Maggie MacDonald
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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.

Entries by Maggie MacDonald

We Deserve More From the Tar Sands Than Cancer

(4) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 9:08 AM

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.

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First Nations and the Toxic Body Burden

(11) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 1:16 PM

When it comes to body burden pollution, more and more research is demonstrating how widespread the issue is.

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,

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Canadian Children are Being Born Pre-polluted

(12) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 1:34 PM

A pregnant mother often wonders "Will my baby have my eyes? Her father's nose?" But she probably doesn't think too much about whether her baby will be born with her grandmother's DDT or PCBs. Nor should she have to.

But our new report shows...

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UN and WHO Release Report Warning of Human Health Risk of Toxics in Household Products

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:35 AM

The topic of links between chemicals found in household products and cancer was brought to the world stage this week.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) released a joint report "State of the Science of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals." The report is a comprehensive...

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Five Ways to Use Lightbulbs More Energy Efficiently

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 8:16 AM

Starting next January, new Canadian regulations will kick in removing incandescent light bulbs from store shelves and replacing them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). As environmentalists, we applaud this move to reduce energy consumption and the use of fossil fuels such...

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Practice "Safe Shopping" This Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 11:41 AM

The holiday season is a veritable carnival of consumption. While some of us might avoid the festive shopping, hiding from malls and the financial stress they can bring, if you do plan to hit the stores between now and New Years, remember to practice safe shopping.

Many products on...

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WHAT Was in My Baby Shampoo?!

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2011 | 3:13 PM

The fight to remove toxins from personal care products saw a major victory recently. For two and a half years, with the support of 25 environmental groups including ours, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics campaigned to have Johnson & Johnson remove formaldehyde-releasing ingredients from their...

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