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The Ecohealth Knowledge to Action Research Group is involved in a range of web-based interactions with a variety of stakeholders. This page will be used to profile these engagements.


EcoHealth in Action Webalogue Series

hosted by the Western node of CoPEH-Canada.

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Launched in April of 2014, this series of dynamic webalogues aim to highlight the variety of ways in which a range of practitioners, professionals, policy-makers and community members are grappling with topical, current and complex issues emerging at the nexus of population health, ecosystem and society. The 90-minute (or 2 hour) sessions will be participatory and focused on learning and sharing, and issues will cut across disciplines, sectors, jurisdictions, species and geographical boundaries.

Check back regularly to find information on upcoming webalogues, to register, and to access webalogue recordings.

CoPEH-Canada is supported with funding from the International Development Research Centre and the Public Health Agency of Canada,
and is part of  EkoSanté, a collaboration arising from Communities of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH) in Latin America and the Caribbean (CoPEH-LAC) and in Canada (CoPEH-Canada).


Upcoming Webalogue...

The EcoHealth in Action Webalogue Series in now on Summer Break and will resume in September 2017!

 

For questions about the webalogue series e-mail CoPEH-Canada Western Node Coordinator, Shayna Dolan at dolans@unbc.ca

         Thank you for you interest in the EcoHealth in Action Webalogue Series!


 Past Webalogues

 

Introducing the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO) Network — Strengthening intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to health impacts of resource development

May 25, 2017

This webalogue introduces the ECHO Network, a 5-year research program funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant, focused on working together across sectors to take notice of – and respond to – the influences of resource development on health and well-being, with specific emphasis on rural, remote and Indigenous communities and environments. Launched in Prince George in early May, the project brings together university researchers and research partners across Canada and internationally, who have identified a need to better understand and address the health, environment and community impacts of resource development. A team of more than 60 people will work together as the ECHO Network (Environment, Community, Health Observatory) and will draw on expertise spanning health, social and natural sciences. The research draws on experience from four regional cases. Two are in British Columbia (one in the North and the other cross-province), and the others in Alberta and New Brunswick respectively. This session will provide an overview of the context and experiences of each regional case. The webalogue will orient to overarching goals of the ECHO Network project and introduce key research partners from the regional cases that are integral to the project design.

Speakers:

  • Margot Parkes, Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosytems and Society, Unversity of Northern British Columbia
  • Céline Surette, Director, Masters of Environmental Studies, Associate Professor Dept of Chemistry and biochemistry, University of Moncton
  • Sarah Skinner, Watershed Planning Coordinator, Battle River Watershed Alliance
  • Melissa Aalhus, Technical Advisor, Health and Resource Development, Northern Health
  • Maya Gislason, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Diane Kutzner, ECHO Network Research Manager, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Lars Hallstrom, Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities

To access the recording of this webalogue click here

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Emerging directions in ecohealth education and training: Profiling a range of short-, online-, and hybrid- courses and resources, fuelled by CoPEH-Canada, EkoSanté, PAHO and EDGE

March 22 , 2017

This webalogue explores emerging initiatives in ecohealth education and training. We will profile several new developments, including a multi-site hybrid online/face-to-face course; an online course being designed for PAHO by the collaborative efforts of Ekosanté; and the development of the Ecological Determinants Group on Education (EDGE).  You’ll leave with a better understanding of the ongoing interaction of research, education and practice in the ecosystem approaches to health, and have the chance to discuss and learn more about these and related initiatives.

Speakers:

  • Donald Cole, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Jena Webb, Director of Projects, CoPEH-Canada
  • Blake Poland, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Co-Chair (with Margot Parkes) of Ecological Determinants Group on Education (EDGE)

To access the recording of this webalogue click here

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The University of Calgary Department of Ecosystem and Public Health:Who we are and what we do 

