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Response to the Proposed Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations and Proposed Amendment to the Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations under CEPA, 1999

April 03, 2018 - 10:13 am

Canadian Environmental Law Association and the Canadian Association of University Teachers were joined by more than 40 supporting organizations and individuals to provide recommendations that would strengthen the federal government’s proposed prohibition of asbestos regulations. The 16 recommendations include amending the regulations to prevent stockpiling asbestos and asbestos-containing products, prohibiting the use of asbestos mining …

Learn from Experts: IAEA Launches Online Seminars on Radon

April 02, 2018 - 10:13 am

The IAEA is launching a new series of online seminars for professionals and others interested in tackling problems associated with naturally occurring radon, especially since it is the second most common cause of lung cancer after smoking. The first seminar, to be held on 5 April 2018, will highlight exposure to radon in homes. The one-hour session, …

Ontario Cancer Statistics 2018 Report

March 29, 2018 - 10:24 am

The most commonly diagnosed cancers in 2018 are expected to be breast, colorectal and lung.

Health Canada rejects claim that new radon gas standards put Canadians at risk

March 23, 2018 - 10:25 am

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) representing 8,500 companies in Canada, including builders, renovators, trade contractors and product manufacturers is claiming that Ottawa’s first-ever set of guidelines to reduce cancer-causing radon gas in basements is itself dangerous. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can seep into basements and well-water. It has been blamed for 16 per …

Mesothelioma: Why asbestos is so dangerous

March 16, 2018 - 3:58 pm

The fact that asbestos causes cancer has been largely undisputed for nearly 50 years. Now, researchers supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have discovered why the fibres cause such damage to the body. Click here to read full article.  

March is Colorectal Cancer awareness month

March 08, 2018 - 9:58 am

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest form of Cancer in Canada and the second leading cause of death. A recent proclamation at Timmins City Hall was held to recognize March as Colorectal Cancer awareness month in Timmins. The department will educate the public with an information booth in the main Promenade at the beginning of …

IWH’s presentation: Flame retardants in e-waste recycling: an emerging occupational hazard

March 07, 2018 - 10:51 am

A topic of Flame retardants in e-waste recycling: an emerging occupational hazard will be presented by Dr. Victoria Arrandale from Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Care Ontario on March 20, 2018. It is one of the upcoming events of the IWH Speaker Series that aims to bring you the latest findings from work and health researchers from the Institute …

Peterborough General Electric families launch social media campaign

March 01, 2018 - 11:33 am

A new social media campaign has been launched to draw attention to the stories of families who’ve lost loved ones to cancer acquired from working at the General Electric plant in Peterborough in the 1990s. The campaign names Families in Waiting that uses both Twitter and Instagram (see @loriinwaiting). Click here to read the article.

Tribunal rules in favour of man who claims he developed cancer from radiation at work

February 23, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Michel Plante was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2014, and prostate cancer in less than a year later. He decides to take legal action because he claims he developed cancer from radiation exposure at work. His claim is backed by the labour tribunal in Quebec. Click here to read the article.

Toxic metals, prostate cancer link being researched

February 14, 2018 - 10:19 am

A new study is being conducted at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine to investigate a potential link between toxic metals such as cadmium, arsenic and prostate cancer. It is a collaboration between Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, the Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health Study and the University of British Columbia. Click …