April 22 is Earth Day04 Apr, 2017 | Posted by: cnhe

This year’s campaign is all about environmental & climate literacy.


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Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy

Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.

Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.

This Earth Day, gather with your community for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education. We are launching Earth Day and Teach-In toolkits that will lay out the steps for holding a successful event. Register your event with us and we will support you with promotion and advice.

International Day of Forests 21 March21 Mar, 2017 | Posted by: cnhe

Today is the International Day of Forests

2017 Theme: Forests and energy


This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people's lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.

Wood is a major renewable energy source - Wood provides the world with more energy than solar, hydroelectric or wind power, accounting for roughly 45 percent of current global renewable energy supply (27 percent of total primary energy supply in Africa, 13 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean and 5 percent in Asia and Oceania).

Wood energy powers economic development - Almost 900 million people, mostly in developing countries, are engaged in the wood-energy sector on a part- or full-time basis. Modernizing the wood energy sector can help revitalize rural economies and stimulate enterprise development – greater investment in wood energy production and advanced wood fuels can provide revenue to finance better forest management, more growing forests and more jobs.

Wood and trees contribute to optimal urban living and lower energy bills - Strategically placed trees in urban areas can cool the air by between 2 to 8 degrees C.

Wood energy mitigates climate change and fosters sustainable development - Globally, forests hold an energy content approximately 10 times that of the world’s annual primary energy consumption. They thus have significant potential as renewable resources to meet global energy demand. Forests provide clean air, water and energy. Sustainably managed forests can provide renewable and carbon neutral energy for a greener future.

Forests for energy, now and in a future global green economy - Greater investment in technological innovation and in sustainably managed forests is the key to increasing forests’ role as a major source of renewable energy. In this way, we invest in our sustainable future, in meeting several Sustainable Development Goals and in growing a green economy. Increased areas of sustainably household and community woodlots and the use of clean and efficient wood stoves can give millions more people in developing countries access to cheap, reliable and renewable energy.


Canada Water Week and World Water Day 201716 Mar, 2017 | Posted by: cnhe

MARCH 20 TO 27, 2017


Each year since 2011 Canada Water Week has encouraged communities to celebrate water. In a country as vast as ours, each watershed, wetland, lake, river, stream and pond has unique characteristics and reasons to celebrate, and over the years we've seen many inventive celebrations. This year, as we mark our seventh annual Canada Water Week, we are returning to our roots and providing a flexible theme to allow your creativity to soar. We look forward to seeing how you celebrate your Healthy Rivers and Living Lakes this year!



You and your members are invited to provide feedback on three CNA Position statements - Deadline: May 8, 201715 Mar, 2017 | Posted by: cnhe

Dear Colleagues,

Le français suit.

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), has revised CNA’s position statements, International Trade and Labour Mobility(2009), Nurses and Environmental Health (2009) and Climate Change and Health (2009). These three revisions of established position statements are provided for your input. Please share with your members.

As an important stakeholder, we are seeking your perspectives and advice to ensure that the content of these position statements reflects current themes and priorities. We ask that you read the position statements and then determine if there is feedback that you can provide.

Here are the links to the surveys where you can provide feedback:

International Trade and Labour Mobility
Nurses and Environmental Health
Climate Change and Health

We would ask that you please review the position statements and provide your feedback by May 8, 2017. If you have any questions, on the International Trade and Labour Mobility position statement please contact Josette Roussel at jroussel@cna-aiic.ca or at 1-800-361-8404, ext. 229, or at. For questions on the Nurses and Environmental Health or Climate Change and Health position statements, please contact Karey Shuhendler at kshuhendler@cna-aiic.ca or at 1-800-361-8404, ext. 410.

Anne Sutherland Boal
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Nurses Association

Chères collègues, Cher collègues,

L’Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada (AIIC), a révisé les énoncés de position de l’AIIC, Le commerce international et mobilité de la main-d'œuvre (2009), Les infirmières et la santé environnementale (2009) et Le changement climatique et la santé (2009). Veuillez partager avec vos membres.

Vous figurez parmi les parties prenantes importantes et nous aimerions connaître votre point de vue et recevoir vos conseils afin de nous assurer que les modifications apportées à ces énoncés de position reflètent les priorités et les thèmes actuels. Nous vous demandons de lire les énoncés de position et ensuite déterminer s'il y a des commentaires que vous pouvez fournir.

Voici le lien au sondage où vous pouvez soumettre votre rétroaction :

Le commerce international et mobilité de la main-d'œuvre
Les infirmières et la santé environnementale
Le changement climatique et la santé

Nous vous demandons de réviser les énoncés de position et de nous faire parvenir vos commentaires d’ici le 8 mai 2017.

Pour toutes questions concernant l’énoncé de position « Le commerce international et mobilité de la main-d'œuvre » , veuillez communiquer avec Josette Roussel à jroussel@cna-aiic.ca ou au 1-800-361-8404, poste 229 . Par ailleurs, si vous avez des questions concernant les énoncés « Les infirmières et la santé environnementale », « Le changement climatique et la santé » veuillez communiquer avec Karey Shuhendler à kshuhendler@cna-aiic.ca ou au 1-800-361-8404, ext. 410

Anne Sutherland Boal
Directrice générale
Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada

Call for Nominations to CNHE Executive Board19 Jan, 2017 | Posted by: cnhe

Call for Board Member Nominations

The CNHE will be changing the Board at the upcoming AGM in February

We are issuing a call for Nominations for the following Positions

Please view this webpage for information on these positions (Article V):

Nominations will remain open until February 19, 2017
If you are interested in a position or wish to nominate another member, please contact the CNHE executive at: info@cnhe-iise.ca


• President-Elect
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• Communications Officer
• Provincial and Territorial Representatives

November is Radon Awareness Month21 Oct, 2016 | Posted by: cnhe


Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is colourless, odourless and tasteless. When Radon is released from the ground outside it mixes with fresh air and gets diluted resulting in concentrations too low to be of concern. However, when Radon enters an enclosed space, such as a house or basement, it can accumulate to high concentrations and become a health risk.

Radon gas can enter a house any place it finds an opening where the house contacts the soil: cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, cavities inside walls, and the water supply.

Radon can also be found in groundwater from private or small community wells. Radon produced in the ground can dissolve and accumulate in water from underground sources such as wells. When water containing Radon is agitated during daily household use – showering, clothes washing or cooking, for example, the Radon gas can be released into the air. However, research has shown that drinking water that contains Radon is far less harmful than breathing the gas. The health risk does not come from consuming the Radon, but from inhaling the gas. And in most cases, the risk of Radon entering the home through water is much lower than if it enters through the ground.

Almost all homes have some Radon. The levels can vary dramatically even between similar homes located next to each other. The amount of Radon in a home will depend on many factors. Because there are so many factors, it is not possible to predict the Radon level in a home; the only way to know for sure is to test.

Find Out more about Radon Testing at: http://www.takeactiononradon.ca/radon-testing

Access resources to share with your friends, family, and patients at http://www.takeactiononradon.ca/organizations