February 22 , 2017

Join us as we take a look at the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health and it’s history of supporting the areas at the interface of human health, animal health and the environment. Dr. Susan Cork will give us a  brief history of the department at the University of Calgary. Then we’ll hear from Dr. Alessandro Massolo in regards to his current  work on the ecology of E. multilocularis in urban coyotes and discuss the human-animal-environment interactions and the importance of engaging an interdisciplinary team (i.e the One Health approach). We will then conclude with a short presentation from two of our vet graduate students (Dr. Matilde Tomaselli and Dr. Michele North) about their research and experiences in the Dept. as well as their work setting up a Calgary chapter of the Wildlife Disease Association.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Susan Cork, University of Calgary Department Head Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Alessandro Massolo,University of Calgary Adjunct Professor (Wildlife Health Ecology), Ecosystem and Public Health
  • Dr. Matilde Tomaselli,University of Calgary, Dept of Veterinary Medicine Graduate, and PhD Candidate
  • Dr. Michele North, University of Calgary, Dept of Veterinary Medicine Graduate, and PhD Candidate

To access the recording of this webalogue click here

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Aspiring towards healthier ecosystems, people, and animals:
Conversations on the 2016 One Health/EcoHealth Congress from
the perspective of emerging scholars and practitioners

January 18 , 2017

Speakers:

Julia Kübler MSc Candidate in Health Sciences at HAW Hamburg, Germany who is currently doing a practical semester at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Jordan Sky Oestreicher is a post-doctoral fellow at the Universidade de Brasilia at the Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentável

Dr. Katie Clow Veterinarian and PhD Candidate in the Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

To access the recording of this webalogue click here

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The Art and Science of Indigenous Health

November 23, 2016

Two presentations will be given followed by time for discussion and questions.

 “Filling in knowledge gaps in pursuit of improving the regulatory structure of oil and gas development: A multidisciplinary approach to assess public health issues”
Élyse Caron-Beaudoin, M.Sc. PhD Candidate
Caleb Behn (Eh-cho Dene & Dunne-Za), Executive Director-Keepers of The Water

 Using an ongoing project involving the measurement of pregnant women’s exposure to environmental pollutants in Northerneastern B.C., Élyse and Caleb will discuss how a diverse range of skills can enable teams to move from the lab bench to community-based research. Industry regulatory structures within a legal context will also be discussed.

 “The Caretaking of Traditions through Photography”
Ryan Dickie- Photographer

Exercising First Nation culture inspires and instills the utmost pride in people. In today’s world, capturing and sharing these inspirational moments is integral in continuing to grow Indigenous culture for future generations. Ryan will be sharing his recent experience of taking part and documenting a moose hide tanning workshop as part of Fort Nelson First Nation’s 2016 Culture Days. His work is a reflection of his lifestyle. Remote, rugged, and vibrant landscapes are the trademarks of his imagery style. Venturing off the beaten path, Ryan actively pursues new, under-exposed areas of BC in an effort to inspire others to seek out such places themselves.

To access the recording of this webalogue click here

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Towards the next generation of integrative cumulative impact assessments

October 26, 2016

The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) is a research and outreach initiative based out of UNBC, exploring the positive and negative community, health, and environmental impacts of resource development in northern BC. As part of this ongoing work, and particularly to inform one of our current projects focused on developing the next generation of cumulative impacts monitoring and assessment tools, we will be hosting a full-day workshop in Fort Nelson on October 26. The focus of this workshop will be on sharing emerging promising practices in cumulative impacts monitoring and assessment, while also ensuring these events are accessible to all audiences regardless of their area of expertise. The workshop will both feature panel presentations that will profile some exciting projects happening in NE BC, including presentations from the BC provincial government, the BC Oil and Gas Commission, local government, First Nations, academics, and consultants.

Speakers:

  • Chris Buse, CIRC
  • Sean Curry, British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission
  • Lana Lowe, Fort Nelson First Nation, and Alistair MacDonald, The Firelight Group
  • Mike Gilbert, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality
  • Art Fredeen, University of Northern British Columbia

To access the recording of this webalogue click here

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Navigating the Post Graduate Terrain

September 21, 2016

We will have three speakers who have recently finished their post graduate studies and are navigating the challenges and opportunities present as they traverse this new terrain. Discussion will include questions from participants and a chance to connect with others interested in ecosystem approaches to health.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Mathieu L.S. Feagan
    Ellen McDonald, MSc Epidemiology Guelph University
  • Julia Russell, MSc Community Health, UNBC

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Integrative approaches to environment, community & health:
Innovations and connections across local, Indigenous and geospatial knowledge

