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Maggie MacDonald

Program Manager, Toxics, Environmental Defence

Maggie MacDonald is a campaigner and author originally from Cornwall, Ontario.

Her interest in all things toxic developed at an early age, when she lived next to a textile mill. As a grad student in social and political thought at York University, she studied the epistemology of ignorance -- how barriers to scientific research are erected, accidentally and purposefully.

Maggie's writing has appeared in Broken Pencil, The Globe and Mail, and Shameless, and her most recent musical Paper Laced With Gold was staged as part of Harbourfront's HATCH festival in 2012.

With Environmental Defence, Maggie is working to rid consumer products of carcinogens, once and for all.
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We Deserve More From the Tar Sands Than Cancer

On average, a person takes 20,000 to 30,000 breaths each day. That means that if the air around us is polluted, we can't help but take it in, and be exposed to harmful substances. Because we can't avoid it, we should do all that we can to protect our air. Today, Environmental Defence and our partners release a new report, "Reality Check: Air Pollution and the Tar Sands".
11/13/2013 09:08 EST
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First Nations and the Toxic Body Burden

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has released an important scientific report on the body burden of environmental chemicals in the adult First Nation population in Canada. The report, First Nations Biomonitoring Initiative, fills a significant gap in existing research. Certain chemical levels were found to be significantly higher in the First Nations populations.
07/26/2013 12:15 EDT
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Canadian Children are Being Born Pre-polluted

We cannot see with the naked eye that Canadian children are born pre-polluted, but our latest results demonstrate just that. Our new report shows that even in the mothers' womb, the developing fetus is exposed to a slew of dangerous chemicals -- chemicals that might have health effects like cancer, lower IQ or thyroid problems later in life.
06/28/2013 12:34 EDT

Five Ways to Use Lightbulbs More Energy Efficiently

If you're using CFLs, rather than LEDs, to cut down on your energy usage, what do you do if a CFL bulb breaks? We know that they contain toxic mercury, which poses a risk to the members of your household. But many people don't know how to safely deal with breakage. Here are some tips.
01/24/2013 08:16 EST

Practice "Safe Shopping" This Holiday

Triclosan is an anti-bacterial chemical used in hundreds of products from soap to makeup and even smartphone cases. It's sad to think that we use an antibacterial product to keep our families safe and end up creating dangerous toxins that are found in the very water we drink and the fish we eat.
12/22/2011 12:23 EST