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Failing the sniff test

June 9, 2011
Failing the sniff test
This spring, David Suzuki Foundation supporters wrote to cosmetics companies asking exactly what they mean when they list the ingredient "parfum" or "fragrance" in their shampoos, crèmes, and other products. This report is the summary of their responses....

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Pesticide Free? Oui! (2011)

May 16, 2011
Pesticide Free? Oui! (2011)
This report briefly presents the approaches adopted by the five Canadian provinces that currently restrict the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides: Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, as well as Alberta's more limited restriction on pesticide/fertilizer mixtures. It also reviews the process to date in...

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What's Inside? That Counts: A survey of toxic ingredients in our cosmetics

October 19, 2010
What's Inside? That Counts: A survey of toxic ingredients in our cosmetics
Earlier this year, the David Suzuki Foundation invited Canadians to pull back the shower curtain and participate in an online survey about toxic ingredients in common personal care products like soaps, shampoos and cosmetics. This report summarizes key findings from the survey and presents recommendations for cleaning up these products...

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Debugging the Ban: Nine Pesticides Missing from Ontario's Proposed Prohibitions

August 28, 2008
Debugging the Ban: Nine Pesticides Missing from Ontario's Proposed Prohibitions

The David Suzuki Foundation welcomed passage of Ontario's Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act in June 2008. However, the effectiveness of the new law hinges largely on the strength of regulations now under development. This report identifies nine active ingredients that should be banned for cosmetic use but were left off the Ontario Ministry of the Environment's preliminary lists.

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Pesticide Free? Oui!: An Analysis of Quebec's Pesticides Management Code and Recommendations for Effective Provincial Policy

April 2, 2008
Pesticide Free? Oui!: An Analysis of Quebec's Pesticides Management Code and Recommendations for Effective Provincial Policy

Pesticide Free? Oui! analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of Quebec's Pesticides Management Code, the first provincial ban in Canada on the use and sale of certain cosmetic pesticides.

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Prescription for a Healthy Canada: Towards a National Environment Health Strategy

September 1, 2007
Prescription for a Healthy Canada: Towards a National Environment Health Strategy

This report examines key environmental health issues in Canada, assesses shortcomings in Canadian environmental policy in these areas, and considers innovative approaches in other jurisdictions. The David Suzuki Foundation recommends that Canada develop and implement a national strategy to ensure coordinated, effective, and timely action to address environmental health concerns.

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Northern Exposure: Acute Pesticide Poisonings in Canada

June 11, 2007
Northern Exposure: Acute Pesticide Poisonings in Canada

Northern Exposure counts the thousands of Canadians that have suffered from acute poisoning from pesticides. The report is a wake-up call to federal and provincial governments to take action to protect Canadians from the dangers of pesticides.

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Radon: The Unfamiliar Killer

January 12, 2007
Radon: The Unfamiliar Killer

This short report outlines a series of recommendations for strengthening Canadian radon guidelines to reduce the health risks associated with exposure to one of the most toxic sources of indoor air pollution in Canada.

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The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Quality Standards and Guidelines

November 11, 2006
The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Quality Standards and Guidelines

As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 34-page report compares Canada's water quality guidelines with corresponding frameworks in the U.S., the European Union, and Australia, as well as guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.

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The Food We Eat: An International Comparison of Pesticide Regulations

October 10, 2006
The Food We Eat: An International Comparison of Pesticide Regulations

As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 34-page report offers eight key recommendations to reduce the use of the most hazardous pesticides. Starting with a comparison of Canada's pesticide regulations with similar standards in the United States, Europe, and Australia, this report presents compelling evidence that Canadian regulations are among the weakest in the industrialized world.

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Fireproof Whales and Contaminated Mother's Milk: The Inadequacy of Canada's Proposed PBDE Regulations

October 4, 2006
Fireproof Whales and Contaminated Mother's Milk: The Inadequacy of Canada's Proposed PBDE Regulations

This short, 24-page report examines a group of chemicals used as flame-retardants (specifically PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers) that are found in a wide range of products including clothing, computers, motor vehicles, and furniture. PBDEs are accumulating at an exponential rate in several areas in Canada, including the Arctic. Canadian women and killer whales have some of the world's highest concentrations of these commonly encountered toxic chemicals.

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The Air We Breathe: An International Comparison of Air Quality Standards and Guidelines

August 11, 2006
The Air We Breathe:  An International Comparison of Air Quality Standards and Guidelines

As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 18-page report compares Canada's voluntary air quality guidelines with the legally binding national standards in the United States, Europe and Australia, as well as recommendations by the World Health Organization. The report concludes with several key, workable solutions for reducing the toll of air pollution on the health and well-being of Canadians.

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