May 25/26, 2016
*note the two different dates, reflecting different time-zones in Canada, Oceania and Europe

For more information about this webalogue, including panelists’ powerpoints
click here

Integrative approaches to environment, community and health issues are demanding news tools and processes. Within our expanding digital toolscape is a growing suite of approaches and geospatial tools that are value and profile diverse knowledges in new ways, and create conversations across local, Indigenous, scientific and organisational knowledge, among others. This webalogue is designed as a  panel discussion and Q&A session profiling work that is unfolding in Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere. Each of the panelists are actively involved with developing, trialing and/or applying integrative and geospatial tools with to enhance understanding and responses to interrelated health, environment and community concerns. Panelists will provide a ‘taster’ of work they are involved with in Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere; provide information and links to learn more; and participate in a discussion about the opportunities and implications for contributing to a next generation of integration and engagement.

Confirmed panelists:

Moderator/Convenor:

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Sustainability in Higher Education Institutions:
Events and adventures

May 12th, 2016

Exploring the issue of sustainability in higher education institutions. Representatives from Canadian universities share what they are doing to promote sustainability on their campus and discuss strategies for engaging students and faculty.

Speakers:

  • Kyrke Gaudreau, B.Eng, M.E.S., Ph.D, Sustainability Manager, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Margot Croft, B.A., BEd, MEd, Environment & Sustainability, Vancouver Island University
  • Andrew Plunkett, M.E.S., LEED Green Assoc., Sustainability Coordinator, York University

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Post Graduate Pathways and Experiences:
Integrating Ecohealth into Development

March 16th, 2016

After completing the ecohealth field school in 2013 and 2014, Alexandra and Kate have been negotiating the challenge of integrating ecohealth principles and practice into their careers. This talk will centre around how they have decided to integrate ecohealth and development in Malawi and Uganda, outlining some of the challenges and experiences they have had.

Speakers:

  • Alexandra Belaskie, HBSc, MES, Intern with Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief in Malawi  as part of the International Youth Internship Program sponsored by Global Affairs Canada.
  • Kate Bishop-Williams, BSc, MSc, PhD Candidate, University of Guelph

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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(Cumulative) Environmental Assessment in a new era of Canadian politics: Thoughts and reflections for Ecohealth research and practice
February 17th, 2016

Canada’s recent federal election saw a regime change in political parties. The Liberal Party of Canada was elected on a platform that included 106 areas of action ranging from broad notions of enhancing democracy (e.g. “electoral reform”) and improving the environment (e.g. “climate change) to more specific measures such as scrapping the purchase of F-35 fighter jets. The full implications of the Liberal’s election platform remains to be evidenced in policy, but signs of departure from the previous administration are becoming increasingly evident. This webinar explores a variety of aspects of the Liberal election platform (and associated policy developments) and their implications for Ecohealth research and practice. This includes a more targeted discussion of possible changes to the Environmental Assessment process in the context of BC and Canada at large.

Featuring:

Dr. Chris Buse, PhD – Project Lead, Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium, UNBC
Dr. Kevin Hanna, PhD – Director, UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research, UBC-O

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Ecohealthy people growing things:
Food, policy, people, communities and the places in between

January 20th, 2016

This webalogue featured four members of the Ecohealth community as they discussed their journeys with food, food systems, and growing various “things”, ranging from policy, to community development projects, teaching, and herb growing. Discussion stemmed from such topics such as:
– the relationships between food, a systems perspective, network connections and food equity
– using food and food issues as a way to conceptualize and contextualize larger global issues
– the intersections between growing food and the use of parks in addressing healthy equity
– the centrality of plants and growing things to building community and cultural diversity

Featuring:

  • Yona Sipos, PhD, Food Systems Analysis
  • Erika Mundel, PhD, Food systems and public health educator and scholar
  • Liwei Chen, Education, Parks Canada
  • Mary Jane Yates, BScN, MSc, Herb Grower and Program Lead, MPH, Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Exciting Intersections for Ecohealth in Action:
Northern remote communities+youth+new ways of engaging
November 25th, 2015

Learn about and discuss innovative work being conducted at the intersection of northern remote communities, youth and new ways of engaging. Discussion focuses on sharing experiences, strategies and day-to-day challenges for creating and maintaining synergies among those working in, and those interested in knowledge-in-action and intersectoral approaches, social innovation and youth empowerment.

