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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.
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.
A healthy future depends on healthy soil, for healthy food and resilient agriculture. Prevent Cancer Now urges Canada to reduce pesticide use in alignment with international goals. Glyphosate is a good place to start. It is by far the most-used pesticide in Canada, and it is under court-ordered scientific review in Canada and the US.
Into the Weeds, Jennifer Baichwal’s documentary about glyphosate and cancer, can be streamed free on CBC Gem.
The film follows groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, whose case was first to go to trial in a series of lawsuits involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs claiming Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) weed killer Roundup, or its industrial counterpart Ranger Pro, contributed to their cancer.
The film follows this trial, while considering the systemic effects of the world’s most widely used herbicide.
Make a donation to PCN. Your contribution will help to stop cancer before it starts.
Use PCN’s quick letter-writing tool to comment (by Feb. 9) on Canada’s 2030 National Biodiversity Strategy. We’re prioritizing two pollutants: pesticides, and non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation.
Prevent Cancer Now believes Canada must acknowledge that asbestos is just as unsafe to drink as it is to breathe, and must move to address this carcinogen in tap water.
Herbicides to defoliate military training grounds left toxic contaminants. These were investigated on Canada’s largest training grounds, at CFB Gagetown. PCN posted reports of the “Fact-Finding Project” in response to a query of the Government of Maine.
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.
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.
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.
Natural gas is neither clean nor green, and is not a “bridge fuel.”
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission should heed Mother Nature’s warning and deny the present proposal. In today’s weather, much less the future, the commission is unlikely to meet its goal to keep nuclear waste secure for hundreds of years.
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.