Public Broadcasting Reviews and the Public Interest: An Evaluation of Procedures and Outcomes Since the Liberalization of the Broadcasting Sector

This study will evaluate the process and outcomes of public broadcasting reviews over the last 30 years in English-speaking parliamentary democracies. The objective is two]fold: to measure the effectiveness of the review process in each country, and to evaluate and make recommendations about the process in Canada. While a great deal of literature on this sector focuses on the structure and operation of public broadcasters themselves, this study aims to contribute to the less common discussion of policy reviews.

Transitioning from a Paper-Based to a Fully-Automated Organization

By considering privacy, data storage, data transfer and accessibility issues, the project aims to develop policies that both protect the client and the organization. The larger aim is to demonstrate that health information technologies can be successfully implemented to support nurses in the care planning process. The research will inform the long term goal of future implementation in settings across the healthcare sector and the real-time execution of an electronic health record.

Fibre Optic Sensor for the Detection of Hidden, Indoor Mould

This project is in partnership with AllerGen. Indoor moulds are recognized as important contributors to respiratory illnesses such as allergy and asthma. However, the detection of mould in houses may be problematic, particularly when mould is concealed within wall cavities. Despite that these sources of mould are hidden, they still contribute spores into the room air, presenting a recognized health threat.

Cost Shifting of Pharmaceuticals from Public to Private Healthcare Payers

Pharmaceuticals are among the most commonly used and important healthcare treatments in Canada. They are also the second largest single healthcare expenditure and are the fastest increasing healthcare expenditure. For employers, pharmaceuticals are the largest component of their health benefits package and employees cite drugs as being the most valuable part of their employer-funded health benefits.

Developing an STI Awareness Model for Youth in Northeastern BC

Recently completed research has demonstrated concerns related to the control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young people in Northeastern BC’s ‘booming’ oil/gas communities. The Northern Health Authority (NHA) and OPTions for Sexual Health (OPT) are new partners in the provision of sexual health services in Northeastern communities. A recent syphilis outbreak has provided the impetus for the NHA and OPT to consider how to develop an awareness campaign to promote STI testing and prevention among young people.

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