Transportation and Health Inequalities

By Shelby Huffman Transportation is an important determinant of health, and the two may be more closely related than researchers previously recognized. You might be familiar with the idea that designing cities for cars is bad for health because it promotes inactivity....

Shifting the Obesity Discussion

Last November a report from the McKinsey Global Institute estimated the global economic impact of obesity to be $2 trillion, which is on par with the impacts of smoking and armed conflicts (1). This report emphasizes that a problem of this scale requires a systemic...

Income Inequality and Urban Trees in Saskatoon

A few years ago, Tim De Chant of Per Square Mile wrote about the relationship between income inequality and tree cover in cities (1), citing a 2012 study which found that demand for forest cover increased and decreased with income (2). He also found that the results...

How Cheap is Corporate Talk?

By Shelby Huffman The tobacco industry wrote, and continues to write, the playbook on circumventing attempts at regulation- from targeting overseas markets with lax restrictions and bullying them out of attempts to create any restrictions (1), to that almost comically...

Tanning Beds in Saskatchewan

by Shelby Huffman Today I applaud the government of Saskatchewan for joining the rest of Canada’s provinces in banning the use of tanning beds by people under the age of 18. Banning tanning bed use by minors is rapidly gaining support around the world- a number...

Don’t text and drive!

Just saw this video via BoingBoing. The focus here is teens but according to the Traffic Accident Information System (TAIS) of SGI distracted/inattentive driving accounts for 14.8% (49) of fatal collisions in Saskatchewan. My guess is there is some overlap between...