The following links lead to recommended organizations, government divisions, activist and advocacy sites, and other resources related to environmental health and well-being. Content on these sites are copyrighted by the site authors, and are not affiliated with the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment - Infirmieres et Infirmiers pour la Sante et l'Environnement. If you would like to contribute a relevant link, send the information to Our Link Keeper with site name, URL location, and description. Links subject to approval.
TITLE: Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation URL: http://www.cmfonline.org/ Description:Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to raise awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. The aim of the CMF is to both initiate and foster a support network for patients with mesothelioma and their families, and to support the development of a community of health professionals in the field of mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada.
TITLE: Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com URL:http://www.asbestos.com/ Description:We educate the public about mesothelioma cancer, our website is the most comprehensive and up to date resource on the subject. In addition, our patient advocates are work closely with our patients to help them get the treatment and care they deserve.
TITLE: Air Quality Health Index, Environment Canada URL: http://www.ec.gc.ca/cas-aqhi/default.asp Description: The Air Quality Health Index or "AQHI" is a scale designed to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health.
It is a health protection tool that is designed to help you make decisions to protect your health by limiting short-term exposure to air pollution and adjusting your activity levels during increased levels of air pollution. It also provides advice on how you can improve the quality of the air you breathe.
TITLE: Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Work Group URL: http://envirn.org/ Description:The focus of the Practice Workgroup is to integrate environmental health principles into nursing practice across all practice areas. This will include developing practice tool kits that can be used by the working nurse to begin developing green programs in their work environments. This group will work to incorporate EH guidelines into the Joint Commission (TJC) requirements and to integrate EH guidelines into the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (AACN) Magnet and New Pathways criteria.
TITLE: Arctic Council, Oceans North URL: http://oceansnorth.org/arctic-council Description: A high-level intergovernmental forum for promoting international cooperation, sustainable development, environmental protection and coordination. The council’s eight member countries all have territorial land above the Arctic Circle and include: Canada, U.S, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Greenland (Denmark/Faroe Islands).
TITLE: Breast Cancer Action Quebec URL:http://www.bcam.qc.ca/ Description:The focus of breast cancer research must move beyond its current emphasis on treatment to also embrace a serious search for the causes of the disease and its prevention. BCAM promotes and supports the adoption of the Precautionary Principle as a guideline for action. The Precautionary Principle is a safety-first premise that states that, when there are reasonable scientific grounds for believing a process or product may not be safe, even when cause-and-effect relationships are not fully understood, preventive action must be taken.
TITLE: The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment URL:http://www.cape.ca/ Description: CAPE is a membership organization for health professionals. It works to protect the environment in order to protect human health. CAPE is concerned about Ecosystem Health, Human Health and Sustainable Development.
TITLE: The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care URL: http://www.greenhealthcare.ca/ Description: An alliance of committed Canadian health service organizations, associations and environmentally focused partners providing an active vehicle for enabling positive ecological change within the Canadian health care landscape. We are dedicated to encouraging the adoption of resource conservation and pollution prevention principles and effective environmental management systems, without compromising safety and care, which protects human health and reduces the Canadian health care system's ecological impact.
TITLE: The Canadian Environmental Network URL: http://rcen.ca/ Description: For more than thirty years, the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) has been facilitating networking between environmental organisations and others who share its mandate - To Protect the Earth and Promote Ecologically Sound Ways of Life. The RCEN works directly with concerned citizens and organisations striving to protect, preserve and restore the environment.
TITLE: The Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment URL: http://www.cnhhe-rcshe.ca/ Description: A Canadian-based network of non-governmental, research, health professional and policy organizations focusing on human health and the impacts of environmental exposures - they welcome New Members!
TITLE: The Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and the Environment URL: http://www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca/ Description: A multi-sectoral collaboration of twelve organizations with expertise in issues related to children, health, public health and the environment. CPCHE partners have been working together since 2001 to protect children's health from environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals by moving children's environmental health issues into the minds of decision-makers, service-provider organizations, individual practitioners, parents and the public.
TITLE: CEPA Environmental Registry URL: http://www.ec.gc.ca/lcpe-cepa/default.asp Description: The CEPA gives Canadians the opportunity to learn more about how the federal government administers the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) and invites industries, individuals, interest groups and others to participate in the public consultations and decision-making processes that take place under the Act.
TITLE: Climate Wire URL: http://www.eenews.net/cw Description: Top global news, policies and trends related to climate change from Environment & Energy Publishing. Also features news sections on Energy choices and Green Living.
TITLE: Chemical Substances Page (Gov of Canada) URL: http://www.chemicalsubstanceschimiques.gc.ca/index-eng.php Description: The Government of Canada has many laws and programs dedicated to protecting human health and the natural environment from chemical risks. Its primary legal tool for assessing and managing chemical substances in the environment is the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), jointly administered by Environment Canada and Health Canada.
