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“The Society is urging delegates and other elected officials participating in the AMO annual conference to take action…”
16 August 2013 Ottawa
As municipal and provincial representatives gather in Ottawa for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) AGM and annual conference, the Canadian Cancer Society is calling on elected officials to support policies that will improve public health and reduce the risk of cancer.
“The Society recognizes the important leadership role municipalities and the provincial government have in ensuring healthy communities across the province,” says Florentina Stancu-Soare, Senior Coordinator, Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. “This is why we are challenging officials to take a more active role in the fight against cancer by supporting legislation that prevents cancer.”
The Society is urging delegates and other elected officials participating in the AMO annual conference to take action by:
Approximately 30 per cent of cancer deaths and 85 per cent of lung cancer deaths are caused by tobacco. Of the 444 Ontario municipalities attending the conference, over 100 municipalities have passed outdoor smoke-free bylaws to protect the health of their citizens.
Melanoma skin cancer is one of the most common forms of skin cancer in young Ontarians aged 15 – 29 years of age, and is one of the most preventable.
“Indoor tanning causes cancer,” says Stancu-Soare. “We have been working tirelessly in challenging our elected leaders to take action and support a ban on tanning bed usage for youth under 18.”
Indoor-tanning bylaws have been passed in the Town of Oakville, Region of Peel (which includes Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga) and the City of Belleville.
A recent poll showed that 96 per cent of Ontarians feel it is their right to be informed about toxic chemicals they are exposed to in their workplace. 92 per cent of Ontarians agree that businesses should reduce the use and release of potentially toxic substances into land, air and water in order to create a healthier environment and protect people from potential harm. Provincial and Federal reporting laws only include large industries. Municipal bylaws are needed to ensure toxic substances used in small and medium facilities are also tracked and recorded. …