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Coverage of public health since January 12, 2022.

New Brunswick reports 4 more COVID-19 deaths, more than 100 people in hospital

"...Level 3 restrictions include the following:Single-household bubbleNo indoor public gatheringsShutting down gyms, spas and entertainment centresRestaurants can operate on take-out and delivery onlyEncouraged use of contactless curbside pickup and/or designate one person from the household to go shopping if feasible to reduce contactsFaith venues can hold outdoor, virtual or in-car services onlyOrganized sports not permittedOrganized sports and all other organized activities are not permitted with people outside a single-household bubbleOutdoor exercise or activities like skiing, skating or snowmobiling are permitted, as long as Public Health measures are followed and you are within your single-household bubbleLodges and other facilities that support outdoor sport must not exceed 50 per cent capacity and must not permit food or drink to be consumed indoors. The province also says at-home learning will be extended for another week. Students are set to return to classrooms on Jan..."

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Weekend cold weather alert issued by medical officer for Hamilton area

"...Friday night's forecast is calling for a low of -19 C with accompanying winds between 20 km/h and 40 km/h which will make it feel like -26 C, according to Environment Canada. “Wind always makes it feel colder, and increases the risk of frostbite and hypothermia,” Hamilton public health said in a release..."

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Two new COVID-19 deaths in Ottawa as province reaches record hospitalizations

"...Ottawa Public Health is reporting a slight uptick in hospitalizations in Ottawa. The health unit says 61 people are in hospital because of COVID-19, up from 57 on Thursday..."

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New poll suggests Albertans growing sentiment against further public health restrictions

"...Alberta continues to hold out against introducing further public health measures despite pressure from some of the medical community, and a new poll suggests most Albertans agree with the province. According to a poll conducted by Angus Reid, 57 per cent of Albertan surveyed expect to contract Omicron regardless of the precautions they take. The response across Canada was 55 per cent..."

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Vaccine Mandate Still On For Canadian Truckers Says Federal Government

"...The Canadian Trucking Alliance and the American Trucking Associations say up to 26,000 of the 160,000 drivers who make regular cross-border trips will be sidelined as a result of the mandate, adding further bottlenecks and potential price hikes to the flow of goods ranging from food to medical devices..."

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Nova Scotia beauty sector left out from latest COVID-19 supports

"...On Monday, the province rolled out the Sector Impact Support Program, a one-time grant aimed to help businesses impacted by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and renewed public health restrictions..."

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One new COVID-19 death in Ottawa on Thursday

"...Ottawa Public Health reports only hospitalizations among Ottawa residents with a hospital intervention for active COVID-19. To count as a hospitalization intervention, the hospitalization must involve treatment for an active COVID-19 infection or have a hospital stay extended because of active COVID-19. This also applies to people who may acquire COVID-19 while in hospital..."

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New support for businesses shuttered by public health order

"...A new provincial program has been rolled out to support B. C. businesses impacted by recent public health measures temporarily forcing them to close their doors..."

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Kent Institution outbreak grows to more than 60 COVID-19 cases

"...Fraser said the CSC is waiting on testing results for employees at Kent Institution. Kent Institution employees are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result before entering the institution. According to Fraser, if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they are sent home and will be away from the workplace until they are deemed safe to return according to CSC and public health standards..."

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B.C. gyms, bars, lounges ordered closed due to COVID-19 can apply for relief grants

"...VICTORIA — Businesses that were ordered to close last month because of public health orders in British Columbia to limit the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant can now apply for provincial relief grants of up to $10,000. Economic Recovery Minister Ravi Kahlon says more than 3,000 operators could apply for the $10-million relief grant program, which provides between $1,000 and $10,000 to individual businesses. Bars, nightclubs and lounges that do not serve full meals, as well as gyms, fitness centres and event venues, were among those ordered to temporarily close on Dec..."

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B.C. businesses closed by COVID orders can now apply for relief grants

"...Applications are now open for the B. C. COVID-19 Relief Grant for businesses order to close by recent public health orders..."

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COVID-19: Hundreds of N.B. health staff isolating as hospitalizations rise

"...There are currently 369 health-care workers in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, and the province says “the health-care system and other critical services” could be impacted. “New Brunswickers are encouraged to prepare in advance by having a basic plan for isolation, keeping supplies like medication and food on hand,” the province said. Story continues below advertisement..."

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Jobs in public health

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

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 departments’ service delivery standards and targets, and defined expectations of senior leadership and Council..."

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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 January 16, 2022..."

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Division Manager, Solid Waste Planning - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Demonstrates a broad-based view of issues, understands the long term implications of actions and aligns the business strategies of the Planning function with department and corporate strategic objectives..."

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Sessional Lecturer:CHL5903H Environmental Health - University of Toronto - Toronto, ON

"...Please note that should rates stipulated in the Collective Agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention public health.

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 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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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about public health.

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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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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Academic Research

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

Impact of Industrial Wastewater on Environment and Human Health

"...Wastewater also contains several microorganisms such as virus, bacteria, protozoans, algae that have major public health concerns as these are cause of many waters borne diseases..."

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Critical Communication Studies and COVID-19: Mediation, Discourse, and Masks

"...After outlining these challenges, I propose a way of thinking about COVID-19 as a problem for communication scholarship that distinguishes it from health communication, risk communication, and science communication..."

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?Waste Not, Want Not? ? Leveraging Sewer Systems and Wastewater-Based Epidemiology for Drug Use Trends and Pharmaceutical Monit

"...Wastewater surveillance downstream at wastewater treatment plants provides large-scale population and regional-scale aggregation while upstream surveillance monitors locations at the neighborhood level with more precise geographic analysis..."

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The Influence of Covid-19 on Perceived Health Effects of Wetland Parks in China

"...The results provide empirical evidence for managing ecosystem services as delivered by these urban wetlands, in the context of COVID-19 or potential future pandemics, for promoting public health..."

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Public Health Care Law and Ethics in Israel

"...The Israeli health care system is considered to be of high quality and economically efficient..."

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Status of pharmaceuticals in the Korle Lagoon and their toxicity to non-target organisms

"...The availability of pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) in surface waters and suspended solids/sediments presents an ecological hazard of chronic exposure to non-target organisms..."

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Pythagorean fuzzy entropy measure-based complex proportional assessment technique for solving multi-criteria healthcare waste t

"...The assessment of each alternative should be done based on public health, psychological, economic, environmental, technological, and operational aspect..."

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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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Sustainable Techniques for Building Waste Disposal

"...Sustainable management of waste produced from construction is becoming increasingly compulsory to protect public health, minimize environmental burden and preserve existing natural resources..."

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One Floor at a Time: Cross-Laminating a Sustainable Future for Mass Timber in North America

"...In addition to many aesthetic and structural performance opportunities, and as a renewable resource with low embodied energy, CLT offers a low carbon footprint while also sequestering and serving as a carbon sink..."

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A Prospective Model of a Digital Epidemiological Surveillance 4.0 Based on the Peruvian Public Health System

"...The health-disease situation of the population and health care delivery services are continuously monitored by epidemiological surveillance systems and health information systems, but since the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in December 2019 and spread globally, each country tried to control the virus by activating their own health protocols, but they became insufficient to face the pandemic and every control attempts seem impossible to all humanity, even more without the support of information technologies, which provides a rapid response for decision-making..."

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Using the QI Maturity Tool ? Modified Ontario Version to assess the state of QI maturity in Ontario?s public health units

"...With the emphasis on continuous quality improvement (CQI) in the revised Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS), there is a need to understand the level of QI maturity in Ontario?s PHUs..."

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