What COP28 Means for Action on Climate and Health – February 29, 2024

It’s been about two months since the 28th United Nations Climate Conference – known as COP28 – wrapped up in Dubai. Many of the decisions made there will have impacts on CAPE’s work in 2024 and beyond.

CAPE was fortunate to have a three-person team in Dubai – past-president Dr. Joe Vipond, former president Dr. Courtney Howard, and Robb Barnes (Director, Healthy Futures Climate Program). We’d like to invite you to a wide-ranging discussion on COP28’s outcomes and what they mean for our work together.

As with other UN Climate Conferences, COP28 was many things. It signaled major steps forward on international commitments and frustrating inaction on others. It featured landmark climate policies from the Canadian government but not at the speed and scale CAPE has been pushing for. It shone a spotlight on the growing power of the global climate and health community while underscoring the influence of fossil fuel lobbyists.

We hosted this webinar to share our observations, hear your questions, and prepare for climate work in 2024 and beyond.

Air & Health – April 13, 2022

Hosted by CAPE Ontario, Dr. Emily Groot and Dr. Jane McArthur speak about the intersection of air pollution and health.


Part 1: Forest Fires

Dr. Emily Groot is a Sudbury-based public health physician with a breadth of experience. Dr. Groot has recently transitioned into the role of program director of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Public Health & Preventive Medicine residency program.

Part 2: “The Air We Breathe: I Feel Like I Don’t Have Any Control Over That”

Dr. Jane McArthur is CAPE’s toxics campaign director whose dissertation research focused on how women who were employed at the Ambassador Bridge understood their health risks in relation to the pollution they were exposed to.

PaRx: Prescribing Nature for Personal & Planetary Health – February 8, 2022

Learn about PaRx, Canada’s national nature prescription initiative, powered by the BC Parks Foundation. Featuring Dr. Melissa Lem, President-Elect of CAPE and Director of Park Prescriptions for the BC Parks Foundation. Dr. Lem is a family physician based in Vancouver. She is joined by Brooklyn Rawlyk and Sehjal Bhargava (medical learners from the University of Saskatchewan)

1 Hour to End BC’s Fossil Fuel Subsidies – December 1, 2021

From the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE), Dogwood, and Stand.Earth:

In one hour, we collectively raised our voices to tell the BC government to end fossil fuel subsidies in BC in a letter-writing event modeled after Amnesty International’s campaigns. We started the session with brief presentations about the current BC oil and gas royalty review and health impacts of fracking. By the end of the hour, participants composed a compelling letter to send to the BC oil and gas royalty review.

Speakers: Sven Biggs, Canadian Oil and Gas Programs Director, STAND.Earth Dr. Deborah Curry, Committee Member, BC-CAPE Alexandra Woodsworth, Campaigns Manager, Dogwood Moderator: Dr. Melissa Lem, President-Elect, CAPE

The Environment, Public Health, and Sprawl – October 7, 2021

Join Phil Pothen, an environmental lawyer and Ontario environment program manager for Environmental Defence, and Michael Schwandt, Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health, for a panel on how sprawl harms health and the planet, and leave with concrete steps you can take to build towards more sustainable communities.

Talk to Your MLA about BC’s Unnatural Gas – September 23, 2021

The natural gas industry continues to grow in BC. In response, we are calling for a ­moratorium on fracking expansion, support for a just transition for workers, investments in zero-emissions buildings, and an end to all fossil-fuel ­subsidies. This call to action is urgently needed in face of the ongoing climate crisis.

To accomplish them, one of the most important next steps is to talk to your local MLA about the health harms of natural gas. We’ve organized a training webinar for you that will explain the process clearly, from scheduling and leading a meeting with your MLA, to background about the local and global health harms of the LNG industry in BC.

Speakers: Anjali Helferty, PhD, Dr. Melissa Lem, Dr. Ulrike Meyer, Dr. Warren Bell

Environmental Justice x Health: A three-part series

Presented by the BC Chapter of CAPE and CFMS-HEART

Part I: Environmental Racism – April 11, 2021

Join us for a discussion about how the legacy of environmental racism threatens the health of Black and Indigenous communities within Canada—and learn how to advocate for justice.

With Dr. Ingrid Waldron and Dr. Ojistoh Horn

Moderated by Dr. Melissa Lem, CAPE President-Elect and Celia Walker, Co-chair of CFMS-HEART



Part II: Whistleblowing: Putting Health First – May 2, 2021

From toxic landfills in Nova Scotia to pipelines in BC, unhealthy policies and pollution are putting Canadian lives at risk. Join us as we cover breaking topics including environmental racism, whistleblowing, and Indigenous rights—and be inspired to take action now.

With Dr. John O’Connor, Karen Hosford, and Dr. Anjali Helferty Moderated by Dr. Warren Bell and Owen Luo, Co-chair of CFMS-HEART


Part III: Environmental x Indigenous Justice – May 15, 2021

Learn how fossil fuel development threatens the rights and health of Indigenous peoples in Canada—and how the health voice can help fight back.

With Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham) and Elder François Paulette
Moderated by Dr. Margaret McGregor and Austin Heffernan


Divestment Webinar Series

CAPE, For Our Kids, MD Moms, and the Green is Health OMA Medical Interest Group have teamed up to bring you this important divestment webinar series. We highlight the impact of organizational divestment, and steps and strategies that we undertook to ask the Ontario Medical Association to divest, and the exciting outcome of our efforts. Panelists include Adam Scott from Shift Action, and Emma Pullman and Paul Finch from the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union. The latter has successfully divested since 2014, and has made gains for their Union in doing so!


Investing in a Healthy Future with Adam Scott, Emma Pullman & Paul Finch February 18, 2021

Lastly, we bring you a webinar about personal divestment, with Tim Nash (the Sustainable Economist) taking the helm to talk to you about your personal finances, and the impact you can have by divesting. We also give you options to speak with your bank and advocate for divestment, through the Bank Switch Campaign.
We hope that you take the time to watch this informative series and that it helps you with your divestment goals!


Personal Divestment with Tim Nash March 11, 2021

Book Talk

“A Good War” with Seth Klein – February 11, 2021

COVID-19 Webinar Series

The Climate Movement and Coronavirus: A public health discussion – March 2020

COVID-19 et le changement climatique: Que faire maintenant ? – April 9, 2020

The Role of Planetary Health in a Healthy Recovery – May 2020

Covid 19 and Climate Change – Where do we go from here? – May 2020

Climate and Health Webinar Series

Climate Health Leaders: The next generation – May 2020

Change the Systems: Food and Health Care – May 2020

Eco-Anxiety, Climate Change, and Mental Health – June 2020

Climate change and social justice – June 2020


Fractures in the Bridge – June 2020

Advocacy and Campaigning – June 2020

Pesticides Indoors – June 2020