COVID-19 and Food Security – Facebook Live Discussion

COVID-19 and Food Security

Join Laurel Collins, MP for Victoria, on Facebook Live with PHABC’s very own Aaren Topley, Provincial Manager for Can You Dig It! & other guests


Since COVID-19, food security is on everyone’s mind. Tomorrow, Friday June 5th, 2020, you’re invited to join Laurel Collins, MP of Victoria, live on Facebook from 12:00pm to 3:00pm (PT) to participate in a conversation on food security and COVID-19. The discussion will feature the Public Health Association of BC’s very own Provincial Manager of Can You Dig It!, Aaren Topley, as a guest alongside Alistar MacGregor, MP and NDP Critic for Agriculture, Paul Taylor, Exectuvie Director of FoodShare Toronto, Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director of Lifecycles Project, and JJ Ford, Farmer at Mason Street City Farm. Laurel will be asking ” What is food security before, during and after COVID-19?”


You’re invited to register and submit some questions or comments beforehand to help shape the conversation by following the link below

To access the live feed tomorrow please follow the link below to Laurel Collin’s Facebook page



#DifferentTogether: Join Me in Opposing Racism

From the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of BC

Over the past few months, British Columbians have pulled together to vanquish COVID-19, and we have witnessed many acts of kindness and selfless generosity. Sadly, however, our success has been marred by recent incidents of race-based violence and discrimination. I strongly condemn these racist acts; they have no place in our province or our country. I ask you to join me, alongside leaders in government, business and social services, in pledging to uphold the Canadian values of diversity and inclusion and to oppose racism and hate in all its forms. We are stronger when we are #DifferentTogether.

Take the #DifferentTogether Pledge:

Join me in sharing the #DifferentTogether pledge on social media and encouraging others to take part.

Ways to Participate in Three Easy Steps:

  1. Download the #DifferentTogether pledge graphic for Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
  2. Share it on social media and tag five friends, family members, or leaders in your community.
  3. Encourage them to do the same.

I also encourage you to share a video of yourself highlighting your commitment to opposing racism, and upload it to social media using the hashtag #DifferentTogether.

You can also follow me on my TwitterFacebook or Instagram, and share my related posts.

Diversity is at the core of who we are as Canadians. Join me in opposing racism in all its forms.

Summer School 2020 Registration is Now OPEN! Think Piece Released

11th Annual Public Health Summer School 2020

Think Globally, Act Locally

Public Health and the Anthropocene

Thursday July 9th & Friday July 10th, 2020


Register Today


Online this year due to COVID-19 but just as engaging as ever. Sign-up and attend anywhere you have internet


Want to know more? Read the Think Piece



The Public Health Association of BC; in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Saskatchewan Public Health Association, the Manitoba Public Health Association and the Yukon Public Health Community of Practice, are excited to announce that registration is now open for our 11th annual public health summer school, “Think Globally, Act Locally: Public Health and the Anthropocene”! This year’s summer school will take place on Thursday July 9th and Friday July 10th, 2020 and will be hosted entirely online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.



Registration is $60 ($50 for students/seniors) +GST for the two day summer school and individuals joining from BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba or the Yukon will also receive a complimentary 1-year membership to their region’s public health association!

Registration is open now at:



We are excited to have Dr. Trevor Hancock and Dr. Maya Gislason as our scientific program co-chairs for this year’s school on the Anthropocene and Public Health. The Anthropocene is arguably the greatest threat to health in the 21st century, barring nuclear war. In order to significantly reduce our ecological footprint, a profound transformation of our society, economy and entire way of life needs to be realized. This has important implications for population and public health practice, at all levels from the local to the global. Our intent is to locate this year’s summer school in this global ecological context, while grounding it in local public health action and linking it to the emerging debate about the need for transformative societal change and a just transition to a sustainable ‘One Planet’ society.



It is our hope that the information about our summer school is shared across the country to anyone who may be interested in attending. I encourage every one of our members to retweet and repost our social media content regarding the summer school. I’ve included the links below to our various social media accounts, please like and follow us!

Facebook: @PublicHealthAssociationBC
Instagram: @PHA_BC
Twitter: @PHA_BC



Interested in attending but not sure if the theme is right for you? Check out our think piece, which provides an detailed overview of the main theme of this year’s summer school, public health and the Anthropocene. This includes some further reading and resources to ensure you arrive at summer school prepared to dive into the topics.


You can read the full think piece here: Think Piece 2020



We will be releasing the draft agenda and announcing the first round of speakers soon, please keep checking the General Information page for the latest information.



If you have any questions about the summer school please do not hesitate to contact us at

The Health and Behavioural Impacts of COVID-19 on Youth: Results from the Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 1

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the daily lives of all Canadians. However, relatively little is known about how the health, behaviour, and social activities of Canadian youth are affected and how they are coping with the situation. Canada’s youth represent about one quarter of the country’s population and will continue to be a large and important group within the Canadian population (Statistics Canada, 2019). Furthermore, youth are more likely to be at risk for poor mental health both prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic (Findlay, 2017; Findlay & Arim, 2020).

Read the survey from Statistics Canada here:

CPHA calls for culturally safe collection and use of socio-demographic and race-based data

The Canadian response to COVID-19 to date has further revealed and amplified cracks in our health surveillance systems and some of the perpetual challenges of our federated model with its delegation of authority for health to the provinces and territories. Key among these is its capacity to collect race-based data and enhance the collection of comprehensive socio-demographic data as a means to focus response activities better. In order to contain COVID-19 and mitigate its long-term societal harms, we need to work with equity-seeking communities to understand and address underlying inequities that disproportionately affect certain communities and impact all Canadians.

Read more here: