Asbestos products still being imported to Ontario

October 04, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Marco Chown Oved Toronto Star – Monday September 24, 2012   Despite recent announcements in Ottawa and Quebec that suggest asbestos will soon be a thing of the past, products made of the cancer-causing mineral are still being imported and used in Ontario today. While the carcinogenic insulation is now being removed from buildings across …

50th anniversary of Silent Spring

September 10, 2012 - 4:06 pm

September 27, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. Written by Rachel Carson, this book helped to launch the environmental movement by drawing attention to the environmental and public health issues related to pesticide use.   Read about OCRC research on the health effects of pesticides: Cross-Canada study of pesticides and …

IARC classifies diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans

June 13, 2012 - 4:11 pm

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified diesel engine exhaust as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1) on June 12, 2012. The Working Group concluded that there was sufficient evidence that diesel engine exhaust is a cause of lung cancer in humans, and limited evidence of an increased risk of bladder cancer due to …

Study examines breast cancer link to flame retardants

May 24, 2012 - 10:11 am

Andrew Vowles atGuelph – Thursday April 26, 2012 Probing links between breast cancer and a group of pollutants is the purpose of a new $846,000 study involving researchers from U of G, Toronto and Ottawa. The team has received a three-year grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute to look at brominated flame retardants, …

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.