The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Standards and Guidelines
Each day, we need to replenish our bodies with about 2.5 litres of water. Clean water is vital for irrigating food crops, fish habitat, washing, cooking and a myriad of other functions. Yet water can also be a source of exposure to pathogens and chemical, physical and radiological contaminants. That’s what makes protection of our water so important. Canada’s federal government plays a vital role in establishing the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. But it is letting us down. As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 34-page report compares Canada’s water quality guidelines with corresponding frameworks in the U.S., the European Union and Australia, as well as guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Standards and Guidelines
This is the executive summary of a report that compares Canada's water quality guidelines with corresponding frameworks in the U.S., the European Union and Australia, as well as guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.
Prescription for a Healthy Canada: Towards a National Environmental Health Strategy
This report examines key environmental health issues in Canada, assesses shortcomings in Canadian environmental policy in these areas and considers innovative approaches in other jurisdictions.
Northern Exposure: Acute Pesticide Poisonings in Canada
Pesticides are among the most widely used chemicals in the world. More than 6,000 Canadians are acutely poisoned by pesticides each year. This report is a wake-up call to federal and provincial governments to take action to protect Canadians from the dangers of pesticides.
The Food We Eat: An International Comparison of Pesticide Regulations
Comparing Canada's pesticide regulations with similar standards in the United States, Europe and Australia, this report presents compelling evidence that Canadian regulations are among the weakest in the industrialized world when it comes to governing the use of pesticides and the potential impact of pesticides on food and health.
The Air We Breathe: An International Comparison of Air Quality Standards and Guidelines
This report finds that Canada provides weaker protection for human health from air pollution than the United States, Australia and the European Union, as well as the recommendations published by the World Health Organization.