Costs of Pollution in Canada: Measuring the Impacts on Families, Businesses and Government

Clean water, air and land contribute to better health, greater enjoyment of life, more productive communities and a stronger economy. Likewise, contamination of the environment by pollution leads to a wide variety of costs. Pollution harms human health, damages forests and crops and degrades the quality of land and water—to name just some of its impacts. The result is higher costs for many things: medical care, raw materials, food and public services. For example, in Canada the estimated welfare cost (mortality only) of pollution-related extreme weather (heat waves) is estimated to have been $1.6 billion in 2015, and costs arising from severe algal blooms currently affecting Lake Erie are about $4 million annually

This report is intended to better equips Canadians, policy-makers and industry leaders to understand and make decisions about pollution. The challenge is to balance the trade-off between pollution’s costs and the benefits of the activities that lead to its creation. The report shows that the costs involved are very significant. Allowing the costs to be obscured by poor data serves no one well.

A digital version of the report can be found here.

Published By: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Publication Date: June 2017

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Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario @ Community Event
Jun 1 – Jun 6 all-day

Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario

Ontario’s Local Food Week takes place from June 1st – 6th, 2020.

It’s an important time as ever to support local! Celebrate the first week of June by making a special effort to buy local, support local businesses, and thank our hard-working producers across the province.

For more information about Ontario’s Local Food Approach Here

For a list of local businesses in Niagara in need of support visit here

Webinar: Mental Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic @ Webinar
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join us for this free information session on Mental Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic open to all healthcare professionals.

After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:

-Assess and evaluate the mental health burden of the current COVID-19 pandemic
-Prevent and manage traumatic stress-related disorders, including children and families, applied to the COVID-19 pandemic
-Prepare to practice Psychological First Aid, self-care, and enhanced resilience of healthcare professionals in disasters
-Collaborate with colleagues in healthcare, first responders and the Red Cross

This event is brought to you by Disaster Psychiatry Canada.

Virtual Team Building On Zoom @ Webinar
Jun 8 all-day

The Magic of Collaboration Virtual Team Building Activity

Engage, reward, and motivate your team!

Two fun & exciting versions each accommodating 10 – 50 people.
-75 minute fun version
-120 minute training version

We’ve been providing our ‘Magic of Collaboration’ team-building workshop live and in person at team events across Canada since 2006. Our clients include some of Canada’s leading companies. As companies adapt to their teams working remotely and communicating virtually – we have modified our ‘live event format’ and created a ‘virtual format’ that we now provide over Zoom. Our ‘Magic of Collaboration Virtual Team Building Activity’ is an amazing combination of fun, laughter & learning that delivers valuable training ROI.

Your team works together over Zoom to learn magic tricks and perform a virtual magic show.

Your team has fun as they experience the 3 C’s of teamwork – communication, co-operation, and collaboration.

Although the emphasis is on having fun – our program is designed to engage your team and demonstrate that their voices and contributions are being acknowledged and appreciated.

This online event is brought to you by Show Biz Team Building

Respite Recreation Hour @ Webinar
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Us for a Virtual Variety Show!

Each week we will present fun and engaging actives such as:
-Word puzzles
-Reminiscent stories
-And much more!

We look forward to connecting with you.

This event is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Well-being @ Webinar
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and well-being. You will learn about various strategies that you can use to help build resilience during this time in order to promote good mental health and well-being. Dr. Antony will also identify resources and supports that you can use together with these resilience strategies.

We encourage participants from the mental health and addictions sector to attend this webinar.

This webinar is hosted by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)

Caregiver Support & Coffee Hour By the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Online
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join your peers and share a virtual coffee! This online group is for care partners of individuals living with dementia. Each group will be facilitated by one of our counselling staff.

Sessions: Every other Monday from 2:00-3:00pm

May 4, 2020 and May 25, 2020
June 8, 2020 and June 22, 2020
July 6, 2020 and July 20, 2020

This online event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

Men’s Social & Support Group by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Online
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10:00 am – 11:30 am for a fun social gathering using the Zoom platform! This online group is for male care partners of individuals living with dementia. Each group will be facilitated by one of our counselling staff.

This online event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region


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