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Writing and Other Output

Recent Publications

Saint-Jacques N, Brown P, Purcell J, Rainham DG, Terashima M, Dummer TB. The Nova Scotia community cancer matrix: a geospatial tool to support cancer prevention. Social Science & Medicine 2023;

Giacosa G, Rainham DG, Walker TR. A baseline characterization of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentration and releases in Nova Scotia, Canada. Atmospheric Pollution Research 2023;

Dummer TB, Yu X, Cui Y, Nauta L, Saint-Jacques N, Sweeney M, Rainham DG. Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Risk of Lung, Breast, and Urinary Tract Cancer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2023;

Buse C, Hancock T, Allison S, Astle B, Cole D, Fumerton R, Gislason M, Takaro T, Howard C, Kling R, Maruti S, McLaren L, Newhouse E, Parkes MW, Pollock S, Rainham DG, Webb J, Woollard R. Where are the ecological determinants of health? Canadian Journal of Public Health 2023;

Dirienzo N, Mitchell K, Forde M, Rainham DG, Villeneuve PJ. Temporal trends in ambient fine particulate matter and the impacts of COVID-19 on this pollutant in Grenada, West Indies. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 2022;

Drew J, Christie SD, Rainham DG, Rizan C. HealthcareLCA: an open-access living database of health-care environmental impact assessments. The Lancet Planetary Health 2022; 6(12).

Davis Z, de Groh M, Rainham DG. The Canadian Environmental Quality Index (Can-EQI): Development and calculation of an index to assess spatial variation of environmental quality in Canada's 30 largest cities. Environment International 2022; 170: 107633.

Giacosa G, Barnett C, Rainham DG, Walker TR. Characterization of annual air emissions reported by pulp and paper mills in Atlantic Canada. Pollutants 2022;

Rainham DG, Bennett M, Blanchard CM, Kirk SFL, Rehman L, Stone M, Stevens D. Parents and children need to be active together to address physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours. Frontiers in Public Health 2022;

Tobin M, Hajna S, Orychock K, Ross N, DeVries M, Villeneuve P, Frank LD, McCormack GR, Steinmetz-Wood M, Gilliland J, Booth GL, Winters M, Kestens Y, Manaugh K, Rainham DG, Gauvin L, Widener M, Muhajarine N, Luan H, Fuller D. Rethinking walkability and developing a conceptual definition of active living environments to guide research and practice. BMC Public Health 2022;

Cottagiri SA, Villeneuve P, Raina P, Griffith R, Rainham DG, Dales R, Peters C, Ross N, Crouse D. Increased urban greenness associated with improved mental health among middle-aged and older adults of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). Environmental Research 2022;

You can find older publications on Google Scholar.

Recent Presentations and Media

Interview with Ana Almeida about heat waves and health effects, CTV Atlantic Morning Live, July 13, 2023.

When you're in the middle of forest fires, stop adding fuel. The Hill Times. June 19, 2023, p. 13. 

Halifax to consider ban or restrictions on gas-powered leaf blowers. The Chronicle Herald, Saltwire Network. December 2, 2022.

Regional council committee requests report on leaf blower pollution. The Signal. December 2, 2022.

A separate page has been created for media coverage of the new Canadian Index of Environmental Quality (Can-EQI).

Noise annoyance in your community. Appearance on CBC Radio Maritime Noon with Bob Murphy, November 2, 2022.

Local expert talks impacts of heat/thermal stress on human health. Interview with Paul Brothers, Global News Morning, August 8, 2022.

Better preparation needed for heat events, Dalhousie professor says. Saltwire (Atlantic online), John McPhee, August 3, 2022.

Interview with Amy Smith, CBC Television News (Newsmaker), July 25, 2022.


Heat wave has vulnerable Maritimers questionning how to keep cool. CTV News Atlantic (Video "Warm Weather Worries"), July 25, 2022.


What fighting COVID can teach the world about confronting the climate crisis. The Coast (on-line), September 17, 2021.

Expert says UN report another sign its time to wind down Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas industry. Saltwire Atlantic,  August 9, 2021.

Ne pas avoir d'enfants, un outil de lutte aux changements climatiques. Le Courrier de la Novelle Ecosse, September 2, 2021

Empty streets during COVID-19 show how we’ve been poisoning ourselves. National Observer, May 21, 2020.

Inside/Out: How COVID‑19 is shifting our sense of places and spaces (video). An online special event between the Healthy Populations Institute (HPI)the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance (MIPP), and Open Dialogue Live, a series offered by the Dalhousie Office of Advancement. May 14, 2020.

Interview with Portia Clark and Louise Renault, CBC Information Morning NS. Environmental destruction and emerging pathogens. April 30, 2020.

Rainham DG, Johnson SA, McSweeney J, Awan T. The Great Disconnection: Children’s activity space and their perceptions of nature. International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS), July 1-5, 2019, Queenstown, NZLD.

Rainham DG, Johnson S, Snow S, Lawrence M. Quasi-randomized trial of contact with nature and effects on attention in children. Healthy Parks, Healthy People Forum, Public Health 2019, Canadian Public Health Association, Ottawa ON, May 1-2, 2019.

Interview with Norma Lee MacLeod, CBC Maritime Noon. Noise. November 3, 2017.

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