The Second Annual National HEALTHY SCHOOLS DAY IN CANADA
is Monday, April 26, 2010
What would make a difference in your school or schools?
Do you have an event to add to the Healthy Schools Day Project Registry?
Healthy classroom and school building environments is the focus. Use less toxic cleaning materials, building materials, and classroom materials. Use safe alternatives for pest control. Improve Indoor Air Quality. Stop bus and car idling. Control and remove indoor mould growth. What does your school need? Your project can be big or small - It can just say "Thanks" when things are going well!
For more information, please visit the Health Schools Day website and download the following 2 files: ideas and media release.
Older Action Alerts:
November 7, 2008 - Ontario Gov't Asks Ontarians To Comment On Lawn Pesticide Ban Details
The province is asking Ontarians to comment on the specifics of its
cosmetic pesticides ban.
In particular, the public is being asked to comment on:
- the proposed lists of pesticides (products and ingredients) banned
for use and banned or restricted for sale,
- the rules for pesticide use on golf courses,
- the exceptions to the ban for public health or safety reasons.
Comments can be sent online here.
A draft regulation containing the specifics is posted on the Environmental
Registry here (no. 010-5080, and can also be found on the
ministry's website at www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/land/pesticides/index.php. Comments will be accepted until December 22, 2008. The government will consider all comments before finalizing the regulation, expected to occur in spring 2009. For more information, please click here.
1) AEHA / E.I. Fundraising walk - May 24, 2008 - Andy Haydon Park, Nepean, Ontario. For details, please click here:
2) Major loopholes exist in Ontario's Bill 64 - The Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act - which make the Bill weak. Please click here for details on how you can help.
February 3, 2008 -- Please tell the Ontario Government to ban lawn pesticides
As you know, Ontario has promised to enact a ban on lawn and garden pesticides that would protect 12 million Canadians from toxic lawn chemicals. If the legislation passes, it will be a huge step forward for public health. However, as you can imagine, the chemical industry is fighting it every step of the way.
Would you take a moment, right now, to send a quick on-line message to the Environment Ministry to support the pesticide ban? All you need to do is click here. (the deadline for comments is Feb. 17, 2008)
Simply fill in your contact information in the space provided and in the comments box you can type, "I support a province-wide ban on the sale and cosmetic use of pesticides." You don't need to write anything else. When you're finished, click "Save" to submit. Please send your message today!
Thanks so much and all the best,
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
The Ministry of the Environment's press release is located here.
January 8, 2008 -- You are invited to participate in *MCS research regarding the Centers for Independent Living.
In effort to study and improve services to the chemically sensitive, Dr. Pam Gibson and her students are seeking persons with chemical sensitivity that have requested help from a Center for Independent Living (CIL). The study will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and is accessible through Dr. Gibson’s research site at www.mcsresearch.net. You can also access the survey directly on Websurveyor at
We would be grateful for your participation. If you have attempted to access a CIL and are willing to participate, but unable to complete a study online, please contact us for a paper survey or a phone interview.
Phone 540-568-6195. E-mail: gibsonpr at jmu dot edu
August 2006 -- Tell the federal pesticide assessors what pesticides do to you.
Several pesticides that are commonly used on lawns are under review at the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
Human health is part of the assessment, so it is important for anyone who has an adverse effect from a pesticide spraying to email or mail John Worgan (Director of Reassessment) and to copy Dr. Karen Dodds (Executive Director) to tell them about it. Stories from across the country about reactions to neighbours' spraying should enter into the reassessment somehow. People could comment on weed and feed, and smells in stores as well.
Mr. John Worgan, Director, Reassessment Management Division: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Karen Dodds, Executive Director: Karen_Dodds@hc-sc.gc.ca
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
2720 Riverside Drive
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