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National Day of Mourning

April 26, 2012 - 4:30 pm

The Day of Mourning was established by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 to coincide with the passing of the Workers Compensation Act of Ontario on April 28, 1914. It was rapidly taken up around the world and is now an internationally recognized event to remember workers who have become ill, been injured, or died …

Sarnia could be a strong voice to prevent occupational cancers

April 11, 2012 - 10:04 am

Dr. Paul Demers spoke at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Breakfast in Sarnia, Ontario, to raise awareness of occupational cancer. As part of the trip, he also visited the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers in Sarnia. His visit and the risks of occupational cancer, especially mesothelioma, were highlighted in Sarnia This Week on April …

CBC News highlights the risks of occupational cancer

March 26, 2012 - 12:59 pm

CBC News has published a series of articles on occupational cancer. These articles discuss the risks of exposure to workplace carcinogens, current policies surrounding exposure and compensation, and what still needs to be done to improve health and safety on the job. Dr Paul Demers, Director of the OCRC, and Steering Committee member Anthony Miller …

Video: Paul Demers discusses occupational cancer and the role of the OCRC

February 29, 2012 - 4:43 pm

On October 18, 2011, Dr. Paul Demers presented at the Research Exchange Series at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga.  He was interviewed on the current state of knowledge of occupational cancer, and the goals of the OCRC and CAREX Canada in cancer research and prevention.  

Shiftwork survey results are now available

February 08, 2012 - 12:01 pm

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre and the Institute for Work & Health held a survey about workplace practices to prevent injury and illness due to shiftwork. The results of the survey are now available, and can be viewed here. For more information on shiftwork-related projects and events at the OCRC, see our Projects page.

IARC Monographs Volume 100C: Arsenic, Metals, Fibres, and Dusts

December 08, 2011 - 10:27 am

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2012.

Asbestos in the news

November 28, 2011 - 12:16 pm

CBC News recently reported that production has halted at both of Canada’s two remaining asbestos mines. The future of the mines is currently unknown. Click here to read the full article on the future of the Canadian asbestos industry. The Parliamentary Precinct in Ottawa is currently being renovated, which includes asbestos removal from some of …

Incorporating Occupational Information in Electronic Health Records: Letter Report

October 06, 2011 - 10:00 am

Institute of Medicine. 2011. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

OCRC researcher profiled by the Canadian Cancer Society

October 06, 2011 - 9:30 am

Dr. Shelley Harris was recently funded by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to investigate the relationship between the risk of breast cancer in young women and occupational and environmental exposure to flame retardant chemicals. Dr. Harris’s research was profiled by CCS in October for breast cancer awareness month. To read more about the Canadian Cancer …

IARC classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans

July 26, 2011 - 12:03 pm

In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) hosted a Working Group meeting of 31 scientists to discuss the health risks associated with exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs). As a result, IARC and the World Health Organization have classified EMFs as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). Link to the IARC …

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