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The Nutrition Facts label is designed to meet shifting dietary trends and public health goals. NoDerog/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Nutrition Facts labels have a complicated legacy – a historian explains the science and politics of translating food into information

The process of converting food into nutritional information is more than just a scientific process. It involves many political and technical compromises that continue to shape the food industry today.
Community connectors are known by various titles such as community service workers, link workers or system navigators. They are specialists in preventive and social care. (Shutterstock)

Why increasing Canada’s health budget for preventive and social care makes sense fiscally and medically

Supporting preventive and social care through investment in community connectors addresses the root cause of health issues, lowers future curative costs and provides better value for taxpayers.
Visitors walk past a sign reading ‘Stop: Extreme Heat Danger’ in Death Valley National Park during a heat wave on July 7, 2024. Etienne Laurent/AFP via Getty Images

Extreme heat waves broiling the US in 2024 aren’t normal: How climate change is heating up weather around the world

Global temperatures have averaged at least 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than preindustrial times for over a year. Two scientists explain what that means and what humanity can do.
Snow geese are seen during their migratory movements at the Reservoir Beaudet, in Victoriaville, Que. in 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bernard Brault

Climate change is helping the H5N1 bird flu virus spread and evolve

H5N1 is the latest evidence that climate change is altering how viruses spread and evolve. It is essential that global public health officials take these dynamics into account.
Beekeeper Andrew Cote inspects the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel’s bee hives in August 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

How the health of honeybee hives can inform environmental policies in Canadian cities

Urban bee hives in Canada face unique challenges and making our cities healthier for bees may just help them become better places for us all.

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