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Workshops and Presentations

The team at NCCEH regularly presents at environmental health events across Canada in addition to organizing workshops and meetings on various developing topics. A select listing of our presentations made at conferences and other meetings is available here.

Please contact us to find out if we can contribute to an upcoming event.

Fires, Floods, and Bugs: How Climate Change Impacts Drinking Water Source Quality

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 82nd Annual National Educational Conference. 

Climate change is anticipated to have myriad potential impacts on human health, some of which may be difficult to predict. However, the effects of climate change on ground and surface water, and the concomitant risk to human health through disruptions to drinking water, have been the subject of intensive research, particularly for communities with high quality source water supplies that originate in forested watersheds. Observed and modelled impacts include changes to the quantity of water available, as well as changes in water quality. Of particular concern are the anticipated increases in frequency of sudden shifts between high- vs. low-flow conditions, as well as rapidly changing and increasingly variable water quality, which may pose a severe challenge for drinking water treatment, particularly in small water systems.

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Flint Water Crisis: Can It Happen in Canada?

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 82nd Annual National Educational Conference

In January 2016 a US federal state of emergency was declared in Flint Michigan due to elevated lead concentration in the city’s drinking water. This presentation gives an overview of the Flint lead crisis and how regulation was insufficient to protect public health given human error and omission. Comparisons will be made to the Canadian regulatory system and a discussion of the role of lead monitoring in drinking water and blood lead surveillance in Canada will be presented. Effective mitigation strategies for lead in drinking water and implications for public health inspector practice in Canada will be discussed.

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Appreciating and applying metal in drinking water guidelines

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 81st Annual National Educational Conference

National and International agencies establish drinking water guidelines based on objectives which combine health protection, aesthetics, and the efficacy of metal removal. Recent examples of requests by BC agencies to BCCDC around selenium, arsenic, manganese and lead in water illustrate the need to appreciate the objectives and evidence supporting the guideline. Here we review how aggregate exposure is compared to effects on health (or other endpoint), how acceptable population all-source intake is set, and review how water consumption is apportioned within overall acceptable exposure. Lesson: read the fine print.

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Retrospective Investigation of Drinking Water-related Illnesses in Canada

Topics: Water, Drinking Water Location: General, Canada

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (Ontario Branch) Small Drinking Water Systems Symposium

Retrospective Investigation of Drinking Water-related Illnesses in Canada

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NCCPH Small Drinking Water Systems Project

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (Newfoundland and Labrador Branch) Annual Branch Conference 2009

NCCPH Small Drinking Water Systems Project

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Lead in School Drinking Water: Approaching a Public Health Issue from an Occupational Hygiene Perspective

Exploring Alternatives to Regulating Small Drinking Water Systems

Water-borne Disease Outbreaks in Canadian Small Drinking Water Systems

Safe Drinking Water (2009)

Topics: Water, Drinking Water Location: AB, Canada

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 2008 National Conference

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Environmental Health and Inequalities: Evidence and Action

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) 2008 Annual Conference

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Update on the NCCPH Small Drinking Water Systems Project

Topics: Drinking Water, Water Location: General, Canada

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (Saskatchewan Branch) 2010 Seminar; previous version presented at Canadian Public Health Association Centennial Conference (2010)

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Update on the NCCPH Small Drinking Water Systems Project

Canadian Public Health Association Centennial Conference (2010)

Update on the NCCPH Small Drinking Water Systems Project

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