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Choosing healthy landscapes without pesticides

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McCauley School Library

9538 107 Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5H 0T7

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Choosing healthy landscapes without pesticides

Ethics, and lessons learned from the science and history of toxin regulation

A conversation with Meg Sears

Pesticides in Canada are regulated so that they pose "acceptable risks" to human health and the environment. Decades of engagement with "risk assessment" led to the conclusion that this outdated and ineffective paradigm creates risks. Join us, to learn the evolution of this startling conclusion and to discuss ethical, effective ways forward.

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Meg Sears (MEng, PhD) has pursued interests and research in environmental health for decades. As Chair of Prevent Cancer Now she works to improve scientific rigour and decision-making in assessment and regulation of toxicants, and alternatives. At the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Meg is pursuing the Canadian Environmental Health Information Infrastructure – a platform to facilitate research into environmental contributors to cancer and other conditions. The goal is ultimately to reduce disease, with scientific evidence for effective actions.

Meg was trained in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (University of Toronto), completed a doctorate in biochemical engineering (McGill University), and has diverse laboratory experience including in energy research. With skills in scientific analysis and writing, she gained associations with research institutes at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Ottawa Hospital and others. Some career highlights for Dr. Sears include: writing the Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, leading to a policy under the Canadian Human Rights Act; conducting a scoping review on toxic elements (arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury) with Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funding; and numerous collaborations with members of the Environmental Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians, and prominent Canadian environmental health and legal groups. When she is not working, you’ll probably find Meg roaming the outdoors, or “playing in the mud,” gardening.

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