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Engagement Opportunities: Planning for a Carbon Neutral Region by 2050

Engagement Opportunities:
Planning for a Carbon Neutral Region by 2050

Metro Vancouver

 

Please join us to learn about and provide your feedback on near and long term goals and actions to reduce emissions in this region for transportation, buildings, and industry. Bold actions now will help us improve our air quality and achieve a carbon neutral region by 2050.

 

Current feedback opportunities are online webinars in February and questionnaires on Metro Vancouver’s website.

 

Local governments have been taking action on climate and air quality for decades but we need to do more. Your feedback is essential to ensure we are considering the biggest opportunities and the real challenges to meeting our targets.

 

Webinar Dates:

  • Transportation – February 21, 2020, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Industry – February 24, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Buildings – February 27, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

 

Register for Webinars

 

If you cannot attend these webinars, we would still like to hear your feedback. Please take a moment to fill out the Transportation, Industry or Buildings questionnaires.

Feedback from these webinars and questionnaires will support development of the Clean Air Plan and Climate 2050, which will drive regional policies to reduce emissions

For more info, please contact cleanairplan@metrovancouver.org or call 604-432-6200.

Electronic Petition to ask Canadian government to denounce the human right abuses in Chile: Deadline to sign the petition is the Friday the 10th.

We are asking PHABC members to consider:

 

  1. Signing the House of Commons electronic petition:

English:  https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2302

 

French: https://petitions.noscommunes.ca/fr/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2302

 

Any Canadian citizen or resident can sign (no age minimum), even if you are living abroad. It only takes 2 minutes.

 

  1. Sharing the e-petition on your social media and/or via email to friends, family and colleagues.

PHABC Year in Review – 2019

 

Happy Holidays from the Public Health Association of BC!

 

As we look to the new year we want to share our highlights from 2019

 

 

Charitable Status: Canada Revenue Agency formally notified PHABC of its successful application for charitable status. PHABC is now a registered charity, the culmination of a two-year effort.

Summer School: Our tenth annual Summer School “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems” expanded to reach a record 236 participants across five provinces and one territory.

Farm to School: Farm to School hosted a webinar series showcasing inspirational champions across the province. We reached 43 schools with funding to support their Farm to School programs and activities. The spring celebrations across the regional hubs celebrated the work of teachers, parents, students, and community partners. It was a highlight of the year.

Farm to Cafeteria National Conference: Farm to School co-hosted the first ever National Farm to School Conference in Victoria, in May, 2019. The conference, which brought over 300 delegates from 9 provinces and the USA, was a tremendous success. The conference was a 3 day event, which hosted 6 inspiring field trips, a harvest dinner reception at the Songhees Wellness Center, and two days of workshops, speaker sessions and keynote events. We were sponsored by a number of local producers, a detail that truly made the conference feel local.

Kids Boost Immunity: This free, online program used in schools across Canada has gained national and international interest. Lessons address vaccine misinformation, test knowledge through a “game” format and earn vaccines for children in support of UNICEF. Since March 2018, almost 1 million questions have been answered and over 56,000 vaccines earned.

Vaccine Safety Net: We became members of the World Health Organization Vaccine Safety Net as a result of our work with Immunize BC, I Boost Immunity and Kids Boost Immunity. Our Executive Director is part of the global advisory committee for the Vaccine Safety Net and was recently named the Chair of that multi country forum.

ChatterHigh: Is an online tool for middle and high school students to explore careers through quizzes. A total of 15 public health disciplines were identified and outreach to PHABC membership across these professions resulted in 11 excellent submissions for the quiz component. Questions were developed with practitioners and has led to excellent partnerships and collaborations.

Policy Advocacy Research and Communication Committee: This Committee was active on many fronts this past year. Positions were drafted and confirmed on the topics of Smoke-Free Housing, the overdose emergency public health response, the Basic Income approach to poverty reduction by David Green’s group, climate emergency and inequities, and most recently, Canada taking a stand against the inequities and Human Rights violations in Chile.

 

 

We remain committed to strengthening the impact of people who are active in public health in BC and achieving our mission of promoting health, wellbeing and equity for all British Columbians through leadership in public health. Reaching this requires a community of support and we count on your involvement as our members and partners so that we can continue to make a difference.

 

Wishing everyone peace on earth!

 

Electronic Petition to ask Canadian government to denounce the human right abuses in Chile

Following up on the PHABC conference last month discussion related to health inequalities and human right violations in Chile, Paola Ardiles, Past President of PHABC, met with the Policy Advocacy Research and Communication Committee to obtain permission to circulate an electronic petition to the House of Commons to ask Canadian government to denounce the human right abuses in Chile.

 

We are asking PHABC members to consider:

 

  1. Signing the House of Commons electronic petition:

English:  https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2302

 

French: https://petitions.noscommunes.ca/fr/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2302

 

Any Canadian citizen or resident can sign (no age minimum), even if you are living abroad. It only takes 2 minutes.

 

  1. Sharing the e-petition on your social media and/or via email to friends, family and colleagues.

 

Background

 

You may have heard about the cancellation of some high profile global meetings scheduled in Chile this fall, such as the 26th Cochrane Colloquium, the International Climate Change Summit COP25 and Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) leaders’ meeting. They were cancelled due to the crisis in Chile that started in mid-October due to a massive social uprising and military crackdown that occurred when President Piñera declared a state of emergency on Oct 1, 2019.

 

Since that date, human rights watch groups including the National Institute for Human Rights in Chile, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch and United Nations have reported 400+ criminal complaints allegedly committed by security forces; deaths, sexual violence, tortures, detention of children and thousands wounded and admitted to hospital. More than 350 people have lost their eyesight due to severe ocular wounds caused by non-lethal lead ammunitions banned by UN. Political responsibilities have not being persecuted yet.

 

The root cause of the social unrest is the decades of neoliberal economics and policies that were established with the Constitution of 1980 under the Pinochet dictatorship, with zero participation of civil society. Today, Chile has the largest social inequities in all the OECD countries.

 

Here is an article in Lancet on health inequalities in Chile as one of the root causes of unrest:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32720-5/fulltext

 

Where can you get more information in English?

 

Follow @Van4Chile

or visit: http://www.van4chile.ca/ under media links

 

Please help spread the word however you can.

 

Thank you for your solidarity.

 

Paola Ardiles Gamboa BSc (Hons) MHSc MBA
@Paola_A_Ardiles

Promoting Indigenous Women’s Heart Health

Promoting Indigenous Women’s Heart Health

 

Dr. Annalijn Conklin at UBC shares this beautiful brochure “Promoting Indigenous Women’s Heart Health: Lessons from Gatherings with Elders and Knowledge-Holders.”

 

It summarizes the problems of heart diseases in Indigenous communities, how knowledge was shared, and the important lessons learned. It also provides a map going forward.

 

Please take a look at this beautifully illustrated brochure by clicking here. It is also available online through the UBC Circle repository: https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/facultyresearchandpublications/52383/items/1.0380719