Judith Lemieux

Dec 152016
 

Speaker: Sunday Harrison
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

What if you could find a system to empower urban children, the youth and their families to learn about growing and preparing fresh food in a cultivated environment? Well, Ms. Sunday Harrison has created just that, by bringing the concept of “learning gardens” to local elementary schools as an after school program. Her objective is to generate a fun and experimental learning environment to help develop the palate of children and the youth, so that they are willing to try new foods and essentially make healthier choices.

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 Posted by on December 15, 2016
Dec 152016
 

Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Schreiner
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

The nature versus nurture controversy has been argued for as long as we can remember. Even when it comes to our health and the reasons why we develop certain health conditions this discrepancy does not cease to exist. Although it is debatable as to whether genetics or the environment is the main source of the majority of our health conditions, studies have shown that both are equally responsible for many of the issues that we encounter.

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 Posted by on December 15, 2016
Dec 152016
 

Speakers: Steven Bourne & Brandon Hebor
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

Many times we are unaware of what is entailed to get the food we eat onto our plates. What we do not realize is the numerous issues that are encountered in the process. This includes the loss of nutritional value that occurs in produce that is required to travel long distances in order to become accessible to us. Other issues that arise involve land degradation, growing cities, soil erosion and the increased use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Additionally, seasonality also raises concern, as the Canadian climate creates boundaries and limits the amount of time during the year in which produce can actually be sourced in Canada. Therefore, during off-seasons we are required to rely on other areas to receive our produce. In retrospect, there may essentially be a 1200 km distance between the location of where the initial seed was harvested to its yielded produce appearing on our plates. At the same time, numerous amounts of carbon are also being emitted into our atmosphere in the process.

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 Posted by on December 15, 2016
Nov 132016
 

Green Neighbours 20
Seaton Village ∙ Annex ∙ Harbord Village ∙ UofT Kensington ∙ Baldwin Village Alexandra Park∙ Grange Park ∙ CityPlace ∙ Entertainment District

Time:
7pm, November 30th, 2016

Location:
6th Floor LHAE – (see signage for room number)
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West (above St. George subway station)

Synopsis of Toxic Trespass
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This NFB co-production is an investigation into the effects of the chemicals we are all exposed to in our daily lives. The film begins with the filmmaker Barri Cohen’s own 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT. Then, it heads out to Windsor and Sarnia: Canadian toxic hotspots, and highlights the devastating health impacts effecting the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Community of Sarnia surrounded by refineries and petrochemical plants. The film presents passionate activists working for positive change, along with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems and helps us learn about and act on the implications of environmental racism and the need for environmental justice. Carried by Cohen’s passion for truth and her disarming openness, this moving documentary is essential viewing for anyone concerned about the effects of pollutants on our – and our children’s – very DNA. An accompanying resource guide for using the film as a tool for education and social change can be found at, www.toxictrespass.ca.

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 Posted by on November 13, 2016
Nov 082016
 

Speaker: Jenise Lee (Certclean)
Written by: Sheena Jain & Esha Jain

We all use skin care products as part of our daily regimen. Whether it is the body wash we use in the shower, the lotion we lather on ourselves every morning or the soap we use while washing our hands. We unconsciously use these different substances on ourselves, but do we really know what is actually in the products we are exposing our skin to?

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 Posted by on November 8, 2016