Posts Tagged ‘child’

It Belongs to Them

May 22, 2008

A ClimateCartoons present (published with permission ).
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Ducking the Tough Questions

March 27, 2008

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Pollution From Traffic Harms Children

February 23, 2008
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According to a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, “children who live in neighbourhoods with heavy traffic pollution have lower IQs and score worse on other tests of intelligence and memory than children who breathe cleaner air.” 01

The study’s lead author is Dr. Shakira Franco Suglia (Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health). She says that traffic pollution has been associated with a number of other harmful effects as well, and that there’s not much people can do other than moving away from heavy traffic areas. 02

“All children’s outdoor activities should be as far as possible from busy roadways.” 03

Be sure to check out my list of the highest-volume stretches of road in London 04 (and then keep your kids away from them)!

Sources:
01. 2008/02/19 – National Post: Effects Of Heavy Traffic Pollution
02. 2008/02/15 – MSNBC: …tied to low memory and intellegence scores
03. 2004/04/30 – ENS: Particle Pollution…
04. CityLondon: Traffic Volume Data

Adolescence

February 20, 2008


A nataliedee.com sketch.
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CUPE’s Poverty Reduction Proposal

January 28, 2008

CUPE Ontario will make a deputation this afternoon that will propose three policy shifts that the government must make in order to achieve a reduction of poverty in the province…

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Poem – Twas the night before Christmas

December 24, 2007

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

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Events – 2007/12/18

December 18, 2007


Date: 2007/12/18 (Tuesday)  
When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  
Where: London InterCommunity Health Centre
659 Dundas Street
 
What: Toy & Food Drive  
To learn more, contact Brenda Craig 519-660-0874 (ext. 228).


Food Additive Safety

December 16, 2007

Today’s Daily Telegraph warns that “HUNDREDS of popular Australian children’s snack foods and sweets are laced with suspect additives which international researchers have linked to adverse behavioural reactions…such as allergies, asthma, hyperactivity and rashes.”

According to Health Canada, “Generally speaking, a food additive is any chemical substance added to a food during manufacturing or processing that becomes a part of the food or affects the food’s characteristics, such as its colour or texture. Some food additives are derived from natural sources. Others are made synthetically.”

Only food additives listed in the Tables of Division 16 in the Food and Drug Regulations are permitted to be used in food.
(source: Health Canada)

The Health Products & Food Branch of Health Canada is responsible for evaluating and approving new food additives. The legislative mechanisms under which the Government of Canada controls them are the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations. And the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enforces Canada’s food labelling laws and the food safety standards set by Health Canada.

Links:
Health Canada: National Surveillance of…Hazardous Chemicals in Foods
EFSA: Food Additives
Action On Additives website
2004/05/25 – The Independent: Artificial colorings…boost…hyperactivity…
2007/05/08 – Food Standards Agency: Additives and children’s behaviour
2007/05/09 – Daily Telegraph: New evidence links E-numbers to hyperactivity
2007/05/12 – Daily Telegraph: Tantrum-linked additives in 132 new products
2007/09/ – Food Standards Agency: Intolerance to additives
2007/09/06 – Food Standards Agency: …revised advice on…artificial colours
2007/09/06 – Daily Telegraph: Parents warned about artificial food additives
2007/09/06 – BBC: Parents warned of additives link
2007/09/17 – TimesOnline: Subtracting the additives

Events – 2007/12/13

December 13, 2007

Date: 2007/12/13 (Thursday)  
When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  
Where: London InterCommunity Health Centre
659 Dundas Street
 
What: Toy & Food Drive  
To learn more, contact Brenda Craig 519-660-0874 (ext. 228).


Date: 2007/12/13 (Thursday)  
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Where: Central Library
251 Dundas Street
 
What: Backgammon  
The Forest City Backgammon Club . Join us every Thursday in the Central library’s 3rd-floor Arts department. New players welcome.


Academic McMotivation

December 9, 2007

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ad jacketResponding to criticism about it’s report-card promo in Florida’s Seminole County, fast-food giant McDonalds insists that it’s motives are entirely honourable. As opposed to a crass marketing campaign?

