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An Ounce Newsletter (December 2015)

In this e-Bulletin:
The Winds of Change – we’re just getting started!

By the Prevent Cancer Now team

Justin Trudeau and his new Liberal team swept into Ottawa, with a cabinet full of well-qualified, fresh faces and energy to make big, important changes for improved science and evidence-based decision-making, leading to healthier Canadians. We’ll update you on our election wish-list.

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An update on PCNs election wish-list

By the Prevent Cancer Now team

Prevent Cancer Now shared federal actions for cancer prevention during the election, so how’s it going in these early days?

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Quick & Easy Holiday Baking Ideas, without the sugar overload!

By Kylie Delfino, RHN

It’s that time of year…time for family, friends and GREAT FOOD! Unfortunately, over-consumption of sugar during the holiday season can tax our digestive systems. Not only does sugar impact the natural flora of the gut, too much sugar raises the body’s insulin level. As well, during the refining process most minerals and vitamins are removed, which means that the body must draw upon its own micro-nutrient stores to metabolize refined sugar. Hence, a diet high in refined sugar depletes nutrients from the body.

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Canada has stopped mining and exporting asbestos but the battle to protect people from asbestos harm continues

By Kathleen Ruff

In 2012, after more than 100 years, Canada stopped mining and exporting asbestos. Public health experts had called on the Canadian and Quebec governments to respect the scientific evidence that all forms of asbestos cause harm to health and to stop supporting this deadly and dying industry. The Parti Québéois government, in power in Quebec at the time, heeded their call. It cancelled a $58 million loan that the previous Charest government had given to asbestos industrialists to re-open the Jeffrey mine at Asbestos, Quebec, and export millions of tons of asbestos overseas.

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Is Concordia University fit to host “Future Earth,” given its refusal to address scientific and ethical violations in a pro-asbestos report it published?

By Kathleen Ruff

While health experts and civil society organisations are calling on the Canadian government to respect scientific evidence and protect public health by banning asbestos, Concordia University is doing the opposite and promoting the discredited propaganda of the asbestos industry.

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Children absorb higher doses of cell phone radiation than adults. Industry-linked publication should be retracted, claim independent scientists

By Meg Sears, PhD, Chair and Science Advisor of Prevent Cancer Now

Independent scientists call for retraction of a high profile 2014 review by industry-linked authors. The recently published re-analysis reveals systematic misinterpretations, obscuring higher doses to the child brain from cell phone use.

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Pesticides Update 1 – EPA dumping “Enlist Duo” following Dow duplicity

By Meg Sears, PhD, Chair and Science Advisor of Prevent Cancer Now

How awkward does it get when a chemical company tells one story to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and another to the patent office? Quite.

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Pesticides Update 2 – Scientists strike back, rebutting EU glyphosate review

96 scientists denounce an EU report and reaffirm International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) finding that the world’s most commonly used herbicide, glyphosate, probably causes cancer

By Meg Sears, PhD, Chair and Science Advisor of Prevent Cancer Now

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Nuclear Update 1 – Emergency Planning for a large-scale nuclear accident in the Greater Toronto Area

By Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, PCN board member

Prevent Cancer Now (PCN), along with over 20 organizations, made interventions to The Mayor and Executive Committee, Toronto City Council on Emergency Planning, for improved planning in the event of a large-scale nuclear accident in the Greater Toronto Area (December 1, 2015). The City Manager, in consultation with the Medical Officer of Health and the Office of Emergency Management, will report to the Executive Committee by March 16th, 2016. A key consideration would be Ontario Power Generation runs 10 nuclear reactors at Pickering and Darlington, within 10 and 40 km respectively of Toronto’s easterly city limit, on Lake Ontario.

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Nuclear Update 2 – Studies in Pembroke, Ontario yield worrisome new findings about Tritium

By Ole Hendrickson

“In allowing large HT releases in an uncontrolled setting very close to homes, businesses, gardens, etc., the CNSC has made Pembroke into a prime destination for researchers studying the environmental fate of tritium.”

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As incineration projects fail nation-wide, proposed Waste-Free Ontario Act targets zero greenhouse gases in a post-incineration era

By Meg Sears, PhD, Chair and Science Advisor of Prevent Cancer Now, with thanks to Linda Gasser

See that garbage at the curb? It costs our environment and health too much, and now Ontario aims to find the treasure in trash (and in less trash), by rethinking reducing, reusing and recycling. A strategy to build a circular economy, and proposed Waste Free Ontario Act are both open for public comment until February 24th, 2016.

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A Poem From Northern Alberta

By Thera Breau

Homesteaders in northern Alberta are no wimps! Near Peace River, working hard eking out a living farming, they were delighted when the riches of hydrocarbon extraction came to their doorstep.

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PCN Shorts

By the Prevent Cancer Now team

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