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Apr 162014

It’s that time of year again! Join us on June 5, 2014 for the 4th annual Connect Beauty event!!

If you have attended past Connect Beauty events, you know that this is THE event that blends eco-conscious fashion with toxic-free beauty. Join us in celebrating the glamourous, natural and eco-conscious trends of spring/summer 2014.

Presented by the Women’s Healthy Environments Network and Fashion Takes Action, Connect Beauty 2014 will be held at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, on June 5. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

It’s going to be THE event of the season…but we do need your help!  If you’re interested in donating an item to the Silent Auction or volunteering at Connect Beauty, we’d love to talk to you! Please click here to let us know you’re interested.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

 Posted by on April 16, 2014
Apr 102014

In this issue:

  • WHEN at the Green Living Show – buy tickets and support WHEN!
  • Connect Beauty 2014 – June 5th
  • Update on our February Healthy Homes & Healthy Families Workshop
  • Eco-Events in the GTA
  • Health Apps

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 Posted by on April 10, 2014
Feb 192014

Check out WHEN’s winter newsletter:

  • Healthy Homes and Families Workshop
  • New Year’s What?
  • Meet our Webmaster
  • WTF T-shirts
  • Board recruitment coming soon!
  • Eco-Events in the GTA

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 Posted by on February 19, 2014
Feb 132014


WHEN: 7-9 p.m. on Monday, February 24th

WHERE: Scarborough Women’s Centre

2100 Ellesmere Rd., Suite 245 Scarborough, ON M1H 3B7

COST: Free ($5 suggested donation)

In this workshop geared toward new Canadians, participants will learn to identify potential toxins they are exposed to in the home and get information on alternatives, in order to make better informed decisions about the products they use. At the end of the workshop, women will be able to identify possible hazardous products in their home and relate their experiences abroad to a new context in Canada.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a space for conversation about what are all the components of a healthy home. The goal is to build community with newcomers as well as to educate about potential toxins they are exposed to in Canada.

Click here for more information. To register, call 416-439-7111, ext. 6.

 Posted by on February 13, 2014
Dec 142013


  • Toxic-free holidays tips
  • Book Review: Raising Elijah, by Sandra Steingraber
  • Cancer Prevention Challenge Wrap Up
  • T’is the Season (to give green!)
  • What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

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 Posted by on December 14, 2013
Oct 262013

The Cancer Prevention Challenge is drawing to a close, with just one week left!  We’ve packed a lot into our latest bulletin because we still have so much to share about cancer prevention! Check out our campaign progress and:

  • Our business participant Anarres Natural Health
  • A call for a Royal Commission on the Environment and Health and the ‘Use the System’ campaign
  • Great articles on healthy eating and the cancer prevention benefits of exercise
  • More great recipes
  • Profile of WHEN’s popular Connect events

Click HERE for the bulletin.


 Posted by on October 26, 2013
Oct 242013
You are what you eat
By Lindsay Tibando, WHEN volunteer

Have you ever heard the phrase “you are what you eat”? Those five words sum up what should be the mantra for everyone: eat healthy and you will be healthy.

But for many of us that can be difficult. Most families are already pressed for time trying to squeeze in school, work and extracurricular activities in a mere 24 hours. Eating healthy is considered a luxury that can be dropped and easily replaced with grabbing something on the go or swinging by the drive-thru. But these quick and easy alternatives are often full of added salt, sugar or other chemicals that have adverse effects on our bodies.

So how deep is the connection between eating well and preventing diseases such as cancer? According to the Canadian Cancer Society, approximately 2 in 5 Canadian will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. And of all the cancers that affect us, half can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices.

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 Posted by on October 24, 2013
Oct 242013

Exercise and It’s Role in Cancer Prevention

by Shanon McMillan

I do not believe there is ever a day that passes when someone doesnʼt feel the affects of cancer. There are many forms, loss, hope and inspiration.

As a fitness professional I give my clients mutliple reasons every day as to why we should exercise. It is easy to lose focus, fall off the wagon but as a general rule we never stop trying. Much like you would never give up hope for someone who was diagnosed with cancer.

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 Posted by on October 24, 2013
Oct 242013
By Laila Harris, MA, BA (hons.), WHEN Board of Directors

It was early on that I developed an interest and passion for the environment and for living a natural lifestyle. While my mother had always raised us to eat natural foods, use natural products, and moved our family away from Toronto to a forested paradise in Northern Ontario when I was 10 years old, it wasn’t until I went to university that my consciousness about the environment really began to develop.

At this time, my concept of the natural world grew from the enjoyment I had always experienced at being one in the calming beauty of natural landscapes, to a greater reflection on the meaning of nature in our society. In particular, I became interested in the ways in which cultural norms have lead us to mistreat the natural environment (and in turn ourselves), in favor of profit, capitalist gains, and near-sighted greed.

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 Posted by on October 24, 2013
Oct 242013
Contributed by Salma Nassif

In Syrian cuisine Garlic is used so often in salads. But my friend told me recently that garlic and onion family are considered toxic in Ayurveda (especially so if consumed raw).  I tried to stop consuming them the way I used to and indeed my health improved, my face became more radiant and I had no dark circles around my eyes.

One good way to use a garlic-free yet flavorful healthy salad dressings is by using pomegranate molasses (sugar-free of course).

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 Posted by on October 24, 2013