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An Ounce Newsletter (Fall 2013)

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Cancer Fact

Did you know that the herbicide 2,4-D was given the green light by Health Canada, based in part on industry-supplied dioxin data, at the same time as the Australian authorities are conducting an urgent review based on independent findings of very high dioxin levels? Read more here.


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New Mobile Phone App – Prevent Cancer: 365 Daily Tips – Launched Sept 2013!

Did you know that studies show that up to 95% of cancer can be avoided by changing your diet, your lifestyle, and reducing your exposure to environmental toxins? It’s true!

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Naturally Fermented Salsa Verde

Yummy Recipe from Sharon Labchuk

The ingredients for salsa verde are in season now and if you want to add value, try fermenting it. For thousands of years people of all cultures fermented food as a way of preserving it. Sauerkraut, dill pickles, yoghurt, miso, kimchi, soy sauce, tempeh and sourdough bread are all fermented, and most will last for months in your fridge.

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The Halifax Project: Applying the Hallmarks of Cancer for Prevention and Treatment

By Michael Gilbertson PhD
Getting to Know Cancer is a new organization, formed nearly three years ago, that complements the objectives of Prevent Cancer Now. Its purpose is to share detailed new knowledge about cancer biology with members of the public, scientists and the regulatory community, and thereby to bring about changes to reduce exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, and to prevent and treat the disease.

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Industry Supplied Data Means Continued Use of 2,4-D in Canada

By Meg Sears M.Eng, PhD, PCN Board Member


The dioxin-laden “Agent Orange” herbicide used to defoliate Vietnam left poisoned landscapes in its wake, affecting generations of Vietnamese, as well as military personnel and their families.

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Royal Commission on the Environment and Health: comprehensive action plan

By Merryl Hammond, PhD., Judith Quinn, BScN., Marsha Akman

For decades, activists have been calling for government regulation of various industries due to concerns about public health. Many of us have been deeply concerned about the health impacts of carcinogens, toxins, pesticides, radiation, endocrine disruptors, asbestos, plastics, GMOs, nanoparticles, contamination of the water, soil, air and food… The list goes on.

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Justice Denied: Mistreatment of former Canadian asbestos workers continues today

By Kathleen Ruff

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Doctors Urge Ontario to Ramp Up Renewable Energy

By Dr. David Colby, Dr. RosanaPellizzari, and Gideon Forman

The Ontario government’s recent announcement that it will add 900 megawatts of new renewable energy to the provincial grid is welcome news indeed. Projected to come on-line starting in 2014, the new electricity will be sufficient to power over 125,000 homes every year and create over 6,000 jobs. It shows Queen’s Park is committed to building up renewables and is to be applauded.

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PCN Asks: Why Extend Plasco Garbage Gasification Funding Deadline?

By Meg Sears M.Eng, PhD, PCN Board Member

A few old sayings spring to mind regarding Ottawa City Council’s recent decision to give Rod Bryden a second extension to come up with the money to build his proposed pollution-free, garbage-into-fuel-into-electricity dream machine:

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Many Good Reasons to go PVC-free

By Dr. Natasha Klemm, ND, PCN Co-Chair

In a large review of health and environmental impacts of plastics, polyvinyl chloride came out as the worst – a high volume material with carcinogenic ingredients, toxic exposures during manufacturing, use and disposal, and longevity as toxic trash in the environment.

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Greenwashing in Cosmetics & Personal Care Products

By Pamela Tourigny


It seems as though every day there is a new product claiming to be eco-friendly or natural. Too often these products contain questionable ingredients. “Greenwashing” occurs in numerous industries but is particularly prominent in the personal care and beauty sector where the potential for confusion regarding product claims is greatest.

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Wesleyville (Port Hope) Environmental Review of Unproven Incinerator Technology

By Linda Gasser

Renewable Energy Management (REM) wishes to construct a “low temperature” gasification incinerator to process primarily Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Waste, along with Municipal Solid Waste, in Wesleyville, just west of Port Hope in Ontario. REM began their Environmental Screening study process in 2009 and filed their Notice of Completion on September 19, 2013.

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What is up with Canada’s review of the health effects of radiofrequency radiation? Have your say!

By Meg Sears PhD, PCN board member

Within a generation, ubiquitous access to telephone and internet has morphed from a futuristic fantasy, almost into a human right. As “information highway” access inches towards being on par with clean drinking water, radiofrequency radiation used for much of this sophisticated communication has escalated.

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Meet PCN’s New Co-Chair – Natasha Klemm, BSc ND

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Kincardine Nuclear Waste Deep Geological Repository Proposal – a bait and switch to a bigger, even riskier plan?

By Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, PCN board member

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“Proof of Safety” versus “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” for Endocrine Disruptors – EU actions trigger controversy

How do you regulate chemicals, when effects at low doses can be different and even worse, compared with effects observed at high doses? As counter-intuitive as it may seem, this is what can happen when chemicals interfere with the endocrine system. Endocrine disruption from many common chemicals may play a role in many major developmental and chronic disorders, including cancer.

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Think Before You Pink® Quiz

Since the early 1990s, October has been breast cancer awareness month. The original goal, to promote prevention of breast cancer, has been hijacked by industry, and the pink ribbon is now on products from cosmetics to cars and gasoline, many of which contribute to breast cancer in the first place. While breast cancer certainly doesn’t carry the same stigma it once did, and there are better treatments available, about 5,000 Canadian women die from the disease each year.

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3rd Annual Vineglass Quest for A Cure a Great Success!

By Diana Daghofer, Prevent Cancer Now co-chair

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PCN Shorts

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