This issue of the Longwoods Review provides readers with analysis of two issues of importance in the broad continuum of health - protecting sources of drinking water and provision of service for seniors.
The first paper by Robert Patrick from the University of Guelph
focuses on drinking water management - a public health issue about
which many Canadians are keenly aware. Based on research in British
Columbia, the author describes human health impacts of past
waterborne diseases in B.C. as well as the recent response from the
regulators to mitigate these impacts. He further discusses the
concept of source water protection, an emerging approach in
drinking water management, and the critical relationship between
source water protection and public health. In an accompanying
commentary, Dr. Perry Kendall, medical officer of health for the
province of British Columbia, provides his specific insights on
public health policy and actions designed to preserve the quality
of the province's water sources.
The second article is from Jamie Davenport, Tom Rathwell and
Mark Rosenberg who were part of a national study of service
provision to seniors. They report specifically on the results from
Atlantic Canada, including where services are provided and what
services are available. An important point raised by the authors is
that of disparity of services between the "urban-rich" and
"rural-poor." The authors conclude with a discussion of the
challenges facing providers of services for seniors and how these
results may be extrapolated to communities across Canada.
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