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Coverage of public health since April 13, 2021.

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Tick identification program aims to track Lyme disease

"...Developed by Bishop’s University and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Manitobans can use the platform when they find ticks on animals, humans or in various habitats. Users can submit a picture to have the tick identified by experts, which will let them confirm if the tick they found belongs to a species capable of transmitting the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease..."

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LETTER: Heritage has advantages

"...Recent letters on heritage have not dealt with its advantages. Importantly, it helps against climate change, first by retention of some trees and landscaping, all usually lost during development. Heritage work allows some changes..."

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Risky pandemic behaviour off the clock could mean workplace discipline: lawyers

"...CALGARY — Employment lawyers say flouting COVID-19 public health orders when off the job or coming into work while knowingly sick could warrant discipline in the workplace — including termination in the most flagrant cases..."

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Public trust concerns after lack of details on COVID-19 birthday party ‘superspreader' outbreak in Alberta

"...Health policy and communication experts express worries that a lack of specifics about a ‘superspreader' birthday party outbreak that Premier Jason Kenney has twice cited could lead to public health erosion. Julia Wong reports..."

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Industrial sites, pubs, restaurants driving COVID-19 spread, B.C. data show

"...Latest modelling by public health shows cases generated by COVID-19 infections into places where it can spread quickly. (B. C..."

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Maple Creek Mayor Gives Update on COVID Closures

"...The Director of Operations will be working from home, the Chief Administrative Officer and the Chief Executive Officer will begin rotating shifts from home to the office, and the Water Treatment Plant operators will begin rotating shifts at the Plant..."

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Opposition's 'obsession' with ventilators in schools 'doesn't respect public health': Legault

"...QUEBEC CITY -- Quebec Premier Francois Legault fired back at opposition parties Thursday, saying they “don’t respect public health” following criticisms on air purification in schools..."

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Will new COVID-19 restrictions be announced in B.C.? Officials to give update

"...On Tuesday, the B. C. Restaurant and Food Association said industry groups had a meeting with Henry, saying she indicated the restriction would need to be extended as COVID-19 cases in the province remain alarmingly high..."

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Public Health Agency of Canada issues updated guidelines for at-home ventilation

"...Depending on the weather, the agency says opening windows is another good way of promoting ventilation, provided that there are no air pollution advisories and allergens are at safe levels and that multiple windows should be opened in order to ensure cross-ventilation..."

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AI pinpoints local pollution hotspots using satellite images

"..."Before now, researchers trying to measure the distribution of air pollutants throughout a city would either try to use the limited number of existing monitors or drive sensors around a city in vehicles," said Mike Bergin, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke. "But setting up sensor networks is time-consuming and costly, and the only thing that driving a sensor around really tells you is that roads are big sources of pollutants. Being able to find local hotspots of air pollution using satellite images is hugely advantageous..."

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Roadside waste collection proposed in rural areas of Comox Valley

"...Upcoming Comox Valley Nature webinar addresses climate changeComox Valley Nature hosts an online lecture Sunday, April 18, when Dr. … Continue reading YANA founder helps family in need: a historical accountAndrea Postal Special to The Record The first few months of Angela… Continue reading B. C..."

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Lower COVID-19 rates seen in US states with higher adherence to mask wearing

"...A new state-by-state analysis shows a statistical association between high adherence to mask wearing and reduced rates of COVID-19 in the U. S. Charlie Fischer and colleagues at the Boston University School of Public Health in Massachusetts present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on April 14..."

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Jobs in public health

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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

Recent episodes that mention public health.

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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The local perspective on America’s public health landscape

Duration: 43:32

"...Host David Speiser, Ph. D. , executive vice president at ICF, and Nicola Dawkins-Lyn, Ph..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about public health.

COVID-19 Outbreaks in the Workplace

"...To discuss the implications of this decision we welcome Martha Fulford, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at McMaster University; and Victoria Arrandale, assistant professor, Occupational & Environmental Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto..."

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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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If you can’t get out to nature, try bringing it indoors instead

"...Using inexpensive lights and other household objects, he brings shadows, reflections and calming patterns of nature into the house..."

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What Will It Take to Re-Open the American Economy Safely?

"...The Breakthrough Institute identifies technological solutions to environmental problems like climate change, and believes that economic prosperity — especially the kind being disrupted by the pandemic — is a precondition to environmental stewardship and sustainability..."

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Academic Research

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

Wastewater reclamation and reuse potentials in agriculture: towards environmental sustainability

"...In relation to reclamation, conventional wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove organic matter, total solids, and nutrients but fail to remove the emerging micropollutants..."

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Impact, disease outbreak and the eco-hazards associated with pharmaceutical residues: a Critical review

"...However, many conventional treatments are integrated into wastewater treatment plants (WWTP?s), but there is a lack of dedicated treatment in eliminating pharmaceutical residues..."

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Iranian population exposures to heavy metals, PAHs, and pesticides and their intake routes: a study protocol of a national popu

"...There is a public health concern regarding an increase in exposure to carcinogens across Iran through different sources (air, food, and water) and a lack of research to address this issue..."

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Mixed versus layered multi-media filter for simultaneous removal of nutrients and heavy metals from urban stormwater runoff

"...Beach closings are a growing concern in coastal regions because of serious public health and economic ramifications due to the presence of pollutants in stormwater runoff..."

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Antifungal agents, yeast abundance and diversity in surface water: Potential risks to water users

"...Recent findings in aquatic systems suggest an association exists between yeast diversity, chemical pollutants and land coverage, which are important water quality determinants..."

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Decoding the pathways of arsenic biotransformation in bacteria

"...The contamination of arsenic in groundwater predominantly utilized for irrigation and drinking is responsible for serious public health issues across the globe..."

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Electrospinning with a spindle-knot structure for effective PM 2.5 capture

"...The spindle-knot structures could shrink the outer pore size on two-dimensional (2D) surface and construct the fluffy 3D reticular architecture, facilitating high-efficiency air pollutant capture (>85..."

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Improved storage mitigates vulnerability to food-supply shocks in smallholder agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic

"...These insights are relevant for the larger, long-term question of climate change adaptation, and also regarding trade-offs between public health protection and food security..."

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Effect of metal atom in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIF-8 & 67) for removal of Pb2+ & Hg2+ from water

"...Heavy metals especially lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) are recognized as most emerging pollutants in underground water and are major threat to public health around the world..."

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Relationship Between Heavy Metal Accumulation in Fish Muscle and Heavy Metal Resistance Genes in Bacteria Isolated from Fish

"...coli and coliforms that harbor heavy metal resistance genes which will be a problem in aquaculture, aquatic ecosystem, and public health..."

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Is urban growing of fruit and vegetables associated with better diet quality and what mediates this relationship? Evidence from

"...Urban agriculture (UA), the growing of fruits and vegetables in urban and peri-urban areas, may improve food security and access, public health and dietary quality on both a broad and personal scale..."

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Smart city lifestyle sensing, big data, geo-analytics and intelligence for smarter public health decision-making in overweight,

"...But previous research into food and physical activity (PA) neighbourhood environments has mainly focused on associating body mass index (BMI) with proximity to stores selling fresh fruits and vegetables or fast food restaurants and takeaways, or with neighbourhood walkability factors and access to green spaces or public gym facilities, making largely naive, crude and inconsistent assumptions and conclusions that are far from the spirit of 'precision and accuracy public health'..."

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