TITLE: Climate Change and Health Office, Health Canada URL: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/climat/index-eng.php Description: There is growing evidence that our climate is changing and that these changes are affectinGirl wearing a hat looking at the skyg the health and well-being of citizens in countries throughout the world, including Canada. Health Canada is collaborating with researchers and decision-makers across the country and around the world to increase knowledge about how a changing climate can affect human health.
TITLE: The Collaborative on Health and the Environment URL: http://www.healthandenvironment.org/ Description: An international partnership committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on the impact of environmental factors on human health and catalyzing initiatives to address these concerns. CHE has been instrumental in leveraging mainstream health-affected constituencies in the environmental health science revolution and engaging researchers, health professionals, and environmental health and justice advocates from diverse sectors.
TITLE: Contaminated Without Consent URL: http://www.contaminatedwithoutconsent.org/ Description: A 16-minute video available free for you to use to help inform your community about the hidden risks from chemical contaminants found in our homes, workplaces, the products we buy, and even our bodies.
This video was produced by Sanford Lewis of Strategic Video for the Chemical Safety Workgroup, a coalition of public health and science based NGOs working on toxics protections.
TITLE: CoPEH Canada URL: http://www.copeh-canada.org/ Description: An adaptive community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to the understanding, teaching and application of ecosystem approaches to address current challenges to a healthy and sustainable global future.
TITLE: David Suzuki Foundation URL: http://www.davidsuzuki.org Description: We work with government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work, and acting as a catalyst for the social change that today's situation demands. Our mission is to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future. Our vision is that within a generation, Canadians act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature.
TITLE: The Disappearing Male URL:https://vimeo.com/34176018 Description: This CBC documentary is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system.
The last few decades have seen steady and dramatic increases in the incidence of boys and young men suffering from genital deformities, low sperm count, sperm abnormalities and testicular cancer.
Some researchers say that declining male fertility rates could be the first sign of extinction. At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette's syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia
TITLE: EcoNurse URL: http://econurse.org/ Description: EcoNurse is June Kaminski's (our web designer and President-Elect) activist, research-based site intended to catalyze human awareness of ecological issues and solutions and to encourage nurses to become champions of these issues. Nurses are ideal prime candidates to stir an awakening in people's minds and hearts to the health of the Earth.
TITLE: The Environmental Public Health Tracking Network URL: http://ephtracking.cdc.gov/ Description: This USA based Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources.
TITLE: Environment Canada URL: http://www.ec.gc.ca/ Description: Our business is protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage and providing weather and environmental predictions to keep Canadians informed and safe.
We support sound environmental decisions. We work to repair the damage of the past, to collect and pass on knowledge, and to develop, implement and enforce policies to prevent future damage. We work towards sustainable development.
Environment Canada (EC) is a diverse organization where our programs, services, and people that leads the way in implementing the federal government's environmental agenda.
TITLE: Health Care Without Harm URL: http://www.noharm.org/us_canada/ Description: "First Do No Harm" ... Together with our partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment. To that end, we are working to implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease.
TITLE: HealthyStuff.org URL: http://www.healthytoys.org Description: HealthyStuff.org has tested thousands of toys since 2007. These test results are intended to help consumers with the information they need to make better choices when purchasing toys and other children’s products.
TITLE: Inuit Circumpolar Council URL: http://inuitcircumpolar.com Description: Founded in 1977 by the late Eben Hopson of Barrow, Alaska, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) has flourished and grown into a major international non-government organization representing approximately 150,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). The organization holds Consultative Status II at the United Nations.
To thrive in their circumpolar homeland, Inuit had the vision to realize they must speak with a united voice on issues of common concern and combine their energies and talents towards protecting and promoting their way of life.
TITLE: The Luminary Project URL: http://www.luminaryproject.org/ Description: Nurses Lighting the Way to Environmental Health is an effort to capture the illuminating stories of nurses' activities to improve human health by improving the health of the environment. The shining stories on this website show how nurses are creatively and strategically addressing environmental problems and illuminating the way towards safe hospitals, communities with clean air, land and water and children born without toxic chemicals in their bodies.
TITLE: The National Network on Environments and Women's Health URL: http://www.nnewh.org Description: The National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH) is one of four Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health supported by the Bureau of Women’s Health and Gender Analysis (BWHGA), Health Canada. The Centres were established in 1996. NNEWH is focused on creating strategies for effective change through an understanding of relevant policy issues related to the health of all women in Canada.
