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Dianne Saxe | Crime Rate Linked to Lead Poisoning in Ontario, Children and Crime – Should Municipalities Act | Municipal World

Lead, Children and Crime – Should Municipalities Act

Dianne Saxe

After pesticides, what about lead?

When the Supreme Court of Canada recognized municipal jurisdiction to regulate the cosmetic use of pesticides,1 it opened the door for municipalities to regulate other major contaminants that affect residents’ health and safety. Of these, one of the best known toxins is lead, and it’s one that municipalities could do a lot about.

There are many good reasons to reduce human exposure to lead. For example, the David Suzuki Foundation recently released a report, with the support of the Canadian Public Health Association: Prescription For a Healthy Canada: Towards a National Environmental Health Strategy. It says:

Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal, once used in paint, gasoline, PVC, and pipes. Lead is still used in the production of batteries, ammunition, metal products (solder and pipes), jewellery, devices to shield X-rays, and computer monitors (to block radiation). Lead poisoning causes a range of chronic health effects. Lead exposure in children can cause cognitive deficits, developmental delays, hypertension, impaired hearing, attention deficit disorder, reduced intelligence, and learning disabilities. In the elderly, accumulated lead is released into the blood, contributing to various health effects, including cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, other forms of dementia, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and impaired kidney function.2
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Canadian Cancer Society Lotteries | DESTROYING LIVES | Gambling and hospital lotteries: looking out for losers

Gambling and hospital lotteries: looking out for losers

  1. John Fletcher, MB BChir MPH
  1. Correspondence to: CMAJ editor, pubs@cmaj.ca

I have just finished reading Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop, which has as its subject the devastating effect of an old man’s gambling on the people he loves. Dickens depicts well the flawed reasoning that grips an otherwise intelligent mind; the betrayal to which the old man will stoop to feed his craving to win back what he has lost; and, above all, his vulnerability and that of his granddaughter, Nell, to further misfortune.

It is tempting to believe that times have changed and that problem gambling is now uncommon, affecting only a small proportion of the people who participate. However, a news article in the July issue of CMAJ paints a different picture.1 Across Canada, about 4% of the population may be classified as problem gamblers. The proportion of gambling revenue these players generate is 23%.

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Ontario Streams Polluted Even With Pesticide Ban ?? | Pesticide Ban Failure | Hundreds of dead fish found floating in High Park | CTV Toronto News

CTV Toronto
Published Saturday, August 3, 2013 11:31AM EDT

City cleanup crews were working Saturday to remove hundreds of dead fish found floating in a pond in Toronto’s High Park after what is being described by conservation officials as a die-off.

Residents who frequent the popular park began to notice the dead fish along the shore of Grenadier Pond last week.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources the die-off happened on July 28. Ninety-five per cent of the dead fish are sunfish.

Kathleen Wynne | Minister of Agriculture | Pesticide Ban based on BEST POSSIBLE EVIDENCE | Ontario bee deaths | Toronto Star

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and John Gerretsen felt the best possible evidence was provided by MEDICAL EXPERTS like the Canadian Cancer Society, why do we need a special committee to solve this problem??????

Extreme Activisms ingrained in Politics the Ontario Way


We have listened to medical experts – like the Canadian Cancer Society – who have made a convincing case for reducing our exposure to pesticides, particularly children who are generally more susceptible to the potential toxic effects of pesticides.

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Pesticide Ban Failure | David Miller | WWF-Canada’s new President and CEO

Welcome David Miller, WWF-Canada’s new President and CEO


I believe that environmental issues are the greatest challenge of our generation.  How do we ensure that our planet is not harmed by human caused climate change? How do we protect our natural environment and species at risk? And how do we do this in a way that creates jobs and sustains our economy?

These are questions that I’ve confronted throughout my career, both as the Mayor of Toronto and over the past two and a half years as the Counsel for International Business and Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP.  In many ways my work in these roles—to build jobs and a strong thriving economy that coexists with our natural environment—mirrored the mission of WWF:  a future where people live in harmony with nature.

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