Environmental Health Committee

The Environmental Health Steering Committee is on hold until further notice. 

 

Recent references on environmental health (updated monthly)

Did you know?
Canadians spend 90% of their time indoors, so it's important to ensure that our homes are safe and healthy places to live.

Learn more about home health hazards:

  • Radon
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Mould
  • Lead

Download or pick-up your free Health Canada Hazardcheck Guide in person at select Lowe's, Rona and Home Hardware stores across Canada during weekends in February and early March 2013.

Radon

A program designed to help you answer your patients’ questions about the health risks of radon and the need to test their home and reduce their family’s exposure based on Health Canada’s national radon awareness program.

Related links

Surveillance of environmental & occupational exposures for cancer prevention
Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment (CPCHE)
Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
Joint letter to the Prime Minister of Canada 

The CFPC Board of Directors, at its October 2009 meeting, approves three recommendations proposed by the Environmental Health Committee.

"Since pre-industrial times, the global temperature has risen by three quarters of a degree C - largely because of the increased production of greenhouse gases (GHG).
 
In order to prevent potentially catastrophic health consequences from such continued warming, the nations of the world have undertaken intense negotiations with the aim of limiting the ultimate increase to no more than 2 C.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body, has calculated that the industrialized countries which produce the large majority of GHG emissions will need to reduce them by at least 25% below 1990 levels by the year 2020 (and 80% by 2050) in order to have a chance of succeeding.
 
In the interests of the health of Canadians and people elsewhere in the world, the CFPC endorses this objective, and at its most recent meeting adopted the following resolutions aimed at encouraging the governments of Canada and other countries to negotiate a treaty ensuring the attainment of such necessary reductions."

John O'Driscoll MD, CFPC(EM), Chair, CFPC Environmental Health Committee

CFPC  Board Resolutions

BE IT RESOLVED:
4.2.8.1 & 4.2.8.2 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

  • (i) THAT the CFPC endorse KYOTOplus and be a participating partner in its campaign.   
  • (ii) THAT the CFPC endorse the resolutions of the Climate Health Council.
  • (iii) THAT the statement on climate change be approved.
    CARRIED BY THE CFPC Board of Directors October 26, 2009.

Statement on Climate Change, submitted by the CFPC’s Environmental Health Committee, and approved by the CFPC Board of Directors October 26, 2009:

The CFPC, believing that

1. Human health is ultimately dependent on a healthy planet and ecosystem.
2. The scientific evidence presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is strong, and shows that:

  • Climate change poses a significant threat to public health both in Canada and globally
  • Climate change is related to anthropogenic release of greenhouse gases, especially Carbon Dioxide
  • Many measures taken to curb greenhouse gas emissions will have public health co-benefits.

And noting that

  1. The United Climate Change Conference (COP 15) will convene in Copenhagen in December 2009
  2. Canada is a large emitter of Greenhouse gases

Therefore recommends that the Canadian government support strong policies in Canada, and at COP 15, to limit emissions of greenhouse gases so as to avoid atmospheric concentrations greater than 450ppm, in order to reduce impacts on global public health, recognizing that this target may be subject to revision in light of further scientific information.

For more information, visit the Climate and Health Council or OCFP Environmental Committee Page.

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