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Toxic Trespass -- Free Screening & Panel Discussion    Wed Jan 23, 2008, Toronto, ON

Toxic Trespass -- Documentary & Panel Discussion

When: Wed, Jan 23, at 6: 30 pm
Where: at the National Film Board of Canada (150 John Street)
Cost: Free
Sponsored by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Toronto

In Toxic Trespass, filmmaker Barri Cohen launches an investigation into the effects of the chemical soup around us. She starts with her 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long-banned DDT. Cohen heads out to Windsor and Sarnia: Canadian toxic hotspots, with startling clusters of deadly diseases. There, everyone seems to know children who have suffered respiratory illnesses, leukemia, brain tumours and other illnesses. Cohen journeys into toxic nightmares all too common in industrialized countries. She meets passionate activists working for positive change, along with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems. She learns how quickly barriers can go up when anyone tries to even ask questions about the connection between toxins and serious health problems. This moving documentary is essential viewing for anyone concerned about the effects of pollutants on our - and our children's - very DNA.

While the film is not yet available for purchase from the NFB, a Teachers' Guide has been produced to accompany the film. Free copies of the Guide will be handed out to the first 40 teachers to arrive at the January 23rd screening.


[Related resources, organizations and screenings:

Toxic Trespass

Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE)

Children's Environmental Health

Health & Environment

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Environmental Groups, Organizations and Resources in Canada

Funding: Environmental Contaminants and Children's Health Program



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