VANCOUVER, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - A number of health and environmental
groups, including the Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon, will make a
presentation to the Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides in
Vancouver on November 7th and 8th in support of the introduction of province wide legislation banning the
use and sale of cosmetic pesticides.
One of the groups, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the
Environment, is expected to submit new evidence linking pesticide
exposure to childhood cancers.
Dr Bruce Lanphear, Clinician Scientist, Child & Family Research
Institute at BC Children's Hospital and Professor, Faculty of Health
Sciences at Simon Fraser University, will be giving evidence about the
impact of pesticides on learning disabilities in children.
"Why would the BC government continue to put the health of British
Columbians and especially children at risk?" said Barbara Kaminsky,
CEO, Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon.
"We are only one of 19 organizations who have come forward to urge the
BC government to enact a comprehensive ban. Public support is much
A poll in February of 2011 revealed that more than 70% of British
Columbians believe exposure to cosmetic pesticides increases the risk
of cancer and threatens the environment.
Ms Kaminsky will give evidence at the Morris J Wosk Centre on Tuesday
November 8th from 2:00pm-2:30pm.
The Hon Bill Bennett, MLA Kootenay is chairing the Special Committee on
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For further information:
Ms Kathryn Seely, Director of Public Issues, at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon, who is presenting with Ms Kaminsky, is available for interview prior to the hearings. 604 675 7108Cell: 604 999 4659.
Dr Cathy Vakil, of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment is also available for comment on 613-766-7385 or 613-353-3051