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Government plans to review handling of workplace cancers in wake of GE Peterborough case

April 16, 2018 - 11:45 am

On Friday April 13th, the office of Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn issued the release that the provincial government plans to review the way work-related cancers are evaluated in Ontario to ensure that the most current medical science is used to determine whether a former worker ought to receive compensation. The announcement comes as the …

Work-related cancer compensation to be reviewed by province

April 16, 2018 - 10:19 am

Ontario will review which cancers are considered work related and how compensation for workers diagnosed with the disease is distributed, according to an announcement on Friday.  The hope, according to a release put out by the Ministry of Labour, is to make sure workers receive “the benefits they deserve” and to ensure up-to-date tools are used to …

Ministry of Labour opens consultation on proposed changes to Ontario’s occupational exposure limits

April 09, 2018 - 11:20 am

The consultation period ends on May 4, 2018

Here’s what science says about coffee and cancer risks

April 03, 2018 - 2:09 pm

A cup of coffee a day is fine but if we drink a lot of cups a day, we might consider cutting that down. Click here to learn more the reasons and what’s known about the risks.

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 …