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Events and Resources

Cancer Prevention Series

To help create awareness of more healthful choices, two PCN Board Members are organizing a practical and informative cancer prevention series in Nova Scotia.

The eight-week series, delivered by health professionals and environmental advocates, will change your life – in fact it may save it!

When: Tuesday evenings – March 10 to April 28, 2009
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: South Park YMCA 1565 South Park St., Halifax
Cost: By Donation

Click here for more information.

To register and for more information contact:
Savayda Tel: 902-454-8481 wildoats@ns.sympatico.ca
Jeffrey Tel : 902-456-4000 jmaldaver@eastlink.ca

Toxic Trespass, a film about children’s health and the environment is now available

Toxic Trespass – Winner, Screenwriting Award – Best Documentary, Writers’ Guild of Canada, 2008 and Honourable Mention from the Columbus Film and Video Festival for Best Science and Technology Film – is now being distributed by the Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). The DVD is accompanied by the educational resource guide “Taking Action on Children’s Health and the Environment” which contains valuable information to help audiences, workplaces and communities to take action for prevention and protection. Download the order form to get your copy.

A new window into hormone-altering chemicals

A new interactive database has been developed that displays scientific information about some of the most controversial chemicals in use today, looking into potential health effects when babies are exposed while developing in the womb. The interactive website, Critical Windows of Development, has compiled an array of data from hundreds of scientists studying endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Theo Colborn, a scientist often credited with discovering in the early 1990s that environmental pollutants were mimicking and altering hormones, led the effort to create the database. Colborn is a professor emeritus of zoology at the University of Florida. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she was a scientist at the World Wildlife Fund, where she noticed that various scientists were finding evidence that chemicals in the environment could act like hormones and skew animals’ development. Her intent is to give scientists, policymakers, journalists and others immediate access to the information in a user-friendly, visually interesting way.

Network/le reseau special environment issue focuses on women and environmental health

Network is the magazine of the Canadian Women’s Health Network. Its Fall/Winter issue offers a range of articles that touch on environmental health impacts specifically for women in Canada. The invited contributions come from organizations and individuals who provide the most up-to-date analysis of environmental impacts on women’s health. The magazine is available online in English and en français.