Subject: Thank you ~ working for a healthier world

Thanks and Hope ~ and YOU
 
They’re powerful words, “thank you.” Beyond a perfunctory thanks and nod of the head following a favour, finding thanks day to day, even when things are not ideal, takes imagination and vision, and guts. We are thankful every day. Prevent Cancer Now proposes imaginative least-toxic approaches and cancer prevention strategies. We ask the questions others don't. … and we thank you for your support, for a healthier world.
 
“Giving Tuesday” is almost here. In a society focused on buying and consuming, it is nice to see a day set aside to think about what is really important in life.
 
…like health and a clean environment.

These go hand-in-hand, and they are what Prevent Cancer Now has been striving for since its inception.

Have a peek at November 2016, chez Prevent Cancer Now
The US election sent a chill through the environmental health community, but we took the opportunity to thank Americans for supporting the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The chemical industry would like to starve the world’s best, impartial assessments of carcinogens. Our letter is here.
We are thankful when our awkward questions get results. After years of inadequate reviews, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is acquiring the electronic tools needed for its work. This week, based on a 300 page report, it proposed to phase out imidacloprid, the first neonicotinoid insecticide. Surprisingly, this is not to protect bees. Find out more, here.
On November 26, 2016, Health Canada and Environment Canada are hedging on whether triclosan will be phased out. This antibacterial chemical contaminates the environment, mimics hormones, accumulates in the food chain, forms toxic dioxin and furan in the environment, and the US Food and Drug Administration is banning triclosan in soaps because there is no evidence that it reduces infections. Why are we taking any risk for no benefit, especially when antimicrobial stewardship is an urgent global priority?
On the eve of pipeline decisions, let's focus - no one is objecting to big steel tubes. Growing crowds are protesting the contents. A leak can explode and burn, killing people and wildlife. The heavier compounds can pollute the ground, beds of waterways, food and water for many years. Energy conservation and transition to renewable sources are essential, but petrochemicals will be in use for a while yet. Prevent Cancer Now says that diluted (often pronounced "deluded") bitumen is the worst possible material to transport, and bitumen should be “detoxed” before shipping.
The Canadian government is also asking big questions about the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. More on that soon!
So, think about what is important to you. If those things include health and a clean environment, please consider donating to Prevent Cancer Now.
 
Sincerely,
Meg Sears PhD, Chair Prevent Cancer Now
Diana Daghofer, Chair Hills of Erin Cancer Prevention Foundation
 
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