For immediate release: May 23, 2016

Media Advisory: Event on Parliament Hill to discuss need for stronger toxic chemical regulation

Ottawa, ON – On Monday, five health and environmental organizations are hosting an event on Parliament Hill to demonstrate to government the need for Canada to strengthen its outdated regulation to protect the public and the environment from the effects of toxic chemicals.

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is currently undergoing a review, almost two decades after it was last updated. CEPA is Canada’s overarching law governing the assessment and management of risks posed by chemical substances in products. The parliamentary committee responsible for reforming the Act is expected to table its report by the end of the month.

WHEN: Monday, May 29, 2017

WHERE: Sir John A MacDonald building, room 200; 144 Wellington St.; Ottawa, ON

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Who: MP for Pontiac Will Amos; Bruce Lourie, co-author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck and President of Ivey Foundation; Tim Gray, Executive Director with Environmental Defence; Dr. Elaine MacDonald, Program Director with Ecojustice; Annie Berube, Director of Government Relations with Équiterre; Kim Perotta, Executive Director with Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment; Heather Harding, Toxic Campaign Manager with Tides Canada.

What: Five environmental and health groups come together to signal to government their support for significant improvements to CEPA. The event is hosted by Environmental Defence, Équiterre, Ecojustice, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and Tides Canada.

*Please note that media must register before Thursday, May 25, 2017 at: https://goo.gl/ZgUeav

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Sarah Jamal, Environmental Defence, sjamal@environmentaldefence.ca, 416-323-9521 ext. 251; 905-921-7786 (cell)