Climate change is recognized as one of the most significant public health threats of this century. The coming decades will bring higher temperatures, stronger storms, and new patterns of air pollution. These changes will have a significant impact on peoples’ health and well-being. Drawing from examples in the United States and Canada, the discussion will […]
The Toronto Star recently published an article on the health impacts of the Urban Heat Island Effect across different socio-demographic groups in different neighbourhoods across the city. The article offers a unique opportunity to interpret this issue as both an environmental concern and a “matter of social justice.” This is a refreshing take on urban […]
Toronto continues to suffer under extreme heat – along with many other places throughout North America. The very high temperatures, combined with humidity, are not merely uncomfortable, but deadly for the health of individual people and the population health of the entire community. Toronto Public Health has useful information on extreme heat, including information on […]
One of Wellesley’s themes is that the complex and inter-dependent nature of the social determinants of health require comprehensive policy and community responses. Illustrating this, I spoke recently at a conference on how climate change adaptation policy has to take account of health equity.
The City of Toronto and its agencies, boards and commissions, have taken significant actions against the deadly heat this summer, but a number of these initiatives are threatened by the current round of proposed cuts being considered by Toronto City Council. Toronto, and much of Canada, is suffering through record-breaking heat and humidity. Extreme heat is […]
The roots of pervasive and damaging health inequities lie deep in fundamental structures of social inequality and exclusion such as income inequality, racism, precarious work, poor housing and homelessness, and inadequate access to health and social services. These social determinants are incredibly complex and dynamic, and policy directions have to be comprehensive and coordinated to address […]
Today is Earth Day 2008 – and a very happy birthday to a much-abused dear old planet Earth! Statistics Canada has released this morning an update to its Human Activity and the Environment series that reports, among other things, that the emission of green house gases are up by 25% from 1990 to 2005. Lots […]
Increasingly high summer temperatures have an impact on the health of all, especially the poor and elderly. This Wellesely Institute backgrounder provides a three-point “Cool Toronto” plan to bring down the temperature in an over-heated city.