TITLE: Physicians for Social Responsibility: Environmental Health Policy Institute URL: http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/environmental-health-policy-institute/ Description: With a new topic each month, PSR’s online forum of medical and public
health experts, the Environmental Health Policy Institute provides
information that inspires advocacy and activism with compelling arguments
and opinions from experts and everyday activists alike. The forum also aims
to influence decision-makers by serving as the go-to platform to learn what
the experts are thinking. We invite you to read our current and archived
essays from environmental health experts around the country.
The Environmental Health Policy Institute provides an essential
counterweight to the corporate interests that dismiss serious concerns
about environmental health. The Institute aims to ensure that the voices of
responsible public health professionals are not drowned out by industry’s
TITLE: Poisoned Waters URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/ Description: This PBS Frontline production showcases how more than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists note that many new pollutants and toxins from modern everyday life are already being found in the drinking water of millions of people across the country and pose a threat to fish, wildlife and, potentially, human health. In Poisoned Waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the growing hazards to human health and the ecosystem.
TITLE: RNAO's Issues pages on Environment and Health URL:http://rnao.ca/policy/briefing-notes/environment-human-health Description: Ontario's nurses advocate for healthy public policy. We strive to protect and expand our universal, publicly funded health-care system so everyone has equal access to comprehensive care. RNAO advocates for healthy public policy on topics such as environmental issues and social determinants of health.
TITLE: The Story of Cap and Trade URL: http://youtu.be/ZYi78LaY8u4 Description: This Flash video is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the "devils in the details" in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about cap and trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you
TITLE: The Story of Cosmetics URL: http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-cosmetics/ Description: This Flash video examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.
TITLE: The Story of Electronics URL:http://storyofstuff.org/?s=electronics Description: This Flash video takes on the electronics industry’s “design for the dump” mentality and champions product take back to spur companies to make less toxic, more easily recyclable and longer lasting products. Produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the eight-minute film explains ‘planned obsolescence’—products designed to be replaced as quickly as possible—and its often hidden consequences for tech workers, the environment and us. The film concludes with an opportunity for viewers to send a message to electronics companies demanding that they “make ‘em safe, make ‘em last, and take ‘em back.”
TITLE: The Story of Stuff Project URL: http://www.storyofstuff.com/ Description: This Flash video was created by Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios to leverage and extend the film’s impact. We amplify public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Our on-line community includes over 150,000 activists and we partner with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations worldwide to create and distribute our films, curricula and other content.
TITLE: Treehugger URL: http://www.treehugger.com Description: TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
TITLE: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: URL: http://unfccc.int/2860.php Description: Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty -- the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures. The UNFCCC secretariat supports all institutions involved in the climate change process, particularly the COP, the subsidiary bodies and their Bureau. This site contains numerous resources -- for beginners or experts -- such as introductory and in-depth publications, the official UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol texts and a search engine to the UNFCCC library.
TITLE: What's on my Food? URL: http://www.whatsonmyfood.org Description: At Pesticide Action Network (PAN) we know one thing: Pesticides are the linchpin of industrialized agriculture. PAN works to loosen the pesticide industry’s control over global agriculture by holding accountable governmental bodies that are charged with regulating pesticides. We’ve been in this struggle for more than 27 years, across six continents–and we have never been more confident than we are today that real, global food system reform is possible.
TITLE: The World Library of Toxicology, Chemical Safety and Environmental Health URL: http://www.wltox.org Description: A free global Web portal that provides the scientific community and public with links to major government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, professional societies, and other groups addressing issues related to toxicology, public health, and environmental health. It seeks to overcome barriers to the sharing of information between countries by creating a partnership of national and international organizations contributing high-quality scientific information resources in toxicology and environmental health to a borderless data depository. The overall goal is to improve global public health.
TITLE: Women and Water URL: http://womenandwater.net/ Description: Women have historical and traditional ties and spiritual relationships with water. In this way, water is of central importance to health broadly-defined (i.e. not just physical health). However, often women are not specifically studied or physical effects on women are measured in relation to the health of their unborn and new babies. Furthermore, literature reviews show that a gender perspective is largely absent from research on water resources and related policy reports in Canada and very few studies focus on women and water in developed countries. While case studies and research from developing countries is useful for identifying themes and gives us clues about what the gender dimensions of the topic might be, it is also expected that those dimensions will take on a distinctly different form in Canada. This website will explore the gendered risks to women in a country where access to safe water is often taken for granted.
TITLE: Your Health at Home URL: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/promotion/public-publique/home-maison/index-eng.php Description: Presented by Health Canada, who introduce the site by writing, "Home is where the heart is - it is where we spend time with family, friends and loved ones. Because we spend so much time at home, home is also where our health is.
It is true that eating right and getting enough exercise and sleep are the foundation of good health and wellness for people of all ages. There are, however, other easy steps you can take to ensure your home is a healthy environment for yourself and your family."
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