RMI Webinar: Health Costs of Burning Fuels Study

"...Chan School of Public Health finds burning gas, biomass, and wood now have more negative health impacts than burning coal in many states, a trend that may continue..."

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Biodynamic Agriculture: Farming in Service of Life | Kiss the Ground

"...A few voices of Biodynamic Agriculture share their view of the beautiful harmonies that exist within nature and how following Biodynamic practices can heal the land, influence our food systems and, in turn, nourish our health..."

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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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Good Food Institute Changing the landscape of alternative proteins with Emily Hennessee

"...with a concentration in Food Systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health..."

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Academic Research

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

Understanding the changing role of global public health in biodiversity conservation

"...Major international conservation groups now comprehensively center larger human?nature imbalances not only as problems of global public health but as a core challenge of the conservation movement, alongside habitat destruction, biodiversity loss and climate change..."

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Inaction on Climate Change Projected to Reduce European Life Expectancy

"...In this paper, we convert excess mortality estimates due to increases in extreme weather from climate change (heat waves, cold waves, droughts, wildfires, river and coastal floods, and windstorms) into potential reductions in life expectancy at birth in thirty-one European countries..."

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Dynamics of antibiotic resistance and its association with bacterial community in a drinking water treatment plant and the resi

"...Drinking water treatment techniques are used globally in the context of water security and public health, yet they are not applicable to antibiotic resistance gene (ARG) contamination..."

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Green Dreams: Regenerating Cities Through Nature

"...It is a mind-boggling growth in which the urban system is a centralising force that is revolutionising consumption models in terms of both quality and quantity, where our cities?consolidated places of community living, one of the highest expressions of human society, with their wealth of knowledge, creativity and innovation capacity?are amongst the main causes of territorial consumption, pollution and, ultimately, climate change..."

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Extended Ecological Restoration of Bacterial Communities in the Godavari River During the COVID-19 Lockdown Period: a Spatiotem

"...Whilst national and international COVID-19 lockdown and travel restriction measures have had widespread negative impact on economies and mental health, they may have beneficial effect on the environment, reducing air and water pollution..."

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Environmental Catastrophe of COVID-19: Disposal and Management of PPE in Bangladesh

"...It is urgent for respective authority to maintain a safe waste disposal system to save the environment and protect public health from impending health threats..."

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Evaluation of the Stone and Marble Industry in Palestine: environmental, geological, health, socioeconomic, cultural, and legal

"...Despite its benefits, SMI has adverse effects on public health, the environment, biodiversity, water systems (both surface and underground), green cover, and ecosystems in general, as it is considered one of the most air- water-, soil-, and noise-polluting sources..."

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Making Waves: Collaboration in the time of SARS-CoV-2 - rapid development of an international co-operation and wastewater survei

"...Within this context, the NORMAN SCORE “SARS-CoV-2 in sewage” database provides a platform for rapid, open access data sharing, validated by the uploading of 276 data sets from nine countries to-date..."

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Occupational exposure and challenges in tackling M. bovis at human?animal interface: a narrative review

"...bovis), a member of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) has increasingly gathered attention as a public health risk, particularly in developing countries with higher disease prevalence..."

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Antibiotic usage and resistance in animal production in Vietnam: a review of existing literature

"...Thus, a thorough understanding on the ABR in veterinary settings would be beneficial to the Vietnam public health authority in formulating timely interventions..."

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