Demandez au Ministre de la Santé de protèger nos familles et nos communautés!

Cette semaine, pour soutenir la campagne « Alternatives to Pink », joignez-vous à Action Cancer du Sein de Montréal pour demander à notre gouvernement de privilégier la sécurité en appliquant le Principe de Précaution en matière de toxines environnementales associées au cancer du sein.

Dites à ceux qui nous gouvernent que la présence de produits chimiques dangereux à la maison et dans les cosmétiques vous inquiète pour la santé de votre famille. Demandez-leur de songer aux personnes vulnérables, comme les enfants, les ouvriers, les femmes enceintes ou les populations autochtones. EXIGEZ que les substances cancérigènes suspectes, probables ou avérées soient désignées comme « toxiques » par la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l'environnement [LCPE (1999)]. Des mesures doivent également être prises pour interdire l’utilisation et l’importation des composés toxiques, quels qu’ils soient, y compris des produits contenant des substances cancérigènes. Les mêmes mesures doivent s’appliquer aux substances avérées ou présumées génotoxiques, mutagènes ou toxiques pour la reproduction et le développement.

REJOIGNEZ-NOUS pour cette action primordiale destinée à améliorer la qualité de vie de nos familles et de nos communautés. Ecrivez au Ministre de la santé entre le 13 et le 15 octobre. Nous vous proposons un modèle de lettre mais n’hésitez pas à rédiger votre propre lettre ou à modifier celle-ci pour y faire figurer vos motifs d’inquiétude. N'oubliez pas de pétioner @SanteCanada pour que les substances chimiques liés au #cancerdusein soient designées comme toqiques! Trouvez la pétition ici. Votre opinion compte! Sa valeur est même inestimable! Exigez d’être entendu(e)!

Solidairement vôtre,

ACSM
 

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Subject : We need a safety first approach to protect Canadians from toxic chemicals!
Message : Dear the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, I am writing to you today because I am concerned about the screening assessments that are currently being used for chemicals. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year I am joining with Breast Cancer Action Montreal to take a stand regarding a lack of awareness about primary prevention and the environmental and chemical connections to breast cancer. Over the past few years, I have heard a lot about product recalls. I have also heard a lot about the different hazardous chemicals present in the products I use in my home and for my family. The problem is that, until recently, the Government had not assessed the 4,300 “existing chemicals” which were on the market before 1994. I think that screening assessments of those chemicals is a step in the right direction. However, I have a number of concerns. The current screening assessments do not adequately consider vulnerable populations like children, blue-collar workers, pregnant women and indigenous populations. Relevant hazard information from epidemiological studies for vulnerable populations should be taken into account. Children, workers and First Nations people continue to be exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals and, in this way, they are being used as guinea pigs. Chemical substances that are known, suspected or potential carcinogens should be designated “toxic” under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, CEPA 1999. Steps also must be taken to ban the use and importation of toxic substances, in all forms, including products containing carcinogens. The same policy holds for substances that are known or suspected genotoxins, mutagens, reproductive and developmental toxins. I am extremely concerned that the Government is not designating chemicals as “toxic” under CEPA 1999. The fact that some high-hazard chemicals are not being designated as toxic results in no government management and no research for, or testing of, substitutes. This is not right, particularly for high-hazard substances. I believe that we should not risk our health with products that have not been shown to be safe. Instead, we need to err on the side of caution. Unfortunately the current screening assessments have not resulted in precautionary action. The Government has a number of pollution-prevention tools, which could and should be used, but the Government simply has not taken action. Pollution-prevention plans for source elimination, identification of safe substitutes, and the removal of inefficiencies in industrial processes are all prevention tools which are effective. However, in the Industry Challenge, very few pollution prevention proposals have been put forward with the exception of those for bisphenol A and TDI. Instead, the government has taken actions that maintain the status quo regarding the use of substances, or at best, lead to slight reductions in environmental releases. It is particularly upsetting that very little regulatory action was proposed for the high-priority substances that were found to be toxic, with the exception again of bisphenol A. This is unacceptable. The Government can do a much better job at evaluating chemicals and protecting Canadians’ health. The Government must ensure that substances are evaluated with consideration for real world exposures. When products are found to be carcinogenic, mutagenic or endocrine disrupting, the Precautionary Principle must be implemented and they must be taken off the market. If any cancer-causing substances are present in products, they must be identified with a hazard symbol so that consumers have appropriate information about the precautions that need to be taken when the product is used. I look forward to hearing your views on improving the evaluation of chemical substances and making precaution and pollution prevention a priority. We wish to protect the health of our families. Sincerely yours,
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