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L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec / Environmental Health Association of Québec

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Montreal’s Space for Life: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Montreal is home to a diverse array of institutions showcasing different elements of the natural world. It is not uncommon for those residing in or nearby the metropolis to have visited or heard of one of these five influential institutions, after all it is not only their educational value that makes them well-known, but also their architecture, which enriches Montreal’s […]

Earth Day Every Day

Another Earth Day has come and gone, and with it the reminder that we need to take better care of our home. Each year on April 22nd, people around the world take a good look at the state that the planet is in, and are reminded that human action is the only way to undo all the wrongs that we […]

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Article by Rohini Peris and Michel Gaudet: Over one million Canadians have been diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). Up to 75% are women and close to 50% are seniors (Statistics Canada, 2016).[1] The number of diagnosed cases has been increasing (Statistics Canada, 2015-2016). MCS is a recognized disability under the Canadian Human Rights Act.[2] Yet it is likely that […]

The Environmental Working Group’s 2021 Dirty Dozen List

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a widely known organization that has an eminent guide to pesticides and produce. More specifically, the group takes in data from tests conducted by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and then categorizes produce into a list titled “Dirty Dozen,” which ranks the twelve top produce items that contain the most pesticide residues, or […]

Composting 101

Some people believe that composting is too complicated, smells too bad, takes too much time to accomplish, and that it is overall a very messy affair. This is untrue, as it is in fact quite easy and quick to make your own compost if you know how to do it. It is also worth making organic compost, where only food […]

Toxicology: it’s not just the dose that makes the poison

History Toxicology began as the science of poisons. History shows that civilizations actually used their knowledge of poisons to murder and replace numerous kings and emperors. The concept of the use of chemical substances changed in the 15th century when Paracelsus, considered the father of modern toxicology, stated, “It’s the dose that makes the poison.” He understood that for every […]

COVID-19 and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Thoughts on a survey

The Environmental Health Association of Québec (ASEQ-EHAQ) recently sought volunteers to complete a survey “as part of [their] research study on the impacts of COVID-19 health measures on the quality of life of adults with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)”. Having suffered MCS for many years, I felt ready to reflect on my experience. Much of the survey asked about how […]

A Guide to Eating Organic

There are many reasons as to why you should or would want to switch from eating meals mainly comprised of conventionally grown foods, to favoring organic foods. Organic foods turn out to be more local, healthy, and grown sustainably when compared to their conventional counterparts. It may seem overwhelming and impossible to begin this shift, but step by step it […]

Transitioning to Organic Foods for the New Year

As January 1st creeps closer, New Year’s resolutions become a recurring thought in everyone’s mind. The arrival of the New Year has the ability to make most people look back at their year and contemplate what made them happy, what took up too much space and time, what was beneficial, and what could have been improved. In doing so, you […]

A New Trend for Gift-Giving for the Holidays!

The holiday season is here once again. This is a time where you gather with your loved ones, or – as we are in the middle of a pandemic – we can gather instead with those we live with. Despite who we celebrate with, we endeavour to show our love and gratitude of having them in our lives, and the […]