• Gender, Race, Sex and Toxics: Bill S-5 and the Need for Stronger Chemical Regulations in Canada - December 1, 2022

    ... All of our organizations are profoundly concerned by the proliferation of toxic substances and their effect on our health, the health of our families and communities and on our environment. However, in this submission, we look solely at the major effects of toxic substances, particularly endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), on women as a gender and on the sex-specific health effects on cis women and gender diverse people with an ovarian reproductive system. We then outline important amendments that need to be made to Bill S-5 to strengthen Canada’s chemical regulations and commitment to the right to a healthy environment. ...

    Read the brief

  • BCAQ testified before the House of Commons Committee on December 6. 2022!

    One of the main reasons for all our work on CEPA is to contribute directly to the evolution of our regulatory system for better protection against toxic substances. We have been at it for a long time and our consistent efforts are fruitful. And this is all thanks to you and the invaluable support of allied women's groups!

    BCAQ has been invited to testify during hearings before the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development that is currently studying the proposed reform of CEPA, Bill S-5.

    ED Jennifer Beeman and former VP Lise Parent appeared before the House of Commons ENVI committee to present our brief on Bill S-5, An Act Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act.

    You can watch the session here.

    Read our submission on this matter signed by several groups.

  • The Lifecyle: of Plastic: Cradle to Grave

    The Plastic Project is a people-focused video series created in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), Environmental Defence, and Breast Cancer Action Quebec. The project is an awareness campaign that illustrates three key components of the plastic problem in three separate videos entitled:

    1) The "Lifecycle" of Plastic: Cradle to Grave;
    2) Plastic and Human Health; and
    3) Plastic and Climate Change.

    The aim of this project is to bring to light the many ways in which plastic - from the extraction of oil in unceded territories to the exportation of plastic waste to the global south - negatively impacts the health of our environment, our bodies, and the climate.

    Watch video

  • The Environmental Injustice of Beauty: An ENRICH Project Social Media Campaign

    Join the ENRICH Project and partners Shake Up The Establishment, Breast Cancer Action Quebec, Prevent Cancer Now, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Environmental Defence, and Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment, in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month when the ENRICH Project launches the Environmental Injustice of Beauty.

    For more information and to get engaged in the conversation, please visit ENRICH’s social media platforms.

    Instagram: https://lnkd.in/gqmUJCwp
    TikTok: @enrichproject
    ENRICH Website: www.enrichproject.org
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-enrich-project/about/?viewAsMember=true

  • How far do women have to run before we stop getting breast cancer in the first place?

    Stop running from the problem: prevent breast cancer by reducing toxic chemicals

    Read our op-ed for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Seventy to 90 per cent of breast cancers are related to environmental exposure. Yet primary prevention — stopping cancer before it starts — has been hampered by pinkwashing, greenwashing and industry lobbying.


Nancy Guberman, retired university professor of social work and BCAQ activist has this message for you:

Françoise David, former spokesperson of Québec solidaire and former President of la Fédération des Femmes du Québec has this message for you (in French only):

BCAQ is concerned for CEPA Reform: OP-ED in the Montreal Gazette

Opinion: Canada needs stricter measures on toxic substances

"A bill before Parliament contains some positive elements, however some of its provisions should be strengthened."

"Without the proper legislative tools to tackle the most pressing environmental health issues, we are left to watch the resulting negative health impacts grow and environmental injustices flourish," Jennifer Beeman and Cassie Barker write in an op-ed piece that was published in the Montreal Gazette on Monday, May 9, 2022.

Preventing Breast Cancer by Decarbonizing Our Lives

Three Unique Perspectives

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7pm

How can the complex links between climate change and illness, including breast cancer - that can be traced back to fossil fuels - be made clear?



An important year bringing many changes

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Looking Ahead in 2022

Challenging the System

Working harder than ever for prevention. Please donate today.

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