Featuring:

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Urban social-ecological health equity
October 21st, 2015

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Dr. Jeff Masuda, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Equity, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Department of Geography Queen’s University

For decades, public and population health researchers have been called upon to both support and to lead a new social and political movement for health. In recent years, various urban social movements in support of food, housing, clean air, and other social-environmental determinants of health have begun to coalesce in their efforts to demand a wholesale urban transformation based on principles of sustainability and equity.
While such a movement provides a ripe opportunity for public health researchers and policymakers to support with interventions to promote socioecological health equity, we have persistently fallen short of this goal, choosing instead to continue on a path of framing approaches within an impoverished “evidence based” model that remains thoroughly “proximal” in its ambitions. The failure to grasp a central socioecological focus for the field reflects a longstanding contradiction public health that on the one hand “talks the talk” while on the other ignoring and even opposing urban social movements over the past 20-30 years. I’ll spend my time in this webalogue proposing specific suggestions as to why now is the time for this to change and how we might reposition ourselves in the world to accomplish this transformation. I would situate this problem, and the solutions within the context of the present “tyranny of evidence” that has returned to the forefront of mainstream public health.

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Ms. Michelle Colussi, Manager at the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal

There is a growing focus being placed on the power of relationship and co-operation between neighbours as a means of strengthening everything from safety to emergency planning, food security and responding to climate change.  Michelle will share the approach of the Transition Town movement and the Resilient Neighbourhoods initiative (a partnership between BC healthy Communities, Social Planning Council and Transition Victoria: www.resilientneighbourhoods.ca) in Victoria.  Hear how these grassroots efforts are supporting celebration and mutual support, creating bumping places, gardens and orchards and structuring street level sharing economies.  Explore the opportunities and challenges of scaling for systemic impacts inclusive of lower income families.

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Canadian Inuit Social and Wildlife Issues
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The Pivotal Role of Healthy Wildlife in Combating Food Insecurity in the North
September 16th, 2015

A look at all of the issues surrounding  Inuit connection to environment and wildlife and the many social issues that impacts this relationship.
Wildlife are integral to the identity and physical, social and cultural health of many northern residents, providing food, a focus for maintenance of cultural identity, and income through a sustainable renewable resource economy.  Climatic change, together with increasing reports of emerging pathogens and major disease events in important subsistence and commercial species, have raised concerns about the safety and sustainability of wildlife as a source of food. Importantly, mere reports of disease have had negative impacts on the country-food system in that inappropriate press and risk communication have lead to unfounded fear and rejection of traditional foods. In this talk I will discuss how emerging diseases in arctic wildlife have affected food security and real and perceived food safety. As well, I will elaborate on the importance of reliable wildlife health surveillance systems, combined with ongoing and appropriate risk communication, as essential components of any program aiming to improve food security across the North.

Speakers:

  • Eric Loring, Senior Researcher and Policy Advisor Environment and Wildlife, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Susan Kutz, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Beyond the Rhetoric of Climate Change: seeking emergent actions
May 20th, 2015

Science and social action provide the greatest hope for a meaningful response to the challenges to planetary health in the face of global climate change. The forces of denial and indifference can be daunting when confronted by individual actors and even collective actions in the many realms and sectors that are attempting an intelligent response. However, as the forces of selfish globalization begin to fray and show their limitations it is timely to work towards emergent behaviour on the part of the constructive forces building towards an alternative, more hopeful future for the generations to come. This convergence can, indeed must, lead to collaborations that become more than the sum of their parts.

This webalogue featured actors and tools that are consciously working towards that convergence while at the same time building organizational responses at scales from the local to the global. Participants will be called upon to reflect on opportunities and mechanisms to foster convergence of such forces as public health and Ecohealth—at both personal and organizational levels.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Sue Pollock, Medical Health Officer, Interior Health Authority of British Columbia
  • Chris Buse, UNBC, PhD(c) Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UofT

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Activism in academia: A good idea, in theory
April 15th, 2015

This webalogue explored the different mechanisms by which people in academia may be able to overtly advocate (a.k.a. ‘do activism’) for the well-being of human beings and the ecosystems on which we depend. With a hostile political climate ever narrowing avenues for solidary action, we do not pretend to come with answers for how exactly to reconcile our perspectives and knowledge with whatever it is that drives us to act. Instead we hope to discuss options we are familiar with, add to that your ideas, and discuss some of the theoretical bases for taking actions that complement our convictions.

