An authoritative response to Health Canada proposals to increase permitted levels of pesticides, potentially improve access to confidential test data, and clarify that ECCC must receive data addressing harms to the environment and species at risk.
Proposed accessibility standards should go beyond mobility, to address harms from environmental exposures including pesticides, fragrance chemicals and "wireless" radiation
Canada's Convention on Biological Diversity commitments require ambitious pollution reduction. Ambitious measures and accountability for pesticides risk reduction, are needed. As well, radiation used for telecommunications should be prevented by investing in superior alternatives.
Sustainable farming is essential to maintain food supplies and to sequester carbon in the soil, in the face of climate change. Farmers need support to implement tools of organic regenerative agriculture, supported by wetlands and hedge-rows or shelter belts for biodiversity.
The Right to a Healthy Environment will only be realised if CEPA is amended to enable the best choices to be made regarding substances and technologies. Permitting everything that slips under a poorly assessed or enforced regulatory bar enables pollution and climate chaos.
Protecting human and environmental health requires recognizing characteristics of hazardous chemicals and mechanisms of toxicity. The list prescribed in CEPA, is decades old. We discusses how increases in chronic diseases and cancers seen in Canadians match missing toxicity endpoints. CEPA’s definitions must reflect modern science.