Sick of Climate Change?

Local Health Impacts in a Warming World.
A Panel Discussion co-sponsored by
Ecology Ottawa and
University of Ottawa Centre on Governance


  • Diane Holmes, Chair, Ottawa Board of Health
  • John Stone, Adjunct Professor, Carleton University and Lead Author for the IPCC Working Group II Report
  • Dr. Curtis Lavoie, emergency physician, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • Alice Hutton, community health developer

What: Sick of Climate Change? Local Health Impacts in a Warming World

When:    April 29, 2014, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Where:    12th floor, Desmarais Building, University of Ottawa

Over the past month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released two major reports. Part of those reports gives focus to human health impacts of climate change.

In the coming month the City of Ottawa is expected to release its own plan for local climate change management.

Climate change affects health with more frequent and more severe weather extremes and a higher prevalence of new illnesses like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. These and problems like higher rates of respiratory illness due to warmer weather or the aftermath of flooding mean our health systems have to scramble to respond; sometimes just when they too are being hit with power outages, flooding or other climate change related stresses.

This panel brings together medical professionals, a lead author from one of the recent IPCC reports and the Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health; who also sits on the city’s Environment Committee which will review the city climate change plan. At issue is how health professionals, health facilities, and the public can respond to this aspect of the climate change challenge.

“There are certain impacts that are now inevitable because of what we’ve already done to the climate system” says Dr. John Stone, IPCC Lead Author, “it’s not too late, but time is running out.”

“This issue affects us in so many ways” said Councillor Diane Holmes “and human health is certainly one of them, including here in Ottawa.”

Panelists Stone, Holmes and Lavoie are available for interviews.

The event will include exclusive video submissions from other local and international experts including:

  • Sir Michael Marmot, Chair, World Health Organization Commission on the Social Determinants of Health
  • Dr. Rosamund Lewis, Associate Medical Officer of Health, City of Ottawa
  • Frank Welsh, Director of Policy, Canadian Public Health Association
  • Prof. Matthew Patterson, University of Ottawa School of Political Studies, and lead author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Ecology Ottawa is a not-for-profit, grassroots and volunteer-driven organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada.
The University of Ottawa’s Center on Governance explores the intersecting spheres of the public, private and community sectors and their interaction for effective governance.

For More Information Contact:
Mitchell Beer
Event Moderator/Organizer
613-889-5960 (cell)