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PCN Action Agenda

THE GOVERNMENT of Canada’s response to Parliamentary Petition e-4375 on asbestos-cement water pipes was posted on January 29. PCN’s mixed review is here.

The Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities response linked to reports of uncertain relevance that did not contain the word “asbestos.” The Minister of Health claims to be up to date with science on asbestos, whereas its position is still based on a study from 1989.

Establishing an Asbestos Eradication Agency was dismissed, because sale of anything containing asbestos is illegal under the Hazardous Products Act. First, this Act applies only to workplaces, and second, sales of products does not address vast problems with waste, tailings, or legacy asbestos in buildings and infrastructure. Nevertheless, now we wonder:
Is it illegal to bill residents for drinking water that has been exposed to asbestos-cement pipes?

Meanwhile, asbestos fibres in drinking water pipes are attracting wide attention overseas.

Scotland: Health concerns raised over asbestos in tap water
BBC: Asbestos in drinking water: What does it mean for human health?
EU Observer: A hidden threat: Asbestos fibres in our drinking water

Major farming groups and experts agree that substantial pesticide reduction and adoption of organic practices are essential for Sustainable Agriculture and food security. See PCN’s federal submission, and ask your MP to support truly sustainable agriculture.

Mar. 23, 2023 / A major peer-reviewed publication reports that many aspects of child development can be affected by radiofrequency “wireless” radiation, and screen time.

Leading international scientists find impacts on bonding, speech acquisition, behaviour, socialization, learning and addictions. Cancer risks are also increased.

Recommendations include use of wired technologies, that wireless radiation exposures be “ALARA” (as low as reasonably achievable), that physicians query use of tech in well-child visits, and research to prevent and investigate electrohypersensitivity.

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Online Learning /
Asbestos in Drinking Water
In this Fall 2023 webinar, Dr. Meg Sears, Chair of the Board of Prevent Cancer Now, and Board member Julian Branch explain the history of asbestos in water, the science behind health risks of ingested asbestos, and recent developments.
Slides for the presentation.
Recent Posts /

Educators refusing work, aside powerful cell tower in North York

Educators are refusing to work, due to health concerns over emissions from numerous network antennas on a  nearby cell tower. This action is also for children’s health. Radiofrequency emissions are harmful, and children are most vulnerable.

Glyphosate and leukemia

Global Glyphosate Study leukemia results show leukemia in early adulthood when leukemia is very rare. The results align, however, with increasing leukemia in U.S., ages 15-39, since early 1990s. The picture is painted in four studies.

PCN in the Media /

Nuclear waste storage undermined by climate change

Optimistic future rainfall estimates risk containment of radioactive and toxic chemicals. The NSDF risks polluting the local ecosystem and foods, and drinking water for millions of people downstream along the Ottawa River.

The Futility of Carbon Capture and Storage

Federal tax dollars for Carbon Capture and Storage are a direct subsidy to a very profitable but toxic fossil fuel industry. The Canadian government’s billions for this unproven technology provides a delay for fossil fuels carbon emissions to continue unabated through 2050.