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National Drowning Prevention Week

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As of today, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept us indoors and isolated for a year and four months. To say it has been a long year would be an understatement. We are all looking for ways enjoy the summer, which means more British Columbians heading outdoors to cool off in rivers, lakes, the ocean and pools. Tragically, we saw a notable increase in drownings during the summer months in 2020….

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Injuries divert essential hospital resources and cost Canadian residents $29.4 billion annually

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Injury remains the no. 1 cause of death for Canadians age 1 to 44, and annually causes 17,475 deaths, 231,530 hospitalizations, and 4.6 million trips to emergency departments: the majority of these injuries are predictable and preventable. TORONTO, July 5, 2021 – Preventable injuries cost the Canadian economy $29.4 billion in a single year, including $20.4 billion in direct health-care costs.  That’s just one of the findings from Potential Lost, Potential…

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National Injury Prevention Day

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Injury prevention is critical to saving lives and reducing disability. Unintentional injury is the No. 1 cause of death for all Canadians ages 1 to 34. On July 5, 2021 the BCIRPU will be celebrating the 5th National Injury Prevention Day. This day is important to us at BCIRPU, because year-round we work to reduce the impact that preventable injuries have on individuals, families and communities in BC. The goal…

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International Safety Media Awards 2021

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This year BCIRPU won several awards for their safety messaging and media. ISMA honours exceptional safety media from around the world. Categories include Print, Web-based, Short and Ultra-Short Videos, and Campaigns. CATT OnlineWebsite GOLD – cattonline.ca Active and SafeWebsite GOLD – activesafe.ca Preventable Ultra-short VideoGOLD- Bike Helmet & Distracted Driving PrintGOLD- Pavement Patty, Alcohol Awareness & Moderation, Changing the Discourse Booklet (All tied for Gold) CampaignSilver- Connecting the Dots Check…

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Research into Unintended Consequences of COVID-19 policies receives funding

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Congratulations to BCIRPU scientist Dr. Ian Pike who received $267,750 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for his study of the unintended consequences of implementing stay-at-home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will use several sources of data to better understand how many children and youth suffered a violence-related injury during the pandemic. The research team will use data to report on the type of injuries that occurred…

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Webinar: Why is outdoor risky play more important now than ever?

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Date: Thursday, March 25th at 11 AM Abstract: Research is clear on the importance of regular and repeated access to outdoor risky play. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of supporting children’s play outdoors is even more urgent to support infection control and child health and well-being. With children spending more time indoors and on screens, engagement in outdoor play has never been lower and inequities of access are widening. We will…

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