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Monday, February 28, 2005, Ben Franklin Place
4:30 pm to 8:15 pm: Ongoing displays and refreshments for sale.
4:30 pm and 6:30 pm: Pesticide videos will be shown
6:30 pm: Come and listen to a panel of distinguished experts in health and biology discuss the evidence in a series of lively and interesting presentations. Speakers include: Dr. David Lean, Dr. Scott Findlay, Dr. Vance Trudeau, Dr. Cathy Vakil, Dr. Paul Claman, Dr. Robin Walker, Mr. Neil Maxwell. Dr. Robert Cushman, Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa, will make the opening remarks.
Dr. David Lean is a Professor of Ecotoxicology in the Department of Biology at University of Ottawa. He conducts research on the influence and fate of toxic chemicals in the environment.
Dr. Scott Findlay, Director, Institute of the Environment, University of Ottawa, Board of Directors on CAPE, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa. Dr. Findlay researches the ecological risks posed by human activities to ecosystem structure and function.
Dr. Vance Trudeau, Associate Professor, Animal Physiology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Ottawa. Using tadpole development as an illustration, he will talk about endocrine disruption, and how pesticides can have low-level effects by upsetting hormone levels in the body.
Dr. Cathy Vakil, MD, CCFP, Family Physician, Queen’s University Family Medicine Centre Member of the Environmental Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Dr. Vakil will present the Systematic Review of Pesticide Human Health Effects report prepared by the College of Family Physicians, in 2004. Dr. Vakil was one of the project team members involved in preparing this report.
Dr. Paul Claman, MD, FRCS, FACOG. Program Director, The Fertility Centre, Ottawa Hospital, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Ottawa. Dr. Claman will speak on pesticides as their possible link to infertility and birth defect issues.
Dr. Robin Walker, MD, ChB, FRCP, FAAP, President, Canadian Paediatric Society, Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Ottawa, Division of Neonatology, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Dr. Robin Walker will discuss what science can and cannot tell us about potential harm from pesticides, how children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pesticides.
Mr. Neil Maxwell, Principal, Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General of Canada. In 2002 the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development examined how well the federal government, mainly through the efforts of Health Canada’s Pesticides Management and Regulatory Agency(PMRA), manages the safety and accessibility of pesticides.