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Ecosystem Approaches to Health field school: Participant Experiences
March 18th, 2015

As part of its educational mandate CoPEH-Canada hosts an annual Ecosystem Approaches to Health field school. Last year’s field school took place at York University in Toronto with participants traveling to various sites in the area. This webalogue will focus on the participants’ experience during the field school as well as how it has influenced them since. For more information about the field school click here. The webalogue features participants from both North and Latin America.

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Cumulative Effects and Wildlife Health
February 18th, 2015
Speakers:

  • Dr. Helen Schwantje, British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource, Wildlife Veterinarian
  • Cait Nelson, British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource, Wildlife Biologist
  • Julie Wittrock, University of Guelph, PhD Candidate in Epidemiology

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Monitoring Ecosystem Contamination: Innovations and understanding wildlife health
January 21st, 2015
Speakers:

  • Dr. Judit Smits, Professor, Ecosystem and Public Health, University of Calgary
    • “Ecosystem Health: Animal Sentinels on the Oil Sands”
  • Dr. Erik Krogh, Chemistry Professor and Co-director of the Applied Environmental Research Laboratories
    • “The ‘lab to field’ revolution: Real-time geospatial mapping of chemical contaminants, intelligent sampling, and the future of environmental assessments”

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Walking the Talk: place, public health, resource use and global change and a holiday roundtable
December 17th, 2014

A Dialogue and reflection on public health-ecohealth workshops hosted by CoPEH-Canada in 2014, focusing on the recent Western Node event titled: “Walking the Talk: place, public health, resource use and global change” held on Dec 3rd, in Richmond BC, prior to the Public Health Association Conference of BC conference. This dialogue was followed by an online “holiday roundtable” oriented to transitions toward, and plans for, 2015, including ongoing ‘Ecohealth in Action’ webalogues.

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Moving from Theory to Practice: Our EcoHealth Journeys
November 26th, 2014
Speakers:

  • Dr. Mira Ziolo, Consulting Veterinarian at Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, PhD Student, UBC Interdisciplinary PhD student
  • Esther Tong, Telehealth Coordinator at First Nations Health Authority
  • Lindsay Beck,  Research Consultant and Project Coordinator at Castlemain and Coppermoon

This webalogue focuses on the experiences of ESaPs (Emerging Scholars and Practitioners in Ecohealth) and pragmatic application of EcoHealth theories.

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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EcoHealth Call to Action on Climate Change: Connecting people and place for positive change
October 15th, 2014
Speakers:

  • Maya Gislason, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

This webalogue invited all individuals and professionals interested in issues of climate change and health to explore how to take coordinated, hopeful, practical action on climate change. The webalogue introduced an EcoHealth Call to Action on Climate Change conference statement which was endorsed by over 500 delegates from 65 countries who convened at the 5th Biennial conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health in Montreal in August 2014. Participants of the webalogue were asked to share their stories of action and engagement around climate change, connecting people and place.  Participants were strongly encouraged to consider exhibiting their work as an example of positive integrated action on climate change in a new Gallery of Actions on Ecohealth responses to Climate Change. Visit the Gallery of Actions here.

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Responding to Climate Change: Action & Practices that link Health, Ecosystems and Society
May 28th, 2014
Speakers:

  • Stacy Barter, BC Healthy Communities. “Health Impacts of Climate Change in BC: Health Authority Perceptions and Capacity for Action.”
  • Noba Anderson, Regional district director, (Electoral Area ‘B’), Cortes Island: “Building local resilience: Climate Change and community resource governance”
  • Lindsay Galway, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University: “Learning about how climate change is framed: insights from public health and water management”
  • Tim Takaro, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University: “Climate Change and Health Policy Group”

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.

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Profiling EcoHealth in Action
April 30th, 2014
Speakers:

  • Margot Parkes, University of Northern British Columbia.
  • Craig Stephen, Centre for Coastal Health/University of Calgary.

To access the recording of this webalogue click here.