The campaign consists of a Happy Meal coupon, a cartoon of the chain’s Ronald McDonald brand mascot, the golden arches logo, and photos of Happy Meal menu items – all printed on the cover of a report-card jacket at the corporation’s expense ($1,600 for the 2007-2008 school year). Children who present their report cards to the local restaurant are entitled to receive a free Happy Meal, provided that they’ve scored As and Bs, have exhibited good behaviour or have had two or fewer absences.

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Events – 2007/12/08

December 8, 2007

Date: 2007/12/08 (Saturday)  
When: 9:00 am – noon  
Where: London InterCommunity Health Centre
659 Dundas Street
 
What: Toy & Food Drive  
To learn more, contact Brenda Craig 519-660-0874 (ext. 228).


Butt Out When Cars Contain Children

December 7, 2007

In 2003/04, MPP Garfield Dunlop “floated a proposal…to snuff out smoking in cars occupied by children” but subsequently decided after “his office was deluged with a barrage of “nasty” e-mails from constituents” that “legislation banning the practice would have a better chance of success if spearheaded by the OMA, rather than as a private member’s bill” (‘Smoking Bans in Cars Carrying Children Gains Support‘; ASH; 2004/10/20).

In 2004 the OMA released a final report called “Exposure to second-hand smoke: are we protecting our kids?” It says that the risk of children contracting respiratory illness and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is higher when they’re exposed to SHS (2nd-hand smoke) in vehicles. That’s because the toxicity of smoke in cars can be 23 times greater than in a house! SHS is also blamed for increased numbers of adult cancer and heart disease.

Just last month, Wolfville, N.S. became the first municipality in Canada to ban smoking in cars when they are carrying children. First-time offenders get a warning, but repeat offenders face a $50 fine.

Is Wolfville serious about the danger to children, or is it just making a token gesture? It seems to me that a $50 fine might be appropriate for the 1st offence, but there needs to be a stronger message sent to repeat offenders.

At the 2007/11/26 CAPS Committee meeting, Councillor Bernie MacDonald tabled a “No Smoking in Cars with Children Present” report (Town of Wolfville, N.S., 2007/09/25) and inquired about whether a bylaw could be implemented here. CAPS unanimously approved referral of the report “to the City Solicitor for report back at a future meeting of the CPSC as to how the City of London might implement restrictions on smoking in vehicles with children present.” After it returns to CAPS it’s expected to go before City Council.

Links:
1996/11 – OMA: SHS Position Paper
2003/02 – OMA: SHS Position Paper
2004/ – OMA: SHS Position Paper
2007/02/02 – Globe&Mail: Ontario rejects car-smoking ban
2007/11/27 – CBC: Councillor Bernie MacDonald interview (audio)
2007/11/28 – OMA: Time for Ontario to act to protect children’s health
2007/11/29 – LondonTopic: London applauded for initiative…
2007/12/06 – Toronto Star: ‘MPP: Ban smoking in cars with kids’
2007/12/06 – CTV: MPP bill calls for smoking ban in cars with minors
2007/12/06 – SooToday: Orazietti’s bill would let cops pull you over for smoking
2007/12/06 – OMA: …calls on all MPPs to support bill…

Santa’s Request

December 6, 2007

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I’ve just received this email from a special friend (click the image to read it), asking me to direct you to this website.

I think this is such a deserving request, I’m going to leave out a couple extra chocolate-chip cookies this year. 🙂

 

Events – 2007/12/06

December 6, 2007

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Date: 2007/12/06 (Thursday)  
When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  
Where: London InterCommunity Health Centre
659 Dundas Street
 
What: Toy & Food Drive  
To learn more, contact Brenda Craig 519-660-0874 (ext. 228).


Date: 2007/12/06 (Thursday)  
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Where: Central Library
251 Dundas Street
 
What: Backgammon  
The Forest City Backgammon Club . Join us every Thursday in the Central library’s 3rd-floor Arts department. New players welcome.


Literacy Report

December 5, 2007

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In London, “at least one in three children aged eight to 14 is not meeting the standards established by the province in reading, writing and mathematics. And one in five adults is functioning at the lowest level of literacy, often unable to read basic signs and medicine instructions.”

Click HERE to get the ‘Literacy in London & Middlesex’ report.

Links:
2007/12/05 – City of London: media release
2007/12/06 – LFP: Reading an obstacle for 1 in 5 Londoners